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Green Tech Marine's scrubber receives DNV approval

Green Tech Marine’s new compact exhaust gas scrubber recently installed onboard Royal Caribbean International’s Liberty of the Seas, has now received “Statement of Compliance” certificate according to MARPOL’s regulations.

The measurements of exhaust gas emission and wash water criteria has been proved to be well below the required limits stated in the MEPC guideline 184(59).This will ensure the vessel is compliant with the 0,1% sulphur limit in ECAs from 2015.

Green Tech Marine has been working closely together with DNV in order to receive type approval for the GTM R15 under the applicable International Maritime Organization requirements and as representative for the flag state, DNV has now issued a Statement of Compliance.

Beyond the efficient removal of SOx and other particles, the GTM R15 provides a number of advantages over other scrubbers, such as its minimal footprint requirement and low weight. It is also energy efficient, requiring virtually no external chemicals and allowing for installation during operation. 

“We are now one step further in the company’s business concept of being a major actor within energy savings and environmental solutions for the maritime and offshore industries” said Peter Strandberg, Managing Director of Green Tech marine.

Wärtsilä signs long-term service agreement with Princess Cruises

Wärtsilä, the marine industry's leading solutions and services provider, has been awarded a long-term service agreement by global cruise operator Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. The contract covers seven Princess Cruise Lines vessels, each of which is powered by Wärtsilä 46 common-rail engines. In total, the engines represent 270 MW of power.

The broad scope of services covers technical management and logistics support, spare parts for scheduled engine maintenance, workshop services, an on-board technical advisor during major overhauls, annual training of the engine room crew, continuous condition monitoring of equipment and reporting, and bi-monthly technical visits to each vessel.

"This agreement optimises the maintenance schedules for these seven vessels, and provides the customer with technical expertise at a fixed budget price. In particular, Wärtsilä's deep know-how in the field of common-rail technology was a key factor in the award of this contract," says Andy Edwards, Vice President, Strategic Accounts.

Tailor-made agreements with a wider scope of services that extend beyond the traditional standard are increasingly becoming more common in the marine industry. Wärtsilä is an experienced operator, with a proven track record in operation and maintenance services. Globally, more than 16 GW of generating capacity in both marine and land based installations is covered by Wärtsilä's Operations & Maintenance and other service agreements.

Wärtsilä is the market leader in common-rail technology for electronically-controlled low-speed marine engines. This technology provides a high degree of flexibility in engine settings to give lower fuel consumption, very low minimum running speeds, smokeless operation at all running speeds, and outstanding control of exhaust emissions. Furthermore, the integrated redundancy of the engines ensures high reliability.

Wärtsilä Services - the industry's most extensive service network

Wärtsilä Services is one of the three Wärtsilä's businesses alongside Ship Power and Power Plants. Wärtsilä Services offers services to both the global marine and energy markets and operates the most extensive service network in the industry. The company's broad portfolio includes environmental services and solutions, the servicing of engines, propulsion systems, electrical and automation systems and boilers, as well as field services and spare parts. It also covers upgrades and conversions, long-term agreements for engine and propulsion systems, as well as training services. Wärtsilä Services is at the forefront in developing new service concepts to meet customer needs for optimal operational efficiency. Wärtsilä Services operates some 70 fully owned workshops and employs over 11,000 service professionals.

FUNA acquires MAVCO

Miami-based FUNA International, a subsidiary of SAM Electronics, an L-3 Communications company, announced that it finalized the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of MAVCO, Inc. on April 12. MAVCO, a leading provider of integrated low-voltage electrical system solutions for marine- and land-based applications worldwide, will be integrated into FUNA's existing operational structure to deliver expanded capabilities to its customer base. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Established in 1962, MAVCO specializes in audio, video, lighting, public address, broadcast and security systems. MAVCO's headquarters in Miami houses its management, design, engineering, sales and logistics departments in addition to repair workshops and extensive fabrication areas. The company also maintains an engineering office in Worcestershire, U.K. As a part of the acquisition, the MAVCO name will be integrated into the new, now larger, FUNA brand.

"MAVCO is proud to be joining the L-3 and FUNA family," said John Timinsky, president of former MAVCO and new executive vice president within the now larger FUNA organization. "The acquisition expands our portfolio of products and services, providing us with greater resources to better serve our customers. MAVCO is a natural fit with FUNA's current business."

"We are excited to have MAVCO join the FUNA and L-3 team," said Rex R. Stull, president of FUNA. "MAVCO also brings a new set of customers to FUNA, as well as experience with several specialized markets, such as courts, and local, state and federal government agencies."

FUNA is a global design, engineering, integration and consulting firm that employs more than 200 professionals in 10 international locations. The company was founded in 1972, and its headquarters are located in Emden, Germany. FUNA has over 39 years of experience in integrating a variety of complex systems spanning numerous projects, from the cruise, mega-yacht and offshore industries to comprehensive land-based applications. Its extensive maritime expertise encompasses all types of vessels, including 8 of the 10 largest cruise ships currently afloat, as well as 25 of the 100 largest superyachts in the world. FUNA is ISO 9001 certified in Germany and Finland, and is in the process of receiving certification in the United States.

Moby Lines turns to Colfax for engine room pumps

Colfax has announced that leading Italian ferry operator, Moby Lines, has purchased 14 of its Optiline magnetic coupling pumps. They will be used for heavy oil transfer in the engine rooms of a number of Moby Lines’ ferries on its routes to and from the Italian mainland to the islands of the Upper Tirrenian Sea.

Luigi Savarese, Fleet Manager, Moby Lines, said: “Our primary aim is to provide the most dependable and consistent service to our passengers and this deal with Colfax for magnetic coupling pumps gives us the confidence to reduce maintenance downtime and costs at the same time as maintaining the highest levels of engine room safety.” 

Colfax delivered the pumps, which were purchased to replace a previous generation of leaking pumps, in May 2012. They are effectively a drop-in replacement for current IMO AB three-screw pumps, which ensures that the cost of piping and re-structuring is kept to a minimum.

The pumps are the ideal solution for heavy fuel oil applications, and have been designed to maintain high performance at extreme temperatures. They are guaranteed for five years, have five-year service intervals and are fully compliant with the SOLAS guidelines and directives.

By utilising a fully sealed pump solution, Moby Lines will be able to reduce vessel downtime and spare parts, leading to a significant cost of ownership benefit over the life of each pump.

Renato Leonardi, Area Sales Manager for Colfax in Italy, stated: “We are delighted that Moby Lines has chosen Colfax to replace 14 of its transfer pumps with our magnetic coupling pumps. Following an in-depth evaluation, Moby Lines turned to Colfax as they recognized the benefits of a completely sealed pumping chamber these pumps cannot leak, which increases engine room safety and reduces maintenance.

“We are confident that Moby Lines will gain clear reliability and costs advantages over other market offerings – with a return-on-investment within three to four years.”

Wärtsilä Hamworthy wins MBR contract for UK’s largest cruise ship

Wärtsilä Hamworthy has won a contract from Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A. to supply two Membrane BioReactors (MBRs) to the 141,000 gross ton newbuilding under construction for Carnival group member P&O Cruises.

Hamworthy has delivered more than 25 MBR advanced wastewater systems to the world’s largest cruise ship operator, Carnival. The company’s MBR system produces the highest quality discharge without requiring any addition or generation of chemicals that are hazardous to the environment or vessel operation. For this contract Wärtsilä Hamworthy will also be responsible for UV polishing. The 3,611 passenger capacity vessel is set to enter service in March 2015. It will be the largest to be constructed for the British market and the order includes an option for a second vessel.

Incorporating a twin-line funnel profile, the newbuilding will reflect the highest technological standards as well as a stylish interior décor.

Kevin Robertson, Sales Director, Wärtsilä Water Systems, said: "Carnival group is once again showing confidence in the ability of Hamworthy’s advanced wastewater treatment technology to meet increasing environmental legislative requirements."

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