The Becker Mewis Duct® has reduced CO2 by more than 250,000 t

By Peter Pospiech at April 03, 2013 09:44
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems
The impressive figure of 136 Becker Mewis Ducts® currently in operation means a reduction of 250,000 t of CO2 by March 2013. The Becker Mewis Duct® is a highly-efficient energy-saving device developed, manufactured and distributed by Becker Marine Systems. The duct is placed in front of the propeller for the purpose of improving water flow to the propeller and increasing propeller efficiency. Average of fuel savings of 6% has been verified by model tests and vessel operations. Combined with a Becker Rudder, the improvements in propulsion and fuel saving was able to be enhanced up to 8%. Since launching the Becker Mewis Duct® – just four years ago – more than 400 orders have been placed. The environmental aspect of CO2 savings after the first installation is a reduction of 250,000 t of CO2, equivalent to the CO2 emissions of 417 jumbo jets travelling from London to New York (or the annual operation of 78,000 cars).  One  new  order  was  ... [More]

Tailor-made Combi Freighter ‘Hoogvliet’ launched by Damen

By Peter Pospiech at April 02, 2013 05:48
Filed Under: Company News, General, Shipyards, Workboats
DAMEN Shipyards Group daughter Damen Shipyards Bergum is proud of the delivery of Damen Combi Freighter 3850 ‘Hoogvliet’. The carrier for oversized cargo was launched at Cruise Terminal Rotterdam in early February by lady sponsor Annefleur Janssen. She is the daughter of one of the participants of the business alliance, which will deploy the vessel in European waters. The main participants are Hartel Shipping and Hudig & Veder. Both have expressed their satisfaction with the way Damen Shipyards Bergum met their specific demands. In turn, the shipbuilder’s sales manager Remko Bouma acclaims the unique collaboration between an ‘old’ company such as Hudig & Veder and Hartel Shipping and their expert logistics stakeholders, thus providing the proper conditions for tailor-made production and delivery. Damen’s customer has chosen for a compact limited partnership (LP) structure to invest in a series of four carriers to be deployed in parcel service... [More]

Rolls-Royce Environship Wins International Green Technology Award

By Peter Pospiech at March 28, 2013 05:51
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, General, LNG fuel, Shipyards
Rolls-Royce plc has received the Green Ship Technology Award for its Environship concept - a revolutionary design and system solution for cargo ships that reduces CO2 emissions by up to 40 per cent compared to similar diesel powered vessels.The Environship, which can be adapted for different ship types, incorporates a range of Rolls-Royce technologies to deliver efficiency savings for ship owners. These include a Bergen engine powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the Promas combined rudder and propeller, a hybrid shaft generator to optimise use of electrical power and an innovative wave-piercing hull design. The accolade was awarded at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, in connection with the annual Green Ship Technology Conference.Tony Wood, Rolls-Royce, President - Marine said: "We’re delighted to receive this award for our Environship concept, another endorsement for our belief that only a combination of technologies will maximise environmental and efficiency gains. With a nu... [More]

Seagas – the world’s first fuelling vessel for LNG named in Stockholm

By Peter Pospiech at March 27, 2013 10:43
Filed Under: Company News, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel, Ports, Workboats
Yesterday, the world’s first fuelling vessel for LNG (liquefied natural gas) was christened in a traditional christening ceremony in Stockholm, by Helena Bonnier, the chairman of Ports of Stockholm (Stockholms Hamnar), in the presence of the Minister of Infrastructure, Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, among others. In spring of 2012, the Swedish government decided to support what was then a TEN-T request about a LNG fuelling vessel. One year later, the ship is christened and constitutes as an additional component in a competitive maritime shipping with quality, safety and a strong environmental profile, says the Swedish Minister of Infrastructure, Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd. The LNG fuelling vessel, Seagas, is the first ship in the world of its kind, and is classified under the same regulations that apply to oceangoing LNG-tankers. The fuelling vessel will on a daily basis, supply 60-70 tons of LNG to M/S Viking Grace, the new cruise-ship of Viking Line, when the ship ... [More]

Two VSP for work boat with X-BOW design

By Peter Pospiech at March 27, 2013 08:42
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Shipyards, Workboats
The "Siem Moxie", an infield support vessel (ISV), will be put into operation in spring 2014. She is the first work boat with the Ulstein-designed X-BOW to be fitted with two Voith Schneider Propellers (VSP).   X-BOW vessels are characterised by the absence of a bulbous bow. Their bow slopes backwards above the water line which results in reduced resistance and improved wave slamming characteristics on the foreship. Since 2006, forty vessels with the X-BOW design developed by the Norwegian vessel designer Ulstein Design AS have been delivered or are currently being built. One of them is the "Siem Moxie".   The Siem Moxie: First infield support vessel with the X-Bow Design and with Voith drive system.   Designed for specific tasks in wind farms in the North Sea as well as in the Atlantic, the work boat with a length of 74 meters and a beam of 17 meters will be the first X-BOW vessel equipped with Voith Schneider Propellers. The "Siem Moxie" will be fitted with two electr... [More]

First time diving trip of submarine „U35“

By Peter Pospiech at March 25, 2013 13:20
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, Navy News, Shipyards
Commissioning is planned after finalization of all deepwater tests beginning of next year. Before sea-trials, the submarine “U35” for the German Navy, with Kiel shipyard ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) yard-number 398, has started with its diving tests. The, at HDW build boat had to complete a diving test. Heeling and trimtests have been done by the military boat crew. The 57 m long and around 1.450 to displacement boat has been positioned at a special place at the shipyard. This particular docking place is equipped with a much bigger water depth than the rest of Kiel port. The next tests are planned in the bay of Eckernförde. Commissioning is planned after all relevant tests and sea-trials at the beginning of 2014. To recognize the boat more easily during the extensive sea-trials the periscope has been bright red coloured.  The Kiel based shipyard has, for the time being, four submarine new-builds on order. Besides the two boats “U35”, yard-number ... [More]

First two stroke gas engines for LNG carrier

By Peter Pospiech at March 23, 2013 07:30
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, MAN Diesel&Turbo
Teekay LNG Partners L.P. Head Office, Bermuda, has ordered two 173,400m3 LNG carriers from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in Korea. The vessels will each have two MAN Diesel & Turbo ME-GI dual-fuel, ultra long two-stroke gas injection engines. These engines received DNV type approval in 2010 and their use as part of an innovative propulsion package is claimed to give significant fuel savings when compared to propulsion commonly used for LNG carriers today.  DNV experience from risk assessments of LNG-fuelled ships shows that a gas-fuelled main engine has the same risk level as a diesel-fuelled main engine. One reason for the low risk is that the main engine undergoes rigorous type approval and testing regimes as well as being subject to stringent rule and regulatory requirements. The new electronically controlled, two-stroke ME-GI engines from MAN Diesel & Turbo have undergone extensive testing. The engines will automatically switch between burning LNG and fu... [More]

Damen introduces the ASD Tug 2913 – compact, powerful and ideal for busy ports  

By Peter Pospiech at March 21, 2013 05:56
Filed Under: Company News, Shipyards
Damen Shipyards Group is launching a new vessel type in its ASD Tug series. The ASD Tug 2913 has been designed primarily as a highly manoeuvrable, powerful tug, ideally suited for busy harbours where space is limited. Petersen & Alpers (Germany) is the launching customer for the new tug, which will be delivered end 2014. The new type answers market demand for more powerful tugs as vessels continue to get larger and for more spacious accommodation. Damen Shipyards is proud to announce that it already has a launching customer for the new tug, the highly esteemed German towage operator Petersen & Alpers, which is one of the oldest maritime companies in Germany. Frank de Lange, Damen Sales Director explains why Damen decided to introduce a new tug type in the ASD series. “Vessel sizes are increasingly growing, while ports are still restricted to their physical size. Customers were requesting more powerful tugs, but they still have to be compact so they can operate in harbours... [More]

Israeli Naval waits for NEPTUN

By Peter Pospiech at March 19, 2013 11:22
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, Navy News, Shipyards
Three units will be built in Kiel – Each submarine costs around 300 Million EURO  Submarines “Made in Germany” are also and thus heavily asked for from foreign countries. Also Israel is an important customer for the German defence technology.  The new build of three submarines for the Israeli Naval runs forward with bounding strides in Kiel. 13 month after the type boat “TANIN” swam on March 11. also the “RAHAV”, the second boat of type “DOLPHIN AIP”, at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, TKMS (former HDW), and made its first short trip in the port of Kiel. “RAHAV” means translated “NEPTUN”. The RAHAV during manufaturing in Kiel TKMS-Shipyard This three at HDW ordered submarines of type “Dolphin AIP” are a further development of the 1998 til 2000 in Kiel and Emden build boats for the Israeli Naval. They now feature 68 meter in length and are increased to 2200 tons. The new boats feature addit... [More]

AIDAstella christening opens new cruise season in Warnemünde

By Peter Pospiech at March 19, 2013 09:35
Filed Under: Company News, General, Marine Diesel Engines
The first arrival of AIDAstella in Warnemünde signals the opening of the new cruise season, with the ship passing by the pier heads at the entrance to the port at 7.45 a.m. on March 16. A parade of boats with tugs, buoy tenders and passenger vessels with hundreds of spectators on board accompanied the beautiful new ship as far as the Warnemünde Cruise Center. AIDAstella then docked at Pier 7 at 8.45 a.m. in brilliant sunshine. The 253-meter long, 32.2-meter beam cruise ship has been christened at a special ceremony in the Baltic Sea coastal resort during that evening. 8 AIDA and 2 Meyer-Werft employees were the godmothers and named the new build ship. From 12 noon, there has been plenty offers for the residents of Rostock, holidaymakers and AIDA fans. Visitors at Karls Pier 7 came into mood for the exciting event with a competition, music, presentations, a shanty choir and delicious culinary delights.  AIDAstella during the naming ceremony in port of Warnemünde (ho... [More]

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