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Monday, September 25, 2017

Vulkan Italia, SB Broneske Start New Cooperation

Vulkan Italia has signed a cooperation with the German company SB Broneske. Vulkan Italia is going to work as a representative for SB Broneske in the Italian market, where the two companies will join their experience on the elastic support for exhaust pipe system. Elastic support for the exhaust pipe system includes vibration mounts, expansion bellows, pipe penetrations and rain caps for the exhaust pipe system of ships. Vulkan Italia, founded in 1987 and located in Novi Ligure, is the market leader in elastic support in the ship building industry in Italy. Vulkan Italia provides a superior service and deep knowledge of applications to the Italian customers. SB Broneske, founded in 1972, is inventor, designer and producer of elastic support for the exhaust pipe systems.

Siemens to Build Wärtsilä Marine Gear Boxes

Assembly and testing of Wärtsilä marine gear boxes will be moved to the Siemens Mechanical Drives facilities in Voerde, Germany. (Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä and Flender (Siemens AG, Mechanical Drives) have reached an agreement that will transfer the assembly and testing of Wärtsilä's marine gear box portfolio to the Siemens Mechanical Drives facilities in Voerde, Germany. In announcing the deal, Wärtsilä said the new arrangement takes advantage of synergies with processes developed at the Siemens plant to secure the quality and delivery punctuality of the gear boxes, thus providing greater customer value. Wärtsilä said it will retain responsibility for the design and technical specifications…

CWind Launches German Subsidiary

Photo: CWind

CWind announced the launch of its wholly-owned subsidiary in Germany. CWind Germany will be headquartered in Hamburg and will be responsible for the sales and marketing of CWind’s services in Germany. The company has also said it has won the license to lease employees under German law, known in Germany as ‘Arbeitnehmerüberlassungslizenz’ and is now in a position to lease employees as third party technicians to German client companies. CWind is building a leading position in the U.K. and Germany and is looking at opportunities to further expand its footprint in the region.

Meyer Werft Begins LNG Cruise Ship Build for AIDA

(Photo: AIDA Cruises)

German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has laid the keel for AIDAnova, set to become the first cruise ship worldwide that will operate both at sea and in port fueled with liquefied natural gas (LNG). With AIDAnova’s first building block lowered into place on September 6, 2017, Carnival Corporation & plc officially marked the start of construction of seven fully LNG powered cruise ships due to be commissioned between 2018 and 2022 for four of its 10 cruise ship brands. The seven vessels for Carnival Cruise Lines…

German Cruise Market Looks Top Slot

Pic by CLIA Europe

The ocean cruise market in Germany continues to be one of the fastest-growing tourism sectors. Going by current trends, Germany could rival the UK’s position as the second largest ocean cruise market. Clia Germany revealed at ITB Berlin that 1.77 million German passengers took an ocean cruise in 2014 – a notable rise compared with the 1.7 million that cruised from the UK in 2013. Clia UK and Ireland said the UK’s 2014 figures would be announced next week, at the Cruise Shipping Miami exhibition and conference.

CWind Awarded TP Gate Contract

(Photo: CWind)

Offshore wind industry services provider CWind said it has been awarded a contract by DONG Energy, to install new and retrofit existing gates on the transition pieces (TPs) at the Gode Wind and Borkum Riffgrund offshore wind farms, located in the North Sea off the coast of Northern Germany. CWind, which is part of the Global Marine Group and delivers the company’s power capabilities, will use its crew transfer vessels, assets and engineering expertise to help complete the project.

US, Germany World Cup Match Honored with Trade Statistics

Image courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

In honor of today’s World Cup match between the United States and Germany, a new graphic from the U.S. Census Bureau shows foreign trade statistics for the top five exports and imports between the two nations in 2013. In 2013, top U.S. exports to Germany included $5.7 billion in civilian aircraft, engines and parts and $5 billion in passenger cars, while Germany sent $25.8 billion in passenger cars and $9.4 billion in medicine and dosage form to the United States. census.gov

Attica To Deploy Ferries In Baltic Sea

Greek ferry operator Attica Enterprises will deploy four new car-passenger ferries in the Baltic Sea in 2001, according to company officials. The 29,800-grt Superfast ferries will offer overnight crossings between Germany and Finland and Germany and Sweden from January through September. Superfast VII, VIII, IX and X, currently under construction at Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG in Kiel, Germany will have the capacity to carry 604 passengers in 172 cabins, and 125 trucks and 110 cars. The ferries will be able to develop speeds of up to 29.2 knots. They will connect the Stockholm and Helsinki greater metropolitan areas to northern Germany in about 17 and 21 hours respectively.

Scandlines Ferry Deal Could Drop In November

The Danish and German governments plan to sell the joint-owned Scandlines ferry line and companies from Sweden, Denmark and Germany had expressed an interest in buying the firm. "We are currently studying the possibilities (for a sale) and we expect to make a decision in mid-November," Danish Transport Ministry spokesman Michael Birch said. The state railways of Denmark and Germany each own a 50 percent stake in Scandlines AG. The Danish-German ferry company was originally expected to go public only in a few years' time, but this would not be the case if Scandlines succeeded in finding a buyer, Birch said. He added that companies in Denmark, Germany, Sweden and further afield had expressed an interest in buying the firm.

Northrop Grumman Names a Managing Director

FREIBURG, Germany - Northrop Grumman Corporation has appointed Eckehardt Keip as managing director of Northrop Grumman Holding GmbH, which includes operating entities Northrop Grumman L.E.F. GmbH and Northrop Grumman LITEF GmbH. Keip has been managing director of Northrop Grumman LITEF in Freiburg for nearly eight years; and, in his new, expanded role, he will be responsible for leading all areas of the company's Navigation Systems Division operations throughout Germany. "This strategic new appointment will unite and centralize all of our operations in Germany under Eckehardt Keip's leadership," said Liz Iversen, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division. Northrop Grumman L.E.F.

Rolls-Royce Acquires Electrically-assisted Charging Technology

Rolls-Royce said it has acquired from G+L innotec the exclusive rights of use for a new technology for the electrically-assisted charging of off-highway combustion engines in the power range above 450 kW. The new invention from the development and engineering services provider based in Laupheim in southern Germany is protected by patents and has thus not been available on the market to date. Rolls-Royce plans to offer engines of its MTU brand with this technology as of 2021. “Electrically-assisted charging is a milestone on the way to the hybridizing of the engine. Using this technology, it will be possible for us to develop agile, low-consumption engines,” said Dr. Johannes Kech, Director of Development Turbocharging & Fluid Systems at MTU.

Norway to Buy Submarines from Germany

HDW Class 212A Sub. Photo: ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH

Norway plans to buy four submarines and Germany two in a bid to strengthen strategic partnership, says a report in Reuters. Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide confirmed that the the government plans to invest in four new subs from Thyssenkrupp (TKMS). The Nato member is expected to sign a joint contract with Germany in 2019, however, the final sum of the new  subs was not specified. "Cooperation and joint purchasing with Germany are the best choices," Ms Soreide said. The Norwegian…

Top Engineering Employer – Tognum Wins Again

Regine Siemann, Tognum & David Pink , CRF: Photo CRF Institute

Tognum has picked up the accolade ‘Top Engineering Employer’ for the fourth time running. It also won the seal of quality ‘Top Employer in Germany’ for the third time. This year, a total of 34 companies in Germany were named the most attractive engineering employers, and a total of 118 qualified for the ‘Top Employer in Germany 2012’ category. As ‘Top Employer in Germany 2012’ and ‘Top Engineering Employer’, Tognum gained the highest grade for its attractive financial benefits such as salary and pension schemes.

Coune Becomes Secretary General, International Transport Forum

Carole Coune has officially assumed the office of Secretary General of the International Transport Forum at the OECD. As of August 1, 2011, Coune takes over from Jack Short, who is retiring, as leader of the Paris-based intergovernmental organization which brings together 52 nations. On her first official visit to a member country, Coune met with Germany’s Federal Minister of Transport, Construction and Urban Development, Dr. Peter Ramsauer, and State Secretary Rainer Bomba in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss her strategic vision for the future of the International Transport Forum. Minister Ramsauer assured Coune of Germany’s support for her work. He emphasized that Germany is prepared to host the Forum’s annual summit until at least 2017. ”I am delighted that Ms.

Imtech Sheds More Businesse Units

Banks sell Imtech Traffic & Infra; sale of Imtech Germany launched. The administrators and creditors of collapsed Dutch engineering services firm Royal Imtech pressed on with the forced sale of its businesses to raise funds to settle its bills. The sale of the German unit started on Tuesday, with insolvency administrator Peter-Alexander Borchardt saying he had already received more than 40 expressions of interest. Imtech Germany filed for insolvency on Aug. 6, and the parent company followed suit a week later, capping a long slide that began in 2013 after accounting irregularities were uncovered at its Polish and German operations. The group has since hastily sold operations representing 43 percent of its revenues.

Germany Hardsell Submarine Deal With Australia

Image by  ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH

The German company competing for Australia's $50 billion submarine contract is ramping up its pitches and lobbying became more intense. Germany is positioning itself as the "safe option" to build Australia's new submarine fleet, arguing it avoids upsetting China. The German company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) linked its bid to strategic tensions in the South China Sea. It also said that awarding the contract to Japan could damage Australia's relationship with China. According to a report in ABC…

Statoil's Lund: Natural Gas is a Big Opportunity for Germany

Statoil CEO Helge Lund (Credit Statoil)

Switching from coal to gas as the power sector is a significant opportunity to cut emissions. This alternative can save more than 50% of emissions per kilowatt-hour of electricity produced. “I think it is both timely and necessary for German to develop a plan for how natural gas can contribute to fulfilling the ambitions of the Energiewende (energy transition). Increasing the use of natural gas will be beneficial both for the German economy and for the climate,” Lund said. On June 24…

LOEWE to Build Full-spade Rudder Systems for FSG

Photo: LOEWE MARINE

At the SMM maritime trade show in Hamburg, the Bremen-based shipbuilding supplier and provider of consulting and ship-related services LOEWE MARINE announced that it has received an order from shipbuilders Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft (FSG) to supply the rudder systems for five newbuilds. The order takes LOEWE's partnership with FSG to the next level, coming, after five completed rudder projects for FSG over the past two years. It includes a twin arrangement of a high-efficiency flap rudder for a 194.8-meter RoPax ferry ordered from FSB by Irish Ferries.

Global Shipping Meltdown Impacts European Banks

Photo:  International Chamber of Shipping

The collapsing maritime shipping industry is stoking another European banking headache, this time in economic powerhouse Germany, says a report in WSJ. While the Commerzbank, Germany’s second largest bank, reported earnings, warned that its losses on shipping loans could be as high as EUR600 million ($641 million) this year after nearly doubling last year to EUR559 million. Stephan Engels, Commerzbank’s chief financial officer (CFO) admitted that there was little immediate prospect of recovery.

Antwerp-German Freight Services Grow

Photo: Antwerp Port Authority

68.1 million tonnes of cargo were transported between the seaport of Antwerp and Germany during 2016. This represents growth of approx. 4 million tonnes or 6.1 percent compared to the previous year. Thus Europe’s second-largest seaport is continuing its growth course as an important hub for German industry. While truck traffic rose by 4.3 percent in terms of tonnage, transportation by inland waterway vessel increased by 7.3 percent and railway transport services grew by as much as 8.3 percent.

German Port 'Gateway to India' Celebrates Trade Link

The German trade hub recently opened the 'Gateway to India' at Hamburg's Port Anniversary, the world's largest port festival. Highlights of the 823th port anniversary included the spectacular christening ceremony of the AIDAmar, turning Hamburg's port into the world's largest baptismal font.. Trade relations between Hamburg and India date back to the 16th century. Hamburg is Germany's gateway to India: each year, 300,000 containers to and from India are handled in Hamburg; the trade volume approximates €1.3 billion. Hamburg and India maintain excellent relations in politics, business, science and culture. At the festival, about two million German visitors to the port festival gain an insight into this year's partner country.

Geest North Sea Line Strengthens Sales Team

European intermodal operator Geest North Sea Line strengthened its sales team in Germany. Jürgen Reinke has been promoted to the position of General Sales Manager for Germany and will be based in Geest's Duisburg office effective 1 April, 2004, and Frank Possel has been appointed as Regional Account Manager, located in Hamburg. Reinke joined Geest in 2002 as Regional Account Manager for the Ruhr area. His early career was in the Hamburg freight forwarding community followed by sales positions with RoRo ferry and trailer operators PTI Portbridge, Norfolkline and DFDS. Possel has joined Geest from Seawheel. "Central and Southern Germany, especially the Ruhr region, have always been important markets for Geest but we now find that we are increasingly competitive in Northern Germany too.

Baltic Nations to Focus on Maritime Safety

Germany called on Wednesday for nations bordering the Baltic Sea to boost maritime safety to avoid accidents such as last week's tanker collision, which led to an oil spill off the Danish coast. Foreign ministers from the Baltic region meeting in Hamburg on June 7 should make environmental protection and shipping safety a focus of talks, Germany's Foreign Ministry said. "In particular, the German government backs speeding up the introduction of double-hulled tankers, the speedy introduction of satellite-supported positioning observation systems and the organization of harbor and piloting fees dependant on fulfilling environmental standards," the ministry said. It also called for an improvement of search and rescue systems.

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