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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Onboard Systems News

Left to right: Lars Lippuner, Head of Commercial Operations, Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering; Alex Ponomarev, Area Sales Manager, Wärtsilä; Muhammad Shafique, Senior Lecturer, Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering; Syamantak Bhattacharya, Dean, Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä to Supply Marine Simulators in Southampton

Wärtsilä has been selected to provide a full scope of marine simulators for a new training facility at Solent University’s Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, located in Southampton, England.Scheduled to complete in spring 2019, it will be the largest marine simulation training center in the U.K. The contract with Wärtsilä, which was booked in September 2018, is linked to a five-year continuous service agreement.“The simulation center will be a central pillar of our maritime education…

Majority of Global SOLAS Fleet is ECDIS Ready

The majority of the global SOLAS fleet is now compliant with the SOLAS regulations on ECDIS carriage, according to the latest data published by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) at Posidonia. As of May 2016, 51 percent of all vessels that are subject to the SOLAS regulations on the mandatory carriage of ECDIS, including those that do not trade internationally, are now fully ECDIS ready. This is an increase of 6 percent in the past six months. Furthermore, out of almost 42…

Norwegian Breakaway MacGregor's equipment has a robust and reliable design and can be hydraulically or electrically operated. Photo MacGregor

MacGregor Solutions for LNG-powered Cruise Ships

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured orders for environmentally-friendly equipment for four next-generation eco-cruise ships which will be built in Germany and Finland. The vessels will be the first liquefied natural gas-powered cruise ships to enter the market. The orders were booked into first quarter 2016 order intake. "Cruise ships operate in some of the world's most fragile ecosystems and a rising demand from both authorities and operators requires that onboard systems are as environmentally-friendly as possible," says Lars Öberg, Sales Manager, RoRo at MacGregor.

Interior shot of the CMS Training facilities (Image: CMS)

Simulating the Next Big Thing

As simulation technology evolves, the methods and techniques used to train today’s mariners are also changing. A growing list of regulatory training and competency requirements is further complicating the already crowded ‘to do’ list for today’s mariners and tomorrow’s future professionals alike. That’s not going to change any time soon. What is changing, however, is the way in which maritime training institutions utilize the latest in cutting edge simulation technologies. New equipment…

prototype wave power unit

Wave Power Unit for Victorian Waters

BioPower Systems Pty Ltd (BioPower) has finished constructing its prototype wave power unit to be installed off the coast of Port Fairy, Victoria, later this year. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht congratulated BioPower on the achievement, which would advance the renewable wave energy industry in Australia. “The $21 million project, supported by $11 million ARENA funding, aims to move BioPower’s bioWAVE technology towards commercialisation,” Mr Frischknecht said. “If successfully installed…

Photo: Eniram

Driving Operational Change with Data-driven Analytics

Real-time reporting and data analysis are key tools to understanding and improving complex operating environments of today’s companies where the overall effects of any individual action can be very difficult to identify without a proper tool set at hand. Identifying and continuously improving best practices are also best served by the same process which then allows shipowners and operators to see what’s happening underneath all the noise — to find what otherwise would be lost in the variance of the data.

IACS Holds Council Meeting

The International Association of Classification Societies chaired by Philippe Donche-Gay of BV held its December Council meeting yesterday in London. The flagship Common Structural Rules project for bulk carriers and oil tankers was discussed and a presentation delivered to industry representatives who attended the closing session. The rules will enter into force on July 1, 2015. The IACS expert group on structural safety of containerships reported on a post MOL Comfort review which it has carried out.

DongBang & OHT Select OCTOPUS Advisory Solution

Amarcon, an ABB Group company, today announced that the company will deliver OCTOPUS-Onboard vessel advisory solutions to a total of three vessels owned by Norwegian oil service company OHT AS and Korean heavy cargo transporter DongBang. The information and control system will support the vessels route planning, optimization of speed and insight in critical motions. The repeat order with OHT encompasses OCTOPUS motion monitoring and forecasting for vessel M/V Albatross. Amarcon has previously delivered advisory suites to OHT’s heavy lift cargo vessels Eagle, Falcon, Osprey and Hawk.

Lunar Fishing

Wärtsilä Propulsion Equipment for 2 Fishing Vessels

Two new 78 metre purser/trawler fishing vessels being designed and built at Karstensen Shipyard in Denmark will feature Wärtsilä's main propulsion and control equipment. The ships have been contracted by Lunar Fishing, the Scotland based fishing company and will operate in the North Sea. The Wärtsilä order was placed in September 2014. For each vessel, Wärtsilä's scope of supply includes a 9 cylinder in-line Wärtsilä 32 engine, a 2-speed gear with power take-off function (PTO)…

Michael Wilson

Shippers Must Reduce Costs, Boost Efficiency

So what’s keeping ship operators awake at night these days? Plenty, it seems. Sluggish recovery from a lingering worldwide recession, unsustainable debt loads, endemic overcapacity in most shipping trades, punishing freight rates, rising costs of fuel and regulatory compliance and a lingering sense that ships are not running as efficiently as they could. The last two topics – reducing fuel costs while complying with emission regulations and improving ship operating efficiency – will take center stage at SHIPPINGInsight 2014, scheduled for Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in Stamford, Conn.

Boat Show

Newport International Boat Show To Offer Exciting Program

Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today its '2014 At The Helm program' for this year’s Boat Show. The Newport International Boat Show will take place September 11-14, 2014 on the Newport Waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country and the kick-off to the boat show season, the event will host exhibitors from around the world with an exceptional assortment of boats of every type and style…

The Evolution of Classification Societies

The role of Classification societies is ever changing, with significant material impact on the maritime market. In this edition, MarPro helps set the stage to and through 2020, with insights from leaders in Class on the burning issues. What has been the biggest evolution of class in the past five years? Roberto P. Cazzulo, RINA: Over the past years, there has been a big evolution of class rules into the new Goal Based Standards. The GBS are a way to establish a close link between class rules with goals and functional requirements established by the IMO.

Siemens Wins Order for Two Marine PSVs

Siemens Industr awarded a multimillion dollar contract by LEEVAC Shipyards, LLC to equip two newly constructed Aries Marine Corporation marine platform supply vessels (PSV) with its unique diesel electric propulsion solution at Leevac’s facilities in Jennings, La. “The demands placed on the onboard systems and technologies of today’s PSVs are high as these vessels are specialized and tailored based upon particular machine layouts, power requirements, automation processes, climatic conditions and more,” says David Grucza, marine business manager, Siemens Industry, Inc.

Aerostar Tethered Aerostat System: Photo credit Raven Industries

Raven Meets Urgent Navy Surveillance Need

Raven Aerostar recently concluded a successful maritime operation in response to an urgent requirement from the Commander, U.S. Navy South for a maritime persistent surveillance solution aimed to enhance security in the Caribbean Basin. Quickly meeting the requirements provided by U.S. Navy South, Raven Aerostar deployed a turnkey Maritime Persistent Surveillance Solution featuring a Raven Aerostar Tethered Aerostat System integrated with a state-of-the-art Vista Smart Sensing Radar System…

New Oceanographic Data in Major Ship-Routing Trial

New data that enables ships and superyachts to improve their routing efficiency is being trialled with a major cruise line company. The data, provided by oceanographic data specialist Tidetech, will allow captains and deck officers to route their vessels more efficiently, saving time, fuel and money while reducing environmental impact.The scientific data can be integrated with onboard navigation systems and provides an accurate feed of global ocean currents, sea surface temperatures…

Air traffic controllers plot the positions of aircraft on a wall-mounted display, circa 1950. Will control of ships at sea evolve as did air traffic control?

The eNav Strategy and its Implications

Virtually everyone is, by now, familiar with the concept of electronic navigation, also called eNavigation or eNav. The problem is that the term means different things to different people. Historically, it started with radio beacons. Radar, loran, and GPS have been added over time. Now we have AIS and electronic charting. Most mariners view this as an increasingly sophisticated set of tools installed on the ship to improve the ability to avoid collisions, groundings, and related casualties. That is only part of the story.

'Yauza': Photo credit Nerpa Shipbuilders

Russian Navy Support Ship Ready for Trials

In fact, shipwrights at Nerpa have built a new ship. Only the hull remained from Yauza; the deck erection and equipment was demounted. During the total retrofitting, the ship's living quarters was completed, and up-to-date control systems were installed. The ship has not only changed external appearance but was conversed from a dry cargo vessel into a Project 550M ice-class passenger/cargo ship. After launching and outfitting works, the ship will pass dockside and state trials to test all onboard systems and equipment.

Photo courtesy Saltwater PR

Marlink Provides More Power to Viking

Baltic Sea cruise ferry operator, Viking Line, has entered into a new five-year contract with Marlink continuing its existing agreement for the supply and operation of its satellite communications and the enhancement of its Sealink(TM) systems onboard the company's fleet of ferries. From its head office in Åland, an island in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland, Viking Line operates seven overnight cruise-ferries on routes between Finland, Sweden and Estonia. Marlink has…

HMS Protector & Sailors: Photo credit MOD

Offshore Survey of World's Most Remote Inhabited Territory

British navy ice patrol ship 'HMS Protector' conducts the first systematic survey since the 1970's of waters off Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic. In the first survey of the area to be conducted using modern techniques, HMS Protector used her motorboat and onboard systems to make a multibeam echo sounder survey of the Edinburgh Anchorages. The territory is the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, lying 1,750 miles (2,816km) from the nearest land, South Africa, and 2,088 miles (3,360km) from South America.

ECDIS Training in Progress: Photo credit Resolve Maritime Academy

Resolve Maritime Academy Joins ECDIS Training Network

Resolve Maritime Academy has joined the Transas Global ECDIS Training Network, known as Get-Net. The Academy recently expanded its Fort Lauderdale, Florida training facilities, adding a second ECDIS classroom with Transas simulation software and Transas ECDIS to meet the high demand for Generic and Type-Specific ECDIS training. The training partnership with Transas allows Resolve Maritime Academy to comply with all Flag State, Port State Control and Classification Society requirements and to better serve its global client base, in time for the new ECDIS training requirement deadlines.