A+ A A-

Products & services

Halton introduces life cycle cost saving cabin ventilation technology

HVAC consumes a substantial part of energy on board. Intelligent, modern ventilation system not only enables lower running costs but it also improves safety and comfortable indoor climate conditions. Halton, which has nearly 20 years of experience in cabin ventilation and has delivered ventilation equipment for over 100,000 cabins, is now bringing to the market technology that provides substantial savings in cabin ventilation life cycle costs.

As a result of continuous research and development work, Halton Marine introduces a completely new cabin ventilation system for cruise ships. Halton chilled beam is an air conditioning system for cooling, heating and ventilating spaces where good indoor climate and individual space control are appreciated. The chilled beam system is an air/water system that utilizes the heat transfer properties of water and provides excellent indoor climate conditions with good energy efficiency.

Operation principle

Chilled beam systems are designed to use the dry cooling principle, operating with conditions where condensation is prevented by system design and controls. Operation of the product is designed so that filtering of the recirculated air is not needed.

The efficient mixing of chilled beam ventilation system results in uniform air quality inside the cabin. Supply air is diffused from linear slots on the product. Chilled beams use the primary air to induce and recirculate the room air through the heat exchanger of the unit, resulting in high cooling capacities and excellent thermal conditions in the space without a fan.

According to an independent study, chilled beams offer substantially lower life cycle costs compared to more traditional systems like fan coils. There are no filters that require changing, or a fan with electrical consumption and maintenance needs. But it is not only about savings, it is about the comfortable conditions. The chilled beam system offers more comfortable cabin ventilation conditions; individual control of temperature, draught free conditions also in maximum cooling loads and low sound levels.

Halton has a long experience in manufacturing chilled beams for different types of buildings like high-class offices, hotels, hospitals and retail shops around the world. The Halton Marine Beam is an extension to the company’s system category and specifically designed for cruise ship applications. In addition to full-scale indoor air laboratories in three continents, Halton has full scale beam testing facilities in Finland.

The company believes that the new system will become an extremely interesting choice for cabin ventilation in the future, as it offers enhanced cabin air comfort with the highest operational efficiency.



Trimline completes Calais Seaways' refit eight days ahead of schedule

Following the double ship renovation for DFDS’s latest cross Channel ferries Côte des Flandres and Côte des Dunes last year, Trimline were contracted to undertake the multi-million-pound transformation of the Calais Seaways.

A team of over 140 tradespeople spent six weeks in Dunkirk to bring Calais Seaways in line with the other ‘C class’ ships. Trimline converted an existing bar area into the newly rebranded Lighthouse Café and created a new hospital/first aid area. A complete refurbishment of a retail unit, premium lounge and Seven Seas restaurant were also completed requiring bespoke joinery items crafted by Trimline’s skilled joinery team.

Trimline worked hard to complete the works and despite a very short time frame from award of contract to on site delivery, the experienced team received final project sign-off some eight days ahead of schedule, enabling DFDS to meet critical in-service schedules.

The commitment and desire to deliver from their trusted suppliers was crucial to the successful completion of the project, coupled with a pragmatic and supportive customer who were tireless in their assistance.

Trimline’s Ferry Key Account Manager Neil Quinlan commented: “Trimline's objective was to produce the same quality and high standards that we achieved last year on Côte des Flandres and Côte des Dunes. The team are proud to have achieved this some eight days ahead of schedule. This is testament to the great working relationship we have with DFDS and our key suppliers.”

Nigel Cureton, Fleet Group Manager UK & France, says: “We have been impressed by the cooperation as well as the professionality and commitment of the teams involved. We are very pleased with the results that will allow us to offer a big improvement to our customers who will experience very beautiful and lovely facilities on all of our six vessels serving between Dover and France.

Roxtec Services expands in North America

Global safety seal provider Roxtec follows its expansion plan and launches its second specialized service company offering inspections and maintenance of cable and pipe transits. The new Roxtec Services US LLC is a subsidiary of Roxtec Services AB.

It is based in Houston, Texas, and will cover ships and offshore units all over North America.

Roxtec Services is aiming to expand into several key markets around the world. Roxtec Services US LLC has experienced a good start and has already begun working on inspection projects. The services include inspections, maintenance and repair work concerning cable and pipe transits.

“We established Roxtec Services AB in 2016 because we know many existing ships and rigs do not meet official safety requirements. By offering our services we can contribute to increased safety for people and assets,” says Fredrik Timonen, Managing Director of Roxtec Services AB.

Roxtec Services AB is part of Roxtec Group. It is the first company in the world that has received an official approval for inspection and maintenance services of cable and pipe transits from classification societies Lloyd’s Register and ABS (American Bureau of Shipping).

VARD selects NIT for outfitting supplier role

NIT has been selected for an exclusive supplier role by Norwegian interior outfitter VARD Accommodation. NIT will supply all public interior areas for two new expedition vessels, which will be operated by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, a subsidiary of TUI AG. Both new ships are designed for cruises in polar and tropical regions, and they will be classified in a five-star category for passengers.

“We will be challenged by the highest possible standards and requirements in this project,” says CEO Jari Suominen of NIT. “Expedition vessels is an exciting shipbuilding niche for us. The worldwide demand for luxury ships is growing very quickly.”

According to Vard, both new ships will have seven passenger decks which will accommodate 230 passengers. The length of each ship is 138 meters and they have a tonnage of 16,100 gross tons. Deliveries have been scheduled in 2019. The hulls of the new ships will be build in VARD’s shipyard in Tulcea, Romania. The fitting work will take place mainly in the Langsten shipyard, Norway, by VARD Accommodation.

NIT is a Finnish turnkey maritime supplier which has provided interior areas to more than 50 large vessels, including some of the largest cruise ships in the world. NIT was the first turnkey supplier chosen by VARD for this project. The NIT areas include a luxurious spa, a fine dining restaurant, staircases, outdoor deck areas, balconies and many more smaller spaces. The total area is approximately 6,000 m2 for each ship.

“This is our first project in Norway,” Suominen says. “We are very happy that VARD secured a deal with us in the early stages of this project. I expect that our team will contribute strongly to the design and engineering together with the architects and Hapag-Lloyd.”

Hapag-Lloyd currently operates two large cruise ships, Europa 1 and Europa 2, and two expedition cruise ships, Bremen and Hanseatic. Hanseatic was built in Finland by Rauma- Repola back in 1989.

VARD Accommodation is a subsidiary of VARD AS, one of the global leaders in the design and building of offshore and specialized vessels.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands Registry now world's 2nd largest

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) fleet now stands at 223,262,177 deadweight tons (DWT), making it the second largest registry in the world in terms of DWT.

International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) have provided administrative and technical support to the RMI Registry since 1990.

"This is a very significant milestone for the RMI Registry," said Bill Gallagher, President, IRI.

"A strong legislative framework, customer driven service ethos, and a commitment to quality have all been key to our continued success," he continued.

"From long-standing traditional shipowners, particularly our standing as the number one flag for Greek owners, to a new wave of Chinese leasing companies, the RMI Registry is the registry of choice for owners looking for an innovative and quality driven partner," he stated.

The RMI is not only the world's second largest registry, but the Greek shipping industry's leading flag as well. The RMI has been gaining market share year-on-year and the flag today has 791 ships totaling 62,190,301 DWT (over 18.9% of total DWT of the Greek owned fleet) in its registry, making it the largest flag used by Greek controlled ships.

"Our office in Piraeus is the second largest of the RMI Registry's 27 worldwide offices," said Theo Xenakoudis, Director, Worldwide Business Operations and Managing Director of the Piraeus office.

"Prior to registration, we vet the owner, operator and vessel before acceptance in the RMI Registry and during the vessel's time in the Registry we continue to conduct risk assessments and work with our owners and operators to ensure their vessels meet the Registry's quality standards," continued Xenakoudis.

"This process along with our service oriented philosophy has ensured the RMI Registry has maintained its excellent reputation and as such has attracted quality owners, including the Greek owners to the RMI flag," he said.

"We are delighted that our Greek owners and operators continue to hold the RMI Registry in such high regard which has been reflected in the Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee's March 2017 Greek Controlled Shipping Report which shows the RMI as the number one choice of flag for Greek owners and operators," he continued.

​In another late breaking development, the RMI Registry has received preliminary confirmation that it will continue its United States (US) Coast Guard (USCG) Qualship 21 status for 2017. The announcement was made during Intertanko's North American Panel meeting, which meets prior to the beginning of the Connecticut Maritime Association's (CMA's) Shipping 2017 conference in Stamford.

"This is the 13th year in a row that the RMI Registry has held its Qualship 21 status," said Bill Gallagher.

"It's significant because this achievement is no easy undertaking for a major registry, whose ships make thousands of US port calls, to maintain less than a 1% detention rate on a three-year rolling average basis," he continued.

"The Qualship 21 designation means that ships flying the RMI flag are less likely to be detained in US ports, which assists owners and operators in keeping their ships moving," he concluded.