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Five cruise liners at Lloyd Weft in winter rush

Lloyd Weft, the German ship repair specialist, says it will work on five cruise liners in a winter rush of work. Need for an inspection of crankshaft plant prompted the 22,080 gross ton cruise liner Marco Polo to make an unexpected stop in Lloyd Werft’s small Kaiserdock before the start of her winter season. The ship is owned by Greece’s Global Cruise Line, and operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages in the UK. It was built in 1965 at the Mathias Thesen Shipyard in Wismar in Germany as Alexander Pushkin nd rebuilt in 1993 to become Marco Polo. The ship left the yard at the weekend.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s Black Watch left the yard last Thursday after a nine-day visit.  “Apart from routine hull cleaning and painting, a highlight of the work on the ship was the exchange of a complete davit and life boat station. In addition, both articulated stabiliser fins were overhauled ashore and the bow thruster was replaced. Steel work was required in the tanks along with maintenance and repair work in the machinery, electrical engineering and steel sectors,” Lloyd Werft said.

Phoenix Seereisen. the Bonn-based company is sending two of its three cruise ships to Bremerhaven at the same time for work designed to make them fit for winter cruises around the world. “Lloyd Werft has just seven and 14 days respectively to carry out extensive work on the 28,518 gross ton, 830-passenger Albatros and the 28,856 gross ton, 600-passenger Amadea.

Albatros arrived in Bremerhaven November 30 and will stay until December 17 . One of the main jobs being undertaken on the ship in the giant Kaiserdock 11 is the installation of a new bulbous bow. “This will save the owner about five percent of his fuel costs”, said Lloyd Werft Managing Director Rüdiger Pallentin, explaining the need for the big operation on the ship’s hull. The cruise ship, built in 1973 at Wärtsilä in Helsinki, is a sister of Black Watch. 

As for Amadea, extensive repair work is scheduled for the vessel in Lloyd Werft’s big floating dock from December 4. Stabilisers and crankshaft plant will be overhauled and steel work undertaken as well as painting work on the sub-surface hull. The ship is also due to sail on December 17.

Finally, Swan Hellenic, the UK based destinational operator, has sent the 12,460 gross ton minerva to Lloyd Werft for an extensive refit that includes adding cabins with balconies and an observation lounge to the 1996 built ship.

VIzada to showcase new solutions at Marintec in Shanghai

Vizada, the leading independent provider of global satellite-based mobility services, will showcase some of its newest updates and innovations in communications solutions for crew and optimization of business data at this year’s Marintec show in Shanghai (29 November - 2 December). Vizada and partner MCN-UK will be available at booth 3E 31-7, Hall W3 for the duration of the event.

Eric Jan Bakker, Vizada’s Vice President of Sales for Asia-Pacific, shares a little about Vizada’s strategic presence at this tradeshow in China: China is an integral part of Vizada’s intensified approach to the Asia market, which has important growth potential for Vizada’s services. A demanding market and general challenges surrounding the development of the Chinese maritime trade require a strong cooperation between partners like MCN-UK and Vizada.”

During this international maritime show, several maritime crew solutions will be highlighted including the recently-released Crew PC. The Crew PC is a pre-configured onboard PC which connects to a satellite data terminal to provide instant plug-&-play access to data communications such as email, chat and internet access. The services run over a dedicated prepaid channel which keeps crew usage secure and separate from business communications on board. Crew members benefit from a solution to reduce prepaid costs while the shipping company can securely monitor and control usage. In just a few short weeks since the launch, Vizada has deployed over 50 Crew PCs with more than five different shipping companies and has many more orders lined up for the near future.

With the commercial success of Vizada XChange, the integrated solutions platform launched this year, Marintec China is an ideal opportunity to present its version 2 to customers in the Asia Pac region. The all-in-one solution platform that provides voice, VoIP, data and internet services through an easily installed multifunctional box and intuitive web interface will offer several new features to improve general user experience and cost efficiency. To meet the increasing demand for remote maintenance, the new version will offer shipping companies a user-friendly portal on shore to supervise communications or manage critical documents transfer to ships directly from the office on land. Vizada XChange version 2 will also enable IT managers to remotely access their onboard infrastructure via a secure connection as well as giving captains a redesigned communications dashboard. Automatic connectivity switching will help detect the most cost-efficient means of communication to help further reduce connection costs.

Users of Vizada’s online messaging system, SkyFile Mail, will be happy to discover the enhancements and additional features of the new Premium version software: compatibility with Microsoft Outlook or other email software to provide a familiar email environment and interface, extra-long SMS messages, extended data viewer to export CSV formatted files for mail records, and terrestrial access for connecting to SkyFile Mail from shore.






Koja wins aircon order from Meyer Werft

Koja, the Finnish air conditioning specialist, says it has won an order to supply air conditioning systems from Meyer Werft in Germany to be installed on two cruise ships on order from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) for its Royal Caribbean International brand.

The order, which is the biggest in the history of the company, also includes an option for two additional vessel. The contract includes basic and 3D design, all air conditioning equipment and planning of electrical and automation systems.

Koja says that its strategy to focus on developing energy efficiency of its products pla a crucial role in winning this order as both the shipyard and the owner regarded energy efficiency as key factor with regard which system they should opt.

The company points out that the now signed contract was an important step for it as it has now established itself on the German shipbuilding market.


ABB Azipod hydrodynamic efficiency is improved again by more than 2%

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has announced that recent modifications to its Azipod propulsion unit frame design have seen hydrodynamic efficiency improved by more than two per cent.

The modifications include a newly optimized Azipod fin shape and a new pod cap structure, called Xtail. The revised fin structure receives water flow from the propeller at a new, less acute angle, and its new curved design redirects the flow more efficiently. The unit’s new X-tail, installed for the pod cap structure, straightens water flow on ejection from the Azipod propulsor, minimizing water swirling.

Royal Caribbean International's Radiance of the Seas was the first cruise ships to benefit from the new fin shape and X-tail. The modifications to Azipod were completed during her drydock in May 2011. Her sailings from May to September witnessed the benefits when compared to a sister vessel and her previous operational portfolio: more than 2 percent in hydrodynamic efficiency improvement was achieved.

Based on the positive result from the test, ABB will now include its new features in new Azipod XO units and provide refitted services to existing vessels equipped with older Azipod VO and XO units.

At the beginning of this year ABB together with Eniram introduced Azipod Dynamic Optimizer (ADO), a software tool which optimizes the Azipod toe angle. The tool has further improved unit efficiency and initial results from the trial installation on Holland America Line's Noordam indicate that 1.5 percent savings may be achievable on this vessel.

"Azipod propulsion has been in the market about 20 years and a lot of hydrodynamic improvements have been made during that time. However, from the hydrodynamic point of view the system still has a lot of potential. More new ideas will be studied, tested and applied to improve ship fuel efficiency," said Tomi Veikonheimo, chief hydrodynamist at ABB Marine.

When the Azipod propulsion system was first introduced to the cruise market in 1990s, around an eight per cent rise in efficiency was recorded compared to existing ships, in terms of shaft line efficiency. After that, step by step improvements were made to the Azipod shape, resulting in about another seven per cent efficiency improvement. Two years ago, when ‘next generation’ Azipod – Azipod XO units were launched, another two per cent improvement was achieved. Thus combining this to the recent improvements, Azipod hydrodynamic efficiency has totally been improved by more than 12 percent compared to the first cruise vessel application.

"The fuel efficiency improvements measured on Radiance of the Seas are welcomed reprieve in today’s higher fuel prices," said Anders Aasen, Associate Vice President of Technical Services for Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Cruises. "Any improvements we can make on fuel efficiency will serve us well for future operational costs."

"Azipod is one of ABB’s most recognized products, denoting the company’s energy efficient solutions for marine applications and offering up to 20 percent in energy savings. However, the pursuit of better efficiency, maneuverability, safety and crew comfort has never ceased," says Heikki Soljama, Global Head of ABB’s Business Unit Marine and Cranes.

To date, over 100 vessels have been equipped with Azipod propulsion units and more than 240 Azipod units have been delivered or are on order, accumulating about seven million reliable operating hours in demanding marine applications such as icebreakers, luxury cruise ships, research vessels, offshore supply vessels, drilling rigs, ferries and mega yachts.

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."