Smokeless diesels for Carnival Spirit
In a working partnership between Carnival Corporation and Wärtsilä Corporation, the new 86,000-ton cruise ship Carnival Spirit will be fitted with what is claimed will be the cruise industry's first smokeless diesel engines.

The Carnival Spirit is the first ship in a new class for Carnival. It is currently under construction at Kvaerner Masa-Yards Inc., Finland

Initially, two of the ship's six Wärtsilä 9L46D engines will be modified with the new "smokeless" engine technology. The new modified engines represent the culmination of a year-long project between Carnival and Wärtsilä to develop a new "earth-friendly" power system, dubbed project
EnviroEngine. The modified engines, part of a diesel-electric propulsion system, represent one of the most environmentally-friendly power plants ever made available for cruise ships, bettering the international standards for emissions set out in MARPOL Annex VI.

"We are very pleased to install these state-of-the-art engines in the Carnival Spirit and look forward to the many environmental benefits provided by this important new technology. Carnival's cooperation and support has been very important to us," said Ole Johansson, President and CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation.

The two Wärtsilä 46 EnviroEngines use a common rail fuel injection system that enables injection pressures to be kept sufficiently high at all engine speeds - even at the lowest levels - to ensure clean combustion with no visible smoke emissions.

The EnviroEngines will be particularly beneficial for use in port, as they produce no visible emissions even when lightly loaded for producing energy for lighting, air conditioning and other hotel systems.

The EnviroEngine design is expected to be used for other vessels currently under construction, including 86,000-ton ships for Carnival Cruise Lines and sister companies Holland America and Costa.

Existing ships can be refitted by replacing the current fuel injection pumps with common rail components.

Distrigas exercises option to buy 49% of LNG-vessel
Belgium's Distrigas (a subsidiary of Tractebel) has exercised an option to buy a 49% share in the first of two LNG-vessels contracted at Daewoo earlier this year by Bergesen

The vessel will be owned by a joint partnership between Bergesen and Distrigas, opening the way for further co-operation between Bergesen and
the Tractebel group, which is a major player in the Atlantic LNG-trade.

The vessel which will have a capacity of 138,000 cbm and will be delivered in the first quarter of 2003, will be employed for minimum 20 years from delivery byTractebel's U.S. subsidiary Cabot LNG.

Bergesen will record a sales profit of about USD 2 mill from this
transaction, in the fourth quarter of 2000.

U.K. proposes new patrol vessel series
Britain's Ministry of Defense has invited U.K. shipbuilders, ship repairers and marine service providers to tender for the potential supply of a force of patrol vessels for the Royal Navy using novel and money-saving procurement methods.

The proposed Future Offshore Patrol Vessel (FOPV) capability will supersede the Royal Navy's existing Island Class Offshore Patrol Vessels which are employed on patrol duties and used for fishery protection duties on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food.

The MOD is proposing to acquire the capability through a partnering arrangement with industry and is seeking innovative means for providing the service in the most cost-effective and responsive manner.

The new force would be manned by the Royal Navy, as now and will reduce operating and support costs, compared with those of the Island Class.

Invitations to tender have been sent to the following companies:

- Appledore Shipbuilders Ltd.------------Appledore Devon
- Babcock Engineering Services Ltd-------Fife Scotland
- BAE Systems Land & Sea Systems --------Farnborough
- DML Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd-------Plymouth
- Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd.-------------Port Glasgow
- Seascope Offshore -------------London
- Swan Hunter (Tyneside Ltd.)------------Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Vosper Thornycroft (UK) Ltd.-----------Southampton.

Navy contracts
Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va., is being awarded a $25,904,092 modification to previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00024-00-C-2104 for advanced planning, design, documentation, engineering services, procurement, ship checks, fabrication and preliminary shipyard work to prepare and ready for the alterations, repairs, maintenance and routine work on future aircraft carrier availability on USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Work will be performed at Newport News, Va., and is expected to be completed by September 2001. Contract funds in the amount of $24,098,728 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity.

Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a $15,780,109 firm-fixed-price performance fee contract for the Extended Docking Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA) of USS Normandy (CG-60). An EDSRA includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship's military and technical capabilities. This contract contains five options, which if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $19,831,494. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by September 2001. Contract funds in the amount of $15,110,509 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with four proposals solicited and three offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity (N00024-92-H-

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