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December 2009 AUSMARINE
After an absence of six years, the well
respected Ausmarine Exhibition and
Conference will return to Perth,
Western Australia, in November 2010.
"Many of our Australian and overseas
customers have been asking us when we
would revive Ausmarine," event organiser,
Kishore Navani explained. "They were
well aware that the Australian maritime
market had started to change both
dramatically and positively.
"At previous Ausmarines, fishing was an
important component but that industry
has suffered severely from the depredations
of the green movement and government,"
Mr Navani said. "Fortunately, however,
developments in offshore oil and gas,
mining, ports, tourism and other coastal
development have far more than made up
for the decline in fishing."
Early discussions with major players in
the Australian and, particularly, the West
Australian maritime industry indicate a
bigger, better and much more balanced
event. "We expect a really widespread
response from designers and builders of
vessels and the suppliers of equipment
and services to them," Mr Navani said.
"We are confident that Ausmarine
2010 will be useful and attractive to vessel
owners and operators of all kinds from the
smallest of work and fishing boats to the
largest tankers and bulkers. Ferries, tugs,
OSVs, construction vessels, dredgers,
patrol craft, rescue and pilot boats cruise
vessels, dive boats and much more will all
be catered for," Mr Navani concluded.
For further information please contact:
Baird Events, Victoria.
PH: (03) 9645 0411,
FX: (03) 9645 0475,
Ausmarine returns to Perth by popular demand
The name Bass & Flinders Cruises is synonymous with first
class scenic cruises of Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay, as
well as whale watching tours where passengers experience
first-hand the natural phenomenon of thousands of
humpback whales migrating up and down the coast.
With over 20 years experience behind them, the owners of
Bass and Flinders Cruises have experienced it all when it comes
to marine propulsion systems, so when it came time to specify
the engines for the latest addition to their fleet -- the 30 metre
'Ocean Dreaming II' -- they looked at the past in order to power
for the future.
According to Bass & Flinders' Richard Ford, 'Ocean Dreaming
II' was originally conceived as a state-of-the-art whale watching
vessel that would operate out of Darling Harbour and Circular
Quay on Sydney Harbour.
"We engaged One2Three Naval Architects to create the
ultimate whale watching platform that was to be 'Ocean
Dreaming II', as we felt their unique ability to deliver designs
that combined the elements of superior passenger comfort and
efficient operation suited us best.
"When it came to selecting the diesels to power 'Ocean
Dreaming II' we looked at our previous experiences and then
weighed that up with what else was on the market that could
deliver the power and support we needed.
"In the end there really were only two serious contenders, so
after consultation with One2Three and the builder, Aluminium
Boats Australia, we settled on Caterpillar's 12-cylinder,
1,044bkW, C32 diesels primarily due to our combined
experiences -- us with our original Bass & Flinders and One2Three
and Aluminium Boats Australia's previous four or five
Caterpillar-powered vessels plus, with the Cats, we knew we'd
always be able to access parts when needed at reasonable prices.
"Another attractive benefit of going with Cats was that they
gave us the flexibility of maintaining a common parts inventory
which reduces our costs and provides our crew with the advantages
of commonality, as they know what to do and what to look for
which is essential to maintain an efficient and reliable operation.
"By going with the C32 Cats we knew we would have more
power than we needed, which as it turned out was a good thing as
well into the build Bass & Flinders Cruises won the tender to
operate the Circular Quay to Manly commuter ferry service, which
resulted in substantial changes to the project to accommodate the
additional operating specifications of a passenger ferry.
"And this is where the Cats really came into their own as the
new operating profile meant that 'Ocean Dreaming II' would be
operating the Circular Quay to Manly commuter ferry shuttle
service from 6am to 9.30am, followed by two whale watching
tours from Darling Harbour and Circular Quay before re-entering
service on the Circular Quay to Manly evening passenger service,
seven days a week -- which meant that preventative maintenance
and regular servicing had to be done overnight.
"Thankfully Caterpillar's distributor, Energy Power Systems
Australia, had an extensive support network on Sydney Harbour
and were able to work with us to ensure our services would not
"Six months into service and 'Ocean Dreaming II' hasn't
missed a service or been late and has delivered 100 percent
availability, which is a real credit to the Cats as it's a long day
with varying operating profiles, so it's not an easy life.
"To put the work load into perspective, the C32 Caterpillars
had their 1,000 hour service after just four months in service
during which time their performance and reliability had been
excellent," Richard said.
Changing the operating specifications from a purpose built
whale watching configuration to a passenger commuter ferry
configuration so far into the build posed some interesting
challenges for the Brisbane based builder, Aluminium Boats
Australia, but according to Stuart Pascoe their years of experience
meant that no challenge was insurmountable.
"The change in the operating specifications certainly created
some challenges, but our priority is always to do the best for our
customers, so we just knuckled down and got the job done.
"Probably the easiest part of the project was the selection of the
engines as after studying the operating profile and what was
available we agreed jointly that the best suited engines would be
Caterpillar's 1,044bkW C32 diesels, as they'd give us the most bang
for our buck when it came to the whole life cost," Stuart said.
For further information contact:
Energy Power Systems, Victoria.
CAT-powered 'Ocean Dreaming II'
Cats purr on Sydney Harbour commuter ferry run
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