Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Quincy seeks lien on MHI chief's home
The Patriot Ledger reports that the Quincy, Mass., city council has directed the city's lawyers to put a lien on the Brookline, Mass., home of Sotirios Emmanouil, the man behind the ill-fated attempt to reopen the Fore River shipyard as Massachusetts Heavy Industries.

Council President Paul Harold said the lien on Emmanouil's $2,015,000 home may be the only way for the city to recoup some of the $7.8 million loan it obtained on behalf of the shipyard venture.

The city must pay off the loan over 20 years with grants it now uses to spur
economic growth. Those payments will gobble up about one-fourth of the
Community Development Block Grant money Quincy receives each year from the federal government.

MarAd took over the yard late last month after Massachusetts Heavy Industries defaulted on close to $80 million in loans. The Patriot Ledger reports that the city is third in line on the company's list of creditors behind the federal and state governments. If it secures a lien on Emmanouil's home, it will be second in line behind the bank that holds the mortgage on the property.

According to the Patriot Ledger, Emmanouil bought a home at 130 Goddard Ave. in Brookline in July 1998 using a $1.8 million mortgage obtained by Marine Industrial Services, a company he formed in February 1998 to provide consulting services to Massachusetts Heavy Industries. Marine Industrial Services signed a $420,000 contract with MHI in early 1998. Before Emmanouil's consulting firm could collect all of that money, says the newspaper, state and federal officials capped his salary at $180,000 a year and the salary for his wife, Joni, at $75,000 per year. During the spring of 1999, MassDevelopment capped the couple's combined annual salary from the shipyard work at $75,000.


First in a new "green" cruise ship series for
Royal Caribbean International
While Royal Caribbean's Celebrity Cruises is building its Millennium to Lloyds Register class, it has also opted to include DNV's new voluntary class notation CLEAN DESIGN.

"Environmental Class was presented to us by DNV in February, and we immediately decided to implement it on Millennium,"says RCI's Olav Eftedal, technical director for newbuildings. This is RCI's first ship of the new millennium, and the first to have the new class notation. It is also the first of a new series of green ships, including options RCI now has 14 newbuildings in the pipeline.

In line with DNV's objective of safeguarding life, property and the environment, Environmental Class comprises new voluntary class notations available to ships embodying measures to reduce possible environmental consequences.

To meet the wide variety of ship types and trading patterns, two class notations CLEAN and CLEAN DESIGN have been introduced, comprising three main areas:

  • emissions to air,
  • operational discharges to sea, and
  • accidental discharges to sea (only covered in CLEAN DESIGN)

The two notations are comparable, CLEAN DESIGN being the stricter. CLEAN is primarily for ships in deep-sea trading, but may also be applied to other vessels. It may be implemented on board existing ships at a limited investment cost.

CLEAN DESIGN is suitable for ships trading in coastal waters and short-sea shipping, in particular for cruise ships and ferries. It includes stricter requirements to prevent local pollution, from both operational and accidental emissions and discharges. Unless particular care has been taken during design and construction, this class notation is best suited to new ships. The idea behind it is that a 'zero discharge' solution should be possible for a number of the pollution components.

For Millennium CLEAN DESIGN means technically advanced systems, low NOx-emission gas turbines, an advanced waste-management system, fuel tanks in protected locations and use of non-TBT antifouling. The ship is due to be delivered in May from Chantiers de L'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France. RCI owns RCCL and Celebrity Cruises.

Equilinx launches on-line marine marketplace
Equilinx, a business-to-business e-commerce hub for the marine industry, yesterday announced its planned second quarter launch of what its says is world's first international online marketplace for ship repair and replacement parts, equipment and services.

This procurement gateway will combine comprehensive databases of catalogs with a search engine that allows buyers to locate parts for ship repairs and maintenance.

Sapient Corporation, a leading e-services consultancy, is the Equilinx digital\ business strategy partner, providing overall program management, creative design, experience modeling, and technology implementation and integration.

Commerce One, a leader in global e-commerce solutions for business and Vitria Technology, a leading provider of eBusiness infrastructure software, are providing the technological foundation of the initiative.

"Equilinx is essentially Web-enabling and streamlining the maritime procurement process for buyers and suppliers. Currently, purchasing agents must sift through many unwieldy catalogs and spend numerous hours tracking down parts and services through phone calls, faxes and e-mails," said Jim Ungerleider, CEO and president of Equilinx. "With millions of dollars being lost due to inefficiencies and delays, Equilinx intends to help fleet managers reduce inventory costs, support special vendor agreements and reduce the time their ships are out of commission."

Created by a team of life-long marine engineers and Internet experts, Equilinx's earch engine not only locates specific parts, but also lists a variety of alternatives based on form, fit and function specifications. Parts can then be purchased fromanywhere in the world at any time of day through a secure, password-protected server that ensures confidential transactions.

Equilinx has signed on several premier buyers and industry suppliers as charter members, including Maersk Line and Osprey Ship Management, Inc.. In addition, Equilinx is supported by an advisory board that includes Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Director Bernard Aronson,.

MacGregor wins major orders for cruise ships
Under contracts totaling over $6.25 million, MacGregor's Passenger Ship Division is supplying a shipset of 21 elevators for NCL's latest cruise ship newbuilding, and a repeat turn-key package which includes 43 provisions stores and refrigeration machinery.

Announcement of the NCL order came just one day after news that MacGregor had won a contract to supply elevators, escalators and cold rooms for the two 72,000gt 'Project America' cruise ships contracted by American Classic Voyages Co at Litton Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

MacGregor's scope of supply for Norwegian Cruise Line's 78,000gt newbuilding (NB 109, known as project 'Sky II') on order at Lloyd Werft, Bremerhaven, includes 21 elevators. With this contract, MacGregor now has 146 elevators on order for
vessels being built in German yards: six cruise ships and six ferries.

Sky II's elevator outfit comprises 12 passenger elevators (four of them scenic versions), and nine service elevators. These will be controlled by Kone's TMS 600 control system, and monitoring will be handled by Kone's new E-Link system.

The NCL specification incorporates a "luggage mode" for two of the service elevators.Special hardware and software will cut the time taken to load and distribute baggage, and make this operation much easier for the crew.

Instead of luggage being brought onboard on carts and then transferred into the elevators, with the new system the same carts will be carried in the elevators to a pre-assigned deck. An operator at the loading deck will select 'luggage mode' by swiping a card in the elevator car control panel, thereby gaining control of the car. The cart is sent to the required deck where the car will stop with the doors open until the luggage carts are removed, before the elevator is returned to the loading deck.

To ease luggage flows, the door and cabin sizes for these two elevators have been enlarged.

MacGregor is also delivering the same provisions stores/refrigeration machinery package for 'Sky II' as it did for Costa Victoria and Norwegian Sky, following good experience on these earlier newbuildings.This repeat order includes design, delivery, installation and commissioning of 43 USPHS cold and dry stores. Centralized refrigeration machinery will serve all refrigerated bar counters and other consumers on board as well as the cold stores. In addition to this machinery and MacGregor cold store and dry store panels, the turn-key package includes all associated electric, refrigeration and insulation installations and around 5,000 m of cooling medium pipework.

After Bremer Vulkan had delivered the 75,000gt Costa Victoria (NB 107) to Costa Cruises in 1996, the yard went bankrupt. NCL then bought the hull of its sister ship (NB 108), which Lloyd Werft finished and delivered last year as Norwegian Sky. Now NCL has ordered a sister ship to Norwegian Sky from Lloyd Werft, and 'Sky II' is scheduled for delivery in August 2001 with capacity for 2,450 passengers in 1,005cabins.

Lloyd Werft has subcontracted Aker MTW in Wismar, Germany, to build the hull, and this will be transferred in September this year to Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven where outfitting will be carried out. MacGregor is working on the ship in both yards: delivery of refrigeration machinery is scheduled for mid-May, and cold stores installation starts in June. Elevators are also scheduled for delivery from May this year, and commissioned by April 2001.


Project America
MacGregor's involvement with the Project America ships developed from an initial inquiry received some two years ago, and is the result of its expertise in providing a consultancy service on passenger flow management and provisions stores design.

The elevator contract includes the supply, installation and commissioning of two scenic, eight passenger and seven service elevators. All are of the plug-in type with the steel structure planned to be manufactured in the U.S .and the elevator equipment added under supervision from MacGregor Finland. Each will then be installed in two fully-equipped sections.

The largest passenger elevators will be a pair of enclosed 18-passenger/ 1,350 kg units located in the aft part of the ship, linking eight decks through an operating height of 21.26 m. The remaining six standard elevators will each have a capacity of 13 passengers or 1,200kg. Four will be grouped in the forward area of the ship linking 10 decks through a traveling height of 26.6m. The remaining two, located in the centre part of the ship close to the panoramic elevators, are of the same size and capacity and will operate between decks Nos 3 and 13. The two panoramic/scenic elevators will have a maximum load capacity of 1,200kg or 16 passengers, and will operate in the central atrium through a traveling height of 24.05m.

Of the seven service elevators, six have load capacities of 1,000kg (or 13 passengers) and the seventh is a dual-role garbage/service elevator of 675 kg capacity (9 persons). Three of the service elevators are grouped to serve the forward section of the ship linking decks Nos 1 to 13 through a traveling height of 35.40m. The remaining garbage and service elevators are located aft in a group of 2+1 linking decks Nos 2 to 12 and 3 to 6 through a height of 29.77m and 24.03m, and the garbage elevator will operate through a similar height of 29.72m.

All elevators will operate at a traveling speed of 1.6 m/s and will use KONE MR traction machinery, TMS 600 control system and V3F drive system.

In addition to the elevators and escalators, MacGregor will supply and install a total of 42 cold stores complying with USPHS requirements. The total internal floor area is some 1,260 m2 of which 280 m2 will be freezer space with a temperature requirement of -26°C. The remainder will be a mix of stores and food preparation rooms with a variety of specified temperatures ranging from +2°C to +21°C.

The internal free height of all rooms is 2.10 m and where forklift traffic is planned the floors will be strengthened to accept forklift total weights of 2.5 tonnes.

The rooms will be constructed using prefabricated panels in expanded polyurethane self-extinguishing insulation of 40 kg/m3 density. Wall and ceiling thickness will be 75 mm for temperatures of 2°C and higher, and 100mm for temperatures below 2°C.

A-60 rated fire doors will be fitted to three of the cold roomsThese new design doors fully comply with both fire and insulation requirements in a single unit. They eliminate the necessity to fit two adjacent doors to provide fire protection and temperature insulation. Installation costs are therefore reduced, and access to the stores is much improved.

MacGregor is also supplying a turn-key refrigeration package (less piping) comprising compressors, cooler equipment in the rooms and a comprehensive control system. The package includes MacGREGOR's performance guarantee of temperature.

Though the ships are not scheduled to be delivered until 2003 and 2004, MacGregor will commence delivery of equipment by the end of 2000 for the first vessel and by the end of 2001 for the second.

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