Zero-emission Vessel Future of The Fjords Delivered
Norwegian tourist vessel owner and operator The Fjords has taken delivery of an innovative newbuild that sets high marks for environmentally friendly passenger transport.The new 42-meter-long carbon fiber all-electric catamaran, Future of The Fjords, is the first vessel of its kind to offer completely emissions-free transport through the Western Norwegian landscape. Starting in mid-May, the 400-passenger vessel will sail sans emissions as it makes around 700 yearly round trips…
Hydrex Performs Underwater Propeller Blade Straightening
In April, a diver/technician team performed propeller blade straightening operations on two vessels at anchorage in Kalundborg, Denmark. First the bent blades of a 225–meter bulk carrier were restored. The team then straightened the damaged blades of 158-meter reefer in the same location. By taking advantage of the in-house developed cold straightening technique, damaged blades can be straightened underwater. This allows a ship to return to commercial operations without the need to drydock. Optimum efficiency of the propellers can be restored by bringing the blades back to their original form.
Future of the Fjords: New Zero Emission Passenger Vessel
The Fjords DA has confirmed that is building a sister ship to the diesel-electric plug-in hybrid Vision of the Fjords, launched in 2016. However, unlike its predecessor, this 42m long carbon fibre vessel will be all electric and completely emission free. The Future of the Fjords is slated for launch in April 2018. Currently under construction at specialist shipbuilder Brødrene Aa, the new vessel retains Vision of the Fjords’ eye-catching ‘mountain path’ design and environmentally friendly build, with a hull that minimizes wake and reduces shoreline impact erosion.
Passenger Vessel Spotlight: Vision of The Fjords
The Fjords DA, operator of seven tourist ships in the Western Norwegian fjords, has revealed the name of the latest addition to its fleet. To be christened Vision of The Fjords, the 40m long hybrid craft is designed to push the possibilities of green technology and passenger experience. The 400-passenger capacity Vision of The Fjords, to be launched in June, is built from carbon fiber and has been designed with lines that resemble a twisting mountain path, complementing the scenery of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Nærøyfjord it will voyage along.
Liquiline to Construct Denmark's First LNG Bunker Terminal
Liquiline says it has entered into a contract with Fjord Line to design, construct and commission an LNG ship bunkering terminal for Fjord Line AS at the Port of Hirtshals, Denmark. The terminal will be constructed at the Port of Hirtshals, where Fjord Line operates a daily service with one of its two LNG-fuelled cruise ferries MS Stavangerfjord and MS Bergensfjord. This will be the first LNG ship bunkering terminal in Denmark. The ship bunkering terminal will be of Liquiline-design, a LiquiStation® Bulk ST2FF type.
Aker, Fjords Join Forces
Aker Solutions and Fjords Processing have formed an alliance to develop technology and capabilities for advanced, cost-effective wellstream separation and treatment solutions for the subsea and topside oil and gas industry. The WellSep alliance will apply Aker Solutions' subsea processing experience and testing facilities and Fjords' topside and onshore separation technologies to provide complete solutions. "This is a great opportunity to further develop our key technologies with one of our most important partners…
National Marine Suppliers Distributes Chafe-Pro
Fjord, Inc. has recently reached an agreement authorizing National Marine Suppliers to be a distributor of their Chafe-Pro product line. National Marine Suppliers specialize in worldwide yacht support and deal in every facet of the yachting industry. Fjord, Inc. is a manufacturer of marine chafe-protection coverings for safeguarding lines and hydraulic hoses. Chafe-Pro’s patented design allows the units to be moved to the desired location due to their Velcro closing system. Chafe-Pro’s design keeps the units in place without having to lace or lash the covering to the lines. Fjord, Inc. offers Chafe-Pro products that protect a wide range of line sizes.
Fairstar Fjord Gets DNV Certification
Cristijn Sarvaas, CFO, added "The time charter equivalent revenue for this contract is $81,000 per day for a period of 47 days. This is in line with the forecasts we have been sharing with the market and brings total confirmed gross revenue for the Fjord to over 15 million in 2008. Philip Adkins, CEO, said: "The conversion of the Fjord is now finished. On 27 March we will watch it depart over the horizon on its way to the Gulf of Mexico where it will begin to produce the returns our shareholders, bankers and employees all expect and deserve.
Road Transport Puts Denmark Ferry Out of the Running
Kattegatruten’s ferry services between Kalundborg and Aarhus are to end next month . The core business area for the service is truck transport and driverless cars, but for months the service has been unprofitable. "It is impossible to compete with Eastern European prices. Danish haulage companies are increasingly using Southeast European road transport companies as subcontractors. This means much lower labor costs and therefore driving across the Great Belt Bridge is more attractive than the Kalundborg-Aarhus route for these companies”, says operations manager at Kattegatruten, Birte Dettmers.
Vision of the Fjords: 2016 Ship of the Year
Vision of The Fjords, a futuristic carbon fiber tourist vessel operated by The Fjords DA, has won the Ship of the Year 2016 accolade at SMM in Hamburg. The 40-meter-long, 399-passenger-capacity hybrid craft, which was completed by Brødrene Aa this summer, scooped the award for its unique approach to sustainable, sensitive and high quality operations in the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Nærøyfjord. Vision of The Fjords looks, and operates, like nothing else on the water. Designed with lines that resemble the zigzagging mountain paths of the Western Norwegian fjords it traverses…
Fairstar Completes Submersion Tests
days of extensive tests on all aspects of the ballast system executed in Malta. kinds of floating and non-floating heavy cargoes. below the surface, giving about 11 meters water above main deck. thrusters, deep drafted nuclear submarines and jack-up rigs with big spud can protrusion. success. during and after the submersion. loading systems in the world. was exceptional. service”. The Fjord has passed the most important test for a vessel of this type. valuable cargoes of the most demanding clients. we believe the Fjord will emerge as the vessel of choice for the most demanding cargoes.
Fjord Ferry Equipped with RFID Technology
With their new ferries Fjord Line is the first ferry operator using RFID technology for their cabin locks, setting a new world record, the company reported. They are also the first ferry operator to serve their passengers with contactless RFID boarding control. Carus have taken full project responsibility for providing the software, the handheld RFID scanners and the implementation of the solution that enables Fjord Line passengers to board and disembark using contactless RFID cards.
New Safety Standards for Passenger Vessels on Flensburg Fjord
Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) signed a common agreement on safety standards for the carriage of passengers in the Flensborg Fjord. This agreement clearly defines the scope of safety standards to be met by passenger vessels and ferries. For instance, vessels must be equipped with lifejackets, life rafts and the necessary fire safety. If these requirements are met, Germany inland water way vessels will be allowed to carry passengers…
Soon, the Vessel FEODORA II Can Call at Danish Ports
Soon, the vessel FEODORA II can call at Danish ports in Flensborg Fjord, the Danish Maritime Authority says a press release. At a follow-up inspection on board FEODORA II, the Danish Maritime Authority has verified that the vessel is fitted with lifejackets, liferafts and the required fire-protection. The ship of captain and shipowner Alexander Klein "is equipped with the necessary life jackets, life rafts and fire protection. Thus the essential safety requirements for the ferry with passengers are to Danish ports in the Flensburg Fjord met "…
Chafe-Pro for Philadelphia Naval Reserve Fleet
Global Associates, Ltd, contractor for the U.S. Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, has selected FJORD, Inc. to supply its brand name Chafe-Pro chafing gear for the protection of the mooring lines used by the ships located at the naval reserve fleet in Philadelphia. The facility is used to hold decommissioned U.S. Navy and auxiliary ships pending the determination of their final fate. FJORD, Inc. is a woman-owned small business located in Graham, NC and all Chafe-Pro units are manufactured in the U.S. www.ChafePro.com
Fjords Processing Bags Johan Sverdrup Contracts
Fjords Processing, headquartered in Norway (Fornebu), has won three contracts for the deliveries of process systems for the Johan Sverdrup development in the North Sea. The contracts were signed with Statoil on behalf of the Johan Sverdrup license. The contracts were awarded in tough competition with several larger international companies. Rune Fantoft, CEO of Fjords Processing comments: "The contracts are strategically important for Fjords Processing, being a recently established, Norwegian supplier ."(independent company since the separation from Aker Solutions in September 2014).
A Panamanian registered freighter carrying potash that ran aground between Germany and Denmark was freed by tugboats on Sunday and will go to a Danish port for checks, coast guard officials said. The 32,935-ton Friendly Ocean ran aground on Saturday west of the northern German region of Darss, in a narrow shipping area between Denmark and Germany where ships have often struggled with shallow waters. A German and a Danish tugboat freed it on Sunday morning, and the freighter will now make a stop in the Danish port of Kalundborg to see whether the ship sustained any previously undetected damage. The ship is carrying 30,000 tons of potash, an alkaline potassium compound often used in fertilizers. It was en route from Latvia to China, the coast guard in the German city of Neustadt said.
Cargo Ships Collide in Danish Great Belt
A containership and a bulk carrier were damaged in a collision in Denmark’s Great Belt early Tuesday morning. No injuries or pollution have been reported. The 178-meter containership Delphis Gdansk and 190-meter bulk carrier BBC Neptune collided around 4 a.m. while passing in opposite directions in the deepwater route Rute Tango of the Great Belt between Fyns Head and Kalundborg, Denmark. Danish authorities said they were alerted of the incident around 7:30 a.m. A small fire that broke out aboard BBC Neptune has been extinguished.
Enormous Plastic Bags In Unique Ocean Research
To study the effects of ocean acidification, ten huge plastic containers called mesocosms are in place in the Gullmar Fjord in Sweden. The project is unique: mesocosms of this size have never been used for such a long period of time. The experiment is part of a worldwide research project, and includes researchers from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The mesocosms were lowered into the fjord with the help of divers from the research vessel Alkor and each one will now enclose 55,000 litres of seawater, containing organisms from the winter waters of the Gullmar Fjord.
Rolls-Royce to Power New Cruise Ferries
Rolls-Royce signed a contract with ship owner Fjord Line A/S to install LNG based power and propulsion systems in two cruise ferries being built at the Bergen Group Fosen AS yard in Norway. Each vessel will be equipped with four gas engines, powering a highly efficient Promas integrated rudder and propeller propulsion system. The gas-only fuelled engines will reduce Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions by about 90 percent while Sulphur Oxide (SOx) and particulates emissions will be negligible.
STX Finland Completes Fjord Line Cruise Ferry Conversion
On June 4, 2013, STX Finland and the Norwegian passenger ship company Fjord Line AS signed a contract on conversion of Fjord Line’s cruise ferry. The steel production for the conversion project began January 10, 2013. In connection with the rebuild of MS Bergensfjord, the ship was renamed MS Oslofjord. The overall value of the conversion contract was approximately EUR 30 million, and it provided some 200 man-years of labor. MS Oslofjord is 134 meters long and 24 meters wide, built in Norway in 1993.
Alaskan Waters Sightseeing Catamaran Ordered
CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation (CATC) orders a 150-passenger catamaran for KFT to add to its 12-vessel fleet, with delivery in early 2014. CATC is making investments in its Seward-based Kenai Fjords Tours operation as well as at its Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge. Designed by Teknicraft of New Zealand and constructed by All American Marine in Bellingham, Wash., the new vessel will join two sister ships, the Aialik and Orca Voyagers. The ships' design offers stability, spacious seating, wrap-around viewing decks, oversized, fog-free windows and LCD video monitors.
Catching the Electric Vision
All bets would have been lost if one was to predict that I would never find one of the most advanced and modern workboats in the heart of the Norwegian Fjordlands. Sure enough, if you make the trek to Flam through nearly 50 tunnels in between the prominent towns of Bergen and Oslo, you will behold such a craft. The 40 meter Vision of the Fjords was recently constructed by Brødrene Aa shipyard in Norway and delivered to The Fjords AD earlier this year in June. The vessel is simply striking…