Becker Marine Systems Marks a Milestone at SMM
Becker Marine Systems has used this year’s SMM in Hamburg as a platform to showcase the company’s top products, with new orders for Becker Twisted Fins, the celebration of the 750th Becker Mewis Duct, and a successful launch of the first LNG Hybrid Barge soon to be deployed at the Port of Hamburg as some of the highlights of Becker Marine System’s press conference.
The company explained the connection between the displayed golden Becker Mewis Duct and a large number 750 . “This is how we are celebrating the 750th unit of our top-selling product,” said Dirk Lehmann, Managing Director of Becker Marine Systems.
More than 800 units of the highly efficient nozzle for reducing energy consumption have now been sold, with 400 hundred of those already in service, Lehmann said during the SMM press conference. The test have shown that by using the Becker Mewis Duct more than 6% of fuel savings can be made, explained Lehmann.
“All of the nozzles delivered thus far have already been able to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 900,000 tonnes.”
The company projects that the million tonne CO2 mark will be exceeded by the end of 2014.
With the issues of efficiency and sustainability, Becker Marine Systems is in line with the trend at the leading trade fair for the maritime industry. “One focus is on favourably-priced and green systems that lead to lower operating costs and the reduced energy consumption,” said Henning Kuhlmann, Managing Director of the global market leader for high-performance rudders.
This is where Becker Marine Systems is well-positioned with its core products. This applies to both the rudders and the Becker Mewis Duct und Becker Twisted Fin energy-saving devices as well as the Cross Over Rudder, specifically designed for stern optimisation.
During the press conference the company announced that 36 units of the Becker Twisted Fin have been sold thus far, with the latest order of 6 units coming from Seaspan for their 10,000 TEU newbuild container ships being built in China. Becker Twisted Fin will also be featured on the world’s largest container ship on order, an 18,800 TEU giant being built by Hyundai Heavy Industry for United Arab Shipping.
For its Twisted Flap Rudder TLFKSR Becker Marine Systems was recently awarded six new orders for 12,500 DWT multi-purpose ships. Two orders are from Krey Schifffahrt and four additional orders from the Briese shipping company – both companies are headquartered in the East Frisian city of Leer.
Shortly before the start of the trade fair, on September 5, 2014 Becker Marine Systems carried out the launch of the LNG Hybrid Barge in Komarno, Slovakia.
”After a 1,500 kilometre trip from it’s manufacturing site along the Danube, the LNG Hybrid Barge will be arriving at the Port of Hamburg and, following a naming ceremony, will be transferring environmentally-friendly energy to a cruise ship for the first time in October,” said Kuhlmann. The barge will be employing the low-emission fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG).
In addition, Becker Marine Systems is utilising the SMM to present the LNG PowerPac, an LNG-powered generator for ships in port operations.