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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Finland News

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Tallink to Repair Silja Europa at Turku Yard

Estonian shipping company Tallink Grupp said that its vessel Silja Europa has set sail to Turku Repair Yard in Naantali, Finland for scheduled maintenance and planned renewal works that would make the ship more environmentally friendly.The 1993-built vessel will stay in Turku Repair Yard for two weeks, returning to the Tallinn-Helsinki route on February 9, said a press note from the provider of mini-cruise and passenger transport services in the northern Baltic Sea region.During the scheduled docking, the vessel will undergo considerable renovation of several key passenger areas.

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New LNG Bunkering & Fuel Supply System Simulator

Wärtsilä has launched a new LNG Bunkering & Supply System simulator. The simulator will promote greater safety on board liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled vessels by improving the level of training for operators of LNG systems. The design is based on the Wärtsilä LNGPac and Gas Valve Unit (GVU) technologies, and includes all auxiliary systems used in connection with the fuel supply. The design is also in accordance with the STCW requirements for training seafarers onboard gas…

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Costa Smeralda Floated Out

Italian cruise line Costa Cruises said that Costa Smeralda is the first ship in the Costa fleet to be fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG). "This is a step change for the cruise industry as a whole, guaranteeing a substantially reduced environmental impact," it said."Costa Smeralda is the first ship in the Costa fleet to be powered both in port and at sea by LNG, meaning improved air quality and protecting the environment with the virtual elimination of sulfur dioxide emissions (zero emissions) and particulate matter (95-100% reduction).

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Carnival Delays Launch of Mardi Gras Ship

Florida-headquartered international cruise line Carnival Cruise Line announced that the debut of its newest ship, Mardi Gras, will be pushed back until Nov. 14, 2020 after the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland informed the cruise line “that the delivery will be delayed.”With this new schedule, Carnival will now take delivery of the ship in late October and its first revenue sailing will depart from Port Canaveral on Nov. 14, 2020. Consequently, the first eight sailings that were scheduled starting Aug.

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NAVIGATE 2020

NAVIGATE 2020 has announced increased participation from leading Finnish and Nordic companies and maritime professionals during its upcoming event on January 22nd and 23rd.NAVIGATE 2020 brings together the shipowners and operators, the terminal operators and regulators, and importantly the next generation of industry into one room to collaborate and discuss the future challenges and opportunities.The Intelligence Hunt 6 is the main event at the NaviGate2020 Maritime Trade Fair.

Erno Tenhunen (Photo: Danfoss)

Danfoss Editron Appoints Tenhunen as Marine Director

Danfoss Editron has appointed Erno Tenhunen as its new Marine Director. He will lead the company’s marine business, with overall responsibility for sales, the delivery of projects and developing new systems technology at a time when electrification is a hot topic in the global marine industry.Tenhunen adds nearly 20 years’ experience to Danfoss Editron’s established marine team. He joins the company from ABB, where he had spent his entire career. After initially starting as a Project Manager…

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Gasum on an Acquisition Spree

Finland-based integrated gas company Gasum takes steps forward in its growth strategy by acquiring AGA’s Clean Energy business and Nauticor’s Marine Bunkering business from Linde AG."These acquisitions will enhance the development of the Nordic gas market and create a platform for Gasum to provide a broader offering to meet the increasing demand for low-emission energy solutions from customers in industry, maritime and road transport," said a press note.The transaction will improve access to competitive natural gas and biogas…

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Neste Offers LSFO in Germany

Finland’s oil refiner Neste Corporation has made low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO)available in Bremerhaven, Germany in response to the upcoming IMO 2020 global regulation.Neste and the German BMT Bunker und Mineralöltransport GmbH have signed a partner agreement concerning distribution and sales of Neste MarineTM 0.5. This new marine fuel, containing maximum 0.5% sulphur, has been available in Bremerhaven, Germany, since the beginning of November 2019. BMT is a bunkering services company with a long experience in the sales of marine fuels.

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Tallink Grupp Names New Vessel MySTAR

Estonian shipping company Tallink Grupp announced that the name of the new Tallinn-Helsinki route shuttle vessel MySTAR.The new dual-fuel vessel  will be built at Rauma shipyard in Finland and is due to be completed by the end of 2021.The name for the vessel was proposed as an entry in the vessel naming competition by a Finnish national.The shipping company ran a naming competition for the new vessel this summer and the final decision regarding the name was made by the company’s…

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Viking Line Intros Climate-Smart Ship

Finland's Viking Line says that its newbuild cruise ferry, the 63,000 gt M/S Viking Glory, will be one of the most climate-smart passenger ships in the world.According to the shipping company that operates a fleet of ferries and cruise-ferries between Finland, the Åland Islands, Sweden and Estonia, it is estimated that the ship will consume up to 10% less fuel than M/S Viking Grace, which is smaller and was hailed as the world’s most eco-friendly ship of its time. Viking Glory will launch into service in 2021 as the first ship in the world to be equipped with Wärtsilä 31DF dual fuel engines…

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NaviGate2020 set for Turku, Finland

A new exhibition, Nordic Maritime Expo 2020, is set to take place in Turku, Finland, January 22-23, 2020.Billed as a presentation of the latest digital and clean tech ideas, Finland touts itself as the heart of global digitalization and green technical developments.NaviGate2020, the Nordic Maritime Expo will take place on January 22nd and 23rd 2020 in the Finnish city of Turku. It is the place to be to understand how Finnish and other leading shipping companies have begun embracing…

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Nauticor Undertakes 1st SIMPOS LNG Bunkering

Hamburg-based Nauticor, a unit of Linde, together with the logistics company Unifeeder completed a simultaneous  operations (SIMOPS) ship-to-ship bunkering of the liquefied natural gas (LNG)-retrofit Wes Amelie at the port of Helsinki, Finland.The world’s largest bunker supply vessel for liquefied natural gas (LNG) Kairos supplied the chilled fuel to the Wes Amelie at the Vuosaari Harbour container terminal through a SIMOPS (simultaneous operations), Nauticor saidThe transfer of LNG between the two vessels marks an important step in several aspects…

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Ardmore Appoints Dr. Tikka to Board of Directors

Ardmore Shipping Corporation (NYSE: ASC) (“Ardmore”) has announced the appointment of Dr. Kirsi Tikka to the company’s Board of Directors.Dr. Tikka has over 30 years of shipping experience having recently retired from the American Bureau of Shipping  (“ABS”) in July 2019. She joined ABS in 2001 and held various specialist and leadership positions within ABS including as ABS Executive Vice President Global Marine, Europe Division President, and as Vice President and Chief Engineer, Global.

(L-R) Konecranes S-Series, M-series and C-series. Images: Konecranes

Konecranes Rolls-out 3 Innovative Products

Finland's Konecranes, which specialises in the manufacture and service of cranes and lifting equipment for the ports and terminal industry, has announced the launch of three new lifting products that refresh its portfolio.The additions to their portfolio include the innovative new S-series, which uses a synthetic rope to delivers enhanced lifting performance and longer-lasting use. S- and M-series cranes will offer real-time data and insight via the yourKONECRANES customer portal…

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Finnish Navy Orders 4 New Vessels at Rauma

The Finnish shipbuilder Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) won the contract from the Finnish Ministry of Defence for the construction of four new Pohjanmaa-class naval vessels, for the total cost of EUR 1.3 billion.The design phase will resume with immediate effect and construction of the first vessel will start at the shipyard in 2022. The Finnish Government approved the procurement, valued at approximately EUR 700 million, yesterday, September 19, 2019.Rauma Marine Constructions…

Trouble on the high seas: tensions grow over Gulf shipping security

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UK highlights Gulf shipping threats

The UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is to call for more international support to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz when he meets his French and German counterparts later today (Friday, August 31) for talks about Iran. Last month, Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait in apparent retaliation for the UK’s seizure in Gibraltar of an Iranian ship accused of violating European sanctions by taking oil to Syria.The UK joined a U.S.-led mission to escort merchant vessels through the Strait of Hormuz at the start of this month but Germany and France declined to take part…

Transforming Today’s Transportation Terminal for Tomorrow’s Technology

LTE/5G industrial wireless prepares terminals for a digital future.Having implemented successive waves of digital technology over the last few decades, most terminal operations in ports worldwide have a variety of wired and wireless network technologies ranging from UHF and VHF, over wireless sensor networks (WSN) and LPWA, to Ethernet, meshed wireless and Wi-Fi — each supporting a different application of the terminal. With today’s 4G/LTE networks and the coming of 5G, it is now possible to consider consolidating many of these digital applications onto a single…

CADMATIC CEO Jukka Rantala (left) and Kymdata CEO Jyrki Metsola (right) shake hands on the acquisition agreement.
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CADMATIC Acquires Kymdata, CADS Software

CADMATIC has acquired Finnish software company Kymdata Ltd. including the entire share capital as well as IPRs to all Kymdata’s CADS software and its business agreements. The acquisition increases CADMATIC’s estimated turnover to EUR 28 million. With the addition of Kymdata’s 43 employees, CADMATIC will employ over 200 people.Kymdata's CADS Electric software is a leader in electrical and automation design in Finland and Estonia. The CADS product family also includes software modules e.g. for HVAC calculation and modeling as well as structural design.

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Trelleborg's Automoor for Port of Tallinn

Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation has been awarded a contract to install its rope-free automated mooring system, AutoMoor, at the Old City Harbor at the Port of Tallinn, which is the biggest harbor in Estonia and one of the busiest passenger harbors in the world.In first quarter of 2020, Trelleborg will install six units of its AutoMoor T40 Twin Arm at the Old City Harbor’s Berth 13 cruise ferry wharf to facilitate faster berthing processes and improve safety levels within the port environment.

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Tallink Seeking Name for New Ferry

Estonian shipping company Tallink Grupp has  launched an international name search for its new shuttle vessel, the construction of which is due to kick off at the Rauma shipyard in Finland early next year (2020).According to the largest passenger and cargo shipping company in the Baltic Sea region, the shuttle vessel, which will be similar to the group’s newest vessel Megastar, operating on the Tallinn-Helsinki route since January 2017, will be completed by the end of 2021 and delivered to Tallink Grupp in January 2022.The new vessel will then start operating on the Tallinn-Helsinki route…

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RoPax Ferry Finbo Cargo Enters Muuga Port

The Estonian terminal operator HHLA TK Estonia is strengthening its position as a RoRo hub in the Baltic region.The wholly owned subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) said in a press release that the Finnish ferry company Eckerö Line recently began connecting the port of Muuga, where HHLA TK Estonia operates a multi-function terminal, with Vuosaari in Finland. Twice daily, the RoPax ferry Finbo Cargo enters the port of Muuga, which is about 20 kilometres east of the Estonian capital, Tallinn.

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Tallink Gets Finance for LNG Ferry

Estonian shipping company Tallink Tallink Grupp has borrowed  EUR 197.6 million to finance the new EUR 247 million LNG powered fast ferry currently under construction in Rauma Marine Constructions Oy.The loan agreement was concluded between AS Tallink Grupp subsidiary Tallink Superfast Ltd. and KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH, the shipper said.The loan is arranged and long term financing is provided by KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH. Finnish Export Credit Agency “Finnvera” guarantees 95 per cent of this…

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ESA to Partner with One Sea Alliance

A Memorandum of Intent covering future collaboration has been signed by the organization orchestrating space programmes for 22 European countries and the coordinators of One Sea, the industry alliance bringing together exponents of autonomous ship technology.The agreement, between One Sea coordinator DIMECC and the European Space Agency (ESA), sets out common objectives to encourage the development of space-based applications to analyse, enable and implement maritime digitalization…

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Cruise Shipping: Work starts on Carnival Mardi Gras

The hull assembly phase of the 180,000-gt Carnival Mardi Gras was celebrated in Finland with a traditional coin ceremony at Meyer Turku shipyard. In the case of Carnival Mardi Gras, the assembly of the ship hull had already began few weeks before by the arrival of floating engine room unit from another Meyer shipyard, Neptun Werft, in Rostock, Germany.Mardi Gras is the second LNG powered cruise ship being built at Meyer Turku, and this ship will benefit from some of the investments of Meyer Turku’s $224 million  investment program.

AtoB@C Begins Towage in Port of Raahe

AtoB@C Shipping, a ship operator and logistics company, said that it would start to offer port towage and related services in Port of Raahe, Finland in August 2019.A press release from the wholly-owned subsidiary of the Finnish dry bulk shipping company ESL Shipping said that it offers the services equally to all vessels. Port towage and related services shall be offered 24/7 all year round.“Our long term presence in Port of Raahe provides an excellent base for also offering of towage services.

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New Partners in Autonomous Shipping Alliance

Three 'influencers' in the international maritime sector have joined One Sea,  the industry alliance that brings together leading exponents of autonomous ship technology.Global satellite group Inmarsat and NYK Group research subsidiary MTI (Monohakobi Technology Institute) have joined One Sea as full members, while the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to become a One Sea associate member.One Sea members ABB, Kongsberg Maritime and Wärtsilä ran separate autonomous ship trials off the Finnish and Norwegian coasts at the end of 2018.