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]
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]
Exactness and reliability at maritime services are important
One factor of the great success of port of Hamburg as a cruise shipping venue is the extremely reliable working port service segment.
In the cruise industry it is very much essential that the ships are precisely on time. This is particularly important for the short trips. The universal port of Hamburg has gained its very good image in the time-sensitive container shipping segment and has now transferred it also into the very ambitious cruise vessels. “It must be a precision landing”, says Stefan Frommann, member of the board of the Friedrich G. Frommann GmbH. The worldwide active company belongs to a small circle of companies who are selling and supplying fuels and lube oils in Hamburg. The company uses, among others, four bunker boats. The latest and newest, “Seeve” and “Dresden II” supplied recently fuel and oils to the “Queen Mary 2”. The huge cruise liner moored in Hamburg i... [More]
First results presented about MOL COMFORT’s sea damageReasons for the severe sea damage of the container vessel MOL COMFORT still not finally cleared.Together with both the Japanese classification society ClassNK and Mitsubishi Shipyard the shipping company Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) currently investigates the disaster last summer where the 8.110 TEU-container carrier damaged in heavy sea and finally broke in two while underway from Singapore to Jeddah. The crew could escape in life rafts and were picked up by another vessel. Now preliminary results have been released.
Experts conclude, based on the very serious water ingress at the center part of the hull, that a crack in the ships bottom has been occurred. In the course of investigations on board the sister ships of the MOL COMFORT deformations of up to 20 mm have been detected. But there exist still not a clear statement if these deformations have been the reason for the water ingress. Because of this the shipping company, ship... [More]
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]
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]
Main reasons are cost pressure and poor education
During the last year 106 vessels have been sunken according to accidents at sea or have been damaged so badly on the global oceans that they had to be scrapped.
Main reasons are, according a study, fatigue, cost pressure and an unsatisfactory education. In comparison with last year the number of unsuccessful vessels increased by 15 (effective date: 25. of November). Recently this was published by the Allianz-Insurance group in Munich, Germany. The most spectacular disaster was the average of the Costa Concordia on 11. of January 2012 with 32 dead. Much more human beings died at the sunk of the ferry Rabaul Queen next to Papua New Guinea on Feb. 2. with more than 110 dead. But the most heavily averaged vessels are freighter.
One main reason for the fatal disaster on sea is human error, says the study. “A number of shipping companies, particularly in the very strong competitive segment of bulker or tanker, cannot afford anymor... [More]
Container Shipping Companies reduce capacity by 7.4 % - longer port laytimes also helps
Along with longer port laytimes and evermore lower voyage speeds container shipping companies reducing continuously the transport capacities. In order to tone down, to increase the round-trip time and to lift the rate level vessels reduce their speed. Since beginning of 2009 a total of 1.27 million TEU capacities have been taken off the market, says the actual market report of the branch service Alphaliner. During the last twelve months alone it has been 260 000 TEU. A further instrument played an important role: shipping owner extended their port laytime, inter alia because the meanwhile larger vessels need more clearance times. Together with the longer round-trip times it was possible to absorb 7.4 % of the existing fleet. According to Alphaliner it has been 6.2 % last year.
Speed will be reduced evermore. After Slow Steaming with speeds around 18 knots came Extra Slow Steaming and Super Slo... [More]
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]
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]