Aurora News

13 Mar 2020

Icebreaker Aurora Australis Begins Final Voyage

Expeditioners holding up flares to farewell the Aurora Australis, as it departs Mawson research station, February 26, 2020 (Photo: Matt Williams)

It's an end of an era for Australia’s Antarctic icebreaker RSV Aurora Australis, which departed Hobart earlier this week for its final voyage after 31 years of service to the Australian Antarctic Program.The ship’s final trip south will be a two-week voyage to resupply sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island and transport expeditioners.“The Aurora Australis has been the backbone of the Australian Antarctic Program for more than three decades, so the vessel has a special place in our history,” said Australian Antarctic Division’s General Manager of Operations, Charlton Clark.“Over its lifetime the icebr

02 Mar 2020

Nexans to Supply Cables for Marjan Field

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The global player in the cable and optical fiber industry Nexans S.A. was awarded a significant Purchase Order to supply 180 km of 230 kV cables for the offshore Marjan increment development mega-project on the eastern coast of the Arabian Gulf.Discovered in 1967, the Marjan field is one of the oldest and biggest offshore oil and gas fields in the Arabian Gulf. It is currently undergoing expansion under the Marjan Increment Program announced in 2017.The French expert in cables…

02 Mar 2020

BC Ferries Names Two New Vessels

Photo: Damen

On February 19, BC Ferries held a naming ceremony for the first of its two Island Class Ferries at Victoria’s Point Hope Maritime. At the event, the names of the vessels – Island Discovery and Island Aurora – were revealed for the first time. The two ferries, based on Damen’s 81-meter Road Ferry 8117E3 design and built at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania, will enter service mid-2020, serving the Powell River-Texada Island and Port McNeill-Albert Bay-Sointula routes respectively.The vessels sponsors were selected from the BC Ferries family  and the local communities.

27 Feb 2020

RMC to Build Ferries for TT-Line

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Finnish shipbuilding company Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) and Australian TT-Line Company have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on two fast car and passenger ferries.The Project will have an impact on employment totalling around 3,500 person-years, and the construction work will start at the beginning of 2021, said a press release from the company specialized in constructing car ferries, icebreakers and naval vessels.”We are proud and grateful of the trust TT-Line Company has shown us.

24 Feb 2020

Corvus to Supply ESS for BC Ferries Newbuilds

Corvus Energy batteries will be installed on another four of BC Ferries’ new Island Class hybrid ferries under construction at Damen Shipyards. (Image: Corvus Energy)

Corvus Energy reports it has been selected by Damen Shipyards to supply the energy storage system (ESS) for four new battery-hybrid ferries for BC Ferries.BC Ferries placed a repeat order with Damen Shipyards Group for four Damen Road Ferries 8117 E3 design—known by BC Ferries as the 'Island Class' vessels. The diesel-electric hybrid ferries are prepared for fully battery-powered, zero-emissions operation in the future. Until electrical charging systems are in place, the ferries…

20 Jan 2020

Hydroniq’s Coolers for Nexans

Image:  Skipsteknisk/ Hydroniq

Norwegian shipyard Ulstein Verft has contracted the compatriot supplier of marine coolers for all types of vessels, Hydroniq Coolers, to deliver the seawater cooling system to the cable laying vessel (CLV) Nexans Aurora.The Pleat coolers will provide cooling of the vessel’s main engine and auxiliary systems through the use of seawater. Hydroniq Coolers has not disclosed the value of the contract.The patented Pleat is a module-based titanium cooler for seawater to freshwater, with design pressure 6 bars and design temperature of 0-95°C.“Users of the Pleat benefits from long service intervals…

15 Jan 2020

Wasaline Green Newbuild RoPax Moves Forward

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The maritime software, services and data analysis provider NAPA has announced the signing of a new contract with the northernmost year-round ferry, Wasaline, for its newbuilding Aurora Botnia.When it launches in 2021 the Aurora Botnia will be the world’s first LNG/LBG battery ship with pods under the vehicle deck, as well as the world’s most environmentally friendly RoPax vessel.Under the agreement, NAPA will provide Wasaline with its industry benchmark software applications, NAPA Emergency Computer…

09 Jan 2020

Aurora Expeditions Christens Sylvia Earle

Image: Ulstein

Aurora Expeditions, the luxury cruise company that offers services to Antarctica and Arctic,  will build a second expedition ship, the Sylvia Earle, scheduled to debut in October 2021.The 126-passenger vessel  named ‘Sylvia Earle’, to honor the renowned marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer.The order comes shortly after the Australia-based company introduced its first new expedition ship in 2019, the Greg Mortimer, named for the Australian mountaineer and Aurora’s founder.The new ship is one of the vessels in owner, SunStone Ships’, INFINITY class.

03 Dec 2019

Nexans, Eversource, Ørsted Ink US OWF Deal

Orsted Block Island US offshore wind farm: Copyright Ørsted

French cables manufacturer Nexans has signed a framework agreement with Denmark’s global offshore wind giant Ørsted A/S and New England utility Eversource Energy to take part in the offshore wind farm development in North America.According to the provider of cabling and connectivity solutions, the agreement will reinforce their long-term partnership and will result in Nexans having the opportunity to provide up to 1,000 km of subsea high voltage export cables for Ørsted’s offshore wind farms in North America.The first delivery is expected by 2022 and the agreement extends until 2027…

02 Dec 2019

Nexans Designs Power Umbilicals for OneSubsea

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OneSubsea, the subsea technologies, production and processing systems division of Schlumberger, has contracted Nexans to design and supply two 120-km (75-mi) power umbilicals for a subsea multiphase compression system at Norske Shell’s Ormen Lange gas field in the Norwegian Sea.The French player in the cable and optical fiber industry said that the system will help extend the production life of the Ormen Lange field, Norway’s second-largest gas field that currently supplies 20 percent of the UK’s gas needs.Located in the Norwegian Sea…

26 Nov 2019

NMAC Acquires 5 Product Tankers

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Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation (NMAC), a Greece owner and operator of tanker vessels, announced the agreement to acquire five product tankers in liquidation of Navios Europe I Inc.On November 22, 2019, an agreement was reached to liquidate Navios Europe I. As of September 30, 2019, Navios Acquisition had a receivable of $32.3 million from Navios Europe I. This receivable along with debt financing will be used to finance the Acquisition. The agreement is subject to definitive…

12 Nov 2019

DMC Steering System for Sunstone

Pic: Damen Marine Components (DMC)

Netherlands-based Damen Marine Components (DMC) will supply the rudders and steering gear for SunStone Ships' fifth Infinity-class polar expedition cruise ship.The 200-passenger vessel will be built by China Merchants Heavy Industries to an Ulstein design. The contract was awarded once again by propulsion specialist Brunvoll Volda, with whom DMC is working on this ongoing series.DMC will supply two Van der VeldenATLANTIC rudders and two Van der Velden COMMANDER rotary vane steering gear systems.

14 Nov 2019

DMC Chosen for SunStone’s Fifth Infinity-Class Vessel

Photo: DMC

Damen Marine Components (DMC) received acontract to supply the rudders and steering gear for the fifth Infinity-class vessel to be built for SunStone Ships by China Merchants Heavy Industries to an Ulstein design. The contract was awarded by Brunvoll Volda, with whom DMC is working on this ongoing series.DMC will supply two Van der Velden ATLANTIC rudders and two Van der Velden COMMANDER rotary vane steering gear systems. The ATLANTIC is a full-spade rudder with a surface area of eight square meters and steering gear torque of 110 kNm.

30 Oct 2019

First Feedback From First X-BOW Expedition Cruise Vessel

Photo: Ulstein Group

The first ULSTEIN X-BOW polar cruise vessel, ‘Greg Mortimer’ is about to set off for her first Antarctica expedition, and will cross the notorious Drake Passage on November 1. The X-BOW feature reduces the slamming in head seas. This was proven on the vessel’s transit from China to Argentina, when she entered 10m high waves and very strong winds.The vessel is a true globetrotter from birth, having been developed on four continents: The ship owner SunStone Ships is based in the U.S.…

17 Oct 2019

Nexans Celebrates Construction of Aurora Cable Installation Vessel

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On October 15, 2019, Nexans hosted the grand block ceremony that represented a key step in the construction of its ground-breaking cable installation vessel, the ‘Nexans Aurora’. The vessel’s hull  is currently being built at the CRIST shipyard in Poland. It will be completed at Ulstein Verft in Norway, with delivery planned for 2021.The grand blocks are the major components in the construction of the hull. They are being assembled at CRIST, in the Polish port of Gdynia. Representatives from Nexans…

10 Oct 2019

Ocean Yield Buys Ethylene Gas Carrier

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Norwegian shipowner Ocean Yield ASA has agreed to acquire Navigator Aurora, a 37,300 cbm ethylene gas carrier owned by Navigator Gas.According to agreement, the ship will be purchased for a total consideration of USD 69.75 million net of a seller’s credit, with a 13-year bareboat charter to a company 100% owned and guaranteed by Navigator Holdings - Navigator Gas.The vessel is expected to be delivered to the Company during October 2019. Navigator Gas has certain options to acquire the vessel during the charter period.

17 Sep 2019

​Hurtigruten Intros eSled Snowmobiles

Hurtigruten Svalbard is introducing eSleds - Electric snowmobiles. Here from a test-run in Finland. PHOTO: AUROA POWERTRAINS

Norwegian shipping company Hurtigruten has announced a partnership between Hurtigruten’s land-based adventure travel company Hurtigruten Svalbard, and the Finnish start-up company, Aurora Powertrains.The agreement is an industry first for snowmobiles, and starts a new era of silent and emission-free exploration by snowmobiling.“Exploring some of the most pristine areas of our planet has never been eco-friendlier. We firmly believe the future of travel is emission-free. Introducing electrical solutions in our land-based operations and activities is a major step in this direction…

11 Sep 2019

China-Built Cruiser Delivered to Sunstone

Photo: SunStone

China Merchants Heavy Industry has delivered an expedition cruise vessel to SunStone Ships, the first of its next-genn INFINITY-class vessel and perhaps more significantly China's firm entrance into the cruise ship building sector.The arrangement to bring this ship from drawing board to delivery slip is the culmination of marrying European cruise design and quality with Chinese ship-building efficiency. The vessel will be chartered out to Aurora Expeditions.https://www.marinelink.com/news/cruise-ship-construction-china-rising-438788The vessel has departed China Merchants Heavy Industry…

21 Jun 2019

Second LNG-Fueled Ship for Containerships

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Containerships, subsidiary of CMA CGM, has taken delivery of its second LNG-powered containership, the Containerships Polar.As the second LNG-powered ship for Containerships and the CMA CGM Group, the Containerships Polar will be phased into the redesigned BALT 2 service in the Port of Rotterdam on June 23rd, 2019.At the beginning of May, the 1,380-TEU vessel started its voyage from Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China to Northern Europe where it will operate alongside its sister ship Containerships NORD.With its dimensions and its high ice class…

12 Aug 2019

ForSea Mercandia 4 to Become Freight-Only Ferry

Pic: ForSea Ferries

Swedish ferry operator ForSea, the Helsingør-Helsingborg ferry service, has decided to convert Mercandia 4 from a passenger and freight vessel to a pure freight vessel."As a consequence, we will no longer offer retail and F&B services on Mercandia 4 as of 1 September 2019. This is a response to a long term decline in car and passenger traffic," the environmentally friendly ferry service said.In addition, customer surveys have over time demonstrated a clear preference of passengers to use the larger and more modern ferries…

01 Aug 2019

GC Rieber Shipping Nails Nexans Gig

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Norwegian offshore shipping company GC Rieber Shipping (RISH) has agreed with Nexans Skagerrak AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexans Norway AS, to enter into a ship management agreement for the cable laying vessel Nexans Skagerrak.The agreement also includes management of the Nexans’ state of the art cable laying vessel Nexans Aurora once it gets delivered from Ulstein yard in 2021, said the operator of offshore subsea support vessels, marine seismic vessels and polar logistics…

12 Jul 2019

INSIGHTS: Edward C. Schwarz, ABB VP of Sales, New Builds

Edward C. Schwarz, ABB VP of Sales, New Builds

Based in Miramar, FL, ABB Vice President Ed Schwarz is today responsible for developing and leading the newly created new sales team for ABB in North America.He is the firm’s leading advocate for new build opportunities in US and Canada and more importantly, developing the business strategy necessary for bringing hybrid and electric solutions to North America market. A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management in 2000.

06 Sep 2019

First X-BOW Polar Vessel Ready to Explore

Photo: Ulstein Group

The first expedition cruise vessel in SunStone’s INFINITY class series was named ‘Greg Mortimer’ at the China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) Haimen base on September 6, 2019. The vessels have been designed and developed by Norway-based Ulstein Design & Solutions together with the ship’s owner and their client, Aurora Expeditions. The vessel has been delivered and is all set for her first Antarctica venture.In the combined naming and delivery ceremony, the vessel received her name after Greg Mortimer…

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