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Columbia Shipmanagement receives DNV GL certification for energy and safety management

DNV GL has confirmed that Columbia Shipmanagement complies with the highest standards in energy and safety management. Torsten Schramm, President at DNV GL – Maritime, recently presented the ISO certification for the standards ISO 50001:2011 and OHSAS 18001:2007 to Carsten Sommerhage, Director of Columbia Shipmanagement (Deutschland) GmbH, at the shipping company’s offices in Hamburg.

“These certifications highlight our efforts to perform a systematic energy management as well as maintaining the highest levels of health and safety through our company. At Columbia, we pursue an integrated strategy to incorporate health and safety into all units of our company,” says Carsten Sommerhage.

“Columbia holds the protection of the environment and natural resources as extremely important. The company ensures that all health, safety, environmental and energy aspects of its activities comply with the International Standards of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and OHSAS 18001 for shipmanagement services. Furthermore, these standards include the crewing and operation of oil tankers, bulk carries, chemical tankers and multipurpose ships,” adds Axel Schulz, Technical Director of Columbia Shipmanagement (Deutschland) GmbH.

ISO 50001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications achieved by CSM Group in 2016 and 2017 for its shipmanagement hubs at Hamburg, Limassol and Singapore are in line with the company’s commitment to continual improvement. ISO 50001:2011 aims at supporting organisations that want to continually reduce their energy use, energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The OHSAS 18000 standards provide organisations with the tools for an effective safety management system that can be integrated into other management systems. This helps organisations to improve their occupational health and safety performance as well as their economic objectives.

”CSM has become a leading force in its field by making an unequivocal commitment to quality and efficiency. The company is well known for its efforts in implementing safety standards of life at sea, and safe ship and cargo operations," says Torsten Schramm.

IMO Tier III compliant Wärtsilä engines to power world's largest expedition mega yachts

The technology group Wärtsilä is to supply the main engines for a new and innovative expedition mega yacht, owned by Genting Hong Kong which also owns the MV WERFTEN yards in Germany where the vessel is to be built. There is an option for an additional two vessels in this "Endeavor" class series. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in March 2017.

The new vessel will be the world's largest expedition mega yacht with ice class certification, and will be able to operate in polar region waters. Passenger comfort and operational reliability were cited as being major considerations for the equipment selected. Four 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 engines combined with Wärtsilä NOx Reducer (NOR) systems will provide the electrical power for the ship. The system is fully compliant with the IMO Tier III exhaust emission regulations set out in Annex VI of the MARPOL 73/78 convention. The equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the yard in 2018.

"This is an exciting newbuild project and we are proud to have been selected as a supplier. The Wärtsilä 32 engine is extremely well proven and features excellent reliability and easy maintenance, both of which were important factors in its selection," says Lars Anderson, Vice President, Engine Sales, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

"We have enjoyed a good relationship with Wärtsilä for a number of years and we know and trust their products. The successful development of this ship is due to good cooperation and communication between all the project partners," says Axel Rothe, Vice President, Procurement and Logistics, MV WERFTEN.

Wärtsilä had earlier delivered more than 30 Wärtsilä 32 engines for eight vessels built by these yards and the company has also delivered the majority of the 4-stroke engines, both main and auxiliary engines, installed by the yard during the past ten years.  

The Wärtsilä 32 engine is based on the latest achievements in combustion technology, and is designed for efficient and easy maintenance with long maintenance-free operating periods. The engine is fully equipped with all essential ancillaries and a thoroughly planned interface to external systems. The Wärtsilä 32 engine, in conjunction with the Wärtsilä NOR system, is fully compliant with the IMO Tier III exhaust emission regulations set out in Annex VI of the MARPOL 73/78 convention.



Tenerife ship repairers look at cruise industry for work

Ship repairers at the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife are increasingly looking at the cruise industry to carry out voyage repairs and other work.

“This activity is really important for offshore business but in addition, the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife berth now for reparation, cruise ships like Ocean Endeavour,” the port said in a statement.

The expedition cruise ship ship, which belongs to Florida based tonnage provider SunStone, will be around one month in the port to do different types of reparation before sail to Saint John in Canada for circumnavigate Newfoundland and stay in the Arctic region for summer time.

Thomson Cruises, the UK based cruise operator in the TUI AG group, is expected to carry out work on one of its vessels in November, which has been the case for several years. Thomson Cruises has a ship based in the Atlantic Islands for each winter season.

“Recently, other cruise lines like Fred Olsen (Cruise Lines) used the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife for reparations, painting and so on. The port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife offers more than 30 reparation companies, providing specialised services with all certifications,” the port said.

Aboa Mare and Norsepower start cooperation to install rotor sails on Viking Grace

Aboa Mare, the nautical college in the Finnish port city of Turku, and Norsepower, a Finnish company, start cooperation regarding the installation of Rotor Sails aboard Viking Line’s cruise ferry Viking Grace, Aboa Mare said in a statement.

Aboa Mare’s state of the art simulation technology is used to simulate the Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution for the first time on a ship of Viking Grace’s size, of approximately 60,000 gross tons.

Before the actual Rotor Sail Solution is installed onboard Viking Grace, scientific analyses and simulator studies are carried out on how the Rotor Sail is affecting the operation of the vessel in the most critical parts of the Turku and Stockholm archipelago.

In the first stage, the simulation of the Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution affect on Viking Grace is going to be carried out on the Aboa Mare R&D simulator. The simulations are focusing on the Turku – Mariehamn – Stockholm route with its challenging archipelago.

“Our objective is to verify how the Rotor Sail Solution is e affecting the operation of Viking Grace. Focus areas are safety, passenger comfort and maneuverability. We are especially looking at some critical points of the route and measuring what affects the added Rotor Sail Solution will impose on the vessel,' said Norsepower CEO, Tuomas Riski

Second stage is planned to be the modelling of the Norsepower Rotor Sail to the actual Viking Grace ship model in the Aboa Mare Navigation simulator. This would enable also training for the officers on Viking Grace in a simulated environment including the affects of the Rotor Sail.

A natural continuation would then be to also create models of the future new buildings for the Viking Line fleet. Discussions on this matter have been already started by Aboa Mare, Norsepower and Viking Line. A huge advantage here is that we test and analyze scenarios with a newbuilding to come and avoid any surprises when a new ship is entering into service.

The methodology and the testing sequence, as a whole, is groundbreaking in the maritime simulation world. Simulation technology has never been used in this way and in these conditions before. This is the first time a Rotor Sail is being simulated on a ship of this size in these very challenging conditions.

“At Aboa Mare we are very enthusiastic about this opportunity to utilize our knowledge and technology in new ways. Our aim is to be in the forefront of the development and use of simulation technology for training, research and development purposes. This is again a step forward," said Aboa Mare Simulator Manager Anton Westerlund.

Norsepower Ltd is a Finnish clean technology and engineering company pioneering the generation of renewable wind energy for the global maritime industry. Norsepower is the leading provider of auxiliary wind propulsion systems for large ships. Aboa Mare Ltd is providing training, research and development services through state of the art simulators.

Trimline completes Pacific Dawn refurbishment

P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Dawn is now back in service after a multi-million-pound refurbishment which was completed last month.

With a team of over 100 experienced tradespeople, marine interior specialist Trimline spent 12 days aboard in the Singaporean drydock transforming many of the ship’s public areas, including The Dome, The Orient Bar, Pool Cafe, Charlie’s Bar, Reception, Spa, Ocean Bar, Techno Store, Decks 5, 6 and 7 Atriums and Deck 7 Promenade Bar.

"The experienced and committed Trimline team worked hard to deliver a stunning finish. The ship now celebrates modern Australia and not only features the new look and feel which has been so popular on P&Os latest ships, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, she also provides a taste of what’s to come on P&Os next ship Pacific Explorer, which Trimline will start transforming in May," the company said in a statement.

Michael Oliver, Trimline’s Co Chairman remarked “Communication was key to the success of this project. We ensured the client was aware of progress at every stage and the Trimline team called on their previous experiences throughout the project to ensure we met the schedule. We now look forward to working with P&O Australia again in May when we transform Pacific Explorer in Singapore.”