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Roxtec GmbH appointed “Partner of the Year” by Meyer Group 

Cable and pipe transit specialist Roxtec GmbH was awarded the prize for best supplier 2017 by Meyer Group – in competition with 8,300 other companies. Roxtec got the award for “outstanding performance, competence and commitment”.

Meyer Group appointed Roxtec at Meyer’s Partner of the Year gala on 5 June in Warnemünde in Germany for being the best supplier for all three shipyards – Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, Neptun Werft in Rostock, Germany, and Meyer Turku in Finland.

The award is based on a supplier assessment conducted regularly by the shipyards. The suppliers are evaluated within everything from design to logistics. Among the “outstanding shipbuilding suppliers” of 2017, Roxtec was selected as the No.1 supplier of Meyer Group.

“We are very proud,” says Roger Johansson, Executive Vice President Business Area Marine & Offshore at Roxtec. “This achievement was accomplished through excellent work by our teams in Germany and Finland. We combine strong technical support and good service onsite with delivery accuracy from the supply chain and our continuous introduction of innovative sealing solutions.”

 

 

 

Bolidt gets a warm reception from expedition cruise operators

The well-established position of Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems decking and flooring in mainstream cruise ship and superyacht markets has been quickly converted into a series of business wins in the fast-emerging polar expedition cruise ship sector.

The most recent contract for the Dutch manufacturer’s hardwearing, environmentally friendly and visually attractive products covers the Hurtigruten newbuildings, Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansens, two hybrid propulsion expedition cruise ships under construction at Kleven shipyard in Norway. These 20,889 gross ton, 530-passenger vessels are both due for delivery in 2019.

Hapag Lloyd also has a pair of polar class expedition cruise ships, Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Inspiration, on order at the Vard shipyard in Tulcea, Romania which will feature extensive Bolidt decking systems onboard. The 15,650 gross ton, 230-passenger capacity ships are also due to enter service next year.

Jacco van Overbeek, Director Maritime Division at Bolidt, believes the company’s reputation in the mainstream cruise and yacht sectors has helped it to secure a significant share of the fast-growing expedition cruise sector, whether used for balconies, indoor and outdoor decks and public spaces. “We have been successful because we are already well known for our high quality of workmanship, flexibility and speed of installation, and for our ability to deploy our own specialized application teams worldwide,” he says. “This enables us to take on jobs at many different yards around the same time.”

However, Van Overbeek adds that important innovations have been needed to take account of the new environment: “Many of the ships call for heated deck systems, as well as special surface treatments to ensure our products remain resistant to extremely low temperatures.” Bolidt’s unique inhouse R&D facilities, which include state-of-the-art technology such as a climate chamber and accelerated weathering lab for testing advanced materials in extreme conditions, have meant that these environmental challenges can be overcome.

Bolidt is supplying a range of well-proven synthetic deck products to these vessels, including Bolideck Future Teak, Bolideck Select and Bolideck Helideck. Other polar class newbuildings under construction that will feature Bolidt decking materials include Crystal Endeavour, which is the largest polar cruise yacht yet to be built. The 200-passenger capacity, 19,800 grt vessel, is being built in Germany at the MV Werften yard and is due to enter service in 2020.

Bolidt is also working on a series of three luxury Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection vessels, each with capacity for 298 passengers, to be delivered in 2020 by Spain’s HJ Barreras shipyard. Again, the Dutch company is the preferred supplier for Mystic Cruise’s World Explorer, which is being built at Portugal’s West Sea Yard for Quark Expeditions. The 9,300 gross ton vessel will accommodate 176 passengers onboard.

As well as new polar cruise ships, Bolidt products can be found on several existing expedition vessels. Ships of this type in service with Bolidt systems include Celebrity Xpedition and Linblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Sea Lion, Sea Bird, Endeavour, Explorer, Islander, Orion and Quest. Some of these vessels had Bolidt systems as newbuildings, while others have been upgraded with the Dutch company’s synthetic materials during subsequent refits.

Cable manufacturer Helkama Bica wins Meyer Turku cooperation partner of the year award 

Helkama Bica, the Finnish cable manufacturer, has won the cooperation partner of the year award of Meyer Turku, the Finnish shipbuilder, Helkama Bica said in a statement.

“Helkama has shown to Meyer Turku that it is a flexible and cost-conscious companion, which offers quality products and ‘we can do it’ attitude plus excellent, personalised customer service,” Meyer Turku was cited by Helkama Bica as saying.

“All these qualities are valued highly at the shipyard, particularly in the years to come, when our orderbook wil keep us and our suppliers busy.”

The award is an annual tradition of the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg and the event was held in Warnemunde in Germany, where a large number of suppliers and contracors had gathered for the latest event. Meyer Turku shipyard attended the event for the second year in a row.

Meyer Turku has a supplier and contractor network of almost 2,000 companies and about 800 of them have staff working on newbuildings under construction at the shipyard.

NIT signs Global class turn key agreement with MV Werften

NIT, the Finnish interior turn key supplier, said it is expanding its business operations in Germany through an agreement with MV Werften on the first interior turnkey deal for the Global class series.

“NIT will design and install the main passenger staircase areas for two luxury cruise ships, which will be operated by Dream Cruises. The vessels will be designed for the Asian markets and they are scheduled to sail on their maiden voyages from Wismar in 2020 and 2021,” NIT said in a statement.

“We are delighted to announce this new partnership with MV Weften,” says Jari Suominen, CEO of NIT.“Our new customer sees high value in the ambition and experience of our teams and we certainly do our best to exceed their expectations. Earning trust: that’s the key driving force for the NIT crew.”

With a gross tonnage of 204,000, a length of 342 metres and a passenger capacity up to 9,500, the Global class ships will be the biggest cruise ships ever built in Germany. Both vessels have two large passenger staircase areas, the total area of which is almost 12,000 m2.

In addition to the visual interiors, NIT also delivers electrical installations and piping for these areas.

NIT has provided interior areas for more than 50 large vessels, including some of the largest cruise ships in the world. The company specialises in the most challenging parts of a ship’s interior, such as staircases, restaurants, nightclubs and spas. From its home base in Piikkiö, Finland, NIT works with the world’s leading shipbuilders, with a particular focus on the European shipbuilding market.

“The success of the Global class project will strengthen the story of European shipbuilding,” says Jari Suominen. “Not only are we building great ships together – we are also exploring exciting concepts and unlocking new opportunities for market expansion. By succeeding in this with our customers, NIT will have an increasingly important role as a key player in the European shipbuilding business.”

 

Scanship wins AWP system retrofit contract for Corinthian

Scanship Holding ASA, through its subsidiary Scanship AS, has been awarded a retrofit contract by Grand Circle Corporation to deliver and install a Scanship AWP system on the MV Corinthian.

The cruise ship, originally built and launched in Italy 1990, is operated by Grand Circle Cruise Line.

The Scanship system when installed, will purify all grey and black water according to IMO Marpol MEPC 227(64) including chapter 4.2 for special area where also nitrogen and phosphorus will be removed.

The retrofit will take place at the shipyard Naval Roche in Lisbon during the fall of 2018.

"We are thrilled to work with Grand Circle Cruise Line to upgrade this ship to the highest effluent standard for wastewater discharge. Their commitment for cleaner oceans with investing in advanced wastewater purification technology conveys a strong message and lines out a new environmental standard for this segment of the cruise industry", says CEO Henrik Badin in a statement.

 

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