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]

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]

Marine Diesel Engine Cylinder Liner Overhaul Tool Upsized

By George Backwell at March 16, 2013 03:44
Filed Under: General, Marine Diesel Engines
Cylinder liners of both 4-stroke and 2-stroke engines show signs of wear and tear after extended use, regardless of the latest advances in lubricating oil and liner casting technologies. What's not quite so obvious is that when doing the consequent engine overhauls or engine repairs that involve cylinders, it is predictable that the liners will have to be deglazed and crosshatched. For cylinder deglazing jobs (plateauing as well) one industry standard tool is the compact, portable ball hone from Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), who recently announced that its Flex-Hone® tool was available for ‘big bore’ marine diesel engines up to 40-inches in diameter. 'Big Bore' Cylinder Liner: Photo courtesy of Bright Hub Engineering When a cylinder liner comes out of the factory, it will have a slight cross-hatch pattern honed into its surface, an increased roughness to help the liner surface to retain the lubricating oil needed to provide an evenly distributed oil film between t... [More]

MS MERI fulfills owners expectation

By Peter Pospiech at March 07, 2013 10:36
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, Shipyards
STX Shipyard, Finland's Turku, delivered recently a multipurpose deck cargo vessel to the Gaiamare Ltd. subsidiary of the Meriaura Group. Godmother of the vessel, Minister of Transport Merja Kyllönen, gave the  105. 4 m x 18.m ship the name Meri. MS Meri, a modern and environmentally friendly deck cargo vessel, is designed for global operation and a wide variety of tasks. When delivered, she will be able to operate as a transport vessel for demanding project cargo such as offshore wind farm structures and for energy wood transport in the Baltic Sea area. The ship which has ice class 1A is the first dry cargo vessel in the Baltic Sea built according to the Aker Arctic DASTM design which enables the vessel to operate efficiently astern in ice. The main engines of Wärtsilä’s latest development can use three kinds of fuel: it can operate with LNG and also with the environmentally friendly biodiesel fuel and low sulfur marine diesel fuel. Two Schottel-rudder-propel... [More]

HeavyLift@Sea presented heavy goods transporter

By Peter Pospiech at March 05, 2013 15:02
Filed Under: Company News, General, Research & Development
The maritime engineering specialist HeavyLift@Sea has just presented the prototype draft for a heavy goods transporter offering highly flexible application options. With its heavy lifter HLV1600, which as a so-called multipurpose vessel can transport extremely large size part loads and bulk goods with equal ease, the engineering company is presenting its second high-quality basic design following its draft of a jack-up service vessel. All prototypes are tailored by the team at HeavyLift@Sea to meet the customers’ specific needs. “The heavy lift market has changed significantly as far as the ordering party is concerned over a very short period of time,” HeavyLift@Sea managing director Hendrik Gröne explains. “The current requirements shipbuilders’ fleets are expected to meet include versatile application options for maximum utilisation of the ships in addition to high performance capability. That is precisely what we have designed the heavy goods trans... [More]

Peene-Werft Wolgast hands over coast guard vessel to Swedish Coast Guard

By Peter Pospiech at March 01, 2013 05:35
Filed Under: Company News, General, Industry Events, Shipyards, Workboats
The coast guard vessel (Kustbevakningen Vessel) KBV 033 was handed over to the Swedish Coast Guard with date of Feb. 28.2013, with a reflagging ceremony at dock 3 of the Peene shipyard in Wolgast. It is the first delivery after insolvency successfully completed. Two of the coast guard vessels were already delivered in June and July of 2012. The new contract for the completion of the two remaining vessels in this series was negotiated with the Swedish Coast Guard by Dr. Tobias Brinkmann, of insolvency administrators Brinkmann & Partner, and Axel Schulz, of P+S WERFTEN GmbH, and was concluded in November 2012. Following today’s delivery of the newly built KBV 033, the newly built KBV 034 is to be delivered to the Coast Guard in April.   On the occasion of the reflagging ceremony, Commodore Åke Dagnevik, director of new building at the Swedish Coast Guard said: "The coast guard vessel handed over to us today proves that with the quality of its shipbuilding and the ex... [More]

World’s largest windfarm installation vessel (WIV) came to Copenhagen

By Peter Pospiech at February 26, 2013 07:47
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, MAN Diesel&Turbo, Shipyards
Swire Blue Ocean provides services to the offshore wind industry and its newest vessel, the state-of-the-art PACIFIC ORCA, was christened end of 2012 in Copenhagen. Built in Korea by Samsung over 1½ years, the 8 x MAN 9L27/38 GenSets for diesel-electric propulsion were built by Doosan. The subsequent trip from Korea to Denmark took 80 days. Pacific Orca is the world’s most modern WIV with an overall length of 160.9 m, a breadth of 49.0 m, and a speed of 13.0 knots.  The ship is designed to transport up to 12 × 3.6 MW disassembled off-shore windmills and its main crane has a maximal capacity of 1,200 tons. Lars Blicher, General Manager & Director of Danish Swire Blue Ocean A/S, states: “The engines are hugely important as we have to be able to rely on them. They are diesel-electrics so, if any fail, we have others to take over. We opted to put identical engines in the ship to make life easier when it comes to spare parts and maintenance.” He cont... [More]

DNV and PSE found ways to store and capture CO2 on board ships

By Peter Pospiech at February 18, 2013 06:12
Filed Under: Company News, General, Research & Development
Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a leading classification society, and Process Systems Enterprise Ltd. (PSE), a global provider of advanced process modelling technology, recently have released the results of the Maritime CCS (carbon capture and storage) research and development project. The project has successfully developed a concept design for on-board chemical CO2 capture. The system consists of a chemical absorption plant that separates CO2 from flue gases, a liquefaction unit where the captured CO2 is compressed and condensed using a refrigerant and two storage tanks where the liquid CO2 product is temporarily stored until discharge into transmission and storage infrastructures at the next suitable port. The results show that the concept is technically feasible and capable of reducing ship CO2 emissions by up to 65%. For a VLCC tanker, this could correspond to capturing more than 70,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, transforming them from emissions to a tradable product.  "Process schemat... [More]


By Peter Pospiech at February 14, 2013 04:52
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, Shipyards, Workboats
Toisa Ltd. signed a contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for the construction of a Multipurpose Offshore Construction Vessel (MOCV) designed by Dutch design office Ulstein Sea of Solutions. The DNV classed vessel is a customized version of Ulstein’s Deepwater Enabler design. The DP3 vessel is designed for worldwide operations in the oil and gas sector, ultra deepwater installation and construction, flexible lay, pipelay, cable lay and topside construction support. As such the design has been developed for maximum efficiency and cost effectiveness featuring heavy lift capabilities with Active Heave Compensation, two moonpools, upto 50 t/m2 deck strength and an ULSTEIN X-Bow®. The vessel design includes a number of key features giving maximum capability and flexibility. These features include a fully Active Heave Compensated (AHC) offshore crane rated at 900 tonnes SWL with a depth capability of 3,500 metres and a second, knuckleboom, crane of 200 tonnes SWL with depth... [More]

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