• 2019 April 3 12:00

    Torqeedo provides electric propulsion for new VIKING LifeCraft

    Torqeedo has developed a specialized high-thrust electric propulsion system for VIKING’s revolutionary new LifeCraft™ survival craft, which are designed to speed safe evacuation of hundreds of passengers from ships at sea.

    The 203-passenger LifeCraft is a motorized inflatable vessel designed to deploy from a shipboard storage/launch station. Passengers board the boats through escape chutes. Once each boat is fully loaded, the crew manoeuvres it to a safe standoff distance from the ship using the electric motors.
     
    Torqeedo’s electric propulsion system is a key enabling technology for the self-propelled inflatable survival craft because they don’t require frequent access to fuel, oil and ignition systems for maintenance when stowed on board. This allows the electric motors and batteries to be integrated into the compact self-inflating design.

    The LifeCraft’s propulsion package consists of multiple, smaller motors for redundancy and manoeuvrability. Each craft has four Cruise 4.0 electric pod drives installed, powered by Power 24-3500 lithium-ion batteries in 48-volt banks. One motor is installed at each corner of the boat and all are networked into an integrated energy monitoring system, giving the operator a clear view of motor and battery status at a glance.
     
    The electric boats successfully completed heavy weather sea trials in October, proving their ability to deploy and operate dependably under the most extreme wind and sea conditions. The tests, witnessed and approved by DNV-GL, took place in the North Sea. Wave heights were between 3.6 and 4.6 meters (11.8-15.1 ft) with peaks up to 10 meters (32.8 ft) – 50 percent above the stipulated heavy weather testing requirements – and wind gusts up to 18 meters per second (40 mph) were recorded. The boats were launched and manoeuvred along the weather and lee sides of the ship, demonstrating their flexibility to move rescue capacity to wherever it is most needed. Then they performed a 24-hour controlled drift test in battering seas with no damage to the vessels.
     
    VIKING received official approval for the LifeCraft survival craft on March 8 from the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) as a “Novel Life-Saving Appliance” meeting the requirements for replacing conventional lifeboats on passenger ships.
     
    About Torqeedo

    Torqeedo is the market leader for electric mobility on the water. Founded in 2005 in Starnberg, Germany, the company develops and manufactures electric and hybrid drives from 0.5 to 100 kW for commercial applications and recreational use. Torqeedo products are characterized by an uncompromising high-tech focus, maximum efficiency and complete system integration. Torqeedo is part of the DEUTZ Group, one of the world's leading independent suppliers of diesel and natural gas engines.

    About VIKING

    VIKING Life-Saving Equipment is a global market leader in maritime and offshore safety. Headquartered in Denmark, the corporation manufactures, supplies and services everything from chute and slide-based evacuation systems to liferafts, lifejackets, immersion suits, firefighting equipment, aviation safety gear, lifeboats, hooks, davits and more. In 2018, VIKING acquired Norsafe, the Norwegian boatbuilder whose lifeboats are used throughout the world, adding further strength to an unmatched product and service offering in the global maritime safety industry. Founded in 1960, the privately held corporation manufactures in Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria, Greece, China and Thailand, and provides safety solutions in all significant markets and locations.




2019 June 27

16:22 Bunker market changes expected in Singapore - expert
15:54 Damen signs contract with Baleària for Eco-efficient tug in Port of Ciutadella
15:47 Murmansk Commercial Seaport increased daily unloading by 12% to 858 railcars
15:19 Gasum partners with new customer in LNG deliveries from Manga LNG Terminal in Tornio, Finland
14:53 Shanghai, China to host Intermodal Asia 2020 on March 17-19
14:28 Hamburg Messe to host Intermodal Europe 2019 on November 5-7
14:05 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from the Mediterranean to Mexico East Coast
13:51 GTT receives an order from Jiangnan Shipyard for the design of 5 container ships’ LNG fuel tanks
13:16 Sovcomflot participates in Marine Money Week 2019
12:44 Mediation starts at National Mediator’s office between Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, Industri Energi and SAFE
12:22 WMU-Koji Sekimizu PhD Fellowship on Maritime Governance launched officially
12:00 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from the Mediterranean to USEC and USGULF
11:38 Equinor and OMV sign two MoU to cooperate in the Barents Sea and in the Norwegian Sea
11:17 Singapore to host International Chemical and Oil Pollution Conference and Exhibition (ICOPCE) on 21-24 October 2019
10:56 Vympel Shipyard launched hydrographic survey vessel of Project 19910, Nikolay Skosyrev, built for RF Navy
10:35 Equinor signs sand screen services contracts with Tendeka AS and Baker Hughes Norge AS
10:13 Gasum’s Coralius reaches bunkering milestone in Rotterdam bunkering ship-to-ship
09:51 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.46% to $65.39, Light Sweet Crude – fell by 0.49% to $59.09
09:35 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, June 27
09:32 Neptune Energy confirmes its development plans for the Duva and Gjøa P1 projects in the North Sea
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,317 points
08:22 Colombo Dockyard delivers cable laying vessel built for Kokusai Cable Ship

2019 June 26

18:31 Dolphin Drilling business completes financial restructuring and appoints new management team
18:11 Jacobs wins contract to help build the largest shipyard in the Arabian Gulf
18:09 Senior officials from Kenya Coast Guard Services are undergoing training at national workshop in Mombasa
17:52 LUKOIL commissions two wells at V. Filanovsky field
17:30 Term of office of Sergey Baryshnikov, Rector of Makarov University, extended for 5 years
17:06 Saudi Aramco signs 12 agreements with South Korean partners worth billions of dollars
16:41 Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam completes major maintenance programme on OSV Deep Arctic
16:23 Nordic Engineering wins competition on development of technical design for 6-8 MW icebreaker
15:49 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker returned to Murmansk after its 50th voyage to North Pole
15:35 OOCL chooses Navis Stowage Planning Software StowMan for its container ship fleet
14:52 MacGregor works together with MSC to maximise performance and reduce emissions
14:50 IMO celebrates 30 years of outstanding legal training
14:26 North Sea Port conducts quay-inspection test using underwater robot from Asset.Insight.
14:03 Damen Shiprepair & Conversion signs contract on the conversion of a dredger ‘Samuel de Champlain’
13:52 EU NAVFOR Somalia takes part in Ministerial Conference on Maritime Security in Western Indian Ocean and Plenary Session of CGPCS
13:24 Sergey Larionov elected as General Director of Lena United River Shipping Company
12:51 Igor Tonkovidov elected as Chairman of Novoship BoD
12:27 Port of Rotterdam Authority to invest over 3.5 million euros to optimise the Wilhelminahaven
12:00 Nevsky Shipyard certified in “Military Register” Voluntary Certification System
11:58 Closing of MacGregor's TTS acquisition postponed to Q3 2019
11:35 Russia's Main Department of State Expertise approved project on development of bunkering base at commercial seaport of Murmansk
10:57 Yamal LNG shipped first LNG cargo to Japan
10:18 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.42% to $65.19, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.94% to $58.95
09:59 IAPH South East Asia and Oceania Region meets in Kuala Lumpur in August
09:44 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning June, 26
09:33 Bunker prices increase at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,280 points

2019 June 25

18:06 VARD orders seawater cooling for newbuild cable layer
17:34 ABP Humber Estuary Services (HES) purchased new £600,000 survey vessel
17:06 Q-Flex vessel sets delivery benchmark in Turkey
16:28 Awilco LNG posts vessel and contract update
16:22 Zhatai Shipyard to be provided with RUB 4.1 billion of budget investments in 2019–2021
15:59 Maersk introduces Maersk Spot, a new fully online product that simplifies the buying process for customers
15:15 NCSP Group announced decisions made at annual general shareholders' meeting
14:51 IMO: committed to implementation
14:20 ABP King’s Lynn investment attracts new construction industry customer
13:37 MAN B&W dual-fuel engines pass half-million hour milestone
12:59 ECSA celebrates the Day of the Seafarer