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German shipbuilder Meyer Werft and Dutch deck specialist Bolidt Kunststoftoepassing BV have extended their close relationship. This includes work on the latest cruise ship to be built at Meyer Werft’s Papenburg shipyard. The 130,000 gross ton vessel, delivered this month, is fitted with some 15,500 m2 of Bolidt material for the outdoor decks.

The majority of the deck areas, as well as the stairs and steps, have been covered using Bolidt’s environmentally-friendly Bolideck Future Teak, a market-leading composite decking product that replicates the look and feel of traditional teak decks, but is ecologically more responsible and offers further benefits through reduced installation times and easier onboard maintenance.

"Completion of this newbuilding project continues an extraordinarily close working relationship between us and Meyer Werft," said Jacco van Overbeek, Bolidt’s Director, Shipbuilding. "For the past 25 years all passenger vessels delivered by Meyer Werft have been equipped with Bolidt decks." Other products used in the outdoor deck areas include Bolideck Select Soft, for some of the more colourful design features onboard, and Bolideck Select Hard for inside the pool wading areas. Bolidt has also supplied a special pool coating system and bespoke base design for the bottom of the pools.

The new vessel also features more than 3,400 m2 of indoor deck coverings and in excess of 3,500m of C-Rail from Bolidt. The composite rail is designed as an alternative to traditional teak handrails, offers significant weight savings, a relatively low maintenance requirement, and is moreover, a sustainable product that reduces deforestation.

The 340m long newbuilding is a sistership to a previous vessel which was delivered by the yard in 2011, and which was also equipped with Bolidt deck solutions. Mr van Overbeek said: “As this was a second sister vessel, coordination with the yard and owner proceeded extremely smoothly and we were able to complete all the indoor and outdoor works while the vessel was still inside Meyer Werft’s huge covered shipbuilding dock.

"The package we supplied provided a highly durable deck system, with enhanced design possibilities in terms of colour scheme especially, that was also extremely environmentally-friendly, and offered a lower maintenance requirement and enhanced slip resistance."

Two further cruise vessels at Meyer Werft due for delivery this year will also feature Bolidt products. For Celebrity Reflection and AidaMar, the fifth and sixth in their respective series, Bolidt is supplying all the outdoor decks using Future Teak, as well as Bolideck Select Soft in colourful areas, while the balconies will feature Bolideck 525.

Not only expert in supplying the mainstream cruise sector, the Dutch flooring specialist also has a wealth of references when it comes to river cruise ships. A significant current project involves installations onboard a series of four Viking river cruise ships, all of which are due for delivery in the first half of the year from Neptun Werft in Rostock.
The company has installed Future Teak on the balconies – a first for the river cruise sector – as well as on the forward lounge deck both inside and outside, the embarkation decks and shuffleboard area on the top deck.

Later this year, a further river cruiser is due for delivery from Neptun Werft, which Bolidt will supply. A-ROSA River Cruises’ newbuilding A-Rosa Silva, has Future Teak specified for the embarkation deck, some balconies and the outside grill restaurant seating area, as well as the bar surround on the top deck. 

Back-to-back cruise dockings for Gibdock

Back-to-back cruise ship projects at Gibdock’s No. 1 dock have seen the return of the 37,584gt, 1,575-passenger capacity Thomson Destiny for its fourth visit since a first refit in Gibraltar in 2006.

The Thomson Destiny arrived at the yard on November 13 to undertake works afloat and then docked on November 21 one day after the Pullmantur Zenith had left the 260m x 38m x 10m dock after a 12-day stay.

"In many ways this was a routine dry docking, but with two large cruise ships docking one after the other we had to make doubly sure we managed the time pressures very carefully," says Gibdock Commercial Director, Richard Beards.

"Both vessels had to be completed by very specific dates in order to be able to maintain their cruise schedules and we once again demonstrated our reliability by delivering both ships within the time scales set by the owners."

The 214m long, 1982-built Thomson Destiny is owned by Louis Cruises and is on long term charter with Thomson Cruises. During the two week stay at Gibdock the yard carried out a variety of tasks including high pressure washing and painting of the vessel’s hull, refurbishment of the anchor chain, sea valves and bow thruster, pipe work and steel repairs in the tanks. Before entering drydock the yard carried out afloat repairs alongside.

Mr Beards says: "We have developed a close working relationship with Louis Cruises and the fact that we have been able to secure repeat business of this type shows we are gaining the trust of leading regional cruise operators."

Gibdock’s long-time Greek agent, Hellenic Industrial and Marine Agencies, was closely involved in this project, liaising with the owner to ensure the yard fully met its requirements.

"Gibdock has an excellent reputation among local owners, due to a combination of reliability, on-time delivery and high quality," says Alkis Koukis, managing director. "This latest docking of Thomson Destiny went very well and Louis Cruises was extremely pleased with the outcome. There was a very tight schedule but Gibdock got the job done to time and the feedback we have had from the owner was once again very positive."

Louis Cruises’ superintendant, Chrysanthos Chrysanthou adds: "Gibdock’s project management has been very successful as the yard was able to handle multiple activities, and adapt to changes and additional requirements, and still complete all works ahead of time. Cruise ships have tight schedules while on dry docking and each activity has to be planned and processed to ensure that all deadlines are met, while maintaining accuracy and high quality standards."

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.

ABB to provide energy management system for Viking Line newbuilding

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order to provide an energy management system for one of the world’s most environmentally-friendly cruise ferries, which is due to be delivered to Viking Line in 2013. The ship is being built in Finland at the STX Yard in Turku.

The new cruise ferry, a 214 meter vessel with a top speed of 22 knots, will have the capacity to carry 2,800 passengers and will serve the route connecting Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. In line with Viking Line’s environmental commitments, the new generation ferry will use liquefied natural gas as its fuel, which will be a first for a passenger vessel of this size. Through efficient use of this fuel, the ship will have extremely low emissions and virtually zero marine emissions.

Viking Line chose ABB’s energy management system for marine applications software - EMMA, which is a part of ABB’s marine automation and control offering, to help manage energy-related processes, practices and decisions on the new ferry, to use fuel efficiently from the very first day of operation.

"One of the top priorities at Viking Line is to lower the emissions and fuel consumption on our fleet. We were looking for a good monitoring tool that automatically regulated power consumption and was as easy to operate as a traffic light as a result ABB’s EMMA became our first choice," said Kari Granberg, Project Manager at Viking Line Abp.

EMMA is based on ABB’s field-proven process automation software for energy management, which has been deployed to more than 60 process industry customers.

"We are committed to the development of cutting-edge technology for our marine customers so that they can meet their operational efficiency and environmental goals," said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “EMMA is a tool that draws on the successes of energy management systems in the process industries and applies them to the specific challenges faced by ship operators."

ABB’s scope of supply to Viking Line includes EMMA software, which compares and analyzes the historical and current operational data of the vessel, then calculates and advises on areas for improvement with easy-to-understand displays. It also includes an extended energy management tool that models energy consumption and calculates optimal operating conditions, so that ships can perform at the highest possible fuel and energy efficiency.

ABB’s Process Automation division delivers industry specific solutions and services for industrial automation and plant electrification. These solutions help customers meet their critical business needs in the areas of energy efficiency, operational profitability, capital productivity, risk management, and global responsibility. Available industry specific solutions include process control, instrumentation, analytics, safety, plant optimization, telecommunications, energy management and power distribution.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 130,000 people.


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.

 

 

 

 

 

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