New DP Control System & Pod Thruster Simplify Operation, Save Fuel

By George Backwell at May 11, 2013 00:26
Filed Under: Azimuth pod, Company News, General, Offshore
DP systems have become increasingly complex in their configurations and in their operation aince they were introduced some 50 years ago; sensors have become more sophisticated, there are more of them and the same level of increased complexity applies to the electrical and propulsion systems. GE Power Conversion decided to simplify things and save fuel on occasion, with their new DP control station.The computer control at the heart of a ship’s positioning system has also become more sophisticated, but the basic principle of DP remains the same: to hold position with a computer system that takes signals from a range of sensors to sense environment, heading, position and attitude and then issues commands to thrusters and propellers. Overall, it is in charge of the complex processes of maintaining a ship on station, a process that needs a high level of system automation so that a single operator can manage the vessel. New DP Control Station: Image credit GE Power Conversion Introduci... [More]

Hamburg Port Authority named new pilot tender „LOTSE 4”

Lightweight aluminum structure for low fuel consumptionHamburg Port Authority (HPA) received a brand new pilot boat and named it LOTSE 4. Godmother was Mrs Cordula Ortmann, employee of the Hamburg Port Pilot Brotherhood (Hafenlotsenbrüderschaft).The around 1.7 million EURO expensive boat has been built at Shipyard Hermann Barthel in Derben, Germany. The shipyard built the boat in around nine month. With this new ship HPA owns now four pilot tender.Dimensions of the new boat are of 18 m in length, 4.82 m width and a max depth of 1.25 m. Two MAN Diesel engines with an output of 360 kW each at 1.800 rpm enforce the boat up to 20 knots. The propulsion concept includes furthermore two reverse gear units and a hydraulic controlled helm. Crew consists of one skipper and one ships mechanic. The new pilot tender during its christening ceremony To reduce exhaust emissions HPA selected drive motors which fall short of the existing exhaust emission legislations by 30%. Furthermore, instead o... [More]

A tamper-proof engine protection system

By Peter Pospiech at May 07, 2013 09:56
Filed Under: Company News, General, Marine Electronics, Workboats
Deutz DieselPower, DDP, the sole distributor for Sales, Support and Service for all Deutz engines in South Africa and certain Anglophone African Countries has introduced the DDFS (Deutz Dieselpower Failsafe System) which protects engines in the toughest working conditions, such as e.g. work boats and other applications, where even minor faults, if overlooked, can easily become serious breakdowns. The DDFSystem has been developed fully by technicians of DDP.  A tiny little box prevents thousends of EUROs on severe engine damages Incorporating the latest technology in engine monitoring and controlling, the DDFS system protects engines from severe damage and therefore increases engine life. The DDFS system is designed to monitor all engine functions and react according to pre-set parameters.  If for example the shutdown mode is activated, the engine cannot be restarted until the problem is rectified. Removal or disconnection of the DDFS controller will also prevent the engine f... [More]

Meyer Werft delivers NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY

By Peter Pospiech at May 02, 2013 13:05
Filed Under: Company News, General, Shipyards
Most innovative ship for the Norwegian fleet sets sail  On 25. of April Norwegian Cruise Line (Miami, USA) took delivery of the 146.600 GT cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway from MEYER WERFT after a building period of only 18 months. Extensive tests and trials of all systems and intensive training of the crew kept everyone busy in the last weeks prior to the delivery in Bremerhaven. She has a capacity for 4,000 passengers, double occupancy. The ship has a total of 1,024 staterooms and 238 suites.   The luxury cruise liner will be home ported at the New York Passenger Ship Terminal in Manhattan, making seven-night cruises to Bermuda (May thru Sept) and seven-night cruises to the Bahamas & Florida (October thru April). She will be the largest cruise ship homeported year-round from New York City. Norwegian Breakaway is the first of two Breakaway class ships the Papenburg-based shipyard is building for Norwegian Cruise Line. Norwegian Breakaway combines innovative design includi... [More]

Being “LNG-Ready” could be the best option for many ships

By Peter Pospiech at April 25, 2013 12:48
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, General, LNG fuel
DNV (Det Norske Veritas) classification society now offers shipowners the support they need to make newbuilds and existing vessels ‘LNG ready’ with class approved designs, ready for later, simple retrofit of LNG technology. The service enables shipowners to make smart choices and minimal investments now in readiness for when LNG bunkering becomes widely available.  Shipowners are supported through all stages of the decision-making process as they prepare to meet the IMO air emission regulations entering into force from 2015. There are three obvious technology options for meeting Emission Control Area (ECA) requirements: installing a scrubber, switching to low sulphur fuel oil or to go for LNG as fuel and installing gas engines. Alternative fuels such as methanol and biofuels are also being developed.  “Each option has different uncertainties, for example the relative immaturity of some technologies and the effect market forces will have on the price of the d... [More]

Nordic Capital purchased Danish Unifeeder

By Peter Pospiech at April 21, 2013 13:10
Filed Under: Company News, General
Former owner Montagu-Fonds is separating from the shipping company after six years.  One of the main player in the North-West European container distribution transport, the Danish shipping company Unifeeder, found a new owner. Six years after entering the shipping business by Montagu Private Equity Fonds, fund-company Nordic Capital has taken over the 1977 founded company. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The new sole shareholder rated the additional purchase as a worthwhile engagement. After all the company has since 2007 strongly expanded and had worked out a very good position as a European market leader in the container feeder segment. In 2012 the company shipped about two million container within its network, which is traditionally in the North and Baltic Sea, but meanwhile also in the Mediterranean Sea. Unifeeder benefits from increasing global trade volumes which are expected to continue to outpace global GDP growth. This trend, coupled with cost-effectivene... [More]

General Electric powers UT755XL PSV-Vessel UNBEATABLE

By Peter Pospiech at April 11, 2013 03:15
Filed Under: Company News, General, Shipyards
Rosetti Marino SpA of Ravenna has delivered to Fratelli D’Amato SpA of Naples the new Platform Supply Vessel “FD UNBEATABLE”, the newest arrival presented by the Ravenna shipbuilder headed by Medardo Ranieri, built for the Shipping Company owned by Mr. Luigi D’Amato. Over 7 metres longer than its previous eight “sisters”, the specifications for the DP2 UNBEATABLE are: length 82 m; beam 16 m; deadweight 3400t; propulsion 2 variable pitch propellers, each approximately 3 metres in diameter and set at the end of shafts driven by 2 General Electric type 16V 228 diesel engines, rated 2.790 kW@955 rpm. Main generating sets: 2 x 296kWe 60Hz with DEUTZ engine of type BF6M1015MC and one emergency-harbour generating set: 1 x 120kWe 60Hz with DEUTZ diesel engine of type BF6M1013MC. The complete engines are supplied and installed by the well-known Italian engine distributor IML motori s.p.a. (Industrie Meccaniche Lombarde). Max speed is around 14.0 knots, range... [More]

German corvette OLDENBURG commissioned - MTU power selected

By Peter Pospiech at April 10, 2013 10:32
Filed Under: Company News, General, Navy News, Shipyards
End of January 2013 one of the latest corvette, the OLDENBURG (F263), has been put into service at the German Navy Base “Hohe Düne” in Rostock-Warnemünde. The ceremony took place in the presence of rear admiral Michael Mollenhauer, officer-in –charge of the navy command in Rostock. The 1. Corvette Squadron includes in total five units. Hereof the ships MAGDEBURG (F261) and the BRAUNSCWEIG (F260) are ready for operation. The BRAUNSCHWEIG is eponym for the whole corvette quintet, which cost in total about 1.2 billions EURO. Further sister ships are the ERFURT (F262) as well as the LUDWIGSHAFEN (F264). The five so far build ships have been completed at the yards of Blohm&Voss, Hamburg, Lürssen, Bremen, and the former shipyard Nordseewerke Emden. With the new class 130- corvettes expands the German Navy significantly their range of applications. They can stay on sea continuously for 21 days. This type of ships makes a world-wide operation within multi-... [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]

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