• 2020 October 16 17:36

    Krylov Center scientists developed 6.5 MW electric propulsion/steering unit

    It will let substitute widely used Azipod units

    As directed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, scientists of Krylov State Research Center (KSRC) have developed an electric propulsion/steering unit (EPSU) of 6.5 MW allowing to substitute widely used Azipod units manufactured by ABB, a Swiss-Swedish corporation, KSRC told IAA PortNews.

    Amid the sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU countries, supplies of foreign EPSUs needed for the majority of large ships are at risk. Propulsion/steering systems are an alternative to a conventional shaftline design and their application in global shipbuilding is rapidly expanding being driven by numerous economic and technical advantages ensured by the alternative design.

    For example, they ensure up to 15% of cargo capacity increase, safety of ships and more convenient maintenance of their power plants. Propulsion/steering systems are the best for icebreakers and ice-class ships, gas carriers and tankers, drilling ships and platforms, research ships and other types of vessels for which accurate dynamic positioning is crucial. In view of the tenfold increase of cargo traffic on the Northern Sea Route within the coming five years, creation of domestic EPSUs for certain types of ships and shelf development facilities becomes a strategically significant task under state programmes for Arctic development.

    The prototype model of Russia’s first EPSU built by the order of the Ministry of Industry and Trade is fully based on technologies and components of domestic origin. The unit is designed to ensure maneuvering and all motion modes of warships and civil vessels of up to and including Arc5 class under conditions of unrestricted navigation.

    One of the key advantages of Russian EPSU over ABB’s Azipod is the combined (water/air) cooling system featuring lower weight and size.

    “Krylov State research Center is the first developer of a technology for construction of electric propulsion/steering units in our country through a wide cooperation with domestic enterprises. The work performed will let develop a range of EPSU types of various capacity within a short time”, said Oleg Petrovichev, Chief Project Designer.

    “The development of a technological chain engaging Russian manufactures lets escape the establishment of dedicated production facilities thus allowing for financial savings which was among the key tasks set by the Customer”, added Anatoly Popov, head of Special Project Management Service.

    The model of the new unit has undergone the complete range of tests in the KSRC basins including the test in its unique ice basin; the model tests completed in September confirmed the system’s design characteristics.

    “In view of uncertain requirements in respect of the future unit’s characteristics it was decided to develop a model with a maximum scope of application ensured by ice resistance of Arc5 minimum. While designing and testing in the ice basin, the model was used to simulate independent movement of a ship in a continuous field ice with thickness equivalent to 1.6 meters and movement through a canal with thickness equivalent to 2.2 meters. Arc5 requirements foresee independent movement in one-year loose-pack Arctic ice of up to 0.8 meters thick in winter-spring navigation season and up to 1.0 meter thick in summer-autumn navigation season. The newly created EPSU can have an Arctic and standard class with a maximum level of unification”, emphasized Dmitry Novikov, Deputy to the General Director for Special Projects.

    The designers believe that the requirement on local production of propulsion/steering units effective from June 1 will facilitate strengthening of domestic technologies’ position in the Russian market. The policy of sanctions pursued by the West has brought a reverse effect driven by mobilization of Russia’s administrative and scientific potential. The process has resulted in the appearance of unique technologies substantially superior to their foreign counterparts.

    The developments were initiated by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

2020 October 29

18:31 Wan Hai Lines to launch Straits – Bangladesh Express Service
18:09 Lloyd’s Register launches dedicated Maritime Decarbonisation Hub
17:56 Bill on corporatization of FSUE Rosmorport submitted to RF Government
17:56 Hapag-Lloyd announces winter surcharge to and from St. Petersburg and Ust-Luga
17:30 Rosmorport’s Azov-Black Sea Basin Branch purchased 5 tugboats
17:05 Wärtsilä to collaborate with Anemoi Marine Technologies in future sales of Rotor Sail solutions
16:59 Romania’s border authorities using EMSA RPAS for coast guard surveillance
16:35 Jon Fredrik Baksaas appointed DNV GL’s Chair of the Board
16:17 Nordion Energi moves closer to the aim of 100% green energy by joining the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance
16:01 Port of Los Angeles streamlines online permit process
15:28 MABUX released Bunker Weekly Outlook
15:22 Bunker prices are slightly down in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
15:20 CMA CGM announces Peak Season Surcharge from China to Russia
15:01 Partnership agreement between leading Hamburg Port Authority and Tanger Med Port Authority
14:36 Port Kolomna takes delivery of multibucket dredger of Project 3409
14:11 MAN compressor technology for largest FPSO vessel offshore Brazil
13:53 Novatek to launch LNG terminal in Rostock (Germany) in 2023
13:30 Rosatom looks into using barges for LNG delivery to Arctic regions
13:11 IMEC and ITF opens big quarantine and testing facility in Manila
12:52 RS grants GASA to GTT’s Mark III Technology
12:29 Rosatom expects reactor plants RITM-200 to be efficient for container carriers and oil tankers
12:10 GTT entrusted by Zvezda with the tank design of ten ARC7 ice-breaking LNG сarriers
11:48 USC forecasts complete transition of shipping industry to electric propulsion in 20-25 years
11:30 Rijkswaterstaat has awarded the enlargement of the Twente canals to a consortium of Van Oord - Hakkers - Beens
11:09 DSV Panalpina acquires Prime Cargo
10:50 Novatek to put into operation 30,000-cbm gas carrier under Cryogas-Vysotsk project in 2022
10:37 Volvo Penta IMO III marine generator sets help power five electric ferries in Norway
10:09 International Association of Dredging Companies signs major strategic collaboration agreement with FIDIC
09:51 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 29
09:46 Three LNG-powered product tankers for shipment of stable gas condensate from Ust-Luga to be delivered in 2022-23
09:24 Oil prices show slight increase
09:20 Vestdavit wins contract to supply six French Navy vessels
09:12 Baltic Dry Index as of October 28

2020 October 28

18:15 Sri Lanka's East Container Terminal inaugurates for operations
17:51 Tallink Grupp makes temporary changes to Tallinn-Helsinki route schedule from 29 October 2020
17:30 Key element of Russia’s collider facility NICA transshipped in Bronka
17:06 GONDAN delivers new fishing stern trawler to Prestfjord AS
16:39 Rosmorrechflot resumes work on programme for encouraging LNG-powered shipping
16:13 Cavotec launches next generation MoorMaster
16:05 CNL awarded Transport Canada contract to research clean energy technologies to decarbonize marine sector
15:48 Profit attributable to NOVATEK shareholders amounted to RUB 24.1 billion in 9M’2020
15:25 Petersburg Oil Terminal increased shipments of oil products by 18% in 9M'2020
15:03 World’s first LPG-retrofit announced
14:56 SCF time charters three icebreaking LNG carriers to the Arctic LNG 2 project
14:22 FSUE Rosmorport to adjust design documentation for dredging at LNG terminal in Bechevinskaya bay
14:03 LNG-fueled PCTC“SAKURA LEADER” accredited as the world's first digital smart ship
13:37 Blue Wave terminal in Azov port increased its throughput by 13% in 9M’2020
13:11 Cooperation agreement signed between Fincantieri and the Cochin Shipyard
12:35 LNG bunkering vessel Optimus built by Damen arrived in Shanghai for start-up procedures and sea trials
12:04 CMA CGM announces PSS for cargo from Pakistan to North Europe
11:42 Global Ports to launch tank container repairs service at Yanino
11:23 MPA launches RFP for new LNG bunker supplier licence
11:01 4th “LNG Fleet, LNG Bunkering and Alternatives” conference kicked off
10:50 CMIT receives largest container vessel in Vietnam’s history
10:15 “All Ferries of Russia. Baltic Sea” webinar scheduled for 6 November 2020
10:10 Total charters four new LNG-powered vessels
10:01 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 28
09:59 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
09:46 Bunker market sees mixed price movements in the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:28 Oil prices start decreasing