• 2018 October 11 18:27

    Caterpillar Marine announces the latest generation of azimuth thrusters - MTA v3

    Caterpillar Marine says the MTA v3 the latest generation of azimuth thrusters is available now. Over the years Caterpillar has acquired knowledge and experience that has enabled the advancement and innovation of azimuth thrusters and hybrid systems.

    The MTA v3 is based on the well proven and reliable design of the v2. Caterpillar created the MTA v3 to provide customers with fuel efficiency and the best operation modes for their performance needs. The MTA v3 is built in accordance with Caterpillar’s CPS procedure for maximum quality verification.

    The MTA v3 lineup currently covers the entire Cat® 3500 range with the MTA 524, 627 and 628 from a power range of 1500-2525kW. It provides the benefits of large savings in maintenance costs, lower maintenance and service risks, and simple FiFi installation.

    “The addition of the new MTA v3 to our marine product program really completes our offering to the tug segment and provides a leaner, simpler and more efficient integrated solution to our customers,” said Jorgen Karlsson, Caterpillar Marine’s Tug and Salvage Segment manager.

    Designed with efficiency in mind, the thruster unit and nozzle has been optimized for minimum resistance and maximum performance. Optional nozzle profiles are available depending on operation profile. In comparison to the MTA v2, the MTA v3 is 20% lighter in weight, has decreased oil volume by 27%, and has an increased power density of 25%. Additional improvements from previous MTA generations include a 3% bollard pull increase. The normal auxiliaries for azimuth thrusters such as hydraulic power pack, gravity tank, filters, cooler and clutch hydraulics have all been integrated onto the azimuth unit itself. The result is reduced space consumption and installation time.

    With the introduction of the hybrid interface it enables switch ability between mechanically and electric power for the azimuth thrusters. Hence, users can achieve a higher average engine load by running only the necessary engines or generator sets dependent upon the operation mode.  This creates the possibility for reduced fuel consumption. Reduced maintenance costs can also be achieved by running fewer hours on the main engines.

    There are many benefits of a hybrid system: higher average engine load, less running hours on main engines, possible the swing genset program for maximum up-time, and increased redundancy.

    Users can select between different modes of operation to provide the best drive experience based on their performance needs.

    •Standby and Low-Speed Transits can be operated on full diesel-electric mode. This mode adds the benefit of reduced fuel and maintenance consumption by using smaller gensets instead of propulsion engines. It also reduces NOx emissions with a higher engine load factor.

    • High-Speed Transit and Light Towing mode can be operated on full power with the main engines powering thruster and electrical load from the gensets.

    • Full Power mode provides the maximum performance available. The main engines and booster motors operate together to achieve full power, providing the maximum performance available. Full power operation also provides the best possible acceleration from the engine and gensets.

    • Fire Fighting mode where FiFi pump is powered by the main engines while the azimuth thrusters are powered by genset and electrical motors.




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2018 December 13

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18:25 Tideway completes installation of longest AC offshore wind export cable at Hornsea One in the UK
17:49 Hapag-Lloyd to cancel calls at Port of Bremerhaven
17:25 Building of Johan Sverdrup Phase II begins
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17:13 Seabridge first in Belgium to receive the SCA certificate
17:08 Jan De Nul cleans up polluted beaches along the coast in southern France
17:07 Bunker fuel prices at Far Eastern ports close the week lower
16:47 Port of Vysotsk cargo volume in Jan-Nov rises 6% to 16.86 million tonnes
16:36 Maersk Broker Bulk Chartering and NAODAN Chartering
16:26 YILPORT Holding wins Port Operator Award at Lloyd’s List Global Awards
16:03 Rosmorport releases RFPs for design of an DF 12/14MW icebreaker
15:49 Jotun and Kansai Paint build relationship to meet marine and protective demand
15:46 Baltic Sea Ports Authority icebreakers assist merchant vessels in the Gulf of Finland
15:21 Containerships receives its first LNG-powered container vessel
14:44 Uncertainty lingers in fuel markets despite OPEC cuts
14:17 Maersk Line receives Containership Operator of the Year award
14:13 Iran-Indonesia to develop port cooperation
13:22 NOIA: U.S. territories need the Offshore Wind for Territories Act
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12:48 Panama Canal signs agreement with Brazil's Port of Itaqui
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2018 December 12

19:08 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase from East Asia to USA and Canada
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18:00 Newbuilding methanol carrier for Proman Shipping named CASTARA
18:00 Rosneft develops innovations for Russian Zvezda super-shipyard
17:46 Damen signs with Port Nelson for ASD Tug 2411
17:37 Almaz shipyard lays down icebreaker of Project 21180М, Yevpaty Kolovrat, for RF Navy
17:14 Comprehensive plan for NSR development to be ready by February 2019 – Yevgeny Ditrikh
16:49 Investments in the Arctic by 2024 estimated at RUB 5.5 trillion - Dmity Kobylkin
16:23 Vladimir Putin orders to look into creation of port SEZ at Olya port in Arkhangelsk Region
15:50 Throughput of Russian seaports in 11M’18 grew by 4.2% Y-o-Y to 746.8 million tonnes (detalization)
15:26 Okskaya Sudoverf launches first dry cargo carrier of Project RSD32M
15:02 American Petroleum Institute (API) awards bolt fatigue testing program contract to DNV GL
14:25 Giant Octopus added to the CPC’s stock of ER equipment
14:01 London hosts global port environment experts
13:20 Pola Anatolia, dry cargo ship of RSD59 design, successfully passed sea trials
13:01 Newcastle Container Terminal to deliver savings for regional NSW
12:36 Sovcomflot BoD considered the Group’s financial plan for 2019 and a forecast for 2020-2021
12:01 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Ismene with Koch
11:49 Yury Trutnev appointed as head of revised State Commission for Arctic Development
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10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 1.16% to $60.9, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.67% to $52.3
10:11 Full bonded area is opened in Port Bronka
10:01 WMU welcomes ITF General Secretary and President
09:59 GTT receives an order for the tank design of two new LNG carriers
09:44 Bunker prices continue going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,364 points
09:15 LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie loads first cargo from Yamal LNG third train
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