Teknotherm Takes Over Unitor HVAC Business
Unitor Ships Equipment (now part of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services) has reached agreement with Teknotherm AS to transfer its activities in the marine heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) market to Teknotherm AS. The transfer includes HVAC products, a group of engineers in Poland as well as Unitor’s order backlog of HVAC systems. Teknotherm will represent a continuation of Unitor’s HVAC activities with respect to technical solutions, market contacts as well as after-sales and service capabilities. Teknotherm AS was founded in 1926 and has grown to be a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of marine refrigeration systems. Their growth within the HVAC segment has been significant, and taking over Unitor’s HVAC activities represents a further strengthening of this development.
Coronado (LCS 4) Keel Laying
Austal hosted an abbreviated U.S. Navy keel-laying ceremony for its second Littoral Combat Ship, Coronado (LCS 4). Fabrication has started on twelve of the twenty-eight modules that will make up this 416.6 ft trimaran design. Six of the twenty-eight modules are currently being outfitted with ships equipment such as gas turbines, generators, and propulsion equipment, and electrical, piping and ventilation systems. Three modules have been erected in their pre-launch position.
Russia, Japan Hold Shipbuilding and Repair Seminar
The fourth Russian-Japanese seminar Development of Cooperation in Shipbuilding and Ship Repair, organized by Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and the Japan Ship Machinery & Equipment Association (JSMEA), was held September 4-5 in St. Petersburg. More than 30 representatives from 11 Japanese suppliers of ship equipment and components took part in the seminar, along with representatives of Russian maritime industry enterprises. The seminar agenda included prospects for the construction of vessels for Russian customers, issues of access to the Russian market for novel ship equipment produced by Japanese manufacturers, and further cooperation between enterprises from the maritime sector of the two countries in the sphere of innovation.
Visma, Arena To Offer E-Commerce Software To Shippers
Norwegian software supplier Visma ASA signed an agreement of intent with Hong Kong-based Arena to deliver e-commerce solutions to the shipping industry. Arena, which has Hutchison Whampoa and Electronic Data Systems Corp. as main shareholders, has established an electronic handling system to be used by shipping firms and shipping equipment suppliers. Visma officials said the agreement with Arena included a close integration between Visma's AMOS purchase software and Arena's handling system. More than 500 shipping firms already use AMOS software to manage purchases, officials said.
TTS Wins Two Contracts
Sweden’s TTS Ships Equipment AB, Gothenburg, part of Norway’s TTS Marine ASA has landed two contracts for delivery of ships equipment for a total of four car carriers. This confirms TTS’ leading position in the supply of cargo access equipment to the car carrier newbuilding industry. The contract with South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Korea (Leif Hoegh A/S) and Croatia’s Uljanik Ship Yard, Pula (Ray Shipping) involves deliveries to two car carriers each. The deliveries include construction and supply of key components to the RoRo access systems including internal car decks and ramps, as well as stern ramps for the loading and discharge of vehicles. The delivery of the equipment is scheduled for the end of 2007.
TTS to Deliver for World's Largest Cruise Ship
TTS Ships Equipment AB, a subsidiary of Norway’s TTS Group will deliver specially designed and built cargo access gear for installation aboard the Ultra Voyager cruise vessel, currently under construction at the Kvaerner Masa Yard in Finland. At about 160,000 grt, the new vessel will be the largest cruise vessel ever built. This is the first of the Ultra Voyager Class of cruise liners built by Kvaerner Masa, TTS Ships Equipment having supplied similar systems to all five of the previous Voyager Class, also built at the Finnish Shipyard. Under a turn-key contract, originally signed in January, TTS is building side shell doors, hatch covers and lifting platforms for the vessel, which was ordered by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) last year.
Vosper To Enter Negotiations For Fast Attack Craft
Vosper Thornycroft (VT), has been selected to enter contract negotiations with Elefsis Shipbuilding and Industrial Enterprises for the supply of three 203 ft. (62 m) fast attack craft to the Hellenic Navy. With negotiations beginning soon, work is expected to start early next year with VT providing design, construction support and the ship's equipment to Elefsis in a contract worth about $331 million. The initial requirement is for a trio of craft with a possible follow-on order of at least four vessels.
New Ciserv Company to Serve Baltic
Wärtsilä Corporation and the BLRT Grupp of Estonia have agreed to set up a joint venture to service ships in the Baltic area. The new company will be named Oü Ciserv BLRT Baltica and will be a "one-stop" shop for servicing ships covering all aspects of ship repairs, as well as servicing multiple engine brands, boilers, hydraulics, gearboxes, winches, pipework valves, armatures, propellers, shafting, and other ship equipment. The joint venture will be owned 51% by Wärtsilä and 49% by the BLRT Grupp. Ciserv BLRT Baltica will operate in Tallinn, Estonia. The new company will start with some 65 employees in Tallinn but with the facility to draw on the extensive resources of both Ciserv and the BLRT Grupp according to the needs of individual service jobs.
Green-ship Certification Center Opens in Korea
Announced in 2012 as the world’s first green-ship equipment certification center, The Korean Register – an IACS member class society, and founding partner in the project –announced that the center has opened for business earlier this month in Gunsan, Jeonbuk, Korea. Costing a total of $29.4 million (30 billion won), the new center will test, evaluate and certify green-ship equipment. Fully supported by Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, the center will also carry out joint research and development projects focusing on green-ship technology…
Keppel Clinches Contracts
Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited (Keppel O&M), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd (Keppel Singmarine), has secured two contracts worth $153.4m. The first contract was awarded by a repeat customer, Global Offshore International Ltd (Global Offshore), for a derrick pipelay vessel. This is a multi-purpose construction vessel suitable for worldwide operations. With accommodation up to 264 persons onboard, the derrick pipelay vessel will be equipped with two units of propulsion thrusters…
TTS Lands Record PCTC RoRo Contract
TTS has signed a contract with ship management firm Höegh Fleet Services to provide maintenance for 29 vessels. The deal is believed to be the biggest ever service contract for pure car/truck carrier (PCTC) RoRo equipment. The contract was signed in Oslo in late September 2007 by Höegh vice-president of purchasing Kristin Haugen and Dan Magnusson, TTS Ships Equipment’s service manager, and comes into effect January 1 2008. The contract, agreed by TTS’ Gothenburg office, provides for an extended maintenance agreement for the ships, and follows TTS’ successful design and supply of cargo access equipment for a series of PCTCs built for Höegh by Hyundai Heavy Industry, Gdynia Shipyard, Daewoo and Uljanic. Other ships are currently on order from Vinashin in Vietnam.
Havyard Rings Bell on Group's Oslo Bourse Listing
Norwegian shipbuilders, service providers & designers Havyard Group ASA inform that its listed stock has been traded on the Oslo Børs as President & CEO Geir Johan Bakke rang the ceremonial bell. Per Sævik, CEO of the family company Havila Holding said in connection with the planning of the IPO: “Our family has broad interests in the offshore supply industry. In light of this, and because we see that we need to optimise the conditions for continued growth for Havyard Group, both on technology and ship equipment, we choose to reduce our ownership.
KR Directs Build of Green Equipment Certification Center
The Korean Register, an IACS member classification society, is leading a project to build and operate the world’s first green-ship equipment certification center in Gunsan, Jeonbuk, Korea which is due to open in February 2014. Work is already underway and the new $269 million won facility is being constructed with the full support of the Korean Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, the local government and various research institutes. The project has been created in response to IMO’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction and maritime pollution regulations and will enable KR to lead the way in certifying essential green-ship components, including engines.
JSMEA To Debut Zohaku Web
The Japanese Marine Equipment Association (JSMEA) and its constituents will again be demonstrating what they dub the most advanced and sophisticated technologies developed in Japan at SMM. During the exhibition, the Ship & Ocean Foundation (SOF) will present the concept of the Zohaku Web, a new system which was designed and created to enable the exchange of technical information between shipyards and marine equipment suppliers via Internet websites. The three-year project was carried out by SOF with grants from the Nippon Foundation since 1998. The project has attracted 100 organizations in Japan (current participants include 21 shipbuilders and 71 ship equipment manufacturers) and has quickly become a major product in the Japanese maritime market.
Unitor to Supply Bergesen LNG Newbuildings
Unitor’s Ships Equipment division has secured a contract to supply fire fighting and fire protection equipment to four large LNG carriers under construction for Norwegian owner Bergesen at Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd. All four 145,000m³ LNGCs (Hull Nos. H-2221-4) will be supplied with the following Unitor systems and equipment: · HotFoam fire extinguishing system for the engineroom · Dry Chemical Powder system for use on deck · High Pressure CO2 fire extinguishing system for special compartments · Portable fire fighting and safety equipment The contract is valued in the region of $1.5 million. Both HotFoam and the high pressure CO2 system are total flooding systems. The four Bergesen LNGCs are due for delivery in 2005 and 2006.
Polar Cruise Ships: Rolls-Royce Signs $33M Deal
Rolls-Royce has signed a contract worth about $33m with the ship building company Kleven in Norway for design and ship equipment to two new polar cruise vessels, with an option for two additional vessels. The contract between Kleven and Rolls-Royce follows the conversion of a letter of intent into a firm contract signed between Kleven and Hurtigruten. Helge Gjerde, Director of Offshore and Merchant Solutions, Rolls-Royce, said: “Hurtigruten and Kleven have agreed to build state-of the art passenger vessels…
ECO Orders Rolls-Royce Equipment for New AHTS
Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract worth $30.6m with the American owner Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO). The contract for ship equipment comprises Azimuth main propulsion, propulsion control systems, anchor winches and an anchor handling crane for an Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel (AHTS). The contract also includes an option for equipment for a second vessel of similar type. The vessel is designed by ECO’s North American Shipbuilding and will be built to Polar Class 3, equipped to operate in arctic waters with air temperature down to minus 40 degrees Celsius.
Redundancy the Next Watchword?
The fact that the actual incidence of oil cargo spills as a percentage of global shipments is minuscule can never be a reason for any relaxation in the constant vigilance and unerring drive for risk minimization which must be practiced in all fields of tanker shipping. Certainly, there is no evidence of complacency. The industry's continual striving for improvements in vessel and system design, operating procedures, risk management processes and training has a powerful motivator in the increasing, manifold penalties associated with marine pollution. But professionalism and the striving to meet business objectives in a competitive world tend to be understated as the real drivers of advance…
China Shipbuilding Activity Tumbles
China's shipbuilders finished 22.53 million dead weight tons of shipbuilding orders in the first five months this year, a decrease of 10.1 percent year-on-year. New ship orders amount to 9.54 million DWT, a fall of 47.3 percent year-on-year. The total industrial output value of China's shipbuilding industry reached 240.6 billion yuan ($38.2 billion) in the first five months of 2012, but the growth rate was only 0.7 percent year-on-year, the China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry informs 'China Daily'. The traditional shipbuilding industry is being hit hardest, according to the association. The ship equipment industry has seen growth of 27.1 percent. The marine engineering equipment manufacturing industry grew by 11.4 percent.
Raytheon Anschütz Marks Crocon's IBS 100th Sale
At SMM 2012, Raytheon Anschütz has honored their Croatian representative Crocon for the 100th Integrated Bridge System sold. The one hundredth delivery of an Integrated Bridge System was for the second newbuild of a Heavy Lift Carrier for Dutch company Jumbo Shipping at Brodosplit shipyard in Split. The IBS will be of the new Synapsis Bridge Control series and in compliance with IMO’s new Performance Standards for Integrated Navigation Systems. Crocon has its roots in the marine business as an agency and representative of world leading suppliers and manufacturers on the Croatian market.
USCG Approves RINA Fire Research Laboratory
Italian classification society RINA's Fire Research Laboratory has become the only classification society fire test laboratory in Europe to obtain USCG approval. primary deck coverings, vertically supported textiles, furniture and bedding, in accordance with IMO specifications. This USCG approval recognizes RINA's fire test laboratory as one of the world's leading facilities in the marine field. yards world wide.
MN 100: Rapp Hydema U.S., Inc.
The group’s business in the United States is organized under the parent company, Rapp Hydema U.S. Inc., a holding company with three wholly-owned subsidiaries that are controlled from the headquarters in Seattle. Rapp Hydema Northwest operates a workshop and local production. Rapp Hydema AK is the service arm of the Alaskan office and runs an engineering yard in Dutch Harbor. Rapp Hydema Subsea (Houston) is responsible for the offshore market. The Rapp Marine Group has developed advanced machinery and equipment for the marine and offshore oil industries worldwide for more than 100 years.
PALFINGER Makes Takeover Bid for TTS
The takeover bid made by the PALFINGER Group for the Norwegian ship equipment supplier TTS Group ASA, listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, was approved and published this morning by the Oslo Stock Exchange following a detailed review. PALFINGER aims to acquire 100 percent of the TTS shares. Apart from the necessary anti-trust approvals, the offer is also subject to the condition that at least 90 per cent of all the shares in TTS be offered to the PALFINGER Group (with PALFINGER having already secured acceptance of a total of approx. 66.3 per cent). The initial deadline for acceptance of the offer is 12 August 2016. The Board of Directors of TTS recommends that its shareholders accept PALFINGER’s offer.