Airplane-Like Wings Could Help Cargo Ship Boost Fuel Efficiency

Dutch based ship designer eConowind has been tapped to supply one of their innovative “ventifoil“ wind-assisted propulsion systems onboard a 3,600 DWT cargo ship, marking the first commercial order of the system. The system will be installed aboard the Van Dam Shipping’s general cargo vessel Ankie with delivery in the fourth quarter of 2019. The Ventifoil wind-assist … [Read more...]

ABB Introduces New ‘Azipod D’ Electric Thruster

Swiss-based power and automation group ABB has introduced a new addition to its line of Azipod propulsion systems to the growing electric propulsion market. ABB says the new product, known as 'Azipod D', allows a wider range of vessel types to benefit from the reliability and flexibility that has made Azipod the leading propulsion system across numerous ship types. ABB’s … [Read more...]

Cat Unveils New ‘Twin Fin’ Propulsion System

Caterpillar Marine is set to formally unveil the new Cat Propulsion Twin Fin System this week at the 2014 ITS Hamburg Conference and Exhibition in Germany. The Cat Propulsion Twin Fin System is based on a new diesel-electric solution that saves on fuel and emissions, while improving overall vessel performance and ease of maintenance. What’s interesting about the Twin Fin … [Read more...]

PHOTOS: 3D Seismic Vessel Gets “Twin Fin” Propulsion Upgrade

In February 2014, the 3D Seismic Vessel ‘Polarcus Naila’ was at Damen Shipyard Group’s ship repair and conversion yard Shipdock Amsterdam for a 6-week propulsion upgrade that included the exchange of two existing azimuth thrusters with the compact “Twin Fin” system. The upgrade, which is described in the video above, was designed by Odense Maritime Technology, Caterpillar … [Read more...]

Propulsion-Enhancing Fins Installed on Hamburg Süd Containerships

Becker Twisted Fins, designed by Becker Marine Systems, were retrofitted onto seven “Santa" class container vessels of the fleet of liner shipping company Hamburg Sud. Each container vessel has a capacity for 7,100 TEU, with a design speed of around 22 knots and an installed engine power of 41MW. The Becker Twisted Fin was launched in September 2012 by Becker Marine … [Read more...]