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MARINE ENGINEERS MESSENGER

Issue 60

09 July 2018

KONGSBERG TO BUY ROLLS-ROYCE COMMERCIAL MARINE

MAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS REPLACES FORMER MAN DIESEL & TURBO NAME

100TH ORDER FOR X-DF ENGINE

MEDITERRANEAN ECA ON IMO AGENDA

SPLEITHOFF TO INSTALL SCRUBBERS TO THIRTY SHIPS

AZIPODS CONFIRMED FOR VIRGIN CRUISESHIPS

AND MORE...


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MARINE ENGINEERS MESSENGER

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About 15t of plastic end up in the ocean every single minute. And if this

trend continues, by 2050 there may be more plastic than fish in the sea. To

more fully undertsand the scale of this pollution problem, Norway's

Institute of Marine Research, shipowner Torvald Klaveness, Kongsberg and

the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association have entered into a public-private

partnership to develop a pilot project with the aim of mapping marine

plastic and other environmental parameters vital to the health of the

oceans.

The aim of the collaboration is to obtain information about the type of

plastic found in various marine areas, and the composition and origin of the

plastic. The project will also provide increased knowledge of how plastic is

spread and the consequences for the marine environment. The Institute of

Marine Research will plan the data sampling, and be responsible for handling

and analysing the collected data.

"Sensors on ships give us access to data from huge ocean areas and over

long distances," said Sissel Rogne, Managing Director of the Institute of

Marine Research. "This will increase our knowledge of microplastics, how

they spread and the environmental consequences of this pollution," she adds.

Konsgberg will build several sensors that can be mounted on vessels.

The company has already a 'Ferry Box' system that autonomously collects

water samples. This data will give the partners important information

about how garbage impacts the seas. Initially, up to five ships from

shipowner Torvald Klaveness will be equipped with sensors. The ships will

be in regular trade while the samples are taken.

"Our company is built on experimentation and developing new

technology to solve problems in our industry. This project goes straight to

the core of what we do and illustrates how shipping can help to find good

solutions to a major environmental problem," said Torvald Klaveness CEO

Lasse Kristoffersen.

“We will now use that knowledge to obtain more information about the

sea and the state of its health. Plastic in the ocean is a major environmental

problem, and it is crucial that we find a solution. We are therefore proud

that the industry will use its expertise to develop technology to map and

record the extent of plastic in the ocean," said CEO of the Norwegian

Shipowners’ Association Harald Solberg.

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COMPANY NEWS

KONGSBERG TO BUY ROLLS-ROYCE COMMERCIAL MARINE

Rolls-Royce has signed an

agreement to sell its commercial

marine business to Kongsberg in a

deal valued at £500 million.

The Norwegian company, which

already delivers high-end

technology and solutions to

customers in the oil and gas,

merchant marine, defence and

aerospace sectors, will add Rolls-

Royce propulsion systems, deck

machinery, and automation and

control solutions to its portfolio.

The deal also includes Rolls-

Royce’s service network spanning

more than 30 countries and ship

design capability, of which there

are about 1,000 Rolls-Royce design

vessels in operation. Rolls-Royce’s

Ship Intelligence activities, which

have seen the rapid development of

technologies to enable remote and

autonomous operation of

commercial vessels, are also

included.

Kongsberg will, through a

trading arrangement, continue to

have access to products from

Bergen Engines, which

remains part of Rolls-

Royce Power Systems.

Rolls-Royce Power

Systems will continue to

supply MTU engines to a

range of customers in

the marine market

including operators of

commercial vessels and

yachts. The Naval gas

turbine propulsion

activities will continue to be a

core part of Rolls-Royce Defence.

Warren East, Chief Executive of

Rolls-Royce, (pictured) said: “This

transaction builds on the actions

we have taken over the last two

years to simplify our business.

The sale of our Commercial

Marine business will enable us to

focus on our three core businesses

and on meeting the vital power

needs of our customers.”

Geir Håøy, Chief Executive and

President of Kongsberg, said: “The

acquisition of Rolls-Royce

Commercial Marine makes us a

more complete supplier to the

maritime industry. The maritime

industry is becoming increasingly

globalised and is undergoing

considerable technological and

market driven changes. With this

acquisition we will strengthen our

strategic position with

shipowners, shipyards and other

customers and partners.”

Rolls-Royce Commercial

Marine has about 3,600

employees, with the majority

based in the Nordic region. The

disposal enterprise value is

£500m.

MAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS REPLACES FORMER MAN DIESEL & TURBO NAME

The company says that MAN Energy Solutions

represents a new vision, as reflected by a new,

corporate design. This strategic realignment is

supported by the expansion of MAN Energy Solutions’

product range to include hybrid, storage and digital

service technologies.

Dr Uwe Lauber, Chairman of the Board at MAN

Energy Solutions, said: "System technologies that help

our customers to increase the efficiency of their

plants and reduce emissions are already a significant

part of our business, and also lead the way to a

carbon-neutral future. We will resolutely continue on

this path of growth and increasingly become a

supplier of complete solutions."

MAN Energy Solutions sees great potential in

Power-to-Gas technology, which allows energy

generated from renewable sources to be converted

into synthetic fuels, such as natural gas. Lauber said:

"Using Power-to-Gas

technology, we can

produce a number of

completely carbonneutral,

synthetic

gases that can

drastically reduce the

CO2 impact of logistics

and energy generation

when used as fuel."

In shipping, MAN

Energy Solutions has

publicly spoken out in

favour of a ‘maritime

energy

transformation’ for some time now, which draws on

the increased use of low-emission gas as fuel. Lauber

said: "The path to decarbonising the maritime

economy starts with fuel decarbonisation,

especially in container shipping." The company

also offers a number of alternative drive

technologies, including hybrid drives, in order to

further reduce the share of heavy-fuel engines in

shipping traffic, among other applications.

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BLUE STAR ACQUIRES RH OFFSHORE

STAR Group’s BlueStar has reached

an agreement to acquire RH

Offshore, a subsidiary of Radio

Holland Netherlands.

With the acquisition, BlueStar

will be able to ensure its customers

continuity and the timely

realisation of projects now and in

the future by providing experienced

offshore specialists and services.

“BlueStar is investing in a highquality

pool of experienced offshore

specialists, which is fully in line

with STAR Group’s investment

programme. RH Offshore’s stellar

reputation was one of the reasons

for the takeover. We expect to

continue growing,” said Sil Hoeve,

CEO of STAR Group.

Maarten Post, COO of Radio

Holland Group, said: “It is with full

confidence that Radio Holland

transfers its RH Offshore business

unit to STAR Group. STAR Group

has a well-established presence in

the market: it is an organisation

with a proven track record in

realising quick growth. This is what

RH Offshore needs. In line with our

strategy, it allows us to concentrate

on our core business: selling and

maintaining navigation and

communication systems, as well as

developing our Global Service

Network.”

STAR Group established

BlueStar in January 2018 with the

aim of enhancing diversification in

the maritime and offshore sectors.

As of 1 July, RH Offshore will start

operating under the BlueStar label.

VIKING ESTABLISHES JAPAN SUBSIDIARY

Spurred on by a highly successful alliance with MOL Techno-Trade, and

recent government approvals for local liferaft assembly and supply, VIKING

is establishing its own local presence.

Having obtained Japanese government approval to supply liferafts to

Japanese-flagged vessels and carry out final assembly in the country,

leading maritime safety equipment and servicing provider VIKING Life-

Saving Equipment is establishing a local subsidiary and employing staff to

bring new value to Japanese shipowners and managers.

Heading up the new subsidiary is Yasin Kasa, who will transfer from his

present position in Singapore, as Senior Commercial Director for Viking in

Asia, to Tokyo. “Coming to work in Japan with a dedicated subsidiary is an

exciting step for VIKING,” commented Kasa. “It enables us, as a

manufacturer, to be even more attentive to the needs of this important

market.”

Top of the list for VIKING Japan is likely to be accelerating the adoption

of VIKING Shipowner Agreements. These global, all-in-one servicing

packages have been extremely successful around the globe and, helped by a

powerful business case for Japanese-flagged vessels, are set to simplify and

streamline safety compliance in Japanese waters and beyond.

QUEBEC PLOUGHS $188M

INTO DAVIE SHIPYARDS

The Administration of Canada’s

Quebec province is to inject a

CAN$188 million into the

Chantier Davie Shipyard to

refinance the conversion of the

Asterix containership into a

supply ship. The vessel is now

being leased by the Royal

Canadian Navy.

According to local media

outlet CBC, the investment adds

to the $300 million already

loaned to the yard from a private

banking consortium, led by JP

Morgan and Anchorage Capital.

Quebec Finance Minister

Carlos Leitão said in a statement

that the investment allows the

shipbuilder "to make bids on

other projects, so it can continue

to operate."

In January this year, the

converted Asterix, a Resolve-

Class Naval Support Ship,

completed sea trials and entered

full operational service with the

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and

Royal Canadian Air Force

(RCAF). Over 900 Canadian

companies participated in the

conversion.

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MARINE ENGINES

100TH ORDER FOR X-DF ENGINE

Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has announced the

100th order for its dual fuel X-DF engine, five years

after the series was launched.

WinGD says that its technology has demonstrated,

on tests and engines currently in operation, stable

combustion, inherently low NOx and greenhouse gas

emissions and high overall system efficiencies as well

as reliable and safe gas operation.

GasLog, one of the early supporters of the X-DF

technology, has eight LNG carriers, each with 2x

5X72DF main engines in its fleet with three new builds

recently entering commercial operations. For the

latest order of additional tonnage at Samsung Heavy

Industries in Korea, the same machinery has been

selected.

“When we select an engine for GasLog, the most

important considerations are the engines’

contributions to the safety, competitiveness,

sustainability and reliability of the vessel for our

customers. When we selected the X-DF it was crucial

for us to find a dual fuel engine which could offer all

those features for today’s and the future environment.

WinGD’s X-DF engines were the choice for our new

vessels and we continue to be confident in their low

pressure dual fuel technology,” said Richard Sadler,

Chief Operations Officer, Gaslog.

“If ever there was confirmation that the shipping

industry is embracing LNG as the first choice for IMO

compliant engines, the 100th ordered WinGD X-DF,

dual-fuel engine is proof. With over 12,000 running

hours logged on the first WinGD DF engine in

operation (Terntank’s Ternsund) and over 100,000

running hours accumulated for the full X-DF engine

fleet with 13 vessels at sea, the performance, benefits

and reliability of WinGD’s low-pressure technology is

proven.” said Rolf Stiefel, Vice President of Sales and

Marketing at WinGD.

WinGD’s low pressure X-DF engines work on the

lean-burn Otto cycle when operated in gas mode – i.e.

ignition of a compressed lean air/gas mixture by

injection of a very small amount of liquid pilot fuel.

The WinGD X-DF engines undercut the IMO Tier III

NOx limit in gas mode in ECA by considerable margins

without any additional exhaust gas abatement

measures such as EGR or SCR. With liquid fuel

consumption for pilot ignition below 1% of total heat

release and with practically no sulphur content in

LNG, WinGD says that the X-DF technology offers a

reliable solution answering the call for 0.5% global cap

on sulphur in marine fuels proposed for 1st January

2020.

The X-DF solution is claimed to offer the lowest

CAPEX and OPEX, low maintenance costs with the

lowest negative impact on the environment.The use of

SLOW AND STEADY MEANS LOWER OPERATING COSTS, SAYS P&I CLUB

The Swedish Club has warned that

vessel operators should always

look to the long term, when

specifying the type of engines to be

installed across the fleet. Latest

statistics from the Club show that

vessels propelled by medium/high

speed engines have a claims

frequency 2.5 times

higher than slow

speed engines, with

an average claims cost

of close to US$

650,000.

Main Engine

Damage, the latest

loss prevention report

from The Swedish

Club, sheds light on an

expensive category of damage that

is all too frequent. Statistically a

vessel will suffer between one and

two incidences of main engine

damage during its life time.

Considering the costly

consequences for ship owners and

their hull insurers, it is important

to identify the main

causes of this damage

and examine how these

can be prevented.

The publication also

includes loss prevention

advice from the major

engine manufacturers,

MAN Engines and

Wärtsilä.

Peter Stålberg, Senior Technical

Advisor explains: “Our

investigation shows that bulkers

and tankers are the best

performers for claims cost in

comparison with Club entry. Most

of these vessels have slow speed

engines. Conversely passenger

vessels/ferries have the highest

frequency of main engine claims –

0.066 claims per vessel and year.

Often these vessels have multiple

medium speed engine

installations. The same is also true

for ro-ro vessels.”

Lubrication failure is still the

most expensive and frequent cause

of damage, followed by incorrect

maintenance and/or repairs.

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EMISSIONS

MEDITERRANEAN ECA ON IMO AGENDA

A feasibility study into the introduction of a new

emission control area (ECA) in the Mediterranean Sea

is being undertaken by the IMO Regional Marine

Pollution Emergency Response Centre, REMPEC.

The study will examine the possibility of

designating the Mediterranean Sea, or parts of it, as a

SOx-ECA under MARPOL Annex VI, and consider,

among other things, the potential health benefits for

people living around the Mediterranean as well as

cost implications for shipowners.

There are currently four designated SOx-ECAs

worldwide: the Baltic Sea area; the North Sea area; the

North American area (covering designated coastal

areas off the United States and Canada); and the

United States Caribbean Sea area (around Puerto Rico

and the United States Virgin

Islands). In the ECASs, the

limit for sulphur in fuel oil

used

on board ships is 0.10%

mass by mass (m/m), while

outside these areas the limit

is currently 3.5% m/m, falling

to 0.50% m/m from 1

January 2020.

The REMPEC study,

scheduled to be presented to MEPC in spring 2019, is

funded by the Mediterranean Trust Fund, the IMO’s

Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme and a

voluntary contribution from the Government of Italy.

SPLEITHOFF TO INSTALL SCRUBBERS TO THIRTY SHIPS

Dutch ship operator Spliethoff

Group has stated it will retrofit

scrubbers across its fleet.

Thirty vessels will be

retrofitted with the technology,

following the success of

installations carried out over the

past six years.

The most recent vessel to be

outfitted with the technology is

the 12178dwt general cargo

ship Floragracht, retrofitted by

the BLRT shipyard in Klaipeda,

Lithuania.

Floragracht is the

24th Spliethoff-owned vessel

outfitted with a scrubber. In

2012, Group subsidiary

Transfennica outfitted its six Con-

Ro vessels with scrubbers, and in

the 2014 to 2015 period

Spliethoff’s fourteen S-type

vessels were fitted out with the

technology. The scrubber system

installed on these vessels was

Alfa Laval’s PureSOx system.

The Group’s sister-company

Wijnne Barends also fitted

scrubbers in three of its C-type

vessels.

In the coming months

scrubbers will be installed on

thirty more vessels operated by

Spliethoff and its subsidiaries

BigLift Shipping and Sevenstar

Yacht Transport.

“Thanks to scrubbers and with

the support of our customers,

Spliethoff Group will lower the

impact of shipping on the

environment and at the same

time cope in a cost-efficient way

with the cost increase caused by

the stricter sulphur regulations,”

said Arne Hubregtse, technical

director of Spliethoff Group.

DHT TO INSTALL ALFA

LAVAL SCRUBBERS TO VLCCS

DHT Holdings, the Bermuda-based

tanker operator, has committed to

installing exhaust gas cleaning

systems on twelve VLCCs following

the signing of a supply contract with

PureSOx manufacturer Alfa Laval.

The scrubbers will be installed

next year to vessels built between

2004 and 2012. These twelve

systems are in addition to the two

systems being installed on the

newbuildings DHT Bronco and DHT

Mustang set for delivery later this

quarter from Hyundai Heavy

Industries. As such, DHT will have a

total of fourteen VLCCs fitted with

scrubbers when the IMO Sulphur

Cap will be implemented January 1,

2020.

A spokesperson for DHT said:

"We look at the upcoming IMO

Sulphur Cap as an opportunity for

DHT rather than a threat. We come

well prepared and are very pleased

with the timely project we have put

in place. This project could

potentially create a

super-profit for

the ships in

question and boost

the already

significant

operational

leverage in DHT."

Alfa Laval has

more than 100

scrubbers in

operation.

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FUEL

LNG AS SHIP FUEL IS A CLIMATE DEAD END

LNG as ship fuel will not achieve

any significant reductions in CO2

and could in fact increase

greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

should the shipping industry

switch over from conventional

fuels.

Key findings from the University

Maritime Advisory Services

(UMAS) research study LNG as a

Marine Fuel in the EU, published

this week, found that reducing total

annual ship emissions in-line with

the initial IMO strategy objective of

at least 50% GHG reduction by

2050 on 2008 levels, can only be

achieved by switching to hydrogen,

ammonia, battery electrification, or

biofuel.

The UMAS report slammed the

European Union and private

sectors’ US$500 million plus

investments in developing

maritime LNG projects as nothing

more than a “climate dead-end”

“This half-billion of spending

will have no significant climate

benefits at best and could

potentially increase greenhouse

gas emissions from shipping”, said

UMAS in a statement summarising

the report’s findings.

“LNG is incapable of achieving

the reductions required under the

recently adopted International

Maritime Organisation (IMO)

strategy on reducing GHG

emissions from ships,” it furthered

The study reveals a high-level

failure in EU planning, in which

short-term improvements to air

pollution via replacing heavy fuel

oil consumption with Liquefied

Natural Gas (LNG) come at the

expense of locking in fossil fuel

infrastructure for decades to come.

UMAS says that even if public

funding on LNG infrastructure was

halted in the 2025 to 2030 period,

total public expenditure could still

amount to US$1.5 billion - a

potential five-fold increase on what

has already been spent on LNG

bunkering infrastructure to date.

When including upstream

emissions and all sources of GHGs,

depending on the fuel’s supply

chain and use, a switch to LNG

could even increase GHG emissions,

the researchers found.

LOW SULPHUR FOR YANG

MING BOXSHIPS

The newbuild containerships Yang

Ming will charter in from Shoei

Kisen Kaisha (5 x 11,000TEU) and

Costamare (5 x 12,000TEU) will be

designed to run on low sulphur fuel

in order to meet the upcoming

2020 sulphur cap. All the vessels

are due for delivery from the

second quarter 2020 through to the

third quarter 2021.

The design of these new ships is

based on the twin-island concept,

providing similar operational

advantages of the ultra large

containerships the company

deploys on Far East to North

Europe services. The vessels can

accommodate more containers by

increasing navigational visibility as

well as the permissible height of

container stacks on deck, and the

cargo loading capacity.

Moreover, the ships’ length and

beam are shorter than the

20,000TEU vessels, making them

easier to manoeuvre during

berthing or departure. With the

new dimensions, the ships are not

subject to restrictions from ports

and are able to pass through new

Panama Canal.

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SEA/LNG URGES INDUSTRY TO LOOK AT WIDER PICTURE FOR GAS FUELS

Following the announcement from

UMAS that LNG as a ship fuel is a

‘climatic dead end’, multi-sector

industry coalition SEA/LNG has

leapt to the defence of gaseous

fuels, urging the industry to look

beyond just the greenhouse gas

(GHG) question.

The UMAS view was

reported above. SEA/LNG, which

aims to accelerate the widespread

adoption of LNG as a marine fuel,

has reiterated how critical

continuing investment in LNG as a

marine fuel is to meeting both air

quality and GHG emissions targets.

SEA/LNG states: “Assessing the

case for LNG must include the full

benefits from both an air quality

and GHG perspective. Assessing it

purely from a GHG point of view is

not responsible – we must consider

the significant public health

benefits. LNG far outperforms

conventional marine fuels in terms

of dramatically reducing local

emissions to improve air quality

and human health. LNG emits zero

sulphur oxides (SOx) and virtually

zero particulate matter (PM).

Compared to existing heavy marine

fuel oils, LNG emits 90% less

nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions.

“As regards GHG in the

maritime sector, realistic

reductions of up to 20% are

achievable now with LNG. As

technology continues to develop,

these reductions will increase.

Furthermore, LNG, in combination

LNG CONTAINMENT

PONANT LNG FUEL TANKS TO BE SUPPLIED BY GTT

with efficiency measures being

developed for new ships in

response to the IMO’s Energy

Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), will

provide a way of meeting the IMO’s

decarbonisation target of a 40%

decrease by 2030 for international

shipping.

“SEALNG, in conjunction with

SGMF [the Society for Gas as a

Marine Fuel], is continuing to

develop studies and tools for the

industry to better understand the

true benefits of LNG from both an

air quality and GHG mitigation

perspective. The coalition

continues to encourage meaningful

debate using current and

academically supported data and

analysis."

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) has confirmed it has

signed a contract with Norwegian shipyard VARD for the

supply of LNG tanks for the ice-breaking expedition ship

Ponant.

This ship, due for delivery in 2021, will be the first

electric hybrid cruise ice-breaker with LNG propulsion.

Specially designed to run on LNG, the fuel tanks based on

GTT’s Mark III membrane technology. The tanks will

have a 4500m3 capacity, allowing the vessel to run on

LNG throughout its deployment.

This is made possible by the compactness of GTT’s

membrane containment system which optimises the

payload in very restrained spaces, thereby increasing the

autonomy of the ship.

“The Ponant Icebreaker is a real world first. It is the

first luxury ship with Ice Class PC2 certification ever

designed, with electric hybrid engine and propelled by

LNG, it is a pioneer in terms of sustainable cruising and

environment protection”, said Jean Emmanuel Sauvée,

CEO of Ponant.

Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT

added: “This project sets an important milestone in the

development of the LNG as a fuel. GTT is proud to bring

its expertise to Ponant and Vard, two important players

of the maritime world, for the supply of the tanks of this

particularly innovative and environmentally friendly

ship.”

9


FUEL CELL

ABB JOINS BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS IN MARINE FUEL

CELL DEVELOPMENT

ABB and Ballard Power Systems, a

provider of innovative clean energy

fuel cell solutions, have signed a

Memorandum of Understanding

(MoU) on developing the nextgeneration

fuel cell power system

for sustainable marine e-mobility.

The fuel cell power system, to be

jointly designed, developed and

validated by ABB and Ballard

Power Systems, is anticipated to

play a significant part in

accelerating the industry-wide

adoption of sustainable solutions

for marine e-mobility, and help

shipowners meet the increasing

demands for clean operations.

ABB and Ballard Power Systems

will leverage the existing kilowattscale

fuel cell technologies and

optimise them to create a

pioneering megawatt-scale solution

suitable for powering larger ships.

With an electrical generating

capacity of 3MW (4000hp), the new

system will fit within a single

module no bigger in size than a

traditional marine engine running

on fossil fuels.

The proton exchange membrane

(PEM) fuel cells convert the

chemical energy from hydrogen

into electricity through an

electrochemical reaction. They

involve no combustion, converting

fuel directly to electricity, heat and

clean water. With the use of

renewables to produce the

hydrogen, the entire energy chain

can be clean.

“The next generation of ships –

electric, digital and connected – will

require energy sources that are not

only able to meet the increasing

demands for fuel efficiency, but will

also enable cleaner and safer

shipping,” said Peter Terwiesch,

president ABB's Industrial

Automation division. “We are

excited to collaborate with Ballard

Power Systems on driving the

development of the next-generation

fuel cell technology that will power

the vessels of the future.”

POWER

CAVOTEC CONNECTS

CHINESE CRUISE SHIPS

Cavotec engineers have

commissioned a self-propelled,

battery-powered shore power

solution at the Taiziwan cruise

terminal at the Port of

Shenzhen, southern China.

The installation of the

Cavortec AMPMobile system is

aimed at reducing emissions as

China gears up to develop its

cruise berths.

China has already introduced

regulations to support the

adoption of shore power to

reduce emissions.

The unit’s batteries are

charged while it connects

vessels to the grid. This means

that no additional vehicles are

required to move it around the

quay, further reducing

environmental impact.

Two other cruise terminals,

Wusong in Shanghai and

Qingdao in Shangdong, will

soon be equipped with similar

systems, setting the standard

for shore power interfaces for

cruise terminals in China.

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BEARIINGS

THORDON STEERING GEAR BEARINGS FOUND TO

REDUCE OPERATING COSTS

The grease-free

ThorPlas-Blue

bearings Thordon

supplied and

installed to a

Mississippi River

line haul boat

recently have

helped reduce the

vessel’s operating

costs while

creating a safer

working environment for the crew.

When this 180 ft (54.9m) triple

screw work boat recently docked

for repairs, the ThorPlas-Blue

bearings previously retrofitted to

the vessel’s tiller and jockey bars by

precision field machining company

Mactech On-Site showed no signs of

wear, despite two years’ operating

in the abrasive, low draught waters

of the Mississippi River in the U.S.A.

In response to the customer’s

request for grease and corrosionfree

tiller linkage capable of

withstanding greater vertical

movement of tiller pins, Thordon’s

grease-free ThorPlas-Blue bearings

were retrofitted to the triple screw

towboat in 2016 with Mactech

replacing the bronze bushings in the

vessel’s steering.

At various times during the past

two years’ the vessel’s steering gear

was spot checked by pulling the

tiller pins and measuring the

internal diameter of the bushings.

Based on measurements taken by

Mactech and the customer, the

bearings had experienced “no

measurable wear.”

“The commercial benefits of no

longer having to replace metal-onmetal

bearings every one or two

years or purchase, store and apply

lubricating greases are obvious, but

the crew has also remarked that the

tiller flat is a cleaner, safer working

environment. The linkage system is

completely grease-free, so there’s

no chance of slipping on greasy

decks.”

Based on the results and

performance of the Thordon

bearings on this vessel, the

customer has now opted to retrofit

ThorPlas-Blue to 10 additional

workboats.

Commenting on the retrofit

process, Mactech Operations

Manager Monty Glisson explained:

“To create a completely grease-free

steering system, a ThorPlas retrofit

typically involves replacing

hydraulic power units and

cylinders, and carrying out quadrant

modifications, as well as machining

all quadrant and jockey bar

bushings. Thordon and Mactech

have the proper tools, experience,

and processes to complete the job

without removing all the steering

components. We have a complete

understanding of what the customer

is trying to accomplish.”

Prior to any retrofit project,

Thordon and its partners will

measure and record all as-found

bushing data before creating a

mock-up steering linkage. After this,

new bushings are machined to size

and clearance before fitting to

quadrants and jockey bars. New

wear plates are then manufactured

for each pin joint and the steering

system is reassembled with new pin

retainers.

“The ease of machining allows

the bushings to be finished quickly

so that repairs and retrofits can be

completed on time and without

costly drydocking,” said Glisson.

ThorPlas-Blue is a homogeneous,

self-lubricating polymer bearing

with a low dry coefficient of friction,

high strength, and low creep.

PROPULSION

AZIPODS CONFIRMED FOR

VIRGIN CRUISESHIPS

Propulsion for Virgin Cruises‘

three 3850 passenger/crew

capacity newbuilds, the first of

which is scheduled for delivery in

2020, will be based on ABB’s

Azipod system.

Two 16MW Azipod XO units

will propel each of 110,000gt

ships, with power derived from

ABB’s electric power plant concept

– a solution encompassing

electricity generators, main

switchboards, distribution

transformers and a remote control

system for manoeuvering the pod

units from the bridge.

Each of the vessels‘ four

medium speed gensets will also

feature ABB’s TPL-C

turbochargers.

KITE PROJECT GETS

UNDERWAY IN FRANCE

A number of French companies

have formed a consortium to

develop a kite-assisted auxiliary

propulsion system for use by large

cargo ships.

The two main participants,

technical textiles company Porcher

Industries, and French sailor Yves

Parlier, say they have received

regional government finance

worth €15 million to develop the

idea.

The consortium, named Beyond

the Sea, unites Yves Parlier Océa

and Porcher Industries with

Marseille-headquartered shipping

group CMA CGM, the Ensta

Bretagne engineering college in

Brest, and Cousin Trestec a rope

manufacturer of Wervicq-Sud.

In the long-term, Parlier and

Porcher Industries envisage

electronically-controlled kites of

up to 2,000m2 becoming part of a

new hybrid propulsion system for

cargo ships. This could result in a

20% reduction in fuel costs and

greater environmental efficiency.

Trials are already underway in

Canada and France, using a new

fabric being developed for this

purpose by Porcher Industries.

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BALLAST

DAMEN INVASAVE FOR NEWBUILD INLAND COASTAL TANKER

Damen Shipyards says that since the

Ballast Water Management (BWM)

Convention entered into force in

September 2017, newbuild vessels

have to meet the D2 standard of the

Ballast Water Management

Convention.

In this situation, the Inland

Coastal Tanker Elena H. will make

her maiden voyage from the

Netherlands to Argentina on her

own keel. Following her arrival, she

will remain permanently in local

waters. Instead of installing a ballast

water management system (BWMS)

on board the vessel for this single

trip, Damen’s InvaSave supplied

clean D2-standard ballast water for

ballasting of the vessel in the

Netherlands. The InvaSave is the

result of a Damen

project aiming at

both treatment

and supply of

IMO certified D2

water from and

to vessels.

As part of a

cooperation

between Damen

Green Solutions

and Damen

Shiprepair &

Conversion

(DSC), this ballast

water reception/bunkering service

is available to fill/empty the ballast

tanks of (newbuild) vessels in an

IMO certified manner. Damen

Green Solutions thus offers

newbuild or repair yards

worldwide the possibility to

comply with the BWM Convention

without having to install a BWM

System on board a vessel.

ALFA LAVAL INTRODUCES COMPUTER-BASED TRAINING FOR BWMS

Alfa Laval has introduced a computer-based training

module to help its PureBallast customers manage the

challenge of keeping crews updated and trained in the

management of ships’ ballast water. The development

follows claims that non-compliance can be resultant

of human error and crews lacking knowledge in how

to operate ballast water treatment systems.

Both IMO and the USCG have made clear that

training and education must cover ballast water

management practices and the specifics of the ballast

water treatment system.

In its annual report for 2017, the USCG noted that

many of the growing number of compliance

deficiencies can be traced back to crew knowledge

and training.

Combining self-study, a 3D computer simulator

and a final self-assessment, Alfa Laval PureBallast 3

CBT allows masters and crews to become familiar

with the components of Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 and

the basics of its operation. The training is available

24/7 and can be incorporated into existing e-learning

portfolios and certification programmes.

B-QUA BALLAST WATER TEST KIT WINS SEATRADE CLEAN SHIPPING AWARD

France-based water microbiology specialist aqua-tools was presented with a Seatrade Award, during a celebratory

lunch marking the 30th anniversary of what is considered one of the most prestigious of maritime industry awards.

aqua-tools’ B-QUA ballast water test kit took the prize in the Clean Shipping category, despite intense competition.

The company’s B-QUA kit is a rapid predictive and preventive solution for testing ballast water for both

regulatory compliance and system performance. The portable,

easy-to-use kit is based on aqua-tools’ proprietary ATP2GTM

method to measure all viable organism size classes specified in the

D2 standard. Results are delivered in less than one hour. It can be

used both onboard ship or shoreside.

Marc Raymond, aqua-tools’ founder and CEO, said: “Winning

this Seatrade Award suggests that the industry believes effective,

rapid water sampling and testing has a significant role to play in the

furtherance of clean, sustainable shipping.”

Aqua-tools’ Business Development Manager, Carine Magdo,

pictured, collected the award.

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SECURITY

HUMAN ELEMENT IS PART OF THE MARITIME CYBER PROBLEM

Most ship cyber security breaches are consequent of

human error but can easily be avoided by

implementing cutting edge technology and policies to

prevent crews from inadvertently infecting shipboard

systems. That was one of the key take-aways from a

major maritime cyber conference held in London

recently and at which delegates were informed of the

potentially catastrophic consequences when

Operational Technologies are hacked.

“The problem is that when crew or operators use

USB sticks to upload system files or log on using their

own mobile phones, laptops and tablets or open an

infected email, they can potentially upload a malware

virus or worse,” Naval Dome CEO Itai Sela (pictured)

told delegates attending the European Maritime Cyber

Risk Management summit.

As 150 million emails are sent globally every

minute by more than 4 billion internet users, it is safe

to assume that some of these will be infected and

opened by unsuspecting crew members.

It emerged at the summit that many systems

onboard are still based on old operating systems, such

as Windows XP, Windows 7, or Linux – systems

designed and manufactured without consideration of

the cyber threat.

That many of these systems remain unprotected

with critical PC-based IT and OT systems frequently

using the same internet connection was a significant

concern raised by Lloyd’s Register’s Elisa Cassi,

Product Manager,

Cyber Security.

“Industrial

control systems

may still run on

separate networks,

but true physical

isolation is

becoming the

exception rather

than the norm. Even

with no direct

connection,

malware can bridge

air-gapped

networks by exploiting human activity and operator

error.”

Templar Executive’s Director MCERT Chris Gibson

said that 47% of ship’s crews have been targeted,

with IT and OT systems “very vulnerable to attack”.

“The Maritime sector is a keystone of a modern,

digitised world, but remains vulnerable to cyberattack.”

It was also suggested that the industry should

implement an anonymous cyber-attack reporting

scheme and consider establishing a Maritime Charter

of Trust to establish industry-wide protocols for

dealing with the threat.

INDUSTRY LAUNCHES SECURITY WEBSITE

EUMSS REVIEWED

International shipping industry

organisations, with military

support, have launched a new

website dedicated to providing

comprehensive maritime security

guidance to companies and

mariners.

The new website provides

security-related guidance

produced by the industry as well

as links to other useful maritime

and military security resources.

“In a world of increasingly

complex security risks, it is

essential that mariners and ships

are protected. The new website

will be a freely available facility

where companies and mariners

can access essential guidance and

information to help them

comprehensively prepare for

voyages through areas of security

risk,” the authors said.

The aim is to ease access for

companies and seafarers to

maritime security related

information and guidance. Central

to the website are new best

practice guides to help companies

and mariners risk assess voyages

and mitigate against external

threats to their safety. These are

covered in three publications:

* Global Counter Piracy

Guidance for Companies, Masters

and Seafarers is a new publication

containing guidance on piracy and

armed robbery that can be used by

mariners around the world.

* BMP5: Best Management

Practices to Deter Piracy and

Enhance Maritime Safety in the

Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian

Ocean and the Arabian

Sea contains guidance for regionspecific

threats.

* The third edition of

the Guidelines for Owners,

Operators and Masters for

protection against piracy and

armed robbery in the Gulf of

Guinea region is also provided.

The European Council has adopted a

revised EU Maritime Security

Strategy (EUMSS) which High

Representative for Foreign Affairs

and Security Policy Federica

Mogherini says “promotes

international cooperation, maritime

multilateralism and the rule of law at

sea, in line with the strategic

priorities identified in the EU Global

Strategy”.

The EUMSS revision allows for a

more focused reporting process to

enhance awareness and better

follow-up to the strategy. The action

plan brings together both internal

and external aspects of the Union’s

maritime security. The actions

foreseen in the plan also contribute to

the implementation of the EU Global

Strategy, the renewed EU internal

security strategy 2015-2020, the

Council conclusions on global

maritime security, and the joint

communication on international

ocean governance.

13


NAVCOMS

RADIO HOLLAND TO SUPPLY NAVCOM SUITE TO SIX BODEWES NEWBUILDS

Radio Holland Netherlands has received an order to supply a Furuno navigation and communications package

for installation to the newbuilds Royal Bodewes will deliver to European owners.

The Dutch shipbuilder has been contracted to deliver three 2999dwt cement carriers to Eureka, a division of

SMT Shipping, two general cargo vessels for UK-based Scotline, and a 2999gt general cargo vessel for Germany’s

Reederei Rörd Braren.

All the vessels will feature Furuno’s new FAR-22x8/23x8 series radar (pictured), which is characterised by

its state-of-the-art antenna design and signal processing techniques. Radio Holland will install the new FAR

radar, together with 26” screens, on all six of the new vessels.

The Nav/Com package for the vessels also includes a variety of Furuno equipment, including radars, ECDIS,

Echosounder, Speedlog, AIS, DGPS, MF/HF, VHF DSC, BNWAS, and Inmarsat-C, supplemented by systems from

other manufacturers.

Theunis Eelkema, Sales Manager Services North, said: “Radio Holland is responsible for the execution,

engineering, project management and commissioning of the contract, given our strong relationship with the

yard. Royal Bodewes is very keen to have a single point of contact, preferring short lines of communication. This

order shows that Royal Bodewes

appreciates our performance on their

newbuild vessels over the years.”

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NAVICO AND C-MAP TO MERGE

Navico, which claims to be the world’s

largest manufacturer of marine

electronics, and C-MAP – a supplier of

digital navigation products to the

recreational and commercial marine

market – have announced that they have

merged.

Effective immediately, C-MAP will

become another brand in the Navico

portfolio, alongside Lowrance, Simrad and

B&G. The merger will accelerate the

companies’ shared ambition to create the

world’s biggest digital marine ecosystem

and deliver the best experiences for

customers around the world.

“This merger is an incredible

opportunity to drive innovation in the

marine industry and lead a new digital

era,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico

Group. “We see huge potential to bring

our two teams together and accelerate

growth.”

“We’re incredibly excited to join forces

with Navico,” said Sean Fernback, former

CEO of C-MAP and now Navico Group CTO

and corporate executive member. “We

now have an opportunity to create a

seamless experience by developing an

ecosystem that combines the best

hardware, software, services and

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CLASSIFICATION

DNV GL TO CLASS QUARK'S EXPEDITION CRUISE BUILD

Brodosplit shipyard and DNV GL

have signed a contract for the

classification of Quark Expedition’s

new 200-passenger newbuild. The

contract covers the construction of

the vessel with delivery scheduled

for the third quarter of 2020.

The 128m long polar expedition

cruise vessel will be equipped with

four main engines and with dieselelectric

generator sets producing

4400kW of power, for a top speed

of 16 kts.

Built to the DNV GL polar class

PC(6) standard, the vessel will also

be fully compliant with Safe

Return to Port requirements and

will accommodate up to 200

passengers, with life boat capacity

for all persons onboard.

The ship, which is designed by

LMG Marin AS, will be one the

most versatile expedition vessels

operating in the polar regions.

With a 40-day operational

capability, the vessel will make

regions such as the Ross Sea and

the remote western Antarctic

more accessible to tourists. The

vessel will be equipped with 20

zodiac boats that can be deployed

from an internal hangar to

facilitate off-ship experiences and

will also feature two helicopters

and helidecks to enable access to

areas inaccessible by boat.

CLASSNK REVISES SURVEY & CONSTRUCTION RULES

Classification society ClassNK has released amendments to its Rules and

Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships.

The revision reflects the latest results from research, feedback from

damage investigations, requests from the industry as well as changes

made to relevant national and international conventions.

More specifically, some of the requirements amended this time are as

follows:

● Amendment related to the Class Notations with respect to

Structural Assessment based upon Direct Load Analysis (to

incorporate research and development results)

● Amendment related to the Anchor Windlass Design and Testing

(to incorporate feedback from damage investigations)

● Amendment related to the Pressure Relief Systems for Gasfuelled

Engines (in response to industry requests, etc.)

● Amendment related to the Foam-type Extinguishers for Boilers

(in response to changes in international conventions, etc.)

● Amendment related to the Heat Treatment Definitions, Surface

Quality and Repair of Defects

SHIP DESIGN

BMT UNVEILS HYBRID

FERRY DESIGN

BMT Group has designed new

hybrid ferry design which could

pave the way for a cleaner, more

cost-efficient energy option for

ferry operators. The design is for a

31m, 149-passenger-capacity ferry

capable of a top speed of 20kts.

John Bonafoux, Managing

Director at BMT explains. “Greener

ferry systems have to be the future

and we’re extremely excited to be

launching this new hybrid design.

In our recent case study of an

example river commute in New

York, the ‘Eco Ferry’ engines are

completely off for 63% of the time.

That’s a huge saving on fuel

consumption and emissions, not to

mention engine hours and

maintenance.”

With recent hybrid experience

gained in several superyacht

projects, BMT has combined this

expertise with its proficiency in

efficient hull form design to

produce this latest green offering.

Working in collaboration with

BAE Systems, the Eco Ferry uses a

Hybrid Drive system. When the

upper end of power is needed, the

diesel engines are there to support,

keeping the batteries topped up at

the same time – all of this

happening seamlessly and

automatically. The vessel’s

160kWh ESS (energy storage

system) can also be further charged

whilst alongside and by a solar

array on the vessel roof.

Bonafoux adds: “It’s an allround,

nicer experience for

passengers. The Eco-ferry glides in

and out of dock silently and smoke

free, completely under electric

power. No longer will there be

noise and diesel fumes at the dock

as passengers embark and

disembark.”

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NEWBUILDS & DELIVERIES

RED JET 7 TO ENTER

SERVICE

Red Funnel’s Red Jet 7 will enter

service early next month

following delivery from the UK’s

Wight Shipyard.

Powered by four 900 kW MTU

Series 2000 engines, Red Jet 7 has

a top speed of 38 knots while also

meeting the International

Maritime Organization

requirements IMO for Tier II

certification.

Mark Slawson, Fleet and

Technical Director, Red Funnel

said: “Red Jet 7 continues a long

tradition of using MTU engines

which began with the Italian

built hydrofoils which were used

in the 1970s and 80s.

“For us, the winning features

are the low cost of operating the

engines and their high power-toweight

ratios. Coupled with low

fuel consumption, this makes the

vessels very efficient to run,

which is important considering

the heavy operating profile they

endure.”

The aluminium catamaran

will join its sisters Red Jet 6, Red

Jet 4 and Red Jet 3 in operations

between Southampton and the

Isle of Wight.

DSME TO BUILD

SEATANKERS' NEW LNGC

South Korea’s Daewoo

Shipbuilding & Marine

Engineering (DSME) has added

to its LNGC orderbook with an

order from Seatankers

Management, Norway.

The 173,400m3 LNG carrier,

to be built at DSME’s Okpo

Shipyard for a 2020 delivery,

will feature a ME-GI engine with

a full re-liquefaction system

(FRS), which is claimed to boost

fuel efficiency by 30%.

This year, DSME won a total

of 28 vessels worth US$3.54

billion, including 12 LNG

carriers and 15 large crude oil

carriers.

SHIP DESIGN

VARD TO BUILD HAPAG-LLOYD EXPEDITION SHIP

Norwegian shipyard Vard has

secured a contract to design and

build a new luxury expedition cruise

vessel for Germany-based cruise

company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

The 16,000gt vessel with

capacity for 230 passengers will be

specifically developed to conduct

cruise operations in the poles, as

well as the warmer water of the

Amazon region, and join two other

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises vessels that are

currently being built by Vard.

Hulls will be built by Vard in

Romania and vessel delivery is

scheduled to take place from Vard

Langsten in Norway by the second

quarter of 2021.

Vard CEO Roy Reite said: “We

currently have two vessels under

construction to be delivered to

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises in 2019, and it

is our honour to be awarded with

this latest contract for their new

luxury expedition cruise vessel.”

Last month, Vard announced it

had secured a contract to build

three new coastguard vessels for

the Norwegian Defence Materiel

Agency (NDMA). The vessels,

designed to replace the Nordkappclass

vessels, are scheduled for

delivery from Vard Langsten in 1Q

2022, 1Q 2023 and 1Q 2024

respectively. The hulls will be built

at Vard Tulcea in Romania.

MARIOTTI AND DAMEN TEAM UP TO BUILD SEABOURN

EXPEDITION VESSELS

Seabourn has announced its intent to

build two new ultra-luxury

expedition vessels, in what marks the

cruise line’s entry in to the

expedition segment. Should the

Letter of Intent be firmed up, the

vessels will be built by MARIOTTI

DAMEN Cruise, a new cruise building

partnership formed by Italy’s T.

Mariotti and Damen Shipyards

Group.

The partnership between the two

companies is a “complementary

fusion of expertise and facilities that

will focus on the construction of

cruise vessels,” the companies said in

a joint statement.

T. Mariotti Managing Director

Marco Ghiglione said: “We are very

pleased to work together with

Damen on the construction of

newbuild cruise vessels as both

Mariotti and Damen share a common

vision of the future of the cruise

industry. This long-term

partnership will offer our current

and prospective clients access to a

comprehensive suite of shipbuilding

services and capabilities in terms of

high quality, sustainable vessels

demanded by the cruise industry of

tomorrow.”

Damen Senior Vice President

Sales & Marketing Cruise Andrea

Trevisan added: “We are very

honoured by this collaboration. The

combination of T. Mariotti luxury

cruise shipbuilding’s experience of

long standing with the high-class

facilities of Damen Shipyards Group

represents a unique synergy in the

cruise industry. Our partnership

brings together two proud family

businesses, both of which enjoy a

reputation for shipbuilding

excellence.”

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SECOND SAYARINGO STAGE VESSEL LAUNCHES AT

MITSUBISHI YARD

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding’s

Yokohama facility has launched

Diamond Gas Rose, its second

Sayaringo STaGE- type LNGC

under construction for a

Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK

Line joint venture.

After completion in August, it

will join Diamond Gas Orchid, the

first vessel of the same type which

was completed in late June, and

now in service transporting LNG

for the Cameron LNG Project.

The Sayaringo STaGE vessels

are designed to achieve significant

improvements in both LNG

carrying capacity and fuel

performance through the adoption

of a more efficient hull structure

and an innovative hybrid

propulsion system.

The 73,800dwt Diamond Gas

Rose is 293.5m in length and has

the capacity to transport

165,000m3 of liquefied natural

gas. The Sayaringo STaGE vessels

are the successors to the

Sayaendo, a vessel highly

acclaimed for its improved Mosstype

spherical tanks that deliver

outstanding reliability. The

adoption of apple-shaped tanks in

the new Sayaringo STaGE has

enabled an increase in LNG

carrying capacity without

changing the ship's beam

(48.94m), while incorporation of a

hybrid propulsion system has

significantly boosted fuel efficiency

compared.

STaGE, an acronym deriving

from Steam Turbine and Gas

Engines, is a hybrid propulsion

system combining a steam turbine

and engines that can be fired by

gas. Efficient use of the engines'

waste heat to drive the steam

turbine results in substantial

improvement in plant efficiency,

enabling high-efficiency navigation

throughout a full range of speeds.

MATSON CHRISTENS LNG-COMPATIBLE CONTAINERSHIP

US shipping company Matson has

christened the first of its new

Aloha class LNG-container ships,

which the company says is the

largest containership so far built

in the US.

The new vessel, which will

operate on the company’s Hawaii

route, is named Daniel K.

Inouye in honour of Hawaii's late

senior US Senator, who was a

longstanding supporter of the US

maritime industry. It is the first of

two new ships being built

for Honolulubased

Matson by Philly

Shipyard at a total cost of

approximately US$418 million for

the pair, and the first of four new

vessels that Matson will put into

its Hawaii service during the next

two years.

At over

51,400t, the

850-foot long

and 3,600 TEU

capacity Daniel

K.

Inouye is Matson

's largest ship

and the largest

containership

ever constructed

in the U.S. It is

also Matson's fas

test vessel, with

a top speed of

nearly 24 knots, helping ensure

on-time deliveries

in Hawaii from Matson's

three West Coast terminals

in Seattle, Oakland and Long

Beach.

As Matson's first Aloha Class

containership, Daniel K.

Inouye incorporates the latest

environmentally friendly

technology, including dual fuel

engines that can be adapted to

use LNG, double hull fuel tanks,

fresh water ballast systems and a

more fuel efficient hull design.

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MEYER TURKU BEGINS SMERALDA BUILD

The traditional coin laying ceremony has kick-started the

Smeralda cruiseship build at the Meyer Turku yard in

Finland.

The 180,000gt vessel for Carnival’s Costa Cruises

brand will, when delivered in late 2019, be the world’s

first LNG powered cruise ship. Meyer Turku has been a

pioneer in LNG ship building with the successful delivery

of the LNG fuelled passenger ferries Viking

Grace and Tallink Megastar. Meyer Turku is working

sister shipyard Meyer Werft, Papenburg to create the

LNG propulsion plant for the Costa Smeralda.

While the coin ceremony usually marks the beginning

of the build process, a large section of the vessel has

already been fabricated: a 140m long floating engine

room unit (FERU) was towed to Turku earlier last week

from Meyer’s Neptun Werft, Germany.

The FREU is part of the shipbuilding group’s strategy

to find synergies between its three shipyards, Meyer

Werft, Meyer Turku and Neptun Werft. Building these

sections at Neptun Werft also eases the ramp up of Meyer

Turku and showcases effective collaboration between the

yards.

Type Approved

to IMO MEPC

227 (64)

MARIPUR NF

CLARIMAR MF

DSME TO BUILD LNG-FSRU FOR

ANGELICOUSSIS

Angelicoussis Shipping Group has placed an order with

South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine

Engineering (DSME) for LNG Floating Storage &

Regenerating Unit (FSRU). It will be the 100th vessel

DMSE has built for the Greek owner’s shipping unit

Maran gas Maritime.

The contract is for a 173,400m3 capacity LNG-FSRU,

which will be built at DSME’s Okpo Shipyard. The

295m long and 46m wide vessel is slated for delivery

in 2021.

This FSRU will be based on DSME’s LNG-RV (LNG

Regasification Vessel) design, which when it was

launched in 2005 was the first in the world.

Since an LNG-FSRU can supply natural gas without

large-scale facility investment such as land terminal

construction, it can supply natural gas economically

without any large investment in a place where demand

for natural gas is temporarily surging or difficult to

build land equipment.

ACO Marine's new MARIPUR NF and CLARIMAR MF advanced

wastewater management systems are the merchant, naval and

megayacht sectors most effective solutions for meeting

stringent IMO MEPC 227(64)

rules.

Compact and economical

with the lowest operating

costs of any sewage

treatment plant, CLARIMAR

MF and MARIPUR NF are

proven to reduce

coliform bacteria, TSS,

COD, nitrogen and

phosphorous content to

levels significantly below

the mandated requirements.

Mark Beavis - Managing Director

Nádrazňi 72, CZ -15000 Praha 5,

Czech Republic

Tel: +420 724 011 775

Email: mbeavis@acomarine.com

Web: www.acomarine.com

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DAMEN SIGNS CONTRACT FOR FIVE FULL ELECTRIC FERRIES

Damen Shipyards Group recently

signed a contract with leading

multinational public transport

company Arriva Danmark for five

fully-electric ferries, known as the

Damen Ferry 2306 E3. Arriva will

operate the ferries for its client,

Danish public transport agency

MOVIA, in the country’s capital

city Copenhagen.

For the tender process of this

contract, Damen’s in-house

engineering team conducted

extensive studies into the best

possible solution for the

operation in question. A key

feature was environmental

performance. To this end, Damen

considered biodiesel, hybrid and

full electric solutions.

Unsurprisingly, a zero emissions,

fully electric solution offered the

best results in terms of

sustainability. It also transpired

that, over the twelve year period

of the contract, this was the most

cost-efficient solution.

Another crucial requirement

was that the new vessels be able

to fit into the existing framework

– including use of current

timetables and infrastructure, as

well as capacity to carry at least

60 passengers. To fulfil this,

Damen has developed a design

with a capacity for 80 passengers,

tailored so that the vessels can

dock – bow first – at the existing

jetties.

At the jetties at each end of the

route, Damen will install fast

charging points.

Martin Verstraaten, Damen

Sales Manager, said, “Throughout

the tender process, the

collaboration between all parties

has been excellent. Combining

Arriva’s operational knowledge

with our shipbuilding experience

has delivered a design that

answers all the needs of this

project; a zero emissions, low

maintenance solution that offers

real value for money.

NEXANS ORDERS CABLE LAYER FROM ULSTEIN

Norway’s Ulstein Verft has secured

a contract to build a new cable

layer for Nexans Subsea

Operations, a division of the

French cable manufacturer.

The 17,000dwt DP3 vessel,

thought to be the world's largest of

this type, will have a cable

turntable capacity of 10,000t, fibre

optic basket capability of 450t and

accommodation for 90 persons.

The vessel, Nexans Aurora, will

be outfitted for power cable laying,

including bundle laying, cable

jointing and repair and cable

system protection and trenching.

The ST-297 CLV, designed by

Skipsteknisk, Ålesund, is

developed for operations in rough

weather and has high

manoeuvrability and station

keeping capabilities.

DAMEN PRESENTS SAFE, GREEN CONNECTED TUGS

With the presentation of the RSD Tug 2513 at ITS 2018 in Marseille, France, Damen has introduced its

next generation ship-handling tugs.

The next generation range is led by the RSD Tug 2513, said to be a compact and powerful tug redefining

agility in harbour towage. Fully focused on ship-handling, this vessel offers 70t bollard pull in both push

and pull mode in the safest possible way by its always bow first principle and patented Twin Fin skeg

design.

In answer to the needs for efficient ship-handling operations, with the possibility to perform occasional

additional jobs such as salvage and coastal towing, Damen added a new series of compact multi-purpose

vessels, the ASD Tug 2312 and ASD Tug 2813. At 60t and 80t BP respectively, again both in push and pull

mode, these vessels offer a mix of versatility and compactness by featuring smart layouts.

To complete the next generation range, Damen redesigned its ASD Tug 2810 to become the new ASD

Tug 2811 and upgraded the successful ASD Tug 3212, which was first introduced during ITS in 2012. All

next generation vessels are laid out to comply with the new stability regulations, initiated as Harmonised

Class rules and enforced by the IMO for adaptation in January 2020.

Damen now also introduces a modular Marine NOx Reduction System, to enable compliance with IMO

Tier III regulations.

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