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Traditional fire extinguishing agents can cause major damage to─or even destroy─the very things they are meant to protect.  Boatbuilders and owners worldwide trust their assets to FG and FD model Sea-Fire pre-engineered suppression systems.  They employ FM-200, which is both safe for people and environmentally responsible.

Sea-Fire’s FG series is perfect for protecting enclosed engine compartments, covering areas from 25 to 240 cu. ft.  Available in 20 sizes, FG models feature lightweight, compact, corrosion-resistant aluminum cylinders for easy fit and installation.

The FD series protects areas from 150 to 1,500 cu. ft.  These cylinders are refillable and, with 54 standard models to choose from, fit most engine compartments.

Both models are available in automatic or manual/automatic configurations.  They come with a pressure gauge and switch, a protective guard, mounting bracket and indicator light with bezel.

FM-200, an EPA-approved alternative to halon, is safe where people are present and leaves behind no oily residue, particulate or water.  Reaching extinguishing levels in 10 seconds or less, FM-200 stops combustible, electrical and flammable liquid fires.  When fire is extinguished this quickly, the result is lower repair costs and an extra margin of safety for those aboard.

Selecting the correct Sea-Fire model size is relatively easy.  The volume of area to be protected is determined by multiplying the compartment’s length by its width and height, without deducting for engines, removable tanks or other equipment.  It is important to note that only one extinguisher may be used to protect a compartment.  Several extinguishers may be fitted, provided that each independent extinguisher is capable of protecting the entire volume of the protected space.

In addition to its pre-engineered FG and FD series, Sea-Fire Marine custom-engineered systems are available for protecting spaces larger than 1,500 cu. ft.  For these applications, the company provides a detailed proposal after the convenient Design Guide on its website is completed.

Complying with strict global standards, FM-200 certifications include USCG, Germanischer Lloyd, DNV, RINA, Maritime New Zealand and CE.

            Contact Sea-Fire Marine, 9331-A Philadelphia Rd., Baltimore, MD  21237.  800-445-7680 or 410-687-5500.

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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Uncategorized



Interview with…


Why is this man smiling? Well, that’s Tom Bean’s way. And why not. It’s his attitude that it takes just as much energy to smile than to frown. In fact, maybe a lot less and besides, it’s a lot nicer. I had the pleasure of meeting Tom last Palm Beach Boat Show quite by accident while visiting with industry friends Mark-Udo Broich of Apreamare, and the husband and wife team behind the highly successful, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida-based Anchor Yacht Sales–specializing in Hampton Yachts–Sandy and Capt. Forrest Roberts. After getting a tour of the engine room on the latest Hampton Yacht, Capt. Forrest pointed out a new piece of equipment that, like most aboard the entire line up of boats, is now standard equipment. Explaining how it kept the raw water system free of unwanted clam and mussel growth, he simply added that I could speak with the president of the company right outside, on the dock, between the Apreamare display and his. And I did just that.

KK: How did the connection with boats and the water take place?
TB: I was born in Miami and grew up on the water. At age seven,  I had access to a 13’ Boston whaler.  And by the age of nine, the dream came true. My very own 17’ Whaler with a 70-hp Johnson on the transom (which we still have). I discovered  Biscayne Bay and got to know it like the back of my hand, from  downtown Miami to Ocean Reef.  At the age of 13 my family had a 58’ Rybovich, I learned to work the deck and really fish, and started docking and running the boat. This is when I discovered offshore and the Bahamian islands. There was no turning back now.
KK: Was there a particular event, or series of events, that you can recall that had enough meaning to you so as to influence your life? 
The family purchased  two Feadships during my high school and college years. Under the watchful eyes of the crew I learned more and more about bigger boats. While Attending the University of South Florida I sat for and obtained my 100 ton Masters License. After three years at USF I transferred to Maine  Maritime Academy to further my education and expanded my knowledge and love of boats.
After years of boating, my interests moved from the sea to the sky, I attended American Flyers Flight School and earned my Private Pilot license.  After flying a few years, I moved forward with a  career in that direction.  I was then  hired on at Gulfstream International Airlines and flew All over Florida and the Bahamas. While I worked for a few different airlines out-of-state, my heart always brought me back to the islands.
In 2001 I started ClearSkyAir, a one man/one airplane, aircraft charter company based on the Treasure Coast. I flew Florida, the Bahamas, and beyond. I was over the Gulf Stream at least 6 times a week and loved to watch the boats below making the crossing to Grand Bahama or other islands to the east. After eight years of ClearSkyAir, I had 4 planes and 7 pilots. I sold the company and came back to the sea.
KK: How did the idea for Pipe Defender begin? What were the circumstances surrounding its formation?
The idea for Pipe Defender came after I took a position as the Captain on a 106’ Burger.  While running  anthe boat and taking care of all the maintenance aboard,  I found a huge problem with bio-fouling and growth in the pipes and chillers. Deciding to do an acid wash proved to be a costly mistake.  The company we called in must have used too much acid in their flush because it popped pin holes in the chillers and two of the three had to be replaced. End game:  A lot of money.  
After numerous flushing of the chillers and cleaning of the pipes and impellers. I spoke with the folks at Burger in Wisconsin.  “What can be done about all the growth in the pipes on this boat?” Their response?  “Tom, you are in South Florida. It comes with the territory. There is no special trick, and just something you have to deal with.”  Well, needless to say the answer did not sit well with me. It’s not that Burger did not have the answer; they are an outstanding group of people. It’s that no one had the answer.
I then asked friends of mine from Maine Maritime, who are still shipping out as Chief Engineers  on Super Tankers and huge dredges.  Their answers were similar to others I have heard, with some being a bit more extreme “fix it” ideas that could not, and would not, ever be used on a private yacht.
I had heard all the same old tricks people used, Chlorine or Bromine Tablets, or liquid in the strainers. Pouring Muriatic acid in the strainers and other crazy stuff like that; not too “green” or environmentally friendly for my liking. Plus, it’s not a great idea to carry those kinds of things in my engine room on the boat for longer trips. I did some brain storming and thought of a few ideas, then it hit me like a ton of bricks.
I made some calls and got in touch with some of the engineers at Aqua Cal. I told them about the problem and “my ideas for a solution.” So we worked together and engineered the system to get it to work on the Burger.  When we were satisfied with what we have done we installed the system on the Burger and waited.

A few weeks into the experiment, things started to happen. Shells started to release from the side of the pipes in the raw water system. We noticed however that the “critters” were dead. Just empty shells.  No more flushes of the chillers, the raw water system was running smoothly and all water temperatures on all our system were working perfectly. The system was working great and after a year working flawlessly on the Burger I started thinking about it, I decided, I can’t keep this all to myself, so let’s bring this to market. I had a meeting with Aqua Cal and asked if they could produce the system  for me. I guess this was the birth of “PipeDefender”. My wife and I thought of the name and she, being  a graphic artist, created the logo and face of PipeDefender.

We launched PipeDefender at the Miami International Boat Show in January of 2011.  It was an interesting week.  First of all it was a new product to the market, and people don’t really understand how it works or are reluctant to change to something new.  As I walked around the show and talked with Captains on boats, I asked if I could come aboard and show them something. I the usual, “OK, what are you selling”. Then after listening and seeing pictures, most became very interested and wanted to know more. We did get a buyer on the manufacturing end, that being the group at Hampton Yachts, who were impressed enough to installed four units on their boats.

KK: How about a brief description of how PD works?
TB: PipeDefender uses proven technology.  What happens is that the system has  titanium plates wrapped in a catalytic material they are placed either in line or in the sea chest of the boats raw water system. As the water flows over the plates the ionic bond of the sodium chloride or salt, which naturally occurs in sea water is broken. By breaking the sea water down at the element state we produce NaOCl which, if you look on the side of a Clorox Bottle, Is the chemical identifier of bleach. The system  makes  just a trace amount. This trace amount runs through all your pipes and eliminates all biological organisms and keeps your pipes free and clear. This process also drops the PH of the water by two points, which descales the pipes as the water flows through them.  This is also how the shells of the clams and Barnacles are taken care of. A demo can be seen on the web site.
Of course there is always the matter of the environment. No problem as our system meets all requirements of the EPA and US Coast Guard. In fact it is totally “GREEN”.  When the treated water is discharged overboard  it  returns to its normal state and becomes salt water again.
KK: What sets your device and company apart from similar operations?
TB: There is no other system like this on the market at this time. End of story.
KK: Fair enough. So, where is the company now and where would you like it to go? What other boat mfrs. are using your product?
TB: The company is still growing, trying to make people aware of the problem if they don’t know about it and for those who do, let them know we have the solution.  We would like to see our unit in every boat cruising in the warmer waters.  PipeDefender will save owners thousands of dollars each year in maintenance as well as the aggravation associated with overheating engines and bio fouled chillers. In addition to Hampton, we are currently installed on Burgers, Skipperliners, and NorthStars and are working with other boat owners manufactures at this time as well.

 If you’d like more information about PipeDefender, get in touch with Tom Bean. He’ll be happy to speak with you personally. And tell him you saw it here.

Pipe DefenderLLC

(772) 370-0866

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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Uncategorized


Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Yacht Spotting and New Launches

New Concept: CRN’s “Dislopen” Superyacht Project

Dislopen represents a range of innovative steel and aluminum superyachts that marry the shape and style of a high-performance open-boat with the volume and the comfort of a large displacement yacht.

CRN Yachts intends for the Dislopen line to develop a new range in luxury yachts, that offer a unique way to experience sailing and cruising, offering constant direct contact with the sea through its outdoor areas whilst having even greater onboard comfort and space.

This original concept developed from a combination of ideas garnered from CRN’s many years of experience in bespoke megayachts, as well as the architects Gianni and Paola Zuccon of Studio Zuccon International Project, long-standing partners of the brand and the Ferretti Group. The Dislopen line is born from a combination of the Dislopen concept came to life in three megayacht macro-projects: Sport line, a 46-meter long model, a second 52- meter long model and the third is 62-meter long. The 46 and the 52 has also been developed in two versions in which the stern varies aesthetically, reducing the overall length by two metres in each model, giving it a neater and more minimal look.

The Dislopen range has a sporty look, similar to that of small and medium yachts, but is also able to make longer trips, even across the ocean, and still have the typical comfort of a displacement megayacht. Every megayacht of the CRN Dislopen has four or five decks (from the top: a sun deck -only available in the 46 and 52-meters- owner’s deck, main deck, lower deck, sub deck, the latter is reserved for technical spaces and the galley), on which open areas prevail. The interior and the exterior layout has been redesigned to obtain simple and functional solutions that exploit each area on board in an original manner.

Specifically, on the main deck there is a large completely open cockpit with a sunbathing area – with a large swimming pool in the three exclusive designs – a luxurious large lounge and a covered dining area which creates a harmonious “Al fresco” dining area. On the bow of the main deck lies another open-air lounge area with a C-shaped sofa and table and a large sun deck. Indoors, there is a jig-hall, a lobby, a dining area towards the prow and a large cinema hall, which can be used as a fitness room. Moreover, various layouts have been designed to suit customers’ requirements, offering a separate area at the prow of the main deck that can be completely customized, for example, with a cinema hall, a sixth guest cabin with a terrace as well as an an area which can be used for a a gym or wellness.

On the upper deck, which is exclusively dedicated to the ship owner – called the ship owner’s bridge – there is a large open cockpit suite towards the stern. Finally, on the sun deck, which is accessed through a central outdoor staircase or through the internal lobby staircase, there is a second sunbathing area and retractable dashboard at the stem, a typical feature of the open boats.

All the Dislopen models have five VIP cabins and a master suite, with a crew, that is adequate to the size of a mega yacht (9 to 15 crew members), accommodated towards the lower deck away from the guests’ sleeping area. Besides the numerous open air spaces that can be enjoyed whilst sailing, once anchored, the guests can enjoy other surfaces which have become must-have’s for CRN clients. An example of this is the full beam retractable terrace overlooking the sea in the VIP guest cabins, found towards the prow of the main deck on the 52-meter. The same opening is found in the dining room of the 46-meter projects. Finally, on the 62-meter there are two terraces, one on each side of the boat, from the dining room that lies on the stem of the main deck. Moreover, on the 46-meter yacht, at the side of the stern, the guests can enjoy an area with a folding beach by the sea, used for fitness and wellness.

On the 52-meter yacht, the ship owner can enjoy the beach club at the stern, an area obtained by the opening of a door that turns into a real beach, to be used as solarium. The maximized interior, provides wide spaces, thanks to the way the areas have been used, eliminating those spaces that were normally unused by the ship owner. Moreover, the presence of large windows at the sides of the bridges make the internal hall more airy, allowing a panoramic view from all parts of the ship, which is another unusual feature for a yacht of this size.

The 46M Sport has 2 Caterpillar C32 engines with a cruising speed of 14 knots and a maximum speed of 15 knots; the 52M Sport sails with 2 Caterpillar 3512 C engines at a cruising speed of 14 and a maximum speed of 15. The Dislopen 62M Sport is powered by 2 Caterpillar C 3512 C engines that can reach a cruising speed of 14 knots and a maximum speed of 15 knots. The ships are classified by Lloyd’s Register of Shipping and are MCA compliant.

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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Uncategorized


Dock News

Dock News


ASV NAMASTE 72’: A Joint Visualisation Project Between Studio Sculli, (Mauro Sculli) and Effect Ships International (ESI).

ESI can today supply Air Supported Vessel (ASV) solutions for most markets and segments. A huge number of different vessel sizes, shapes and applications; mono- and multihull, will benefit from the proprietary ASV technology. During the last months ESI and leading Italian designer Mauro Sculli, working with Ermanno Canzi as chief member of his staff, have developed a new, innovative 22,2 m  ASV yacht with unique styling and capabilities.

The Innovation Award winning ASV Mono concept
The “European Power Boat of the Year 2011 – Innovation Award” winning Air Supported mono hull form has been blended with a stylish, yet very functional, topside. The overall beam of the yacht is 6, 70 m, a full meter more than most conventional vessel. These proportions give a sharp, sporty and distinctive appearance. With generous beam and near vertical hull sides the interior volumes for accommodation is unrivalled.

When activating the air support system, more than 70% of the overall weight of the yacht will be supported on a cushion of pressurised air, entrapped in a very well enclosed air cavity underneath the vessel. In contradiction to a hovercraft, using rubber skirts around the air cushion, the new ASV utilizes solid, rigid hull elements to maintain the pressurised air underneath the boat. At speed the yacht will have additional support from the planning surface elements of the two propulsion gondolas, located on either side of the hull.

Suitable for a wide range of propulsions
The new ASV NAMASTE 72’ may either be configured for pod propulsion, fitted out with surface piercing propulsion or be operated on Water Jets. Even conventional shaft propellers are possible. Pod propulsion and ASV technology function very well together. The first full scale ASV Mono 65’ test- and demonstration vessel, launched last year, has a twin Volvo Penta IPS 600 (320 kW) installation, and is with such modest power still able to reach 33 knots +. Regardless of propulsion, the ASV hull will deliver a significant reduction in hull/water resistance, securing unrivalled efficiency, performance, environmental benefits and economy in use. Other distinctive features are very modest wake wash and almost no hum.

General arrangement – main deck level
The generous beam enables a main helm station, arranged with two-three forward facing raised seats at STB side, and one huge chart table (suitable as big writing desk) at the centre. Unlike most rivals, an ASV will operate with almost neutral trim throughout the full speed range, giving excellent forward visibility. Directly above the helm a large sliding sun roof is arranged to let in plenty of air and light if requested. Behind the steering position a mega yacht size dining table, seating 8 in comfort, with plenty of surrounding space, is to be found. The galley is on the lower deck level, arranged close to the dining area with a separate staircase. A large high/low TV screen at the centreline of the vessel may be used to separate the saloon- and dining areas, if required. With an inside width of 5 meter, there is plenty of space for socialising in the saloon, with two tlarge L -shaped sofas to port and starboard. The feeling of space inside resembles more a 90 footer than the actual size. On either side of the saloon aircraft type doors lead to the side decks.

General arrangement – fly, cockpit, swim platform, tender garage and forward deck
Moving aft to the cockpit area the positive effects from the generous beam are maintained. The cockpit and sun pad area may be customized and furnished in several different ways depending on the owner’s choice. On the presented alternative the vessel will have a wet bar to port.  A spacious tender garage is accessible from the large swim platform. The centre section is hydraulically operated for launching / retrieving of tender or water toys. The wider than usual steps from the swim platform to the cockpit will function as additional seating, ideal for chilling out after a swim.

From the cockpit wide steps lead up to the sun pad /fly bridge area. Two different layouts will be available; a smaller sun pad fly (as showing on these images) or a stretched fly bridge with a second steering position.  On the foredeck of the vessel yet another inviting sun pad / seating area is to be found, with large locker rooms for fenders, ropes and the like on either side.

General arrangement – lower deck level
A total of three staircases are leading down to the accommodation deck level. One from the cockpit area port side, giving access to the crew cabin with separate shower and toilet, to a utility room with independent crew galley, as well as to a technical room, with access to the engine room. On port side of the main steering position stairs are leading to the accommodation areas. The port side staircase gives access to the galley.

Amidships, the boat is featuring a unique full width owner suite with a large seetee, a working desk and large hanging wardrobe/lockers. With a net beam of more than 6 meter, and shower/toilet facilities en suite, this cabin is nothing short of spectacular. In the forward section of the boat, behind the lift fan compartment, one will find an airy and spacious VIP double cabin also with en suite facilities and a full size settee to port. To starboard a third twin cabin with separate shower/toilet is located. This toilet will double as a day toilet during normal operation. All cabins have a full standing height of minimum 2 m. Due to the generous beam of the vessel, studies positively conclude that a second layout version for  the lower level can be congured for 4 cabins, a large owner suite, two double VIP cabins and a twin cabin. Special emphasize has been given to arranging large windows throughout the vessel to give an airy, pleasant and welcoming atmosphere.

Technical issues
The ASV concept utilizes a special lift fan system, located far forward in the bow. Air is ducted into the fan room via vents in the upper forward hull sides and via vertical slits on main deck level forward. The double inlet single outlet centrifugal fan is feeding pressurized air, via a duct into the air cavity underneath the vessel.  In the aft section the air cushion chamber is enclosed with use of a proprietary enclosure flap arrangement. The system is designed to reduce and control air escape and to reduce power consumption for operating the system. The less flow the less power demand for the lift fan. With the fan system engaged, and with no forward speed, the 40 – 50 ton vessel is effortlessly raising 50 – 60 cm out of the water, thus reducing wetted surfaces and hull/water resistance to a fraction compared with conventional boats.  Powering the lift fan system will either be a hydraulic- or electric system, depending on the preference of the owner/builder.

Alternative propulsion driveline options
Several pod propulsion arrangement are possible; Volvo Penta is the pioneer for Pod Propulsion systems suited for pleasure boats and yachts. Their forward facing twin contra rotating IPS propulsion (Inboard Performance System) is available from the smallest 225 kW (IPS 400), through 515 kW (IPS 900 Series 2) to 655 kW (IPS 1200 Series 3). Depending on speed requirements both the IPS 900 and the IPS 1200 may be fitted in the ASV NAMASTE 72’, to deliver very low fuel consumption pr NM and speeds well beyond 30 knots.

Rolls Royce, famous for among other their Kamewa water jet range, has now developed their own Pod  Propulsion system for yachts, to be launched shortly. Their system uses forward facing single propeller, and the main underwater housing is made from carbon to secure low weight. Their start up size will be 900 kW. Most engines, i.e. MAN, MTU and Caterpillar may be used in combination with the new RR system.

Surface Piercing Propulsion is yet another option: Twin Disc Arneson is the market leader, offering trim- and steerable units (ASD series). The ASV Mono 72’ may be configured for ASD. The targeted speed, overall weight and outfitting will decide the unit size.

Construction alternatives
The new ASV NAMASTE 72’ may be constructed in either conventional GRP (single skin or sandwich lay up) or in advanced carbon sandwich, with resin infusion and vacuum bagging for reduced weight and strength. With a carbon construction, depending on level of sophistication, several tons can be saved. During the development phase of the ASV Mono 65’ Test Vessel, ESI commissioned a full carbon engineering package from High Modulus LTD (NZ / UK). A similar approach is possible for the ASV Mono 72’. When it comes to deciding, most yards and end clients will carry out a price/performance assessment to guide the selection of construction materials and methods.

Speed and fuel consumption
In this preview of the new ASV NAMASTE 72’ no fixed speed estimates and fuel consumption data will be given. However the ASV team is confident to offer market leading efficiency, performance and mid/high speed fuel consumption with a very good margin. More information to follow shortly.

Exploitation of the ASV technology and ASV 72’ Mono design
The presented ASV NAMASTE 72 design is the first yacht design presented to the public with the new ASV Mono technology. Interested yards and clients wishing to discuss access to the ASV IPR and designs are kindly advised to contact either Studio Sculli  or Effect Ships International AS.

Contact details
Effect Ships International AS: Contact persons: Ulf Tudem or Tor Livgard. Phone: + 47 334 65 650 ,
E-mail:   or   Web:

Studio Sculli:Contact person: Mauro Sculli. Phone:  + 39 0187 1500037,
E-mail: or    Web:  

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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Dock News


Electronics Review

With a strikingly visible orange core, Cobra Marine’s Floating Handheld VHF Radios can be easily retrieved if accidentally dropped overboard and provide powerful, clear communication in a compact size.

The Cobra HH330 FLT and Bluetooth®-equipped MR HH475 FLT BT operate with 6 watts of power, have simple controls and a large LCD screen for quick and accurate viewing, while still comfortably fitting in an owner’s hand.  A noise-canceling microphone blocks background noises, such as wind and engine sounds, for clearer conversations.  Both VHFs feature a speaker/mic jack for convenient operation with an accessory lapel mic.

The MR HH475 FLT BT incorporates patent-pending MicroBlue™ technology that lets users make and receive cell phone calls through the radio using Bluetooth wireless technology.  For additional convenience, it also includes Rewind-Say-Again to record and replay up to 20 seconds of a call.

Unlike other products on the market, Cobra’s Floating Handhelds use a rugged bulkhead or console mountable, secure drop-in charger.  The VHFs also come with a DC charger for boat or vehicle charging.  In an emergency or when the Lithium Ion battery is unavailable, these radios can also operate with common AA batteries.

The Cobra Floating Line also features 24-hour, instant access to NOAA’s national All Hazards and weather information, as well as channel 16 for emergencies.  Tri-Watch allows users to monitor three channels at a time, while the Scan feature can run through all channels or those programmed into memory to find active conversations.

Each unit comes with a Lithium Ion rechargeable battery, locking desktop charger with AC/DC adapters and a spring-loaded belt clip.  Cobra Marine’s HH330 FLT retails for $149.95.  The MR HH475 FLT BT is $199.95.

Cobra Electronics is a leading global designer and marketer of communication and navigation products, with a track record of delivering innovative and award-winning products.  Building upon its leadership position in the GMRS/FRS two-way radio, radar detector and Citizens Band radio industries, Cobra identified new growth opportunities and has aggressively expanded into the marine market and has expanded its European operations.  The Consumer Electronics Association, Forbes, and Deloitte & Touche have all recognized Cobra for the company’s innovation and industry leadership.

To learn more about Cobra Electronics, please visit the Cobra site at  Follow Cobra on Twitter at or Like Us at

Contact Cobra Electronics Corporation, 6500 West Cortland Street, Chicago, IL 60707.  773-889-8870.;

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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Uncategorized



A  few postings ago, we introduced you to the forward thinking technology offered by Effect Ships International featuring its ASV, for Air Supported Vessel, concepts.  Given the number of ‘eyes on’ views since that first posting, the ideas and data supplied by Effect Ships seems to have hit a chord with many of you. Therefore, we will be updating the progress of the company as it continues to make advances in this very exciting venture. Here is their latest newsletter.       

ASV News. EU project BB GREEN Started

                             Effect Ships International AS, Thor Dahls gt 1, 3210 Sandefjord, Norway.  Phone + 47 33465650,

What is BB GREEN?
BB GREEN is a 3,1 mill Euro R&D project funded by EU 7th Framework, initiated and coordinated by ESI subsidiary SES Europe AS (Norway). The goal for the 3 year project is to develop a new, fast Air Supported Vessel (ASV) all electric ferry.  In a global perspective, active use of waterways for commuter transport is becoming increasingly more popular. A fast and capable commuter vessel can transport passengers (and particularly for the Netherlands – bicycles) faster and more efficient than most land based transport alternatives.

 The project was kicked off in Rotterdam end of June with all partners and scientific officer from EU present.

  • A Zero emission fast waterborne commuter
    Electric power, preferably from sustainable energy sources, stored in a new generation of marine batteries, will be used to power 18 m long x 6 m wide fast ASV commuter vessels, capable of 35 knots ((65 km/hour). The project will use a “holistic approach”, combining several State of the Art technologies and solutions to deliver a highly innovative transport alternative for citizens in communities with water access around Europe and beyond. As more and more of the world’s population move into cities AND towards coastal/waterway regions – environmental friendly, fast and efficient waterborne transport alternatives will be making increasingly more sense.

  • Design development and tank testing of the new BB GREEN ASV hull form
    ESI subsidiary SES Europe AS (Norway) in close collaboration with SSPA Sweden AB (Sweden) will be responsible for the ASV hull form and design development. Targets will be record low resistance, fast acceleration from stand still and low wake wash. Comfort- and safety aspects as well as hull/propulsion integration are other key aspects. Tank testing of two candidate hulls will be carried out in Gothenburg this fall.
  • Utilize ESI’s ASV technology for lowest possible hull/water resistance
    ESI’s patented ASV technology has demonstrated “game changing” efficiency, both in the form of catamaran and mono configurations. During the last year a similar size ASV test vessel has been extensively tested with documentation of quite amazing results. When powering of the vessel will rely on electricity stored in batteries, the targeted speed is high, and range and operational frequency are demanding, the resistance is the first factor to address. The BB GREEN team will seek to turn the design spiral in a positive direction, optimizing each possible factor to achieve best possible overall results.
  • Carbon fibre sandwich and light weight construction for optimal weight/strength
    Partner Diab AS (Norway) will be responsible for the composite engineering, of the full scale prototype as well as the final commercial ASV ferries to follow. Weight reduction has a strong impact on any vessel’s power consumption, battery size, wake wash and operational economy. Design of hull, superstructure and outfitting will address weigh. It is amazing how much energy saving, say of 2 tons, represents in a life cycle perspective.
  • New propulsion system for best efficiency throughout the full speed range
    Up to 80% of the BB GREEN vessel will be supported on a cushion of air, separating most of the hull from the water – with up to 50% reduced resistance – even at low speeds. An ASV will not have the conventional “hump” of most conventional vessels. With the new large diameter/propulsion blade area, slow rotating, surface piercing propulsion system envisaged for the BB GREEN vessel, combined with high torque electric motors, the vessel will accelerate to cruise speed (25 – 35 knots) in no time. Propulsion partner is Carbonia Composites AB (Sweden).
  • Lithium ion nano tech battery for fast recharging and long life
    Partner Amberjac Projects Ltd (UK) will be responsible for developing the new battery pack and driveline. Nano tech cell solutions will be used. Battery technology is making rapid improvements, a key task in the project.
  • Lloyds will assess rules, regulations and safety aspects for construction & operation
    Classification society partner Lloyds Register (UK) will evaluate safety and regulation aspects for the new type of waterborne transport to be operated in sheltered waters in and around cities and densely populated regions with navigational waterways.
  • End user focus – demonstrations, dissemination of results and exploitation
    Partner Aqualiner (Netherlands), based in Rotterdam and operating commuter ferries in various parts of the Netherlands, will together with SES Europe ( Norway) be responsible for the dissemination- and demonstration activities. The full size prototype to be built in the second phase of the project will be the final proof of concept. There are very many potential routes and operations around Europe where the BB GREEN concept could be successfully introduced. The project will endeavour to keep a close contact with end users and potential decision makers for local and regional transport throughout Europe. When ready for dissemination, results and project achievements will be posted on the projects website:

To obtain commercial access to exploit the ESI ASV technology and IPR, through a licensing / collaboration agreement, contacts: General Manager Mr.Ulf Tudem: e-mail: or, technical manager Mr.Tor Livgard: e-mail:

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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Uncategorized


Dock News

Dock News


Marinalife Announces Navigation Notices for Mariners
Regional and Regular Navigation Updates by Chuck Baier

As a full-service online concierge service for boaters, Marinalife has added a new feature to give members and mariners yet another reason to consider the site their one-stop-shop for cruise planning and reservations. Navigation Notices are the newest service offered free to boaters giving them regular updates on regional cruising areas from the West Coast to the Great Lakes, East Coast and the Bahamas/Caribbean.

To offer this new service, Marinalife partnered with Chuck Baier, a familiar name in boating and a respected resource who has a reputation for providing accurate and relevant waterway updates. Chuck maintains a host of waterway updates and summarizes them as email alerts for Marinalife members. The notices focus on seven popular cruising regions: West Coast, Great Lakes, New England, Mid-Atlantic, New England, the Southeast and the Bahamas/Caribbean. In response to member requests, Marinalife provides members the opportunity to select a specific region about which they would like to receive updates or they can receive notices on all cruising regions if interested.

Brewer Dauntless Home, Long Island, NY

In addition to the email notice, all regional updates are available for review on Navigation Notices are tied in with the nautical chartviewer on allowing boaters to view on the chart exactly where a problem or navigation alert exists. This real-time integration of chart and notification data empowers boaters with the ability to monitor navigation issues as they travel. Navigation Notices were announced to members in mid-June and already over 15,000 boaters are receiving regular waterway updates.

Chuck has owned and operated motor and sailing vessels for over 45 years and he and his wife Susan have cruised extensively in the U.S., Bahamas, Northern and Western Caribbean. After living aboard a sailboat for almost 17 years, they now live aboard their 34-foot Marine Trader trawler, Beach House, based in Ft. Myers, Florida. He says, “As an active boater for many decades, I have always believed in the tradition of the sea … to help your fellow mariner. It is my goal to help make boating as safe and pleasurable an experience for others as it has been for me.”

Maine Sunset

“We are excited to have Chuck as part of our Marinalife team,” says Joy McPeters, CEO of Marinalife. In addition to providing navigation updates, Chuck is also a contributing writer to Marinalife Magazine and will represent Marinalife on the Florida West Coast.

Marinalife members are also excited to have Chuck Baier on the team. One member shared, “Again, I repeat that Marinalife is so, so lucky! You helped us take our boat all the way down the East Coast of the USA!!! You should be in charge of all of the Eastern seaboard. We plan to go south again this year and look forward to your excellent information and advice.”

Boaters can view Marinalife Navigation Notices online at and sign up to receive alerts by registering for free at

Media Contact:
Joy McPeters, Marinalife, LLC
1414 Key Highway, 3rd floor
Baltimore, MD 21230

About Marinalife
Marinalife is the first and only company to bring together the boating community to offer marina information and provide a unique centralized online booking system. Marinalife’s mission is to provide boaters with a wealth of marina options and information to enhance their boating experience by creating services to simplify logistics and alleviate stress during the planning and booking process. Marinalife strives to promote a more enjoyable boating lifestyle by providing the boating community with the most extensive online directory of marina information. For more information on Marinalife, please call 1-800-736-8275 or visit

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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Dock News