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GL Young Professionals Award: Innovators for Efficiency

The three winners of the GL Young Professional Award. From left to right: Lampros Nikolopoulos, Eva Binkowski and Hannes Lindner.

At a ceremony held at the Nor-Shipping maritime exhibition in Oslo, classification society Germanischer Lloyd (GL) rewarded three young engineers for their outstanding scientific research with the GL Young Professionals Award. As well as seeking out the best new research, the Awards aim to support the best young engineers in the Maritime field and to demonstrate how varied and exciting the engineering profession can be. Dr. Pierre C Sames, GL Senior Vice President and Head of Research and Rule Development presented the prizes


MUM's the Word: New UUV Takes Shape in Germany

Meet MUM: Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership. Image: thyssenkrupp

The Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership (MUM) brings German engineering prowess and cooperation to the fore. As the world of autonomous vehicles flourishes on land and in the air, subsea applications have proven more challenging, despite great strides in recent years to deliver fully autonomous, efficient systems at sea. A team of engineers from Germany, engineers teamed from industry and academia, are aiming to drive the subsea vehicle market further faster courtesy of a project known as the Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership, or MUM.

Ship Engine Emissions Adversely Affect Macrophages

Photo:  Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd

A study conducted by Germany’s Helmholtz Zentrum München and University of Rostock found that ship emissions adversely affect the health of inhabitants of coastal regions. Since macrophages also play a key role in lung diseases such as COPD, the study is important for understanding the health risks of ship exhausts, says Science Daily. "Macrophages are known as scavenger cells of the immune system and respond more sensitively to particulate matter in the lungs than lung epithelial cells


GL Award for Young Professionals

After the presentation of the Awards, (from left to right), Torsten Schramm, Chief Operating Officer of GL, and the prize winners Edward Sciberras, Katja Hartig, and Fabian Tillig.

The classifications society Germanischer Lloyd (GL) rewarded three young engineers for their outstanding diploma theses. For the 2010 Award engineering students were asked to submit theses on “Innovative Ideas for Increasing the Energy Efficiency of Ships”. Torsten Schramm, Chief Operating Officer of the GL Group, presented the prizes to the deserving winners of the GL Award for Young Professionals 2010 at the Maritime Summer Meeting in Kiel. With the Award GL seeks to support


Voith Turbo Acquires AIR

Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG has acquired the share majority in AIR Fertigung-Technologie GmbH & Co. KG based in Hohen-Luckow near Rostock. Voith Turbo has been participating in AIR, an enterprise founded in 1993 by employees of Rostock University, since 2005. With the beginning of the new business year 2007/2008, Voith Turbo has intensified its involvement in AIR, which is worldwide renowned for innovative drive solutions. AIR currently employs approximately 35 people. The core business of the future Voith Turbo AIR GmbH & Co. KG will remain unchanged after Voith Turbo's acquisition of the majority shareholding; namely the development and production of innovative ship drives on CFK-basis.

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: “
this is not a trend but a snapshot, but it indicates a high competitiveness of the German shipbuilding industry, particularly on technologically advanced projects.”The global mood barometer of the maritime industry had reached its lowest point in 2016. From the abyss confidence and order have carefully increased


Three Engineers Win DNV GL Award for Young Professionals

Posidonia DNV GL Young Professionals Award 2016 Photo DNV GL

DNV GL has honoured three engineers for their scientific research with the DNV GL Award for Young Professionals. Presented by DNV GL – Maritime CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen at the Posidonia trade fair, the award is designed to find innovative ideas for increasing safety, efficiency and sustainability in shipping. As well as seeking out the best new research, the award aims to support young professionals in the maritime field. Overall, 24 people took part in the competition. “Young


Scandlines’ Hybrid Ferry in Operation

MV Berlin Photo Scandlines

On Monday 23 May 2016, Scandlines’ new hybrid ferry, M/V Berlin, will for the first time carry passengers when it departs from Rostock towards Gedser at 06:00. Scandlines has now acquired all necessary certificates for the new hybrid ferry for the Rostock-Gedser route. M/V Berlin will therefore start practicing between Rostock and Gedser and on Monday 23 May 2016 at 06:00 will go into regular service. ”I am very proud of the result which we can present to our customers as of Monday.

Scandlines’ Deploys New Ferry

New ferries on the Rostock-Gedser route Photo Scandlines

On Wednesday 21 December 2016, Scandlines’ second new hybrid ferry for the Rostock-Gedser route, M/V Copenhagen, will carry passengers for the first time when it departs from Gedser towards Rostock at 09:00. Scandlines new hybrid ferry was registered 19 December 2016 and departed the same day from the Danish yard FAYARD A/S. 20 December 2016 it was practicing between Rostock and Gedser and today Wednesday 21 December 2016 at 09:00 from Gedser in Denmark the ferry will go into ordinary service. M/V Copenhagen is the second of two new hybrid ferries for the Rostock-Gedser route.

Gazprom in First LNG Bunkering at Rostock

Bunkering of M.V. Greenland cement carrier Photo Gazprom

Gazprom Germania GmbH, a subsidiary of Gazprom Export, has carried out its first bunkering of a ship with liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the port of Rostock, Germany. In the early hours of the morning of February 27, 2016, a ship was fueled with LNG for the first time in the southern Baltic Sea. The bunkering took place at Germany’s largest Baltic Sea port. The ship bunkered was the M.V. Greenland, a cement carrier owned by the Norwegian shipping company KGJ Cement AS. The LNG was transported to Rostock by road tanker.

Scandlines' Highest Passenger Transport Record

Scandlines focused business and invested in the future in 2015 Photo Scandlines

Scandlines focused the business on the Germany-Denmark routes and made significant investments in future-proofing the group’s ferry operations as well as catering and retail activities in 2015. Efforts to promote the Rostock-Gedser route paid off for Scandlines having recorded the highest number of transported passengers in five years and posted strong financial results. Revenue grew by 3.5% to EUR 460 million in 2015 (2014: EUR 445 million) as Scandlines recorded its highest number of transported passengers in five years.

MV WERFTEN Pumps €75 Mln into Rostock Yard

(Image: MV WERFTEN)

Announcing further investments into its shipyards, MV WERFTEN has today signed three contracts for the investment program for its Rostock yard, including a purchasing contract for a new thin-plate laser panel line with welding and production automation specialist Pemamek, the construction of a new hall with engineering company Inros Lackner and design services with service engineer Warnow Design. “This investment clearly indicates our long-term commitment to our yards and our plans to make MV WERFTEN one of the world’s most modern and efficient cruise shipbuilders


Aegean Marine Rolls out New Market in Rostock, Germany

Photo:  Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc.

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. has announced the launch of a new service center in Rostock, Germany that will serve all German Baltic Sea ports and Southern Scandinavian ports. The operations at Rostock will be managed by the existing team at OBAST Bunkering & Trading GmbH (OBAST), a physical bunker supplier and cargo oil trader. Under the terms of the agreement with OBAST, Aegean will acquire OBAST's existing share capital. E. Nikolas Tavlarios, President of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network


Scandlines new ferries on Rostock-Gedser route

The new ferry Photo Scandlines

On Sunday evening 5 February 2017, the two new hybrid ferries M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen went into ordinary service on the Rostock-Gedser route. In May and December 2016, Scandlines inserted two new ferries on the Rostock-Gedser route. Until then the route had been operated by two former Great Belt ferries, which were no longer able to meet the capacity requirements. For the first time in history, two new ferries were especially designed for the route as Scandlines wanted to give the customers a special maritime experience on board as well as increase the effectiveness of the service.

Two AIDA Ships to Participate in German Maritime Festival

Photo: AIDA Cruises

For the fourth time in a row, AIDA Cruises has agreed to sponsor a ship for one of these major public attractions of one of Germany’s biggest maritime festivals. Thanks to the support of the cruise company based in Rostock, the venerable Russian vessel “Kruzenshtern” will be a guest at the 27th Hanse Sail from August 10–13, 2017. The “Kruzenshtern,” a four-masted barque, which sails under a Russian flag, is the only remaining ship still in service from the famous Flying-P Liners


New Scientific Survey Ship to Have Kongsberg Survey Suite

'Tiefsee Forschungs Schiff': Image credit Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime to supply a sophisticated survey suite to a vessel being built by Meyer Werft for a consortium of German universities. The contract, an open tender won amongst tough competition, covers all hydro acoustic aspects of the new build survey vessel 'Tiefsee Forschungs Schiff' (TFS), which has been commissioned to replace the old RV 'Sonne', the current vessel being shared by the same group of German universities. The EM 122 is a field proven and reputable deepwater echo sounder that offers increased performance in the 0.5º x 1º configuration


MV WERFTEN Constructing New Shipbuilding Hall

(© MV WERFTEN)

MV WERFTEN has started constructing a new hall complex that will house its new panel, section and section outfitting lines at the shipbuilder’s shipyard in Rostack, Germany. The symbolic first cut of the spade, carried out by Genting Group’s Chairman and CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s Minister for Economic Affairs Harry Glawe, Rostock‘s senior mayor Roland Methling and MV WERFTEN Chief Operating Officer Holger Tepper, signaled the beginning of the construction of the new hall 11.

Scandlines’ Ferry leaves FAYARD Shipyard

Scandlines ferry for the route Rostock-Gedser left the Danish shipyard FAYARD

The new Scandlines ferry for the route Rostock-Gedser left the Danish shipyard FAYARD on Wednesday 20 April 2016. The vessel will be named M/V Berlin on Tuesday 3 May 2016. During the last couple of months the vessel has successfully completed a comprehensive test programme (Harbor Acceptance Tests). Therefore, the M/V Berlin was able to start on the sea trial (Sea Acceptance Tests) on Wednesday 20 April, where the manoeuvrability will be tested under usual and unusual conditions. After the sea trial M/V Berlin is expected to arrive at her future berth in Rostock.

Overload test for Liebherr Heavy Lift Crane

Currently the support vessel Caballo Marango is being equipped with a Liebherr heavy lift crane, type BOS 35000, in the port of Rostock. The overload test has now been carried out and the offshore crane successfully lifted 1,100 t which is 110%  of its maximum lifting capacity. The crane, offering a maximum boom length of 102 m, was built at the Liebherr plant in Rostock within the last eight months. Forming part of the Caballo Marango’s equipment it is intended to execute future assembly and reconstruction work on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico for the Mexican service company Oceanografia.

Aker MTW Acquires Order for Three Containerships

Aker MTW Werft (AMTW) in Wismar, Germany has acquired three orders to build container vessels, a joint development with Kvaerner Warnow Werft in Rostock-Warnemünde (Germany). The contract, worth $115M, is for three vessels that were ordered by Reederei Hartmann in Leer (Lower Saxony). The vessels which will be built in Wismar and Rostock-Warnemünde are due for delivery in the third and fourth quarters 2004. The contracts are subject to the settlement of financial issues by mid July 2003. The vessels of the type BALTIC CS 2500 are 207.4 m long and 29.8 m wide, with a deadweight of 33,900 t. They have a total container stowage capacity of 2,478 TEU with 400 reefer sockets for FEU. With a main engine output of about 21,500 KW the vessels have a service speed of 22 kn.

TTS Wins Translifter Contract

Finland’s TTS Liftec Oy, Tampere, part of the Port and Material Handling Division of Norway’s TTS Marine ASA, Bergen, has won a contract to supply two ports in northern Europe with Translifters for new Transfennica services from Finland. Transfennica, one of Finland’s largest shipowners, uses cassettes as part of the loading/unloading operation for cargoes throughout Europe. As from January 1, Transfennica is starting new services between various ports in Finland, the largest being Hanko, Hamina and Rauma, to Rostock (Germany) and Gdynia (Poland). In both ports, the cargo handling companies – Poland’s Idal Group in Gdynia and Germany’s MSB in Rostock, have ordered two Translifters each from TTS Liftec.

Bomin Affirms Commitment to Baltic Bunkering Market

The Bomin Group, a global physical supplier and trader of marine fuel oil, today reaffirmed its commitment to providing physical bunkering products and services in the Baltic, including Rostock, Germany’s largest Baltic port. In line with the company’s new regional hub structure, Bomin’s Hamburg office will take responsibility for physical operations and infrastructure in the region. Bomin Deutschland is operating two state-of-the-art bunker barges in the Baltic area – MT Bergen Troll and MT Lioba – providing customers with a full range of quality products including MGO DMA 0.1 percent, RMG 380 3.5 percent, RMD 80 0.1 percent, and RME 180 3.5 percent.

Liebherr Container Cranes Heading to Russia

Liebherr STS cranes en route to Fenix Container Terminal, Port of Bronka, St Petersburg (Photo: Liebherr)

Liebherr Container Cranes announced it will deliver four ship to shore container cranes to Fenix Container Terminal, Port of Bronka, St. Petersburg, Russia. The cranes were designed in Liebherr Container Cranes, Ireland and manufactured in the state of the art facility in Ireland.The completed cranes were then assembled in the Liebherr Rostock plant and barged through the Baltic Sea to St. Petersburg. The cranes are due to enter operation at the purpose built container terminal on the Baltic sea in the coming weeks.

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