With a threatening typhoon looming, a semisubmersible accommodation unit under construction at Chinese shipbuilder COSCO’s Qidong offshore-focused shipyard saw all six of its thrusters installed in record time.
According to the builder, the thrusters’ installation process was completed in a mere 52 hours, breaking COSCO’s previous record of 72 hours for offshore thruster installation.
The unit, being built for the Mexican buyer Cotemar, was towed to anchorage at 2 a.m. on July 3 after very thorough preparation, and by 11 a.m., the unit was ready for the first thruster to be installed.
Despite “huge and frequent waves” ahead of the imminent typhoon Chan-hom, COSCO said the installation team was able to install all six thrusters by 3 p.m. on July 5, smashing the 72-hour record set on its sister unit.
Following the thrusters’ installation was testing and verification of the unit’s service speed, DP3 dynamic positioning ... [More]
The recently delivered ‘SL Mbissi’ will be the next Damen-built vessel in fleet of Smit Lamnalco. Nevertheless, the 25 metre shallow water workship is special in more ways than one: It’s the first-ever Damen Shoalbuster for Smit Lamnalco. Although Smit Lamnalco, leading provider of integrated marine services, already deploys a lot of Damen-built vessels – six of which having been delivered in the past 15 months alone – it had yet to order a Damen Shoalbuster SD. The series’ name is a poetic licence to ‘shallow draught’ (SD). Standard turned bespokeThe ‘SL Mbissi’ was built at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld (the Netherlands) which also designs all Damen Multi Cat and Shoalbuster ‘jack of all trades’ workships series. The SBu 2508 SD is also special in that it is a standard design turned tailor-made vessel.
“We sought a draught not exceeding 1.80 metres, to cope with a bar in the vessel’s operational area&... [More]
Sinopacific builds cargo tanks for 9.686 cubic meter with BV-ClassThe future of the Natural Gas Shipping keeps a majority of the shipping industry busy. Again and again new equipment and machinery is developed. Such as in China. At present there arise the largest Bilobe-Liquid Gas Storage tanks.They are nearing completion at China’s Sinopacific yard and will be installed in a series of four 27,500 cu m semi-refrigerated LNG/Ethylene carriers building for Denmark’s Shipping Company Evergas. Each of the IMO Type C Bilobe tanks has a capacity of 9,686 cu m. Two of the tanks in each vessel will be supplemented by a third conical Type C cargo tank and a smaller LNG fuel tank on the deck of the vessels. International classification society Bureau Veritas is classing the world’s largest Bilobe-Gas Tanks.
German shipping company Norden-Frisia has ordered a new diesel-electric ferry which will be built at Cassens Werft in Emden. The delivery is expected in summer 2015. According to the shipping company the new build with a modified exhaust after treatment system from Kurre Abgastechnik and with a diesel particle filter. Norden-Frisia says that the power plant will reduce emissions by up to 90% and very fine particulates by up to 99%, “…with this we will have almost the same emission values like with a natural gas driven ferry”. Same like the FRISIA VIII, which was the first German island ferry awarded with the German environmentally quality certificate “Blue Angel Ship Design”, also the new build is planned to receive this award.The vessel will be of identical dimensions to Norden-Frisia’s FRISIA IV, which features 70.7 m. It is planned to have the double ender’s Voith Schneider propellers in combinatory operation, a development which the owners... [More]
Following a similar order from DFDS earlier in 2013, a repeat order for PureSOX was placed by Dutch ship owner Spliethoff near the end of the year. The order confirms not only the commercial viability of the exhaust gas cleaning system, but also customer confidence in the system’s performance within Emission Control Areas (ECAs).
SOx Emission Control Areas (SECAs)
Signed in November, the order from Spliethoff comprises PureSOX systems for five Con-Ro vessels. The vessels will be retrofitted between June and December of 2014 reports the company.PureSOX is a hybrid scrubber system, able to operate with either seawater or fresh water. And while the technology is relatively new, it has been demonstrated to reduce sulphur content in vessel exhaust by more than 98%. An order based on real-world experienceSpliethoff, one of the largest ship owners in the Netherlands, has been operating with PureSOX aboard the M/V Plyca. Alfa Laval delivered the system in 2012, and it has been in ... [More]
MAN EcoCam further optimises slow-steaming concept
MAN Diesel & Turbo has introduced the MAN EcoCam as a retrofit solution for the low-load optimisation of its low-speed, mechanical engines with single turbochargers. The EcoCam offers significant fuel savings of 2 - 5 g/kW – with short payback times – and delivers an increased Pmax cylinder pressure through the adjustable exhaust-valve timing.Christian Ludwig – Head of Retrofit & Upgrade – MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “Slow-steaming is now an established industry standard across all segments, including the tanker and bulker markets, and MAN continuously seeks to further refine its technology and improve efficiency. The MAN EcoCam adjusts the exhaust-valve timing between 10 and 60% load, giving a 2 - 5 g/kW fuel saving with minimal to no interruption to a vessel's schedule during installation. . For smaller engines, this can result in a payback period of as little as 1½ years as is the case,... [More]
The worldwide first with Methanol powered vessels will navigate with DNV GL Class the classification society announced recently.
The four 50.000 tdw tanker have been ordered by the Swedish shipping company Marinvest and the Norwegian company Westfal-Larsen at the Korean shipyard Hyundai Mipo Dockyards. The classification follows according the DNV GL regulation for fuels with low flashpoint. The very first tank ship shall be delivered by 2016.DNV GL says the sulfur free fuel with low flashpoint (Low Flashpoint, LFL) of about twelve degrees Celsius becomes more and more attractive for the maritime industry, because this fuel fulfills the upcoming SOx-limit values in the emission control areas.The vessels, which will carry the additional DNV GL mark LFL FUELLED, feature a secondary bunker system as well as an automatically leakage warning system with shot-off function and flame protection systems. Further building safety measures include the position of the tanks and fuel pipes.
The keel laying of the world’s first LNG Hybrid Barge took place at a ceremony held at the ”SAM Shipbuilding and Machinery“ shipyard in Komárno, Slovakia in the second week of the new year. In the presence of representatives of the shipyard, AIDA Cruises, Becker Marine Systems and Hybrid Port Energy (a subsidiary of Becker Marine Systems and the barge shipping company), the laying of the keel was carried out following the tradition of placing a coin on the keel block prior to lowering the first section.The start of cooperation between Becker Marine Systems and AIDA Cruises preceded this keel laying in the summer of 2012, with the aim of supplying environmentally friendly electricity to cruise ships during their layovers at port. The LNG Hybrid Barge currently under construction for this is equipped wit... [More]
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IHC Merwede has been awarded the contract for the design, construction and delivery of a 23,684kW self-propelled cutter suction dredger (CSD) from Royal Boskalis Westminster. and the pump ashore capacity is of 15,600 kW. The new CSD is a replacement investment. The 152m-long and 28m-wide dredging vessel will be one of the largest CSDs of its kind in the world, IHC said. The total investment amounts to around EUR 170 million and construction of the vessel is expected to take more than three years.
Much attention has been paid to the design in terms of safety, the environment and increased operational workability. A particular feature of the vessel, which has a maximum dredging depth of 35m, is the widening of the aft ship in order to reduce the draught. It offers accommodation for 45 crew member.This Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) is a suction dredger equipped with a rotating cutterhead. The CSD is positioned on spuds and anchor wires during dredging operations. A CSD is ... [More]