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Rolls-Royce Power Systems honours its suppliers

Rolls-Royce Power Systems is keen to emphasize the importance of close supplier partnerships, which are indispensable to expand the international production network for its MTU and MTU Onsite Energy products. Hence its top 13 suppliers worldwide were recently singled out for accolades at the Supplier Symposium in Friedrichshafen in Germany.

 “Top three” suppliers of finished parts from the regions Europe, Asia and America as well as the best suppliers of raw components worldwide were each awarded. An innovation category with the winner Akasol was also awarded. A German manufacturer of high-performance batteries with whom the company signed a joint development contract in 2018 on the use of lithium-ion batteries in sea vessels and rail vehicles.

Spark plug supplier Federal Mogul also picked up gold, and was especially commended for its outstanding technological contributions to MTU gas engines. Another golden trophy winner was Qingdao GBS Machinery in China, supplier of cast iron components, who demonstrated an excellent capacity to satisfy special customer requirements at short notice. Top of the league were also Winsert Inc. from the US, manufacturer of valve seat inserts, and Fronberg Guss GmbH, German supplier of large castings. These two businesses also shared the special glory of posting zero defects on parts supplied.

“We want to put Rolls-Royce Power Systems on a digital footing, keeping ahead of the game in electrification, activating talents, and creating a smartly balanced product portfolio. In all this, we also benefit from the mutual expertise and innovative input between suppliers and companies”, explained Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

As it evolves into an integrated solutions provider, Rolls-Royce Power Systems is starting to operate well outside the realm of its traditional core business, reaching new markets worldwide. Coupled with the ability to react flexibly to market fluctuations, the new strategy requires a solid and internationally supply chain.

“Our goal is to develop and improve in tandem with our suppliers. The basis for this is our proactive partnership,” explained Erik Manning, head of Operations and Procurement, at the Supplier Symposium.






Halton to deliver design hoods for Virgin's Scarlet Lady

Halton will expand its supply of indoor air solutions from cruise ship cabins and galleys to special solutions for ship restaurants. The company will supply a total of 31 made-to-order custom-designed energy efficient hoods – a first of its kind on the market.

The innovative design is specially developed for Geonbae, Virgin Voyages' "Korean BBQ" restaurant. The custom hoods were developed and tested in collaboration with Virgin Voyages and shipbuilder Fincantieri over the course of two years at the R&D centre of Halton's factory in Germany.

In addition to the specially designed hoods, Halton will provide Virgin Voyages with galley ventilation solutions that are highly efficient, reducing energy consumption by up to 50 percent from traditional systems, and were manufactured in Halton's factory in Lahti, Finland.

Halton was selected to develop this critical new system due to its long-term expertise and ability to develop and deliver demanding solutions designed and tested to suit the client's particular conditions as well as the company's high-performing and efficient technology.

"Halton not only provides top quality products and state-of-the-art technologies, but their team of experts allowed us to challenge the status quo and develop an industry leading custom solution, which will allow us to bring our lively Geonbae restaurant to life while also helping us achieve our goal to incorporate smart technologies across the ship that help us limit our environmental impact," said Frank Weber, Senior Vice President of Hotel operations for Virgin Voyages.

"Our close cooperation with Virgin Voyages has provided us with a truly inspiring opportunity to develop together new visionary solutions drawing on our knowledge of demanding indoor environments and sustainable energy-efficient ventilation. At the same time, we will contribute to the wellbeing and best-in-class cruise experience for the people on board. In all, we are very happy to be in the heart of our mission in this project," said Sami Piirainen, Director of Halton Marine.

Halton's deliveries include

– Specially manufactured round Halton JES hoods, with integrated lighting system for the "Geonbae" Scarlet Lady's Korean BBQ restaurant, designed according to the requirements by Virgin Voyages' architects. The hoods have undergone two years of development and testing at Halton's R&D centre in Germany in collaboration with the Virgin Voyages and Fincantieri. The hoods comply with the USPHS (United States Public Health Service) hygiene requirements.
– Galley hoods featuring Halton's patented Capture Jet technology. The hoods utilize mechanical and UV-C grease filtration.
– M.A.R.V.E.L. automation system that enables on-demand ventilation and energy savings.

Halton began order deliveries for the Scarlet Lady in October 2018 from the Lahti factory. The ship's construction will be completed in early 2020.

Valmet signs an automation service agreement with Celebrity Cruises

Valmet has signed a service agreement with Celebrity Cruises for Valmet DNA integrated automation systems onboard four Millennium-class vessels in the United States. The order was included in Valmet's third quarter of 2018 orders received.

The service agreement will enhance the performance, safety and availability of the automation systems as well as continuously improve the data analytics available onboard the four vessels: Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Constellation. The agreement period started in August 2018 and covers four years.

"The core in our marine operations is safety, reliability and availability. Working with companies like Valmet makes the speed of change in automation and data analytics truly successful," says Patrik Dahlgren, Senior Vice President of Global Marine Operations for Celebrity Cruises and all the Royal Caribbean Cruises brands.

"Cooperation with Valmet has been smooth. Over the years, we have seen the evolution of their automation system. With our service agreement, we are able to get the latest technologies onboard and training for our operators," adds Anders Aasen, Vice President, Global Technical Solutions for Global Marine Operations & Celebrity Cruises.

Valmet has created a comprehensive life-cycle management approach to support customers who use its automation systems. Emphasis is placed on audits, life-cycle plans and crew competence.

"We have set high priority on reaching the minimum risk level. For example, our services protect the automation system and ensure its safe operation," notes Juha-Pekka Jalkanen, Director, Energy and Process Systems, North America, Valmet.

Adonis teams up with STAR Information Systems

Two of the most significant players in the software industry for the shipping market announced recently that they enter into close market cooperation. Adonis AS, a specialist in maritime HR and Payroll Systems, and STAR Information Systems, a recognized supplier of maritime administration management systems for the global maritime industry, both operate in the worldwide marketplace, with their headquarters in Norway.

The collaboration involves close integration in the functional area, so that common customers achieve a rationalization gain through the use of shared registers and data. Furthermore, the two companies will closely market each other's solutions to existing and new customers, i.a. by exploiting each other's global office and contact network.

"We are very pleased to offer existing and new customers a fully integrated solution with both Star IPS and the Adonis Human Resource suite," says Sales Director Alfred Risan in STAR Information Systems.

"We are seeing a steadily growing demand in the market for fully integrated systems in these areas, while they at the same time wish to cooperate with specialists within the specific applications. The time is out for systems and suppliers who doesn't support interaction and functional integration. Through our collaboration, we can offer the best of two suppliers, offering fully integrated systems that interact in a way that truly provides a great rationalization benefit for the customer."

"Having a prepared and well running integration in place from the start of a project will lower the CAPEX and significantly improve the cost/benefit factor for a new customer," says Sales Director Per Ove Kviteberg in Adonis.

SIS is a recognized and significant player in its market segmentation and as such a natural choice for a commercial partnership for Adonis. Our two companies have already collaborated on SMM participation and are seeing the fruits of such market cooperation. We clearly see that customers demand more and more integrated solutions from specialized suppliers.

Interior outfitter Trimline in high demand

Trimline team onboard Navigator of the Seas

January 2019 opened with 124 ships on the forward-looking cruise ship orderbook, extending through 2027. The cruise industry is projected to continue to grow throughout 2019 with an estimated 30 million travellers expected to cruise, up 6% from 28.2 million in 2018.

Marine interior outfitters Trimline are in high demand as they secure contracts for this year and beyond. This quarter alone they are dispatching their skilled teams to complete cruise ship refits including Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas, Celebrity Millennium, Coral Princess, TUI Cruises' Mein Schiff 2, Celebrity Summit and Marella Explorer 2, as well as ferry refits for DFDS Seaways and Condor Ferries.

Cruise Key Account Manager Simon Dawkins said “With over 50 years in the industry, Trimline staff understand the importance of planning for success, reliability and quality output. Over the years, we’ve worked on a diverse array of complex and demanding projects for most of the World’s cruise lines and ferry companies, earning Trimline the trust of many of the ships refit personnel."

CBM 2018/2019 Winter