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Trimline secures soft furnishing return to Queen Mary 2

Southampton-based marine outfitters Trimline have been placed at the heart of a two-week refit of the Cunard liner Queen Mary 2 following an order to replace all the soft furnishings and carpets in the liner’s 1310 staterooms.

The programme marks a major repeat project for Trimline on the 150,000 ton liner, having originally been commissioned to supply all soft furnishings on the ship when she first entered service in 2004.

Trimline craftsmen have been regular visitors to the ship since her inaugural voyage, carrying out interior maintenance, and the latest project to manufacture over 6,000 separate items, will rank among the company’s biggest furnishings projects for established customer Cunard, part of Carnival UK.

Having worked alongside Swedish specialist Tillberg in the design phase, Trimline has procured some 25,000 linear metres of fabrics. Manufacture of curtains, cushions, valances and chair/sofa coverings is already underway, with the fabrics used determined by the type of stateroom, suite or penthouse.

Once complete, the furnishings are being shipped to Hamburg where the Queen Mary 2 will undergo a two-week refit at the Blohm and Voss yard later this month before returning to restart passenger operations from home port Southampton.

In addition, the Cunard flagship’s extensive makeover will entail Trimline laying some 17,000 square metres of new carpet throughout the passenger accommodation. Up to 70 Trimline personnel will work on the ship in Germany, completing the task as the ship returns to Southampton.

Trimline Sales and Marketing Director Mike Oliver explained: "In the same way that we supplied the original soft furnishings, this will match the biggest manufacture and fitting programme that we have undertaken and has already involved a major project management task involving our in-house specialists and suppliers. We have considerable experience working for Cunard, ranging from regular refurbishment work to large one-off projects, and this prestigious project will ensure that the highest standards are maintained on one of the world’s biggest liners."

Wärtsilä acquires Hamworthy

Wärtsilä Corporation, the Finnish engineering group, says it has reached agreement with the Board of Hamworthy plc , a UK listed engineering company focussed on the marine and oil and gas sectors, in regards to a recommended cash offer for the acquisition of Hamworthy.

Under the terms of the acquisition Hamworthy shareholders will receive 825 pence in cash for each Hamworthy share valuing Hamworthy's entire issued and to be issued share capital at approximately GBP 383 million. This represents an EV / LTM EBITDA multiple of 14.3x as per 30 September 2011. The acquisition is conditional on the approval by the shareholders of Hamworthy. The acquisition is expected to be closed during the first quarter in 2012. The acquisition is subject to relevant regulatory approvals in Germany and Norway.

Wärtsilä will hold a press conference today at 11:00 EET (9:00 UK time) in Helsinki, Finland. The press conference can be participated via webcast and teleconference. Please find details at the end of the release. Combining Hamworthy and Wärtsilä will allow both organisations to broaden and enhance their capabilities in rapidly evolving offshore, marine gas applications as well as environmental solutions markets. Both Hamworthy and Wärtsilä will benefit from technology sharing and optimised R&D to enhance position for the global marine and offshore markets.

Wärtsilä has a global footprint with operations in 70 countries across the world and significant financial scale, which will allow it to expand the geographic and customer reach of Hamworthy's products. Wärtsilä's extensive services network will support Hamworthy in its after sales activities.

Björn Rosengren, CEO, Wärtsilä Corporation, commenting on the acquisition, said:  "We believe strongly in marine gas markets and the opportunities in the rapidly evolving environmental markets. Combining our resources with Hamworthy, we will be able to offer customers a broader portfolio of economically efficient, reliable and environmentally sustainable products and systems. We recognise the success achieved to date by Hamworthy and we are confident that our global presence, scale and resources will enable Hamworthy to accelerate its growth and exploit its full potential, particularly in the early stage environmentally sustainable technologies. We look forward to working with the management and employees of Hamworthy to combine our expertise and experience for the benefit of our customers around the globe as well as for the benefit of our shareholders."





VIKING aids flood victims in Thailand

VIKING Life-Saving Equipment, a world leading manufacturer of safety equipment, is providing aid to residents in Thailand. The country is in the middle of the worst flooding in more than 50 years that has killed over 300 persons, displaced another 100,000 and caused widespread damage to homes and infrastructure. "We are of course deeply touched by the situation and we naturally feel an obligation to provide assistance to a community that has given VIKING so much," says Henrik Uhd Christensen, CEO of VIKING and continues: "We know water and what it takes to survive in water. Safety is the backbone of our business. It’s what we do and who we are. So if our knowledge and our products can make a difference for the thousands of persons affected by these terrible floods, we are only proud to help."

VIKING has joined forces with the Thai Red Cross Society and the Danish Ambassador couple in Bangkok, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hemniti Winther, to distribute over 400 lifejackets among towns and villages in the flood-affected areas. 

The lifejackets were handed over on Friday, October 28, 2011 by VIKING’s managing director in Thailand, Mr. Morten Halfdan Petersen to Red Cross Director, Dr. Amnat Barlee and Assistant Secretary General for External Relations Mr. Sawanit Kongsiri. 

"Our facility in Laem Chabang employs over 650 people," says Morten Halfdan Petersen. "We have been here for almost 10 years. We have deep roots in the community and it is devastating to see how much damage and despair these unprecedented water levels are causing."

In addition to the lifejackets, VIKING employees and their families have made a fantastic effort to collect 10m3 clothing and toys as well as cash donations for food and water supplies.

"It’s been extraordinary to see how the whole community has come together to help people in distress. We are happy to be a small part of a huge international relief effort, and we hope that the lives of the affected will soon return to normal."

VIKING is a privately held corporation founded in 1960 with group headquarters in Denmark. Products, such as liferafts, lifejackets, evacuation systems, immersion suits, work suits, pilot suits, man overboard boats, davits and other life-saving appliances, are manufactured at facilities in Denmark, Norway, USA and Laem Chabang, Thailand. 

Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven adds agents in Scandinavia and Singapore to network

Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven, the German ship repair and conversion specialist that is a leading actor in the passenger shipping sector, adds agencies in Singapore and Scandinavia to its dozen strong network of agents.

Rüdiger Pallentin, Managing Director, explained: “In future we want to better market the whole range of our international capabilities with new people and new momentum and move closer to the international market.”

He added: “ in  JML Shipyards & Marine AB in Fjällbacken in Sweden and Coway Marine Services in Singapore we have been able to attract real professionals to our corner, with many years of experience”.

The move also means that the established old Bremerhaven shipyard is making even greater efforts on behalf of ship and machinery repair and conversion in all their aspects - a hub sector of activity that goes back 154 years to the yard’s very beginning. However it is intended that newbuilding and the completion of ships, a sector that has won the yard a   good international reputation in recent years, should also remain on the programme “if the opportunity presents itself, " Pallentin said in a statement.

MSC backlog to continue into 2012

Maritime Services Corporation (MSC), marine interior experts specializing in turnkey installations, currently has a backlog of contracts exceeding $105 million in value for assignments to be completed this November through March.

A $6 million contract with a major cruise line is now in fabrication at the company headquarters in Hood River, Oregon. Installation will take place in Victoria, B.C. in January. In addition, MSC will begin modifications on two dinner vessels next month for Portland Spirit in Portland, Oregon. Those jobs will also be complete in January.

MSC’s Southampton, U.K. office will begin a $540,000 refit on a major cruise ship renovation in Trieste, Italy. A third cruise ship refurbishment project, valued at $1.4 million, will begin in November in Hamburg, Germany. Both projects will be completed in early December.

The Ft. Lauderdale, Florida office for MSC has received confirmation of a $2 million project for the U.S. Army on a Logistic Support Vessel (LSV) at Colonna’s shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia. That assignment will continue through March.

Kennewick, the last of three new-build ferries for Washington State Ferries, will be delivered next month by MSC. Two other 64-foot ferries were already delivered, the Salish this past June, and the Chetzamoka last October. The value of MSC’s work on the ferries totaled $7.5 million, and was completed at Vigor Shipyards (formerly Todd Pacific Shipyards) in Everett and Seattle, WA.

Numerous smaller projects also round out the contract work for Maritime Services Corp. MSC provides the marine industry with planning, design, engineering, construction and materials relating to new building and refurbishment of cruise ships, work boats, fishing vessels, ferries, fast ferries, offshore projects, dining yachts, and gaming vessels around the world. The company also distributes USA-made MML fire doors and windows for the marine market, and is U.S. factory representative and distributor for Norac bulkheads and lining systems.