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500th ship of TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING’s long-selling TESS series completed – An eco-ship that has continued to evolve for 30 years

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On November 15, 2019, TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd. (HQ: 1083 Tsuneishi, Numakuma-cho, Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan; President: Kenji Kawano) constructed and delivered the 500th ship of its long-selling environmentally-friendly bulk carrier of TESS series at its shipbuilding site, TSUNEISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES (CEBU), Inc. (Location: Balamban, Cebu, Philippines; President & CEO: Akihiko Mishima).

As indicated by its name “TESS (Tsuneishi Economical Standard Ship)”, the TESS series features fuel consumption performance with excellent economy, and high versatility that is easy to use. TESS, our representative brand, has been a favorite with customers since the first ship was completed in 1984.

While Handymax bulk carriers used to have a deadweight of 36,000 tons, TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING was the first in the shipbuilding industry to introduce the 40,000-ton TESS40 to the market, which have been highly evaluated by ship owners, especially the ones in Europe. This made our market expand. The custom-made shipbuilding used to be common in the shipbuilding industry. TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING developed a standard ship model based on market research, and is able to propose solutions to customers.

Variations, such as TESS45, TESS52, and TESS58 were gradually added. The 300th ship was completed in January 2012. TESS64 AEROLINE (a 64,000-ton type bulk carrier) is the 500th ship and has a distinctive rounded streamline-shaped bow, with wind pressure resistance reduced by 10% compared to conventional models. It is also equipped with FAIS*, which improves engine combustion efficiency, and an electronically-controlled engine, both of which improve fuel efficiency by approximately 20% compared to the TESS58.

We at TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING will continue to build ships that will be favored by ship owners and support marine transportation in the world.

*Fresh Air Intake System, or FAIS, is an air supply system using an air duct to directly intake fresh air from outside the ship to enhance engine combustion efficiency. Compared to conventional systems, this can lower the temperature of the air supplied to the engine by approximately 10 degrees Celsius.

■ Outline of TESS64 AEROLINE, 500th completed ship
Vessel Name: SARITA
Delivery Date: November 15, 2019
Shipbuilding Factory: TSUNEISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES (CEBU), Inc.
Owner: Ugland Shipping AS
Ship Type: 63,700 MT-type bulk carrier (TESS64 AEROLINE)
Length: Under 200 meters
Breadth: 32.26 meters
Depth: 18.60 meters
Gross Tonnage: Approximately 36,000 tons
Main Engine: MAN-B&W 6S50ME-B9.5
Service Speed: Approximately 13.8 knots

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Chantiers de l’Atlantique by Fincantieri

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The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Chantiers de l’Atlantique by Fincantieri, under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the transaction may reduce competition in the global cruise shipbuilding market.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, responsible for competition policy, said: “Demand for cruise ships is booming globally. Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Fincantieri are two global leaders in this sector. This is why we will carefully assess whether the proposed transaction would negatively affect competition in the construction of cruise ships to the detriment of the millions of Europeans taking cruise holidays every year.”

The Commission’s preliminary competition concerns

At this stage, the Commission is concerned that the proposed transaction may remove Chantiers de l’Atlantique as an important competitive force in an already concentrated and capacity constrained market.

The Commission has identified high barriers to entry in this market, related to the very complex nature of cruise shipbuilding. Cruise shipbuilding requires, in particular, specific infrastructure, established engineering and design capabilities as well as important project management skills to coordinate hundreds of suppliers and sub-contractors all along the construction process.

The Commission has preliminarily concluded that it is unlikely that a timely and credible entry from other shipbuilders would counteract the possible negative effects of the transaction. The transaction may therefore significantly reduce competition in the market for cruise shipbuilding, which could lead to higher prices, less choice and reduced incentives to innovate.

The Commission has also preliminarily concluded that large customers would not have sufficient buyer power to counteract any risk of price increases as a result of the transaction.

The Commission will now carry out an in-depth investigation into the effects of the proposed transaction to determine whether it is likely to significantly reduce effective competition.

The transaction was notified to the Commission on 25 September 2019. Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Fincantieri have decided not to submit commitments during the initial investigation to address the Commission’s preliminary concerns. The Commission now has 90 working days, until 17 March 2020, to take a decision. The opening of an in-depth investigation does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation.

Companies and products

Chantiers de l’Atlantique is a French shipbuilding company mainly active in the construction of cruise ships and the provision of related services to ship owners. The bulk of its capital is held by the Agence des participations de l’État (the French Government Shareholding Agency). Chantiers de l’Atlantique’s shipyard is located in Saint-Nazaire, France.

Fincantieri is an Italian shipbuilding group mainly active in the design and construction of cruise ships, merchant vessels, military vessels and specialised high-end offshore vessels. It also provides services to ship-owners and designs and manufactures certain mechanical equipment. The bulk of Fincantieri’s capital is held by Cassa depositi e prestiti, which is majority-owned by the Italian State. Fincantieri is Europe’s largest shipbuilder.

Referral request

On 8 January 2019, the Commission accepted a request from France and Germany to assess the acquisition of Chantiers de l’Atlantique by Fincantieri under the EU Merger Regulation. The proposed transaction was initially notified to France and Germany for regulatory clearance, as the transaction did not meet the turnover thresholds of the EU Merger Regulation. France and Germany submitted a referral request to the Commission pursuant to Article 22(1) of the EU Merger regulation.

Spanish ferry operator seeks competitive edge with Wärtsilä waterjets

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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.”

Online Service

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.