Wärtsilä to ensure the continuous operations of Hidrovias Group’s pusher tugs in South American rivers

PHOTO: Wärtsilä provides maintenance solutions to the fleet of eight Girocantex pusher tugs, which operate in the challenging rivers of South America.

The technology group Wärtsilä and Girocantex Uruguay, a subsidiary of Hidrovias Group, have signed a 5-year Optimised Maintenance agreement on the fleet of eight pusher tugs operating in the challenging rivers of South America. The agreement enables flexible maintenance planning and execution according to the real condition of the equipment, thus ensuring better lifecycle value for the vessels.

Wärtsilä and Crowley extend maintenance agreement for 11 articulated tug barges

The technology group Wärtsilä and Crowley Petroleum Services are continuing their co-operation by extending and expanding their maintenance agreement for 11 articulated tug barges (ATBs) owned and operated by US-based Crowley. An ATB has a hinged connection system that allows a powerful ocean-going tug to connect to a notch in the stern of the barge, which enables the tug to propel and maneuver the barge.

Bulk shipping operators rely on MacGregor’s watchful eye to inspect essential equipment

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has recently signed two inspection service agreements with experienced dry bulk shipping operators, ESL Shipping and Wagenborg Shipping, to ensure that essential MacGregor equipment is in good working order and any issues are identified quickly to avoid unexpected downtime.
The first was a three-year service agreement, effective from 1 February, with Finland-based ESL. It will see MacGregor inspect the folding hatch covers and K-cranes fitted onboard a barge and a fleet of nine bulk carriers.

Removing oily water discharge risks with the Alfa Laval BlueBox SA

Non-compliant discharge of oily water continues to be an environmental threat – and an expensive headache for the marine industry. With the tamper-proof Alfa Laval BlueBox SA, a stand-alone oil content monitor and data recorder, Alfa Laval is providing peace of mind to ship owners and operators.

Russia Ramps up Fuel Exports in Fight for European Market

Russia plans to sharply increase fuel exports and carve out a larger share of the European market following an extensive $55 billion modernisation of its refineries, companies’ plans and analysts’ reports show.

Danelec Marine and NAPA Partner to offer complete end-to-end internet of things cloud solution

Collaboration removes need for costly custom interfaces, allowing wider access to valuable performance data and analytics. Danelec Marine, the manufacturer of Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs), ECDIS and ship-to-shore data solutions, has teamed up with global maritime software, services and data analysis provider NAPA to deliver a complete cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) solution for ship performance analysis and optimization.

KNL Networks and Portcall.com win Wärtsilä SparkUp Challenge for start-ups

The first Wärtsilä SparkUp Challenge, an initiative by the technology group Wärtsilä to find innovative start-ups to develop ideas for the smart shipping value chain, has been won by KNL Networks and Portcall.com. The prize for the winners is a four-month collaboration and co-creation in the Wärtsilä Digital Acceleration Centre (DAC) beginning in March. In addition, they will receive a capital grant of 50,000 euros.

MacGregor and SeaFocus establish collaboration agreement to enhance industry innovation drive

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, and an international maritime business platform, SeaFocus, have announced a collaboration agreement that will support the companies in creating new cooperation models to benefit maritime trade and drive industry innovation.

Damage to Kiel Canal Lock Worse than Expected

The extent of the damage to the southern lock-gate at Kiel-Holtenau is worse than originally anticipated following the allusion on February 19, GAC said citing authorities and appointed surveyors.

The 1,008 TEU boxship Akacia rammed into the gate resulting in huge damages.

Wärtsilä and Maersk Drilling create a joint 25-year strategy

The technology group Wärtsilä and the global drilling contractor Maersk Drilling have joined forces in a unique co-operation to create a 25-year thruster maintenance strategy for Maersk’s three semi-submersible rigs and four drillships. The parties have already completed the strategy work on the D-rigs and commenced the strategy work related to V-Drillships.

Viasea and Containerships join forces on a new route

This partnership will enable the two shipping companies to offer, what they believe is, the market’s best shortsea solution between Norway, Poland and the Baltic countries.

Containerships has invested to a strong growth path with new LNG-vessels and trucks. The other focus has been to open new services in its main market area in the Baltics. Opening a new service in Norway with a strong player like Viasea enables us to offer competitive solution to our customers right from the beginning and speeds up our growth, says Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, CEO of Containerships plc.

Eniram SkyLight 3.0 introduced for fleet performance monitoring

Eniram, a Wärtsilä company, has launched Eniram SkyLight 3.0 for fleet performance monitoring and is partnering with Concirrus to deliver sophisticated solutions for marine insurance underwriting based on accurate operational data.

Eniram SkyLight 3.0 is a significant update to its subscription-based fleet performance monitoring service. The service now includes mobile notifications and virtual propeller RPM (revolutions per minute) sensing. This latest innovation supports Wärtsilä’s intention to lead the marine industry’s transformation towards a Smart Marine Ecosystem via improved connectivity and the use of real-time data.

Wello to export Wave Energy Converters to China

The Finnish wave energy technology provider Wello has signed an important contract with the Chinese conglomerate CIMC OEI. This contract paves Wello’s way to the vast Chinese energy market and enables Wello to reach a most competitive position in renewable energy technology markets worldwide.

Kvaerner Invests in New Quay at Stord

Kvaerner said it plans to invest NOK 370 million ($46.8 million) in a new quay at the company’s facility at Stord. 
”The objective for this upgrade will be to make the facility more flexible. We invest now to strengthen our competitiveness, and this extension will position Kvaerner for deliveries of new solutions to  both oil and gas projects and other market segments,” said Kvaerner president & CEO, Jan Arve Haugan.

Croatian Kermas Eyes Arctech Helsinki Shipyard

Croatian investment corporation Kermas Group intends to buy Arctech Helsinki Shipyard (AHS) in Finland from Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC confirmed to World Maritime News.

KERMAS plans to acquire a 55 percent stake from USC, becoming a majority shareholder of the Finnish shipyard, the group told World Maritime News separately.