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Wärtsilä successfully tests wireless charging of hybrid powered coastal ferry

The technology group Wärtsilä has successfully tested its automatic wireless induction charging system on a hybrid powered coastal ferry, the Helsinki based company said in a statement.

This is the first commercial ferry in the world operating with high power wireless charging capability for its batteries, and the successful project represents a notable breakthrough in the evolution of plug-in electrically operated vessels. The tests were carried out on the 85 metre long 'MF Folgefonn' in Norwegian waters during the end of August / early September of this year. The ferry is owned by Norled, one of Norway's largest ferry operators.

Wireless charging eliminates the cable connection between the vessel and shore, thereby securing and facilitating safe connections and disconnections. It also reduces maintenance since wear and tear to physical connection lines is eliminated. The integrated Wärtsilä system is based on inductive power transfer and is capable of transferring more than a MW of electrical energy.

The Wärtsilä system is designed to maintain efficient power transfer at distances of 50 centimetres between the two charging plates built into the side of the vessel and the quay. No other wireless charging system is as powerful, or capable of maintaining the transfer of energy at such a distance.

"During recent years, wireless charging has been introduced for cars, busses and trains. We have now made this possible for marine vessels. The main benefits for customers are up to 20 percent more utilisation of the available charging time, increased operational safety, and greater system reliability. There is an ongoing trend to equip coastal ferries with battery powered and hybrid propulsion since they are particularly affected by environmental regulatory demands. Wireless charging will, therefore, create considerable value for operators of hybrid ferries," says Ingve Sørfonn, Senior Technical Officer E&A, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.


Kone to supply elevators and escalators for Genting's Global and Endeavor class newbuilds

Kone, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has been awarded a contract by German MV Werften to equip two of the shipyard group's newest cruise ship class vessels belonging to the new Global class fleet and specifically designed for Asian cruise market. The contract also includes options for two similar vessels.

Kone will deliver 9 Kone MonoSpace elevators, 33 Kone MiniSpace elevators and 16 Kone TravelMaster 110 escalators. Other solutions will include E-Link monitoring systems, and special elevator operating modes including boarding, luggage handling, gangway and medical priority modes. Built in Wismar, Germany, the ships will be 340 meters long, spanning across 20 decks and carrying more than 5,000 passengers and over 2,000 crew members. The two vessels belong to a series of 204,000 gross ton Star Cruises Global Class cruise ships owned by Genting Hong Kong Ltd and due to be completed in 2020 and 2021.

"With years of experience in marine business, Kone's team has convinced us with their experienced site professionals and planning and design expertise. We're looking forward to building the world's most modern and efficient cruise vessels with improved passenger flow and boarding," says Jarmo Laakso, Managing Director of MV Werften.

"The Asian cruise market is booming and there is a new breed of cruisers with high expectations for on-board experience. With early involvement, we're proud to have co-created with the customer a tailor-made solution that meets the needs of Asian cruise passengers," says Timo Pakarinen, Managing Director for Kone's Marine business.

In addition to the cruise ship, Kone has also been awarded a contract by MV Werften to equip two of its 20,000 gross ton Endeavor mega yachts with an option for one additional ship. The Endeavor class vessels will be the world's largest expedition yachts designed for operation in the Arctic, Antarctic and also in the Tropics. Kone's solutions will include two MiniSpace passenger elevators and two MiniSpace service elevators. The vessels are due for delivery to luxury cruise line Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises in 2019.

The orders were booked in the second quarter of 2017.

Trimline completes trio of P&O Cruises Australia ship refurbishments with Pacific Eden

Marine interior specialist Trimline, based in the UK, has completed refurbishment of Pacific Eden of P&O Cruises Australia and thereby a trio of ships of the Carnival Corporation & plc group unit in Sydney.

“Earlier this year, Trimline delivered a stunning finish during the multi million pound transformation of Pacific Dawn and Pacific Explorer – and was subsequently awarded the multi million pound refurbishment of Pacific Eden which they have just completed in Singapore,” the company said in a statement.

More than 100 experienced trade people took just 12 days to complete a comprehensive scope of works onboard Pacific Eden, including:

Show Lounge (spanning two decks)

Kids Zone

Dome Bar



Conference Rooms

Photo Gallery

Crew Bathrooms

Nicolas Lagesse, Hotel Assets Director – Technical Services for Carnival Australia said “Trimline’s determined contribution on our three ship refurbishments this year under tight timelines and challenging design parameters with some lessons learnt along the way for the future, has resulted in a fantastic end result!”

Simon Dawkins, Key Account Manager for Trimline commented “We are very proud of the stunning finish we have delivered during the transformations of Pacific Dawn, Pacific Explorer and most recently Pacific Eden. All three refurbished ships now celebrate modern Australia and feature the new look and feel which has been so popular on P&O’s latest ships.”

Ritz Carlton chooses ABB power and propulsion technology for first yacht

ABB, the Swiss-Swedish electrotechnical group, will provide the power and propulsion for the first in a series of groundbreaking vessels that mark Ritz Carlton’s first foray into the maritime sector.

The 190-metre long vessel can accommodate 298 passengers and is aimed at providing a more bespoke service than larger cruise ships. The pioneering nature of the project is matched by ABB’s solutions that will optimize energy efficiency and allow the vessel to be remotely monitored from shore. Two Azipod® D propulsors will enable the ship to maneuver efficiently and effectively whilst the Remote Diagnostics Service will empower a smarter approach to maintenance.

Juha Koskela, Managing Director of ABB’s Marine and Ports Business said, “We have been serving the cruise industry for three decades. Our efforts during the last 10 years in building up a solid global network to serve the increasing number of customers have been fruitful. Now new partners wish to make use of this experience. Whether it is the largest cruise ships in the world or these luxurious mega-yachts, we serve our customers with consistent quality globally.”

The Azipod D is ideal for smaller vessels because of its lower installed power. Azipod propulsion has gained its strong position in the passenger segment by making it possible to do away with bulky traditional shaft line systems, with the electric motor installed in a pod outside the hull, freeing up space for more cabins.

The system also produces considerably lower levels of vibration, benefiting the passenger experience. The thrusters’ ability to turn in all directions increases ships access to ports without tug assistance, with the vessel in this case operating in New England, Caribbean and Mediterranean waters. Since its first installation more than 25 years ago, Azipod propulsion has clocked up over 13 million running hours with an availability of 99.8%.

P&O Cruises choose GE Marine Solutions to provide component upgrades to Oceana

P&O Cruises in the UK, part of Carnival Corporation & plc, has chosen GE’s Marine Solutions to provide upgrades on critical components on board its 77,499 gross ton Oceana.

Built in 1998, Oceana had GE’s Syconum 2 electronic controller on board. GE will be responsible for replacing existing controllers with the new generation of power electronics controllers on the four propulsion drives. Enabled by a decentralised architecture, the new digital propulsion controller benefits from a compact design, reducing its installation costs while improving operational safety through enhanced efficiency, asset availability and operational precision.

“Oceana is a very popular vessel, offering fly-cruise holidays to an increasing number of new cruise guests. Having reliable and capable ships across our fleet is crucial to capitalize on this growing opportunity,” said Donnacha O'Driscoll, Carnival UK senior vice president. “Following the successful first-phase upgrade provided by GE on Queen Mary 2 last year, we are delighted to continue this partnership with GE and embrace its latest technology to ensure smooth sailing for our guests.”

Harnessing the power of digital technology, GE will also carry out extensive shop tests at its Belfort Center of Excellence using its real-time simulator. By creating a digital model of the vessel, GE engineers can simulate different scenarios and test a vessel’s behavior. GE is, therefore, able to facilitate a reliable upgrade within a short time period. The upgrade provided to the Oceana is expected to be completed in Hamburg at the end of this year.