Damen offers ‘Quick Docking/Fuel Saving Package’

By Peter Pospiech at September 26, 2013 07:10
Filed Under: Company News, General, Shipyards
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has developed a new innovative product, the ‘Quick Docking/Fuel Saving’ package. This offers owners a fast and low-cost additional docking with the sole aim of reducing fuel consumption in between the five-year statutory survey period. The first vessel booked under the new concept has docked at Damen Shiprepair Brest (France). It is the capesize bulker ‘Castillo De Catoira’ operated by Spanish company Empresa Naviera Elcano. Damen expects to bring more of its vessels to its ship repair yards. Jos Goris, Managing Director of Damen Shiprepair Brest and initiator of the concept, comments: “We know that hull resistance builds up during years of service and this can have a significant impact on performance and consequently, fuel costs. By introducing this product, we are thinking along with our customers and know that fuel costs are a major consideration for shipowners and charterers, especially in this economic climate.”... [More]

Slime Factor

By Keith Henderson at September 09, 2011 05:48
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The international specialist underwater hull organisation Hydrex Group recently published a White Paper called the Slime Factor. It points out that harmful growth of an invisible slime, coats any untreated, immersed surface within days if not weeks causing friction to increase with a commensurate decrease in speed. The effect of biological growth on submerged objects and has marked effect on ship performance. As the costs of fuel increases the escalation in fuel consumption becomes more and more significant to any ship operator, be it commercial or military. There are several approaches to living with this problem as a permanent solution has eluded man so far! Four different methods are discussed with the conclusion that a hard coating with regular underwater cleaning is the most effective cost saving solution in the long run as well as being neutral to the environment. [More]

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