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Wärtsilä LNG solutions featured on Ponant’s environmentally advanced cruise ship

The Finnish technology group Wärtsilä’s 31DF dual-fuel engine, which emphasises outstanding efficiency, extremely economical fuel consumption, and minimal emissions, has been selected to power a new and highly advanced, pioneering cruise vessel, the company said in a statement.

The polar ice-class luxury cruise vessel is being built for the France-based operator Ponant at Vard Søviknes, a part of VARD shipbuilding group in Norway. The order with Wärtsilä was in the second quarter of 2018.

Because the 150-metre long ship will operate in environmentally sensitive Arctic and Antarctic waters, it will operate primarily on LNG. Wärtsilä’s advanced technologies and experience in LNG solutions were cited as key reasons for the selection of the 31DF engines and other Wärtsilä solutions.

In addition to four 14-cylinder and two 10-cylinder Wärtsilä 31DF engines, Wärtsilä will also supply the fuel gas supply system, chosen because of the company’s outstanding experience and references in gas containment and gas fuel systems. Also included in the scope is Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum advanced navigation equipment, which can later be integrated with an Eniram proactive energy management system delivering predictive insights and mobile alerts. Eniram is a Wärtsilä company.

The company’s Smart Marine Ecosystem vision is to use high levels of connectivity and digitalisation in enabling the efficient use of resources, the highest levels of safety, and the least possible impact on the environment.

“We have ordered the building of a clean ship featuring technologies that go beyond current industry-standard environmental regulations. This is why we have chosen a propulsion format with Wärtsilä’s highly efficient 31DF engine running on LNG,” says Charles Gravatte, Ponant General Secretary.

“Wärtsilä’s cutting-edge technologies are making a huge contribution to creating cleaner, more efficient, and more environmentally sustainable shipping. This valuable contract is a clear example of this. We are delighted to be supporting Ponant in enabling this cruise ship to meet the highest standards of sustainability,” says Glenn Mattas, Regional Sales Director, South Europe & Africa, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

 

The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled to be delivered in 2020, one year before delivery of Ponant’s polar ice-class luxury cruise vessel. This will be the twelfth ship in Ponant’s fleet of cruise vessels. The previous eleven ships are all powered by Wärtsilä engines.

Wärtsilä and Royal Caribbean extend their partnership by five years to 2028

The Finnish technology group Wärtsilä and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) have agreed to extending a turbo charger service agreement by five years, to the year 2028.

The original agreement, signed in 2013, spanned 10 years. Under the agreement, Wärtsilä is optimising maintenance efficiency through improved turbo charger maintenance, providing OEM spare parts, workshop services and preferred technical assistance for 46 RCCL’s ships.

RCCL is the second largest cruise company in the world. The company’s key objective is to provide cruise customers with the best holiday experience, therefore the reliability of the equipment installed on board RCCL’s vessels is of the utmost importance. The availability of Wärtsilä’s technical support at all times, everywhere in the world, helps ensure optimal operations for RCCL’s vessels.

The partnership is to complement the RCCL Global Marine in-house expertise with continuous improvement via various technical innovations and direct access to Wärtsilä’s technical expertise with continuous focus on safety and life cycle cost.

This new agreement between RCCL and Wärtsilä, signed in June 2018, covers a total of 196 engines installed in 46 cruise ships, the majority of which sail in the Caribbean and Europe. The largest portion of RCL fleet of vessels is equipped with Wärtsilä’s condition monitoring technology, which transmits real-time information about engine condition to a Wärtsilä Expertise Centre for analysis. This allows for predictive maintenance planning and optimisation of operations.

“When it comes to maintenance planning and operations, the marine and cruise industry is moving more and more toward long-term partnerships. This is a natural direction, as it enables a holistic approach to vessel maintenance. A partner that understands the installation and optimises their condition throughout their lifecycle can help Royal Caribbean to enhance their business. Close cooperation is essential in such partnerships,” says Sean Carey, Service Unit Director North America, Wärtsilä Services.

 

Valmet launches Dashboards as part of Valmet DNA Automation System 2018 collection

Valmet launches Valmet DNA Automation System collection 2018 introducing Valmet DNA Dashboard concept that takes the visualization of process data to the next level. Valmet DNA collection 2018 introduces also improvements to the IO (Input/Output) products and OPC UA (Unified Architecture) communication capabilities. Valmet DNA Automation System is utilized in pulp, paper, energy and other process industries around the world.

Valmet DNA Dashboards make reading and understanding process data easier

Valmet DNA Dashboards are web applications providing pre-analyzed, essential production process information presented in a visual way that is easy to interpret. They use the real-time and history data already available through customer's Valmet DNA Automation System, thus complementing Valmet's Industrial Internet products and services. The new DNA dashboards make it possible to immediately see what is happening at a mill or plant and react to changing situations fast.

By connecting easily to existing system data, Valmet DNA Dashboard can provide key performance indicators and meaningful information to different user roles at a mill or plant, from operators to the CEO. The use of the DNA Dashboards is not limited to a control room - Valmet DNA Dashboards can be used stationary or mobile from any location.

"Valmet DNA Dashboards are designed by applying modern user experience principles. User role and needs determine the content and presentation of data that is derived from Valmet DNA Automation System," says Jukka Ylijoki, Vice President, R&D, Automation Business Line, Valmet.

Valmet DNA Dashboards are available for alarm management for all industries. For paper, board atissue industries, Valmet introduces quality and production monitoring dashboard. For the energy industry, Valmet provides dashboard for the monitoring of energy production and availability as well as emission and production efficiency. For pulp industry, Valmet introduces dashboard for pulp production, departmental and bale quality monitoring.

 

 

Adonis launches Adonis Personnel Portal tailored for smart phones, tablets

Adonis AS (Adonis), leading providers of global maritime HR solutions, recently announced a new release of Adonis Personnel Portal, enabling crew to manage important tasks through their smart phones and tablets.

The new version gives employees greater flexibility in viewing and maintaining their personal information, and in uploading certificates as well as travel expense reports from their mobile devices. It also simplifies document management by integrating the device’s camera to easily capture and record images of receipts.

HR organizations are far more efficient and less error prone when employees are provided with intuitive self-service tools to manage their personal information. The diverse, distributed and fluid nature of maritime workforces makes HR administration a greater challenge than those faced by more traditional, land-based organizations.

The mobile-enabled version of Adonis Personnel Portal is a true self-service solution, combining ease-of-use and broad administrative functionality. The Portal includes modules for electronic capture of work and rest hours, as well as the ability to transfer automatically calculated overtime hours to the Payroll module through a chain of approval.

“Our ultimate goal is to help our customers to increase efficiencies, reduce redundancies, and eliminate errors in the Human Resource information flow,” says Erick Meijer, Product Director of Adonis. “The new mobile self-service portal allows our customers to give their employees, travelling workers and seafarers immediate access to their most vital information, with the ability to update and upload key data from anywhere, at any time. The convenience frees up HR and crew to focus more time and attention on their onboard roles and responsibilities.”

 

Roxtec launches plastic pipe seals for aluminium structures 

Transit specialist Roxtec extends its range of plastic pipe seals to meet the demand for high quality light-weight aluminum solutions in the marine and offshore sector. From now on, the Roxtec Sleev-it™ penetration seals are available not only in steel, but also with aluminum flange – for use in aluminum decks and bulkheads.

The increasing use of aluminum structures in shipbuilding is based on requirements for lower weight, reduced fuel consumption and higher speed. Ships and vessels made in aluminum are also likely to ensure better maneuverability and lower cost for lifecycle maintenance and ownership. The new seals from Roxtec are expected to be frequently used on cruise liners and high-speed ferries as well as on LNG carriers

Certified protection

Supplying shipyards worldwide, Roxtec continuously strives to develop sealing solutions that add value. The addition of Roxtec Sleev-it™ penetration seals with flanges in aluminum is yet another example. The seals for aluminum structures are approved for both A-60 and A-0 fire rated divisions and type approval certificates are now available. The waterproof version is also approved for 1 bar water-tightness and 0.67 bar gas-tightness.

Seals for plastic pipes

The Roxtec Sleev-it™ Fire penetration seal contains intumescent material which efficiently closes off the plastic pipe penetration in case of fire. It is openable and can be used for both new-build and retrofit projects. The Roxtec Sleev-it™ Waterproof penetration seal has similar properties, but includes a rubber grommet for protection against gas and water. The seals are ideal for pipe penetrations above the waterline onboard various ships and vessels. They are light-weight and easy to install from one side of the deck or bulkhead.

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