IHC Merwede secures order for self-propelled CSD from Boskalis

By Peter Pospiech at January 16, 2014 04:00
Filed Under: Azimuth pod, Company News, drive systems, General
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]

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]

Divers Save Navy US$1-million a Year on Waterjet Anode Work

By George Backwell at January 04, 2014 06:57
Filed Under: General, Propulsion systems
US Navy divers recently completed a first-time full underwater waterjet seal on the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Fort Worth which enabled  them to inspect and replace the cathodic protection system anodes mounted in the intakes. On this waterjet propelled ship it’s a job that needs to be done every four months, and so NAVSEA’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) was tasked to develop a procedure that would enable the anodes to be replaced at sea in order to avoid dry-docking. A3 Series Waterjet: Rendering courtesy of Rolls-RoyceIn early course Navy engineers developed a plate to seal the waterjet inlet, as well as external patches to isolate the waterjet, so as to create a dry working environment for the inspection (a fairly common procedure in smaller waterjet propelled vessels for this kind of inspection, but less so for a large warship of this type). Joe Theodorou, SUPSALV program manager pointed  out: “Having this capability saves the Navy $100... [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]

3D Printer Builds Subsea Marine Turbine

By George Backwell at December 28, 2013 02:01
Filed Under: General
Three-dimensional printing makes it as cheap to create single items as it is to produce thousands and thus undermines the principle of manufacturing economies of scale. Application of the technology offers enormous benefit to the marine industry, allowing a swathe to be cut through the spare part supply-chain at the very least, perhaps eventually to take the place of some production processes; but in the meantime it has established a firm foothold in model-making, as will be seen below where the technology produced a subsea tidal turbine. 3D Z Printer 850: Photo courtesy of 3D Systems For those unfamiliar with the process, 3D printing works by converting 3D CAD engineering drawings into solid objects from nylon powder using laser melting. The object is built, layer by layer, with each layer the thickness of a human hair, and allows designers and engineers to create complex and lightweight parts rapidly. Rapid prototyping, or 3D printing, (seen as the third industrial revolution in manu... [More]

GL publishes new Guidelines for Compliance with MLC 2006 Noise and Vibration Requirements

By Peter Pospiech at December 24, 2013 04:00
Filed Under: General
The guidelines, which define quantitative assessment criteria and standardized measurement methodologies, came into force on 1 November 2013.   GL has published new guidelines for compliance with MLC 2006 Noise and Vibration Requirements.  The MLC 2006 sets minimum standards addressing the on-board working and living conditions of seafarers. These regulations are subject to the implementation into national laws. The title 3 of the MLC 2006 on ‘Accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering’ addresses issues related to the construction and design of seafarer accommodation and the characteristics of the ambient environment which seafarers are exposed to during work, rest and recreation. These include some rather general requirements regarding noise and vibration. Ear protection in the engine compartment is absolutely mandatory on board vessels The MLC 2006 does not clearly define a measurement methodology and limit values for noise and vibration an... [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]

New Mobile PowerShip Will do What it Says on the Tin

By George Backwell at December 14, 2013 03:34
Filed Under: General, LNG fuel
The Mobile Powership will be the world’s first floating electricity generating station powered by LNG, capable of  travelling from one place to another to supply power wherever it’s needed. Not only is the PowerShip a smart solution to the surging (and often unmet) demand for electricity in developing countries, but the mobile power plant can play a vital role in natural disaster relief as well. PowerShip Rendering courtesy of HHI This unique vessel is being developed following recent signature of a Memorandum of Understanding by Polaris Shipping, Korea Midland Power, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HII) and Siemens Energy Solutions. The aim is to install an efficient, environmentally friendly power generating plant onto a  FSRU (Floating Storage Regasification Unit) which apparently has never before been attempted.The consortium, which will invest US$940-million in the enterprise,  expects that the Mobile PowerShip will be ready to begin its operation by December ... [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]

Fiercer environmental legislations as of 2015 depress shipping

By Peter Pospiech at December 10, 2013 04:00
Filed Under: Fuels & Lubes, General, New Technology, Scrubbers
Trade fears cost increase – Shipping owner under considerable pressure Shipping traffic on North- and Baltic Sea becomes notable more environmentally friendly as of 2015 – and could just generate significant cost increases also in other segments.The allowed amount of ships sulfur emission drops to a maximum of one tenth of the previous amount. In addition also less nitrogen oxides and particulate matters are allowed. This is of the benefit to the environment, because the maritime traffic is a huge burden for the sensitive marine ecosystem and the air quality along the coast line. But due to the more stringent regulations a series of negative consequences will follow in other areas.About 4.000 vessels are in regular service on the North- and Baltic Sea (SECA areas). Shipping owners have the possibility to fulfil these regulations by using expensive sulfur free fuels or they install afterwards scrubber systems in their ships. Container vessels with black trail of smoke - exp... [More]

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