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MKN wins North Germany's 'Export Oscar'

MKN has been presented with the Lower Saxony Foreign Trade Award, "North Germany's Export Oscar", for its intensive international activities and outstanding entrepreneurial achievements in foreign trade.

The premium manufacturer of professional cooking technology came out on top as triumphant winner among a select group of renowned companies from Lower Saxony. The award was presented to MKN during the Hannover Fair by Dr. Bernd Althusmann, Minister for Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Digitalization in Lower Saxony, on 25 April 2018.

The Foreign Trade Award, which is presented annually, recognizes outstanding performances in international trade.

MKN has been developing and manufacturing state-of-the-art professional cooking technology for more than 70 years. Over 500 employees work at the company headquarters in Wolfenbüttel alone. MKN is one of the leading premium manufacturers of professional cooking equipment. As one of the so-called "hidden champions", this enterprising, privately owned business has made it into the group of international top ranked companies in this industry thanks to innovative appliances, a worldwide reputation for providing top quality products and the company's long-term orientation.

MKN's domestic sales have more than doubled in the last decade. Export activities have developed even more dynamically and the intensive strategy of international expansion during the last 15 years has resulted in exports now accounting for 60 % of total sales. Within a relatively short period of time MKN has therefore undergone a successful transformation from a strong domestic market oriented manufacturer into a global player.

MKN products are now sold in around 100 countries around the world. Whether in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai with the world's highest restaurant, in the Sydney Opera House or on the Queen Mary 2 liner, chefs around the globe put their trust in MKN. Cooking technology made in Wolfenbüttel is at home in numerous renowned starred restaurants, top hotels worldwide as well as large scale catering operations such as airport catering facilities, universities and hospitals.

DNV GL and Meyer Turku sign class contract for Royal Caribbean’s two ICON Class vessels

Meyer Turku Shipyard in Finland and the classification society DNV GL have signed a contract for the classification of Royal Caribbean International’s ICON Class vessels. The contract covers two vessels with delivery scheduled for 2022 and 2024.

“It is a proud day for DNV GL to have been entrusted with the classification of the first vessels of the new ICON Class,” says Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime. “These ships are set to push the envelope of what we can expect from a modern cruise vessel in terms of environmental performance, and we are looking forward to supporting Royal Caribbean and Meyer Turku to realise a successful delivery.”

The details of the design for the ICON Class vessels demonstrate Royal Caribbean’s commitment to using the most advanced technologies available to reduce the ships’ environmental impact. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is envisioned as the primary fuel for the new vessels, which would dramatically reduce or even eliminate emission of nitrogen oxide (NOX), sulphur oxide (SOX) and particulates, as well as cutting carbon dioxide (CO2). The ICON Class will also introduce fuel cell technology, which in combination with hull air lubrication means that the ships could potentially be some of the most fuel efficient cruise vessels ever constructed.  

“To have been chosen to be part of this innovative project is a huge win for our entire global cruise team,” says Paal Johansen, Global Cruise Ship Director, DNV GL – Maritime. “This signing shows that Royal Caribbean trusts us to deliver on their most ambitious project yet, and it is a testament to the strong relationship between Meyer Turku, our local office in Finland and our wider network of cruise experts. Following on from the delivery of the Symphony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship ever built, we look forward to continuing to deliver on our promise to provide the best service and deep technical expertise.”

The final concept for the first vessel is currently being discussed, and the concept design phase is expected to start this spring. The initial building phase of the first ship will begin next year, with keel laying planned for October 2019.

Trimline completes another Seabourn refit in six days on Quest

Interior refurbishment specialists Trimline has just completed a six-day dry dock refit in Genoa, enhancing the ultra-luxury Seabourn Quest.

The Trimline team of 200 skilled trades carried our flooring, joinery, decoration, upholstery, plumbing, tiling, electrical and fine finishing works to upgrade all public areas, passenger suites and crew areas onboard. Some key highlights were upgrading the elevators to give a more luxurious feel and creating new partitioned treatment areas within the spa.

Holland America Group’s Sr. Interior Operations Specialist, Linh Nguyen said “I’ve always appreciated the working relationship that we have with Trimline. This time on Quest, projects were completed in a timely manner.”

Trimline’s Key Account Manager, Simon Dawkins commented “This Seabourn Quest refit is the largest refit that Trimline has carried out for Seabourn and we are delighted with the level of finish delivered by our experienced team. Having carried out several refits for Seabourn now, we are familiar with the ultra-luxury standards of the fleet and are able to overcome any challenges quickly onboard.”

Wärtsilä and Viking Line in optimised Maintenance agreement 

The Helsinki based technology group Wärtsilä and Viking Line, a Finnish ferry company, have signed an Optimised Maintenance agreement for the Wärtsilä LNGPac system onboard passenger ferry Viking Grace.

This is the first Optimised Maintenance agreement ever made for Wärtsilä LNGPac, a complete gas handling system for ships fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Viking Grace was the first passenger ferry to utilise LNG as a fuel source. The agreement also includes Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) and online support for the Wärtsilä LNGPac system. Additionally, Wärtsilä extends its existing Optimised Maintenance agreement for Viking Line’s Viking Grace ferry for another five years.

The Optimised Maintenance agreement, signed in late 2017, enables the planning and scheduling of Viking Grace’s maintenance procedures to suit the ship owner’s business operations, thus improving their long-term cost predictability. It also increases performance reliability and maximises the vessel’s uptime, benefiting the vessel’s owner as well as its passengers. 

A new feature for the LNGPac agreement is Wärtsilä’s Condition Based Maintenance system that gathers information on the average gas flow, the temperatures of the heat exchangers, the use of energy, and the pressure of the LNG pumps. The data helps in planning and scheduling the above-mentioned maintenance procedures that improve cost predictability and uptime.

Wärtsilä LNGPac is a complete fuel gas handling system for LNG fuelled ships. On the 2013 built 56,575 gross ton cruise ferry Viking Grace, it comprises onboard liquid natural gas bunkering, two storage tanks, and handling equipment with related safety and automation systems that have been developed by Wärtsilä.

“Environmental considerations are, along with the need to optimise operational efficiency, high on the agenda of Viking Line,” says Ulf Hagström, Senior Vice President, Marine Operations & NB at Viking Line Oyj. “Wärtsilä is a forerunner in dual-fuel and other environmentally sound technology and has repeatedly shown its excellence in technical assistance and service for Viking Line and Viking Grace. With this agreement, we will be able to utilise the full potential of Wärtsilä’s knowledge and know-how.”

In addition to Wärtsilä LNGPac, Wärtsilä has delivered four Wärtsilä 50DF main engines running on LNG, the transverse bow and stern tunnel thrusters, two stainless steel fixed pitch, built-up main propellers with complete propeller shaft lines and environmentally sound shaft line seal systems to Viking Grace. Since Viking Grace was taken into operation in 2013, Wärtsilä has been in charge of its maintenance. In February 2018, Wärtsilä and Viking Line agreed on the extension of the Optimised Maintenance agreement for Viking Grace, covering both CBM and online support, for another five years.

Viking Grace can accommodate 2,800 passengers, and it sails between Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden in the Baltic Sea.

 

 

 

Telenor Maritime to supply mobile ecosystem on Stena Line passenger ships 

Telenor Maritime, the global maritime mobile operator, expand the long-term partnership with Stena Line and announces the introduction of the mobile ecosystem onboard their passenger ships.

This is deploying a connectivity platform with Mobile/3G/4G, Premium Wi-Fi, Ka-VSAT and mobile broadband backhaul in addition to existing system to improve the customer experience. Digital services that support the complete digital value chain vastly enhancing the customer experience onboard.

“We are delighted to develop further our long-term partnership with Stena Line, one of the largest ferry companies in the world with Europe’s most comprehensive route network, consisting of 21 strategically located ferry routes across Northern Europe, operating in Scandinavia, the Baltics, the North Sea and the Irish Sea,” said Frode Støldal, CEO of Telenor Maritime.

“We are confident that our communications services will substantially enhance the customer journey on the twenty ships we are upgrading. Additionally, we are ready for the introduction of 5G with IOT services which will truly increase the ship operations efficiency. This is an important step for Telenor Maritime’s service-expansion in Europe,” he added.

“We have had a long and fruitful relation working with Telenor Maritime, previously Maritime Communications Partner. In fact, we were their very first customer in  2004, and we truly recognise them as the leading mobile operator at sea with an ever-expanding quality portfolio of services relevant for the ferry industry,” said Raimo Warkki, Commercials, Ship Communication & Systems of Stena Line.

“Continually looking to develop the onboard customer experience, we intend to provide our guests with improved services on our fleet of passenger-vessels, giving them a choice to always stay connected if they prefer. Our free low-performance Wi-Fi is complemented with a Premium, high-quality Wi-Fi alternative for our guests, opening up for more advanced services highly sought after by our passengers,” Raimo Warkki continued.

 

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