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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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HMK Scoops Major Naval Comms Order

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK subsidiary Hagenuk Marinekommunikation (HMK) has been commissioned by the ‚ÄúARGE K130 2nd Batch‚ÄĚ consortium to supply integrated communication systems for units 6 to 10 of the Type K130 corvettes for the German Navy.The scope of supply includes radios of the complete telecommunications spectrum from 10 kHz to 20 GHz, which enable information to be exchanged with other ships, boats or shore stations via special input devices in the form of voice and data radio. These intelligent communication systems offer users the greatest possible support in their tasks and thus make a significant contribution to the reliable operation of ships and their crews.

Trelleborg's Safepilot for Shell's Brent Data Decommissioning Project

Photo: Trelleborg

SafePilot from Trelleborg’s marine systems operation helped to pilot Allseas’ 200 meter-long barge, Iron Lady, from the Tees Bay to Able UK’s Seaton Port in Hartlepool which transported Shell’s 24,200 ton Brent Delta topside to Able’s facility on May 2, 2017.The Shell-operated Brent field, is located 115 miles east of the Shetland Islands, in 140 meters water depth, and has been in production since 1976. As part of Shell’s complex Brent Decommissioning Project, the Brent Delta topside, was lifted from the concrete legs of the Gravity Base Structure using innovative single lift technology.

New Premises for Damen Marine Components

Photo: Damen Shipyards

Damen Marine Components Netherlands (DMC NL) has laid the first foundations for its new premises in Hardinxveld, the Netherlands. Construction of new buildings reflect growth potential following company merger. With capacity for approximately 80 people, the new buildings will be used for both offices and production purposes. With construction of the new buildings beginning as the first foundation pile was driven into the ground on the site of DMC former head office, the company’s motivations to build new premises were twofold.

Thyssenkrupp, GNYK Team Up for German Warship Tender

Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and German Naval Yards Kiel (GNYK) have teamed up in the ongoing bidding process for a contract worth several billions of euros to build a new multipurpose warship for Germany, Thyssenkrupp said.The company, responding to a Reuters query, said that GNYK is participating as general contractor in the auction and that Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems would act as subcontractor if their bid is successful.RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND), a group representing German newspapers, first reported that both shipbuilders had joined forces.The tender is for Germany's new MKS 180 warship, which is one of the German military's largest armament initiatives and designed to combat targets in the air…

Maritime Tech Trends Digital

Jörgen Strandberg, Captain, General Manager of ANC Advanced Technology Electrical & Automation at Wärtsilä SAM Electronics.

With digitalization technologies sweeping through maritime, Henrik Segercrantz, Maritime Reporter‚Äôs correspondent in Helsinki, explores latest developments in the quest to harness the power of 'big data.'Wärtsilä's Smart Marine EcosystemWärtsilä continues to build its leadership resume in marine and energy markets, boasting net sales of $5.7 billion last year, supported by 18,000 employees with operations in more than 80 countries. Increasingly Wärtsilä is using ‚Äėsmart‚Äô technologies in its growing scope of products for the maritime industry‚Ķ

New Strategies to Guard Against Future Security Threats

©Hamburg Messe und Congress, Rolf Otzipka

The international conference on maritime security and defense (MS&D), held for the seventh time in Hamburg during the SMM maritime trade fair, focused on current and future challenges to maritime security and defense. Twenty naval, industrial and science experts discussed topics such as how to protect international ocean trading routes, when and how to deploy naval forces on crisis missions, as well as cyber security issues.The welcome address opened the event with somber words as Rear Admiral Thorsten Kähler‚Ķ

ThyssenKrupp Develops New Lithium-Ion Batteries for Submarines

Image: Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH

The providers of naval vessels, surface ships and submarines ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems of Germany has developed a new type of lithium-ion battery system for submarines together with Saft, a manufacturer of advanced battery systems for industry.In an adapted form, the system could also be used for other maritime applications in future.Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems said: "The use of the new battery technology has enormous tactical advantages. We are entering a new era of submarine construction."Compared to the known lead-acid battery…

MAN Opens New Service Station in Zhoushan

(Photo: MAN Energy Solutions)

Germany based engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions opened a new service station/workshop on Liuheng Island, Zhoushan, China. The 560-sqm PrimeServ workshop is located within Zhoushan Xinya Shipyard Co., Ltd, the largest privately-owned shipyard in China, and was officially opened on on July 18, 2018.Jeffrey Ang, Managing Director of MAN Energy Solutions China and Head of Asia Pacific Engine & Marine Systems, and Xia Songkang, General Director of Zhoushan Xinya Shipyard Co.…

HC2 Holding Mulls Global Marine Sale

Pic: Global Marine Group

The diversified holding company HC2 Holdings announced that it is exploring strategic alternatives, including a potential sale, for its  Global Marine Group (GMG)  subsidiary.As part of this process, Global Marine Holdings, a leading provider of offshore engineering services to the telecommunications, renewables and oil & gas industries through its operating subsidiary Global Marine Systems Limited, has engaged Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and ABN AMRO Bank as joint advisors to explore strategic alternatives for the business."Since our acquisition four years ago‚Ķ

thyssenkrupp to Overhaul Indian Navy Submarine

(File photo: Indian Navy)

German manufacturer thyssenkrupp has been awarded a 410 Crore contract with Mazagon Docks Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) to refit the Indian Navy’s Shishumar-class non-nuclear submarine, INS Shishumar. The Medium Refit and Life Certification (MRLC) contract for the submarine will commence in October this year and is expected to be completed by 2021. The upgrade will extend the operational life of the submarine by at least 10 years.Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems…

2018 Maritime Risk Symposium ‚Äď Energy and Maritime Risk

Energy.It seems that energy touches every aspect of our lives from heating our homes to ensuring that fresh produce is available at grocery stores. It powers our cars and allows industry to move products around the world. The connection between energy and risk to the maritime environment has been a growing area of discussion, research and analysis. The United Kingdom’s Royal Navy, within its Joint Doctrine Publication (JDOP 0-10) 5th edition UK Maritime Power, captured this issue superbly: “Fossil fuels and minerals are an important resource in the maritime environment. New deposits of oil and gas, as well as mineral wealth, are discovered under the seabed each year, and improvements in technology will facilitate future exploitation.

Partners Aim to Enhance LNG Transfer Efficiency

(Photo: Trelleborg)

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation and Australasian engineering consultancy Synertec have formed a strategic partnership to meet demand for more accurate and efficient liquefied natural gas (LNG) custody transfer. Under the new agreement, Trelleborg will distribute Synertec’s LNG custody transfer system across its global sales network.LNG custody transfer, the transfer of the ownership of LNG from one organization to other, has long involved fiscal risk given significant uncertainties in traditional tank measurement.

Green Shipping: Toward a Clean Future

Photo: SMM

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced its targets of cutting greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping in half by the year 2050, and to make ships entirely CO2-neutral before 2100. But long before that, the so-called sulphur cap will take effect: From 2020 all oceangoing ships must run on fuel that contains no more than 0.5 per cent of sulphur. According to estimates by classification society DNV GL, up to 70,000 ships will be subject to this requirement.

New Hybrid Electric Patrol Boat for Estonia

(Photo: Danfoss)

A new multipurpose 45-meter patrol ship will be used by the Estonian Police and Border Guard Service for a wide range of operations, including firefighting, anti-smuggling and search and rescue missions, but its main use will be in combating pollution threats.The new vessel, Raju, is the largest patrol vessel ever built by Estonia’s Baltic Workboats, and is the first in the firm’s emerging range of battery hybrid patrol ships.From 2021 the Baltic Sea will become an Emission Control Area (ECA)…

Fincantieri Marine Group Announces CEO Succession

Dario Deste named Fincantieri Marine Group President and CEO

Fincantieri Marine Group, the U.S. subsidiary of Italian based shipbuilding enterprise Fincantieri, announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Francesco Valente, will step down from the position to assume another leadership role within the Fincantieri group.As a result, the Board has selected Dario Deste to assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer. Valente and Deste are working together to ensure an orderly transition, which is expected to be completed…

Eco-friendly Power for Container Ships in Hamburg Port

Becker Marine Systems, Hapag-Lloyd and HHLA are testing the Becker LNG PowerPac as an alternative power supply at the Port of Hamburg. The compact system is located here at the Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB). Photo: Port of Hamburg

Port of Hamburg is taking a further step toward improving air quality at its port. Innovative technology developed right here in the city is set to enable large and very large container ships to switch off their auxiliary diesel supplies during lay time and instead draw the power they need for on-board operations from a new kind of mobile generator.Becker Marine Systems, Hapag-Lloyd AG and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) have been testing the new technology as part of a joint pilot project since the start of the year.

New Maritime Fuel Rules: Scrubber Solutions

A Wärtsilä V-SOx Scrubber being installed on board the MV Tarago. [Photo: Wärtsilä]

Earlier this year in New York City the Exhaust Gas Cleaning System Association (EGCSA) held its annual meeting to discuss the business, technologies and future of scrubbers as a solution to the looming IMO 2020 fuel rules. At the meeting, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was afforded the opportunity to pick the brains of several leading executives to help understand the challenge and promise that scrubbers provide. In October 2016 a landmark decision was handed down from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which set January 1…

Eliminating The Risk From Docking & Mooring

Photo; Trelleborg

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched a new whitepaper and on-demand webinar outlining design and compliance requirements in docking and mooring equipment, and a new best practice approach to specification.The whitepaper, entitled The Quest for Quality, examines the relationship between cost and quality, explaining why low cost equipment could prove costly for port owners and operators in the long term.Hani William, Sales and Marketing Manager at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation, said, “The mooring operation is high risk.

Obituary: Maritime Industry Icon Jack Gallagher

Jack Gallagher (Photo: Gallagher Marine Systems)

John ‚ÄúJack‚ÄĚ J. Gallagher, a maritime industry veteran and environmental services pioneer, passed away on Monday at the age of 89.Jack‚Äôs greatest professional passion was his work as a Spill Manager/Qualified Individual, a role in which he had few peers. Jack was known to be fiercely committed to doing everything morally possible to protect his clients, while at the same time doing all within his power to protect the environment. He attended and helped shape the outcome of more maritime casualties and oil spills than can be remembered.Over the course of his long and fruitful career‚Ķ

Thyssenkrupp Mulls Sale of Naval Vessels Business

(File photo courtesy of Thyssenkrupp)

German conglomerate Thyssenkrupp is examining a full or partial exit from its naval vessels business, which is part of the group's Marine Systems unit, a person familiar with the matter said.The news was first reported by German newspaper Handelsblatt, which said the company was in talks with competitors that could result in a complete or partial sale of the activities, adding they would be wound down if no agreement would be reached.The paper said the group was also mulling an exit from its submarine business.Thyssenkrupp said it generally does not comment on market speculation.Thyssenkrupp M

Damen Merges Marine and Van der Velden units

Steef Staal - Wim Knoester handshake Photo courtesy Damen

Damen Marine Components (DMC) and Van der Velden Marine Systems (VDVMS) announced a merger. As of 1st January the two companies are operating together as Damen Marine Components Netherlands (DMC NL). DMC has been operating ever since the early eighties of the last century in the Damen Shipyards Group, whilst VDVMS has been operating as an independent part of the Damen Shipyards Group’s components division since 2013. So in many ways the merger represents a continuation of a successful working relationship.

German Shipbuilding: A Strong Vessel in a Heavy Sea

Launching of the W.B.Yeats at FSG. (Photo courtesy ©FSG)

While orders for new vessels have continued to decline worldwide in 2017, the situation in the German and European shipbuilding market is different, with an increase of incoming orders. As shipping experts state: ‚Äú‚Ķthis is not a trend but a snapshot, but it indicates a high competitiveness of the German shipbuilding industry, particularly on technologically advanced projects.‚ÄĚThe global mood barometer of the maritime industry had reached its lowest point in 2016. From the abyss confidence and order have carefully increased‚Ķ

Trelleborg Updates Fender Selection Tool

Fender Selection Tool (Photo: Trelleborg)

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched a new and improved online tool for simplified fender selection. The updated tool encompasses a number of enhanced features, designed to allow specifiers to select and specify the most appropriate fender for their application.In addition to an existing vessel berthing Energy Calculator and Fender Selection Tool, the tool’s new capabilities include:A Fender Specification GeneratorA Bollard Specification GeneratorA Fender System Selector for Ship-to-Ship ApplicationsMishra Kumar…

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