Becker Marine Systems showcases latest developments at SMMWritten by Nick Blenkey
SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 — Hamburg headquartered Becker Marine Systems GmbH is using this week’s SMM event in its home town both to promote its well known high performance rudders and energy saving systems. such as the Becker Mewis Duct, and to introduce several innovative product developments.
“Our main Maneuvering Systems and Energy-Saving Devices divisions continue to develop in a positive way,” say joint Managing Directors Dirk Lehmann and Henning Kuhlmann. “Especially in the field of energy-saving solutions, demand continues to rise strongly, as energy efficiency plays an ever increasing role as a result of rising fuel costs and stricter environmental regulations in future.”
With its latest generation of high-performance rudders, Becker Marine Systems has succeeded in further improving the efficiency of existing rudders and gaining additional market share. It has also developed new product enhancements in the area of digitization, including the Becker Intelligent Monitoring System (BIMS) which enables energy-saving autopilot operation and improves the effectiveness of ship operation.
Becker Marine Systems reports numerous new orders for high performance rudders and its energy-saving solutions, the Becker Mewis Duct and Becker Mewis Duct Twisted. The two 2,500 TEU LNG fueled containerships on order for the Pasha Group at Keppel AmFELS will be equipped with newly developed Becker Twist Rudders with rudder bulbs.
The company is currently developing a new Becker Mewis Duc for twin screw vessels that can lower energy consumption by up to four per cent.
Becker LNG PowerPac development
Just two weeks before the SMM event, Becker Marine Systems presented a pilot project that enables large containerships to turn off their auxiliary diesel engines in port and obtain power for on-board operations from a new type of mobile generator. The mobile Becker LNG PowerPac is a compact system the size of two 40-foot containers that combines a gas-powered generator and an LNG tank to provide power for ship operations while in port.
The system has been successfully tested on Hapag-Lloyd ships at the Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) pier with all parties involved being very satisfied with the results of the pilot project.
“We are in talks with a number of European and Chinese ports and are confident that the Becker LNG PowerPac can succeed on the market,” says Lehmann.
COBRA maritime battery system further developed
Becker reports that its COBRA (Compact Battery Rack) system based on lithium-Ion cells, is currently undergoing type approval by classification societies Bureau Veritas and DNV GL.
In principle, COBRA can be used on any ship as part of a hybrid/electric drive, or as s peak shaving buffer or for energy storage.
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