Finland News

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.

11 Jan 2019

ABP, Thor Shipping Sign New Port of Hull Contract

Image: Associated British Ports

Associated British Ports (ABP) announced a major new agreement which sees Dutch shortsea specialist Thor Shipping & Transport commit 10 years to The Port of Hull.In addition, ABP has invested GBP6 million into Thor’s 10-acre leased terminal, allowing substantial infrastructure improvement works and an additional 2.5 acres of container storage space. As part of this key investment, in March 2019, a hybrid £3.5 million Liebherr harbour crane will arrive, to bolster eco-friendly…

02 Jan 2019

Aker Arctic Bronze Propellers for Ice-class Ships

Image: Aker Arctic

Bronze has been the preferred material for open water and low ice class ship propellers for decades, said Finnish engineering company Aker Arctic that operates an ice model test basin in Helsinki."Few years ago, Aker Arctic began investigating the possibility of using it also in high ice class vessels. In November 2018, the first bronze propellers based on the new strength dimensioning criteria were installed on the Finnish ice class 1A ASD tug Calypso," said a statement from the designer of icebreakers.While bronze is not as strong as stainless steel…

26 Dec 2018

Season’s First Icebreaker Deployed in Finland

Arctia's converted polar icebreaker Otso assisting a vessel in the Bothnian Bay in March 2018 (Credit: Flying Focus and Arctia Ltd.)

The Finnish icebreaking season officially kicked off on Tuesday evening with the first icebreaker deployment.Arctia’s converted polar icebreaker Otso departed the icebreaker base in Helsinki at 6 p.m. local time toward its initial operation area to keep open the fairways to Tornio, Kemi and Oulu. The vessel is expected to reach the area before noon on Thursday.According to the latest ice report by the Finnish Meteorological Institute, ice in the Bay of Bothnia is drifting toward northeast. In the northern Bay of Bothnia's inner archipelago there is 10-20 cm thick fast ice.

24 Dec 2018

Autonomy: The Vision of Autonomous Shipping

Rolls-Royce and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a ground-breaking cooperation agreement aimed at pursuing space activities in support of autonomous, remote controlled shipping and promoting innovation in European digital logistics.
Image: Courtesy Rolls-Royce Marine

The end of 2018 provides an excellent opportunity to highlight some of the measures that have been taken by the maritime industry over the past year to develop a better understanding of autonomous shipping. A drive towards autonomous shipping has been embraced by many major players such as Rolls Royce and Wärtsilä, and this has led to numerous new strategies, visions, and projects that are pushing the boundaries of technological innovation. It’s no longer a matter of whether technology can achieve this next step…

23 Dec 2018

SOL Adds Finnish Port of Pietarsaari

Image: Swedish Orient Line

Swedish shipping company Swedish Orient Lines (SOL) announced  that it will add the port of Pietarsaari/Jakobstad (Finland) to its liner network with one weekly call using its vessels Thuleland and Tundraland.The service will offer direct port calls to Lübeck (Germany), Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Tilbury (UK). With its new route SOL supports BillerudKorsnäs export of paper products from its mill in Pietarsaari as well as other import and export cargo to the region.BillerudKorsnäs…

21 Dec 2018

Vattenfall Okays 605MW Kriegers Flak offshore Wind Farm

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Swedish state-owned power company Vattenfall has reached a final investment decision for the 605MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm in the Danish waters of the Baltic Sea.Vattenfall has made the final investment decisions for the offshore wind farm Kriegers Flak in Denmark. Further action for Vesterhav Syd & Nord is awaiting the result of the appeal process. The two projects amount to a total value of 1.7 billion euro (USD 1.95 bln)" said a statement from the Europe's generator of electricity and heat in Denmark…

18 Dec 2018

ScanOcean, Neste Pact for Low-Sulfur Bunker Fuel

Pic: Neste Corporation

Finland oil refining and marketing company Neste Corporation and Swedish bunker and marine fuels provider ScanOcean AB enter into cooperation in delivering Neste’s low-sulfur marine fuel. ScanOcean AB is now an official reseller for Neste’s 0.1% marine fuel products on the East Coast of Sweden. The low-sulfur marine fuel is one of Neste’s high quality products."The re-seller partnership with ScanOcean is part of our marine fuel strategy as it is our aim to continually offer customers better services both locally and globally.

18 Dec 2018

Top 10 Ships of 2018: #2 AIDAnova

AIDAnova. Image: ©AIDA Cruises

"Green Cruising” with AIDA Cruises: Biggest AIDA Cruise Ship operates environmentally337 meters long, 42 meters wide, 8.8 meters draft, 183,900 GT, four main engines transferring in total 62 MW on two PODs: These are the most important particulars of AIDAnova, the latest Meyer Werft-built cruise ship for AIDA Cruises.During the laying of the keel Carnival Corp. announced that it was going to build a total of seven new cruise ships which can “in port and at sea” operate with natural gas/methane.The seven new builds will be built at yards of the Meyer Group in Papenburg…

16 Dec 2018

Gasum Consolidates Nordic LNG Market

Johanna Lamminen, Chief Executive Officer. Photo: Gasum

The Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) company Skangas is renamed Gasum (See MarineLink report ). The Scandinavian distributor and producer of small-scale LNG claimed that the name change will strengthen the Gasum brand in the Nordic countries and the position of Gasum as the leading provider of LNG in the region. Gasum operates under one strong brand in the Nordic countries.The energy company Gasum increased its shareholding in Skangas from 70% to 100% in October 2018. The acquisition is part of the Gasum strategy…

14 Dec 2018

Containerships Receives First LNG-powered Boxship

M/S Containerships Nord photographed during her sea trials in November. Photo: Containerships

Multimodal transporter Containerships Plc announced the delivery of its first LNG-powered container vessel, M/S Containerships Nord. She was delivered to Containerships at Wenchong Shipyard, China, on 12.12.2018.A press release from the Finland-headquartered shortsea specialist said that its LNG-story started in 2013, when the decision to build the new environmentally-friendly LNG-powered vessels was taken.LNG is a relatively new fuel source, and these vessels would be the first newbuilds based on this technology to serve regularly European ports and trade…

03 Dec 2018

Finnish Transport Agency Issues Winter Navigation Guidelines

Pic: Finnish Transport Agency

The Finnish Transport Agency (FTA), which will become the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA) on 1 January 2019, has issued updated instructions for winter navigation.The instructions for winter navigation have been created in collaboration with the industry, shipping companies, charterers, vessels, icebreakers, pilots and vessel traffic services.In accordance with Finland’s maritime strategy 2014–2022, the objective of these instructions is to ensure smooth, economically…

03 Dec 2018

Rolls-Royce, Finferries Demonstrate First Fully Autonomous Ferry

Falco (Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce and Finnish state-owned ferry operator Finferries have successfully demonstrated the world’s first fully autonomous ferry in the archipelago south of the city of Turku, Finland.The car ferry Falco, used a combination of Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence technologies to successfully navigate autonomously during its voyage between Parainen and Nauvo. The return journey was conducted under remote control.During the demonstration, the Falco, with 80 invited VIP guests aboard, conducted the voyage under fully autonomous control.

29 Nov 2018

Elomatic, NYK Group Join Forces to Create Emission-free Cargo Ship

Pic: Elomatic

European engineering and consulting company Elomatic has partnered with Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) Group and NYK’s technology arm MTI to create the concept design for a futuristic emission-free pure car and truck carrier (PCTC), – the “NYK SUPER ECO SHIP 2050”.According to Elomatic, compared to current vessels, the NYK SUPER ECO SHIP 2050 will reduce CO2 emissions by 100%. The energy-efficient vessel will also reduce energy derived from bunker fuels by approx. 70%.The concept design was unveiled by NYK Group in mid-November.

26 Nov 2018

Skangas Becomes Gasum

Image: Skangas

Skangas, the leading Scandinavian distributor and producer of small-scale LNG, said it is changing its name to that of its owner, Gasum.The Finland-based integrated gas company Gasum increased its shareholding in the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) company Skangas from 70% to 100% in October 2018. The acquisition is part of the Gasum strategy, a core element of which is to develop the Nordic gas market and the LNG infrastructure.The name change will strengthen the Gasum brand in the Nordic countries and the position of Gasum as the leading provider of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the region.

19 Nov 2018

Posti to Use LNG Vehicles

Image: Gasum

Finland's leading postal and logistics service company Posti has taken into service two full trailer combinations powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).Posti will be using the LNG vehicles for demanding transport operations. Posti's target is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in proportion to net sales by 30% by 2020.Posti will be using the LNG-powered vehicle combinations for demanding transport operations on routes including Vantaa–Oulu, Vantaa–Lappeenranta and Vantaa–Turku.The vehicles will cover a daily distance of around 900 km…

18 Nov 2018

LNG Bulk Carrier Viikki Starts Baltic Sea Ops

Pic: ESL Shipping

The world's most eco-friendly bulk carrier m/s Viikki, owned by ESL Shipping, a subsidiary of the Aspo Plc, has started operating on the Baltic Sea.The 25,600-dwt vessel, 160 metres long and fuelled by liquefied natural gas, produces less than half of the carbon dioxide of previous vessel generation, thanks to LNG and many advanced technologies.M/s Viikki was built in China, and after completion first sailed to Japan to load a cargo of raw materials. From there, she arrived to the Baltic Sea through the Northeast Passage…

15 Nov 2018

Nokia, ABB and Kalmar Trial 5G Technology for Harbor Automation

Image: ABB

Nokia, ABB and Kalmar, part of Cargotec,  have successfully conducted industrial trials that leverage the low latency capabilities of 5G to support time-critical applications and enhance protection and efficiency in a smart electricity grid and in harbor automation.In a joint press release the companies said that the trials, conducted as part of the Wireless for Verticals (WIVE) research project, represent one of the first real-world applications of time-critical 5G applications…

14 Nov 2018

NYK Pushes Decarbonization via NYK Super Eco Ship Design

The conceptual NYK EcoShip (CREDIT: NYK)

As a part of the NYK Group’s medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green,” a new future concept ship has been designed by incorporating innovative technologies that will result in an emission-free vessel — the “NYK Super Eco Ship 2050.”BackgroundThe NYK Group’s mission of “Bringing value to life” and the company’s basic philosophy of “contributing to the betterment of societies” has inspired the group to positively address the tough issues that challenge our society.In fact…

14 Nov 2018

ABB Signs Breakthrough Contract for Marine Automation in China

Photo: Viking Line

ABB has won its first marine automation system contract for a cruise ferry in China, after the technology package for Chinese-built Viking Line vessel has been extended to include the ABB Ability System 800xA.ABB Ability System 800xA integrates power, propulsion and vessel management systems into one platform, enabling both crew and onshore teams to get a comprehensive overview of all the information needed to operate the vessel in the safest and most efficient manner. Adding marine automation to the technology package will improve project management…

04 Nov 2018

Arctic Council Focuses on Biodiversity

Photo: Arctic Council Secretariat

Representatives of the eight Arctic States and six indigenous Permanent Participant organizations, as well as the Arctic Council’s six  Working Groups and more than thirty Observers, met in Rovaniemi, Finland  last week. The Council focused its thematic discussion on biodiversity in the Arctic and welcomed updates from the six Working Groups, two Task Forces, and one Expert Group, as well as interventions from Observers. During the biodiversity discussion Working Groups presented their ongoing efforts to advance biodiversity conservation…

01 Nov 2018

Port of Helsinki Launches Separate Company for Ship Services

Image: Port of Helsinki

Finland's main port Port of Helsinki Ltd is preparing for the implementation of the requirements of the EU’s Port Services Regulation by transferring ship services covered by the regulation to a subsidiary company.From 1 January 2019 onwards, the new company South Finland Port Service Ltd, owned by the Port of Helsinki Ltd, will be responsible for vessel mooring and unmooring. Some sixty employees will be transferred to the new company.Kari Noroviita, technical director at Port of Helsinki Ltd…

30 Oct 2018

Deltamarin, Elomatic to Design Second Global Class Cruise Ship

Photo: Deltamarin Group

Deltamarin and Elomatic, both from Turku Finland, have signed a significant agreement with MV WERFTEN Wismar GmbH for the basic and detail design of a second Global class cruise ship. The value of the contract is approximately €16.5M ($18.7 million) for Deltamarin and €17M ($19.3 million) for Elomatic. The vessel will be built in parallel in Wismar and Rostock, Germany. The contract was signed on 10.26.2018 and design work has already commenced.The vessel is the second in the series of Global class vessels.

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