Finnlines Orders Three Ro-ro Vessels
Finnlines, part of the Grimaldi Group, signed a 200 million euro ($240 million) order for three new ro-ro vessels to be delivered from China’s Jinling Shipyard from 2020-2021.The 17,400 DWT vessels will be 238 meters long and have a cargo capacity of 5,800 lane meters plus 5,600m2 of car decks and a capacity of about 300 TEU on the weather deck. The ships are designed to carry all types of ro-ro cargoes, with tank top and main deck areas are shaped with strengthened bulkheads and are free of pillar areas to accommodate paper and sto-ro.“We continue to modernize our fleet further…
Ro-ro Vessel Fires: Risks and Recommendations
As vessel fires have become more prevalent in the car/ro-ro passenger segment, the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) examines these occurrences as the group voices its concerns and puts forward recommendations to mitigate the risks. The deadly fires aboard the ferries Norman Atlantic just before New Year 2014 and the Sorrento in April 2015 prompted an international response from the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) in May 2015. The number of fire incidents…
Supersizing Car Carriers
Similar to container vessels, bulk carriers and cruise ships, car carriers are rapidly growing in size, says a report by DNV GL. A new series of the world’s largest pure car and truck carriers sets a new standard for this segment. The final two vessels in a series of six New Horizon Class pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) were delivered on schedule at the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry yard in September and December 2016, respectively. Ordered by Norwegian shipping company Höegh Autoliners…
Wärtsilä EGC Gets First Flag Approval in Asia
The Singapore flag state authorities have approved Wärtsilä's exhaust gas cleaning (EGC) systems, making it the first EGC to be approved by an Asian flag authority. The approvals relate to Wärtsilä EGC systems ordered for two new RoRo vessels owned by a Japanese shipowner and currently being operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, the privately owned Swedish/Norwegian shipping company. The ships entered into service this year. The International Maritime Organization's…
Hueneme Welcomes Its First Post-Panamax Ship
Port of Hueneme’s first Post-Panamax ship was greeted by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines (WWL) company leaders and Port officials during an occasion marking a paradigm shift in how the widened Panama Canal will bring a new class of vessels to the Port of Hueneme. This maiden voyage of the M/V Thalatta marks a new milestone to support the Port’s and its industry partners’ agenda. Thalatta is one of the newest high efficiency Roll on Roll off (RoRo) HERO class vessels designed to increase capacity and flexibility while reducing emissions.
WWL Adds MV Themis to its Fleet
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics’ (WWL) has added MV Themis, fourth Neo-Panamax class vessel, to its fleet. 50% of the company’s newbuilding order now complete. Like her sister vessels, Theben, Thalatta and Thermopylae, Themis is almost 200 metres long, 36.5 metres wide and features five liftable car decks, allowing for multiple configurations and a wide variety of customer cargo. The vessel can transport up to 8,000 car equivalent units. With the new draft, she can call ports with shallower depths, increasing her geographical scope of service.
WWL Adds Another Neo-Panamax
Themis is Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics’ (WWL) fourth Neo-Panamax class vessel, which means it is built for the expanded Panama Canal inaugurated June 26. Like her sister vessels, Theben, Thalatta and Thermopylae, Themis is almost 200 meters long, 36.5 meters wide and features five liftable car decks, allowing for multiple configurations and a wide variety of customer cargo. The vessel can transport up to 8,000 car equivalent units. With the new draft, she can call ports with shallower depths, increasing her geographical scope of service.
Third Post Panamax RoRo Joins WWL Fleet
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has introduced MV Theben, a brand new High Efficiency RoRo (HERO) class vessel, and third of eight new Post Panamax vessels to be launched from 2015-2017. Theben joins her sister vessels Thalatta and Thermopylae in the line of RoRo vessels taking advantage of the new vessel size limit based on the third set of Panama Canal locks expected to commence operation in June this year. Like her sister vessels, Theben measures almost 200 meters long…
Departure of M/V Berlin Postponed
The completion of the new Scandlines ferry M/V Berlin, which will be inserted on the ferry route between Rostock (Germany) and Gedser (Denmark), is in its stage in the Danish yard FAYARD. However, the comprehensive test programme drags on. The delay is partly due to a damaged main switchboard, just as the Christmas holidays are also a contributing factor. The work in the engine room has been completed, and all tests have been satisfactory. The same applies to the new bridge. Also the two car decks are ready for use.
MacGregor to Supply Cargo Access Systems for Mega RoRo Ships
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has been contracted by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries to deliver RoRo access equipment packages for a series of two post-Panamax RoRo carriers. The vessels are under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) for the Luxembourg-based operator CLdN (Cobelfret), with options for another three. Ordered as part of CLdN's fleet expansion and modernisation program, the 235-meter-long and 35-meter-wide vessels will reportedly be the world's largest commercial RoRo carriers. Each MacGregor RoRo access equipment package will comprise a stern ramp, internal ramps, bulkhead doors and four levels of hoistable electrically-operated car decks. The gross weight of the equipment is about 2,200 metric tons per ship.
MacGregor RoRo Access Systems for Grimaldi Car Carriers
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has been contracted by Chinese shipbuilding group Yangfan to deliver comprehensive RoRo access equipment packages for a series of five post-Panamax 7,800 CEU pure car/truck carriers (PCTCs). The vessels are under construction for Italian operator Grimaldi Group, with options for seven more. The 200m vessels will be among the world's largest car carriers. They have been ordered as part of Grimaldi's fleet expansion and modernisation programme. Each MacGregor RoRo access equipment package will comprise a quarter ramp…
Deltamarin Introduces New Ro-Pax Design
Deltamarin launched its new ro-pax vessel DeltaChallenger concept during the Nor-Shipping 2015 exhibition in Oslo. The design incorporates the latest technologies available, many of which are not yet used on any other ro-pax vessel, Deltamarin said. To reduce fuel consumption the vessel has six rotor sails by Norsepower, giving ca. 10 percent of the total propulsion power (1.3 MW). Fuel economy and maneuverability is gained through the combination of dual-fuel electric machinery, four power plants (2 x 6 MW and 2 x 3 MW) and the new compact Azipod D pod propulsion system from ABB.
Post Panamax Car Carrier Enters Operation for WWL
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics welcomed into operation the M/V Thermopylae, the first of its new generation of Post Panamax HERO (High Efficiency RoRo) PCTC vessels. The ship arrived in Zeebrugge March 27. Measuring in at 36.5 m wide and 199.99 m long the Thermopylae provides the right capacity and fulfils WWL’s frontrunner commitment to the environment. The Thermopylae features five liftable car decks, allowing for more configurations for cargo of various sizes and hence increased capacity for cars, trucks, equipment and breakbulk.
RoRo Ship Enters Operation for WWL
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics welcomes into operation the M/V Thermopylae, the first of its new generation of Post Panamax HERO (High Efficiency RoRo) PCTC vessels. Measuring in at 36.5 m wide and 199.99 m long the Thermopylae provides the right capacity and fulfils WWL’s frontrunner commitment to the environment. The Thermopylae features five liftable car decks, allowing for more configurations for cargo of various sizes and hence increased capacity for cars, trucks, equipment and breakbulk.
WWL Launches Post Panamax Vessel
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics launched the first of its new generation of Post Panamax HERO (High Efficiency RoRo) PCTC vessels, M/V Thermopylae. The Thermopylae was built at the Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries shipyard in Mokpo, South Korea, and her maiden voyage will be from Asia to Europe, starting in the port of Hitachinaka, Japan and finishing in Bremerhaven, Germany. The vessel is the first of eight HERO post panamax vessels that will commence service for WWL from 2015-2017. Measuring 199.99 m long and 36.5 m wide, Thermopylae features five liftable car decks, allowing for more configurations for cargo of various sizes and hence increased capacity for cars, trucks, equipment and breakbulk.
Salvors Readying to Move Hoegh Osaka
The vessel Hoegh Osaka is stable on Aplha Anchorage as salvage operations are ongoing, the U.K Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. The list vessel’s had been reduced to 25 degrees as of 10:30 a.m. this morning, and all water has been removed from the car decks. MCA anticipates that ballast operations will further reduce the list to 15-20 degrees today, at which point Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) investigators will board the ship to gather information for their investigation.
Rolls-Royce Propulsion for New Alaskan Ferries
The new Alaska Marine Highway System ferries, to be built by Vigor Industrial, will feature Rolls-Royce propulsion systems. Rolls-Royce has been selected by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, via its Alaska Marine Highway System, and Vigor Industrial, to provide propulsion systems for its future Alaska Class ferries that will be built by Vigor Shipyards in Ketchikan, Alaska. The two Alaska Class ferries will feature a range of Rolls-Royce technology, including reduction gearboxes, tunnel thrusters and steering gears.
Taming the Arctic, One Ferry at a Time
Ferries for Alaska’s harsh conditions, built in Alaska by Alaskans. Vigor and Elliott Bay Design Group team up for a winning combination as the new Alaska Class Ferry Project takes shape. With its network of islands and fjords, rugged mountains and spectacular tidewater glaciers, Alaska’s Inside Passage may make a perfect summer cruise destination, but locals can’t choose when they travel. So when Alaskans need transport, the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) must find a way to move them.
Rolls-Royce Propulsion for Alaska Class Ferries
Rolls-Royce has been selected by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, via its Alaska Marine Highway System, and Vigor Industrial, to provide a highly efficient propulsion system for its future Alaska Class ferries that will be built by Vigor Shipyards in Ketchikan, Alaska. The two Alaska Class ferries will feature a range of Rolls-Royce technology, including reduction gearboxes, tunnel thrusters and steering gears. A Rolls-Royce Promas propulsion system…
Nichols Brothers to Build Washington Ferry Superstructure
Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has been contracted by Vigor Industrial to construct the superstructure portion of the third Olympic Class 144-Car Washington State Ferry the M/V Chimacum. Nichols Brothers completed the superstructures for the first and second WSF 144-Car Ferry vessels delivered to Vigor for final assembly in March and December 2013. Nichols Brothers is responsible for construction of the grand block section of the vessel including the upper car decks, exhaust stacks and pilothouses. Additional work has been awarded to NBBB including all superstructure piping, windows, stairs, ladders, all exterior hand rails and completely painting the interior and exterior.
Salvors Adjusting Hoegh Osaka’s Ballast System
Hoegh Osaka was held secure by tugs as winds in the Solent reached 60 knots last night, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. MCA said salvors are working to adjust the ballast system aboard the car carrier vessel and hope to begin pumping water from the car decks within the next 24 hours. Salvors hope good weather over the next few days will allow for a reduction of the vessel’s list. If weather permits, divers will perform a hull inspection today.
Hoegh Osaka Salvage Progressing Well -MCA
The Secretary of State’s Representative for Intervention and Salvage (SOSREP) visited the salvage site of the Hoegh Osaka yesterday to view operations, which according to the U.K Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) are progressing well. MCA noted that weather has been favorable and is forecast to remain so, although the salvors are still working in challenging conditions. De-watering operations have completed, and preparations are underway to begin pumping the remaining water in the car decks into the empty fuel tanks on the ship.
Salvors Reduce Hoegh Osaka’s List
Salvage work continues at the site of car carrier Hoegh Osaka, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said, reporting that salvors have reduced the vessel’s list from its original 52 degrees to 39 degrees on the evening of Monday, January 19. Operations to remove clean water from the vessel’s lower car decks continue as the weather on scene remains favorable, MCA said. The vessel will stay at Aplha Anchorage until the list has been reduced to around 15 degrees, some ship’s systems have been reinstated and weather conditions are suitable.