Damen delivers first-ever purpose-built offshore chasers

By Peter Pospiech at July 11, 2013 06:28
Filed Under: Company News, Shipyards
The delivery of the ‘Aquarius-G’ and her sister ship ‘Astra-G’ to offshore services company Rederij Groen marked a milestone in Offshore Support Vessel construction. Never before, such Chasers have been purpose-built. The vessels have been designed by Saltwater Engineering in close cooperation with both Rederij Groen and Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam. Both Seismic Research Support Vessels were constructed by Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam, part of Damen Shipyards Group. “Indeed, all our other SRS Chaser vessels so far involve converted fishing trawlers”, Henk Groen, director and proprietor of offshore company Rederij Groen notes about his new twins. “Having designed them to our specific needs right from the drawing board, significantly enhances the vessels’ deployability and performance. Their sharply reduced sway and manoeuvrability are just two examples”, Mr Groen adds. The ‘Aquarius-G’ and sistership ‘Astra-G&rs... [More]


In November 2011 Fassmer Shipyard, Germany, and Fugro N.V., Netherland, signed the contract for the new 40m „Fugro Helmert”, a new Offshore Survey Coastal Vessel for hydrographic and geotechnical tasks in worldwide operation. Fassmer was assigned to design and build the vessel in a time period of 20 months. The delivery is scheduled for August 2013. On 8th  of July 2013 the new Fugro Survey Vessel was christened by godmother Mrs. Irmgard Jeuken, in the presence of more than 140 guests, on the Fassmer Shipyard Berne. Directly after the naming ceremony the vessel was launched. During the following weeks all remaining works will be finished. On 8th of August 2013, after completion of all final tests and trials, the vessel will be handed over in time to Fugro.  This vessel is designed for worldwide operation, means well insulated against high temperatures, air conditioned and with a total accommodation for crew and guest of 20 persons. A maximum of 12 guests are allo... [More]

MAN Diesel&Turbo: Unveiling of Gigantic Engines Confirms Market Trend

Following from the market development towards the further optimisation of large container ships’ propulsion efficiency, MAN Diesel & Turbo has announced  two  significant  additions  to  its  engine  programme.  The G95ME-C9.2  and  S90ME-C10.2  units  rank  among  the  largest  and  most powerful  engines  the  company  has  ever  released  to  the  marine,  two-stroke market.   The  company  reports  that  the  drawing  delivery  time  for  the  S90ME-C10.2  and G95ME-C9.2 is, respectively, 2–4 months and 9–11 months after placing a firm order, facilitating the consideration of the engines for projects currently in planning stages.  As can be seen in Figure 1, different alternatives for different layouts – in respect to design speed – can be achieved by ... [More]

New PSV ‘World Diamond’ delivered to "World Wide Supply"

Damen Shipyards Galati has delivered the ‘World Diamond’, the first of six Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) for Norwegian offshore owner World Wide Supply, built to an entirely new Damen design. The World Diamond was christened by godmother Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Margarita of Romania on June 28th, in a yard ceremony attended by 150 guests. “Delivery of this first PSV 3300 E3 represents a new era in Damen’s continuing offshore supply vessel story,” said Arnout Damen. “This has been a truly collaborative project, with Damen drawing on expertise from within the group and the client and also from partners among leading research institutes and subcontractors to deliver a first in class vessel designed, built and equipped to European standards for a world class customer.” Steinar Kulen, representing owner WWS, said: “The cooperation on World Diamond’s design has ensured the delivery of a mid-size PSV capable of worldwide operation... [More]

Volvo Penta D13 certified for EPA Tier 3

By Peter Pospiech at June 27, 2013 11:50
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems
Volvo Penta D13 has now further been developed to meet EPA Tier 3 – the new marine environmental emission standard. The new version of D13 offers improved environmental properties with basically unchanged low fuel consumption. The D13 is a diesel engine that has been developed within the Volvo Group. It is among the world’s most proven and is currently in operation in more than 450,000 heavy-duty applications, including buses, trucks and construction equipment. At Volvo Penta, this engine is further developed for use in industrial applications for both off-road and electricity production and in unique custom marine applications. This 13-liter diesel engine combines the best of two worlds: the exceptional durability, low fuel consumption and minimal emissions that come from its automotive background and the high torque and power brought by the thorough marinization. D13 MH is available in five models with outputs from 400 to 600 hp. High torque at low rpm is a Volvo Penta ha... [More]

Damen supplies a “special” to Amsterdam’s Waternet Foundation

By Peter Pospiech at June 24, 2013 04:55
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Hybrid system, Shipyards
The “Waterspreeuw”: a tailor-made hybrid patrol vessel for Amsterdam’s complex network of waterways Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld-Giessendam recently delivered an exceptional vessel, the “Damen Patrol Vessel 1304 Hybrid”, designed and constructed for Waternet (the Water Network Foundation). The most striking features of this hybrid patrol vessel are that it is clean, quiet, and can sail under Amsterdam’s bridges along the through routes. The “Waterspreeuw” – meaning “Dipper” in English – was ceremonially named by the Amsterdam Executive Councillor Carolien Gehrels on 17 June 2013. Reduced emissions  Waternet is an innovative water organisation that takes the entire water cycle as its basis. In order to achieve its sustainability objectives, it collaborates closely with other parties. By choosing a hybrid, multifunctional vessel, Waternet is taking the lead in reducing emissions from vessels within the municipal... [More]


By Peter Pospiech at June 20, 2013 05:13
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems
Weakening the propeller hub vortex behind the propeller decreases propeller resistance and manifests itself as increased thrust. The deflection of the flow aft of the propeller by the optimized profiled fins reduces the propeller torque. In addition to the improved propulsive efficiency, the new Wärtsilä EnergoProFin propeller can also be applied to reduced propeller-induced noise and vibrations.  Wärtsilä's EnergoProFin and normal propeller in comparison Wartsila EnergoProFin  Fuel prices have increased considerably over the last years, making propulsion efficiency even more important than before. The energy losses of a propeller are among other things related to flow phenomena around and behind the propeller boss. Installing the new Wartsila EnergoProFin (WEPF) could increase the overall propulsion efficiency by up to 5% with a payback time of less than one year, reports the company. The result on investment period is relatively short thanks to the attr... [More]

Slide Fuel-Valves Pass Noteworthy Milestone

By Peter Pospiech at June 13, 2013 05:25
Filed Under: Company News, General, MAN Diesel&Turbo, Marine Diesel Engines
First introduced at the turn of the millennium, MAN PrimeServ – MAN Diesel & Turbo’s service division – recently retrofitted its 20,000th slide fuel-valve. Christian Ludwig – Head of Retrofit & Upgrade – MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “Slide fuel-valves have proved to be very popular within the marine, two-stroke market. Really, it’s a case of having introduced the right technology at the right time and the slide fuel-valve’s strong market performance is testimony to the fuel savings and increased environmental profile it brings to working vessels. It is important to note that slide fuel-valves improve the low-load operating capability of engines.” Slide Fuel-Valves Slide fuel-valves come as standard on all new MAN B&W engines but can also be retrofitted on MC engines. The slide fuel-valve eliminates the so-called ‘sac volume’, which reduces fuel-oil consumption and, furthermore, eliminates dripping from the ... [More]

New Wärtsilä thrusters – Keeping drilling vessels safely in place under harsh conditions

By Peter Pospiech at June 11, 2013 05:39
Filed Under: Azimuth pod, Company News, drive systems, Offshore
The new Wärtsilä LMT-3510 thruster provides more available force and excellent bollard pull performance, which are essential factors in offshore dynamic positioning applications. Wärtsilä is continuously improving its thruster portfolio in response to market demands, classification requirements, and feedback from thruster products in operation. In the coming years Wärtsilä will renew its entire thruster portfolio. The Wärtsilä LMT 3510 thruster is the first result of this extensive development programme that uses new insights and the latest technical and hydrodynamical knowledge. The main objectives for the LMT-3510, as compared to the already existing LMT-3500, were: 1.  To improve the hydrodynamic efficiency of the thruster, 2. Incorporate latest knowledge with regard to the propulsion driveline and structural strength of the thruster The new thruster has found a broad market acceptance, as is manifested by the fact that, in a limited time... [More]

First Rolls-Royce low emission Environship delivered

By Peter Pospiech at June 06, 2013 04:31
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, General, LNG fuel
Rolls-Royce Plc has delivered the first of a revolutionary new design of cargo ship which will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 40 per cent, thanks to a combination of cutting edge marine technology, including a wave-piercing bow and an engine powered by natural gas, whereby the gas is stored as liquefied natural gas (LNG). The first Rolls-Royce Environship, of NVC 401 LNG design, the Eidsvaag Pioner, has been delivered to Norwegian company Eidsvaag AS this week, and will soon enter service on a year-round schedule delivering feed to numerous fish farms around the Norwegian coast. The Environship, which can be adapted for different ship types, incorporates a range of Rolls-Royce technologies to deliver efficiency savings for ship owners. When compared to similar sized diesel powered ships, the CO2 reduction can be up to 40 per cent. Neil Gilliver, Rolls-Royce, President - Merchant, said: "The Environship has now moved from concept to reality with the successful delivery of the first ship... [More]

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