Littoral Combat Ship Coronado (LCS 4) Completes Acceptance Trials

By Peter Pospiech at September 03, 2013 11:28
Filed Under: Company News, General, Navy News, Shipyards
Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship Coronado (LCS 4) successfully completed Acceptance Trials (AT) on August 23, 2013, in the Gulf of Mexico. This milestone achievement involved the execution of intense comprehensive tests by the Navy while underway, which demonstrated the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. This is the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship, which is expected in September.  The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. This vessel is the second of twelve, 127-meter Independence-variant LCS class ships Austal has been contracted to build for the U.S. Navy (including USS Independence (LCS 2), delivered to the Navy in 2009). The final 10 of the 12 were awarded to Austal as prime contractor subsequent to a $3.5 billion block buy in 2010.  Austal’s teaming partner, General Dynamics Advanc... [More]

Wärtsilä delivers dual-fuel engines to Danish environmentally sound ferry

By Peter Pospiech at August 27, 2013 08:26
Filed Under: Company News, Ferries, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel, Shipyards
This order is for the first Danish ferry to be operated on LNG fuel. The ferry project sets an environmental benchmark for inland ferries, and is being closely followed by other municipalities and governmental bodies in Denmark and abroad. Wärtsilä, is to supply the main propulsion generating sets for a new, environmentally sound, double ended ferry. The ship, which is the first gas fuelled ferry for a domestic route in Denmark, will operate between Jutland and the island of Samsø and will carry passengers, cars and trucks. The vessel, designed by the Danish OSK-ShipTech A/S, will be built for the Danish municipality Samsø Kommune by Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland. Wärtsilä signed the contract in June. Rendering of the new ferry The ferry will be powered by four Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines running on natural gas and will have extremely low emission levels. The dual-fuel engine technology pioneered by Wärtsilä all... [More]

BP and Topaz Marine AHTS Vessels Choose L27/38 Power

By Peter Pospiech at July 18, 2013 04:53
Filed Under: Company News, MAN Diesel&Turbo, Offshore, Shipyards, Workboats
80-ton bollard pull vessels ready for anchor handling tug supply services MAN Diesel & Turbo’s medium-speed propulsion   packages   have   gained another foothold in Middle Eastern offshore operations. After successfully completed sea trials, Abu Dhabi-based Adyard has earlier delivered the ‘Topaz Dignity’ – which is now followed by the ‘Topaz Triumph’ AHTS. Topaz Energy and Marine, a subsidiary  of  Oman-based  Renaissance  Services  SAOG  and  a  regional leader in providing offshore support  vessels  and  engineering services, has passed yet another milestone in its 35-year history by building two Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels. The  two  67-metre,  ’80-ton  bollard pull’ vessels are ready for anchor handling tug supply services and the transportation of dry and liquid cargo to and from pipe-laying barges, drilling platforms and production... [More]

Damen delivers first-ever purpose-built offshore chasers

By Peter Pospiech at July 11, 2013 06:28
Filed Under: Company News, Shipyards
The delivery of the ‘Aquarius-G’ and her sister ship ‘Astra-G’ to offshore services company Rederij Groen marked a milestone in Offshore Support Vessel construction. Never before, such Chasers have been purpose-built. The vessels have been designed by Saltwater Engineering in close cooperation with both Rederij Groen and Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam. Both Seismic Research Support Vessels were constructed by Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam, part of Damen Shipyards Group. “Indeed, all our other SRS Chaser vessels so far involve converted fishing trawlers”, Henk Groen, director and proprietor of offshore company Rederij Groen notes about his new twins. “Having designed them to our specific needs right from the drawing board, significantly enhances the vessels’ deployability and performance. Their sharply reduced sway and manoeuvrability are just two examples”, Mr Groen adds. The ‘Aquarius-G’ and sistership ‘Astra-G&rs... [More]

40 M OFFSHORE SURVEY COASTAL VESSEL „FUGRO HELMERT” LAUNCHED

In November 2011 Fassmer Shipyard, Germany, and Fugro N.V., Netherland, signed the contract for the new 40m „Fugro Helmert”, a new Offshore Survey Coastal Vessel for hydrographic and geotechnical tasks in worldwide operation. Fassmer was assigned to design and build the vessel in a time period of 20 months. The delivery is scheduled for August 2013. On 8th  of July 2013 the new Fugro Survey Vessel was christened by godmother Mrs. Irmgard Jeuken, in the presence of more than 140 guests, on the Fassmer Shipyard Berne. Directly after the naming ceremony the vessel was launched. During the following weeks all remaining works will be finished. On 8th of August 2013, after completion of all final tests and trials, the vessel will be handed over in time to Fugro.  This vessel is designed for worldwide operation, means well insulated against high temperatures, air conditioned and with a total accommodation for crew and guest of 20 persons. A maximum of 12 guests are allo... [More]

First MaK Dual-fuel Marine Diesel Engine Ships Out for Japan

By George Backwell at July 05, 2013 23:41
Filed Under: Fuels & Lubes, Marine Diesel Engines, Shipyards
The first MaK dual-fuel marine diesel engine has been shipped out of the MaK Rostock, Gerrmany factory, announce Caterpillar Marine Power Systems, destined for the first of a new generation of AIDA cruise ships under construction by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) at its Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works. MaK M 46 DF Marine Diesel Engine: Photo credit: Caterpillar Upon arrival the new engine will be placed in the hull of the AIDA cruise ship now under construction (due for delivery in March 2015) as the first of two vessels ordered by the Costa Group member company. These luxury 124,500 gross tonnage cruise ships will have accommodation for around 3,300 passengers, and will be the largest ever constructed for AIDA Cruises.With a bore of 460 mm and stroke of 610, the M 46 DF engine is suitable for electric drive propulsion systems as well as mechanical propulsion systems. It has been designed to allow retrofitting of current M 43 C engines (three of which will also power the cr... [More]

New PSV ‘World Diamond’ delivered to "World Wide Supply"

Damen Shipyards Galati has delivered the ‘World Diamond’, the first of six Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) for Norwegian offshore owner World Wide Supply, built to an entirely new Damen design. The World Diamond was christened by godmother Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Margarita of Romania on June 28th, in a yard ceremony attended by 150 guests. “Delivery of this first PSV 3300 E3 represents a new era in Damen’s continuing offshore supply vessel story,” said Arnout Damen. “This has been a truly collaborative project, with Damen drawing on expertise from within the group and the client and also from partners among leading research institutes and subcontractors to deliver a first in class vessel designed, built and equipped to European standards for a world class customer.” Steinar Kulen, representing owner WWS, said: “The cooperation on World Diamond’s design has ensured the delivery of a mid-size PSV capable of worldwide operation... [More]

Damen supplies a “special” to Amsterdam’s Waternet Foundation

By Peter Pospiech at June 24, 2013 04:55
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Hybrid system, Shipyards
The “Waterspreeuw”: a tailor-made hybrid patrol vessel for Amsterdam’s complex network of waterways Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld-Giessendam recently delivered an exceptional vessel, the “Damen Patrol Vessel 1304 Hybrid”, designed and constructed for Waternet (the Water Network Foundation). The most striking features of this hybrid patrol vessel are that it is clean, quiet, and can sail under Amsterdam’s bridges along the through routes. The “Waterspreeuw” – meaning “Dipper” in English – was ceremonially named by the Amsterdam Executive Councillor Carolien Gehrels on 17 June 2013. Reduced emissions  Waternet is an innovative water organisation that takes the entire water cycle as its basis. In order to achieve its sustainability objectives, it collaborates closely with other parties. By choosing a hybrid, multifunctional vessel, Waternet is taking the lead in reducing emissions from vessels within the municipal... [More]

Blue Ship Invest receives new build PSV 'Blue Thunder'

By Peter Pospiech at May 23, 2013 11:52
Filed Under: Azimuth pod, Company News, drive systems, Shipyards
Ulstein Verft delivered ‘Blue Thunder’, the fourth of six medium-sized platform supply vessels of the PX121 design from ULSTEIN® mid of March to Blue Ship Invest. Owned by Blue Ship Invest, a wholly-owned company in Ulstein Group, the platform supply vessel (PSV) is commercially and technically under the management of Atlantic Offshore. ‘Blue Thunder’ will enter a 4-month contract with Statoil, with 4 monthly options. “We have received good feedback from the operators on her three sister vessels, and we are very pleased that this ship also enters into a contract for work in the North Sea,” says Gunvor Ulstein, CEO of Ulstein Group and Managing Director of Ulstein Shipping, adding that the remaining two vessels will be delivered later this year and all six vessels are for sale.In the North Sea, PSVs of the PX121 designs are considered medium-sized. The vessels with this design have an optimal combination of fuel-efficiency and deadweight. They hav... [More]

New Tall Ship for Royal Navy of Oman from Damen Shipyard

By Peter Pospiech at May 20, 2013 03:41
Filed Under: Company News, General, Shipyards
Damen’s third modern-day steel clipper The Ministry of Defence in Oman has awarded Damen Shipyards Group a contract for the construction of a Sail Training Vessel (STV). The 87-metre square rigged, three-masted steel clipper and will take up her role as flagship. In addition to its key role of training young Omani navy cadets and officers, the new clipper will be deployed in a distinct diplomatic role and emphasize Oman’s centuries-old maritime tradition. Due for delivery in August 2014, the ship will replace the RNO’s current RNOV ‘Shabab Oman’ and will be in the RNO Fleet. In March (2013) the ship’s keel laying ceremony took place at Damen Shipyards Galati (Romania). This was conducted by Rear Admiral Al Raisi, the RNO’s commander-in-chief. The RNO has an eight-strong overseeing team stationed in Romania.The enhanced navy recruitment and training are part of Oman’s drive to increase its naval capabilities along its 3,165 kilometer coast... [More]

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