Combi Lift Orders 19 Vessels from Damen

PHOTO: Damen Amur River push boat (Photo: Damen)

Damen Shipyards Group said it has secured an order with German heavy lift company Combi Lift to build a total of 19 specially customized shallow draught vessels. The vessels will be used to transport oversized and heavy lift cargo for the Gazprom Amur Gas Processing Plant Project in the Russian Far East. The multiple vessel order comprises four Multi Cats 2608SD, four Pusher Tugs 2612SD, seven Stan Pontoons 8916SD and four Side Floaters 8605SD.

’Next generation’ tankers to be powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines

PHOTO: The new efficient and environmentally sustainable tankers for Erik Thun AB will feature Wärtsilä propulsion and fuel supply solutions.

The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the engines, propellers, and fuel supply systems for four new tanker vessels. The ships will run on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and diesel, and are being built at the Scheepswerf Ferus Smit yard in the Netherlands for Sweden based Erik Thun AB. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in the first quarter of 2017.

RF Government approves plan for construction of three ferries for a link with Kaliningrad Region

RF Government says it has approved a plan for ensuring transport accessibility of the Kaliningrad Region focused on the development of the ferry service. In particular, the plan foresees the construction of three railway ferries for operation on the Ust-Luga – Baltijsk line. That will let take over the bulk of the Kaliningrad Region’s cargo flow which is currently running via the territory of Belarus and Lithuania.

Meriaura increasing efficiency by digitalizing operations

Meriaura has introduced an innovative and modern real-time situational solution, Fleetrange. Fleetrange enables real-time tracking of our fleet, chartering and daily operations. Combining the digitalized process with other management tools, we’re aiming to improve our operational efficiency and utilization rate of our fleet by striving to increase the amount of part cargos.

P&O Ferrymasters and Erontrans launch Poland rail link

Pan-European supply chain provider P&O Ferrymasters has joined forces with leading Polish logistics company Erontrans to launch an intermodal rail service linking the UK, Benelux and central Poland via Europoort in Rotterdam.

Nor-Shipping celebrates ‘most important’ event week

Nor-Shipping believes that its 2017 outing marked a watershed moment for the leading global maritime event week, with strong visitor numbers, more international participants than ever before, and a speaker programme that will help set the industry agenda for years to come.

Bureau Veritas approvals help propel floating offshore wind sector

PHOTO: Floating Offshore Wind Turbines © DCNS Energies – GE

Latest design approval granted to DCNS Energies’ foundation for floating offshore wind turbines (FOWTs) is validation for upcoming projects in France, the USA and beyond.

Sinochem brings DNV GL’s ShipManager to 80 vessels

China’s Sinochem International Logistics, a leading chemical tanker owner and operator with 80 vessels, is implementing DNV GL’s data smart fleet management system ShipManager on the entire fleet, optimizing operations and improving performance and efficiency.

Renewable expertise increases in Energy Resources Services to better support new low carbon power projects

Lloyd’s Register (LR), the leading provider of engineering and technology-centric professional services, is building its expertise and capability in Energy Resources Services (ERS) to help with the increasing projects and demand for its services by renewable energy companies.

ERS is a specialist unit of LR‘s low carbon power generating business based out London, UK. It’s latest growth in ERS expertise will provide technical energy resource advice and modelling/analytical services to support both wind and solar project development, design, finance and operation.

DNV GL opens fleet performance centres to improve vessel efficiency

PHOTO Christian Rychly, Managing Director of Leonhardt & Blumberg (left) and Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime (right) cut the ribbon.

DNV GL opened two digital fleet performance centres in Hamburg and Singapore to support their ECO Insight customers in monitoring and optimizing their fleets. Expert systems at the fleet performance centres are able to check incoming vessel data from customers using the ECO Insight platform, providing quality control of the data and offering suggestions on potential improvement levers for both individual vessels and fleets, such as identifying speed loitering and over-usage of auxiliary engines or boilers.

Wärtsilä 31 main engine to power new fuel efficient fishing vessel

PHOTO The new trawler being built for Reseach Fishing Co will be equipped with a Wärtsilä 31 main engine, Wärtsilä propulsion machinery and auxiliary engines.

The technology group Wärtsilä has been selected to provide its Wärtsilä 31 main engine, the propulsion machinery, and the auxiliary engines for a new state-of-the-art pelagic trawler under construction at a Norwegian shipyard. The vessel has been ordered by Research Fishing Co based in Lerwick, Shetland Islands. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in April 2017. There is an option for a second vessel.

Waves4Power connects WaveEL to Norwegian grid

Today the Waves4Power wave energy system was connected to shore and started to deliver electricity to the Norwegian power grid. This took place at Runde on the Norwegian west coast; an optimal place for wave power with its abundance of strong waves.

“The Polish transport and logistics market is very competitive”

Greencarrier Freight Services in Poland actually started out as a Finnish company in 2001. Back then, it was a family business run by the Jokinen family from the Finnish town Salo. After five years of successful growth, the company joined the Finnish Railway as part of the VR Group that operated passenger trains as well as freight services. In fact, the company was taken over in two stages, and by February 2008 it became fully owned by the Finnish Railway. However, after a few years, the company was offered a management buyout in Poland. The opportunity was taken, and Swedish investors from the transport and logistics industry were invited to join the project.

Container ship Mary Arctica damaged after hitting an iceberg off Greenland

The Royal Arctic Line’s container ship Mary Arctica hit an iceberg in the waters near Nanortalik in the southernmost of Greenland. The ship was on her way to Aalborg, when the accident occurred. Following the collision, it has been found that the damage to the ship is so severe that a shipyard stay is necessary, stated Royal Arctic Line on their website.

Wärtsilä continues to ensure the safety and reliability of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ ships

PHOTO: The renewed service agreement between Wärtsilä and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings covers 10 cruise ships transiting around the world – here cruise ship Marina in Sydney.

The technology group Wärtsilä and US-based cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) have signed a renewal of their existing performance-based service agreement. Joint continuous improvement efforts ensure that the engines on board of 10 NCLH cruise ships run at optimum performance levels. Wärtsilä supplies NCLH with maintenance service, carried out together by the two companies to secure the safety, engine reliability and performance of the vessels.