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Deltamarin’s further involvement in Titanic II project confirmed

Blue Star Line has contracted Deltamarin to continue with the design of Titanic II. The contract covers activities and tasks for the design process, consultancy and project management services.

Deltamarin will provide Blue Star Line with outline design services including finalising and modifying the existing design to comply with the latest rules and regulations. These include the SOLAS 2020 requirements and the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI).

Deltamarin will also further develop the design together with the selected yard and Blue Star Line, and handle the management of consultations with potential shipyards.

Blue Star Line Chairman Clive Palmer said Deltamarin was the perfect choice for the Titanic II project. “We are delighted that Deltamarin – one of the world’s leading ship design companies – will once again be working on Titanic II,’’ Palmer said.
“Deltamarin was one of the first global companies to come aboard when Titanic II was originally launched in 2012 and we are looking forward to continuing our excellent relationship.”

Kristian Knaapi, Head of Sales and Marketing at Deltamarin said the project team members were excited to continue executing Deltamarin’s core business on Titanic II. “We look forward to developing the highest level of design for a challenging project. It is a great honour to be part of the history in supporting Blue Star Line in this one-of-a-kind project, the Titanic II,” Knaapi said.

Celebrity Edge features high quality decking from Bolidt

Some of the eye-catching features on board Celebrity Edge will be distinguishable by their inclusion of high quality decking from Bolidt Synthetic Products and Systems.

The 2,908 passenger capacity Celebrity Cruises ship embarked on its maiden cruise from Port Everglades on December 9th 2018. Featuring a ground-breaking ‘outward facing’ design, and innovative features such as the floating cantilevered ‘Magic Carpet’ platform, the vessel makes extensive use of Bolidt’s deck, balcony and interior public space decking systems.

Bolideck Future Teak, the environmentally-friendly alternative to real teak decking, is much in evidence on Deck 14, where it has been used on the Magic Carpet, main pool, Mast Grill, Solarium and outdoor deck spa terrace areas. It has also been used to stunning effect on Deck 15 around the Sunset Bar and Rooftop Garden. Elsewhere, the weatherproof surface Bolideck Select Soft are being used on Decks 15 and 16, where its anti-skid properties are of particular use for the ship’s jogging tracks.

Celebrity Cruises has harnessed the expertise of world-renowned interior designers, such as Kelly Hoppen, Tom Wright and Nate Berkus, who are new to the cruise industry, to ensure that Celebrity Edge offers a departure from traditional thinking. Bolidt has been able to help translate their unique visions into reality, according to Jacco van Overbeek, Bolidt’s Maritime Division Director.

“We worked together with the architects and designers of Celebrity Edge to recommend the best systems to use for each area,” says Jacco. “Drawing on many years of experience in the cruise ship sector, we advised on wear resistance, maintenance, cleaning and sound insulation, in addition to the guidance we offered on design possibilities for each product.”

Celebrity Edge has a total of 1,467 state rooms, of which 81% have balconies. Most of the balcony cabins have been outfitted with Bolideck Select Soft Teak Effect and Bolideck Select Soft, either alone or in combination, while balconies on Decks 11 and 12 feature Select Soft Teak Effect and Bolideck Future Teak.

The durability of Bolideck Select Hard and Bolideck Future Teak is further proven by their use on Deck 2’s passenger boarding and Destination Gateway areas. Meanwhile, the creative possibilities of Bolideck Select Soft are shown in designing the patterned chess area and curved beach space on Deck 6.

Celebrity Edge is the first newbuilding for Celebrity Cruises for six years. Three sister ships will follow it, with the Celebrity Apex due to debut in 2020, and the remaining two in 2021 and 2022 respectively. “We have worked on every RCI newbuild for more than 20 years, with our involvement starting 2-4 years in advance of construction work beginning,” says Jacco.

Bolidt is also contracted to provide a similar range of deck and flooring solutions to all three of the sister ships, which like Celebrity Edge are being built at STX France’s Chantier d’Atlantique shipyard.

Bolidt’s continuous commitment to innovation will be further demonstrated with the opening of its Bolidt Innovation Center along the Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht waterfront near Rotterdam. The centre, due to open in Q3 2019, will encourage local and international visitors to immerse themselves in the world of synthetic flooring, marine decking, surface courses and other applications.

Royal Caribbean chooses Optimarin Ballast System

Royal Caribbean International has chosen Optimarin to provide its USCG compliant Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) for three vessels. The Norwegian-based ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist has now retrofitted its market proven technology on Independence of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas, with installation on Grandeur of the Seas set for Q1 2019.

“An agreement of this nature with a world renowned operator is very special,” comments Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen. “Royal Caribbean leads the cruise market in terms of passenger experience, vessels, service standards, and environmental performance, and these three ships are some of the ‘stars’ of their growing global fleet.

“The fact Optimarin has been selected provides not only an endorsement of our simple, reliable and market proven UV-based technology, but also demonstrates that world leaders turn to us when it comes to ensuring total global compliance. We have always been a regulatory frontrunner, since our very foundation in 1994, and were the first manufacturer to achieve full USCG approval in December 2016.

“That means we don’t simply provide systems, we provide peace of mind. For a ‘heavyweight’ cruise champion like Royal Caribbean that is priceless - allowing optimal fleet flexibility, no matter where their business takes them.”

Optimarin’s systems are modular in construction, allowing them to be retrofitted in almost any vessel, regardless of space restrictions – a crucial factor for these feature packed ships.

Grandeur of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, and Mariner of the Seas are key members of Royal Caribbean’s 25-strong fleet. Together with the operator’s other innovative ships they offer state-of-the-art entertainment and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to both families and adventurous vacationers. Royal Caribbean has been voted ‘Best Cruise Line Overall’ for 15 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards.

“We focus on exceeding expectations and optimizing performance, that applies as much for industry and regulatory standards as it does for passenger experience,” comments Jorge E. Coronado, Superintendent, Technical Systems, Global Marine Operations, Royal Caribbean. “With a fleet that sails throughout the world – from the Caribbean to Alaska, South America to Australia – it is imperative that we have the best systems to ensure complete compliance. Optimarin delivers this, allowing us to focus on delivering holidays of a lifetime.”

Optimarin has a unique track record in the cruise segment. The BWT specialist installed the world’s very first commercial treatment onboard the Regal Princess in 2000. Since then it has gone on to win contracts from customers such as Hapag Lloyd.

“Our flexible systems are the chosen technology for a range of sectors, from offshore to naval vessels,” Andersen concludes, “but there’s always a sense of ‘coming home’ with cruise, as it really marked the start of our journey. It’s hugely gratifying to see how far we’ve come over the years and, with our long-term dedication to an exclusive focus on BWT, how we can continue developing in the future.”

Optimarin has now sold approximately 700 OBS units, with more than 500 installed and operational, of which approximately 250 are retrofits.

Alongside full IMO and USCG compliance, OBS has certification from a comprehensive range of classification organizations, including ABS, BV, DNV-GL, LR & MLIT Japan. Current customers include Fednav, GulfMark, Hapag Lloyd, Matson Navigation, McDermott, MOL, Ardmore, Seatruck, Technip, and the Royal Netherlands Navy, amongst others.

OSK behind the concept for TT-Line’s new Green Ship

The concept design for TT-Line’s new dual fuel RoPax ferry has contributions from sister companies OSK-ShipTech and Steen Friis Design – both part of Danish marine consultants OSK Group.

With a particular emphasis on flexibility and fast turn-around in ports, OSK-ShipTech has assisted TT-Line with the concept design for their new Green Ship. The firm contract with Chinese yard Jinling Shipyard for a 230 m RoPax newbuilding also includes an option for a sister ship.

“We are proud to contribute to TT-Line’s fleet development and in addition to developing the concept for this new Green Ship we have been responsible for the contract design as well as basic design,” says Anders Ørgård, CCO of OSK Group.

A five-man marine engineering delegation from Jinling Shipyard and representatives of TT-Line are currently visiting OSK-ShipTech’s premises in Copenhagen fine-tuning the ferry’s design. When complete, the 230 m RoPax with a capacity of 200-plus trucks and 800 passengers will be the most environmentally friendly RoPax ferry in its operating area with an expected 50% emission reduction compared to the previous RoPax generation.

In addition to fuel efficiency, emission reduction, and fast turn-around in ports, emphasis has been put on passenger comfort and further development of the modern sea travel experience. Ship interior designers Steen Friis Design has contributed to the tender interior concept.

Anders Ørgård continues: “This is a prime example of synergy in action and the very reason OSK-ShipTech bought Steen Friis Design back in 2016. With this setup, we can provide our clients with full-line in-house engineering and design solutions – and provide the full integration of ship design with focus on on-board spending and on-board flow leading to enhanced passenger experiences.”

Expected delivery of the new Green Ship is during the course of 2022.

Valmet launches new process control for ships to improve fuel efficiency

Valmet, the Finnish technology group, said it has launched new process control for ships to improve their fuel efficiency. This new control called Valmet DNA Sea Optimal Mode acts as a separate power management mode within the Valmet DNA Power Management System.

Valmet DNA Sea Optimal Mode enables ship owners to achieve up to 3% savings in fuel consumption. The actual savings vary based on the load of the power plant and specific fuel consumption (SFC) profile of the engine. Valmet DNA Sea Optimal Mode has been tested in close cooperation with shipyards and ship owners. It is already in operation on several cruise vessels.

"If we look at the data from tests run on ships, the highest measured saving has been 2.44%, which represents roughly 190 kg of fuel saved per hour," says Andreas Carlsen, Project Manager, Marine Applications, Automation, Valmet.

Valmet DNA Sea Optimal Mode utilizes unbalanced load distribution, taking advantage of the fact that the SFC of each engine varies with the load and has an optimal point of operation. By keeping as many engines as possible at their optimal load, it is possible to optimize the fuel consumption. The optimal load of an engine is the load at which the engine uses the least amount of fuel per kW produced.

To complement the solution, Valmet has developed an optional add-on called Valmet DNA Sea Optimal Mode Advisor. It provides operators with advice regarding mode selection and load priorities.

 

 

 

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