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July 2017 Issue

Consortium for 3D-Printed
Ship Propeller

Damen Shipyards Group has entered a cooperative consortium with RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas to develop the world’s first class-approved 3D-printed ship’s propeller, to be called the WAAMpeller.

It will be based on a Promarin design that is typically found on a Damen Stan Tug 1606. This 1,300-mm-diameter propeller weighs approximately 180 kg. Using Autodesk software in the construction process, Port of Rotterdam’s RAMLAB will fabricate the WAAMpeller from a bronze alloy using the Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) process.

Bureau Veritas will be involved in the certification of the completed product. Once the propeller has been printed, Damen’s role will continue with full-scale trials.

The first propeller is expected to be printed by summer 2017, with subsequent testing in autumn.


Start-Up Supports Oil and Gas
With Microsoft Dynamics

A new Aberdeen-based company that aims to help businesses transform their processes and dramatically improve productivity with the latest Microsoft Dynamics technology has launched. Evolve iMS (information Management Systems) is an independent start-up focused on supporting companies in the oil and gas, construction and consultancy sectors to manage their business with an easy-to-use global ERP (enterprise resource planning) solution.

Evolve iMS will enable all financial, inventory management, project management and human resource information to be stored and managed in one centralized database.


Digital Transformation for
Smart Marine, Energy Ecosystems

Wärtsilä is implementing a digital transformation to become a data-led, insights-driven and agile technology company dedicated to taking a leadership role in smart marine and smart energy ecosystems throughout their entire life cycle. The aim is to increase efficiency while enabling a zero-emissions society.

Wärtsilä has taken several actions to speed up the developments achieved during the last decade. The focus is on future technology, notably the use of artificial intelligence, data analytics, open platforms, block chain and cybersecurity, as well as on creating new business models.

Wärtsilä has recruited a highly qualified digital leadership team and has established a new digital organization with more than 400 existing Wärtsilä employees.

Wärtsilä will launch digital acceleration centers globally.


Joint Working Group
On Cybercrime and Prevention

Inmarsat is giving its full backing to a new joint working group formed by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) to develop a coordinated position on cybercrime and its prevention. Stakeholder unity is critical in meeting the unpredictability of the cybersecurity threat to shipping.

Inmarsat is a founding member of the group, which is being led by George Reilly of ABS and has been charged with evaluating measures to develop standardized industry practices to oppose maritime cyber threats from any direction.


Initiative to Adapt Digitalization
For Upstream Oil, Gas

The Subsea Systems Institute (SSI), in partnership with Endeavor Management and World Oil, will sponsor an industry-based initiative to adapt the broad area of digitalization to the upstream oil and gas industry. Ultimately, the project will involve direct participation by operators, service companies and engineering contractors.

The project was launched with an exploratory meeting with operators, service and engineering companies and software providers to identify potential topics, including artificial intelligence, standard interfaces, asset security and information sharing from design through decommissioning.

A second meeting will be scheduled to determine industry commitment.


Intellian Satcom System
Passes Marlink Test

Intellian Technologies’ v65 Ku/Ka-band convertible satellite communications system has been independently tested by satellite communications service provider Marlink and reportedly exceeds all expectations in terms of performance efficiency on the company’s newly launched 60-cm global network.

These results represent a significant breakthrough in redefining expectations of what constitutes fast and reliable onboard connectivity for data-dense applications through a compact VSAT system.

Testing was carried out on the Marlink Network using Intelsat 33e, the newest Intelsat EpicNG satellite to provide high-throughput satellite Ku-band coverage to the EMEA region, to determine maximum throughput levels.


CellSwap Replaces Battery Cells, Leaves Rest of Installation Intact
Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) introduced CellSwap, which uses a new cost-effective method of retrofitting battery systems by replacing battery cells while leaving the rest of the installation intact.

While conventional batteries have to be recycled in their entirety, CellSwap enables battery cells to be replaced while almost all other components are preserved, including electric and cooling components, cell barriers and master battery unit.

The process, called re-coring, saves up to 60 percent of the costs of installing a new battery after a five-year cycle, greatly enhancing life-cycle value.


Visedo Partners with
Kongsberg and Veth Propulsion

Visedo announced partnership agreements with Kongsberg Evotec and Veth Propulsion to deliver new marine electrification solutions.

As part of the agreement with Kongsberg, Visedo will develop and produce power solutions for fully integrated electric deck handling winches, to replace traditional hydraulic winches—the first time electric components will be fully integrated on deck into the winch.

Under the agreement with Veth Propulsion, Visedo will produce electric-powered thrusters featuring Visedo’s permanent magnet (PM) motor technology. The companies have co-developed the Integrated L-Drive, a compact electric propulsion solution with a power range of 300 to 1,325 kW.


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