Vision of the Fjords unlocks the jaw dropping beauty of West Norway’s fjords for everyone, regardless of mobility. That’s the message from the jury of this year’s Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DOGA) Universal Design awards, which today chose the stunning hybrid electric vessel as the 2017 ‘transport’ winner for its commitment to optimal passenger accessibility, experience and environmental sustainability.
After several years of poor demand in dry bulk shipping, the market is now showing significant growth on the demand side. The signs of a firmer market have been visible since the late summer, and the speed has been picking up ever since. Although grain Exports from Finland are likely to decline since up to 20% of the harvest will be lost due to extremely bad weather conditions, total demand in our trading area is likely to increase. Undoubtedly the reason for stronger demand is to be found in the good economic growth, which has finally also reached Finland.
Meriaura’s open deck cargo carriers ’Meri’ and ’Aura’ have been equipped with mobile, container based research facilities. The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute SMHI are performing marine research with the vessels while the research vessel Aranda is under conversion. The contract consists of several expeditions, which requires efficient mobilization and demobilization of the SYKE’s research equipment on board. Meri and Aura’s dynamic position systems are utilized during sampling.
The technology group Wärtsilä reached a new milestone in the battery technology development as the company completed the installation of a hybrid energy system on board Viking Princess. The Norwegian vessel is now the first ever offshore supply vessel in which batteries reduce the number of generators aboard the ship. The new energy storage solution will improve engine efficiency, generate fuel savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Viking Princess completed sea trials and the system was handed over to customer Eidesvik Offshore on 9 October 2017.
PHOTO: A 3D viewer lets users investigate flow details (Copyright DNV GL)
DNV GL’s new “Virtual Trial” application allows yards and owners to use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation to analyze, compare and benchmark the fuel efficiency of hull design variants at full-scale. The results are available within one week, in a web-based report where users can see the CFD results and hull lines in 3D and gain more insight into flow details.
PHOTO: Bjarne Eia, Harris Pye Norway’s new Technical Sales Manager
The Harris Pye Engineering Group has opened an office in Oslo to pursue new business opportunities in Norway, and to support existing clients by providing all Harris Pye products and services to the entire Scandinavian region.
This is Harris Pye’s 17th office, with the network stretching from Brazil to Japan, North American and Canada to Australia and including major workshops in Wales, Brazil, Sharjah and Singapore
Havyard is merging all its products in the segment Power, Automation and Navigation into a joint business area, Norwegian Electric Systems (NES). As part of this change, Havyard Power & Systems is also changing its name to Norwegian Control Systems AS (NCS), the company said in its press release.
Havyard Power & Systems, now Norwegian Control Systems, was established in 2007 and now celebrates its 10th anniversary.
The technology group Wärtsilä has acquired Guidance Marine Limited, a privately owned company with offices in the UK, Singapore and the USA. Guidance Marine is recognised as a technology leader in the marine industry for sensor solutions relating to dynamic positioning and other vessel control systems, such as collision avoidance and remote control operations.
Finland’s first offshore wind farm, and the world’s first offshore wind farm built for icy conditions, has commenced operation.
The Tahkoluoto demonstration installation includes 10 turbines with a capacity of 4.2 MW each. The farm, located in the Gulf of Bothnia, the northern-most arm of the Baltic Sea, off Finland’s west coast, has an estimated annual power production of approximately 155GWh with average power production 43 percent of maximum capacity. The rotor hub height is approximately 90 meters and the rotor diameter 130 meters.
The technology group Wärtsilä has reached an agreement to acquire Puregas Solutions, the Sweden based provider of turnkey biogas upgrading solutions. Puregas is a leading player in its field with subsidiary companies in Germany, Denmark, the U.K., and the USA. The company utilises a unique CApure process to convert raw biogas to biomethane and renewable natural gas. The transaction is valued (enterprise value) at SEK 280m (EUR 29m) with an additional maximum sum of SEK 70m (EUR 7.3m) to be paid based on the performance of the business in the coming year.
Finnish maritime innovators Fleetrange and KNL Networks have successfully pioneered in providing cost-efficient Arctic situational awareness using a unique combination of IoT, Cloud and 3G/HF hybrid telecommunications technology. The solution includes up-to-date weather-, ice-, ship tracking and sensor data and sustains critical email communications in areas where satellite communications are expensive, unreliable or non-existent.
Finnlines Plc has sold the ro-pax vessel, MS Finneagle, to the Grimaldi Group following a strategy to optimise the use of Finnlines’ vessels and routes in order to improve its profitability. MS Finneagle was chartered out to the Grimaldi Group from June 2017. The delivery of the vessel to the Grimaldi Group will take place in October 2017.
Drive train technology specialist The Switch has become one of the first foreign companies to sign a partnership agreement with Chinese shipbuilding conglomerate China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC).
The Switch entered into a strategic partnership agreement with CSIC/711, which operates under the direct jurisdiction of CSIC as the sole R&D institute of marine diesel engines in China.
Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri will take effective control of STX France under shared ownership, an Italian government source said on Wednesday, ending a dispute that has soured bilateral relations.
France had angered Italy by ordering a ”temporary” nationalization of STX, cancelling a deal in which Fincantieri and another Italian investor had agreed to buy 55 percent.
Norway’s Havyard Design & Solutions, together with several regional subcontractors, have landed a NOK 70 million contract for the design and supply of equipment for number five in a series of wind farm support vessels for Denmark’s Esvagt.