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Spanish ferry operator seeks competitive edge with Wärtsilä waterjets

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The new high speed  Naviera Armas catamaran with Wärtsilä waterjets.
The new high speed catamaran will be the third delivered to Naviera Armas with Wärtsilä waterjets.

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply its powerful waterjets for a new high speed ferry being built for Spanish company, Naviera Armas. The company faces strong competition in the local ferry market, and its choice of the Wärtsilä modular waterjet solution is seen as an effective means of meeting the competitive challenge. The vessel is being built at the Incat shipyard in Tasmania, Australia and the order with Wärtsilä was booked in August 2017.

This 109 metre long wave-piercing vessel will be the third Incat built high speed catamaran to join the Naviera Armas fleet. All three ships incorporate Wärtsilä waterjets. “The proven design of the Wärtsilä LJX 1500SRI waterjet encompasses high efficiency, excellent hydrodynamic performance, minimised noise and vibration, and less maintenance. Not surprisingly, therefore, it is rapidly becoming the waterjet of choice for owners and shipyards around the globe,” says Arto Lehtinen, Vice President, Propulsion, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

“We have extensive experience with Wärtsilä waterjets and know that they can deliver the power and reliability demanded by the owners. The project is based on getting ferry customers to their destination in the most efficient manner and with the highest level of comfort and reliability. We are confident the Incat design and propulsion package incorporating Wärtsilä waterjets is the best choice to achieve this goal,” says Incat’s Tim Burnell.

The new ferry will commence operations in 2019 and the four Wärtsilä waterjets with a control system will be delivered to the yard in October 2018. Wärtsilä has worked closely with Incat for almost thirty years, and this is the second order placed by the yard with Wärtsilä this year. Altogether, 174 modular Wärtsilä waterjets have been delivered to Incat.

Visedo to Power Breakthrough Hybrid Ice Ferry for Swedish Islands

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Visedo has won the contract to deliver a hybrid electric propulsion system for a new Swedish ice-going passenger ferry.

The hybrid diesel-electric vessel will be capable of carrying 150 passengers through the often icy waters around the islands of the Stockholm archipelago, off the Swedish capital.

Visedo’s hybrid electric system will reduce fuel consumption and emissions, as well as providing quieter operation and less maintenance costs. The ferry will also feature selective catalytic reduction and diesel particulate filters to further reduce its environmental impact.

Stockholm County Council engaged Swedish marine consulting firm Saltech for the design and specification of the ferry, which will be built at the Baltic Workboats shipyard in Estonia. The vessel was expected to be completed to enter service with Waxholmsbolaget, the region’s leading ferry operator, in summer 2018.

Visedo will provide full customer support during the vessel’s design phase, as well as a 24-hour service line and a service engineer on standby. The Finnish manufacturer will also deliver technical management during procurement, construction and delivery of the vessel.

Visedo Marine Business Development Manager Philipp Fedorov said:

“Emissions restrictions encourage shipowners to design and order innovative propulsion for new shipbuilding projects. This vessel will be another example of Visedo’s innovative approach to delivering the market’s leading hybrid and fully electric propulsion for the marine industry.

“Visedo’s compact DC grid propulsion system will reduce fuel consumption and emissions, as well as increasing system redundancy and ensuring safer operation. Battery-ready DC grid electric propulsion also offers significant possibilities for future upgrades and battery installations.”

Picture source: www.saltech.se/

KONGSBERG Wins EPCI Contract for Newbuild LNG Fuelled RoPax Ferry

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Kongsberg, Norway, 31 August 2017 – Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contract with Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG), a subsidiary of Siem Group. This is the second RoPax contract that Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded at FSG. The ‘Full Picture’ contract, valued at approximately €20 million, covers engineering, procurement and project management, maritime technology deliveries and installation on a LNG fuelled RoPax Ferry for French company Brittany Ferries Ltd. The integrated project will be executed by Kongsberg Maritime’s Solutions department.

The 42,400 gross tonnage LNG RoPax ferry, which will be named ‘Honfleur’, will have an overall length of 187.40 m and a 31.00 m beam, with a cargo capacity of 2,200 lane meters, and an additional dedicated car deck for 300 cars. It will be equipped with 255 passenger cabins and several restaurants, bars and lounges on two decks, with a total capacity of 1800 passengers and crew. Kongsberg Maritime’s project delivery and sophisticated automation and control technology will support the vessel’s design to enable optimal fuel consumption, while meeting current and known future environmental regulations.

The contract includes supply and integration of the LNG Fuel Gas Supply System (FGSS), electrical, telecom and integrated control systems, project management, interface management and engineering services at all stages. Cables, installation and installation materials for the above systems are also included. In addition, a significant technology scope of supply includes; shaft generators, switchboards, automation systems, Emergency Shut Down system (ESD), rudder control, navigation systems, radio/satellite external & internal communication systems, and entertainment & information systems. The engineering and construction phase is estimated to take two years.

“This is the third recent Full Picture contract in Germany based on our extensive EPC offering, reflecting the added value that our integration strategy brings to ship owners,” said Stene Førsund, EVP Global Sales and Marketing, Kongsberg Maritime. “The project is a great example of KONGSBERG’s deep integration between maritime technology and power systems, which introduces tangible efficiencies during delivery, installation and engineering while optimising day-to-day vessel and fleet operations.”

MacGregor secures specialist equipment order for state-of-the-art research vessel

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MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract to supply oceanographic winches and Triplex deck handling systems to a ground-breaking new research vessel being built by the Fassmer shipyard in Berne, Germany. The order was booked into Cargotec’s second quarter 2017 order intake. MacGregor equipment deliveries are planned for completion by the end of the first quarter of 2019.

The new dual-fuel (LNG) 74m vessel, Atair II, is under construction for the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH).  It will operate in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, conducting hydrographic surveys and wreck search operations in addition to marine environmental monitoring. The vessel will have a 200m2 working deck that features laboratories and an air pollution measurement station. 

“To develop the most value-adding solution for this state-of-the-art research vessel, MacGregor has worked closely with the shipyard,” says Esko Karvonen, Vice President, Smart Ocean Technology, MacGregor. “This cooperation not only means that our systems meet the needs of the operator, but ensures its safe and reliable operation. 

“Our systems are based on proven technology and are customised to carefully handle a full range of sophisticated hydrographic survey equipment,” he adds.

Stena Line chooses MAN’s online service: Agreement covers two superferries in Stena fleet

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MAN Diesel & Turbo recently signed a contract with Stena Line to provide its online service to two vessels. The ‘Stena Hollandica’ and ‘Stena Britannica’ are both conventional passenger-and-vehicle superferries that sail the daily route between the Hook of Holland and Harwich and are each powered by 4 × MAN 48/60CR engines.

Dan Sten Olsson, CEO and owner of the Stena Sphere, and Bjarne Koitrand, Stena Line Technical Director, visited Augsburg, Germany to meet MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Dr Uwe Lauber, CEO, and Wayne Jones, Chief Sales Officer and agree the new deal.

Olsson said: “Digitalization is the direct communication of the truth and opens up for fast adjustments and improved performance by automation or improved human judgment.”

Wayne Jones commented “We have a clear strategy regarding the development of our digitisation program where we already monitor over 200 installations worldwide. We can even keep track of the assets on our smartphones. We will shortly move into Phase 2.0 where we will further extend our online services to our two-stroke installations. Our customers are extremely pleased with our concept and who else is better placed than MAN Diesel & Turbo to support the customers’ business in an agile and efficient manner?”.

As part of this digitilization strategy, MAN Diesel & Turbo recently appointed a Chief Digitization Officer, Audi Lucas, to further drive the development and integration of digital offerings within its portfolio.

In connection with the new appointment, Dr. Uwe Lauber – CEO MAN Diesel & Turbo – stated: “As a creative mission, digitization goes way beyond the development of technologies. It is an approach and way of thinking that involves interdisciplinary networking, data analysis and interaction. More than ever before, we want to embed this mentality at all levels within MAN Diesel & Turbo – from corporate strategy through to customer service and product development.”

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PrimeServ Online Service is MAN Diesel & Turbo´s service for monitoring engines and turbochargers automatically and continuously.

Constant monitoring of key engine and turbocharger performance data facilitates the optimisation of any inefficient operation modes in good time, maintaining the availability and reliability of MAN hardware.

Since 2000, all MAN Diesel & Turbo engines have been delivered with integrated data interfaces, which can be upgraded to complete local systems for engine monitoring.

If online access is facilitated via this data interface, all of the engine and turbocharger operating data and additional information can be made available to PrimeServ specialists for analysis.

PrimeServ Online Service transmits key engine data from any place in the world via secure data connections. PrimeServ experts analyse the data and provide recommendations for maintenance/repairs.

Stena Line extends its trust in MacGregor’s planned maintenance agreements for 39 ferries

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Swedish ferry operator Stena Line has renewed its planned maintenance agreement with MacGregor, part of Cargotec. Stena Line has held MacGregor Onboard Care (MOC) agreements since 2008 and its latest contract takes the number of RoRo vessels covered to 39.

“Our preventative and planned service products, such as MOCs, make it easier to schedule services; they guarantee that parts are in place and they are very cost-effective for the customer. They take a lot of the stress out of managing the huge service requirements for large fleets,” says John Carnall Senior Vice President, Global Lifecycle Support, MacGregor.

“The number of vessels covered by the contract requires MacGregor to coordinate complex resource requirements in several countries. There are few companies as well-placed as MacGregor to deliver this demanding level of service commitment.”

Stena’s renewed MOC agreements ensure that key equipment – from MacGregor and a range of other manufacturers – on board the vessels is maintained in good order at the optimum time, minimising the risk of downtime. Remedial measures can be used to rectify a problem with minimal impact on availability. The agreement covers annual inspections, condition surveys, spare parts stock inventories and basic equipment adjustments.

“Over the years, Stena has steadily increased the number of vessels covered by the contract from 20 to 39 vessels,” says Magnus Göransson, MacGregor Branch Manager for Denmark and Sweden. “This is testament to the long-standing trust that has developed between MacGregor and Stena Line and in MacGregor’s ability to deliver technical support, services and spare parts whenever and wherever they are needed.”

The contract covers ferries serving operations for Stena Line Scandinavia AB, Stena Line BV and Northern Marine Ferries Ltd; sailing on 22 routes in the Baltic Sea, North Sea, the English Channel and the Irish Sea.

Each MOC agreement is tailored to meet the needs of individual operators. MacGregor is in the process of developing a new service agreement concept that will simplify service commitments for customers even further. It will be available early next year.

Wärtsilä to power Mediterranean’s first LNG fuelled passenger ferry

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Wärtsilä will deliver the design, power and propulsion for Balearia’s new RoRo passenger ferry.
Wärtsilä will deliver the design, power and propulsion for Balearia’s new RoRo passenger ferry.

Wärtsilä has signed a contract with Construcciones Navales del Norte SL (LaNaval) shipyard in Sestao, Spain for the design and supply of the LNG power and propulsion installation for a new RoRo passenger ferry. There is also an option for a second vessel. The ship is being built for Spanish owner Baleària, a leading operator serving the Balearic Islands. Wärtsilä will also provide inclusive project support services to the yard, including integration engineering and on-site consulting, as well as commissioning of the combined systems. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in August.

When entering regular service in 2019, this eco-efficient ‘smartship’ will be the first gas-propelled RoRo passenger ferry operating in the Mediterranean Sea, and among the largest ferries in Europe. It has a length of 232 metres and a capacity for 331 vehicles and 1700 passengers, 70% of whom can be accommodated in cabins. Because of the ship’s extensive accommodation facilities and the need to prioritise passenger comfort, stringent standards to reduce noise and vibration will be applied to Wärtsilä’s main and auxiliary engines, propellers, and manoeuvring thrusters.

By sailing on natural gas, the environmental footprint of the vessel will be greatly reduced. In comparison to standard marine diesel fuel, Wärtsilä’s LNG solution reduces CO2 emissions by 25%, nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 85%, while sulphur and particulate matter are virtually entirely eliminated.

The full Wärtsilä scope of supply for this contract includes four 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel main engines, four 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines, the Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel storage and management system, two twin/single out gearboxes, two Wärtsilä Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP) with the Wärtsilä ProTouchbridge control system, two Wärtsilä transverse thrusters, plus comprehensive engineering, project management, and on-site yard support services. The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the yard in mid-2017.

“Baleària, the owners of this new ferry, appreciate the importance of LNG fuel in providing a cleaner marine environment. Wärtsilä, with a track record of more than 1500 gas fuelled engines with 16 million running hours, has by far the most experience in dual fuel power and propulsion installations. Furthermore, our capability to assume responsibility for the combined ship systems, plus our strong service support and training facilities were other important considerations,” says Aaron Bresnahan, Vice President, Sales, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

“In our current order book at LaNaval, we have two vessels that will be powered by dual-fuel engines: a multi-purpose cable laying vessel and this Ro-Pax vessel for Baleària. For both ships, LaNaval has selected Wärtsilä as the supplier of the DF engines, and we have also chosen the company’s LNGPac fuel system. We made this decision based on Wärtsilä’s experience in dual-fuel technology,” says Javier Angulo, Deputy Managing Director and Sales Director at LaNaval.

“The output power from the Wärtsilä engines will allow the ship to reach a speed of 24 knots. Their technology will enable us to be highly efficient and competitive with our passenger and goods services,” says Guillermo Alomar, Baleària’s Fleet Director.

MHI to Launch Discussions toward Forming Alliances with Three Domestic Shipbuilders — Initiative Aimed at Strengthening Competitiveness in Global Markets —

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Tokyo, August 30, 2016 – In October 2015 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) established two new Group companies in the Nagasaki district to perform business related to shipbuilding, part of an initiative targeting structural reform of the Company’s commercial ship operations. Subsequently the environment surrounding the shipbuilding industry has undergone dramatic changes on global scale, to the extent that today MHI recognizes the need to undertake swift and progressive steps to secure the competitive strength required by Japan’s shipbuilding industry in order to compete, and mark sustained growth, in the global marketplace.

In line with this emerging awareness, MHI is about to launch discussions toward forming new alliances with three domestic companies – Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. – that share this awareness and offer strong potential as mutually complementary, synergy-generating partners that would collectively provide Japan’s commercial ship industry with robust global competitive strength. The move toward forming these alliances targets the integration of MHI’s strengths in shipbuilding technology and engineering with the three prospective partners’ manufacturing capabilities and cost competitiveness. By combining these strengths, the alliances would boost ship development capabilities, enhance negotiation response, and enable further cost reductions, thereby accelerating the buildup of competitive strength in the global market. Following the impending discussions, MHI will announce the content of any concluded alliance agreements once details have been worked out.

MHI is also to begin considering the establishment of a technology center to undertake advanced technology development and education in shipbuilding technologies and skills. Establishment of the new facility would target the creation of new basic technology and human resources development to disseminate Japan’s commercial ship technologies globally, as a way of carrying on and further developing Japan’s shipbuilding technologies applying MHI’s resources in commercial ship technology. Going forward, MHI plans to issue a broad call for participation in the technology center by Japanese shipbuilders, marine transport companies, etc., with the aim of elevating the global presence of Japan’s shipbuilding industry through integration of the diversified knowledge possessed by partners in the industry.

Concerning MHI’s cruise ship construction business, the findings reached by an internal evaluation committee are now being compiled and will be announced in October.

DAMEN MAKES OPENING MOVE IN DECOM MARKET

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Damen Shipyards Group has announced its latest concept design: the Damen Decommissioning Series. The vessel will specialise in three core areas of the oil and gas decommissioning sector: topside decommissioning offshore platform removal, and subsea cleaning and removal. The design is based on in-house research carried out at Damen by one of its undergraduate interns.

By inviting a considerable number of internships at its yards, Damen Shipyards Group contributes significantly to the maritime education system. One recent position was offered to Justin Rietveld, studying Maritime Technology at the Rotterdam Mainport University of Applied Sciences. His brief was to investigate the potential niche markets for new vessel designs in the oil and gas decommissioning sector.

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“This research started off with the idea of developing a decommissioning vessel based on Damen’s existing portfolio,” informs Mr Rietveld. “However, we soon found out that this market needs more.

“For example, there are many different activities within the decommissioning sector. This vessel can support a vast number of those. We have developed a concept to cover the bigger part of this new and exciting market.”

The vessel’s monohull design has a split stern; a characteristic that will come into play during platform removal operations, explains Mr Rietveld: “This ship will be able to reverse up to a jacket, where it will be ballasted to sink below the platform. Upon deballasting, the vessel will rise up to pick up the platform.”

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Lion’s share of the market

The preliminary estimations of the vessel’s capabilities show that it will be able to perform decommissioning of fixed platforms of up to 1,600 tonnes in weight. This figure signifies a significant amount of global fixed platforms, and over half of those located in the North Sea.

In order to deliver maximum flexibility to clients, the concept design includes modular add-ons. This will address the possibility that such a vessel will not be solely active in the decommissioning market. This versatility will ensure that owners can optimise productivity: bridging the potential gap between decommissioning contracts with other roles.

A committed approach

These modular additions to the existing design include the (temporary) installation of a crane or a helideck. Functionality can be further boosted with the addition of accommodation modules to increase personnel capacity. Another option will be the addition of a temporary platform to create a solid stern. The subsequent increase in deck capacity could be used for transporting and installing monopiles and foundations for the offshore wind industry.

Speaking about the results of the research, Damen Manager Design & Proposal Offshore & Transport Lucas Zaat comments: “We initiated this project because we felt that we can make a difference in this sector – and it has certainly generated some significant ideas. The decommissioning market is close to our current activities. We are therefore planning to continue with this project and assign specialised personnel to implement it.”

Damen Shipyards has broad market focus on the decommissioning market. Next to current assets such as pontoons also the state of the art Walk-2-Work vessel currently being built for Bibby Marine could play a role in the decommissioning market. In the light of these developments, Damen has recently joined DECOM UK to further expand its market knowledge and validate developments with key stakeholders in the European decommissioning market.

Advanced MacGregor technology serves new polar research ship

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MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won an order to supply MacGregor offshore cranes and a Triplex handling system for a 14,300gt polar research vessel being built for the Polar Research Institute of China. Designed by Aker Arctic Finland, it will be the first vessel of its type to be built in China; the shipyard has yet to be named.

“Our ability to deliver tailor-made packages of equipment and a reputation for successful low temperature operations were key factors in winning this contract,” says William Storvik, Shiptype Group Sales Manager, MacGregor Offshore Deck Machinery. “MacGregor products have a proven track record of performance in extreme environments, which makes them ideal for this type of vessel. Our combined expertise also ensures good value and performance for the customer and smoothes operations by reducing the number of suppliers that the shipyard and the owner have to deal with.”

“MacGregor is also able to support its products with a strong worldwide service network and the owner is keen to work closely with us on global lifecycle support for the new vessel,” adds Terry Onn, Senior Shiptype Sales Manager, MacGregor Offshore Deck Machinery.

The 122.5m multi-functional icebreaker will be able to handle ice up to 1.5m thick, achieving a continuous icebreaking speed of two to three knots. It will have an endurance of 20,000 nautical miles and with a full 90-person crew, it will be able to cruise for 60 days without re-supply.

The vessel will feature two MacGregor offshore cranes: a 50-tonne SWL telescopic crane with a 15m outreach and a 24-tonne SWL knuckle jib crane with a 12m outreach.

It will also be fitted with a MacGregor Triplex six-tonne SWL telescopic/knuckle jib crane with a 17m outreach and a handling system specifically designed for research equipment. The handling system comprises: a 30-tonne SWL stern-mounted A-frame; a five-tonne SWL multi-functional launch-and-recovery overhead crane for conductivity, temperature and depth (CTD) oceanographic instrumentation; and a piston coring system that includes an eight-tonne SWL corer pipe handler, a 23m corer pipe cradle and a 25-tonne SWL side-mounted A-frame.

With the exception of the cranes, all MacGregor equipment will be served by a common central hydraulic system driven by one hydraulic power unit. MacGregor deliveries are scheduled for completion by the end of 2017.

Yuan Shao Hong, Director of Engineering and Secretary of the Polar Research Institute of China’s party committee said at the contract signing: “We are delighted to work together with a world-leading equipment manufacturer like MacGregor to build and deliver one of the best ‘green’ polar research icebreakers, providing the Chinese, as well as global scientists, a good polar research platform and contributing to the world polar research development.”

The Polar Research Institute of China was established in 1989. It is a public welfare institution reporting to China’s State Oceanic Administration. The new vessel will join its existing 1993-delivered icebreaker, Xue Long, which operates in research stations in the Arctic and Antarctic.