Superyacht Owners Go for Support Vessels

By George Backwell at September 22, 2012 20:11
Filed Under: General, Shipyards
Where to stow all those ‘toys’ that burden the superyacht owner was a question thankfully answered at the recent Monaco Yacht Show by luxury yacht builder Amels in the form of their superyacht ’shadow’ craft, the 67 meter (220.3 ft) long Garçon. Superyacht Support Vessel Garçon: Photo courtesy of Amels A speedboat, sets of jet-skis, a sailboat, perhaps even a submarine and a helicopter, all take up space that might otherwise be used for serious leisure aboard the superyacht, yet despite changes to the recently revised Large Yacht Code (LY3) which will lift the 3,000 gt size limit for new-builds from late 2013, it seems a growing number of superyacht owners do find the support vessel an attractive proposition. Not only does the craft provide an answer to the space problem, but it also enables fuel and store replenishment at sea, thus avoiding the need for extended voyage itineraries to be figured around bunker port calls. Superyacht shadow su... [More]

Hi-tech Freire Shipyard Offshore Support Ship 'Polar King' in Service

By George Backwell at June 11, 2011 22:57
Filed Under: General
Polar King, constructed in Vigo on Spain’s Atlantic coast by century-old shipyard Constr. Nav. Paulino Freire S.A. recently entered service for Norwegian owners GC Rieber Shipping of Bergen. This week this hi-tech ship was already setting about the work she was built for; offshore rig and multi-purpose platform support services, as well as research (with ROV operating capability) in the North Sea hydrocarbon fields. PropulsionThe DP equipped Polar King is fitted with a diesel-electric propulsion system powered by 6 x MAN 9L21/331 main generator diesel engines that each produce 1,980 kW at 900 rpm, while for manoeuvring purposes there are a pair of TT 2400 DP CP tunnel thrusters by  Rolls-Royce Marine AS – Propulsion Ulsteinvik. Engine Room Polar King: Photo courtesy of MAN Diesel & Turbo DNV ‘Clean Design’ Classed by DNV with the notation ‘Clean Design’ the Polar King features measures that not only limit harmful air emissions and sea ... [More]

'Lean Shipbuilding' Increases Productivity in Lean Times

By George Backwell at May 08, 2011 04:26
Filed Under: General
‘Lean Shipbuilding’ has become a buzz-word in post-recession shipbuilding, not least in Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard where this productivity-raising management tool was put to good effect in the delivery from their Papenberg facility of cruise ships AIDAblu, Celebrity Eclipse this year, and Disney Dream (the largest passenger ship ever built in Germany) late last year. Vital new orders from AIDA Cruises and NCL have guaranteed the shipbuilder at least a partial workload until 2014. New orders were won against fierce competition with price levels at the same level, according to Meyer Werft, as they were seven or eight years ago, even though the costs of raw materials like steel, copper and oil have risen sharply, leaving this shipyard to square up to the challenge of building quality cruise ships in the most cost-effective way: they claim the application of Lean Shipbuilding has helped them increase productivity by 50% in less than three years. Fitting out Cruise ... [More]

DoD Recognizes PHNSY as Top Maintenance Provider

By Edward Lundquist at November 18, 2010 20:53
Filed Under: Navy News
DoD Recognizes PHNSY as Top Maintenance Provider From Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Public Affairs TAMPA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Department of Defense awarded Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard the Robert T. Mason award for excellence in DoD depot level maintenance, at the DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition in Tampa, Fla., Nov. 17. The award recognized the shipyard's high-level work performed on vessels requiring overhaul. In addition to emergency repairs to vessels of strategic importance to the Navy, the award also recognized other PHNSY accomplishments, including successful Virginia-class submarine support planning, facilities modernization planning, process improvements, and community outreach. "It is our responsibility to provide high quality maintenance for our Navy's fleet - a responsibility we don't take lightly," said Capt. Brian Osgood, PHNSY commander. "Everything we do is with a sense of honor, courage, commitment, and Aloha." As a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) field acti... [More]

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