Wärtsilä scrubber systems to clean the exhaust from two new Japanese bulk carriers

PHOTO: The NYK BP Handymax Bulk Carriers which will be equipped with Wärtsilä scrubbers to be built at Oshima Shipyard – image courtesy of NYK BP

The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the exhaust gas cleaning systems for two new 56,000 DWT Handymax bulk carriers. The ships are being built at Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in Japan for Tokyo based NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers Ltd. (NYK BP), a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, one of Japan’s largest shipping companies.

The best first half year result in Finnlines’ history

-The very strong first quarter of 2017 was followed by an equally strong second quarter. The January–June 2017 result for the period improved by approximately 16 per cent, and was EUR 35.4 (30.5) million, representing the best first half year result in Finnlines’ history. The second quarter result amounted to EUR 24.2 (22.2) million, which is the best second quarter ever. Finland’s export and import volumes are growing steadily month after month which is a welcomed sign of a long-expected economic recovery, president and CEO Emanuele Grimaldi says.

First ship with IMO Tier III EIAPP certified Wärtsilä engines is launched

PHOTO The French Navy’s patrol and polar logistic ice-breaker, L’Astrolabe. Photo: courtesy of PIRIOU.

The launch of the L’Astrolabe, a 72 metre polar logistics vessel fitted with a complete Wärtsilä propulsion machinery package and Wärtsilä NOR (NOx Reducer) SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) exhaust gas cleaning systems for all the main engines, took place on July 12. This is the first vessel operating with the International Maritime Organisation’s IMO Tier III EIAPP (Engine International Air Pollution Prevention) certified Wärtsilä diesel engines.

Bureau Veritas and Ascenz join forces in ship performance agreement

As well as providing ship performance benefits, Ascenz’s Shipulse solution incorporates monitoring and reporting requirements for MRV compliance.
Bureau Veritas and Singapore based Ascenz have signed a memorandum to provide ship performance and monitoring solutions to shipowners world-wide.

Tallink Grupp announces sale of the Superfast vessels

The subsidiaries of AS Tallink Grupp, Baltic SF VII Ltd and Baltic SF VIII Ltd have concluded the sale agreements with Stena Ropax Limited for M/S Stena Superfast VII (ex name Superfast VII) and M/S Stena Superfast VIII (ex name Superfast VIII).

Boskalis, Van Oord JV Awarded Nord Stream 2 Rock Placement LOI

A joint venture between Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and Van Oord has been awarded a LoI (Letter of Intent) for rock placement services for the Nord Stream 2  project. (PHOTO Boskalis)

MacGregor secures specialist equipment order for state-of-the-art research vessel

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract to supply oceanographic winches and Triplex deck handling systems to a ground-breaking new research vessel being built by the Fassmer shipyard in Berne, Germany. The order was booked into Cargotec’s second quarter 2017 order intake. MacGregor equipment deliveries are planned for completion by the end of the first quarter of 2019.

COSCO Shipping to acquire Hong Kong rival Orient Overseas for $6.3bn

Chinese shipping giant Cosco is set to buy its Hong Kong rival OOIL for $6.3bn. The deal would make Cosco the world’s third biggest shipping company, with more than 400 vessels. OOIL’s majority owner has accepted the bid, though the sale will still need regulatory approval. It would be the latest in a wave of mergers, which has left the top six shipping lines controlling almost two thirds of the market.

Wärtsilä waterjets to power new Danish high-speed ferry

The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply four of its waterjets plus the hydraulics and control system for a new 109 metre long high-speed RoPax ferry. The ship is being built at the Austal Ships Pty yard in Australia for Molslinjen A/S of Denmark. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in May 2017.

China, Russia agree to jointly build Ice Silk Road

Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev agreed that the two countries can join forces for the development of maritime passageways, particularly the Northern Sea Route, so as to foster an “Ice Silk Road.”

Royal Caribbean Cruises to install NAVTOR NavBox across entire fleet

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCC), a renowned global leader in the cruise segment, has signed a deal with NAVTOR to install the innovative NavBox solution across its entire corporate fleet of 49 vessels. The deal, which spans the six different operating companies within RCC, will greatly simplify and enhance on-board navigational procedures, optimising efficiency, safety and compliance.

Carnival Paradise arrives in Havana on Carnival Cruise Line’s first-ever voyage to Cuba

The Carnival Paradise has arrived in Havana, Cuba, marking Carnival Cruise Line’s first-ever cruise to the country. The 2,052-passenger vessel, the largest cruise ship ever to call at Havana, on June 30 departed Port Tampa Bay on the line’s inaugural voyage to Havana, the first of 12 four- and five-day sailings to the centuries-old Cuban capital, the cruise operator’s media release said.

Concordia Maritime signs time charter contract for P-MAX tanker

Concordia Maritime has signed a contract to charter out the P-MAX tanker Stena Paris. The contract is for one year, with an option for a further year, and runs from July 2017 to July 2018. The contractual partner is one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies.

Statoil and ENI find more oil in the Castberg area of the Barents Sea

Statoil, in partnership with Eni and Petoro, has made an oil discovery in the Kayak structure in the Barents Sea.

AS Tallink Grupp growth continues

In June 2017 AS Tallink Grupp transported 976 165 passengers, which is a 7.4% increase compared to June 2016. The number of cargo units increased by 14.5% to 30 841 units and the number of passenger vehicles increased by 1.8% to 123 353 units in the same comparison.