Sister Ship of the “Norwegian Breakaway”, the “Norwegian Getaway” delivered

After transfer from Southampton service as a hotel vessel at the “Super Bowl” in New York – First cruises in the Caribbean During a ceremony at the beginning of January 2014 in Bremerhaven, Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the 145,655 gross ton cruise ship Norwegian Getaway from MEYER WERFT after a building period of only 15 months. The ship, the second of two Breakaway Class ships, is being delivered just nine months after the launch of sister-ship Norwegian Breakaway. Following delivery today, the ship is sailing to Rotterdam for the start of inaugural festivities which will continue in Southampton before the ship departs for her transatlantic cruise to New York. The ship will be christened in Miami on February 7.The cruise liner starts the first transfer from Southampton to New York with around 1.500 crew members from over 60 nations. In New York the vessel will act as a hotel ship for the super event “Super bowl”. After the christening ceremony i... [More]

Super-Clean Diesel Fuel on test on “Smit Elbe” Harbour Tug

By Peter Pospiech at January 09, 2014 04:00
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel
SMIT, a member of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., says that their harbor tug “Smit Elbe”, which works in the Port of Rotterdam, has become the first tugboat in the Netherlands which runs with GTL (Gas-to-Liquid). GTL fuel is a synthetic fuel, produced from natural gas by chemical transformation. GTL fuel is clean: it is non-toxic, biodegradable, and does not contain nitrogen or sulfur. GTL Diesel is pollution free with no sulfur, aromatics, or toxic ingredients -- so pure that one can even drink it; simply hydrogen and carbon. Blending just 20 percent GTL diesel with conventional diesel results in a fuel that exceeds nearly all international environmental standards for 2015. SMIT ELBE runs on GTL The tug will run on GTL for about six months to determine whether the fuel is able to effect a remarkable reduction in emissions without the engines being adapted. The drive line of the tug consist of two fixed pitch ASD propellers driven by two Caterpillar 3516B TA HD/C engines,... [More]

A Real Innovation in Cruise Ferries

Again: Norwegian shipping companies taking the lead in propulsion innovationMS Stavangerfjord is worldwide the first large cruise ferry powered exclusively by natural gas (using "single fuelled gas engines"). For this reason, this ship is the most environmentally friendly in their class with significant environmental benefits compared to ships powered by traditional heavy fuel oil. Emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) are reduced by 92 percent. Emissions of sulfur are eliminated completely, while particulate emissions are reduced by 98 percent. Last but not least, the technology the shipping company Fjord Line uses reduces emissions of greenhouse gases (CO2) by 23 percent. Stavangerfjord has been set in service in mid of July 2013 and runs, as expected, fully satisfactory for its owner.The used “green motor technology from Rolls Royce” is well-proven on a number of ferries and ships used in the offshore industry. In addition to reducing emissions to a minimum, the ships will ... [More]

HOCHTIEF Solutions commissions further offshore jack-up vessel

By Peter Pospiech at January 02, 2014 06:58
Filed Under: Company News, General, Offshore
Fourth vessel in the HOCHTIEF fleet / Jack-up vessel enables efficient offshore installation / HOCHTIEF makes important contribution to energy turnaround The jack-up vessel was developed especially for construction and servicing of offshore wind farms and oil and gas plants at sea. Thanks to its large deck surface, its high deck cargo and the powerful 1,200-ton crane, the ship is ideal for the safe and fast assembly of foundations and components for wind farms in the North and Baltic Sea. With its 90-metre-long legs the jack-up vessel can operate in waters up to 50 metres deep and install latest-generation wind turbines of all dimensions. HOCHTIEF has already chartered the jack-up vessel to a client even before completion, it will be used for blade installation at the North Sea wind farm Global Tech I from December 2013. VIDAR - just like its sister jack-up vessels THOR and INNOVATION - was built at the Crist shipyard in Poland. INNOVATION and THOR are currently being used for the i... [More]

New Natural Gas driven Ferry for Helgoland Service

By Peter Pospiech at December 26, 2013 04:00
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Ferries, LNG fuel, Shipyards
Shipping Company Cassen Eils, Cuxhaven, part of AG Ems shipping company, has charged shipyard Fassmer GmbH, Berne, to build a new innovative ferry which is intended to do service between Cuxhaven, maybe also Hamburg, and the Island of Helgoland. It is the first new build of the company which will feature natural gas propulsion. The new ferry features a special designed hull, with this the vessel will have very special sea-keeping characteristics. The ships length is of 79,90 m, it’s width is of 12,40 m and the depth is of 3,60 m. A dynamical stabilizer system supports comfort on board the vessel. The still existing HELGOLAND will be taken out of service in 2015 when the "Green Ship" with gas propulsion is ready The ship can carry 1.000 passengers. The state-of-the-art passenger area features an open atrium with a glass elevator, several decks, large gastronomy, spacious sun-decks and a sky-bar. A Cargo compartment carries cargo of all kinds. Additional cargo space allows up to t... [More]

Thruster monitor reduces downtimes and increases productivity

By Peter Pospiech at December 20, 2013 12:19
Filed Under: Azimuth pod, Company News, drive systems, Propulsion systems
Condition Monitoring Technologies (CMT) GmbH, Germany, has developed a flexible thruster monitor for the marine and offshore industry whose aim is to predict failures at the earliest possible stage, thus avoiding costly unplanned repairs, adjustments and downtimes, the German company said. In the modern shipping and offshore industry, unplanned thruster repairs and adjustments - both in dry dock and in situ - always lead to enormous costs, loss of productivity and decreased competitiveness. CMT has developed a unique flexible thruster monitor that ensures that any damage, wear or necessary adjustments are identified immediately, allowing preventative action to be taken. The CMT thruster monitor system is unique in that it provides real-time feedback on a whole range of both oil and vibration parameters, providing unparalleled comprehensive control and security. The fully automated system is said to be ideal for both new- buildings and retrofits as it can be easily combined with any exi... [More]

Naming ceremony of German Navy frigate “Baden-Württemberg”

By Peter Pospiech at December 17, 2013 06:40
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, Navy News, Shipyards
The  first  of  a  total  of  four  125  Class  frigates  for  the  German  Navy  has been christened  on Dec. 12, 2013, “Baden-Württemberg”  at  a  naming ceremony  by Gerlinde Kretschmann, wife of the Baden-Württemberg State Premier, at  the  Hamburg  site  of  ThyssenKrupp  Marine  Systems  –  a  company  of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions.  For TKMS this is an important milestone in the construction program for the F125 Class frigates. The delivery of this first frigate is scheduled for November 2016. The order for the four ships is worth around €2 billion in total.   ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems heads the ARGE F125 consortium which was awarded the contract to build a total of four F125 Class ships for the German Navy in 2007. The ARGE F125 consortium also includes the Friedrich  L... [More]

Mega Shipyard with 4000 meters wharf length

By Peter Pospiech at December 12, 2013 04:00
Filed Under: Company News, General, Ports, Shipyards
Sembmarine Integrated Yard@Tuas will expand its service for ships of all sizes with seven drydocksSembmarine Integrated Yard in Tuas has now officially opened its service. Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong inaugurated in a ceremony on 6. November the yard facilities. 1100 guests participated at this event. Since 2009 Sembcorp Marine Group with their five daughter companies – Sembawang Shipyard, Jurong Shipyard, SOME, PPL and Jurong SML – built already in this extensive project. Leading managers of the Hamburg based Peter Gast Shipping GmbH and Zoepffel&Schneider GmbH participated at this event as well. Jurong Shipyard, which has been already represented by Peter Gast Shipping since 1984 is now able to offer additional four drydocks in Tuas. Sembawang is represented by Zoepffel&Schneider. The first phase of the new huge yard complex recently has been inaugurated Sembawang Integrated Shipyard (yard@tuas) is the biggest yard in Singapore, not only for r... [More]

Most modern lifeboats from the river Elbe

By Peter Pospiech at December 05, 2013 05:01
Filed Under: Company News, Shipyards
Hatecke GmbH built nine units for “Norwegian Getaway”  Lifeboats of the “Norwegian Getaway” coming from the Hatecke GmbH in Drochtersen near the German river Elbe. Each boat features a length of 12.70 m and 5.45 m in width, weight is of 12 to each and they are certified for 300 persons. According to Hatecke GmbH, they are currently one of the leading manufacturers of lifeboats and davit systems. All their products are developed in-house and conform with LSA regulations laid down by the IMO. All lifeboats and rescue boats are delivered with their own inbuilt launching system, as a “ready-to-assemble” package. This helps minimize shipyard installation costs. The 146,600 gt cruise ship has completed its Ems conveyance successfully. Together with its sister ship, the “Norwegian Breakaway”, they belong to the largest, ever built cruise ships in Germany and take around 4.000 passengers. After getting the final equipment, including all... [More]

Cruise Lines make further investments

By Peter Pospiech at December 03, 2013 05:00
Filed Under: Company News, General, Shipyards
Royal Caribbean increases number of cabines in the Voyager Class  The cruising segment is booming: Royal Caribbean upgrades four ships of their fleet and also investments will be done in Germany.  The cruise shipping company Royal Caribbean continues with its revitalization program and upgrades four vessels of their Voyager Class, which have been approved each for around 3.100 passengers, with additional 75 cabins. Additional refurbishments will be done on the “Navigator of the Seas”, the “Voyager of the Seas”, the “Explorer of the Seas” and the “Adventure of the Seas”. The fifth vessel of this class, the “Mariner of the Seas” has already made its docking time in May 2012. Entered service in 2002 the "Navigator of the Seas" will receive 81 additional beds The vessels of the Voyager Class have been built at the Kvaerner Yard in Finland and are in service since 1999. The ships length is of 311 m up to 47 m in width an... [More]

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