Singapore Mulls Placing Workers who Recover from COVID-19 on Cruise Ships
Singapore is assessing whether migrant workers who have recovered from coronavirus might be safer on cruise ships than back in dormitories that have become infection hotbeds, despite problems controlling onboard outbreaks encountered elsewhere.The city-state has seen virus cases surge in sprawling housing complexes for foreign laborers, recording its biggest ever jump in cases on Thursday, and is looking for new accommodation solutions for hundreds of workers.Around 60% of the 4…
Høglund to Supply FGSS for Tallink
Norwegean global marine automation and system integration expert Høglund Marine Solutions (HMS) will supply Fuel Gas Supply Systems (FGSS) to Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) for Tallink Grupp’s newest LNG powered ferry, MySTAR.Høglund will work with Finnish tank manufacturer West Welding to design and supply the systems that will handle LNG onboard MySTAR, constructed by Rauma Marine Constructions. MySTAR will sail on Tallink's Tallinn - Helsinki route.The design and engineering of FGSS solutions is a key challenge for the future development of LNG powered shipping…
New Safety Recommendations for Vessel Batteries
A new joint industry report offers recommendations for enhanced battery safety on vessels.The report, released by DNV GL in collaboration with the Norwegian, Danish and US maritime authorities, battery manufacturers, system integrators, suppliers of fire extinguishing systems, shipyards and shipowners, assesses explosion and fire risks in maritime battery installations and the effectiveness of fire extinguishing systems in the event of a battery fire.While onboard battery power represents a pathway toward more environmentally friendly vessel operations…
OOS Walcheren Starts its Engines
Netherlands-based OOS International has revved up the engines on its newbuild semi-submersible heavy lift crane accommodation vessel OOS Walcheren for the first time.The OOS Walcheren is currently under construction at China Merchants Heavy Industries (Jiangsu) Shipyard, said a press note from the Dutch offshore company .The OOS Walcheren is the sister vessel of the OOS Serooskerke, which is presently undergoing the final stages of commissioning before heading out for sea trials.
The Drive Behind Water-Cooled Motors
Peter Svartsjö at ABB discusses the benefits of water-cooled motors for marine applications that require megawatt levels of power, including space saving, increased energy efficiency and reduced maintenance needs.Electric motors run several main functions on marine vessels – from propulsion and thrusters to deck handling equipment such as winches, anchors and pumps. This makes them mission-critical for ship owners and operators, as their reliability and performance can have a…
Eco Vessel Features Silent Drive
Incat Crowther launched of Spirit of the Wild, a spectacular new tour vessel for Gordon River Cruises, and the first in Australia to operate in World Heritage-listed wilderness with Silent Drive. Offering interpretive tours into the heart of the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Spirit of the Wild will give customers a unique natural experience. Built by Richardson Devine Marine, Spirit of the Wild is fitted with a pair of MTU 10V2000M72 main engines. Added to this is a cutting-edge hybrid electric system, consisting of a pair of ABB e-motors, driving Hybrid-ready ZF gearboxes.
Delta ‘T’ Systems Expands Production
Marine ventilation systems company Delta “T” Systems said it has reconfigured its two 15,000 sq. ft. manufacturing spaces and added tooling and related equipment. The change accommodates the timely construction of the company's new USCG approved A60 Slimline Fire Damper and streamlines the production of the rest of its product lines. According to Delta “T” Systems, the new manufacturing equipment, plus other upgrades throughout the buildings, enhance its efficiency within all of its departments.
NOSKE-KAESER Awarded Major Order from Australian Navy
By 2021, eight frigates from the Royal Australian Navy will be equipped with innovative NOSKE-KAESER technologies. Founded about a year ago, NOSKE-KAESER Marine Australia Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of NOSKE-KAESER GmbH, the maritime technology company with operations worldwide, has secured an order to modernize the air-conditioning and cooling systems on eight frigates belonging to the Royal Australian Navy. NOSKE-KAESER will be carrying out a comprehensive overhaul of the air-conditioning…
Norway Approves PBES Lithium Energy Storage
Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) said its marine energy storage system has received approval for use in electric and hybrid vessels in Norway, having met the new Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) standard. The lithium-ion battery manufacturer PBES, who uses the proprietary CellCool cooling and E-Vent ventilation systems, tested its energy storage system at its Trondheim facility on June 17, 2016. The test attempted to force overcharge the batteries into a thermal runaway situation and was prevented by the PBES safety systems.
Six Suezmax Tankers Earn BV Gas-Prepared Notation
International classification society Bureau Veritas is to grant GAS-PREPARED notation to six Suezmax tankers under construction for Dynacom Tankers Management. The 157,000 dwt tankers will measure 274.3 meters in length, with a beam of 48 meters and depth of 23.2 meters. They are being built at New Times Shipbuilding in China, with delivery expected in 2017 and 2018. The GAS-PREPARED notation sets out requirements for ships which are designed and fitted out for dual-fuel or LNG fuel propulsion, but which are not initially intended to use gas as a fuel. It provides owners with the flexibility to convert easily to dual fuel or LNG fuel propulsion in the future.
Nominations Open for SHIPPINGInsight Award
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 SHIPPINGInsight Award. The annual award will be presented at a gala luncheon on the opening day of the fifth SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition, Oct. 18, in Stamford, Conn. “The SHIPPINGInsight Award is given annually to a shipping company and its technology partners for the successful implementation of an innovative technology or initiative that advances the state-of-the-art in ship and fleet automation,” said SHIPPINGInsight co-director Jim Rhodes. The winners will receive a binnacled captain’s clock in a polished wooden case with an engraved plaque, along with a framed certificate. Entry forms may be downloaded at www.shippinginsight.com/awards-2.
Great Lakes Shipyard Performs USCG Drydocking
On April 25, Great Lakes Shipyard hauled out the U.S. Coast Guard’s 125’ x 52’ Aids to Navigation Barge (12001). Using the Shipyard’s 770-ton Marine Travelift, the yard lifted the 620-ton AToN barge quickly and easily, and placed it on drydocking blocks. Based in Detroit, Mich., the buoy tending crane barge is normally paired with the Ice Breaking Cutter Bristol Bay, and serves as a buoy tender to handle navigation buoys marking shipping lanes of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. The barge will remain in the yard until mid-June under a USCG contract for routine maintenance and repairs.
Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Callenberg Win SHIPPINGInsight Award
Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA and Callenberg Technology Group were presented the 2015 SHIPPINGInsight Award was today at the SHIPPINGInsight 2015 Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition in Stamford, Conn. The annual award honors a shipping company and its technology partners for the implementation of an innovative technology or initiative that advanced the state-of-the-art in fleet optimization. Callenberg developed an innovative engine room energy management technology solution for Wilh. Wilhelmsen that reduced wasted energy through capacity-driven control and management of engine room ventilation systems. The Callenberg technology alters the ventilation and combustion air supply to meet the demand of fresh air to the engine room.
MN 100: Dometic Marine
Dometic Marine is an engineering leader of innovative products for the global marine industry and offers a large worldwide sales and service network. Products include air conditioning, refrigeration, ship-wide ventilation, air purification, water purification, and sanitation. Dometic, Condaria, Marine Air Systems, and Cruisair air conditioning systems offer a wide range of compact, modular, and shell-and-tube chiller systems that provide ideal climate control with capacities up to 2.4 million BTUs.
IMO Adopts Gas and Low-flashpoint Fuels Code
The new mandatory code for ships fuelled by gases or other low-flashpoint fuels was adopted by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), when it met at the Organization's London headquarters for its 95th session from June 3-12, 2015. The Committee also placed unsafe mixed migration by sea on its agenda and considered cyber security matters and passenger ship safety. It adopted new ships’ routing measures and approved a number of circulars arising from items put forward by the subcommittees.
Dometic’s Workboat Play
Workboat operators are taking a second look at Dometic’s SeaXchange Reverse Osmosis Systems as missions expand and demands on these vessels increase. It’s no secret that Dometic Group’s products are sold in almost 100 countries, supported by as many as 6,000 employees. Better known on the water for their penetration of the recreational and yacht markets, Dometic’s attention is now focused on the workboat sector as well. Beyond a complete range of air conditioners, engine room ventilation systems…
USCG Marine Safety Alert
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a marine safety alert today to remind all gas carrier owners and operators to ensure that all personnel follow approved Safety Management System cargo handling procedures and industry best practices. The USCG cited a recent investigation into a cargo compressor room fire onboard a foreign flagged Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carrier as the reason for the safety alert. Investigators suspect that unsafe cargo handling procedures associated with manual draining of hydrates from the drain line on the outlet of re-liquefaction condensers directly contributed to this casualty. Hydrates are compounds, in the form of crystalline substances, developed from the interaction of water and hydrocarbons at certain pressures and temperatures.
Safety is Job One
Maritime safety products and systems can entail everything from a sophisticated integrated bridge system down to cleaning products for the galley. Here are a few recent introductions that appear particularly topical in the never-ending push for safer ships and crews. Under normal circumstances it would be hard to imagine a a mariner or rig worker who would want to be in the freefall lifeboat to the left, but in an emergency that blaze orange tube is likely the most beautiful ride at sea.
Dometic to Debut New Product Line at Workboat
Dometic Marine, a division of Dometic Group, will launch a range of new equipment, including products reported to be the first of their kind for the marine industry, at this year’s International Workboat Show, December 3-5 in New Orleans. Among the new products on display will be the Dometic Cup Cooler, the marine industry’s first thermoelectric cup holder, the Smart Touch Integrated Intelligence Control (STIIC) software for remote monitoring and the Dometic Sea Xchange line of watermakers.
MN 100: Dometic Marine
2000 N. Andrews Ave. Ext. Dometic Marine, a division of the Dometic Group, is the world’s largest supplier of innovative and technologically advanced comfort systems and equipment for yachts and pleasure boats and a major supplier of HVAC, engine room ventilation, watermakers, and toilet systems to the commercial, workboat and military markets. A specialist supplier to OEM, refit and repair and aftermarkets, Dometic maintains a support network of company-owned offices located in 12 strategic regions across the globe supported by numerous marine R&D facilities and factories.
MN 100: Delta T Systems, Inc.
Delta T Systems designs and manufactures money-saving engine room ventilation systems comprised of fans, dampers, moisture eliminators and control systems which increase engine efficiency while reducing maintenance costs. Services include engineering Services, analysis, Ventilation System Design, and full manufacturing Services. The firm is the U.S. Agent for Cranston Eagle Marine products. In the 22 year history of the company, Delta T has engineered more than 14,000 engine room ventilation systems on vessels of all types around the world.
Sea-Fire Systems Aboard Niagara Falls Tour Boats
When it came time to retire the iconic Maid of the Mist Niagara Falls tour boats, Hornblower Niagara Cruises sought replacements that would raise the standard of forward-thinking performance, without sacrificing safety. The two new 86' x 36' catamarans built by Hike Metal, christened Niagara Wonder and Niagara Thunder, each has a capacity of 700 passengers and navigates the churning, rock-strewn waters 6,000 times a year. Featured aboard the vessels is Sea-Fire's FireStop Detection System and H-Series Engineered Fire Suppression.
Imtech Equips First LNG-Hybrid Barge
Imtech Marine equipped the first LNG-Hybrid Barge with green technology by order of Becker Marine Systems. The LNG-Hybrid Barge, which will supply the AIDA cruise fleet with energy in Hamburg, is fitted with Imtech Marine’s electrical solutions and fire extinguishing equipment. In addition, Imtech Marine installed the complete ventilation systems with corresponding heat recovery and sea water cooling systems, supporting the Hybrid Barge’s ‘green’ approach by saving energy through reduced heating and cooling requirements.