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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.

 

 

 

SKF signs agreement with Palumbo Shipyards

SKF has signed an agreement with Palumbo Shipyards, a major refit and repair site in the Mediterranean to provide high tech services and related products.

The services include activities such as mounting, chocking and on-site machining services, alignment services and vibration measurements as well as geometric and strain gauge alignment measurements.

Furthermore, SKF and Palumbo Shipyards will collaborate to provide support and create value for the end customers.

“We are very pleased to start this collaboration with Palumbo Shipyards with the signing of this contract. SKF recognizes the importance of being a partner to its customers within its territory. On the other hand, this agreement will also serve SKF’s commitment to ensure local presence in all territories where the SKF Group wants to be present with its products and services,” says Rania Patsiopoulos, Managing Director, SKF Hellas.

“We are glad to have signed an agreement with an important partner such as SKF which is a leader in its segment. By working together we can provide a time efficient and valuable service to ship owners. Considering that we have worked with SKF for many years we are confident that this cooperation will be successful and we also plan to initiate the same collaboration with Group’s yards in the next future” says Andrea Sabbion, Sales Manager Commercial Ships Dept., Palumbo Shipyards.

Chantiers de l'Atlantique expands pre-assembly area by 30%

Chantiers de l'Atlantique and the public works company Charier inaugurated on 26 November 2018 the extension of the pre-assembly area which allows a significant increase in the production capacity of the shipyard.

With the work started in July 2017, the yard floor area is now expanded by 17,000sqm, meaning a 30% gain. By lengthening the rail of the 1,400-tonne gantry crane – which is assembling the hull of the large vessels – by 135 m the completed project allows six more mega-blocks to be assembled and outfitted.

"This investment worth €16 million allows us to move to a simultaneous construction capacity of 22 blocks, compared to 16 previously and thus meet the increase in the current and future industrial load of the yard," said Laurent Castaing, General Manager of Chantiers de l’Atlantique.

Valmet launches new process control for ships to improve fuel efficiency

Valmet 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.

Lindblad Expeditions signs up with Versonix Seaware

Lindblad Expeditions, a global provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, has signed an agreement with Versonix to implement Versonix’ Seaware reservation system.

“We are very pleased to partner with Versonix, a recognized leader of booking systems for cruise lines. The features of Seaware that most attracted us are the built-in Revenue Management capabilities that will help us optimize revenue, their advanced inventory management capabilities, and the new Seaware Analytics platform that will provide us with a 360-degree view into our business and customers. We also plan on taking advantage of Versonix Seaware OTA API to reach additional distribution channels” said Arthur Theodorou, Director of Information Technology for Lindblad Expeditions.

“At Versonix we are very excited to have Lindblad Expeditions as our customer. This solidifies our position as a leader in providing solutions for the fast-growing expedition cruise sector. Our experience and R&D efforts are directed to improving our offering to this evolving industry. In addition to providing solid solutions for standard functionality, we are also taking advantage of the latest technologies such as machine learning and cloud hosting options to stay leaders in this market,” said Yuri Polissky, Chief Operating Officer of Versonix.

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