Naming Ceremony of WindMW‘s new Crew-Tender GESA

By Peter Pospiech at February 12, 2013 10:29
Filed Under: drive systems, General, Workboats
Gesa Assheuer, nine-year old daughter of WindMW GmbH CEO Jens Assheuer named the companies new Swath-Offshore Tender GESA by the end of November 2012 in the port of Bremerhaven. Build by the Norwegian Maloy Verfts AS under the yard number 16, the completely out of GfK made ship with its project designation S-Cat 29, is classified by the DNV (Det Norske Veritas) and can carry 24 passengers. It runs under the flag of Cyprus. The ships particulars are of 29,5 m length and 10,6 m width. According to WindMW the total costs have been 9 million Euro. Two main engines of MTU series 10V2000M72 deliver 900 kW each and bring the ship up to 25 knots. Additionally two bow and two stern thrusters of type Sleipner SH1200 are installed. Maximum deck load is of 4 ton. A 1.6 ton crane is mounted on the aft deck. The draft of the ship with Swath-characteristics is normally of 1.6 m but at heavy sea conditions draft can be extended up to 2,2 m. With this better rough sea behaviour is achieved. GESA is ru... [More]

Giant of the oceans started its maiden trip.

By Peter Pospiech at February 02, 2013 07:08
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General
Dockwise Vanguard is a semi-submersible heavy transport vessel (SSHTV) built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Ulsan for the Dutch shipping company Dockwise. DOCKWISE VANGUARD is the largest heavy lift vessel in the world. The vessel has left the yard of Hyundai Heavy Industries ("HHI") on 1. of February 2013 and started its maiden trip. DOCKWISE VANGUARD will sail to the Samsung Heavy Industries ("SHI") yard in Korea to pick up the giant hull of the Jack / St Malo semi-submersible floating production facility for transportation to the US Gulf of Mexico. DOCKWISE VANGUARD was also contracted to transport the GOLIAT FPSO to northern Norway and the AASTA HANSTEEN spar platform to the Norwegian Sea. DOCKWISE VANGUARD leaves HHI-Shipyard for its maiden voyage First steel was cut for the giant in September 2011. The keel laying ceremony took place in December 2011. Large pieces of steel were manufactured at the factory and shaped, before being transported to different construction yards... [More]

Siemens and Norled Announce ‘World’s First’ Electric Car Ferry

By Peter Pospiech at January 29, 2013 04:40
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, General
Siemens, Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand and shipping company Norled have developed what they say is the world’s first electrically powered car ferry. The 80-meter vessel can carry 120 cars and 360 passengers. From 2015 onward, it will serve the route between Lavik and Oppedal, Norway, across the Sognefjord. The vessel currently serving this route uses on average one million liters of diesel and emits 570 metric tons of carbon dioxide and 15 metric tons of nitrogen oxides a year. The companies developed the electrically powered ferry for submission to a competition organized by Norway’s Ministry of Transport.  As a reward for winning the competition, the shipping company Norled has been granted the license to operate the route until 2025. Rather than a diesel engine, the ferry is equipped with electric motors to drive the ship’s two screws. These motors are powered by a battery weighing 10 metric tons. The ship has been specially designed to fit the requirements ... [More]

‘Second youth’ for "Clipper Stad Amsterdam"

By Peter Pospiech at January 23, 2013 11:57
Filed Under: Company News, General, Shipyards
Three-masted, steel-hulled Clipper ‘Stad Amsterdam’ undergoes a complete overhaul at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen, the Netherlands. The revision of the thirteen year old vessel will give her a ‘second youth’. The work will be finished before the end of May 2013. 24/7/365 The Clipper Stad Amsterdam, jointly owned by the city of Amsterdam and HR agency Randstad, has been used extremely intensive since her commissioning almost thirteen years ago, explains Roland Berendsen, managing director of shipping company Clipper Stad Amsterdam. “The vessel sails without interruption 365 days a year over the oceans. Sea, sun, salt and wind have left their traces. Next to an annual regular maintenance period, we’ve chosen one big, radical revamp giving the vessel a second youth. Hereafter she sails again for ten to fifteen years.’’ The removal of the Clipper’s interior has already resulted in 175 ton of waste. The 123 ton of ballast lead will be tak... [More]

International Ship Insurance Companies advise alertness at heavy fuel oil bunkering

By Peter Pospiech at January 17, 2013 05:59
Filed Under: drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, General
Fuel impurities are an ongoing problem in ship operations. In spite of quality and delivery standards again and again poor heavy fuel oil is offered worldwide in many ports. This leads to severe engine damages and extremely high costs for the shipping owner. But what are the main impurities? And what can the ships crew do to be warned?    In the case of impurities these are mainly cat fines, asphaltenes, water and dirt. Asphaltenes, water and dirt can be removed by the use of good separation devices, like separators. What are cat fines and can they be separated?  In order to make petrol or other fuels out of crude oil, refineries work with the catalyst cracking process. So-called “cat fines” (including aluminum and silicon compounds) are used as catalysts and these are then found in the fuel. Cat fines are extremely damaging to engines. Cat fines are substances like silicon and aluminum compounds which are required as catalysts in the refining process known ... [More]

Up to 90 percent less NOx in new inland waterway tanker

By Peter Pospiech at January 11, 2013 06:56
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, Shipyards
Recently the MTS Duandra was launched in Benelux as the world’s first semi-hybrid inland waterway tanker built by Shipyard Trico B.V. This ship uses Volvo Penta diesel engines for both propulsion and generator set that helps to reduce emissions significantly.The two standard Volvo Penta D16 MG Gensets on MTS Duandra generate power for on-board electricity, thruster, cargo pumps and two electric engines which are part of the propulsion system. With its dimensions of 110 m length, 16.20 m width the tanker can load 6060 tons.   This setup reduces the total installed diesel power on-board the Duandra with approximately 30% compared to a conventionally built ship. The savings made were used to invest in the extra electric equipment and as well to invest in catalytic converter and particulate filter on all the D16 engines on-board. By using this technique the NOx emissions are reduced by approximately 70 to 90% and particulates are reduced by about 40%. The propulsion system cons... [More]

First Permanent Magnet Tunnel Thrusters (TT-PM) for Norwegian ship owner Olympic Shipping.

By Peter Pospiech at January 07, 2013 09:09
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General
Recently Olympic Shipping has installed the first of Rolls-Royce newly-developed permanent magnet tunnel thrusters into the hull of the OLYMPIC OCTOPUS, a Rolls-Royce designed UT 712 L multifunctional anchor-handling vessel (AHTS).  The ship is built to a classic offshore industry design. Her type classification UT 712 has been around since the 1980s, and is still regarded as a solid workhorse in international waters. Today’s L edition has a new hull design, with a bulbous bow, and meets the requirements for Ice-C and Clean. The design allows for flexibility in the choice of onboard equipment. This flexibility is particularly well exploited in the UT 712 L vessel.  The new thruster design concept is based on a permanent magnet motor in a rim, which drives the propeller in the centre and also frees up space directly above the thruster where traditional tunnel thruster motors are located, making room available for other equipment or alternative use. Compared to tradition... [More]

IMO-Regulations to Improve Energy Efficiency of International Shipping Valid Since Beginning of 2013

By Peter Pospiech at January 03, 2013 08:29
Filed Under: General
New regulations aimed at improving the energy efficiency of international shipping are valid since 1. January 2013. The amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) were adopted in July 2011.They add a new chapter 4 Regulations on energy efficiency for ships to MARPOL Annex VI, to make mandatory the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), for new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships. Other amendments to Annex VI add new definitions and the requirements for survey and certification, including the format for the International Energy Efficiency Certificate. The regulations apply to all ships of 400 gross tonnage and above. However, under regulation 19, the Administration may waive the requirements for new ships up to a maximum of 4 years. The EEDI is a non-prescriptive, performance-based mechanism that leaves the choice of technologies to use in a specific ship design to the industry. As long as the r... [More]

Fjord Line world’s first cruise ferry powered by natural gas alone.

By Peter Pospiech at January 01, 2013 08:04
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, LNG fuel
Norwegian shipping company Fjord Line's two new international cruise ferries will be powered solely by environmentally friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG) instead of the more polluting heavy fuel oil.  When MS Stavangerfjord is put in operation in April this year, it will be the first and largest cruise ferry in the world to sail with a "single LNG engine," thus using the, for the time being, cleanest fuel available. "In this way Fjord Line will meet the new, stricter standards for sulfur content in fuels long before the deadline in 2015," says CEO Ingvald Fardal.   Going green: MS Stavangerfjord will be the first cruise ferry in the world to be powered exclusively by natural gas (LNG).  Fjord Line has two new cruise ferries under construction at Bergen Group Fosen. When both are in service, travelers will be offered daily departures all year round on the routes between Bergen, Stavanger and Hirtshals, and between Hirtshals and Langesund. Now these will also be the "gr... [More]

Memorable 2012: 100th Anniversary of MV SELANDIA

By Peter Pospiech at December 27, 2012 08:00
Filed Under: drive systems, General, Industry Events, MAN Diesel&Turbo
German genius and Danish resourcefulness deliver world’s first ocean-going, diesel-powered vessel and create template for modern shipping Research turned to commercial success when the Danish founder of the East Asiatic Company saw beyond the scepticism of the day and placed an order for a diesel-powered bulk carrier in 1910. For Burmeister & Wain of Copenhagen, it was the justification for nearly 20 years of development work labelled by some in the industry as ill-advised due to the huge effort and capital expense being put into a vision that many others had failed to realize. Based on the original development of German engineer Rudolf Diesel, it was Danish civil engineer Ivar Knudsen who recognized the commercial potential of the engine and took it to Burmeister & Wain.  The new invention was capable of using about 34 per cent of the calorific value of its fuel where steam engines of the day used about 15 per cent and gas engines about 23 per cent.  The cargo... [More]

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