Fleetguard Sea Pro® FH240 Series. Cummins photo.Cummins Filtration releases new fuel processor

Cummins Filtration, a subsidiary of Cummins Inc has released the Fleetguard Sea Pro® FH240 Series, a fuel filter/water separator technology for marine diesel engines 19 liters and larger.

The Sea Pro FH240 series is engineered to meet and exceed requirements for clean fuel in commercial marine applications, the company said in a release, and designed to reduce marine engine maintenance costs, improve the efficiency of fuel systems, and maximize uptime.

According to Cummins, the Sea Pro FH2400 series delivers service intervals in excess of 500 hours; in certain customer field trials, service intervals extended beyond 1,000 hours.

The Sea Pro FH240 series is available in a range of configurations (single, dual, and duplex in both short and tall sizes), and can be customized for specific applications.

It is ABS and BV certified.

Cummins Inc, Huntington, Ind., also recently released a new Onan marine U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 3-certified generator, the 55-kW MDDCM.

The 55-kW Onan marine generator was engineered for lower emissions and high quality sound and vibration mitigation. All Onan marine generators, including the MDDCM, feature advanced sound shields for lower sound and an optimized mounting system for reduced vibration.

All are available with a Cummins Onan digital display for user-friendly diagnostics, including extensive engine and alternator information, self-diagnostic features and text display.


 New certification for Steel of West Virginia

Steel of West Virginia Inc. has been certified by Lloyd’s Register to produce bulb flats.

The certification ensures that bulb flats produced at the company’s Huntington, W.Va, facility meet the chemical and mechanical standards set forth by Lloyd’s.

We are exceptionally proud to achieve this certification," said Timothy R. Duke, President and CEO of Steel of West Virginia. "With the Lloyd's certification, coupled with our ISO and ABS certifications, we are now poised to supply superior bulb flat products to an even wider range of customers in the marine industry."

Bulb flats are used as plate stiffeners in shipbuilding applications. Steel of West Virginia began producing them in 2014 and currently manufactures them in sizes ranging from 140mm to 240mm.


Sentinel develops new rudder feedback unit

Sentinel, a Beier Radio company, has designed and manufactured a new rudder feedback unit (RFU) with watertight components and connections than can be flooded in up to one meter of water for a 24-hour period and still provide accurate positioning for control systems.

“Our engineers have designed an RFU that meets the environmental demands of today’s inland and offshore vessels,” says David Lirette, vice president of manufacturing for Sentinel Control Division of Beier Radio. “Where other units in the past have been completely damaged by water intrusion, this unit can survive complete submersion and still provide accurate positioning to the control system.”03.10.16 Sentinel Rudder FeedbackSentinel's new rudder feedback unit.

While the unit is not intended to be installed in a tank or compartment designed to be flooded, if the steering compartment becomes flooded, it is designed to operate submerged and provide accurate position information allowing the vessel to be maneuvered to a safe area for repair.

“RFU design has not changed in more than 30 years, and Sentinel recognized the industry’s need for a more reliable steering system. We spent two years designing and testing multiple prototypes to make a feedback unit that eliminates issues with previous technology, and Sentinel is pleased to now offer this innovative new design to the marine industry,” said Sentinel design engineer James Cole.

The RFU is designed and manufactured by Sentinel at Beier Radio’s 20-acre facility in Gray, La.


Mercury Marine introduces new outboard engine, other products

Mercury Marine, Fond du Lac, Wis. has introduced a new 115-hp outboard engine, the Mercury 115 Pro XS FourStroke, which is 16 pounds lighter than the two-stroke engine it replaces. Designed to be light and fast, the engine improves on top speed and acceleration over previous Mercury models, the company said, and provides 48% more charging at idle speed to support increased power demands on today’s vessels.

Mercury Marine also recently introduced several other new products:

  • Redesigned side-mount mechanical remote control
  • Enhanced joystick piloting system
  • Expanded series of fuel-saving Enertia ECO propellers (18”, 20” and 22”)
  • Active trim for engines
  • VesselView502 and VesselView702 displays
  • VesselView Link digital interface, which integrates with specific Simrad and Lowrance instruments


BJM Pumps introduces new slurry pump

BMJ Pumps has announced the release of the XP-SKX series of slurry pumps, designed and engineered for superior corrosion resistance, solids handling, and reliability, the company said.

The XP-SKX Series are now offered with an explosion-proof motor, for installation in Class I, Division 1, and Group C & D hazardous locations.