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Voith Wins Landmark PSV Contract

Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi AS has placed an order with Voith Turbo Marine for two Voith Schneider Propellers (VSP) for a Platform Supply Vessel (PSV), a landmark order for the propulsion manufacturer as this is its first application on this vessel type. Designed by Norway’s Skipsteknis, the vessel will be built in Spain at Astilleros Gondan shipyard. The PSV is scheduled to begin working in the beginning of 2007. The PSV will be Dynamic Positioning (DP II) capable. According to the propulsion manufacturer, a PSV driven by two VSPs requires 10 to 20 percent less power, depending on the load conditions and the sailing speed, helping to save fuel and reduce maintenance. First model test series were carried out at Marintek in Trondheim, Norway, in February 2002. In the first test series, the power uptake of the two propulsion elements ‘contra-rotating propeller’ (CRP) and ‘VSP’ was established. Here, the VSP needed approximately 10 percent less power at various hull drafts and across the entire speed range. The second model test series at SVA in Vienna in February 2005, a test which reportedly confirmed that the R&D team had taken the correct path. A special feature of the VSP is its roll damping capacity. At standstill and when not in full sail, the VSPs can be used to reduce the effects of high seas on the ship. This is particularly important, since PSVs are loaded and unloaded on the high seas


Goodrich Deliver Composite Sail Cusps for USN Sub Newbuildings

Sail Cusp: Photo credit Goodrich

Goodrich delivers first composite sail cusp for Virginia Class submarine Goodrich Corporation recently delivered its first composite sail cusp to Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.  Goodrich is under contract to manufacture lightweight, composite sail cusps for the next eight Virginia Class nuclear fast attack submarines, collectively referred to as Block III. Fabrication of all eight sail cusps will occur at Goodrich's Engineered Polymer Products


Voyager Of The Seas Goes Live

Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN), a subsidiary of ATC Teleports of Alexandria, Va. set sail from Finland to the port of Miami on the world's largest cruise ship — Voyager of the Seas. MTN has equipped Voyager with full redundancy services including dual antennas and two MPEG-2 Digital Video units. Each antenna on the 142,000-ton vessel will have 12 lines for multiple voice and data capabilities. In preparation for Voyager's live broadcast


Stolt-Nielsen S.A. Reports 4Q and 2007 Results

Stolt-Nielsen S.A. reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended November 30, 2007. The financial statements for the full year ended November 30, 2007 have been audited. Highlights for the fourth quarter and full year ended November 30, 2007, compared with the fourth quarter and full year ended November 30, 2006, included: • Operating revenue for the fourth quarter of $460.8 million, up 14% compared with same quarter last year


New WSDOT Ferry Salish in Sea Trials

Photo courtesy WSDOT

The new Washington State ferry Salish is completing builder’s sea trials in Puget Sound. The vessel is expected to begin serving the Port Townsend-Coupeville route this summer, restoring full two-boat service to the route for the first time since 2007. Contractor Todd Pacific Shipyards is conducting sea trials to demonstrate the vessel to U.S. Coast Guard and WSDOT Ferries Division (WSF) inspectors before WSF accepts delivery of the vessel


P&O Cruises’ “Adonia” Joins the Windjammers For the 1st Time

Kieler Woche attracts cruise ships

  “The Kieler Woche regatta – an international top sailing event and at the same time the biggest summer festival in northern Europe – is setting new standards and attracting in-creasing numbers of cruise ships”. The comment comes from Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG). This year for the first time, a record sixteen cruise ships have berthed in the port of Kiel during the festival


Crowley to Launch Third Sailing in U.S. Gulf

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that its liner services unit will add a third, weekly, fixed-day sailing effective May 18 between Gulfport, Miss. and the Central America northern zone countries of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Crowley had been serving the trade in the Gulf with vessels leaving Gulfport on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but will now sail on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. With this move


Cruise Ship Disabled in Remote South Georgia

Expedition cruise ship Plancius: Photo courtesy of Oceanwide Expeditions

Oceanwide Expeditions' cruise ship 'Plancius' anchored off South Georgia, after repeated propulsion failures, awaits relief ship Trouble started 12 days into a 31-day journey from Ushuaia, Argentina, one of the southernmost cities in the world, to Ascension Island, an isolated volcanic island near the Equator. After returning from a small island, the ship suffered a complete power failure. Ship's engineers were able to fix the problem and course was set for Tristan de Cunha heading


Crowley Launches New LCL Service from Chicago

Frank Larkin, SVP and GM of Crowley logistics services

To better serve customers making smaller shipments to Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Central America from the U.S. Midwest, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s logistics group is launching a new weekly less-than-container load (LCL) service from Chicago today. The new service utilizes Crowley vessels and a single point of contact within the company to ensure accountability and that the movement of customers’ cargoes is managed and monitored effectively and reliably.


RCI Cruise Ship Propulsion Repairs Necessitate Docking

Allure of the Seas: Photo credit RCI

Owners, of the giant 'Allure of the Seas', Royal Caribbean International say that a mechanical issue obligates performance of unscheduled repairs to their cruise ship 'Allure of the Seas', and the repairs will take place at Grand Bahama Shipyard, in Freeport, Bahamas, the week of February 24, 2014. As a result of coming out of service RCI say it will be necessary to cancel the February 23, 2014, sailing of Allure of the Seas


Condor Sets Sail from Weymouth for the Last Time

Condor Liberation by Condor Ferries

 Condor Ferries have made their final sailing from Weymouth. Cross-channel ferry services from Weymouth have come to an end with the final sailing to Guernsey.   Condor is to operate a new and larger ferry on a single service from Poole instead as Weymouth's port is deemed too small


The Switch Receives PM Shaft Generators Order

Photo courtesy of The Switch

The Switch, a supplier of megawatt-class permanent magnet (PM) generator and full-power converter packages for wind power and other renewable energy applications, received another order to deliver two PM shaft generators to WE Tech Solutions of Finland.  


Ships Queues Creep into Lagos ports

Lagos Port Complex (port of Lagos) by Nigerian Ports Authority

 19 ships laden with petrol and other commodities are discharging at the Lagos ports, says Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in its daily publication `Shipping Position’.   Three of the ships were laden with petrol, while the others had diesel, steel products, containers, bulk salt


Front Street Unveils New Line of Sailing Yachts

Deisgn provided by Front Street Shipyard

 The US builders Front Street Shipyard’s in-house design team is collaborating with yacht designer Bill Tripp to develop a new line of modern sloops that are now available for construction.   The shipyard said the line includes 84-foot


Taiwan Ship Carrying 49 Crew Missing in South Atlantic

Pic: Fishing port in Taiwan (By Fisheries Agency)

 A Taiwanese ship carrying 49 crew, including Filipinos and Indonesians, has vanished in the remote South Atlantic Ocean without any sign of a mayday call but shortly after its skipper reported it was taking on water.   The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said that it has been


Ships Warned of Theft in Malacca, Singapore Straits

Photo: Indonesian Navy

 Sea Security Group has warned commercial ships passing through the Malacca and Singapore straits to be alert for possible theft by local people and pirates while traversing Asia's busiest straits, says a report in Jakarta Post.  


Queen Names P&O Cruises' New Luxury Ship

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, officially named P&O Cruises new flagship Britannia. (Photo by James Morgan, © P&O Cruises)

P&O Cruises UK’s Britannia, the biggest ship designed exclusively for Britain, was christened today in official naming ceremony; AIDA Cruises’ AIDAprima will begin service later this year, the second of 10 ships scheduled to be delivered to Carnival Corporation’s fleet


YPF Tenders for 11 Shipments of LNG

Argentina's state-controlled YPF is tendering to buy 11 shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG), traders said on Thursday.   The traders said the tender includes six full cargoes and five partial cargoes of LNG with a shipping period between April and June.  


Queen Mary 2 Skips Wellington

Image: Queen Mary 2

 Mega-cruise ship Queen Mary 2 has ditched its Wellington visit with the capital in sight on account of heavy swells caused by Cyclone Pam.   The Queen Mary 2 was due in Wellington this morning after spending time in the Marlborough Sounds


MSC Cruises to Debut Seaside Class in 2017

Image courtesy of MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises announced that the first of its next generation Seaside class of ships, set to debut in November 2017, will be named MSC Seaside and sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean. Following the first ship's delivery from the shipyard


Third Superyacht under Construction at Sunrise Yachts

Sunrise 45m Atomic:  Sunrise Yachts

 After successful launches of two 45m Sunrise vessels – superyacht Africa (2009) and luxury yacht Atomic (2014) – the Turkish shipyard has recently laid the keel of the third 45m motor yacht at its yard in Antalya, with a scheduled completion time of 26 months.   


New Study to Provide Insight into Passenger Ship Comfort

Rob Grin

Comfort is considered to be a crucial factor on board passenger ships as it largely determines passenger satisfaction, on board expenditure and passenger return levels. However, comfort is subjective as people are very different. Where one passenger complains about discomfort


First Cruise Ship from Port Metro Vancouver

First Cruise ship departs from Port Metro Vancouver this season

  The first cruise ship of the 2015 season will depart Port Metro Vancouver this weekend. An exciting and increasingly popular cruise itinerary will run back-to-back trips between Vancouver and Hawaii for the first time, bringing an earlier-than-usual start to the 2015 Canada Place cruise


Milaha launches Qatar - India Service

Khalifa Ali Al Hitmi

Milaha Maritime & Logistics, a subsidiary of the Qatar based Milaha Group which delivers integrated transport and supply chain solutions in the GCC, has announced the launch of the first direct container service between Qatar and India. The non-stop service will connect Qatar’s Doha


VIKING Extends Liferaft Exchange Program to Japan

Photo courtesy of VIKING

Leading marine and fire safety equipment and service provider, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment (VIKING) is stocking ready-packaged liferafts to provide fixed-price liferaft exchange to vessels calling Japanese ports. “The world of shipping is dominated by a small group of countries






 
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