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Setting a new national record Mundra Port`s west basin handles record coal cargo of 151,299 MT per day



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When the gas tanker got caught in Japan’s Tsunami
Capt Mukesh’s gas carrier though battered by the Tsunami while at Kashima Port came out in one piece to discharge its lethal cargo which could have done inconceivable damage



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Last week the Third Frisian Solar Challenge took place in the Netherlands with the competitors covering a 137 mile (220 km) course over a six day period. There were a total of 40 teams comprising mainly technical colleges and universities from eight countries with the furthest one coming from Brazil. The solar boat race is divided into three classes: class A class for one-person boats, class B class for two-person boats, and the open or Top class C may have a crew of any size. To keep costs down, entries in the A and B classes are loaned solar panels, the Top class is free to use as many panels as they wish limited in practice to the vessel’s overall dimensions and a max power limit of 1750W. On board battery storage with a maximum capacity of 1kWh is permitted. The overall winner of class A was Team Sunrise (Netherlands) completing the course in 16hrs 06 mins at an average speed of 8.5mph, class B Energa Solar II (Poland) in 19hrs 25mins with an average of 7 mph and Top class Private Energy Solarboatteam (Netherlands) in 11hrs 26mins averaging 12 mph

Posted to Marine Propulsion Report by Keith Henderson on 7/12/2010 5:48:22 AM | with 0 comments


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Subsea Power Grid to Enable Large-Scale Subsea Processing
The future of O&G recovery most likely lies in deepwater reservoirs. Subsea processing opens the door to more cost-efficient developments, especially for long step-outs and, marginal and deepwater fields.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 6/16/2010 4:32:58 PM | with 0 comments


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An unusual craft looking like a small catamaran aircraft carrier took part in the Hamburg harbor’s 821st birthday celebrations. Launched in March 2010, PlanetSolar is the largest ship powered by solar energy in the world. Scheduled to complete a world cruise incorporating a circumnavigation during 2011, the entire 50,000km journey is to be completed only on solar power and is expected to take 140 days. The 85 ton displacement ship has a length of 31m and beam 15m and there is accommodation for around 40 guests. 537m2 of solar panels feed the largest lithium-ion battery in the world. Two 10kW electric motors, power a controllable pitch carbon fiber propeller. There is a small emergency diesel generator on board. Built by the Knierim Shipyard together with HDW in Kiel, Germany, the electrical management and control system is provided by Imtech, Germany.

Posted to Marine Propulsion Report by Keith Henderson on 5/11/2010 9:14:08 AM | with 0 comments


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Now more than half way through a two-year experiment, the solar-power assisted vessel Auriga Leader has a two-stroke Mitsubishi 7UEC60LSII engine of 14,315 kW at 105 rpm for main propulsion. What’s new and makes this project so interesting is that she is also equipped with 328 solar panels to provide a contribution to the ship’s propulsion needs and electrical hotel needs. Aside from the electrical part of the experiment, the test is to investigate the reliability of the panels to the demanding marine environment, in particular salt-water damage, wind pressure, and vibration. Some interim results published after four voyages are optimistic. the power generated was about 1.4 times more than in tests on land with the same panels. An additional bonus is the improved generating efficiency thanks to the wind’s cooling effect. The total cost of the solar panel experiment is put at 1.6 million US dollars, on the plus side, the annual benefits to the environment are estimated to be a saving of 13 tons of fuel and the resultant non production of about 40 tons of CO2. At Lloyd's List 2009 Global Awards the Auriga Leader received the title of "Ship of the Year".

Posted to Marine Propulsion Report by Keith Henderson on 4/23/2010 1:24:35 PM | with 1 comments


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Indian government plans to provide incentives for promoting cargo movement by inland waters



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The tide is high
The Scottish isle of Orkney is keen to harness the power of the waves

Posted to On the waterfront by Emma-Jane Batey on 12/15/2009 8:37:37 AM | with 0 comments


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As part of an effort to bring convenient communications to mariners worldwide, KVH Industries, Inc., and On-Waves are partnering to make cell phone service at sea a reality for crew and passengers on vessels around the globe. Using KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadbandsm network and TracPhone V7 satellite communications system along with the On-Waves maritime cell phone service, crew members, passengers, and onboard contractors can easily and affordably use their own cell phones to make and receive calls to and from anywhere in the world. Cell phones alone usually lose reception about 15 miles offshore, when vessels travel outside the range of land-based cell towers.

Posted to Riding the Waves by Bruce L. Perri on 10/19/2009 9:00:00 AM | with 0 comments


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We've all been to the beach and wondered at the power of the waves rolling in. We have all imagined how in the world we'd go about harnessing that energy. Those of us who ply the waters of New England have stories to tell about the fast currents in Woods Hole passage, the west end of the Cape Cod Canal, or the rip currents in Hull Gut or at the mouth of the North River in Marshfield. At times, the waters in those spots boils with activity.

Posted to Maggie's View by Maggie Merrill on 10/7/2009 9:28:42 PM | with 0 comments


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