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Did you know that France Helices’ SDS provides the propulsion system on one of the fastest production boats in the world? The SD1388 built by Shenzhen Hispeed Boats in China is equipped with the France Helices SDS, providing a top speed of 70 knots. Vessels this fast are typically built to satisfy a specific mission: Interception of threats, typically anti-terror or anti-piracy. This vessel, quite simply, was designed to provide a threat response as quickly as possible. It is the combination of hull design and propulsion design that gives this vessel its’ exceptional performance. Specifications: SDS installation, SD1388 transom view   Share! (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.ins... (more)

Slow Steaming or Optimized Steaming?

This year, there has been a significant amount of industry press related to slow steaming and the reduction of fuel consumption, and hence, emissions. Indeed, slow steaming regulations are already in place within the CARB, and a number of ports offer incentives for ship owners to slow steam in their regions. In August, Maersk announced the successful trial of slow steaming on its’ vessels. From SeaTrade Asia:  http://www.seatradeasia-online.com/News/4939.html. However, “slow steaming”, as a descriptive term, is far more complicated than simply slowing down the entire fleet: Slo... (more)

CARB violations net first fines / settlements

This was not really picked up by much industry press last month (Indeed, we stumbled upon it while double checking regulations about a specific inquiry), but on December 20, the California ARB released its’ list of court cases and settlements of violations to the CARB emissions regulations, and the first shipping line violations are listed. The 2010 list is HERE: http://www.arb.ca.gov/enf/casesett/casesett.htm There were rougly ten shipping lines on the rather considerable list that got tapped, and, with a few exceptions, the fines were relatively modest and marginal. Of note in... (more)

France Helices on the new CMN DV15 RWS30 Fast Interceptor

The following article in Navy Recognition details a new vessel manufactured by CMN that utilizes the France Helices SDS4 surface drives. With a top speed of over 50 knots and endurance of three days, there is not much afloat that this vessel cannot catch. From CMN: CMN is offering the Interceptor family of fast patrol boats, designed for coastal patrol, and special missions that require high speed interdiction, in the littoral water. MISSIONS     Maritime security     Anti-smuggling interception & control of illegal immigration     Combined operation with aircraft and coastal ... (more)

What is a cavitation tunnel, and why do we use it?

France Helices actively promotes the fact that all of our products are “tunnel tested”. We are proud of the fact that we take the time and spend the money to ensure our customers that what they buy from us is actually what they receive. France Helices is the only propeller maker in the world that can make this claim and back it up with hard data. Why do we do this? Quite simply, the only way to truly measure the efficiency of a propeller, either surface piercing or conventional, is to actually test the propeller using the scientific method. A cavitation tunnel allows a manufactu... (more)