Focus on Marine Engines and Propulsion Systems

Focus on Marine Engines and Propulsion Systems


Regular readers of Baird Maritime will be quick to notice that the news stories, feature articles, and vessel reviews posted on our site regularly mention ongoing developments with regards to marine engines and propulsion as well as related equipment such as gearboxes and active stabilisers.

One notable trend is growing concern for the environment, as evidenced by the fact that the number of vessels fitted with “clean” technologies such as fully-electric and LNG propulsion is increasing exponentially.

Engines • Gensets • Gearboxes • Outboards • FPP • CPP • Waterjets • Sterndrives • Hybrid/Electric • Thrusters • Renewables • Nuclear • Gas Turbines

Vessels that run on diesel, petrol, and other more traditional fuels nonetheless continue to be relevant and offer practical as well as economical options for operators who are more oriented towards already proven solutions. This is due mainly to advances in key areas such as efficiency, maintainability, durability, and reliability, ensuring longer operating lives compared to their predecessors.

The more notable inclusions in this week’s featured vessels are a 33,000-tonne nuclear-powered icebreaker sailing under the Russian flag and a large, Dutch-owned yacht transport vessel fitted with more conventional engines that comply with strict global emissions standards. These and other vessels will be covered extensively as part of this month’s focus on the evolving marine propulsion sector.

Vessel Reviews:

Features and Opinion:

CASE STUDY | How the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue is optimising safety and efficiency with Hefring Marine

– “We chose the system because of its unique guidance and analysis features that can help us to prevent heavy impact loads to crew and the vessel.”

News and Gear:

Recent Important Features:

AWARDS 2021 | Best Gearbox Supplier – ZF Group

– “The company kept its focus on low-emission solutions with the introduction of hybrid maritime drives with electric motors to enable vessel owners to comply with ever-tightening environmental regulations.”

AWARDS 2021 | Best Motion Controls Supplier – Humphree

– “Our solution offers a combination of improved cost of operation and increased mission availability for planing vessels in one system.”

AWARDS 2021 | Best Electric Outboard Supplier – Torqeedo

– “Our systems offer exceptional performance and safety, compliance with international standards at the system level, and highly intuitive operation.”

AWARDS 2021 | Best Oil Filter Supplier – C.C.Jensen (CCJ)

– “When products are performing well and they deliver clean and dry oil, customers experience fewer unplanned downtimes and longer service lives of components and oil.”

AWARDS 2021 | Best Bearings Supplier – Thordon Bearings

– “The main benefits that owners and operators talk about are the need for little to no maintenance, ease of installation, and their ability to last longer than competitors’ products.”

AWARDS 2021 | Best Small Diesel Engine Supplier – Volvo Penta

– “We still see that customers recognise the unique value that our engines offer in terms of efficiency.”

AWARDS 2021 | Best Surface Drive Supplier – France Helices

– “We control all in the production chain, from the design, the patterns manufacturing, casting, CNC machining and finishing, to dynamic balancing, and then final dimensional controls and reports.”

Remember to come back every day to see the latest news, opinion and vessel reviews!

Call for content!

Any news or views about the global engines and propulsion systems sectors? Send it through to [email protected] ASAP (between now and May 20), so we can add it to this current edition of MEPS Week!

We are after:

  • Vessels – Orders, new deliveries, under construction
  • Gear – Latest innovations and technology in the engines and propulsion systems sector
  • Reminiscences – Do you have any exciting, amusing or downright dangerous anecdotes from your time in the maritime world? (example here)
  • Other – Any other relevant news

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