AHTS to have multi step hybrid gear

NOVEMBER 11, 2013 — Vard's Brevik, Norway, shipyard has awarded Norwegian marine drive specialist Kumera AS a contract to deliver its Norgear advanced multi step hybrid gear for a newbuild anchor handling tug (AHT) being built for first quarter 2015 delivery to Buksér og Berging AS.

The multi step hybrid gear contract is valued over NOK 5 million.

The gear is a key component of the green engine/propulsion system designed for this class of tug.

The system is capable of minimizing a vessel's environmental impact by optimising operations for various running modes. By enabling different operating modes for different tasks a vessel undertakes, Kumera's Norgear multi step hybrid gear can achieve fuel savings up to a level of 40-50% (operation specific).

The project will be executed by Kumera AS (KAS), in close cooperation with Buksér og Berging AS as partner in the development of the gear solution. Kumera AS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kumera Drives OY and has since the 1970s been globally responsible for marine drives within the Kumera Corporation. Kumera AS is a marine drive solutions provider, custom building drives for marine, offshore and subsea applications. It offers a broad portfolio of marine drive products and solutions for main propulsion, hybrid, auxiliary, deck machinery, etc.

"Kumera is emerging as a preferred supplier of hybrid marine main propulsion gears for the AHT, tug and workboat markets. This new contract shows that our strategy of delivering customized marine drive solutions internationally is appreciated by our customers, especially technically advanced companies like Buksér og Berging AS and Vard that are committed to reducing fuel consumption and harmful environmental emissions," comments Jukka Kyttälä, CEO, Kumera Corporation.