Maintenance & Continuous Improvement

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Fuel-saving hybrid tug by Wärtsilä enters Chinese market

Finnish company Wärtsilä has announced that its fuel and emissions saving hybrid tug, HYTug, will enter the Chinese market to help meet operational requirements. The tug is based on Wärtsilä’s hybrid power module, which combines engines, an energy storage system using batteries, and power electronics that are optimised to work with a new energy management...

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Wärtsilä and CSSC electrical and automation venture now in operation

Wärtsilä has announced the opening of CSSC Wärtsilä Electrical & Automation (CWE&A), a joint venture with China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) that will see the expansion of electrical and automation solutions into the Chinese market. Wärtsilä’s electrical and automation solutions including those for navigation, communication, entertainment, lighting, safety, and security will be available through the...

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ABB launches turbocharger that claims 3% fuel savings

ABB Turbocharging has launched a Flexible Integrated Turbocharging System for Two-Stroke Engines (FiTS2) that has the potential to generate fuel savings of 3%, saving shipowners and operators up to US $100,000 per year. The turbocharger will enable two-stroke engines to operate at low loads, while still returning rapidly to full engine power to achieve maximum...

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Blueflow Energy Management solution installed on Swedish ferries

Blueflow Energy Management solution has been fully integrated on two vessels operated by the Swedish ferry operator, Destination Gotland. The M/S Visby and the M/S Gotland have been fully integrated with the Blueflow system, which records and analyses energy consumption. Once data is analysed, reports are generated to provide shipowners and operators with information about...

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Wärtsilä’s tilted retractable thruster proves 20% more powerful

Wärtsilä has announced a new tilted steerable thruster with combined electric retraction and steering that provides enhanced manoeuvring and increased performance by up to 20%. The Wärtsilä WST-24R features an 8-degrees tilted propeller shaft configuration that reduces thruster and hull interaction losses. The result is a thrust that is 20% more effective than conventional, non-tiled...

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Oceanfoil’s aerofoil technology achieves 14% fuel savings

A wind-utilising technology by Oceanfoil has demonstrated fuel savings of 14%, according to analysis by BMT. Oceanfoil’s wingsails are based on aerofoil technology, which captures directional thrust from wind power, reducing the output required from the engine to propel the vessel. This lowers the fuel burnt and increases energy efficiency. Each Oceanfoil wingsail consists of...

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Wärtsilä and GTT sign cooperation agreement on LNG

Wärtsilä and French company Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) have signed a cooperation agreement that will explore business opportunities in liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage, fuel gas supply systems and associated services. GTT will bring its experience in designing cryogenic membrane containment solutions for liquefied gases, while Wärtsilä’s knowledge in LNG fuel gas applications and gas...

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ABB Ability expands with digital turbocharging solutions

ABB has launched its first digital turbocharging solutions that will increase performance, operational flexibility and lower operating costs. Tekomar XERPERT, an analysis and advisory software that gives insight into engine performance, which has recently been acquired by ABB, will help its customers achieve better fuel savings. The software analyses actual operational and performance data and...

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Energy efficient ships to get financial discounts at the Port of Helsinki

The Port of Helsinki, Finland, has announced a discount on port dues for ships that lower air emissions, reduce noise, or can demonstrate environmental efficiency improvements. Coming into force next year, a maximum 3% discount on vessel fees is possible if the ship falls into one of three categories including: 1. Low emissions based on...

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Siemens to provide components for shore-side power plant in Germany

Siemens is to supply the key components of a new shore-side power supply system in Cuxhaven, Germany, which will allow ships to turn off their diesel engines and save fuel while in port. The Silharbor shore power supply plant will have an output of 630 kilowatts to transfer power from the electrical grid to ships’...

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MacGregor boosts cargo carrying efficiency of MSC vessels

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, is to carry out work to optimise the container carrying capacities of 31 Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) vessels. The work will increase the ships’ cargo system productivity and earning potential, according to MacGregor. Maximising the cargo system flexibility will make optimum use of available cargo space with any given cargo mix,...