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Ulstein Enters New Market with Ocean Going Tugs

first_imgzoom Ulstein has sold design and equipment packages for four ocean going tugs to Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair in Japan. The vessels will be built for the Dutch company ALP Maritime Services.The vessels are primarily designed for towing of large structures over long distances. This is a new market for ULSTEIN and the contract represents so far the highest value in one single contract for Ulstein Design & Solutions. The vessels of the SX157 design are developed especially for this project in close collaboration with ALP. They are expected to deliver in the range of 300 ton bollard pull, and will be 88.9 metres long and 21 metres wide.“This is a very important contract, involving activities in a new market for us and with a new customer involved. The contract is a result of close cooperation with the shipyard, the ship owner and our partners in the Norwegian maritime cluster, a cooperation we will work to develop further in the years to come,” says deputy CEO Tore Ulstein in Ulstein Group.“An oceangoing tug typically tow oil rigs, or FPSOs, from the building yards to the installation site at the oil field. In addition, these vessels are outfitted with DP2 and anchor handling capacity in order to assist during the installation/hook-up phase for the towed objects. The SX157 have fuel capacity to tow over long distances, with the ability of towing at full power for 45 days. This is a niche market where we see that our solutions can be a positive contribution,” says managing director Sigurd Viseth in Ulstein Design & Solutions. Safer. Smarter. Greener“Within each project we work strategically in order to come up with safer, smarter and greener solutions. ALP refers to these four ships as the ‘ALP Future Class’. When developing the design we had to ensure that each vessel has the sufficient bollard pull and operational reliability to handle even the heaviest tows by only two vessels. Environment and fuel efficiency have also been important criteria. The vessels are classed with DNV’s Clean Design and Ice Class 1B notations, which allow operation also in restricted zones. Additionally, they are equipped as anchor handling vessels including stern roller, a three-drummed winch with 400-ton hoisting capacity, and with chain lockers for rig chain. The ships have a comfortable and spacious accommodation for 35 persons reflecting long periods at sea.”Viseth explains that ULSTEIN, in addition to providing the design, is also responsible for the deliveries of main components, such as engines, thrusters and propellers, winch, power distribution and thruster drives, control system and communication system.ALP Maritime Services is a new ship owner for ULSTEIN. The company is a subsidiary of Teekay Offshore Partners L.P.The vessels will be built at Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair, a yard in the MES group (Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co.). The vessels are intended for worldwide operations, and are planned for delivery by Q4 2015 and Q1 2016.Ulstein Group, March 31, 2014last_img read more

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Webasto technology reduces impact of engine idling

first_imgAt the forthcoming Bauma 2013 trade fair (April 15 to 21 in Munich) Webasto will present robust heating, cooling and ventilation systems for mining and construction machinery, including new Engine-Off heating technology for parking heaters – a new development that the company says can produce significant savings in the industry. With it, costly idling times are avoided by efficiently using the engine’s residual heat. The uptimes of equipment and the driving comfort are maintained. While most capital mining equipment runs around the clock, this technology would have applicability for ancillary machines and infrastructure fleets.The intelligent control system of the Engine-Off technology detects if the engine is running. If the engine shuts down, the system responds immediately and automatically switches on the circulation pump. After the engine is switched off, this pump takes on the job of transporting the residual heat through the cooling loop so that the heater can continue to use it. The cab temperature thus remains constant. If the engine cools down further, the Webasto parking heater automatically turns on when the temperature drops below a defined limit. As a result, the engine and the cab are kept at the operating temperature. Even after longer breaks, restarting with Engine-Off technology is performed smoothly and efficiently. Cold starts are therefore a thing of the past.Webasto states: “The consequences of engine idling are enormous, chiefly in the construction industry. Depending on the type of construction equipment, the fuel costs of idling can be thousands to tens of thousands of euros per year. But not only the fuel costs are tremendous. Idling often forms up to 50% of the operating hours and can dramatically increase costs over the life of a machine. This has a negative impact on the resale value, the frequency of maintenance and the warranty. Last but not least, idling shortens the life of the particulate filters, which are necessary to meet the emission limits. In a nutshell: If you avoid idling times, you save significant costs several times over while preserving the environment.”last_img read more