2001 Maritime

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December 7, 2001

Port security under scrutiny in Washington
Port security issues were the focus of both House and Senate hearings in Washington, D.C.

Search on for Bin Laden's fleet
ABC News and other sources are reporting that the U.S. Navy is searching the world's oceans and ports for some 23 merchant vessels on a classified list of ships identified by U.S. and Norwegian intelligence agencies as owned or controlled by Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda organization.

The locations of these ships is apparently unknown,

One immediate concern is that they could be involved in spiriting Bin Laden and his associates away from Afghanistan.

The U.S. has issued a bulletin to shipping saying:

The U.S. is committed to capturing Usama bin Ladin and senior Al-Qaeda leaders.

The U.S. is using all available military assets to capture bin Ladin and Al-Qaeda associates. This includes using the full capabilities of U.S. and Coalition military aircraft, warships, submarines, and satellites. As part of this search operation, U.S. Fifth Fleet and Coalition forces are currently querying commercial vessels in the region, particularly those operating off the Pakistani coast.

Anyone suspected of assisting or transporting bin Ladin and/or Al-Qaeda leadership should expect to be boarded, and will risk the sinking or seizure of vessel (or downing of airplane), and will be detained and jailed.

Any perceived hostility towards a U.S. or Coalition naval unit during these ongoing operations will result in the destruction of the commercial vessel.

The U.S. has offered a $25 million dollar reward to anyone turning over Usama bin Ladin to the U.S.

Wärtsilä EnviroEngines for P&O Princess Cruises
Wärtsilä Corporation is supplying twelve EnviroEngines for four cruise ships contracted by P&O Princess Cruises. All 12 engines are being built in Finland.

EnviroEngines use electronically-controlled common-rail fuel injection to provide optimum combustion over the entire load range, to give the particular benefit of no visible smoke at any load and when starting or during transient load changes. They also employ electronically controlled direct water injection to achieve the low NOx emission value of 6 g/kWh. The EnviroEngines for P&O Princess Cruises are the first to incorporate both technologies. As diesel engines, their high efficiency also means they have the lowest CO2 emissions of all prime movers.

The smokeless operation of EnviroEngines is of particular attraction to P&O Princess Cruises, as it meets the need for a clear engine exhaust when operating in environmentally sensitive areas such as Alaska.

The first eight Wärtsilä EnviroEngines--two Wärtsilä 9L46 engines, two Wärtsilä 8L46 engines and four Wärtsilä 16V46 engines--have successfully completed factory acceptance tests for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Chantiers de l'Atlantique and P&O Princess Cruises.

On Wednesday, December 5, the eighth engine was tested in Turku in the presence of Charles Arkinstall, Executive Vice President, and senior technical staff of P&O Princess Cruises, together with Mikael Mäkinen, Group Vice President, Marine & Licensing, Wärtsilä Corporation.

Two of the P&O Princess ships are building at Chantiers de l'Atlantique in France, with delivery scheduled in 2002 and 2003. They will each have two Wärtsilä 16V46 EnviroEngines, each delivering 16,800 kW at 514 rev/min. The ships will be named respectively "Coral Princess" and "Island Princess". When delivered, the "Coral Princess" will be the first vessel to enter service with fully fledged EnviroEngines.

Two ships, the "Diamond Princess" and "Sapphire Princess", are also being built at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan. They are due for delivery from the Nagasaki yard in 2003 and 2004 respectively. These ships will each be equipped with two Wärtsilä 9L46 and two Wärtsilä 8L46 EnviroEngines. The nine-cylinder engines are rated at 9,450 kW output each at 514 rev/min and the eight-cylinder engines 8,400 kW at the same speed.

Twenty-seven Wärtsilä EnviroEngines of three different engine types have so far been ordered for 16 ships and in addition low-speed engines with similar technology have been ordered for six further ships.