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Lloyd Werft invests €400,000 in training centre

Lloyd Werft, the German shiprepair and refurbishment specialist, has invested €400,000 in training centre that will cater not just for the yard’s own apprentices, but also for engineering students in educational institutions in the Bremerhaven region.

In October last year a new training workshop was inaugurated. It serves as the training centre for the shipyard’s 44 apprentices, who learn their trades here, in parallel with time spent at the local careers college, as fitters, industrial and constructional mechanics or as cutting machine operators under the eyes of four trainers,” the company said in a statement.

“Alongside them are always two to three students gaining practical experience as part of their university courses. Not only Lloyd Werft benefits from this centre. Under a new training alliance agreement, trainees from other companies in Bremerhaven and Bremen also learn basic, professional skills here. The shipyard has invested €400,000 in this exemplary and future-oriented new centre,” lloyd Werft continued.

“Working at Lloyds is very special”, says training chief Bernd Woltmann. Apprentices have to be really smart, he adds, because work in a repair company demands a lot of creativity and flexibility, the company concluded.

TEAM wins contracts to provide passenger boarding bridges to cruise terminals in Palma, Genoa and Miami

TEAM Ports & Maritime S.L.U., the world leading designer and manufacturer of sophisticated Passenger Boarding Bridges (PBBs) for cruise and ferry terminals, has recently secured contracts for the delivery of two PBBs to the Port of Palma de Mallorca, two PBBs to the Port of Miami and one PBB to the Port of Genoa.

Palma de Mallorca – Spain: The Port Authority of Balearic Islands has contracted TEAM to deliver in early 2012 two PBBs of the HYDRA range to cruise terminals 1 and 3 in the port of Palma de Mallorca. These PBBs will have the capability to service the world’s largest new generation cruise ships with overhanging life boats, like Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships, the Carnival Dream-class ships and the Norwegian Epic. The design and functionality of the boarding bridges will be similar to the units recently installed by TEAM at cruise terminals A and C in the port of Barcelona.

Miami - USA: The busiest cruise port in the world, handling a record 4.33 million cruise guests in 2010, has contracted TEAM to design, manufacture and deliver two completely assembled PBBs of the HYDRA range for its Cruise Terminal D. At this terminal the Port of Miami will start turnaround operations with the Carnival Breeze in November 2012. The special design of the PBBs will facilitate perfect connections with Carnival Cruise Line’s newest mega ship with overhanging lifeboats.

Genoa - Italy: Stazioni Marittime S.p.A. in Genoa, Italy, has contracted TEAM to provide in spring 2012 a Passenger Boarding Bridge of the SEDNA range for its cruise terminal on the Ponte dei Mille wharf nr.3. This PBB will be able to serve new generation cruise ships and its installation will be TEAM’s first in Genoa; one of MSC Cruises’ main home ports. TEAM has already installed PBBs at cruise terminals in the Italian ports of Savona and Venice.

MCP receive major contract from Corsica & Sardinia Ferries

Maritime Communications Partner (MCP) has strengthened its foothold in the Mediterranean through a major turnkey telecommunications contract with Corsica & Sardinia Ferries, one of Italy’s most prestigious ferry operators. The five-year contract covers Mobile Telephony, Mobile Internet, WiFi and VSAT for eight passenger ferries and plays a key role in supporting Corsica's ongoing aims to provide crew and passengers with competitive wireless communications backed by a highly reliable quality cellular network.

Corsica & Sardinia Ferries are one of the biggest operators on the Western Mediterranean Sea transporting about 3.5 million passengers annually aboard their ferries running to and from France and Italy to Corsica and Sardinia.

MCP, the leading onboard communications partner, will transform Corsica's onboard communication to a premium mobile telecoms service ready for the next generation voice and data services.

"Corsica & Sardinia Ferries is choosing avant-garde communications technology and securing the most reliable end-to-end wireless service available to the passenger ferry market. Upgrading each vessel's communications system will have a positive impact on Corsica's passenger satisfaction and fleet operation" said Pierre Mattei CEO, Corsica & Sardinia Ferries.

The contract includes the supply of network equipment and design, engineering and product management, system integration and operations. MCP's network connects through the VSAT satellite communications system to a terrestrial gateway that routes calls and data to and from the fixed telecommunications network.

MCP's mobile network is switched on and off two nautical miles from shore. Passengers may roam this network, use voice and data services, including messaging, MMS, mail, mobile Internet and Blackberry services.

According to MCP, Mediterranean ferry operators face a growing demand for reliable wireless access by passengers and commuters wishing to take advantage of the Internet and other communication services. Wireless trends are surging and upbeat ferry operators must be highly adaptable to the mobile social networking revolution.

"This contract is a vote of confidence in MCP, giving us a solid platform for expansion in the Mediterranean ferry markets," said Eivind Madsen CEO, MCP.

In keeping with its commitment to be the leading onboard communications partner to the cruise and ferry industry, MCP worked with Corsica & Sardinia Ferries to integrate a reliable, customized network and service for their ferry operation. The Corsica & Sardinia Ferries contract further cements MCP's reputation as the trusted service and technology partner offering reliable service worldwide and hassle free roaming.

"Corsica & Sardinia Ferries is a detailed, professional operator and benchmarked us against other industry competitors. Corsica & Sardinia Ferries contacted our clients to confirm our track record and promise of quality services and equipment needed to run their business. From the start we have been totally transparent and shown - through other European ferry operators - that we deliver top services and what we say," says Eivind Madsen CEO, MCP.

MCP engineers, together with local agent VBS Italy, start site surveys in this month and expect total VSAT, cellular and equipment installation completed and in operation for the first vessels in October.

Pierre Mattei of Corsica & Sardinia Ferries, said: "Our decision to choose MCP as a partner for our wireless communication needs, reaffirms the value of MCP's expertise in maritime wireless technology-orientated solutions and services. I am convinced that their technology and network, along with at-sea mobile convergence solutions and services, will contribute significantly to Corsica's position as a leading ferry operator."

Corsica & Sardinia Ferries will use the MCP network for real-time connection of its headquarters, thereby streamlining fleet operation logistics, monitoring and managing onboard sales and providing even better service management and optimization.

Hempel expands R&D with development of fire protective coatings

With the extensive expansion of R&D in Spain, Hempel’s new state-of-the-art centre focuses on bringing high performing fire protective coatings solutions to the global market.

Intumescent coatings – passive fire protection that lengthens the time a steel structure will remain intact during a fire – provide longer evacuation times and allow emergency personnel more time to respond. That means that these advanced coatings solutions not only help protect investments, but can potentially save lives.

Naturally, as global awareness of intumescents has grown, demand has increased. Worldwide, customers are requesting high quality coating systems for fire protection together with Hempel’s package of anti-corrosive coatings. With the expansion of the state-of-the-art R&D centre in Spain, Hempel now has the opportunity to better serve these customers with a more complete protective system.

The market for passive fire protection through intumescent coatings is expected to increase over the coming years. By expanding their product portfolio to include this important safety solution, Hempel also furthers its strategic goal for growth in the Protective coatings segment.

Says Hempel Group Vice President, Marketing & Business Development Klaus Møller, “This expansion is an important step in Hempel’s growth strategy, One Hempel – One Ambition, to become one of the world’s top ten leading coating’s suppliers by 2015.”

“Along with a state-of-the-art facility, we have also established a team with years of experience in intumescent product development,” says Hempel Business Development Manager Lars Risum. “The key focus of the new team is to develop a range of highly competitive intumescent coatings and protective systems to give our customers more integrated solutions.”

Hempel has worked with fire protection coatings for many years. Now, with the new centre in Spain fully operational, Hempel looks to boost its R&D activities and offer customers some of the best performing and competitive coatings solutions in the industry. The new fire protection laboratory includes an advanced testing area with furnaces, pilot manufacturing and application in an impressive 1000m2 area.

“With the new R&D facility and dedicated team, we have overcome many of the challenges in developing an intumescent product range,” Lars says. “We now look forward to bringing these important products to market and providing even greater value to our customers and stakeholders.”

Survitec Service and Distribution wins new orders from Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has placed orders with marine safety specialist Survitec Service and Distribution (SSD) for 160 Crewfit Twin 2010 SOLAS approved gas inflation lifejackets and 100 Crewsaver Cell Drysuits, as part of a commitment to provide its crews with state-of-the-art safety gear at all times.

The cruise company, which sets a high priority on crew safety, has always specified SOLAS lifejackets for use on board, even when sailors are performing routine tasks in port. SSD's Crewfit Twin 2010 was designed to meet the stringent performance criteria of the SOLAS 2010 regulations (MSC200(80)). The lifejacket features two completely independent buoyancy chambers, each providing over 275N of buoyancy, with pressure release valves venting off excess gas on inflation.

The unique shaping of the inflation chamber gives improved body angle, mouth freeboard and face plane angles when in the water. Fitted with Hammar hydrostatic automatic inflation mechanisms, the jackets are resistant to accidental firing due to spray and excessive damp, making them ideal for use in lifeboats, rescue boats or ships tenders.  In use the Crewfit Twin 2010 is easy to don, light and flexible. It is ideal for wearing while working as well as for rescue or abandonment situations. The state-of-the-art design takes crew safety to a new level with the high buoyancy level providing added protection when heavy work gear and clothing is worn.

Princess Cruises has also equipped each of its vessels with a supply of Crewsaver Cell Drysuits for use by its Damage Control teams. The suits will provide protection from the wet and cold if crews need to deal with an emergency situation such as water ingress below the water line. The type of challenges that cruise ships might face at sea make it vital that crew have the necessary equipment and experience in place to be able to remedy any damage.

The Crewsaver Cell Drysuit offers total wind and water protection. 'Glideskin' neoprene neck and cuff seals make the suits easy and quick to don, while ensuring there is a tight seal against water ingress, keeping the wearer dry, warm and comfortable. Access is through a front zip for ease of use, while an engineered shape ensures excellent flexibility and freedom of movement. The suit is part of the Crewsaver leisure range, with an established reputation for durability and performance.

Princess is one of the premiere cruise lines in the world. Its fleet carries more than a million passengers each year to more worldwide destinations than any other major line and the safety of its passengers and crew is the company's number one priority. Last year the company equipped all vessels with SSD Man Over Board (MOB) Recovery Systems. The SSD MOB System can be deployed from the ship's pilot door to recover a person if difficult sea conditions prohibit the launch of a rescue boat.

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