Livestock

Wärtsilä announce the world's first hybrid propulsion solution for fish farming industry

Fish farm Hav LineWärtsilä has been contracted to deliver the ship design for a new processing and transportation vessel to be built at the Balenciaga shipyard in Spain on behalf of Hav Line AS of Norway


In addition to the design, Wärtsilä will also supply an integrated solution comprising a 10-cylinder Wärtsilä 31 main engine, auxiliary engines, propulsion machinery, the propulsion remote control system, and the electrical and automation system. The delivery of the Wärtsilä solutions will be during autumn 2017 and the vessel is scheduled for delivery in summer 2018. The order was recorded in Wärtsilä's order book in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Notable environmental gains are made possible by a Wärtsilä hybrid propulsion solution supported by batteries, which results in very low emission levels. This is the world's first processing and transportation vessel for the fish farming industry to utilise this solution. By absorbing most of the engine's load fluctuations and vessel load variations through batteries, the engines can be operated close to its optimum design point, thereby providing the highest level of efficiency, which in turn minimises the exhaust emissions.

The design is tailor-made to the customer's specifications. During the development phase of the project, Wärtsilä acted as the owner's consultant to ensure an environmentally sound and functionally effective solution. The vessel's hybrid propulsion machinery has the PTI/PTO (power take-in/ power take-off) powered by batteries, and is combined with the very fuel efficient Wärtsilä 31 main engine. The environmentally sustainable hybrid battery configuration is new for this type of vessel.

"The fish farming industry, like other marine industry sectors, is seeking better ship designs and greater efficiencies that reduce overall operating costs and lessen the environmental impact. Wärtsilä is proud to have been selected for this project that introduces the world's first hybrid propulsion system for this kind of vessel," says Riku-Pekka Hägg, Vice President, Wärtsilä Ship Design.

"We very much appreciate Wärtsilä's support in designing a vessel that meets our operational and environmental requirements," says Jon Hinder, Chairman of the board, Hav Line Gruppen AS.

Wärtsilä's integrated solution includes the initial, basic, and detailed  ship design, a 10-cylinder Wärtsilä 31 main engine, a Wärtsilä 2-speed gearbox, a Wärtsilä controllable pitch propeller (CPP) including the HP propeller nozzle, stern tube seals and bearings, the Wärtsilä ProTouch propulsion remote control system, two 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 auxiliary engines, and the electrical and automation system including a hybrid battery PTI/PTO package.

The Wärtsilä 2-speed gearbox enables lower propeller speeds and optimised propulsion efficiency during transit, while still using the main engine to power the shaft alternator. This results in lower fuel costs, both for production and production of electrical power. The custom designed CPP propeller is of Wärtsilä's successful G-hub configuration and is combined with the HP nozzle. This provides maximum reliability and efficiency and is a popular choice for vessels with this operational profile.

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Nutriad presents new poultry gut health research data

haithamMultinational feed additives producer Nutriad continues to strengthen its position as an innovator and leader in research on natural digestive performance additives


At the 2017 Annual Poultry Science Association (PSA) meeting, which was recently held in Orlando, USA, Dr. Haitham Yakout, Director of Technical Support for Nutriad presented two research findings from recent studies on digestive performance technologies. In sponsoring the event Nutriad further confirmed its commitment to the poultry industry. 

The first study highlighted the application of Quorum Sensing (QS) as a tool for selecting botanical ingredients for feed additives. The use of botanical additives has been on the rise, driven by new regulations on the usage of antibiotics growth promoters, and its mode of action has been vastly studied. With a proprietary formulation of various botanicals, a positive impact on performance can be achieved on QS by disrupting the pathogens communications, thus reducing their negative impact on overall animal health. In a second study, results of a feeding program approach in broilers was presented, combining the application of precision delivery coated butyrate (Ultramix C®) in starter feed and a botanical additive (Apex 5®) in both grower and finisher broiler diets. 

The meeting provided the opportunity to discuss our products and research with four of the largest broiler integrators, as well as other key influencers in the industry.

 “It is great to see Nutriad investing in novel ideas in additives application to support customers achieve an even better performance in a challenging time when AGPs are being removed from diets” says Guilherme Bromfman, Director of Business Development for Nutriad. Grady Fain Sr. Vice President, Sales and Business Development added: “The US market faces new regulations and continuous regulatory. Ongoing consolidation changes the way producers operate. In this environment Nutriad is committed to take leadership in providing solutions for the challenges producers face today as well as future challenges.”

NUTRIAD delivers products and services to over 80 countries, supported by 4 application laboratories and 5 manufacturing facilities on 3 continents. 

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