Ship Design News

02 Jul 2020

LNG-fueled RoPax Ferry Completes Sea Trials

Willem Barentsz (Photo: BMT)

The first of two new 70-meter liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled RoPax ferries for Dutch operator Rederij Doeksen has completed sea trials in the Netherlands.The BMT-designed Willem Barentsz, and sister vessel Willem de Vlamingh, were built by Strategic Marine Shipyard in Vietnam while final outfitting and commissioning were completed by Rederij Doeksen.With an operating area within the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the main focus for Rederij Doeksen led by its managing director Paul Melles was on reducing the environmental impact of the vessel operation.

01 Jul 2020

Østensjø Newbuilds to be Equipped with Electric Voith Schneider Propellers

The new electric Voith Schneider Propeller will be delivered for four offshore supply vessels of the Norwegian shipping company Østensjø. (Image: Østensjø)

Voith reports it will deliver eight electric Voith Schneider Propellers (eVSP) to the Norwegian shipping company Østensjø, for four offshore wind service operation vessels (SOV) that are being built at the Astilleros Gondán shipyard in Spain for delivery from 2022.Østensjø Group's offshore wind business Edda Wind has signed long term time charter deals with MHI Vestas and Ocean Breeze Energy respectively for two of the four offshore wind vessels ordered from Spanish yards.The…

29 Jun 2020

Wärtsilä Equipment Chosen for E-Marine Cable Layer

This E-Marine cable layer vessel is being upgraded with Wärtsilä solutions. (Photo: E-Marine)

Wärtsilä said it has been contracted to provide a comprehensive scope of solutions for Dubai-based E-Marine, as the Finnish technology company continues to work closely with the specialist operator of cable layer vessels currently upgrading its fleet to achieve greater efficiencies.Wärtsilä, which notes it previously provided a propulsion upgrade for an E-Marine vessel, will this time supply two controlled pitch propeller (CPP) systems with control and fuel efficiency devices…

18 Jun 2020

Wärtsilä to Design and Equip Two Zero-emissions Ferries

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Wärtsilä said it has been awarded a contract to design and equip two new zero-emissions ferries that will be built for Norwegian operator Boreal Sjö at Holland Shipyards in the Netherlands.The vessels are expected to commence commercial operations in autumn 2021, serving the Launes – Kvellandstrand – Launes, and Abelnes – Andabeløy – Abelnes routes in Norway.The two ferry designs are not identical. One is for a 30 meters long vessel capable of carrying 10 cars and approximately 100 passengers…

17 Jun 2020

SDARI and ABS to Pioneer 3D Model-based Class

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Classification society ABS and the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) have signed a Joint Development Project (JDP) to use 3D Models in an attempt to streamline the class process.The JDP will develop a process for ingesting SDARI 3D models into Class supporting software to allow 3D Model-based Class reviews.“Together, ABS and SDARI are designing the next generation of Classification. We are exploring how to move beyond paper-based models for review into a digital future which not only offers a streamlined process but enhanced safety for the industry…

16 Jun 2020

Ship Power: WinGD Debuts X-DF2.0 Technology

iCER at driving end. Image: WinGD

As shipowners mull ‘the fuel of the future’ and eye ever-stricter emission mandates from the International Maritime Organization, companies throughout the ship design, construction and supply chain continue to innovate to deliver optimum fuel efficiency and emission reduction.Today WinGD unveiled a new technology development to its dual fuel line of engines, a technology designed to significantly cut methane slip, emissions and fuel consumption in its X-DF dual-fuel engines via Intelligent Control by Exhaust Recycling (iCER)…

10 Jun 2020

Hyundai Heavy Industries Inks Deal with CADMATIC

CADMATIC CEO, Jukka Rantala (Photo: CADMATIC)

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Finnish software firm CADMATIC signed a technical cooperation memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the development of next-generation design systems.Through the MOU signed in April, the two companies will carry out cooperation while maintaining the technology partnership to develop next-generation design systems that will be applied to the latest technologies, such as AI, Big Data analysis, advanced modeling and drawing automation.

04 Jun 2020

Singapore’s First LNG Bunkering Vessel Hits the Water

Singapore’s first LNG bunkering vessel has hit the water in Keppel Nantong Shipyard in China. The vessel was moved from land to water on May 28, 2020.The news was shared earlier this week by the vessel-owner FueLNG, a joint venture between Keppel Offshore & Marine and Shell Eastern Petroleum."Construction of the 7,500m3 LNG bunkering vessel is progressing smoothly and is on schedule to be completed in 4Q2020," FueLNG said in a statement earlier this week.The LNG bunkering vessel…

03 Jun 2020

Future Floating Homes: Naval Arch Students Meet the Challenge with Green Tech

First place (2000 Euros) was won by DAO Innovation, from Romania. Image courtesy: ShipDX/GLO Marine

Naval architecture students in Galati, Romania and Gdansk, Poland, used their technical and soft skills to compete in the final of ShipDX (Ship Design Exercise), the first naval architecture competition in Romania.GLO Marine, the organizer of the competition, looked at current industry trends to propose the theme of this year’s edition: the concept design of a highly autonomous, self-propelled floating house, with a focus on integrating green and sustainable technologies into the smart design.

26 May 2020

BMT’s Pentamaran: Next-gen Hull for Autonomous Ops

Image: BMT

Designed to meet challenges of long range autonomous ops, the ‘Pentamaran’ design has been optimized to reduce fuel consumption and increase flexibilityBMT recently released details of its next generation ‘Pentamaran’ platform for autonomous applications, vessels that can be custom configured for military, patrol, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and hydrographic survey work.The Pentamaran has been designed to reduce drag as much…

18 May 2020

Interview: Steinar Nerbovik, President & CEO, Philly Shipyard

Steinar Nerbovik, President & CEO, Philly Shipyard.

Philly Shipyard won a high-profile contract when TOTE Services awarded the deal to build up to five new ships, the National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV). We caught up with Steinar Nerbovik, President & CEO, Philly Shipyard for insights on the deal.While many companies globally fight to stay in business through the COVID-19 pandemic, Philly Shipyard received a huge deal late last month: the contract to build up to five NSMV ships, a contract that has been one of the most closely watched and hotly contested U.S. shipbuilding deals in recent memory.

13 May 2020

SEAPLACE Relies on FORAN for Tug Build

Photo: SENER

SEAPLACE, a ship design and offshore engineering company relies on FORAN V80R3.0 for the conceptual, basic and details design of the recently launched tugboat, Caspian Fauna.In late April, the tug was launched at Turkey's Gelibolu Shipyard. It is an ice class 1D tugboat that will operate in the Caspian Sea.SEAPLACE has developed conceptual design, basic engineering and detailed structural engineering. To this end, SEAPLACE has used appropriate modules of the FORAN V80 system.Main…

27 Apr 2020

Navy Accepts Delivery of USS Zumwalt

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The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of its first Zumwalt-class destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) on April 24 following Combat Systems Activation.The ship will transition to the next phase of developmental and integrated at-sea testing. This event marks a major milestone of the dual delivery approach for USS Zumwalt, which achieved Hull Mechanical & Electrical delivery from shipbuilder General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works in May 2016. Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems was the prime contractor for the Zumwalt Combat System…

28 Apr 2020

Schottel to Power 'Wind of Hope'

Image Credit: Schottel

Schottel will provide a range of propulsion systems for Louis Dreyfus Armateurs's second wind farm service operation vessel (SOV) the Wind of Hope.The new walk-to-work vessel, a sister vessel to the Wind of Change SOV, is currently under construction at Cemre shipyard in Turkey and will enter service operating under a long-term contract with Ørsted.The propulsion system of the vessel designed by Salt Ship Design vessel is powered by four diesel generators, which drive the electric motors of the Schottel propulsion package.

02 Apr 2020

Hepburn and Sons Adds Senior Naval Talent

David Rice (Photo: Hepburn and Sons)

The Hepburn and Sons LLC team welcomed David Rice, CAPT David Bauer, USN (Ret), and Gary Loberg as their newest members. David Rice serves as Senior Consultant, Material Science. David Bauer will serve as the Senior Manager, Material Science. Gary Loberg serves as Senior Manager, Advisory Services.David Rice comes to Hepburn and Sons, LLC after a career spanning 45 years at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS). During his time at NNS he served as the Manager of Contracted Research & Development and was responsible for Research & Development Programs funded by ONR/ManTech…

23 Apr 2020

Wärtsilä Designs New Cruise Ships for Amundsen Expeditions

Amundsen Expeditions’ Wärtsilä-designed luxury expedition cruise vessels will operate efficiently in challenging polar and tropical conditions. (Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä said it has developed a customized design for up to six new luxury expedition cruise vessels for owner and operator Amundsen Expeditions, targeted primarily at the Chinese market.Wärtsilä, which booked the design order in the third quarter of 2019, said its in-house ship design team worked in close cooperation with Amundsen Expeditions to develop the concept. Each vessel will be capable of carrying 200 passengers.“The ships are designed to operate efficiently in both tropical and polar waters.

26 Mar 2020

P&O Maritime Orders Two Chinese Newbuilds

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Dubai-based P&O Maritime Logistics (POML) said it recently secured a contract to build two vessels to support Ok Tedi Mining Limited’s (OTML) growing export requirements.The vessels, designed by Wärtsilä Ship Design, will be 5,400 DWT bulk and container carriers built at Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Limited in China, and once completed, will operate in Papua New Guinea (PNG) principally between Kiunga in the Western Province and Port Moresby. There is an option for a third vessel to the same design.The 90-meter-long, 5,400 DWT ships will have a nominal container capacity of 229 units.

25 Mar 2020

Wärtsilä Testing Ammonia as a Marine Fuel

Wärtsilä is testing ammonia as a viable fuel for shipping and energy sector applications (Photo: Wärtsilä)

As marine operators and euipment manufacturers continue to explore alternative marine fuels as a means to help lower vessel emissions, technology group Wärtsilä said it has initiated combustion trials using ammonia.As part of the tests, ammonia was injected into a combustion research unit to better understand its properties. Based on initial results, the tests will be continued on both dual-fuel and spark-ignited gas engines. These will be followed by field tests in collaboration with ship owners from 2022…

16 Apr 2020

Trends and Projections for Future Fuels and Decarbonization

Photo: ABS

ABS has published the latest trends and projections on carbon-reduction strategies for shipping as the industry looks to meet decarbonization ambitions.Setting the Course to Low Carbon Shipping examines new fuels, technologies and operational measures and matches that with forecasts for the world’s key trade lanes to envision what shipping may look like in 2030 and 2050.The second of two ‘Outlook’ documents – the first was published in June 2019 – it applies what ABS currently…

17 Apr 2020

Vard to Build Taiwan-bound Offshore Wind Farm Vessel

Image Credit: Vard

Norwegian shipbuilder Vard has said it has won a contract to design and build a Service Operation Vessel (SOV) for Ta San Shang Marine.The news comes a day after Orsted confirmed it would charter a newbuild SOV from Ta San Shang - a JV between MOL and TTM - on a 15-year deal, for work in Taiwan.The SOV is of VARD 4 19 design, developed by Vard Design. The vessel will be built at VARD’s shipyard Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam, scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2022.Ørsted to…

17 Apr 2020

Two Tier 4 Newbuilds Delivered to NYC Ferry

The newly delivered ferries are among 38 that will be delivered to NYC Ferry over the course of a three-year newbuild program. (Photo: Incat Crowther)

The first two low emission EPA Tier 4 compliant 29-meter passenger ferries, named H401 and Curiosity, have been delivered for the still expanding NYC Ferry by Hornblower, said naval architect Incat Crowther, whose digital ship design package allowed identical vessel to be constructed at independent shipyards; Halimar Shipyard of Morgan City, La and Breaux Brothers Enterprises of Loreauville, La.The new vessels complement the 17 Incat Crowther designed 26-meter vessels and 14 29-meter vessels already been delivered to NYC Ferry.

20 Apr 2020

MARAD Awards Nearly $20 Mln for Small Shipyards

(Photo: VT Halter Marine)

Two dozen small shipyards in the U.S. have received a combined $19.6 million through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) Small Shipyard Grant Program to help fund upgrades and expansions that often lead to more competitive operations, quality ship construction and improved employee skill.“This $19.6 million federal government investment in the nation’s small shipyards will help maintain the U. S. shipyard infrastructure of our country,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L.

20 Apr 2020

BMT Unveils Hull-form for Autonomous Operations

(Image: BMT)

Engineering firm BMT has unveiled a new hull-form specifically designed for long range autonomous operations. The Pentamaran design has been optimized to reduce fuel consumption and increase its adaptability across multiple applications.Offering a myriad of applications for defense and commercial innovators, Pentamaran vessels may be custom configured for military, patrol, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and hydrographic survey work.The Pentamaran has been designed to reduce drag as much as possible…

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