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BLRT Group’s new floating dock due to arrive in Klaipeda this month

The large floating dock BLRT Group, the Estonian ship repairer, acquired last year is now on its way to the port of Klaipeda in Lithuania, where it is due to arrive this month.

The company acquired the 235 metre long and 53 metre wide floating dock from the Adriatic Shipyard Bijela in Montenegro in June last year.

"The dock will be the biggest dock in the Baltic countries and will open up new opportunities for ship owners and shipyard to carry out repair and modernization projects on Panamax-type ships," said Arnoldas Šileika, Western Shipyard's Director General.

Trimline appoints Michael Colebourn as CEO

Trimline Chairman Gary Oliver announced today, that the company has appointed Michael Colebourn as CEO at Trimline. He has been with Trimline for two years – initially as CFO and most recently as Interim CEO. "During this time, Michael has demonstrated his strength in operational and financial leadership. We are confident that he will have a significant influence in taking the company to the next level through his strategic direction," Gary Oliver said.

Michael Colebourn, CEO commented, “I’m proud to take on this key role for a company with such a strong heritage and reputation for quality in the industry. My experience both prior to and during my tenure at Trimline has enabled me to create a strong strategic vision. I look forward to leading and working closely with the Senior Management to deliver upon this.

“Throughout this year, we have taken the opportunity to consolidate and take a deep dive into our philosophy of ‘Creating World Class Interiors’. We have looked at our culture and what ‘Operational Excellence’ means to Trimline and have put further measures in place to ensure that we not only meet but exceed our customer’s expectations always.

“Going forward we now have a stronger foundation on which to grow on our record year of £38 million last year and further our already strong position in the marketplace. Our people are key to driving our business forward and with them, I very much look forward to the exciting times ahead delivering World Class Interiors.”

Fincantieri signs strategic cooperation agreement with Mapei

Fincantieri and Mapei, leader in chemical products for the construction sector, with a business line of shipbuilding industry products, signed a strategic cooperation agreement in the field of research and innovation.

This partnership will help Fincantieri optimize installation times, reduce the weight of certain materials, improve acoustic insulation by using specific products, develop and extend the use of adhesives products in some shipbuilding applications. Moreover, Mapei aims to carry out projects, leading to exploitable solutions in its operational field.

The cross-joint research issues will mainly concern the development of innovative products in a wide range, including adhesives, underfloor structures, surface materials (technical and finishing), grouts, supporting wall panels, detergents for the cleaning of furnished areas, materials and protection systems for furnished areas, thermal, acoustic and mechanical insulation.

In the start-up phase, the activities will concern a number of materials and resins for innovative and high quality finishes, for waterproofing of wet areas, as well as textiles having high sound absorption characteristics.

Furthermore, the agreement will encourage joint and collaborative training activities, with the aim of improving the innovative capacity in terms of product and process.

Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, stated: “The cooperation with Mapei, worldwide leader in its market segment, is wholly consistent with our strategy of increasing the final added value of the product we provide. For this reason, we need partners sharing our same commitment to innovation, helping us to develop new ideas and projects in specific fields”. Bono concluded: “Fincantieri confirms to be a big lab: along with the design, executive and organizational skills, we nurture the spirit of research, needed to meet the demands of our clients, always asking for a high level of excellence."

Giorgio Squinzi, Managing Director of Mapei S.p.A. and CEO of Mapei Group, declaired: “The agreement signed with Fincantieri represents an important starting point for R&D activities of Mapei. With this collaboration, the sharing of information and know-how will be crucial to make Mapei a major actor in the marine industrial market. Our production already includes a line dedicated to this sector but, thanks to this cooperation we can improve it and increase our offer of high performing products specifically formulated to meet the different needs of ship-building industry."

NIT delivers "great spaces" for AIDAperla

AIDA Cruises took delivery of the second unit of its new ship generation when the 124,500 gross ton cruise ship, AIDAperla, was delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in April. NIT built a total of over 10,000 m2 of versatile technical and interior spaces around the ship. The NIT team delivered the SPA area, main passenger staircases, crew staircases, and AC rooms.

"We are glad to have supported in the AIDAperla project. We gave our strong support in the various projects and all our areas were delivered successfully. When speaking about the details of our crew area projects, we finalized our AC rooms’ project in December, one month earlier than scheduled. Our crew stair project included stairs all around the ship, crossing several decks," says Jari Suominen, CEO of NIT.

"In our passenger area projects, our SPA area covered 2048 m2 of indoor area and 770 m2 of outdoor area. We also delivered the main passenger staircases. This included five separate staircases, some of those reaching from deck three all to way to deck 15. Staircases are one of the most challenging areas of the ship to construct as a lot of technical systems must be fitted into narrow spaces behind the wall surfaces. Staircases cross several decks and in the shipbuilding project the staircases work as a passageway for the workers."

AIDAperla’s capacity is up to 3300 passengers and 900 crew members. She can reach 21.5 knots maximum speed. Starting from 1st of July AIDAperla has been sailing in the Western Mediterranean.

Grand Bahama Shipyard and L&R Midland (UK) Ltd signs exclusive agency agreement covering the UK market

Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS), the largest and most respected shipyard in the Caribbean, has annpunced the engagement of L&R Midland (UK) to represent GBS in the UK in what is expected to be an increasingly busy period due to the rapidly approaching new IMO regulations for BWTS and EGCS.

The yard’s strategic location just 93 nm east of Miami, Florida, USA is in close vicinity to the Gulf of Mexico, Panama Canal, and situated along major shipping lanes. The year-round fine weather conditions make GBS the ideal location for docking, repair, upgrade and conversion of vessels from the cruise, commercial and off shore segments of the maritime industry.

Grand Bahama Shipyard’s facilities includes three floating dry docks capable of docking vessels up to 82,500 tonnes and over 300 m in length, significant berth and quayside facilities, including thruster pits, crane capacity up to 300t, extensive capability for hull, machinery, electrical and carpentry work, including many on-site specialist sub-contractors such as ABB, Rolls Royce and Wärtsilä. All UK enquiries for ship repair, upgrade or conversion at Grand Bahama Shipyard may be directed through Jon Holloway at L&R Midland (UK) Ltd via phone or email, +44 (0) 77 1214 8881 /This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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