Most modern lifeboats from the river Elbe

By Peter Pospiech at December 05, 2013 05:01
Filed Under: Company News, Shipyards
Hatecke GmbH built nine units for “Norwegian Getaway”  Lifeboats of the “Norwegian Getaway” coming from the Hatecke GmbH in Drochtersen near the German river Elbe. Each boat features a length of 12.70 m and 5.45 m in width, weight is of 12 to each and they are certified for 300 persons. According to Hatecke GmbH, they are currently one of the leading manufacturers of lifeboats and davit systems. All their products are developed in-house and conform with LSA regulations laid down by the IMO. All lifeboats and rescue boats are delivered with their own inbuilt launching system, as a “ready-to-assemble” package. This helps minimize shipyard installation costs. The 146,600 gt cruise ship has completed its Ems conveyance successfully. Together with its sister ship, the “Norwegian Breakaway”, they belong to the largest, ever built cruise ships in Germany and take around 4.000 passengers. After getting the final equipment, including all... [More]

Cruise Lines make further investments

By Peter Pospiech at December 03, 2013 05:00
Filed Under: Company News, General, Shipyards
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]

Cracks in hull area

By Peter Pospiech at November 19, 2013 06:00
Filed Under: General, Research & Development, Shipyards
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]

Damen: Two Fast Crew Suppliers for Naviera

By Peter Pospiech at November 12, 2013 06:11
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, Offshore, Shipyards
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]

Fleet in service – exploit its potential, control costs: Extension of ship’s hull

By Peter Pospiech at October 31, 2013 10:21
Filed Under: Company News, General, Shipyards
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]

New windfarm vessel concept from Norway

By Peter Pospiech at October 24, 2013 07:30
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, Shipyards, Workboats
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]

Rolls-Royce powers world's first tug driven by natural gas engines

By Peter Pospiech at October 15, 2013 03:31
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel, Shipyards, Workboats
Rolls-Royce has congratulated Sanmar Shipyard for the completion of the world's first gas powered tug, in a ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey, this weekend. Sanmar has completed the first of two tugs for Norwegian customer Buksér og Berging, which each feature two Rolls-Royce Bergen C26:33L6PG engines fueled purely by natural gas (stored as LNG), with a combined output of 3,410kW (1,705 kW each) at 1,000 rev/min.The lean-burn engines operates on the Otto cycle with mixture compression and an external ignition source.A rich gas/air mix in a precombustion chamber is ignited and forms a strong ignition source for the very lean mixture in the cylinder for knock-free combustion. The engines are direct coupled to Rolls-Royce azimuthing Z-drives mounted aft in ASD configuration with controllable pitch propellers. Also, the new hull and propulsion system will achieve up to 20% higher thrust efficiency compared to standard designs. The LNG system is designed by AGA Cryo and comprises an ... [More]

Damen offers ‘Quick Docking/Fuel Saving Package’

By Peter Pospiech at September 26, 2013 07:10
Filed Under: Company News, General, Shipyards
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has developed a new innovative product, the ‘Quick Docking/Fuel Saving’ package. This offers owners a fast and low-cost additional docking with the sole aim of reducing fuel consumption in between the five-year statutory survey period. The first vessel booked under the new concept has docked at Damen Shiprepair Brest (France). It is the capesize bulker ‘Castillo De Catoira’ operated by Spanish company Empresa Naviera Elcano. Damen expects to bring more of its vessels to its ship repair yards. Jos Goris, Managing Director of Damen Shiprepair Brest and initiator of the concept, comments: “We know that hull resistance builds up during years of service and this can have a significant impact on performance and consequently, fuel costs. By introducing this product, we are thinking along with our customers and know that fuel costs are a major consideration for shipowners and charterers, especially in this economic climate.”... [More]

Natural Gas Use is on the rise for European Inland Waterway Shipping

By Peter Pospiech at September 19, 2013 04:28
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel, Shipyards
On third of September the second inland navigation tanker, which is also powered by natural gas, has been christened by the President of the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine, Ms Belliard, in Rotterdam. The launch of the GreenRhine tanker took place at the Port of Rotterdam in the presence of representatives from the Dutch and European inland navigation sectors, local and regional authorities, suppliers, Interstream Barging (from whom Shell has chartered the ship) and Peters Shipyards, the company that built the ship. The sister ship GREENSTREAM is absolutely equivalent to the newbuild GREEN RHINE The GreenRhine is the second of two gas-electrically inland navigation tankers that Shell is chartering for the transport of mineral products on the Rhine. The GreenRhine is absolutely equal to the first natural gas powered vessel Greenstream. They feature many innovations in the fields of safety and energy efficiency. For example, rather than a single large engine like trad... [More]

A first-of-type HSC Catamaran Fast Crew Boat offering exceptional comfort and operational flexibility

By Peter Pospiech at September 12, 2013 05:16
Filed Under: Company News, Offshore, Shipyards, Workboats
Incat Crowther, Australia, has announced a first of type 70m Catamaran Fast Crew Boat (FCB), compliant with IMO HSC code and complete with a crew transfer system consisting of dynamic positioning equipment class (DP2) coupled with a stabilized access platform. Construction of the vessel has commenced at the shipbuilder Incat Tasmania, with delivery scheduled for September 2014. The new crew transfer vessels will be delivered to Caspian Marine Services Ltd (CMS) in Baku, Azerbaijan. The vessel will operate as a fast crew transfer vessel for 150 offshore workers to multiple offshore installations. The hull design has been optimized for high speed transits with specific features to limit the sea sickness of transiting offshore workers. The on-board noise, vibration and indoor climate is in accordance with DNV comfort class notation. The vessel is designed to operate in sea conditions of 40 knot wind and seas of 3m significant wave height.  The high speed of the 70m FCB allows operat... [More]

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