Home' Ausmarine : October 2014 Contents New portable seawater pump from Aussie Pumps
A new high-pressure fire pump designed for marine duties has
been released by Australian Pump Industries.
Named the Aussie Sea Skipper, the self-priming pump has been
designed to tolerate saltwater, making it suitable for applications
on work boats, barges, ferries, trawlers and patrol boats.
Aussie Pumps product manager, Brad Farrugia, said the
company took its high-pressure four-inch fire pump and converted
it "for a life at sea".
"Key components of the pump are designed to be corrosion
resistant, so now we have a high performance pump that's ideal a
range of duties including marine fire fighting and salvage," he said.
The new four-inch Sea Skipper incorporates a number
of features to make it suitable for use with saltwater. The
broad-shouldered pump c asing is covered inside and o ut in a
thick Geomat coating, protecting the marine grade aluminium
against oxidisation. The impeller and volute, meanwhile, are cast
from bronze for corrosion resistance.
Though significantly altered for its use in briny environments,
there's been no compromise in the hydraulic performance of the
pump, said Aussie Pumps. The new four-inch Sea Skipper delivers a
maximum head of 50 metres and a maximum flow up to 1,150
litres-per-minute. Additionally, it has the ability to self-prime with
a vertical lift up to eight metres.
The new unit is compact in design and comes mounted in a
galvanised steel frame for protection of both the pump and engine.
The full roll frame facilitates a two-man lift. A zinc painted strainer
and powder coated couplings are also included as standard
equipment. The drain plug incorporates a sacrificial anode to
prevent electrolysis and all fasteners are made from stainless steel.
The mechanical seal is c arbon ceramic and the ela stomers are
The pump is powered by an electrically started 7.45kW
Yanmar diesel engine. The engine is covered by a two-year
international warranty that is supported by Yanmar's extensive
worldwide dealer network. Lastly, the pump's wet end is covered
by a five-year warranty.
Mr Farrugia said the company has already received significant
interest from a number of vessel operators. "It's suitable for patrol
boats, tugs, barges and trawlers," he said.
For further information contact:
Australian Pump Industries (Aussie Pumps), New South Wales.
Mercury Marine unveils Command Thrust outboards with counter-rotation
Mercury Marine has unveiled a range of Command Thrust
FourStroke outboards with counter-rotating models.
The 67kW and 85kW engines, part of Mercury's new range of
mid-sized FourStrokes, are a high-thrust option for owners that
require additional muscle to move their boat. Additionally, the
two high-thrust motors are available in counter-rotation models,
making them suitable solutions for twin-engine applications.
Mercury's Director of Outboard Production for Australia, New
Zealand, and the Pacific, Nicholas Webb, said Australasian
customers had already warmly welcomed the new outboard series.
"When you combine the Command Thrust technology with the
ability to fit larger and wider range of propellers plus counter-rotating
models, which are ideal for twin-engine rigs, then the number of
commercial boats that can benefit is significant."
A category exclusive, the Command Thrust FourStrokes
combine a larger gearcase on a smaller base powerhead. A larger
12.5-centimetre hydrodynamic torpedo with a specialised 2.38:1
gea r ratio means Co mma nd Thrust outboards are suitable for
powering a wide variety of hull shapes and types.
When combined with a bigger diameter prop -- like Mercury's
Enertia -- the Command Thrust FourStrokes lift heavier boats onto
the plane more easily and hold them there at lower speeds without
impacting the top end. The bigger gearcase also creates a larger
footprint in the water, providing more leverage and ther efor e
Mercury Marine's new FourStroke outboards were engineered to
offer an appealing combination of power and thrust, fuel economy,
reliability and smooth and quiet operation, all housed in a
lightweight, compact package, continued Mr Webb. The new engines
feature a 2.1-litre, four-cylinder, eight-valve, single-overhead-cam
design that delivers more torque and power than competing engines,
in a package that's low profile and low weight.
For further information contact:
Mercury Marine Australia, Victoria.
GEAR AND SERVICES
Aussie Pumps' new portable seawater pump is suitable for applications on
board work boats, barges, ferries, trawlers and patrol boats
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