Showing posts with label Other news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Other news. Show all posts

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Suzuki Restructures For The Future




November 19, 2020

Brea, CA (November 19, 2020) – Executing a comprehensive plan to build a strong foundation for the future, Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. has announced it will restructure its operations in the United States. This new direction will reorganize the Suzuki Motorcycle/ATV and Marine Divisions into two separate companies set to begin operations on April 1, 2021. This new organization is designed to give both new companies the best opportunity to optimize their success in their respective industries. 

Suzuki Motor USA, LLC. will be headquartered in Brea, California, Suzuki’s corporate home in the United States since 1981. Suzuki Marine USA, LLC. will be based in Tampa, Florida in the heart of the marine business in North America. Suzuki first entered the United States in 1963 and was originally based in Santa Ana, California before moving to its landmark, Pagoda-inspired building in Santa Fe Springs, California.

Satoshi Uchida will serve as Chairman and Masami Haga will serve as President of the new motorcycle/ATV company. Masahiro Yamamoto will serve as President of the new marine company. “Both the Motorcycle/ATV and Marine Divisions are enjoying solid success in their respective businesses,” said Uchida. “As we proceed in reorganizing into two separate companies, we look forward to the Suzuki brand continuing to thrive in the United States.” 

The primary goal of this reorganization is to strengthen each business. Key objectives are to achieve greater efficiencies, speed up decision-making, and position each company for increased sales and growth in the United States. 

The location of Suzuki Marine USA, LLC. in Tampa was strategically chosen to expand Suzuki’s business, improve collaboration within the marine industry, and strengthen its relationship with boat builders, dealers, and vendors. The Gulf Coast location also provides convenient access to Suzuki’s new Marine Technical Center opened in Panama City, Florida in June, 2020.

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Yamaha Motor Europe intends to reinforce a cooperation with Fantic Motor



Yamaha Motor Europe intends to reinforce a cooperation with Fantic Motor, including transferring all issued shares of its group company Motori Minarelli to Fantic Motor

IWATA, October 8, 2020—Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. (hereinafter “YMENV”), a subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo:7272) that sells products in Europe, began consultations with the European Works Council (EWC) concerning its intent to transfer all issued shares of Motori Minarelli S.P.A. (hereinafter “MM”), a YMENV group company manufacturing motorcycle engines in Italy, to Fantic Motor S.P.A. (hereinafter “Fantic”) as part of ongoing work to strengthen business ties. YMENV also notified MM’s local works council of its intent on October 7 (local time).

Fantic manufactures and sells motorcycles and e-bikes in Italy, and has been a longtime business partner of MM . This transfer of issued shares is aimed at further strengthening the ties between Yamaha Motor and Fantic, and based on the consultation process with the EWC, the relevant contracts and paperwork for conducting the transfer to Fantic is scheduled to be complete within the year.
MM produces 80,000 motorcycle engines of 50 to 400 cm3 annually, and supplies engines to MBK Industrie S.A.S. (France)—Yamaha’s European motorcycle manufacturing subsidiary—and to other motorcycle manufacturers in Europe, including Fantic since 1970

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Suzuki DF30A is 1,000,000 outboard model produced in Thailand Suzuki Factory


Thai Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd. (Thai Suzuki), a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation for the production and sales of outboard motors and motorcycles in Thailand, has achieved accumulated outboard motor production of 1 million units on 6 November 2020.

Thai Suzuki, which started production of motorcycles in 1968 as Suzuki’s first motorcycle plant outside of Japan, started production of outboard motors in 1999. The company currently produces a total of 17 small outboard motor models, of which 12 four-stroke models ranging from 2 to 30 horsepower, and 5 two-stroke models ranging from 9.9 to 40 horsepower. Its destinations go beyond Thailand to countries throughout the world including Japan.

Global sales of Suzuki outboard motors from April to September 2020 steadily increased by 9% year-on-year, of which middle and large outboard motors (four-stroke models ranging from 40 to 350 horsepower) produced at the Kosai Plant of Japan increased by 12%, and small outboard motors produced at Thai Suzuki by 7% respectively*.

Thai Suzuki achieved this milestone in 21 years and 1 month since starting production in 1999. Suzuki will make efficient production of outboard motors by utilizing both plants in Japan and Thailand to meet wide range of needs.

*Based on Suzuki research as of the end of September 2020

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Candela is now the fastest-growing electric boat brand


Candela Speedboat

It's been little over a year since we started the serial production of the Seven electric hydrofoil, and Candela has gone from a small start-up to being the fastest-growing electric brand in Europe. In September alone we sold 10 boats, and we are continuing to see strong demand across all markets. Our next endeavour is launching the Seven on the US market, starting in San Francisco in early December.

While we have no definite data (despite researching the topic) on how big the electric boat market is, Candela is certainly one of the major players in Europe. With 16 resellers in 11 countries, we are expanding to new locations every month.  The order stock is filled well up into the second quarter of 2021, but don't worry - we're staffing up and there are still 2021 Edition Candela Sevens available for delivery next summer.

To make it easier for you to decide colors and options, we have updated our site with a new configurator. Check it out at to decide how your dream edition of Candela Seven looks like.

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Mercury Marine includes Active Trim as a standard technology for all new outboard engines of 175HP and up

Mercury Marine is proud to make boating easier and more enjoyable for all new Mercury customers of outboard engines of 175HP and up, by including its exclusive Active Trim feature as a standard technology in the engine package with immediate effect.

After successfully adding Vessel View Mobile in the engine package of outboard engines of 80HP and up last year, Mercury Marine continues to offer more of its intelligent SmartCraft® integrated technologies as a standard exclusively to its customers.

Active Trim is an integrated GPS, speed-based automatic engine trim system from Mercury Marine.

This intuitive and hands-free system continually adjusts engine trim based on changes in boat speed to improve performance, fuel economy, and ease of operation.

It responds to boat manoeuvres with precision and delivers a better overall driving experience. As the boat accelerates, Active Trim automatically trims the engine out; as the boat decelerates (e.g. making a turn) the engine will trim in. No advanced knowledge is necessary.

The key to Active Trim is its integrated and patented GPS-based control system, which adjusts trim in accordance with boat speed and engine rpm.

Active Trim has delivered fuel savings of 14% to 54% over engines fully trimmed down in manual mode, while improving engine performance and durability.

“As a dedicated Marine company, we are committed to offer our customers the best possible experience on the water. Next to our leading engine technologies, Mercury is continuously developing unique and intelligent technologies to get the best performance out of your boat.” said Marty Bass, Mercury Marine EMEA president. “By including Active Trim now as a standard, we take another step to make a better boating experience even more accessible.”

Active Trim is part of the intelligent Mercury SmartCraft® suite of integrated technologies for a greater boating experience. Within the SmartCraft® family of technologies, VesselView Mobile has already been added as a standard technology in the engine package of Mercury SmartCraft® capable outboard engines of 80HP and up since October 2019.


Mercury Marine and Beneteau Strengthen Partnership to offer award-winning outboards to Global Customers


Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), has announced an expanded partnership with Beneteau on a global scale to leverage both companies’ leadership position and offer Beneteau customers Mercury power on 2021 models.  This announcement comes exactly two years to the day when Mercury Marine and Beneteau announced a partnership in North America. 


With this partnership, Beneteau customers will be able to take advantage of even more competitive, high performance and high-quality outboard boats and engine packages.  


“The relationship between Mercury and Beneteau has continued to grow over the past few years and we are excited to offer boaters on a larger scale the opportunity to experience what has already been successful in the United States – two of the most well-known brands in the marine industry working together on a superior boat and engine package,” said Marty Bass, Mercury Marine EMEA president.


“We are extremely happy to be able to extend our cooperation with Mercury Marine, offering our customers selected premium products to enhance our package performances,” said Luca Brancaleon, Groupe Beneteau Deputy General Manager - Brand and Product Strategy. “Demand for large outboards continues to grow and Mercury has proven to be a good partner to Beneteau in North America and we are confident that this success will be replicated in other regions.”


“I am very excited about the increased partnership with Mercury Marine and we look forward to a long and successful partnership,” said Yann Masselot, Beneteau Brand Director.


Customers can begin ordering Mercury outboards on Beneteau packages immediately and will be on display at upcoming European events.


Sunday, 25 October 2020

MAN Energy Solutions to Lead Danish Consortium Developing Ammonia-Fuelled Engine for Maritime Sector


Innovation Fund Denmark supporting AEngine project that aims to deliver commercially viable, zero-carbon, two-stroke engine by 2024Innovation Fund Denmark, the Danish investment entity, has announced the establishment of a consortium to develop a two-stroke, ammonia-fueled engine for maritime shipping. 

It aims to specify and demonstrate an entire, marine-propulsion system that will pave the way for the first commercial order for an ammonia-fueled vessel.MAN Energy Solutions will lead the consortium that also numbers: Electronic FuelTech, the Danish fuel-system supplier; the Technical University of Denmark (DTU); and DNV GL, the leading classification society. 

Development of the engine is scheduled for 2024.Brian Østergaard Sørensen. Vice President, Head of Research & Development, Two-Stroke at MAN Energy Solutions, said: “MAN Energy Solutions has spoken in favor of a maritime energy transition in shipping for many years now and we understand the need to work with a wide group of industry partners to develop sustainable solutions. 

Ammonia is a fuel with a lot of potential and yet another, important step towards decarbonising the marine market. We already have a convincing track-record in developing engines running on alternative fuels – having developed the world’s first 2-stroke engines driven respectively by methanol, ethane and LPG – and have great expectations for this project. 

Project aims

As a marine fuel, ammonia has the potential to decarbonise the marine industry. The project aims to demonstrate – at full-scale – a large marine engine running on ammonia at MAN Energy Solutions’ test facility, Research Center Copenhagen. The project comprises three main stages:

 1. Concept development and initial design of an ammonia engine.

 2. Design of an ammonia fuel-supply system. 

 3. Full-scale testing.


Why ammonia? 

Ammonia is interesting because it is an energy carrier that does not contain carbon, and whose combustion therefore does not produce CO2. Similarly, its production from electricity doesn’t require a carbon-based source, while its production is infinitely scalable.Since large quantities of ammonia are already transported around the world, it is a well-established commodity with some 120 ports globally currently involved in its import/export and some with storage facilities. Thus, using ammonia to power ships would be a natural step with infrastructure already in place.


AEngine roles

The AEngine project is adopting an interdisciplinary approach to cover the implications of using ammonia as fuel aboard a ship, as evidenced by its participants.  

MAN Energy Solutions is the worlds’ leading designer of low-speed engines for the propulsion of large merchant ships, and will act as project coordinator. It will integrate all developed technology into an ammonia propulsion-train and be responsible for fuel injection, the combustion system, and emission after-treatment technology, as well as all on-engine components. It will also be responsible for the test facility and engine testing. 

Eltronic FuelTech is a leader in the development, production, installation and maintenance of fuel equipment for high- and low-pressure solutions within the maritime industry. It will be responsible for the engine’s fuel-supply system, including the Fuel Valve Train and its integration with tanks, and purging and venting systems. Eltronic FuelTech will also supply the AEngine fuel-supply system and Fuel Valve Train to the test facility.

DTU is Denmark’s largest technical university and has a strong international reputation in relation to ammonia as engine fuel. More specifically, its Department of Chemical Engineering will be involved in investigating the chemistry of ammonia combustion and the formation of pollutants during combustion. Similarly, DTU Department of Mechanical Engineering will support the project by acting as a consultant and transferring its experience from small ammonia-engine research to a larger-scale, full-size marine engine

DNV-GL is a leading classification society. It will cover safety regulation for the use of ammonia aboard ships and act as consultant on questions where design decisions have an impact on safety.

Monday, 19 October 2020

EURONAVAL 2020 Exhibition goes online (19 - 25 Oct)



 By connecting to EURONAVAL-ONLINE you will be able to:

  • VISIT THE ONLINE EXHIBITION and access the digital stands of the exhibitors to discover their news. See the list of exhibitors
  • ORGANIZE YOUR BTOB MEETINGS in videoconference with exhibitors more details
  • ATTENDING THE WORKSHOPS and online round tables in live consult the program
  • WATCH THE VIDEO INTERVENTIONS of political and military personalities and in particular that of the Minister of Armed Forces on Monday, October 19 at 10am.
  • FOLLOW OR REVIEW THE WEBCONFERENCES organized in partnership with the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS) and supported by Lockheed Martin more details
  • ATTEND THE SEANNOVATION PITCH SESSIONS AND THE LIVE ROUND TABLES. Thirty start-ups are expected on the SEAnnovation digital space to discover
  • DISCOVER THE NEW SPACE “CYBER NAVAL HUB by FIC” which will present, online, the latest and most efficient solutions in the field of the protection of the digital systems of the naval defence. to discover

EURONAVAL Online exhibition is reserved for professionals and open also to students and learners over 18 years old. The access to Euronaval is free for visitors who processed to an online registration prior the fair.

Monday October 19 to Sunday October 25, 2020: 9 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Boot Düsseldorf 2021 Water Sports from 23 to 31 January in 17 exhibition halls


Wednesday, 14 October 2020

A win for customers and the environment as Volvo Penta hits 30,000 IPS installations

Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS) units deliver a unique user experience with up to 30% reduced fuel consumption and 30% less CO2 emissions compared to traditional inboard shafts. The company has now supplied 30,000 Volvo Penta IPS solutions across the marine sectors.

 Volvo Penta Marine Leisure Volvo Penta IPS

 Volvo Penta Marine Leisure Volvo Penta IPS

Volvo Penta Marine Leisure Volvo Penta IPS

Environmental care has been a core value at Volvo Penta since 1972 and part of the company’s work continues to be achieving high energy efficiency and reduced emissions across its product range. Volvo Penta’s vision is to be the world leader in sustainable power solutions. Across its marine offerings, it aims to deliver sustainable solutions that provide an unique and integrated experience. Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS) is one example of a technology that takes a confident step forward in increasing efficiency and reducing emissions, while also continuing to improve product performance. The IPS provides an unrivaled experience – with advanced maneuverability and performance, easy maintenance and serviceability, and is able to deliver new levels of onboard comfort. The company has now sold 30,000 Volvo Penta IPS solutions across the marine sectors.

Turning propulsion around
Volvo Penta IPS was a revolution in marine technology when it was first launched to the Marine Leisure sector, in 2005. The system’s innovative and unique design has forward-facing, twin counter-rotating propellers that sit below the hull for incredible ‘grip’ of the water. Individually steerable IPS drives are linked to the onboard Joystick Docking function. The joystick makes docking – which is considered one of the most stressful aspects of boating – easier. Volvo Penta IPS provides a range of benefits that vary depending on the type of installation. When compared to traditional inboard shaft installations Volvo Penta IPS provides:

  • 40% longer cruising range
  • 20% higher top speed
  • Up to 30% reduced fuel consumption
  • Up to 30% less CO2 emissions
  • 50% lower perceived noise
  • More onboard space

Better for the environment. Better for customer.
Increasing the use of Volvo Penta IPS for Marine Commercial use was one of the company’s commitments to the WWF Climate Saver program – which it has been a part of since 2014. With 30,000 IPS units installed, all with a decrease of up to 30% in fuel consumption and a typical reduction of 15-20% – sometimes up to 30% – of CO2, one can imagine the savings in CO2 emissions that Volvo Penta IPS has helped realize.

“Finding ways to reduce fuel consumption and emissions has been an objective of ours for many years and is as a priority across our product range,” explains Johan Inden, head of Volvo Penta’s marine segment. “We strive to continue to improve today’s innovative technology, while in parallel explore future possibilities towards significantly reduced or zero emissions.”

Significant reductions – the numbers behind the claims
The introduction of Volvo Penta IPS into the Marine Commercial segment in 2005 was a major milestone for the company along its WWF Climate Savers journey. In just one example, eight Njord Offshore vessels, powered by Volvo Penta IPS, saved on average a total of 20% in fuel and 8,375 tons of CO2, over 250,000 hours of operation. Additionally, the system’s superior maneuverability is a huge advantage when docking offshore in harsh conditions.

Volvo Penta has seen similar successes in the marine leisure sector. Take the Amer 94 superyacht, for example. In a controlled 100-mile journey through the Mediterranean, this vessel saw a 45 percent reduction in fuel consumption compared to similarly-sized yachts fitted with traditional inboard shaft installation. This remarkable result was due to the craft’s lightweight design and the fitment of efficient and compact Volvo Penta IPS, which together slash the weight of the yacht by 20 tonnes – the weight of four elephants.

Furthermore, Volvo Penta has started to incorporate a circular economy approach when it comes to manufacturing – by giving a new life to IPS drivelines through remanufacturing.

“Our Volvo Penta IPS range already offers a reduced impact on the environment, through its increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions,” says Johan. “Selecting a remanufactured IPS unit only enhances the sustainability of the full lifecycle of the boat, including maintenance and repair.”

Room for improvement
Although the numbers are good, Volvo Penta’s Environmental Director, Cecilia Gunnarsson knows more can still be done.

“As we celebrate this milestone, we also remind ourselves that supporting our environment is a continuous commitment,” says Cecilia. “This is why we have worked to make our systems compatible with renewable fuels such as HVO. Additionally, we have our IMO III package for IPS, for the marine sector, which meets the strictest global emission standards.”

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Toyota Motor Europe and French Hynova boats introduce 1st hydrogen boat prototype

 Toyota Motor Europe and French Hynova boats introduce 1st hydrogen boat prototype 

We knew that Toyota was forward planning when they started with their hybrid systems in the mid 1970’s. Over the years they have established themselves as the pioneer in hybrid propulsion for transportation systems, like cars. Now Toyota Motor Europe’s fuel cell module brings hydrogen to the wider maritime industry in a cooperation with Hynova boats. They have introduced their prototype at the Monaco Boat show in September 2020. 




Some achievements of Toyota Motor Europe so far: 

  • Toyota fuel cell module already successfully tested aboard the Energy Observer boat (EO) over more than 7,000 nautical miles, including trans-Atlantic crossings 
  • Toyota fuel cell technology integrated in Energy Observer Developments’ (EODev) Hydrogen Range Extender (REXH2), delivers zero CO2, zero fine particle emissions and noise-free maritime mobility 
  • EODev installs their Toyota fuel cell based maritime REXH2 in HYNOVA Yachts and starts field demonstration tests. 

 The REXH2 is a modular maritime hydrogen power solution developed around Toyota's fuel cell technology. It has been successfully tested in real open sea conditions aboard the Energy Observer boat for over more than 7,000 nautical miles including trans-Atlantic crossings. The hydrogen-electric hybrid technology in the REXH2 makes silent maritime and river mobility without emissions of CO2 or fine particles possible.