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IMO Tier III Range Expands With New D13 Solutions

IMO Tier III Range Expands With New D13 Solutions

Volvo Penta has expanded its marine IMO Tier III range with new D13 solutions, demonstrating the company’s commitment to exceeding today’s best practice while in parallel innovating future technologies. The new solutions are already making contributions to society.

This latest launch expands the range of marine commercial Volvo Penta D13 IMO III solutions for IPS-1200, IPS-1350, D13-900, and D13-1000. Each package exceeds the strict IMO III standards and also offers customers the most compact IMO III solution on the market.

The Volvo Penta D13 IMO III package upgrade boasts a power output of up to 735 kW for inboard and auxiliary applications and is approved for E3 and C1 cycles. The reduction in NOx and hydrocarbon (HC) will decrease from currently permitted levels of 5.6 g/kWh down to 2.0 g/kWh.

The SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system can be installed in either a vertical or horizontal position, thanks to the brand-new seamlessly rotating outlet, which adds to the versatility of this complete solution.
These latest advancements in efficiency exceed IMO III compliance, demonstrating the Volvo Penta ethos of pushing design beyond its limit rather than settling for base requirements.

Outstanding solutions for critical operations
On the water, the new Volvo Penta D13 IMO III solutions mean that high-speed vessels can easily comply with IMO III requirements.

Volvo Penta and Norwegian shipyard Måløy Verft have just delivered the first installation of the new Volvo Penta D13-1000 IMO III package: the new Norwegian ambulance boat Rosesol is a 23-meter high-speed fiberglass catamaran with an 8-meter beam, powered by twin Volvo Penta D13-1000 IMO III. Rosesol is capable of speeds of more than 30 knots. The new vessel launched in May 2022 and now services an area on the country’s west coast spanning some 100 nautical miles and more than 200 islands.

“In this region it’s necessary to have an ambulance boat because it’s not possible to go to the hospital by car,” said Kjell Augestad-Mjåtvedt, Captain of the Rosesol. “This vessel’s impressive speed and fuel efficiency are important because of the distances we cover – time is critical for many patients.
“The most important performance for an ambulance vessel like this is to be able to maintain high speed in tough conditions. We now have the capability of 30-plus knots, not only on flat seas but also in gales and rough water,” said Captain Augestad-Mjåtvedt.

Kristian Lundebrekke, CEO of the shipyard Måløy Verft, said: “What is special about this ambulance vessel starts with the high demands set by the Norwegian government. We need to meet tough sea conditions, we need to be operative every day of the year – reliable – and we need to be environmentally friendly.”
“Volvo Penta delivers a complete package for what we need. The complete engines include the SCR unit, which makes for an easy install, it is all easy to use and understand, and they deliver low weight and stable power output. These are all important factors for us.”

Continuous improvements toward sustainability
Based on extensively tested Volvo Group technology, the solution has already proved itself in tough marine conditions, having undergone extensive testing at sea. The system is built to handle high
sulfur fuel (up to 1000 ppm) and cope with high back pressure while maintaining engine efficiency and drivability.

The new Volvo Penta D13 IMO III package upgrade follows the earlier releases of the Volvo Penta D13 offer for marine commercial, D8, and D16 solutions that also meet the stringent IMO III requirements.
Volvo Penta is working on numerous pathways to support its customers’ sustainability journeys – through improvements in efficiency, emission reductions, and later, by enabling seamless integration of hybrid power and alternative fuel solutions.

“Our primary focus remains on innovating tomorrow’s premium sustainable marine propulsion solutions, plus we are equally responsible for advancing today’s best practice,” says Johan Inden, president of the Volvo Penta Marine business. “So, in parallel to developing future hybrid and alternative fuel solutions, the new D13 IMO III solutions demonstrate our commitment to continually improving the efficiency and performance of every Volvo Penta product.”

Compact and flexible
The Volvo Penta IMO Tier III solution is the most compact on the market – making the transition to IMO III compliance simple, both for Volvo Penta IPS (Inboard Performance System) and traditional inboard shaft installations. The compact design means that existing Volvo Penta IPS-powered vessels will be able to fit the system without engine room alterations.

Fully integrated system
Volvo Penta supplies a fully integrated system that is designed, developed, and manufactured by one company. So, customers can expect the same professional streamlined aftermarket support that Volvo Penta is renowned for. In addition to this, the Volvo Penta SCR system does not require service, as it has the same life span as the engine it is coupled with same or better fuel efficiency

Volvo Penta has been able to fulfill IMO III targets while reducing fuel consumption. Despite the SCR adding exhaust backpressure, the engine power output remains unchanged.

“We have gained a lot of experience during the years of designing after-treatment systems within the Volvo Group and for our industrial and Marine Commercial offerings,” says Björn Rönnvall, Product Manager, Volvo Penta. “This has enabled us to finetune the solution – extending its lifespan, maintaining, and even bettering, its fuel consumption – and delivering all this in a compact, flexible package. Ultimately, we want to make this transition as simple as possible for our customers – supporting them and the ocean environment we all love.”

Keppel O&M secures another two jackup rig charter contracts worth up to S$120m

Keppel O&M secures another two jackup rig charter contracts worth up to S$120m



Two homegrown Singaporean enterprises join forces to form an all-new alliance that pioneers for innovative and integrated solutions for the oil and gas and marine industries.

Underpinned by long-term strategic partnership and tactical collaboration, Singapore Innovation Technology Pte Ltd (SGIT) and Rapid Offshore & Marine Group of Companies (RO&M) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 15 November 2022 as a commencement to their forthcoming blueprint in streamlining electrical and HVAC&R services.

This MoU was inked between SGIT Chief Executive Officer Jason Ang and RO&M Chief Executive Officer, Sebastian Huang, witnessed by the Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) President Mr Simon Kuik.

The signing ceremony was held at Marina Bay Sands in conjunction with Offshore Southeast Asia (OSEA) 2022, in the presence of major offshore and marine industry players as well as decision-makers.

According to Ang, this partnership is ground-breaking as it forms the cornerstones to establish Southeast Asia’s leading full suite electrical and HVCA&R solutions provider.

“SGIT and RO&M has always served the industry in our respective capacities and fortes. Through this partnership, we can now leverage on our mutual strengths and expand our service coverage to better match the market demands,” he said.

The union of these two powerhouses is envisaged to institute a comprehensive one-stop solution that will cover both, electrical and HVAC&R scope of work.

During the signing ceremony, RO&M Executive Chairman Jeffrey Choo said that the MoU is also expected to facilitate mutual talent and network sharing, besides stimulating future research and development.

“As a world leader in the HVAC&R industry, we need to keep abreast of growing trends to ensure business sustainability. It is important for us to explore the coalition and partnership with organisations that share an aligned vision, like SGIT," he added.

Prior to the signing ceremony, the booth of both Companies were also patronised by Minister of State for Trade and Industry Low Yen Ling and her entourage.

Singapore Innovation Technology Pte Ltd
Established in 2015, Singapore Innovation Technology (SGIT) has grown to be a major market leader and Southeast Asia's (SEA) leading provider for offshore services, technical resources and parts supply. Over the years, we amassed projects from within and beyond the region, and have built an impressive
range of portfolios, primarily in the oil and gas, marine and construction industries. Having grown immensely since our inauguration, SGIT has also added points of presence in various cities beyond our headquarters in Singapore, covering Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Labuan, Sarawak and Jakarta, to provide wider coverage and better on-site customer support to our SEA partners.

Rapid Offshore & Marine Group of Companies
RO&M have been market leaders in providing best-in-class technologies, products and engineering services for Singapore, regional and international clients. To-date, RO&M’s wholly owned subsidiaries have amassed over 200 projects worth more than S$500 million. These projects range from basic ship conversion to complex full-scale offshore and marine turnkey projects encompassing FPSO, FSO, FRSU, FLNG, MOPU, lift boats, jackup rigs, drill ships, MPSV, AHTS, cruise liner, chemical tankers, oil tankers,
bulkers, accommodation barge, research, seismic dredger and all kind of vessel.



Wärtsilä Voyage will deliver the next generation navigational simulator for Singapore’s Centre of Excellence in Maritime Safety (CEMS) to prepare seafarers for shore-based remote management of vessels and autonomous ship operations. CEMS is a collaboration between the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) and Singapore Polytechnic, supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. The next generation simulation platform will be based on the Wärtsilä NTPRO (Navi-Trainer Professional 5000) Navigational Simulator in a shore-based operational configuration.

CEMS will execute research and development in multiple skills with the support of augmented, mixed, and virtual reality. The project will focus on new modelling and simulation tools that enhance marine and navigational safety, the development of a complex port environment, as well as validation of new operational concepts, particularly with smart and autonomous ships.

“This is a strategically important partnership as CEMS and Wärtsilä Voyage share common objectives of introducing next-generation smart marine technologies safely and with a human-centric approach, both on the vessel and on the shore side. We look forward to working with CEMS and link-minded global partners to advance this important topic,” said Chris Chung, Director, Ecosystem Development, Wärtsilä Voyage.

“As the maritime industry gets more digitally connected, it is opportunity to embark on a journey to identify and define new skillsets that could be radically different from today. CEMS shares a common vision with Wärtsilä Voyage to embrace technologies and prepare our workforce to be future ready through research and innovation,” said Daniel Zhang, Centre Director, CEMS at Singapore Polytechnic.

Wärtsilä Voyage’s collaboration with CEMS covers three core disciplines of seascape, landscape and mathematical modelling of all relevant vessel types for training shore-based navigation officers, as well as the development of training material for remote operations. These include areas such as assistive technologies for use onboard ships and during training, simulators to study human behaviour and competency to enhance the safety of navigation, infusing wearable technologies, and co-develop scenario-based “Standards Validation” simulation for autonomous vessel research. The research concepts and projects will be conducted over the next two years.

Recognizing the long-term need of creating an environment to promote data-driven innovation and developments in the maritime sectors, the Singapore Maritime Institute has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreement with Wärtsilä Voyage. Under this, the two parties will continue to cooperate and identify industry challenges that can be resolved through data-driven tools, applications, and technologies, as well as provide researchers with relevant and anonymised data to support their work under SMI’s Maritime AI R&D Programme.

“The project is of high significance as it paves the way for future collaborations and projects not only in the Asia-Pacific region but with the global industry where Wärtsilä Voyage’s simulation platforms can act as safe testbeds for validating all kinds of smart marine and autonomy technologies,” said Pierre Guillemin, Vice President, Technology at Wärtsilä Voyage.

“AI and simulation tools not only provide us with the unique platform to safely test and validate a myriad of situations and environments before going for actual sea trails, but they also give mariners ample opportunity to get used to the new technology without any risk,” added Guillemin. “We, therefore, see this collaboration as the perfect opportunity and example of how different stakeholders within the industry can come together to leverage big data and combine their expertise to develop and implement smarter technologies faster, and catapult shipping’s transition towards sustainability.”

Protecting The Future Of Green Vessels With Green Fire Technology

Protecting The Future Of Green Vessels With Green Fire Technology

The world is going electric - and this is undeniable! Be it on land, at sea or in the air - industries and technologies are starting to catch up - and at times exceed - fossil-fuel powered means of transportation.
In the marine industry cargo ships, naval ships, submarines and even special purpose marine vessels are fast adopting electric power. Similarly, the luxury yacht market has entered an era of eco-consciousness as builders and suppliers work together to source and develop sustainable solutions. These efforts are focused on reducing consumption and emissions, as well as improving speed and above all safety.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) estimates that the amount of human-instigated carbon dioxide emissions from shipping is expected to rise by 50 – 250% by 2050 if no action is taken. New propulsion systems that consume less fuel, and hybrid yacht batteries that motorise the vessel voyage for hours of silent and fuel-less transportation, are emerging on the horizon. Growing interest in energy storage from the sea vessel industry is already leading global battery manufacturers to accommodate the rising demand for electric and hybrid marine systems.

The advantages from powering yachts with batteries are well known, just as much as the risks that come with them. A European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) report concludes that a Li-Ion battery fire onboard a ship can be more deadly than a sinking ship. The authors point out that the commonly used fire suppression systems are not effective in case of a battery fire, and in some cases may even worsen the situation.

Mechanical shocks or misuse of a Li-Ion battery may lead to an increase in its internal temperature, triggering what is known as a thermal runaway. During a thermal runaway, the battery electrolyte releases toxic and potentially explosive off-gases along with excessive heat. The resulting fire can ignite the electrodes of the battery and is of such high intensity that it is difficult to extinguish or contain.

FirePro, a leading manufacturer of condensed aerosol fire suppression systems, has carried out extensive research, with more than 70 tests over the past 5 years, aimed at understanding the diverse behaviour of fire on such batteries. The FP technology has been thoroughly tested regarding effectiveness and efficiency by accredited laboratories including KIWA (Netherlands) and Albarubens (Italy) as well as by prominent Li-Ion battery manufacturers such as LG Chem. Moreover, prominent manufacturers such as Samsung SDI are using FirePro for their Energy Storage Systems (ESS).

Additionally, FirePro has been working closely with shipyards and end clients, designing solutions for small to large Li-Ion battery ESS’s. Noteworthy installations include those on the Baltic 142 Canova luxury super yacht and the Aurora pioneering ferry boat.

Baltic Yachts is a European superyacht building company based in Larsmo, Finland. It is considered as one of the world leaders in the design, engineering, and construction of high-performance carbon composite yachts. FirePro systems are currently installed in the engine room of Baltic 142 Canova to protect both its engine and its critical electrical equipment.

The Aurora is a ferryboat operated by ForSea (HH-Ferries), a European operator based in Helsingborg, Sweden that supports ‘sustainable’ ferry routes. FirePro systems protect four Battery Energy Storage Systems on board the Aurora.

Despite the risks and difficulties, there is nothing slowing the marine industry from going electric, and therefore fire suppression technology must progress and adapt accordingly. FirePro is embracing the change and is constantly helping to shape the future of fire protection against battery fires.
FirePro has a team of expert partners in Singapore who are ready to help and advise on Marine Fire Protection as well as specific FirePro solutions. Alarm Supply Pte Ltd has been installing and commissioning Marine systems successfully for many years and can showcase a large portfolio of projects and clients. For further information, you may contact Danny Ang – General Manager of Alarm Supply Pte ltd at



Leading survival technology provider Survitec has relaunched its lifeboat inspection solution underpinned by the company’s novel ‘Hub and Spoke’ network model.

Lifeboat Inspection 402, devised in line with regulations mandated in 2020 under SOLAS Chapter III & IMO MSC.402(96), has been enhanced to deliver greater flexibility and convenience to vessel operators.
Metkel Yohannes, Survitec’s Lifeboat Product Category Manager said: “We have significantly optimised our global lifeboat inspection solution to better reflect the operational needs of our customers and local dynamics.

In addition, our Lifeboat Inspection 402 solution includes further enhancements to its agreement options. For instance, as well as traditional spot market lifeboat inspections, Survitec offers more cost-effective frame or subscription-based agreements. Customers can benefit from lower costs, port priority and due-date management – all from a single point of contact.

Lifeboat inspections must be carried out annually, with a more extensive inspection and load testing taking place at five-year intervals. But, as Yohannes explained, waiting until the certificate’s expiry date to sort out an inspection is not the most efficient approach.

“This is where the Hub and Spoke model combined with the available agreement options really comes into its own.

“The hub is the main port where our multi-skilled technicians are based, with spokes radiating out to secondary ports. Fully approved and authorised lifeboat inspections can be carried out at any port along the spoke. It has been developed to deliver transparent and predictable pricing, but also a greater degree of operational flexibility and convenience.”

Paul Watkins, Survitec’s Regulatory and Compliance Manager and Chair of the Technical Committee for ILAMA, added: “We want to simplify the lifeboat inspection process and demystify regulation, so our customers have total confidence in their safety equipment. Our Lifeboat Inspection 402 offer delivers a more effective way to achieve compliance and help keep our customers’ vessels operational and our seafarers safe.”

As a Flag State authorised multi-brand lifeboat inspection provider, our teams are competent, capable and certified to deliver on all makes and types of lifeboats, davits, and hooks.
Hub ports currently include Singapore, Rotterdam, Fujairah, Shanghai, Doha, Barcelona, Miami, Busan, Aberdeen, Algeciras, and Piraeus. Over 60 Flag Administrations have now authorised Survitec’s Hub & Spoke lifeboat inspections.

46m Passenger Ferry Solidifies Incat Crowther’s Position As A Shipbuilding Partner

46m Passenger Ferry Solidifies Incat Crowther’s Position As A Shipbuilding Partner

Incat Crowther is pleased to announce the delivery of Nordlicht II, a 46m 450-pax catamaran ferry, by Singapore's Penguin Shipyard International. Penguin delivered Nordlicht II this week to Germany's AG EMS after successfully completing sea trials in Singapore. Built by Penguin's wholly-owned subsidiary in Batam, PT. Kim Seah Shipyard Indonesia, the ferry is based on the Incat Crowther 46 design, the largest vessel from the drawing boards of Incat Crowther’s Europe office.

The vessel will be operated on a number of routes, including serving the North Sea-islands Borkum and Helgoland.

Nordlicht II is the product of a highly efficient consultative process whereby Incat Crowther initially supported the client AG EMS to develop a vessel specific to their own operating requirements. This process included discussions on the propulsion plant and motion damping system along with extensive discussions on the internal arrangement and outfitting of the vessel.

The aim and successful outcome of this process is to ensure that AG EMS have a vessel that meets their exacting requirements and standards. With an agreed design, Incat Crowther held an international tender for the construction of the vessel, ensuring that AG EMS received directly comparable quotations for the build of the vessel and simplified the selection of the most suitable shipyard.

Penguin was selected through this rigorous tender process.

Nordlicht II is capable of carrying up to 450 passengers, with an additional 52 exterior passengers seats and tables. The main deck consists of 248 economy class passengers with a large kiosk and racks for small luggage items. Aft the main passenger lounge is a large dedicated luggage room and aft of this is a section of crew accommodation.

The upper deck is divided into two cabins, a 111-passenger cabin amidships and a business class cabin for 96 passengers forward, with views over the foredeck, as well as discreet boarding facilities. The two passenger decks are linked by both an open stairwell and an elevator. The third deck houses the wheelhouse, a crew mess and senior crew cabins.

Nordlicht II is powered by twin MAN 175D main engines, each producing 2960 kW, the first use of these new modern engines in a high-speed ferry She has a top speed of in excess of 36 knots and a service speed of 33 knots.

Designed for the prevailing conditions of the route, Nordlicht II features a high bow and possesses excellent seakeeping characteristics with a motion damping system consisting of T-foils and interceptors provided by Naiad.

Incat Crowther's contribution to Nordlicht II demonstrates the firm’s position as the ideal shipbuilding partner, providing support from initial concept through to commissioning.



The successful construction of the world’s highest specification drillship, based on the Group’s proprietary Jurong Espadon 3T design, attests to Sembcorp Marine’s continuous progress up the value chain and proven capabilities in providing leading-edge advanced drilling rigs solutions

Sembcorp Marine Ltd (the “Company”, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”, or “Sembcorp Marine”) has successfully completed the delivery of the world’s first eighth-generation drillship, the Deepwater Atlas, for Transocean’s subsidiary Triton Atlas GmBH (“Transocean”).

The completion of Deepwater Atlas marks a key milestone in Sembcorp Marine’s offshore construction track record. The vessel’s successful delivery is a testament to the Group’s proven capabilities in providing innovative and pioneering solutions.

Deepwater Atlas is the first of two ultra-deepwater drillships based on the Group’s proprietary Jurong Espadon 3T design. The completed drillship features three-millionpound hook-load hoisting capacity and sets a new frontier for next generation drillships with its ability to accommodate well control systems for 20,000 psi (pounds per square inch) drilling and completion operations.

Capable of operating at 12,000 feet water depth and drilling to depths of 40,000 feet, Deepwater Atlas represents a breakthrough in the industry with leading-edge capabilities for enhanced operational safety, efficiency and performance. With capacity to accommodate a crew of 220, the drillship is designed and equipped to optimise fuel consumption and lower emissions to support the industry’s commitment to a reduction in carbon footprint.

Sembcorp Marine Head of Rigs and Floaters Mr William Gu said, “We are very pleased to achieve the delivery of Deepwater Atlas and to set many record firsts in the process. It gives us great pride to have designed and built for Transocean, the world’s first eighth-generation drillship of the highest industry specification, complete with a threemillion-pound hook-load and breakthrough capabilities for 20,000 psi drilling operations.”
Mr Wong Weng Sun, Sem
bcorp Marine President & CEO, said, “Sembcorp Marine’s continuous investments in innovation and technology development over the years have enabled the Group to move up the value chain to develop industry-leading designs and solutions. We are very pleased to partner Transocean to raise the bar for the design and build of the next generation ultra-deepwater drillships.”

Sembcorp Marine Ltd provides innovative engineering solutions to the global offshore, marine and energy industries. Headquartered in Singapore, the Group has close to 60 years of track record in the design and construction of rigs, floaters, offshore platforms and specialised vessels, as well as in the repair, upgrading and conversion of different ship types.

Sembcorp Marine’s solutions focus on the following areas: Renewables, Process, Gas, Ocean Living and Advanced Drilling Rigs.

Sembcorp Marine’s customers include major energy companies, owners of floating production units, shipping companies and cruise and ferry operators. They are supported by four commercial units: Rigs & Floaters; Repairs & Upgrades; Offshore Platforms and Specialised Shipbuilding. Sembcorp Marine operates shipyards and other facilities in Singapore, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Norway and Brazil.



The last three years have been unprecedented times for shipbuilders caught in the grip of a pandemic and prevailing world events. The maritime industry has had to operate in uncharted waters amid travel, trade and supply chain disruptions. On the plus side, industry players have been embracing innovative technology and sustainable solutions toward net zero emissions goals. Shipbuilder Glow Marine is pioneering the way in Asia Pacific with a ferry powered by mtu engines that have the potential to fulfill IMO Tier III emissions regulations. The catamaran now shuttles between Donggang and popular destination Lambai Island in Taiwan.

When Singapore shipbuilder Glow Marine sought to build an environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient fast catamaran ferry for its client Fei Ma Ferry Holdings in Taiwan, it turned to Rolls-Royce for green-ship capabilities. “Rolls-Royce’s mtu engines are well-known for their power-to-weight ratio and fuel efficiency,” said Alan Chang, Executive Director for Glow Marine, pointing to key considerations influencing the client’s decision.

As a partner to shipbuilders, Rolls-Royce’s business unit Power Systems aspires to offer its customers clean and powerful propulsion solutions, and pledges to place the clean energy transition at the heart of everything that it does.

In particular, the mtu 16V 4000 M65L engine has the potential to achieve International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier III / US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 emissions regulations, when installed together with the mtu Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system developed in-house. IMO Tier III is the latest emissions standards set by IMO to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions. In the US, EPA Tier 4 is the most stringent emissions requirement for marine applications.

“The new high-speed four-stroke engines, which are based on proven mtu technologies, are currently available to comply with emissions regulations up to IMO III and EPA Tier 4 emissions. The engines will also be released to run on sustainable fuels such as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) by 2023, thus enabling climate-neutral operation in all applications.”
Tee Kian Seng - Rolls-Royce Power System’s Senior Manager, Sales – Commercial Marine for the APAC region

Keeping afloat amid shipbuilding challenges
Current world events—from the global energy crisis to the pandemic—have made business infinitely more challenging for the shipbuilding sector. With cruise activity taking a big hit following the outbreak of COVID-19, newbuild orders have been impacted, not to mention project delays and postponed deliveries. The rising emphasis on climate action globally has also put urgent pressure on maritime shipping to decarbonize its operations. This will rely partly on a smooth transition to alternative low- to zero-emissions marine fuels by 2030 – among other technologies – toward reaching net zero by 2050.

Another important factor that needed to be taken into consideration are the CR Classification Society’s new shipbuilding rules introduced in 2020, which Glow Marine must comply with for its Taiwan-based client. These govern the structure and safety of the vessels and engine rooms.

Altogether, this has been a challenging journey for Glow Marine. However, the team decided to press on with its mission to realize the first ferry vessel to deploy the first mtu 16V 4000 M65L engines in Asia Pacific. “This will serve as a pioneer example for subsequent newbuild ferries in Taiwan and elsewhere,” said Chang.

Uncompromising safety, economic performance
Glow Marine’s client Fei Ma Ferry Holdings had three top requirements to meet for the project—primarily vessel speed, fuel consumption, and vessel stability. Once completed, the 31-meter-long twin-hulled ferry will carry up to 200 passengers at a speed of 39 knots, while offering comfort and safety with low fuel consumption.

When it came to the engine vendor of choice, it was a non-issue for Glow Marine to recommend Rolls-Royce and its brand mtu. “Our newbuild catamaran ferries with mtu engines have established a sound reputation, particularly among ferry operators in Taiwan. This combination has consistently exceeded end user expectations,” said Chang.

The team selected the mtu 16V 4000 M65L engine as it ticked all the right boxes.
“Together with Fei Ma Ferry Holding’s owner, we had heard plenty of positive feedback about the preceding Series 4000 engines—designed based on experience gained from more than 250 million hours of operation achieved by the 52,000+ engines sold to date, and which have provided mission-critical power for 25 years. So even though the 16V 4000 M65L engine was relatively new back in 2019, we decided to deploy it because the profile of the engines met our demands.”
Alan Chang - Executive Director for Glow Marine

In terms of sustainability, the Singapore-based subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems was able to offer Glow Marine a clean and powerful marine propulsion system in its mtu 16V 4000 M65L engine, without compromising performance.

Chang also said Glow Marine attaches great importance to the excellent seaworthiness of its vessels. “The mtu 16V 4000 M65L engines provide reliable and ample power for speed. This is while also meeting the dimension and weight demands of the vessel’s engine room to provide stability and ease of maintenance during operation.”

Chang shared, the performance of the engines reached around 44 knots during the sea trials, exceeding end-user expectations. “The faster speed helps to cut cruise time by half between Donggang and Lambai Island, allowing Fei Ma Ferry Holdings to carry more passengers and at greater speeds,” he added. The 16V 4000 M65L engines also feature optimized fuel efficiency throughout the complete operating range (low, medium and high power), with each cylinder generating 14 percent more power than the previous generation. Based on the marine diesel engine E3 test cycle, customers can expect up to 5 percent fuel savings compared to that of the engine’s predecessor.

Time-between-overhaul of the engines has also been greatly extended, preserving both current and future engine value and sustainability for the customer. Running time can now be optimized up to 50,000 hours, subject to the actual load profile of the engines. “This translates into substantial cost savings for the owner’s operating expenses in the long run compared with competitors,” said Chang.
“The low noise and vibration levels from the engines also exceeded the expectations of the owner. This, combined with the vessel’s stability proved to be crucial in providing comfort to passengers even at high speed”, he added.

A one-stop solutions provider
Rolls-Royce also more than met its commitment to maximize customer satisfaction. Glow Marine said it greatly appreciated the smooth delivery and handover of the mtu engines despite pandemic-related challenges.

Chang shared that from the vessel design phase to engine installation and commissioning, right up to in-country service support, “Rolls-Royce was proactively supporting us all the way. The aftersales service presence also helped us to convince the owner. Other brands were being considered, but trust and performance established with mtu engines over past projects proved to be crucial”.

The shipbuilding specialist will be working with Fei Ma Ferry Holdings to renew its ferry fleet with another four to five more mtu-powered catamarans. Said Chang: “We are also looking into green technologies such as hybrid propulsion solutions to develop more fuel-efficient and reliable vessels with our designer. We are glad to have Rolls-Royce as our partner to help realize this vision.”

Keppel strengthens track record with delivery of fifth dredger

Keppel strengthens track record with delivery of fifth dredger

Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) has delivered its fifth Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) to Jan De Nul Group with a perfect safety record.

Ortelius, a 6000m3 TSHD, is the fifth dredger that Keppel O&M has delivered to Jan De Nul Group, following the delivery of three 3500m3 TSHDs and one 6000m3 TSHD last year. All five are Ultra-Low Emission vessels (ULEv) and the world's first European Union (EU) Stage V dredgers.

In line with Keppel’s Vision 2030 which puts sustainability at the heart of our strategy, Keppel O&M is providing value-added solutions to support the reduction of carbon emissions in the industry.

Mr Tan Leong Peng, Managing Director (New Builds) of Keppel O&M, said, "The delivery of a fifth dredger is testament to Keppel O&M’s newbuild capabilities and technological expertise. Our partnership with Jan De Nul Group has grown from strength to strength, and we are pleased to have delivered all five Ultra-Low Emission dredgers to Jan De Nul Group safely and efficiently, harnessing our holistic construction methodology.
“Despite the impact of COVID-19, we optimised operations while implementing safe management measures, and diversified our supply chain network, thus enabling us to catch up on work in a safe and efficient manner.”
Ortelius is fitted with a two-stage filtering technique for exhaust gases. Built to the requirements of the EU Stage V and International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) Tier III regulations , Ortelius is diesel-electric driven and able to dredge to a maximum depth of 35m. It features a shallow draught, is highly manoeuvrable, and is suitable for working in confined areas.
Mr Robby De Backer, Director of Newbuilding Department of Jan De Nul Group, said, "Ortelius, like all our new dredgers, allows dredging at the lowest levels of emissions to date. The Jan De Nul Group and Keppel teams worked closely to overcome the challenges caused by COVID-19 and expedite the delivery of Ortelius. We are proud to partner with industry leader Keppel, who has through their engineering expertise and excellent service, provided assurance in the safe delivery of high-quality vessels.”

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) is a world leader in providing total solutions to the offshore, marine and energy industries. Bolstered by a global network of yards and offices, it has extensive know-how across a wide range of capabilities – design & engineering, new builds, conversions & repairs, and support services.

A pioneer in offshore solutions, Keppel O&M has a strong track record in designing and building high-performance offshore drilling rigs, production platforms and specialised ships. It is a trusted partner in the conversion, repair and modification of diverse and complex rigs and vessels, and is also a developer of integrated solutions for the offshore renewable and infrastructure industries.

Backed by robust operational excellence, Keppel O&M innovates and leverages new technologies to deliver projects on time, on budget, safely, reliably, and to the highest quality. For more information, visit

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Rolls-Royce is supplying two mtu 16V 4000 M55RN gas engines to Sembcorp Marine Integrated Yard for the construction of the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-hybrid powered tug. The harbour tug will be operated in Singapore by Jurong Marine Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine. The new LNG-hybrid tug is the first of 12 tugs that Sembcorp Marine plans to design and build to replace the existing diesel-powered ones between now and 2025.

“We are very happy to be part of Sembcorp Marine’s efforts in environmental protection and adopt new green technologies in their operations. The mtu marine gas engines are part of Rolls-Royce’s Green and High-Tech programme. Without exhaust gas aftertreatment they emit no sulfur oxides only very small quantities of nitrogen oxide and particulate mass is below the verification limit”, says Chew Xiang Yu, Head of Rolls-Royce Power Systems’ commercial marine business in Asia.

This is the first LNG-hybrid tug to be powered by mtu gas engines worldwide. Designed by LMG Marin (Norway), part of the Sembcorp Marine group, to deliver 65T Bollard Pull (BP) with ABS Class, the LNG-hybrid tug is estimated to be completed in the later part of 2021. The main propulsion system of the tug comprises twin 16-cyclinder mtu Series 4000 gas units which will provide a combined total power of 2984 kilowatts at 1600 RPM (revolutions per minute). The new gas engines are able to deliver performance comparable to a high-speed diesel engine. Equipped with multipoint fuel injection, dynamic engine control and enhanced turbocharging, the engines cater for dynamic acceleration capabilities, high power output and reduced emissions considerably below the current IMO III limits without the need for exhaust aftertreatment. The LNG-hybrid propulsion system will be able to provide flexibility to cater for various operational modes and is able to switch between low emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) engines and zero-emission battery power.

The new mtu gas engines are already powering ferries operated by the Dutch shipping company Doeksen in the specially protected Wadden Sea. A Lake Constance ferry operated by Stadtwerke Konstanz will also start operating in 2021 with the new mtu gas engines.

Sembcorp Marine is an integrated brand offering one-stop engineering solutions for the offshore, marine and energy industries. The Group’s solutions focus on the following areas: Gas Value Chain, Renewable Energy processes, Advanced Drilling Rigs, Ocean Living and Maritime Security. Sembcorp Marine operates shipyards and facilities in Singapore, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Norway and Brazil.
Rolls-Royce pioneers cutting-edge technologies that deliver clean, safe and competitive solutions to meet our planet’s vital power needs.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany and employs around 10,000 people. The product portfolio includes mtu-brand high-speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, power generation, heavy land, rail and defence vehicles and for the oil and gas industry as well as diesel and gas systems and battery containers for mission critical, standby and continuous power, combined generation of heat and power, and microgrids.

Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
Annual underlying revenue was £15.45 billion in 2019, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services.

Underwater Mounting Rexpeller

Underwater Mounting Rexpeller

Thanks to specially developed lifting and sealing techniques, these azimuth thrusters can be mounted or dismantled underwater.These are large azimuth thrusters that can be mounted directly to the hull.
The underwater mounting Rexpeller is the perfect solution for drillships, semi-submersible rigs, FPSO units and other offshore vessels.
· Safe, easy installation
· No dry-docking required for thruster maintenance
An azimuth thruster suspended by a cable is lowered into the water and then lifted with another cable extending from the hull.
Kawasaki began production of Rexpeller azimuth thrusters in 1983 and has since delivered approximately 1,000 units. Moving forward, the company hopes to continue contributing to maritime shipping and other marine industries around the world through the provision of propulsion equipment that offers excellent propulsive performance, energy savings and environmental performance for various ships.
* Rexpeller is a registered trademark of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

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