Stena Imperator and Stena Imprimis in double naming ceremony in Guangzhou

PHOTO Stena Imperator with her sister Stena Imprimis side by side.

Yesterday, the Stena Imperator side by side with her sister the Stena Imprimis were named at the Chinese shipyard GSI (Guangzhou Shipbuilding International) in Guangzhou in southeast China. The two vessels are nos. 11 and 12, in a series of 13 identical IMOIIMAX tankers all ordered by Stena Bulk. The 13th and last IMOIIMAX tanker will be delivered in January next year. Both the now named vessels are owned by Stena Bulk.

Breakthrough in the digital transformation, thyssenkrupp connects machinery

A milestone for the digital transformation: thyssenkrupp connects the machinery of the materials division via a new digital platform. Thanks to toii all machines can communicate with each other. Due to predictive maintenance the platform is also supposed to forecast the necessity of machine services in the future. The name chosen by the business area is a double play on words – it spells IIoT backwards, the abbreviation for “Industrial Internet of Things” – and it is pronounced like the word “toy”, an indication of how the new platform makes linking heterogeneous machines to existing IT structures “child’s play”. toii was developed completely in-house by company software engineering experts and tailored to the specific requirements of Materials Services. 

Arbitral tribunal confirms: Automatic filters for ballast water worked correctly

An arbitral award recently rendered has fully dismissed OceanSaver AS’, Norway, claim for compensation against Bollfilter Nordic ApS, Denmark. In 2013, OceanSaver AS initiated an arbitration case in Denmark against Bollfilter Nordic ApS, claiming that Bollfilter Nordic ApS had delivered defective filtration machines with wire mesh filters to OceanSaver AS in 2010/2011.

Optimarin demonstrates total system reliability in market beset by technical issues

PHOTO: Larissa – faultless longterm BWT operation with Optimarin.

In the same week that a report from ABS revealed problems with almost half of installed ballast water treatment (BWT) systems, Optimarin gave a stunning demonstration of its long-term system reliability on board Neptune Subsea’s IMR vessel Larissa.

Optimarin, a market leader in environmentally friendly and compliant BWT technology, has installed more than 300 of its systems worldwide, with over 500 units ordered. The 334 m3 capacity system onboard the SX130 Ulstein design Larissa was one of the first, installed during its construction by Zhejiang Shipbuilding in 2010. Since that point it has only seen 140 hours of operation.

Ground-breaking Wärtsilä design features the world’s first hybrid propulsion solution for fish farming industry

PHOTO: The new salmon processing and transportation vessel for Hav Line AS, Norway, is the world’s first vessel of its kind with a hybrid/battery solution.

The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to deliver the ship design for a new processing and transportation vessel to be built at the Balenciaga shipyard in Spain on behalf of Hav Line AS of Norway. In addition to the design, Wärtsilä will also supply an integrated solution comprising a 10-cylinder Wärtsilä 31 main engine, auxiliary engines, propulsion machinery, the propulsion remote control system, and the electrical & automation system. The delivery of the Wärtsilä solutions will be during autumn 2017 and the vessel is scheduled for delivery in summer 2018. The order was recorded in Wärtsilä’s order book in the fourth quarter of 2016.

LR joins project to build world’s biggest sailing cargo ship

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has joined the Quadriga sustainable shipping project – an initiative from Hamburg-based Sailing Cargo, which aims to build the world’s biggest sailing cargo ship.

MRV made easy by new functionality in NAPA performance monitoring systems

NAPA, a world leading maritime software, services and data analysis provider, has updated its performance monitoring and reporting systems to enable simple, straightforward compliance with EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) legislation. Users of NAPA Shipping Solutions, ClassNK-NAPA GREEN and NAPA-DSME Power® can easily generate MRV reports and include their performance monitoring software as their data collection method in the monitoring plan due on 31st August 2017. 

Arkadia heads back to the Canadian Arctic

ESL Shipping has renewed its contract to transport iron ore from Baffin Island, Canada to Bremen, Germany on its supramax vessel Arkadia. The vessel departed Bremen yesterday and is now sailing towards Baffin Bay, fully fitted to meet the Arctic waters.

Wärtsilä engines and propulsion solutions to power two new fishing trawlers

PHOTO Rendering of the fishing trawler to be built at the PJSC Vyborg shipyard in Russia

The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to provide the engines and the complete propulsion package, including the propulsion control system for two new fishing trawlers being built for Murmansk, Russia based Nord Pilgrim Ltd. The ships are to be constructed at the PJSC Vyborg shipyard in Russia. The orders with Wärtsilä were booked in June, 2017.

Increased passenger capacity to TALLINK RoPax M/V Regal Star by SRC

Engineering, manufacturing and installation of accommodation area extension with superstructure, interior outfitting and ship systems. Turnkey delivery of an accommodation extension for the RoPax vessel, M/V Regal Star, owned by TALLINK, to increase the passenger capacity and vessel’s value. The entire two deck accommodation module, that consists of 10 passenger cabins, was completely designed and outfitted on SRC’s premises.

Martek secures orders for up to 14 of worlds first Lng fuelled tankers

Hyundai heavy industries have chosen Martek Marine Ltd, UK to their EVOLUTION emissions monitoring systems on the world’s first LNG fuelled Aframax tankers that are being built for Russian shipping line Sovcomflot.

DNV GL carries out its first offshore drone survey

DNV GL surveyors have carried out the classification society’s first offshore drone survey on the semisubmersible vessel Safe Scandinavia in the North Sea. This 25,383 GT tender support vessel (TSV) is owned and operated by Prosafe, supporting Statoil’s drilling operations off the coast of Norway. Using camera-equipped drones, DNV GL’s drone pilots checked the TSV’s fairleads and their connection with the vessel’s two columns as part of the intermediate survey.

Wärtsilä propulsion solutions to power two Chinese research vessels

The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to provide the main engines, retractable thrusters and exhaust cleaning equipment for two new research vessels being built for the China Ocean Mineral Resources R&D Association (COMRA). COMRA is an institution dedicated to the research and development of international seabed resources and environment, overseen by the Chinese government’s State Oceanic Administration. The ships are being built at the CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding and Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group yards. The orders were booked in April 2017.

New German LNG fuelled research ship will feature Wärtsilä technology

PHOTO: Rendering of the Atair; first vessel in the BSH fleet with LNG technology

The technology group Wärtsilä is to supply the engines for a new LNG fuelled research vessel being built for the German government. Wärtsilä will also supply exhaust cleaning systems based on selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology and the LNGPac system for complete fuel gas handling. The SCR technology will be needed when the engines are running on conventional marine diesel fuel if the vessel exhausts its supply of LNG on long voyages. The vessel is under construction at the Fassmer shipyard in Germany and will be owned by Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH), the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency. The contract was signed with Wärtsilä in June 2017.

New EU research seeks to use composite materials in shipbuilding

A new research project funded by the European Union (EU) has been launched to study the use of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials in the process of shipbuilding.
PHOTO: A Hapag-Lloyd ship. Photo: courtesy of Hapag-Lloyd / University of Limerick.

The Fibreship project aims to replace steel with FRP composite materials to facilitate the construction of lightweight and more efficient large-length ships.