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Lloyd Werft moves to new administration building

Lloyd Werft (LWB) has given up its 97 year old administration building and moved to new premises elsewhere in the Bremerhaven shipyard.

The move has taken place in stages and the final phase - the switch of remaining offices from the old administration building on Brückenstrasse 25 to the yard’s new administrative centre in Bückingstrasse – took place last Thursday and Friday and completed the shipyards internal re-organisation.

Lloyd Werft Managing Director Carsten J.Haake (44) praised the move from what used to be the laundry of the old Norddeutscher Lloyd (NDL) shipping company to the fourth floor of a new central administration building in the heart of the yard. He said it was "a big step forward on the road to a compact shipyard” and added that management hoped the concentration of all project and administration departments under one roof would mean “even more efficiency and optimal internal communications."

The desire for concentration is not new. Over the past five years, the design, costing and purchasing departments of LWB have already moved bit by bit out of the old buildings into the new central facility, which is located between the yard’s two Kaiser docks. When the final move took place, only about 20 personnel in the finance, personnel and IT sectors were still working alongside managing directors Haake and Ruediger Pallentin in the ground floor offices of the red brick building on the Brückenstrasse. 

Haake admits to "feeling a little sad at leaving this traditional old building." He recalls that Norddeutsche Lloyd began to construct it as early as 1914. The first part of the building was completed in 1918/19 as a laundry for the NDL fleet. It was expanded between 1922 and 1928 because its washing capacities could no longer keep pace with the laundry demands of the NDL fleet and the steamships “Bremen” and “Europa”. Uniforms, bed and table linen were all washed and ironed there. After the end of WW2 however, new NDL yard operational structures meant that the laundry was among facilities no longer required. The main building was converted into offices.

For 60 years the management, administration and project departments of the NDL shipyard, and later those of the Hapag-Lloyd Werft GmbH worked in the building. For the last 27 years, since 1984, it has been used by the Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven GmbH, which managed to keep its independence after the collapse of the Bremer Vulkan Group in 1996. All that is now history, but the address Brückenstrasse 25 in the Überseehafen will be retained and the North Gate entrance to the shipyard will remain in operation for delivery traffic, at least for the time being. The heart of Lloyd Werft however will in future beat in the central administration building in Bückingstrasse – an address which had a fine tradition even in the days of the NDL.

Along with the offices, a variety of conference rooms have also been created in the new central building. For Carsten J. Haake there are many advantages compared to the old situation. Lloyd Werft currently has 430 employees, among them 40 apprentices and he stresses that “with a workforce of this size we are in a good position to face future demands”. Haake also sees sufficient space potential in the as-yet-undeveloped areas of the fourth floor of the new central building for future yard expansion.

VIKING Life-Saving Equipment cuts no corners on safety

Marine and fire safety equipment leader VIKING Life-Saving Equipment reports that its Laem Chabang, Thailand production facilities were recently OHSAS (Occupation Health and Safety Assessment Series) 18001-certified. This brings the company’s Far East operations up to the same, exacting standards for workplace environment that are common practice in VIKING.

VIKING Thailand has worked in compliance with the ISO standards since the production facilities in Thailand were established in 2002. The OHSAS 18001 certification is therefore the natural next step in the company’s continuous focus on maintaining a safe and healthy workplace environment.

The aim of the internationally recognized OHSAS 18001 certification is to help organizations to control occupational health and safety risks. It was developed in response to widespread demand for a recognized standard against which to be certified and assessed.

Achieving and maintaining OHSAS 18001 certification is no easy task. It demands such elements as continuous improvement, policies and targets for work environment and safety, carefully mapped work stations and procedures to improve work environment and safety, the extended use of safety equipment and so on. Importantly, the certification requires the commitment of top management – something that is already well entrenched at VIKING’s global headquarters in Esbjerg, Denmark.

Contrary to popular belief, Thailand’s workplace safety legislation is among the world’s most stringent. In fact, Thai legislation is even stricter than that of Scandinavian countries in a number of aspects. Government support is also provided in the form of paid consultant assistance.

For VIKING executive vice president Allan Østergaard, the OHSAS 18001 certification for the company’s Thai facility is a natural part of the VIKING way of doing business. “All VIKING production facilities around the world must live up to the same, consistent safety standards. As a global organization, our people need to feel secure and confident about their own workplaces and those they visit in other regions as part of their work.”

Beyond benefits for worker health and job satisfaction, Mr. Østergaard also points out the business advantages of such global policies, where broad standardization of equipment and procedures can reduce training, speed up workflows and ensure consistent quality of manufacturing. “VIKING is a modern employer, founded upon human values, so disregarding workplace safety or quality standards when outsourcing to the Far East would be unthinkable for us.”

Star Center maneuvers into DP training market with simulators from Kongsberg Maritime

STAR Center, located in Dania Beach, Florida, is launching into the Dynamic Positioning (DP) Training market, expanding its comprehensive world-class simulation training services to the offshore, cable laying and cruise ship markets in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond.

In a contract signed with Kongsberg Maritime Simulation through its Mystic, CT, USA office, STAR Center will acquire a dual-redundant Advanced K-Pos DP trainer capable of being integrated with its existing Kongsberg Maritime developed Polaris Ship Bridge Simulator, in addition to six Basic K-Pos DP trainers, to be used in a classroom setting with a separate instructor station. Kongsberg Maritime, widely recognised as the world’s market leader for DP systems, will provide STAR Center with proven DP training technology – the same DP technology used onboard thousands of offshore support vessels, cable layers, research ships, cruise ships and other DP-enabled vessels and oil rigs worldwide.

Phil Shullo, Director of Training for the AMO Safety & Education Plan and Managing Director at STAR Center, said: “We view this important addition to our suite of simulation training services to be of strategic importance to ensuring American Maritime Officers members are prepared to operate the most technologically advanced vessels in support of AMO contracted companies The first order of business will be to seek Nautical Institute accreditation and enter this market quickly.” 

Brian Long, Director of STAR Center Dania Beach, added: “Our choice of vendor for DP trainers was an easy one. Kongsberg Maritime is widely recognized as the world leader in both real equipment and DP simulation systems. KONGSBERG DP technology is a major player in the industry in the Gulf of Mexico and the K-Pos DP trainer solution represents exceptional value and builds on a long-standing trusting relationship.”

The Basic DP training systems will allow students to practice realistic DP operations on their desktop panels and through the graphical user interface on the monitors. The instructor will guide the students to operate the DP control system, and the built-in simulator will offer realistic response to the operations initiated by each student.

The Advanced Trainer is based on the Kongsberg K-Pos DP22, a dual redundant dynamic positioning system designed for all DP applications with a full range of functionality. Its modularity and use of common building blocks allows for high flexibility and various upgrades. The system is designed to satisfy class notations equivalent to Dynamic Positioning Class 2, including dual redundancy, no single-point failure; failure detection; fault isolation; switchover to hot standby; and comparison of sensor data between computers.

In addition to the Basic and Advanced DP trainers, STAR Center will also receive four DP Models, three of which will be twinned with three Polaris simulator ‘ownship’ models for use on STAR’s existing Full Mission bridge. DP models to be delivered include a supply vessel, a semi-submersible, a tanker and a drill ship.

Henry Tremblay, President of Kongsberg Maritime Simulation, said: “We are proud to be affiliated with STAR Center. With such a strong historical track record working with the cruise and offshore industries, paired with their highly competent staff and strategic location, we have every confidence their entrance into the DP market will yield positive results for the Center and their customers. As evidenced by continuing strong sales of Kongsberg DP systems in the Gulf of Mexico, the DP market is on solid footing and STAR Center is strategically positioned to capture their share of it.”

Meiko's M-iQ warewashers now available for seagoing galleys

Over a year has passed since the specialist dishwasher manufacturer MEIKO launched what is arguably the world's most intelligent dishwasher in the land-based catering sector: the M-iQ series of conveyor and basket transport warewashers. Now the company has announced it will soon be offering these machines for kitchens on seagoing ships. The M-iQ generation of warewashing machines includes an impressive range of new features which minimise the use of energy and resources – the first time a system of this kind has made such a major contribution towards protecting our environment.

Jürgen Sell, the MEIKO sales consultant responsible for the Marine Division, has gathered feedback on the first M-iQ systems to be installed in hotels, hospitals and catering facilities both in Europe and the USA: "Intelligent, innovative and trend-setting – these are the key attributes of MEIKO’s latest innovation. M-iQ machines offer the lowest consumption figures that are currently achievable. Never before has a warewashing system used so little water and so little energy in a professional kitchen environment And by minimising the use of chemicals, we are protecting both the operator's balance sheet and the environment at the same time. This new system offers the potential to make savings of some 30 percent as compared to conventional machines of this type."

The key features that make M-iQ superior to any other comparable system can be summed up in a few words: A revolutionary filter system, a new airflow system that removes the need for a direct exhaust air connection, a special cleaning process that provides superb cleaning performance while cutting the use of energy and resources by one third, a heat recovery system, a self cleaning function, and a modular design that allows for a range of internal heights and widths.

But what benefits does a feature like the new airflow system actually offer our customers? The answer: A 90 percent reduction in exhaust air – a truly astonishing figure! On an average ship with a gross registered tonnage of 140,000 and some 4,000 passengers, that means a reduction in exhaust air of more than 30 million m3. This quantity of air on a ship would normally have to be cooled down by the air conditioning system and then injected into the various washing-up areas before it could once again be sucked out and extracted – so this kind of dramatic reduction in exhaust air means that shipbuilders can scale down a ship's air conditioning system and start saving money before the ship is even built! Shipping companies also get the chance to cut costs, because processing this quantity of air requires huge amounts of electricity which are produced on ships by burning fossil fuels.

All these features stem from MEIKO’s determination to offer sustainable cleaning technologies that foster a clean environment. MEIKO has stated that the idea behind M-iQ was to introduce seemingly contradictory requirements into a single coherent design, combining superb hygiene and absolute cleanliness with the careful stewardship of water, energy and chemicals. The team that designed M-iQ understands that sticking to a tight budget is simply a question of using economical technologies that really work, and this same principle is being applied to the latest version of the innovative warewashing system which is currently being developed. With this innovative product, MEIKO is actively supporting the ‘green ship’ concept applied by many shipping lines and making a major contribution to keeping our oceans clean.

Wärtsilä acquires Cedervall, the Swedish manufacturer of marine shaft seal and bearing systems

Wärtsilä has acquired Cedervall, one of the leading manufacturers of shaft seal and bearing systems for the marine industry. Cedervall is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the company has subsidiaries in Spain, China and Singapore, with manufacturing facilities in Sweden, China and Spain.

This acquisition strengthens Wärtsilä's leading position in the global marine services market, in line with its strategy. The combination of Wärtsilä's and Cedervall's businesses will create the market leader for oil and water lubricated seals and bearings, as well as for sterntubes. Cedervall enjoys a strong reputation in the global marine market. The company's key products are sterntube and bulkhead seals, sterntubes and sterntube bearings, intermediate shaft bearings, and propulsion rudders and nozzles In 2010, the company's annual net sales were SEK 344 million (EUR 39 million) and its profitability was on a good level. The company employs 211 people. Its manufacturing facilities are located in Gothenburg, Sweden, in Zhangjiagang, China, and in Vigo and Porrino, Spain.

"Cedervall's oil and water lubricated seals and bearings, and sterntubes optimally complete the range of products and services in Wärtsilä's seals and bearings portfolio. Furthermore, Cedervall's excellent know-how and expertise will further enhance our competitiveness. Now having all products in the propulsion line in-house, this acquisition strengthens our total propulsion solutions," says Christoph Vitzthum, Group Vice President, Wärtsilä Services.

Cedervall will be integrated into Wärtsilä Corporation. All employees will continue as Wärtsilä employees after the acquisition, including the current owners Anders Lundgren and Henric Lundgren. The value of the transaction is not published.

"For Cedervall, this deal offers an outstanding opportunity to develop and grow the business, in a way that meets the needs of global customers. We could have continued alone, but being a part of Wärtsilä, the leading equipment and after sales services provider with a truly global presence, has clear benefits," says Anders Lundgren, Managing Director, Cedervall.

The acquisition is subject to relevant regulatory approvals, which are expected during the third quarter of 2011.