• 2018 October 19 11:20

    North Sea Giant turns to The Switch EBL technology

    North Sea Giant, one of the world’s largest and most advanced subsea construction vessels (OSV), has installed an innovative cost-saving solution. This system, based on a unique Electronic Bus Link (EBL) from Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch, will enable the 18,151 GWT vessel to change between its diesel engines, running just one of its diesel engines during many operations, when necessary, rather than the standard three it used at all times in the past, The Switch says in a press release.

    Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch is a specialist in the development and supply of advanced drive train solutions. Since acquiring Wärtsilä Drives in November 2016 to help build its marine market share, the firm has gone on to secure many orders for its established permanent magnet (PM) shaft generators, DC-Hub technology and electric propulsion solutions. The North Sea Giant EBL order is the company’s first for this breakthrough product.

    “For owners that want to optimize efficiency, operational uptime, cost control and reduce their environmental footprint, EBL is the perfect solution,” says Asbjørn Halsebakke, General Manager, Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch Norway.

    “It works to connect the vessel’s DC-Hubs and diesel engines and ensure efficient ongoing operations, even if a critical fault occurs. It does this by splitting the on-board grids in a matter of microseconds, isolating faults and protecting the complete operational system. This offers significant savings on maintenance costs. Also, by rapidly connecting and disconnecting energy sources from one another, including batteries and engines, they can be optimized for efficiency. This eliminates the need for the operator to run three different units during all operations, saving on long-term fuel costs and reducing emissions.”

    “This is the first vessel in the world approved to run a DP3 class dynamic positioning system with one engine and batteries – a global game changer,” states Halsebakke.

    The Switch technology, supplied as part of a broader Wärtsilä solution, was installed in Haugesund, Norway, after a program of rigorous testing supervised by DNV GL.

    “We’re not just focused on providing the best technology, but also the best service,” Halsebakke continues. “We are committed to ensuring that all our customers – both end users and system suppliers − get the solution they want, when they want it. North Sea Giant can now look forward to real cost savings, emissions reduction and reduced operational downtime with the EBL.”

    “We expect many more EBL orders from marine customers, including offshore vessels, ferries, rigs, and tankers, to name a few. Every type of ship can benefit from this technology, and we’re sure it will make a real impact in the marketplace,” he concludes.

    Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch entered the marine sector in 2013, after establishing a leading position with its permanent magnet generators and full-power converters in the wind turbine sector. It now boasts an installed capacity in excess of 15 GW. So far, in the marine sector, it has received over 35 orders for its proven permanent magnet shaft generator technology, which works to generate cost-effective electricity and save fuel for vessels worldwide.




2019 January 16

12:33 VEB team got acquainted with Zvezda SBC production
12:09 ABS Advanced Solutions and Fleet Management Limited partner on cyber security
11:56 Engineers from Far Eastern Federal University provide scientific support of dry dock construction at Zvezda shipyard
11:30 Bunker prices at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia show no significant changes (graph)
11:09 Port of Oakland cargo volume hit all-time high in 2018
10:52 3 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 15-16
10:35 ​IMO Secretary-General highlightes the need to consider seafarer training and standards
10:09 Fincantieri to build a new ship for Regent Seven Seas Cruises
09:57 Brent Crude futures price down 0.02% to $60.57, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.03% to $51.97
09:41 CMA CGM OCEANIA LINES - PAD service to resume weekly rotations
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,096 points

2019 January 15

18:18 WMU investigated how the global transport industry will change as a result of automation and advanced technologies
17:52 ASCO Training Center achieved all targets set for 2018
17:27 Sovcomflot provides technical management for Marshal Vasilevskiy floating storage and regasification unit
17:00 Throughput of port Shanghai (China) climbed by 0.07% to 561.29 million tonnes in 2018
15:59 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
15:04 Equinor uses technical expertise from LR to lead a safety study assessment for significant offshore project in Brazil
14:44 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 5.4% to 19.64 million TEUs in 2018
14:21 ONE achieves container loading records in two consecutive weeks by “MOL TRUST” and “MOL TRADITION”
14:00 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 46.58 million tonnes of cargo in 2018, up 7.3% Y-o-Y
13:36 Turnover of DeloPorts’ terminals in 2018 increased by 13% Y-o-Y to 8.7 mln tonnes
13:12 Havyard merges its navigation, automation and power systems services into one brand
12:53 Order portfolio of Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex grew by 42% in IIH’2018
12:30 ABS grants AIP for Neptun’s wind turbine transport vessel
12:01 ZIM’s blockchain based B/L’s initiative: the next phase
11:43 9 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 14-15
11:29 Jan De Nul enters into concession agreement with the Government of Bangladesh for the dredging of Payra Port
11:20 CDP, Fincantieri and Snam team up to innovate port facilities in Italy and develop sustainable technologies for maritime transport
10:37 Black Sea Fleet trains for new exercises of Depth 2019 contest
10:04 Brent Crude futures price up 1.19% to $59.7, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.27% to $51.13
09:42 Icebreakers of FSUE Rosmorport assisted 2,026 ships in navigation season 2018-2019
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,147 points

2019 January 14

18:00 EU, China and the U.S. needs to support counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Guinea – BIMCO
17:38 Port of Singapore throughput in 2018 grew by 0.4% Y-o-Y to 630.03 million tonnes
17:06 The new Kvarken ferry will be built in Raumo
16:30 Hapag-Lloyd announces Marine Fuel Recovery Surcharges for North Europe
16:00 Full ban on open-loop scrubbers not yet imposed in China
15:36 China adopted new regulations concerning reporting of fuel consumption
15:12 ABP strengthens business with new steel contract at the Port of Immingham
14:47 ABP: £250m to keep Britain trading through Brexit
14:20 PIL adds Itajai call to Sino South America Service (SSA)
13:59 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 13,924 in RF spot market
13:35 Russian Railways: Loading of export cargo bound for domestic ports up 4.5% to 306.5 million tonnes in 2018
13:13 Color Line expands Kiel – Oslo cargo capacity
12:54 Posidonia 2020 promises to be the largest and most versatile in its 50 year history
12:32 IMO helps Member States with sustainability targets
12:11 Crowley’s LNG-fueled ConRo MV Taíno completes maiden voyage to Puerto Rico
11:50 IMO holds training on maritime counter-terrorism measures in Viet Nam
11:31 ICTSI flagship gets eco-friendly RTGs
11:08 Cai Mep Terminal receives world’s large container ship
10:44 4 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 13-14
10:21 Cargo turnover at the terminals of the Freeport of Ventspils increased in 2018
09:58 Brent Crude futures price down 0.94% to $59.91, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.95% to $51.11
09:40 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in 2018 grew by 3.3% Y-o-Y to 14.71 million tonnes
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,169 points

2019 January 13

17:04 Number of ships sailing with Selektope®-powered antifouling coatings set to double in 2019
16:29 Finnish shipbuilder RMC inks LoI for a new car and passenger ferry
15:24 Crowley’s LNG-fueled ConRo MV Taíno completes maiden voyage to Puerto Rico
14:21 SEACOR Marine expands its fleet with three FSVs
13:29 Union Cabinet approves MoU on maritime issues between India and Denmark