FEBRUARY 8, 2013 — Nørresundby, Denmark, headquartered DESMI Ocean Guard A/S says that A.P. Møller – Maersk has tested its containerized solution for ballast water treatment and has concluded that it is a very attractive solution, particularly for container vessel retrofits.
Per Hother Rasmussen of Maersk Maritime Technology explains: "We have tested containerized ballast water treatment system plants on two different vessels and we find it a viable way of overcoming space problems in crowded engine rooms as well as giving us the advantage of easy and short installation time, even with the vessel in service. Starting in September 2011, we have tested the DESMI Ocean Guard containerized solution over 7 months on one of our vessels and found that it lived up to our needs and expectations. We are satisfied with the results."
DESMI Ocean Guard offers its OxyClean system both as a component delivery, skid-mounted system or installed in a container. The containerized solution can be delivered with flow rates up to 500 cu.m/h in a 20 ft container, and up to 3,000 cu.m/h in a configuration with two 40 ft containers placed on top of each other. The reason for placing the containers on top of each other is to accommodate the required service height of the filter.
The DESMI Ocean Guard OxyClean ballast water treatment system was type approved by Lloyd's Register in November 2012. In January 2013 DNV concluded its Safety Assessment of the system and ABS issued a Design Assessment certificate.
The OxyClean system is based on mechanical filtration followed by disinfection with a combination of UV and ozone. The system is the first ballast water treatment system on the market that has completed successful IMO testing in fresh, brackish and salt water.
FEBRUARY 5, 2013 — Smit Salvage, Singapore, was awarded on Feb. 1, 2013, a $24,889,904 delivery order against previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-award-fee contract (N00024-12-D-4120) to provide support for emergency response and recovery operations for the USS Guardian (MCM 5) grounding on Tubbataha Reef, Sulu Sea, Philippines.
The Navy said last month that the only way remove the ship without causing further damage to the reef is in pieces (see earlier story).
Support provided by Smit will include personnel, vessels and equipment required for assessment, planning, stabilization, oil removal and vessel recovery.
Work will be performed in the vicinity of the Tubbataha Reef, Philippines, (72 percent); Palawan, Philippines, (15 percent); Singapore, SG, (10 percent); Washington, D.C., (1 percent); Rotterdam, The Netherlands, (1 percent); and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2013.
Fiscal 2013 Operations and Maintenance, Navy funds in the amount of $24,889,904 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington D.C., is the contracting activity.
FEBRUARY 6, 2013 — Rolls-Royce says that an offshore vessel under construction for Simon Møkster Shipping will be the first in the world to feature its innovative Unified Bridge solution — which it calls "a step change in vessel operation."
The bridge is being installed on a UT 776 WP platform supply vessel currently being built by Spanish shipyard Astilleros Gondan. The vessel design with the striking wave piercing bow, main systems and equipment are all provided by Rolls-Royce. On completion in 2014 the vessel will be chartered by Statoil.
As offshore ships have become more technologically advanced and able to perform more highly specialized duties, their bridges have become more complex.
The Rolls-Royce Unified Bridge has been designed to deal with this issue based on both the company's own research and feedback from customers. It is designed to simplify the range of controls, panels and displays for the various onboard systems and provide significantly improved ergonomics and easier operation which enhances operator and crew safety and improves task efficiency.
The bridge layout can be tailored to meet the needs of a number of different vessels.
Anders Almestad, Rolls-Royce, President – Offshore, said: "Working aboard ships in the offshore sector can be hugely demanding on crews, where concentration, visibility and rapid response are essential for safe operations. The Unified Bridge was developed after an in-depth study of bridge system requirements for the navigation and operation of vessels focused on ergonomic design, safety, performance and simplicity."
Daniel Scavuzzo, Astilleros Gondan, Commercial Manager, said: "The Rolls-Royce Unified Bridge is a breakthrough development which fits with the philosophy of Gondan Shipyard. Our aim is to identify and understand our customer's needs to supply integral solutions and services to meet their requirements. Providing the 'shipbuilder's point of view' to this new development has been a very constructive experience for us. Our work hand-in-hand with the designer and the shipowner has been key in delivering this successful project."
JUNE 10, 2013 — Great Yarmouth, U.K., headquartered Seajacks International has entered into a contract with South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries to build what it says will be "the world's largest and most advanced offshore wind farm installation vessel."
The vessel has been specifically designed to meet the demands associated with working U.K. Round 3, Scottish territorial waters and the other North West European markets. Seajacks also has options for the construction of an additional two units.
Named Seajacks Scylla, the new vessel is based on the Gusto MSC NG14000X design and will be the fifth new self-propelled jack-up to join the Seajacks fleet since 2009.
The vessel will be equipped with a 1,500 t leg-encircling crane, incorporate useable deck space in excess of 5,000 sq.m, and have over 8,000 t of available variable load.
Sailing at speeds of 12 knots or over, Scylla will be outfitted with 105 m long legs that will give it the ability to install components in water depths of up to 65m.
According to Gusto MSC, the NG14000X has a main deck hull length of 139 m, a breadth of 50 m and a hull depth of 11. Design draft (keel) is 6 m.
"Seajacks Scylla is a significant milestone for Seajacks and for the offshore wind industry" said Seajacks Group CEO Blair Ainslie. "She is a Round 3 vessel and is more technically advanced than any other installation vessel that we see on the market today.
"Drawing on our extensive experience, and based on feedback from discussions with clients across the supply chain, the design of Seajacks Scylla has been developed to meet the installation needs of jumbo-monopiles, jackets and turbines of future wind farms in deeper waters and further from shore.
"We are delighted to be working with a top tier shipbuilder in Samsung Heavy Industries. Samsung are recognised as a premier offshore shipyard who have a reputation of delivering a first class product. We are therefore confident that Scylla will be of the highest quality and certain that she will be delivered on time for the commencement of UK Round 3.
"The arrival of Scylla will make Seajacks' modern fleet of vessels unrivalled in the offshore wind sector for installation and maintenance of wind farms."
Samsung Heavy Industries Vice President Harris Lee said:
"We are also pleased to be working with Seajacks, a leading offshore installation contractor. Since Scylla will be the most technically advanced unit in the sector, we will put our utmost effort into both the design and construction phases to ensure the best quality and performance of vessel.
"Meanwhile, we are viewing the wind power market very positively and are therefore optimistic about the optional vessels."
Seajacks Scylla will be delivered in the second half of 2015.
Seajacks recently completed the successful installation of all 80 monopiles at the Meerwind Offshore Wind Park in Germany on schedule, despite having experienced significantly worst weather than anticipated this winter. As part of its role as Main Installation Contractor at the German site, Seajacks is responsible for the installation of all turbines and foundations, as well as the scour installation, grouting and noise mitigation for the project.
Since 2009, Seajacks has developed a track record of over 830 MW of turbines installed and is currently constructing an additional 288 MW at the Meerwind Offshore Wind Power Project in Germany.
Seajacks was acquired by Marubeni Corporation and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan in May 2012.
A 38 m "Guideship" to be built for Korea's state-owned Incheon Port Authority is to have a 9 cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engine. The vessel, which is being designed and built by shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries, and will operate in the Port of Incheon taking passengers on various routes. The Korean Government has specified that environmental sustainability be a priority for the ship.
The in-line Wärtsilä 20DF ordered for the vessel can operate on either gas or liquid fuel oils, and in gas mode is capable of meeting the most stringent emission regulations. The dual-fuel engine will have low emissions and will meet Tier III regulations when in gas mode.
"The IPA's Guideship, which is a green ship, concept is tremendously important as it clearly represents an industry trend. We are very proud that Wärtsilä's dual-fuel engine technology has been selected as the most suitable solution for this project and we are looking forward to getting many more orders for coastal vessels and environmental related markets. The fuel flexibility that our DF engines offer enables not only environmental sustainability, but fuel cost savings as well since these engines can operate on a wide range of fuels," says Aaron Bresnahan, Vice President, Wärtsilä Ship Power, Specials.
The unique feature of Wärtsilä's dual-fuel engine technology is that it incorporates two separate fuel injection systems. When operating on gas, the electronically controlled common-rail pilot fuel injection system injects a very small amount of liquid fuel only. This makes it possible to conform to certain environmental restrictions that couldn't be met when using conventional injection systems. The conventional system is used when the DF engine is operated on standard liquid marine fuels. The switch between fuels can be made automatically and without loss of power.
The order was placed with Wärtsilä in October 2011, and the ship is scheduled to be in operation in December 2012.
200G/T Harbor Master vessel
Over All length approximately 38 m
Draft (design) 2,2 m
Speed approximately 15 knots
May 26, 2012
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