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Wärtsilä Acquires Vik-Sandvik

Wärtsilä has acquired the global ship design group Vik-Sandvik, an independent group providing design and engineering services to ship owners and the ship building industry worldwide. The value of the acquisition is $209.5m, with an additional maximum sum of $60m to be paid based on the performance of the business over the next three years. In 2007, Vik-Sandvik's turnover was $87m and the profitability is on a very good level. The number of employees is 410.  The role of ship design is becoming more and more important due to higher performance requirements, more sophisticated systems, and increased integration onboard most vessels. Also, the environmental and emission regulations regarding NOx and CO2 are becoming increasingly stringent. Through this acquisition, Wärtsilä can offer competitive solutions that will lead to better total efficiency, improved environmental performance, and reduced life cycle costs for its customers.  Vik-Sandvik will be integrated into Wärtsilä Ship Design within Ship Power. All personnel - including the management - will continue as Wärtsilä employees.  The acquisition is subject to relevant regulatory approvals, which are expected during the third quarter of 2008.  Vik-Sandvik specializes in the design of high-end offshore vessels, as well as product and chemical tankers and more specialized vessels

Rolls-Royce Selects Paramarine Ship Design Software

Paramarine software, developed by QinetiQ GRC, has been selected by Rolls-Royce who is broadening its ship design capabilities.   Paramarine will be Rolls-Royce’s marine design software tool of choice in support of their newly formed team dedicated to the development of naval ship designs.   Rolls-Royce has been at the forefront of innovative ship design for nearly 40 years, designing over 800 vessels, used mainly in the commercial sector

Wärtsilä Acquires Vik-Sandvik


Wärtsilä has acquired the global ship design group Vik-Sandvik, an independent group providing design and engineering services to ship owners and the ship building industry worldwide. The value of the acquisition is $169.9m, with an additional maximum sum of $48.9m to be paid based on the performance of the business over the next three years. In 2007, Vik-Sandvik’s turnover was $70.8 millions and the profitability is on a very good level. The number of employees is 410.

ClassNK Unveils IACS Compliant Design Software


ClassNK Releases World’s First Harmonized CSR Compliant Ship Design Support Software.    Classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced the release of a new version of its PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) ship design support software that is fully compliant with the new IACS Common Structural Rules (harmonized CSR) for oil tankers and bulk carriers.   The new ship design support software is the first in the world to fully support the new

Keppel FELS Selects Intergraph

Intergraph Corporation announced that Keppel FELS has chosen to broaden its implementation of Intergraph's software technologies. Keppel FELS will deploy Intergraph's integrated solution suite for ship design, assembly and modeling in Singapore as well as in other engineering centers globally. Intergraph's Process, Power and Marine technologies provide ship design and engineering support including design and assembly, materials planning and procurement, and information management

Keel Marine Selects Paramarine Ship Design Software

Keel Marine Wind Farm Hull.

Keel Marine selects Paramarine as their ship design software platform. Paramarine advanced marine design software, developed by QinetiQ GRC, has been selected by Keel Marine to replace their in-house developed ship design software. For nearly fifty years Keel Marine, who are based in the UK, has delivered naval architecture and marine engineering services globally to an impressive range of commercial and government entities.   

Wärtsilä to Design for Brazil Pipe Laying Vessels


Wärtsilä will supply the design and propulsors/positioning system for a series of two new flexible pipe laying vessels (PLVs) for advanced operations. The vessels are to be built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in the Republic of Korea. The owner and operator of the vessels is a joint venture formed between France-based energy industry company, Technip and the Brazilian oil & gas industry company

Capuco is Chief Naval Architect of Gibbs & Cox

Benedict Capuco, Vice President, Platform Solutins Group at Gibbs & Cox.

  Gibbs & Cox, Inc., an independent naval architecture and marine engineering firm, announced the appointment of Mr. Benedict P. Capuco as Chief Naval Architect.  In this role, Capuco will provide corporate leadership to the company's naval architecture and marine engineering capabilities and solutions across the Gibbs & Cox global portfolio. Prior to this appointment, Capuco served as Vice President and Group Manager of the Platform Solutions Group of Gibbs & Cox

Graig Opens Chinese Facility

Graig Shipping Plc has opened a new facility in Shanghai, China, to provide a centre of excellence for ship design, newbuilding supervision, shiprepair and classification. "Chinese ship yards have enormous potential," says Hugh Williams, CEO of Graig. "This facility will help owners to get the very best from China. Under one roof we now have Graig Ship Management, which provides the highest quality newbuilding supervision services, Graig Carl Bro Ship Design

SNAME Papers, Annual Meeting & Expo

Technical papers on a wide range of ship design and production topics will be presented during the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers (SNAME) Annual Meeting and Expo, October 21-23 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Early registration discounts of up to $200 are available until September 23. Abstracts of all 2009 technical papers can be viewed at:

CLIA to Outline Cruise Ship Safety at SMC 2016

Photo: CLIA

The global cruise industry has committed to spending more than $30 billion in designing the most creative and exceptional passenger ships ever envisioned, featuring the most advanced and comprehensive safety systems ever deployed in cruising history.

Rolls-Royce Inks Landmark Automatic Ferry Crossing System Deal

The vessels are due for delivery in 2017 and will begin operation of 1st January 2018.

Rolls-Royce has signed a deal to supply its first automatic crossing system to Norwegian ferry company Fjord1. The system, the first of its kind, will control two new double-ended battery ferries as they cross between Anda and Lote on the 1330 km long E39 which connects communities along the

Standardized Modules Facilitate Quick Vessel Conversion

Image: Ulstein

High costs in converting existing vessels can efficiently put an end to updating a fleet. But with standardized, predefined modules, a vessel can be mobilized for other types of work within a few days without intervening in the ship structure

Rolls-Royce Designs Stern Trawlers for Two Greenland Firms

Image: Rolls-Royce

Two stern trawlers of Rolls-Royce design are contracted to be built by the Freire Shipyard in Spain. The two vessels, both designed for catching shrimp, have been ordered by Greenland based ship owners Qajaq Trawl and Polar Seafood.  

New Zealand Navy Orders Polar-class Support Tanker

Image: Rolls-Royce

A new polar-class logistic support tanker for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will be the first naval vessel to feature the Rolls-Royce Environship design with wave piercing bow.   The new vessel, which will replace the 30-year-old HMNZS Endeavor

OSK-ShipTech Appoints New CEO

Jacob H. Thygesen (Photo: OSK-ShipTech A/S)

Jacob H. Thygesen has been named the new CEO of Danish naval architecture firm OSK-ShipTech A/S, effective November 1, 2016.    Thygesen comes to the role with a background as Sales Director of Wärtsilä Ship Design, and prior to that he was Managing Director of

Wärtsilä Designed AHTS Delivered to COSL

Another two Wärtsilä designed AHTS vessels are to be delivered to COSL this year. Photo Wärtsilä

Two new Wärtsilä designed Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessels were delivered from the Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group yard in China during the second week of September. The ships have been built for China Oilfield Services Ltd (COSL)

Nominations Open for Singapore International Maritime Awards 2017

Image: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is calling for nominations for the Singapore International Maritime Awards (IMA) 2017.    The biennial IMA recognises individuals and companies for their outstanding contributions to Singapore's development as a premier global

New Book Targets Better Ship Design

Improving Ship Operational Design, second edition (Image: The Nautical Institute)

Bad ship design can make life onboard difficult and uncomfortable, cause accidents and even kill. Naval architects have a huge responsibility, but few of them have direct experience of how their designs affect those who use them. Improving Ship Operational Design

SENER Unveils FORAN V80R2.0

SENER´s Stand at SMM Hamburg 2016 Photo SENER

The SENER engineering and technology group has taken part in the SMM Hamburg maritime trade fair, one of the most prestigious international meetings in the sector, which is held every two years, on this occasion from September 5 to 9. SENER, staying loyal to a tradition of over 20 years

Vard Design for USCG OPC Program

(Image: Vard)

Vard Holdings Limited said a design developed by its subsidiary Vard Marine was selected for the U.S. Coast Guard’s new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program. Eastern Shipbuilding Group and team partners were selected for the detailed design and construction phase for the U.S

Vard Design for USCG Patrol Cutter

Offshore Patrol Cutter

Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels stated that a design developed by its subsidiary Vard Marine has been selected for the US Coast Guard’s new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program.

MAN's G-Type Engine Notches 1,500 Orders

Illustration of the G80ME-C9 engine (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

Just six years after its introduction, MAN Diesel & Turbo has confirmed an order for the 1,500th G-type engine. Greek ship operator, Almi Tankers, will take delivery of the ultra-long-stroke 7G80ME-C9 type as prime movers for the two 317

New Software Aims to Transform Ship Maintenance

(Photo: BAE Systems)

A consortium of technology suppliers led by BAE Systems is developing software that monitors the equipment, fuel and energy performance of a ship to provide real time information that will help the U.K. Royal Navy and commercial organizations better manage their fleets.  

New Ferry Designs Answer Asia Specific Challenges

(Image: Deltamarin)

Challenges of the Asian ferry market include large regional variations in cargo volume and composition, huge economic pressure on operators and unsatisfactory safety records especially in the developing countries, according to ship design company Deltamarin

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