Scandinavian Maritime Industry Company & Contract Updat
struments of Bergen introduced a new Doppler Current Sensor, which is a vectoring sensor which measures the current speed and direction, as well as water temperature. Trondheim-based Autronica AS recently received a $5 million order for maritime instrumentation equipment from the Norwegian yard Kvaerner Floro, which is building four chemical tankers for Skipsaksjeseskapet Storli. Another well-known electronics maker, Simrad, announced an order recently to supply ship automation positioning systems and offshore instrumentation worth $6.3 million. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ordered dynamic positioning systems for the two cruise ships being built by Kvaerner Masa-Yards, and these DP systems are the first to be installed in cruise vessels.
Seatex AS, a leading supplier of differential GPS systems in Scandinavia, has overall responsibility for navigation equipment for the new fleet of Norwegian minehunters. The company's Motion Reference Unit (MRU) provides highaccuracy motion measurement for marine applications.
Saltrod-based Moland Automation AS was chosen to supply the Macon 100 alarm and monitoring system for the life extension of Bergesen D.Y. tankers in 1994. The state-of-the-art system was completed within a short delivery time, and programming was completed onboard.
Porsgrunn has expertise in the area of steering gear, having introduced the double acting, rotary vane type steering gear in 1986. Since then, more than 60 units of this type have been delivered. Porsgrunn steering gears were reportedly chosen by U.S. shipbuilder Newport News for inclusion on the new Eletson tankers. Another beneficiary of tanker work is Maritime Engineering AS of Hovik, which specializes in the design of a wide range of offshore and support vessels and drilling units, and was chosen to perform the basic design and technical assistance to Statoil for the new Statoil/Bergesen multi-purpose shuttle tanker, to be built at Samsung in Korea.
On the tanker supply side, ScanRope a/s has applied for a patent on the concept of emergency towing equipment that can be released from an unmanned craft. The hawser can be cast out when the ship is not crewed, and will land at least 656 ft. (200 m) from the ship. The tail end has a light and radar reflector, and will stay afloat.
Contracts to design and supply equipment for six supply vessels has been awarded to Ulstein International. Virtually all of the production companies in the Ulstein group are involved in the orders. The vessels are to be built at three different Norwegian yards. Two vessels each will be based on Ulstein's UT 755, UT 746 and UT 750 design. All vessels are due to contain a full package of Ulstein equipment, and the orders include options for three additional vessels.
Westad Industri offers a wide range of butterfly valves for various applications in the ship and offshore markets, including high performance butterfly valves type HPBV for freshwater, seawater, crude oil, petroleum products, chemicals, LPG and more.
Offering a wide range of products in the categories of corrosion protection, fire and safety, Norway's Applied Composites at work.
surface preparation and cleaning, and refrigeration to name a few — Unitor AS offers a worldwide network of engineering a support. Unitor Ships Service recently invested $1.5 million to open a new branch in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
For free information on these Norwegian companies, please circle the appropriate number on the Reader Service Card in this issue: Aanderaa Instruments 123 Autronica AS 124 Maritime Engineering 125 Moland Automation AS 126 Norcontrol Seacraft 127 Porsgrunn 128 ScanRope a / s 129 Seatex AS 130 Simrad 131 Ulstein 132 Unitor 133 Westad Industri 134 KaMeWa AB of Sweden — whose thrusters can be seen being placed on the Finnyards-built Stena ferries on page 34 of this issue — announced the acquisition of Finnish-based azimuth thruster and deck machinery company, Aquamaster Rauma. KaMeWa's current product range encompasses fixed and controllable pitch propellers, tunnel thrusters and rotatable thrusters for the offshore industry, waterjet propulsion systems and electronic control systems.
Osterby Gjuteri AB, is the Osterbybruk-based manufacturer of MJP Waterjets, waterjet units which have been in operation worldwide since 1987 and have accumulated more than 500,000 operating hours. Many Swedish suppliers of maritime products and services have positioned themselves as partners with yards to ensure that the shipbuilding process is run smoothly and efficiently. For example, Kockums Computer Systems'Tribon version 2.0 now includes Tribon Initial Design. Hull surfaces created in Tribon can now be directly accessed by the Tribon Hull application. The Tribon system has enjoyed good success internationally since its debut.
Saab Marine Electronics reports that the third generation Saab TankRadar G3 has, in less than two months since its introduction, been ordered for more than 30 ships. A majority of the ships are building in Korea and Japan, and vary in type and size, ranging from a 300,000-dwt VLCC to an FPSO for Shell.
Profile manufacturer Inexa Profil AB of Lulea has enjoyed continued success with its wide product range — including bulb flats in widths from 100 to 650 mm — and strict adherence to quality standards and Just-In-Time manufacturing philosophy.
Applied Composites manufactures lightweight composite shafts, and DNV recently approved the first set of composite shafts of the company in accordance with rules for High- Speed and Light Craft. The approval was seen as very important by the company for its future, especially for use of composite shafts in highspeed ferries. For reportedly the first time ever, the exhaust from an entire diesel engine plant on board a ship is being cleaned by catalytic converters, thanks to ABB Flakt marine. Two main engines and four auxiliary engines onboard the M/S Scandica are connected to two combined converters/silencers. The exhaust gas from the six engines is treated simultaneously.
Kockum Sonics AB recently announced it had become a certified ISO 9001 company. Kockum Sonics manufactures marine signaling equipment, level gauging systems and cargo planning systems. Alfa Laval of Tumba reported an installation of its Alcap separation system aboard the MV Australian Achiever in 1993 is now paying big dividends — lower maintenance costs and improved morale.