NOVEMBER 22, 2017—UK shipbuilder Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited (FMEL) recently launched the MV Glen Sannox, the first in a series of two LNG-fueled vehicle ferries, at its Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow. The ferries are the first dual fuel newbuilds constructed in the U.K.

Being constructed under a £97 million contract, the 102.4m x 17m vehicle passenger ferry is being built for Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL), with delivery set for the winter of 2018/19. MV Glen Sannox  is expected to be operated on the Ardrossan to Brodick route, with the capacity to transport up to 1,000 passengers and up to 127 cars.  

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The dual fuel ferries will feature fully integrated Wärtsilä propulsion machinery packages. Wärtsilä is also supply extended engineering and site support services. Wärtsilä will supply each of the two ships with two 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF main engines capable of operating on either LNG or conventional diesel fuels, two 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF auxiliary engines, horizontally offset gearboxes, shaft lines, seals and bearings, controllable pitch propeller systems (CPP) including the Wärtsilä Energopac optimised propulsion and manoeuvring system, tunnel thrusters, the Wärtsilä LNGPac storage and supply system, plus extended commissioning and engineering. The ships will feature a twin screw dual-fuel mechanical propulsion driveline.Slide LNGferry2

Landmark for FMEL
FMEL CEO Gerry Marshall, said the launch of the 1,273 dwt MV Glen Sannox was “another landmark in the rebirth of Fergusons after Clyde Blowers Capital bought the assets out of administration in 2014.  Since then, significant investment has been made into the yard, capabilities and skills.”

Marshall added that FMEL shared CMAL’s ambition “to innovate in ferry design and technology and hope the successful launch is a further step in cementing our relationship for the future.”

Jim McColl, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Clyde Blowers Capital said, “The successful launch of the MV Glen Sannox marks an important milestone in Ferguson Marine’s journey to becoming a world-class shipyard. As this is the first ferry in the UK capable of being run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and marine gas oil, not only has this been an extremely exciting and ambitious project for both FMEL and CMAL, but it has been an extremely complex one as well. FMEL and CMAL have worked closely together on the highly challenging engineering issues arising from the unique nature of the dual fuel ferry project.  The experience and knowledge gained during this project will be of enormous benefit to the competitiveness of Scottish shipbuilding in the future as technology continues to develop to meet tightening clean energy legislation.”


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NOVEMBER 20, 2017—On a crisp, breezy morning last week, the 98m vehicle ferry Elektra pulled away from the landing at Parainen after loading cars and two tractor trailers, including one hauling a load of timber, for its 15-minute crossing to Nauvo, Finland. There were two things that were noticeable immediately about the bright yellow ferry: It emitted no fumes nor any engine noise. That’s because the Elektra is Finland’s first newbuild all-electric ferry.

Built by CRIST in Poland, the Elektra began operating this past summer on 1.6 km route across the Finnish Archipelago. The ferry provides a glimpse of the future for state-owned operator FinFerries, which carries 4 million vehicles and 10 million passengers on its 40-plus routes operating around the country.

The Elektra is part of a growing fleet of green electric ferries that are built on Siemens technology. It joins the Ampere, the world’s first all-electric ferry that went into service with Siemens technology in Norway in 2015. Ampere served as a model for Elektra.

“The Elektra is part of a fleet now numbering four fully electrically propelled ferries run by the shipping company FinFerries which are equipped with our BlueDrive Plus C propulsion concept,” says Odd Moen, Head of Marine & Shipbuilding at Siemens Norway. “This encompasses a power storage system, a warning and observation system and variable-speed propulsion technology for the propellers.”

The 525 dwt Elektra has an overall length of 97.98m, beam of 15.2m and draft of 3.55m, with five lanes to accommodate up to 90 cars. The concept design for the Elektra was performed by Deltamarin, Turku, Finland.

While the Elektra can operate in three propulsion modes: all electric, hybrid and diesel-electric, it has only operated in its all-electric mode. The diesel-generators, composed of four Scania diesels and 50 Hz/690 V Stamford generators, will come into play if the ferry needs to make headway through ice conditions this winter.

Instead of bunkering on marine diesel oil, it gets a quick 5-minute charge at each end of its crossing from Cavotec automated mooring and charging stations. A quick plug in at the dock keeps the ferry’s 1MWh battery cluster charged at an optimum level—about 75%.

The Elektra even has a bank of solar panels, although admittedly, there more to demonstrate its green pedigree than for much practical use.

“Battery-powered ferries are vital to the achievement of sustainable, efficient and reliable shipping,” says FinFerries CEO Mats Rosin. “We’re proud to have accomplished something of a pioneering achievement with ferries of our electric fleet thanks to Siemens, and we’re excited about the possibilities afforded by these green technologies.”

Based on that pioneering spirit and groundbreaking technologies, Elektra was named one of Marine Log’s Best Ships of 2017. You can read more about her in the upcoming December issue of Marine Log.

Föri Finland's first electric ferry
And, as one astute reader, Mike Watters of Life Size Media, pointed out, the Elektra is technically not the first all-electric ferry in Finland. That title belongs to the historic ferry Föri, which was converted to electric propulsion this past spring. The ferry was originally fitted with wood-burning steam engines when she went into service in 1904. In 1955 the steam engines were replaced by diesel engines. The ferry is now fitted with a Visedo zero emission drivetrain. You can read more here.


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NOVEMBER 20, 2017 — Wärtsilä will supply the engines, the navigation system, and a broad scope of other products and systems for the 63,000 grt, 2,800 passenger LNG-fueled cruise ferry to be built by China's Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co. for Åland, Finland, headquartered Viking Line.

Six Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines running primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG) will provide the propulsion and power in what will be the first marine application of the dual fuel version of the Wärtsilä 31.

Wärtsilä will also supply its LNGPac fuel storage and supply system and an advanced Compact Silencer System (CSS), high quality bow thrusters, the ballast water management system (BWMS), and its Nacos Platinum integrated navigation system.

The Nacos Platinum system integrates various functions into a single system, allowing the vessel to be navigated, controlled, and monitored from several onboard positions. The recently launched Wärtsilä SmartPredict system is also included. This innovation is designed to provide ships with greater safety and more efficient operations by displaying the vessel's predicted future position and heading. It evaluates the wind and sea forces affecting the vessel to provide advanced motion prediction and has a configurable prediction time display.

"A new era in ferry operations was established in 2013 when Viking Line's Viking Grace with Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines became the world's largest RoPax ferry to operate on LNG fuel," says Roger Holm, President, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions. "This latest Viking project represents another milestone as it will be the first vessel fitted with the highly efficient Wärtsilä 31DF engines. Both cases highlight the value our know-how and technology brings to our customers

"The value of operating with Wärtsilä engines fuelled by LNG has been well established through our experience with the Viking Grace," says Jan Hanses, President and CEO, Viking Line. "Furthermore, the LNGPac fuel system provides the necessary safety and non-stop operation required, so we had no hesitation in once again specifying Wärtsilä for this project,

Commencing in early 2021, the new vessel will operate across the Baltic Sea between Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

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NOVEMBER 14, 2917 — Built by Australia's Richardson Devine Marine shipyard, the 30 m passenger ferry Isle of la Digue is the latest Incat Crowther design vessel for Seychelles operator Inter Island Express.

Requiring a very shallow draft to afford access to the operator's confined harbor berth, Isle of La Digue is the first vessel to feature Incat Crowther's innovative new generation propeller tunnel. The tunnel significantly reduces propeller draft, yet offers a flat transom which can integrate with standard fixed or active interceptor systems.

The tunnel design was extensively modeled with in-house CFD software prior to being used on an active project.

During sea trials, the Isle of La Digue demonstrated a six percent fuel savings over the standard hull. The vessel achieved 32 knots at maximum deadweight, and a very low fuel burn at its operational cruising speed of 28 knots.

Attention has been paid to highly-loaded areas of the vessel's structure, providing a robust and durable vessel capable of operating safely over the longer term on its demanding run. The structure has been optimized to the route's specific sea conditions, using Incat Crowther's in-house FEA systems.

The vessel's 290 passengers are accommodated in three classes.

Turnaround time including baggage handling has been optimized with four access locations on the port side. Luggage is directly loaded to the enlarged luggage room via the aft-most ramp.

Economy passengers are loaded via the next two gates, with those headed for the upper deck given a clear path to the aft stairs. At midships, a boarding location is reserved for business class passengers, with a dedicated staircase to the business class cabin.

Multiple features to enhance passenger comfort include the latest generation center bow, an active "high throw" interceptor ride control system, large viewing windows and integrated blinds in the business class cabin to reduce heat and glare.

Length Overall 104' 8" / 31.9m
Length Waterline 97' 10" / 29.8m
Beam Overall 29' 7" / 9.0m
Draft (hull) 4' 5" / 1.3m
Draft (prop or max) 5' 7" / 1.7m
Depth 10' 8" / 3.25m
Construction Marine grade aluminum

Speed (Service) 28 knots
Speed (Max) 32 knots
Main Engines 2 x Cummins KTA50-M2
Power 2 x 1 342 kW (1800hp) @ 1900rpm
Propulsion 2 x propellers
Generators 2 x Cummins 6B-CP80DM/5

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NOVEMBER 6, 2017 — Spanish shipbuilder Gondan has launched the first of four GRP-hulled eco fast ferries at its Figueras, Asturias, shipyard. The 28 m x 9 m vessels are being built for ferry operator Baleària and will carry 350 passengers at speeds up to 28 knots.

The catamarans are designed with an innovative wave piercing bow that displaces water towards the side tunnels in order to maintain speed and reduce wave slamming.

The many eco friendly features include photovoltaic solar panels that will supply energy for on-board services on board, while the hull will be made of polyester reinforced with fiberglass, which does not require the application of paint.

Each will have twin state-of-the-art 1,450 hp diesels that minimize emissions of polluting gases.

Baleària says that with the new ferries it will "make a qualitative leap" in its transport services between Eivissa and Formentera in the Balearic Islands, "combining reliability, comfort and speed with respect for the planet."

The vessels will have 270 indoor and 80 upper deck outdoor seats and will make the journey in just 30 minutes.

To be names Eco AQUA, Eco TERRA, Eco AIRE and Eco LUX, the ferries will be delivered between the end of this year and the middle of next.


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OCTOBER 31, 2017—Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, has filed a voluntary petition for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Alabama, Mobile Division.

Travis Short, President, Horizon Shipbuilding, told Marine Log in a statement, "Horizon along with its customers and suppliers have contributed to bringing good value to the marine industry through its products and services.  On October 24, 2017 in order to continue those efforts, [Horizon Shipbuilding] had to file for Chapter 11 reorganization due recent contract issues.  With the sector level as it is we anticipate a moderate recovery."

Horizon Shipbuilding was one of two shipyards selected to build a fleet of 150-passenger catamaran vessels in an unprecedented expansion of ferry service for New York City. The initial batch of Incat Crowther-designed boats for NYC Ferry by Hornblower were delivered in a compressed timeline and are in operation on the new ferry system that connects Manhattan with the Rockaways and the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

While the new ferry system has proved extremely popular—it recently welcomed its 2 millionth passenger since the service started in May 2017—Horizon Shipbuilding suffered “revenue shortfalls” on the newbuilding program. Horizon Shipbuilding Vice President Lance Lemcool, said in a statement issued on Sept. 21, “Through the unparalleled commitment of Horizon's boat builders, subcontractors and suppliers, all of the 2017 ferries” for the NYC Ferry project were delivered. “However, project revenues were not sufficient for Horizon to continue normal day to day operations. The forecasted shortfalls were brought to the forefront early in the project and discussions have been ongoing since then without resolution. Horizon will now take the time to reorganize its current projects and make every effort to regain its reputation with the vendors and subcontractors that help make up the Horizon Team.”

Meanwhile, the other builder selected by NYC Ferry to build six of the catamaran ferries for the New York City ferry service has prospered. From its new shipyard at Franklin, LA, Metal Shark delivered those six 150-passenger ferries on time between April and June of this year and was awarded another round of contracts by Hornblower in August for five additional ferries. The new ferries include four 97 ft, 350-passenger USCG Subchapter K boats—the Rockaway Class—and another 150-passenger catamaran ferry. All will be delivered in 2018 on an accelerated production schedule.


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OCTOBER 27, 2017 — Consolidation in the Spanish ferry sector: the Acciona group reports that it has reached an agreement to sell its 92.7% stake in ferry operator Trasmediterranea to the Naviera Armas Group.

Acciona's stake is being sold for 260.4 million euros, and the buyer will assume 127.3 million euros of debt owed by Trasmediterranea to Acciona group companies. The final price could increase by up to 16 million euros as a function of the combined group's future EBITDA performance. The deal sets the company's enterprise value (100%) at between 419 and 436 million euros.

Since it was acquired by Acciona in 2002, Trasmediterranea has become firmly established as Spain's largest shipping company and one of Europe's leading passenger ferry and roll-on/roll-off operators. It sails a total of 32 routes, mainly linking mainland Spain with the Balearic Islands, North Africa and the Canary Islands. It also provides logistics, shipping agency and cruise ship handling services, and operates five port terminals. Last year, it transported 2.5 million passengers (+2.3%), 5.8 million linear metres of cargo (+2.3%) and 576,000 vehicles (+5.7%)

The deal is set to complete in the first quarter of 2018, once approved by the Spanish competition authorities.

The disposal responds to Acciona's goal of concentrating on its core strategic lines of business: sustainable infrastructure and renewable energy.

"This transaction enables Acciona to adjust and strengthen its business model, focused in the areas of sustainable infrastructure and renewable energy, in line with market expectations," said Acciona Chairman, José Manuel Entrecanales. "Consequently, it was decided to close this deal at an opportune time as the shipping sector is entering a recovery phase, and following a process of improving the company's operating efficiency; the buyer is a Spanish industry player that is very familiar with the market, which will undoubtedly contribute to enhancing Trasmediterranea's competitive position."

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OCTOBER 26, 2017 — Australian naval architectural firm Incat Crowther marked an historic milestone with the design of its 500th vessel, following the launch of a new 27m catamaran passenger ferry built for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Somerset, MA.

"To have successfully designed 500 large commercial vessels is no accident," says Incat Crowther CEO Brett Crowther. "Incat Crowther will continue to invest in our people and process to deliver innovative yet practical technical solutions to our operator and shipbuilding partners. It's apt that our 500th vessel is a Gladding-Hearn build. We've built many vessels together and our philosophies align."

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding has been building Incat designs for more than 30 years. "Gladding-Hearn's philosophy is to build commercial vessels that make our customers successful," says Peter Duclos, Director of Business Development at Gladding Hearn. "This vessel for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority is a great example of the robust passenger transit vessels we are so well known for."

Christened Champion earlier this month by MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramírez, the catamaran seats 110 passengers internally and has a total capacity of 150 passengers. It will support the MBTA's commuter boat service between the communities of Hull, Hingham, and Logan Airport in East Boston and Long Wharf in Boston

Fully ADA compliant, with a total of four wheelchair spaces and accessible bathroom, the vessel also features a concession area, luggage rack, bicycle storage for 10 and a ticket counter.

The design is optimized for bow loading, with double-width gates and doors. The bow design integrates with the existing shore based infrastructure and the wheelhouse is designed to meet strict visibility requirements, allowing the captain to clearly see the foredeck.

Champion's superstructure is isolated by resilient mounts, to reduce noise and vibration in the cabin, allowing the vessel to exceed the contractual requirements.

Champion is powered by two Caterpillar C32 Acert engines, each developing 1,450 bhp at 2,100 rev/min, driving Hamilton HM571 water jets, for a service speed of 26 knots and a top speed of 30 knots.

Incat Crowther, as you might recall, is also the designer of NYC Ferry's new fleet, which was built by both Metal Shark at its Franklin, LA, facility, and Horizon Shipbuilding, Bayou La Batre, AL. Those vessels and the new service will be highlighted at Marine Log's FERRIES 2017 Conference & Expo, which is scheduled for Nov. 9 &10, 2017 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, NY.


Length Overall 88 ft 7 in / 27.15 m
Length Waterline 80 ft 8 in / 24.6 m
Beam Overall 27 ft 11 in / 8.5 m
Draft (hull) 4 ft 2 in / 1.3 m
Depth 9 ft 3 in / 2.8 m
Construction Marine grade aluminum

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OCTOBER 25, 2017 — Ferry giant Stena Line is now connecting up its two vessels M/S Skåne and M/S Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to the electricity grid during calls at the Port of Trelleborg, Sweden.

Stena Line says this is an important step in its sustainability efforts, where a focus area is to reduce emissions into the atmosphere.

At present four of Stena Line's six ports in Sweden now provide shoreside power connections to the local electricity grid. Throughout Stena Line's route network, 17 percent of the ports now provide shoreside power connections.

"We are delighted to have completed yet another onshore power supply connection together with the Port of Trelleborg," says Stena Line's CEO Niclas Mårtensson. "Sustainability is one of the cornerstones of our strategy and this is an important contribution to our efforts by reducing emissions and cutting down on noise in port. On many of our ferry routes our vessels call at locations close to cities and this makes it especially important to be able to shut off the engines when docked. Planning work is under way to enable us to connect vessels in more of our ports. The objective is for 25 per cent of the ports we use to have an electrical connection by 2020 and 75 per cent by 2030."

At the ports where Stena Line has an onshore power supply vessels connect up to the electricity grid when docked for more than two hours. Stena Line's vessels in Trelleborg are docked for more than two hours 10 times out of 16 per week and will connect up to the electricity grid at these times.

The connection means that the machinery on board is completely shut down, bringing emissions down to practically zero, maximum total environmental gain comes when green electricity is used, as is the case in Trelleborg.

Installation of electrical connections is a major investment, with the port generally paying for the onshore installation and the shipping company paying for onboard installation. The onshore equipment is protected against overload for a nominal load of 2.2 MW, which is equivalent to heating around 80 apartment blocks.

"It's really great that Stena Line has decided to connect two of its vessels to the onshore power supply at the Port of Trelleborg" says Port of Trelleborg CEO Jörgen Nilsson.

The Port of Trelleborg received a grant from the EU for the investment, which will reduce both emissions and noise from docked vessels,

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OCTOBER 25, 2017 — Irish sea freight ferry operator Seatruck has installed Optimarin ballast water treatment (BWT) systems in five of its vessels while they were undertaking normal operations, with its own crews carrying out most of the work themselves.

Seatruck runs a fleet of 10 advanced ferries, ranging in capacity from 65-150 trailers, with over 60 weekly departures. This regular sailing schedule, between set ports, ensured the company could call on local contractors to "hop on and off' and carry out whatever engineering work the crews themselves couldn't manage.

"We wanted Optimarin systems because of their track record of quality and approvals, but also because, with their modular nature and operational simplicity, they're easy to install," says Optimarin Fleet Director Benn Copack. "As a short sea operator we had the goal of carrying out all the work while the ships were in service, with no downtime, thus keeping costs as low as possible.

"With the Optimarin systems and service – quickly responding to any queries or issues we encountered – this wasn't a problem. Our own crews actually performed the vast majority of work themselves using Optimarin's manuals. They were really proud of the excellent work they did, and rightly so.

"We're very pleased we took this approach, ensuring port state compliance and BWT reliability ahead of regulatory demands." Seatruck began installation onboard the 5,300 dwt Seatruck Progress in November last year. The remaining four systems were installed between January and the end of September this year.

"This is the first time I've heard of a shipowner installing this number of systems themselves while their vessels are in service," comments Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen. "It's a testament both to their mission to provide optimal efficiency to their stakeholders and customers, and to the simplicity of our environmentally friendly, UV-based system.

"With the ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management convention, and the strict regulations imposed by the US Coast Guard, the entire world fleet needs to find proven, effective and reliable systems to ensure compliant sailing. This has the potential to create huge bottlenecks at yards – and obviously increase installation costs. However, Seatruck has shown that, with a system as straightforward and effective as ours, there is another way. I think that's something that will really resonate with shipowners worldwide."

Optimarin has now received orders for over 520 systems, with more than 330 installed worldwide, of which 150 are retrofits. The firm, which has focused exclusively on BWT since its formation in 1994, was the first to receive full USCG approval for its system, gaining certification in December last year.

"The market is picking up gradually," Mr. Andersen says. "Shipowners need to comply and they need systems that they can rely on. We've spent over 20 years developing and refining our solution and can offer them unrivalled expertise and service. With our sound financial base, strong group of investors, and experienced global partners – including Goltens and Zeppelin – we can give owners not just the technology they need, but the long-term peace of mind and performance they require."

The Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) is fully approved by both IMO and USCG, with certification through DNV GL, Lloyd's, Bureau Veritas, MLIT Japan, and American Bureau of Shipping.

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