New designed Damen deepwater AHTS offers over 200 t Bollard Pull and an extended winch package

By Peter Pospiech at February 21, 2013 10:37
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Shipyards
Damen Shipyards Group introduces its newly designed Damen AHTS 200, a versatile deepwater Anchor Handling Tug Supplier able to operate in water depths in excess of 3,000 m. The AHTS 200 is the latest addition to the ongoing Damen Offshore Series.  Following the company’s ambitions to increase its market share in the offshore industry, Damen heavily invests in designing state of the art vessels for several offshore sub-markets, noticeably the Offshore Support, Offshore Wind, (Seismic) Research and Transport & Installation industries. Backed by ample R&D and engineering capacity, its own construction yards, specialized partner yards and a rapid expanding service organisation, Damen feels confident that the chosen approach will be successful.  The typical Damen design philosophy, featuring values like safety, functionality, standardisation, modularisation, ease of maintenance and overall quality, can also be found in the Damen AHTS 200. An extensive research analy... [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]

‘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]

Wärtsilä's powered FPSO successfully completes full load tests

By Peter Pospiech at January 21, 2013 08:57
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, LNG fuel, Shipyards
The new Petrobras-63 Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, NISA, featuring Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines, the first such ship to utilize gas engines to produce more than 100 MWe of power, has successfully completed all the required full 100% load tests. The tests were carried out at the Cosco shipyard in Dalian, China and the vessel will commence operations in Brazil’s offshore oil fields in 2013. The vessel is 342 metres in length, with a moulded breadth of 57.36 metres and a moulded depth of 28.5 metres. It was converted from a 320 000-dwt ULCC, built in 1983. NISA has a daily production capacity of 140,000 barrels of oil (bopd) and 35 million cubic metres of gas. The storage capacity by design is 1.4 million barrels and the operating depth is 1,200 metres. Classified by ABS, NISA is equipped with a spread mooring system and is designed to work for 25 years successively without docking work.     FPSO NISA With this validation of NISA&r... [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]

New Ships to be Powered by Wärtsilä X72 Diesel Engiines

By George Backwell at October 13, 2012 00:26
Filed Under: Company News, General, Shipyards
Times of economic austerity in the maritime sector demand of new engines the lowest possible operational costs and best environmental performance, factors that led two Singapore companies to choose Wärtsilä’s recently introduced X72 licensed engines to power four new-build container ships and two bulk carriers now on order in Chinese shipyards. Indeed, Wärtsilä claim that with the X72 engine, compared to similar vessels that have recently been delivered, the bulk carriers’ fuel consumption can be reduced by approximately 5 tons/day, while the container vessels can achieve savings of 4 tons/day.Wärtsilä had in mind Capesize bulk carriers, and Panamax container vessels just such as these new vessels as ideal applications for the 72-bore engine when they began R&D  about two years ago at their Low-Speed Competence Centre in Winterthur, Switzerland.The Wärtsilä X72 Engine Image courtesy of Wärtsilä Basically, this ma... [More]

Superyacht Owners Go for Support Vessels

By George Backwell at September 22, 2012 20:11
Filed Under: General, Shipyards
Where to stow all those ‘toys’ that burden the superyacht owner was a question thankfully answered at the recent Monaco Yacht Show by luxury yacht builder Amels in the form of their superyacht ’shadow’ craft, the 67 meter (220.3 ft) long Garçon. Superyacht Support Vessel Garçon: Photo courtesy of Amels A speedboat, sets of jet-skis, a sailboat, perhaps even a submarine and a helicopter, all take up space that might otherwise be used for serious leisure aboard the superyacht, yet despite changes to the recently revised Large Yacht Code (LY3) which will lift the 3,000 gt size limit for new-builds from late 2013, it seems a growing number of superyacht owners do find the support vessel an attractive proposition. Not only does the craft provide an answer to the space problem, but it also enables fuel and store replenishment at sea, thus avoiding the need for extended voyage itineraries to be figured around bunker port calls. Superyacht shadow su... [More]

Warship Composite Construction – Java Shows the Way

By George Backwell at September 08, 2012 07:22
Filed Under: General, Shipyards
One of the most innovative warships in the world was launched recently, from remote, tropical Banyuwangi on the sea coast of Java, Indonesia, where North Sea Boats has a shipyard. The high-speed littoral waters patrol boat –  to be named KRI Klewang – has a wave-piercing trimaran hull form (offering a very stable weapons platform) constructed exclusively of infused vinylester carbon-fibre composite. Wave-piercing Trimaran Patrol Boat KRI Klewang: Photo credit North Sea Boats This composite medium was chosen for its multiple benefits including: reduced weight (laminated carbon fibre has a density nearly half that of aluminium alloys) and reduced maintenance (carbon composites cannot corrode and exhibit extremely high fatigue limits). If that were not sufficient justification, this material also provides the nil magnetic signature, reduced thermal and acoustic signatures required to suit the role of this warship.This fairly remote area of Indonesia lacked the highly ... [More]

From SWATH to SWASH -Further development at Abeking&Rasmussen

By Peter Pospiech at August 02, 2012 07:20
Filed Under: Company News, General, Shipyards
Designers of Germany’s shipyard Abeking&Rasmussen made a further development of their very succesful SWATH-concept and named the result „SWASH®A&R” (Small Waterplane Area Single Hull): a 20m boat with only one of the proven hulls from the “SWATH®A&R”-line. In this the drive motor is placed. To give the “SWASH®A&R” more stability it receives two outriggers on each side, similar to a trimaran. With this further development starts a new chapter of the success story of the “SWATH@A&R” technology. These special ships with lengths of 25, 40, 50, and 60m are in worldwide service as pilot station ships, pilot tenders, wind farm tenders as well as private motor yachts. Meanwhile more than 25 of this up to 60m long double-hull form ships have been delivered or, for the time being, are under construction. Now, the shipyard looks for new applications and a smaller variant for service at police, custom, pilots or... [More]

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