Finland News

18 Mar 2019

Shipyard Fire at Meyer Turku

(Photo: Eric Haun)

A fire broke out on board a cruise ship currently being built at Finland's Meyer Turku Shipyard, the shipbuilder said on Monday.Welding operations reportedly sparked a fire to stored equipment on deck 15 inside the Costa Smeralda at approximately 4:45 p.m. local time, forcing workers to evacuate the vessel, the shipbuilder said.The shipyard's firefighters were the first on scene and started firefighting measures, followed shortly after by local responders. The blaze was extinguished quickly and work on board was able to resume by 6:15 p.m.

18 Mar 2019

Meyer Turku Floats LNG-Powered Costa Smeralda

Image: Meyer Turku

Finnish Shipbuilder Meyer Turku has floated out Costa Smeralda, the first LNG-powered ship in the Costa Cruises fleet."The float-out of LNG powered 180 000 GT cruise ship, marks the beginning of the final stage of construction for this Italian style beauty engineered and constructed in Finland," said a press release from the shipbuilding company located in Turku.She will be finalized at the outfitting pier of Meyer Turku and be ready for delivery for Costa Cruises in October 2019…

14 Mar 2019

ESS Saves Fuel for North Sea Construction Ship

North Sea Giant (Copyright NCE Maritime Clean Tech)

One of the world’s largest and most advanced subsea construction vessels has been equipped with three energy storage systems (ESS), featuring for the first time ever energy and load sharing capability.Finland based technology group Wärtsilä said the new system on board North Sea Shipping AS owned North Sea Giant combines a diesel-electric configuration with batteries, and is designed to deliver as much as 50 percent fuel savings in optimal operating conditions.The installation was carried out in February 2018.

12 Mar 2019

New Ferry Design Contract for Deltamarin

Kvarken Link Ferry - Photo credit: RMC

Deltamarin has signed a contract with Rauma Marine Constructions Oy (RMC) for the design of a car passenger ferry for Kvarken Link AB, a Finnish-Swedish consortium.Deltamarin’s commission covers basic and detail design services for all hull and machinery areas. The value of the contract with RMC is about $4.5M. The work will be carried out over a period of 13-14 months at Deltamarin’s offices in Finland and Poland with the assistance of network companies.The ferry will have a freight capacity of 1,500 lane-meters for trucks on two cargo decks and she will accommodate 800 passengers.

11 Mar 2019

Finnish Flag for All ESL Vessels

Pic: ESL Shipping

Finland-based shipping company ESL Shipping, part of the ASPO Group, has decided to reflag its new LNG-fueled bulk carrier Haaga to the Finnish flag.According to the carrier of dry bulk cargoes in the Baltic region, the reflagging of the newbuilding Haaga is as a part of the agreement with unions. Flag change took place today in Kokkola, Finland.”We found a constructive solution with unions and are proud to finally hoist the Finnish flag onboard the Haaga”, says Mikki Koskinen…

06 Mar 2019

Pioneering Spirit Shifts to the North Sea

Pioneering Spirit transports the drilling platform topsides for Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup development (Photo: Allseas)

The world's largest heavy lift and pipelay vessel, Pioneering Spirit, will take a temporary pause from Nord Stream 2 pipelaying activities in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone to perform planned platform lift work in the North Sea.The Allseas-owned vessel, which in 2018 installed the 22,000 t drilling platform topsides for Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup development on the Norwegian continental shelf, will now return to the field to install the 26,000 t processing platform topsides and the 18,000 t living quarters platform topsides.

06 Mar 2019

Salona Yachts Enters Green Zone

Image: Salona shipyard

Croatian shipbuilder Salona shipyard decided to expand sailing boats gamma by entering the electric powered area of performance sailing.According to Finnish boat electric motor manufacturer Oceanvolt, the Salona 33, Salona 35 and Salona 380 will be optionally powered by its electric propulsion system.The manaufacturer of clean electric power & propulsion systems said that the sail drive motors are the most advanced patented technology and this alignment with Oceanvolt is a great…

04 Mar 2019

Peter Döhle Sells Hammonia Reederei

Pic: Hammonia Reederei

Hamburg-based provider of shipping services Peter Döhle and Ernst Russ are selling ship management company Hammonia Reederei  to  Scandinavian investors, Ness Risan and Partners (NRP), a Norwegian investment fund and former owners of Containerships Group, Finland.With the transaction, Ernst Russ follows its strategy and further focuses on activities in asset investment and asset management in shipping and real estate, said a release from Ernst Russ AG, a listed asset and investment management company in Germany with a focus on maritime business.Prospectively…

28 Feb 2019

Alfons Håkans Orders Two Ice Class Tugs

Image: Alfons HĂĄkans

Alfons Hakans AS, a provider of tugboat services, has signed a contract about two ice class 67-ton bollard pull ASD tugs with Sanmar shipyard in Turkey.Technical specifications with drawings are done in co-operation with Canadian Robert Allan Ltd, said a press release from the towage operator with decades of regional expertise in Northern Baltic Sea region.These new-buildings are the first icebreaking escort tugs made for a private actor to arrive in Finland. The design project combines Alfons Håkans’ and Robert Allan Ltd.’s experience of icebreaking…

27 Feb 2019

Costa Cruise Gets Her Funnel

Image: Costa Cruises

Costa Smeralda will enter service in October 2019 and will be the first cruise ship for the world market fuelled by LNG, the “cleanest” fossil fuel in the world.Construction of the Costa Smeralda, the new flagship of the Costa Cruises fleet, is inching closer to completion ahead of her October delivery from Meyer Turku in Finland.The characteristic yellow funnel with the blue “C”, which has identified all the Italian company’s ships for the last 70 years, has now been installed.The…

22 Feb 2019

Clean Arctic Alliance Warns Arctic Nations

Pic: Clean Arctic Alliance

Clean Arctic Alliance participated in a meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 6) in London and hailed the progress towards HFO Free Arctic.However, the international NGOs working for a ban on heavy fuel oil (HFO) from Arctic shipping called on Arctic Nations Russia and Canada to step-up to their responsibilities by adding their support for a ban on HFO from use by Arctic shipping, and for Finland, Sweden…

18 Feb 2019

Clean Arctic Alliance Thrusts on HFO Ban

Pic: Clean Arctic Alliance

As a meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 6) opened yesterday in London, the Clean Arctic Alliance called on Member States to remain focussed to the goal of developing a ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil (HFO) by shipping in the Arctic.“While IMO delegates gather to discuss ways to mitigate the impacts of heavy fuel oil (HFO) – the dirtiest of ships’ fuels – on Arctic ecosystems, IMO member states must keep their sights firmly on the need for a ban…

18 Feb 2019

Inside the World's Top Ferry Lines

Staten Island Ferries, NYC. Photo Credit: Greg Trauthwein

The ferry business, unlike more industrial parts of the shipping business, touches wide swaths of the world’s population across continents. The membership of Interferry, the leading trade group for the industry, with non-Governmental organization (NGO) status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) includes 200+ members from all parts of the ferry spectrum. These include passenger ferries (including fast ferries), Ro/Pax and cruise ferries operating globally. In selecting “the best” we looked beyond the league tables of “the most” (passengers) and “the biggest” (fleet size).

17 Feb 2019

Polaris Bunkered in Finland

Pic: Gasum Ltd

The world’s first LNG-fueled icebreaker, Polaris, received liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel in January from the Pori LNG import terminal and in February from the Manga LNG terminal located in the Röyttä Harbor in Tornio, Finland. The commercial use of the Tornio import terminal begins this year, said a press release from Nordic gas company Gasum.The gas and fuel market of Northern Finland will diversify as the commercial use of the Tornio import terminal begins this year. Access…

15 Feb 2019

Tomas Tillberg: Rebel with a Cause

Born to be wild. Tomas Tillberg rides his Harley Davidson, his third motorcycle, every weekend. Photo courtesy of Tomas Tillberg.

Designer Tomas Tillberg’s quest for freedom breaks down barriers and expands to China, where his team builds China’s first expedition cruise ships putting Antarctica - and the most remote, mysterious parts of the world - within reach.All for freedom. Freedom for all. Tomas Tillberg could be Harley Davidson’s new poster boy. As he views the open road from behind his handle bars, he’s filled with an amazing feeling of personal freedom.With formal training from Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm, Tillberg’s artistry expresses his aspiration for independence.

13 Feb 2019

Scenic Eclipse Launch Delayed, Again

Pic: Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

The launch of Scenic Eclipse, which is touted as world's most luxurious cruise ship and  the world’s first “discovery yacht”,  has been pushed back to 15 August 2019.Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours announced last July a five-month delay until January 2019, although that date was later amended to 13 April.The 228-guest Scenic Eclipse will now be a year late as the company announced it would take delivery of the new luxury vessel in August 2019.It is reported the shipyard has faced financial troubles…

07 Feb 2019

Polaris Refuels in Finland

Image: Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

World’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) icebreaker Polaris refueled for the first time at the Nordic countries’ largest LNG terminal in Tornio in the icy Röyttä Harbour.As of yet, LNG is the world’s most environmentally friendly ship fuel. It does not contain sulphur, and its combustion generates approximately 87% less nitrogen oxides in comparison to regularly used Marine Diesel Oil (MDO). Furthermore, LNG’s particulate matter emissions are nearly non-existent.From the outset…

04 Feb 2019

Eesti Completes 1,500th LNG Bunkering

Pic: Eesti Gaas

Estonian energy company Eesti Gaas completed the 1,500th liquefied natural gas bunkering operation at the Tallinn old city harbor with the Megastar ferry operating between Tallinn and Helsinki.Megastar is serviced by eight Eesti Gaas’s trailer carriers which were purchased especially for this purpose.“LNG supply has been reliable, and no problems occurred in the thousand times the vessel was bunkered. Megastar’s lower fuel consumption and lower environmental pollution level than…

31 Jan 2019

Ice and Easy: The next level of hybridization

MS Viikki: the world’s first LNG-fueled bulk carrier (Photo: Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch)

The demanding conditions of the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia are plain sailing for MS Viikki, the world’s first LNG-fueled bulk carrier. The solution, built around WE Tech’s variable frequency drive technology WE Drive and The Switch direct drive permanent magnet shaft generator, helps the vessel achieve Ice Class 1A propulsion, while still slashing fuel consumption, costs and emissions. It is a game-changer for ice-class operations.Demanding high standardsESL Shipping is…

30 Jan 2019

Foreship Designs Wasaline Ferry

Image: Foreship Oy

Naval architecture, design and marine engineering specialist Foreship has ensured that Wasaline ferry is designed for lean, green and flexible performance.According to a press release from the Finland-based marine engineering consultancy firm, energy efficiency, flexibility and optimised space availability will be built into the new Wasaline ferry that will transform freight and passenger connections between Umeå in Sweden and Vaasa in Finland. Last  week, Kvarken Link converted…

22 Jan 2019

CADMATIC Revenues Up 29%

Photo: CADMATIC

CADMATIC reports strong growth and turnover figures for 2018: 29% growth resulting in record turnover of over $22.7m. During the same period, the company’s number of staff has increased to more than 140.With strong results also reported in 2017, the last two years have seen rapid growth at CADMATIC. Over the two-year period, its turnover has increased 45%, its number of personnel by 25% and the number of user organizations by 20%.In December 2018, the company headquarters in Turku, Finland moved to new premises across the Aurariver on Linnankatu 52.

22 Jan 2019

Rolls-Royce Invests $65m to Upgrade Thruster Facility

Photo: Rolls-Royce Marine

Rolls-Royce completed a nearly $65m upgrade and refurbishment of its thruster manufacturing plant in Rauma, Finland, consolidating production over a single site.The plan to overhaul the site started in 2016, and after nearly three years the refurbished site was officially opened on January 22,  2019, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Mr Mika Lintilä.“Our azimuth thrusters are one of our most important products, providing mission critical power and propulsion for some of the largest floating objects on the planet…

15 Jan 2019

Rauma Marine Constructions Signs LOI for Hybrid Ferry

Image: Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC)

Finnish shipbuilder Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) has signed a letter of intent with the ferry operator Kvarken Link for the construction of a dual fuel ferry.The vessel order will have a value of approximately EUR120 million (USD137.63 million), said a press release.The vessel commissioned by Kvarken Link, a company owned by the cities of Umeå (Sweden) and Vaasa (Finland), will operate between the two cities.he vessel order will have an impact on employment totalling around 800 person-years.

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