LNG to be available in Hamburg and Bremerhaven by 2015

By Peter Pospiech at November 27, 2013 05:32
Filed Under: Company News, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel, Ports
Bomin Linde LNG starts the implementation process for both terminals The plans for building and operating the two terminals in Hamburg and Bremerhaven, the future hubs of the German coastal LNG supply, have come to maturity. Currently, Bomin Linde LNG is finalising preparations to enable manufacturing of the key parts and prompt construction of the LNG facilities. The terminals will be installed on a modular basis and will have sufficient flexibility to quickly meet a rise in demand. Starting from the strategic hubs Hamburg and Bremerhaven, neighbouring ports such as Kiel, Lübeck, Rostock or Wilhelmshaven can be reliably supplied with LNG. "We are fully on track with the projects and will be able to provide ships in all German ports along the North and Baltic Sea with LNG as a clean fuel," said Bomin Linde LNG Managing Director Ruben Benders. "This is an important step to establishing LNG as a marine fuel," added Mahinde Abeynaike, also Managing Director of Bomin Linde LNG. "The s... [More]

Innovation Award for GARÇON

By Peter Pospiech at November 26, 2013 06:33
Filed Under: Company News, General, Motor Yachts & Boats
67m Fast Yacht Support vessel races to victory at major awards ceremony in FloridaThe Damen-built 67m Fast Yacht Support vessel, GARÇON, has won the ISS Awards of Distinction for Innovation at the International Superyacht Society Awards Gala in Fort Lauderdale.GARÇON came out top of an industry-led voting process that assessed five shortlisted entries in the competitive and broad-ranging Innovation category. According to the International Superyacht Society: “The Excellence in Innovation award is given to an individual or business that has demonstrated innovation in their endeavours within the previous year.” GARÇON was designed and customised according to the requirements of the client, the owner of an 87m luxury superyacht. The vessel’s innovative ‘axe bow’ and underwater body shape enable her to reach speeds between 18-25 knots in all sea states, making this a fast and dependable support ship - whatever the weather. GARÇON, ... [More]

Viking launches new evacuation system

By Peter Pospiech at November 14, 2013 06:32
Filed Under: Company News, General
A new super-sized, super-flexible evacuation system from Esbjerg-based company Viking Life - Saving Equipment has just been launched globally. It is a revolutionary hybrid that combines the best of life-boats and life-rafts in one.   "Today, the larger and wider ships, the number of passengers and variation in trim height and angle can be huge in an emergency. The Life Craft is a hugely flexible evacuation system that can handle such extremes," said Vikings Vice President Niels Kinsman.Life Craft system consists of two main elements: Life Craft itself - a self- floating inflatable boat with four engines with a high degree of maneuverability and safety as well as storage and flotation device, either placed on the deck or built, containing up to four Life Craft - with a capacity of 200 people each, with a total capacity of 800 people.In 2009, Vikings development teams asked themselves: Is it possible to build a life-saving vessel that combines all the benefits of modern lifeboats, ... [More]

Damen: Two Fast Crew Suppliers for Naviera

By Peter Pospiech at November 12, 2013 06:11
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, Offshore, Shipyards
Fleet grows up to ten vessels – On duty in the Gulf of Mexico – “Sea Axe Bow” reduces fuel consumption. Dutch based Damen Shipyard will deliver two new builds to Mexico. The 50 m crew boats, designed with the Damen patented Sea Axe bow, are currently under construction at Damen yards in Vietnam. Delivery for the first vessel is expected late November 2013, whereas the second vessel will be handed over to Naviera Integral mid-January 2014. The crew suppliers are the ninth and tenth of this type Damen has delivered to its long-time Mexican client.The ship type, in the form of Naviera Integral’s ‘Doña Angela Maria T’, was awarded ‘Ship of the Year’ in 2009, at the Dutch Maritime Awards Gala. The main reasons were the proven success of the Sea Axe bow concept, the resulting improved seakeeping in heavy weather (-70% slamming), the Wide Operating Speed Range engines in combination with fixed propellers (allowing for more thrust an... [More]

Fleet in service – exploit its potential, control costs: Extension of ship’s hull

By Peter Pospiech at October 31, 2013 10:21
Filed Under: Company News, General, Shipyards
More stowage space with new hull segment On a few ships of the current fleet exist the possibility to extend the hull, to increase the capacity and efficiency of the ships operation. With such an extension load capacity, carrying capacity and contractually project loading increases – whereby transport costs per shipping unit decreases. Speed of the vessel is practically not influenced by this capacity extension. To do this the ship’s hull will be separated midships and extended with a new longitudinal segment. This is a very common conversion process and offers the advantage that the new ships segment can be completely prepared before the vessel arrives at the shipyard. The extension of the "Tor Ficaria" at MWB shipyard in Bremerhaven lasted a few weeks By this the time for docking can be shortened as much as possible. In order to establish whether such an extension is practicable and make sense, the execution of a pilot study is advised. As a basic parameter for the ... [More]

GL’s Route Specific Container Stowage Wins Innovation Award

By Peter Pospiech at October 29, 2013 05:31
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems
GL’s Route Specific Container Stowage class notation has been recognised as the technological innovation of the year at the prestigious Containerisation International 2013 Awards ceremony in London. The awards are given in recognition of companies and individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to the container liner shipping and logistics industry, through being innovative, proactive and pioneering.   Traditionally rules and layouts for vessel lashing systems have been based on the stormy North Atlantic routes. This ignores the potential of tailoring plans to reflect the reduced wave and wind loads of other routes, increasing the stowage potential of a vessel.   “We are very pleased to accept this award,” said Jan-Olaf Probst, GL Global Ship Type Director. “We have worked closely with several industry partners to develop the RSCS notation and have helped them to the increase their loading flexibility, while maintaining the same high l... [More]

New windfarm vessel concept from Norway

By Peter Pospiech at October 24, 2013 07:30
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, Shipyards, Workboats
This new design has been developed by the experienced Fjellstrand shipyard, Norway, which is noted for building advanced fast passenger ferry designs. These windfarm vessel designs were developed as the yard seeks to diversify into new markets and it received orders for six of the Windserver vessels from World Marine Offshore before the first vessel had been built. The hull design is a trimaran with the centre hull designed to operate as a SWASH (Small Waterline Area Single Hull) with the narrow side hulls providing stability The first two units of a revolutionary new type of windfarm vessel have been delivered by a Norwegian shipyard. The new design combines technology from SWATH and trimaran concepts with the addition of some fast ferry technology to create a vessel that is claimed to be both fast and seaworthy and to have good low speed stability. The Windserver design was one of the concepts that were shortlisted in a competition held by the Carbon Trust to find improved concepts t... [More]

Fleet in service – exploit its potential, control costs: Lesser Power for Big Engines

By Peter Pospiech at October 17, 2013 10:28
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, Marine Diesel Engines
De-rating of prime mover reduces fuel consumption In today’s environment of slow steaming, a permanent engine reduction can increase remarkably the economy of existing vessels and reduce the fuel consumption under these new engine load conditions. Main engines are normally designed for a specific high speed. However, for Slow-Steaming another Power-Speed-Course is decisive. A throttling of the engines reduces the engine specific maximal continuous power (MCR) and with this, the designed maximal speed of the vessel permanently. This leads to a higher economy with lower specific fuel consumption (sfoc). MV Cap San Nicolas (9.600 TEU) in service since May 2013 Measures for throttling include the modification of the injectors, plates between crosshead and piston rod as well as a new set-up of the turbo charger. This means, that always the engines technical data have to be changed. In addition also cylinders can be cut-off - this has to be done in connection with a new torsional vibr... [More]

Rolls-Royce powers world's first tug driven by natural gas engines

By Peter Pospiech at October 15, 2013 03:31
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel, Shipyards, Workboats
Rolls-Royce has congratulated Sanmar Shipyard for the completion of the world's first gas powered tug, in a ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey, this weekend. Sanmar has completed the first of two tugs for Norwegian customer Buksér og Berging, which each feature two Rolls-Royce Bergen C26:33L6PG engines fueled purely by natural gas (stored as LNG), with a combined output of 3,410kW (1,705 kW each) at 1,000 rev/min.The lean-burn engines operates on the Otto cycle with mixture compression and an external ignition source.A rich gas/air mix in a precombustion chamber is ignited and forms a strong ignition source for the very lean mixture in the cylinder for knock-free combustion. The engines are direct coupled to Rolls-Royce azimuthing Z-drives mounted aft in ASD configuration with controllable pitch propellers. Also, the new hull and propulsion system will achieve up to 20% higher thrust efficiency compared to standard designs. The LNG system is designed by AGA Cryo and comprises an ... [More]

Fleet in service – exploit its potential, control costs: Bunker saving with fast vessels

By Peter Pospiech at October 10, 2013 04:05
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, New Technology, Propulsion systems
Propulsion improvement adaptations achieve fuel consumption decrease, depending on ships type, of up to six percent. To reduce fuel consumption on vessels, different propulsion improvement adaptions can be done – according to type of vessels and operating range. While pre-swirl-equipments increase the propeller force, boost nozzles the drive efficiency by an effective propeller force. Post-swirl-equipments are leading partly the torsional energy back into forward speed. Because of these pre-swirl-equipments or nozzles fuel consumption can be reduced by up to 5% and by propeller fins and rudder bowls of up to 2%. The following adaptations can be used: pre-swirl-stator, post-swirl-fins, nozzles, propeller fins, German Leitrad and Costa-Bowl. Which adaptation leads to an efficiency increase depends on the operating profile of the vessel. To evaluate the potential as well as the interaction with the ship’s hull and also other components, an analysis by the help of computational... [More]

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