Det Norske Veritas is DNV GL’s Majority Owner Now

PHOTO: Left: Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO of DNV GL. Right: Leif-Arne Langøy, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas, and also Chairman of the Board of Directors of DNV GL. Photo: DNV GL

The Foundation Det Norske Veritas (DNV) assumes full ownership of DNV GL and remains committed to Maritime headquarters in Hamburg.

Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas (The Foundation) and Mayfair announce the sale of Mayfair’s 36.5% shares in DNV GL Group AS to DNV Holding AS. The agreement regarding the leading quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL was signed on 8 December 2017.

USCG Begins Icebreaking in the Western Great Lakes

Photo: The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, a 240-foot heavy icebreaker, breaks ice near Marine City, Mich., along the St. Clair River, Jan. 28, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Daniel R. Michelson)

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie has commenced icebreaking Operation Taconite in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior and the lower St. Marys River. Before ice impedes commercial navigation, icebreakers were assigned to each region.

More newbuilds firmed, Viking heads toward 10 ocean ships

Photo: Torstein Hagen has previously pointed toward a 10-ship ocean fleet.

Contracts for the seventh and eighth ships for Viking Ocean Cruises at Fincantieri have become effective, and the company exercised the option for a ninth and 10th newbuild.

And so it appears Viking founder and chairman Torstein Hagen will realize his previously stated ambition for a 10-strong ocean fleet.

Publication of a vacancy for the Executive Director of the EMSA

The European Commission is looking for a candidate to fill the Executive Director’s post at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). EMSA is one of the European Union’s regulatory agencies and is based in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2017, the Agency has a total budget of €75 million and about 250 staff

Wärtsilä and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MME to collaborate in creating improved power and propulsion for ships

PHOTO: A shaft generator system with an integrated turbo generator featuring the waste heat recovery system.

The technology group Wärtsilä and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment Co., LTD (MHI-MME) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the commercial marketing of a new energy solution for ships. The solution combines innovative technologies from both companies to produce greater power generation capacity and higher propeller propulsion for marine vessels.

Canada’s First Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship Assembled

The Royal Canadian Navy’s first Arctic and offshore patrol ship, the future HMCS Harry DeWolf, is now assembled at Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax Shipyard.

On Friday, the bow section of the vessel was transported on heavy lift transporters from inside the Halifax Shipyard’s indoor shipbuilding facility outside to land level.

IMO Assembly Elects New 40-Member Council for 2018-9

The IMO Assembly has elected a new 40-member Council, its executive body responsible for supervising the work of the Organization. The Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except that of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention.

Ny föreståndare för Polarforskningssekretariatet

Regeringen har i dag beslutat att utse Katarina Gårdfeldt till ny föreståndare för Polarforskningssekretariatet (PFS).

Myndighetens uppgift är att främja förutsättningarna för och samordna svensk forskning och utveckling i polarområdena. Det innebär bland annat att planera och genomföra expeditioner till Arktis och Antarktis. Sekretariatet har också som uppgift att aktivt arbeta för förbättrat miljöskydd i polarområdena. Tidigare under hösten gav regeringen i uppdrag åt Polarforskningssekretariatet att genomföra en lokalisering av myndighetens verksamhet från Stockholm till Luleå där myndigheten ska ha sitt säte. Lokaliseringen ska vara avslutad senast den 30 juni 2019.

Wärtsilä Linesafe for propeller shafts revolutionises bearing design

PHOTO: Wärtsilä’s engineer presents Linesafe bearing, which significantly improvements the performance of intermediate shaft bearing solutions.

The new Wärtsilä Linesafe brings significant improvements to the performance of intermediate shaft bearing solutions. The innovative bearing has a simplified design, which enhances flexibility and lowers lifecycle costs. The design builds on the core competencies from Wärtsilä’s existing line shaft bearing solutions, long standing experience on plain bearing design and thorough understanding of the present and future customer needs of marine and oil & gas operators.

Wärtsilä enters joint project agreement for shuttle tanker development

PHOTO: The objective of the joint project agreement is to develop a preliminary production level design for a 127,000 dwt shuttle tanker.

The technology group Wärtsilä has signed a joint industry project cooperation (JIP) undertaking with Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC), a part of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. The objective of the JIP is to develop a preliminary production level design for a 127,000 dwt shuttle tanker that may be built by DSIC with DNV-GL classification. The agreement was signed in October 2017.

Damen delivers Cutter Suction Dredger 450 to Vesirakennus Ojanen

First Damen CSD in the Scandinavian market. Damen has delivered a Cutter Suction Dredger 450 to Vesirakennus Ojanen Oy in Finland. This is the first time a Damen Cutter Suction Dredger has been deployed in the Scandinavian market. 

Marintec China: DNV GL awards DSIC a pair of AiP certificates

PHOTO: 127,000 DWT shuttle tanker design

Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd. (DSIC) has received Approval in Principle (AiP) certificates from classification society DNV GL for a new shuttle tanker and a column stabilized crane unit designs. The certificates were handed over at the Marintec China trade fair in Shanghai today.

ABB launches sequential turbocharging system

Greater flexibility and lower fuel consumption for vessels with two-stroke main propulsion.
ABB Turbocharging announces its latest technology development, the Flexible integrated Turbocharging System for Two-Stroke Engines (FiTS2) at Marintec China, December 2017.  The new sequential turbocharging system allows maximum fuel savings for two-stroke engines at part and low load, and at the same time maintains the flexibility to go to full engine output immediately. This offers significant long-term economic benefits for vessel operators and charterers with potential for fuel savings of up to three percent, depending on load profile.

Wärtsilä Electrical and Automation joint venture in China now fully operational

The technology group Wärtsilä has announced the opening of CSSC Wartsila Electrical & Automation (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.(CWE&A), the joint venture company with China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). The opening was announced on December 6th at the Marintec 2017 conference and exhibition in Shanghai, China. The new joint venture company will be headed by General Manager Christian Heinsohn.

Wärtsilä HY hybrid tug design for Chinese market launched at Marintec

PHOTO: The Wärtsilä HY Tug delivers significant economic, operational, and environmental benefits

The technology group Wärtsilä has adapted its ground-breaking hybrid tug design to specifically meet the needs of the Chinese market. This version of the Wärtsilä HYTug has received an Approval-in-Principle recognition by the China Classification Society (CCS).