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Germanischer Lloyd: New operational structure reinforces client focus

GL Group announces a number of changes in the management structure of its Maritime Services organisation. The new operational structure is designed to further enhance GL's focus on customer demand and reinforce the service orientation of the classification society. The changes reflect the transformation of the classification services, and are built around strengthening customer relationships, and providing strong operational management. From July 1st, 2011 the Maritime Services Management Board will consist of Erik van der Noordaa (CEO), Tjerk de Vries (CTO), Torsten Schramm (COO) and Albrecht Grell. Dr Tjerk de Vries will take up the position of Chief Technical Officer (CTO), responsible for Fleet Service, Ship Newbuilding, Maritime Systems and Components, Strategic Research and Development and Process Improvement.

Mr Torsten Schramm will be globally responsible as Chief Operating Officer for GL's business activities in Europe/Middle East/Africa, Asia/Pacific & the Americas as well as for Sales & Business Development.

Albrecht Grell remains in charge of the business unit Maritime Solutions including consultancy, certification, software and training.

Mr Matthias Ritters will succeed Mr Torsten Schramm as Head of Region Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMA). Mr Ritters has been Area Manager Middle East/Africa based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. His new position covers Germany, Southern, Northern, Western, and Eastern Europe as well as the Middle East/Africa Areas.

MCP meeting the need for speed at sea

The exponential growth in mobile internet usage on smart phones has also reached the high seas!

Through its innovation program Maritime Communications Partner (MCP), the leading onboard communications partner, has implemented EDGE on selected cruise ships. EDGE, an impressive means of utilizing bandwidth capacity more efficiently, allows mobile users higher speed and a better user experience when updating their Facebook account, checking the recent news on Twitter or just surfing the internet on their phones. This technology is, however, only an intermediate step towards the 3G and 4G service launch with turbo surfing speed at sea.

The 3G and 4G introduction brings along a significant increase in capacity and performance compared with an ordinary mobile connection. MCP is an expert on compression technologies, saving ship-owners and mobile users both money and resources. This further strengthens MCP’s position as the leading onboard communications partner.

Evac introduces ORCA III, the small footprint physicochemical wastewater treatment unit

Evac, the leading supplier of advancedwastewater collection and treatment solutions introduces the ORCA III smallfootprint physicochemical advanced wastewater treatment unit, the company said in a statement.

The ORCA III is the ideal wastewatertreatment system for merchant vessels, navy and patrol vessels, ferries,offshore supply vessels, service vessels and platforms, and for mega-yachts,requiring a compact design, small volume and footprint and fully automatedoperation.

The ORCA III comes in six different sizes,with a hydraulic loading capacity ranging from 20cu.m./day down to1.5cu.m./day. It is ideally suited for efficient wastewater treatment forvessels which stay idle part of the time, thanks to its physicochemicaltreatment technology. The system meets the requirements of MEPC 159(55) of theInternational Maritime Organization (IMO).

"With the ORCA III now in production,Evac offers the whole range of advanced wastewater treatment systems for themarine industry," says Mika Karjalainen, General Manager of Evac Oy."Its predecessor, the ORCA II unit, has been installed over the years onseveral hundred vessels, and it complements our MBR biological membranewastewater treatment units, also installed on several hundred vessels to date,which also fulfils the MEPC 159(55) requirements."

In the ORCA III wastewater treatment systemthe sewage from the holding tank for black and grey water is transferred, usinga macerator pump, to a sedimentation tank through a static mixer andflocculation dosing. In a separate second tank section the clarified liquid isre-circulated through a disc filter and the organic matter is oxidised withHypochlorite, after which the clean wastewater is discharged overboard. Being fully automatic the ORCA III is safeand easy to operate and maintain. The operation costs are low. The completepackage includes also the transfer/macerator pump. 

Evac is a global market leader regardingthe contracted number of advanced onboard wastewater process systems. Inaddition to the ORCA III family of physicochemical wastewater treatment unitsthe company produces also its MBR biological membrane-based advanced wastewatertreatment system.

The company is also the market leader inonboard vacuum toilet technology for the marine industry. For the Mega Yachtmarket several new products are currently being introduced, including a newsmall capacity Evac E16 vacuum pump. The smaller capacity units of the ORCA IIIalso fit perfectly into this segment, thanks to its compact design andautomatic operation. 

Lloyd's Register publishes its latest guidance on ballast water treatment technologies

The fourth edition of Lloyd's Register's popular guide, Ballast Water Treatment Technology, has been released.

With the International Maritime Organization's Ballast Water Convention potentially coming into force as early as next year, ship-owners, managers and operators should be planning now for retro-fits of their operational ships, according to Graham Greensmith, Lloyd's Register's Ballast Water Management Specialist.

This edition provides timely support to anyone looking for the latest information on ballast water treatment systems.

"This is a challenge for operators and we have been doing our best to provide them with the technical support that they need as they face big investment and operational decisions," Greensmith said. The guide reflects a fast-changing world and provides updated information on suppliers and the solutions that they provide, as well as providing the status of systems in relation to approval procedures. An outline description of water treatment processes and an appraisal of commercially available and developing technologies for ballast water treatment are provided, along with updates relating to the operation of those systems as the technologies become more widely used. Section 2 of the guide contains a summary of the governing regulations that make ballast water treatment mandatory; Section 3 covers treatment technologies as they relate to ballast water management.

These sections also provide background and context for an assessment of the commercial technologies that are either commercially available or projected to be market-ready this fiscal year, including references to their technical characteristics, testing and approval status.

Full data, referenced against individual suppliers, is provided in Section 6. It is based on information provided by the individual supplier and has not been fully verified.

The information in this guide is supported by practical support for ship owners and managers previously offered by Lloyds Register in: Ballast water treatment systems - Guidance for ship operators on procurement, installation and operations.

Additionally, in the March issue of Shipping and the environment, Lloyds Register provided operators with 10 steps to selecting a ballast water treatment system.

Wärtsilä says Exhaust Gas Scrubber production can now be ramped up

The development of Exhaust Gas Scrubbertechnology for SOx emissions control has advanced to the point that it is nowpossible to quickly ramp up production volumes to meet the increasing demand inthe marine market as regulations become more stringent. Wärtsilä and Metso, twoFinnish engineering groups, have extensive experience of scrubber technology inland-based installation. In December 2010 Wärtsilä received its firstcommercial scrubber order for a marine application, the company said in astatement.

Wärtsilä Corporation, the global leader incomplete power lifecycle solutions and services, and Metso Corporation havesigned an agreement to co-operate in developing and delivering scrubber systemsfor marine applications. Under the terms of this agreement, Metso is to supplythe scrubber unit, while Wärtsilä is responsible for world-wide sales andintegration of complete, certified, documented marine scrubber systems,including automation, water treatment, and ancillaries. Both Wärtsilä and Metsohave extensive experience in the use of scrubber technology for land-basedinstallations.

Wärtsilä and Metso have already for anumber of years worked together in the development of scrubber technology. In2005 the two companies, together with other companies within the Finnishmaritime cluster, embarked on a programme to develop a feasible marinescrubber.

By autumn 2007, the project had reached thestage of being ready for a test installation. A tanker, the MT 'Suula', ownedby the Neste Shipping division of the Finnish company, Neste Oil Oyj, was madeavailable and the project-testing phase began in November 2008. During the testperiod, which was completed in mid-2010, the 'Suula' operated primarily in theBaltic Sea but also visited many North Sea harbours. The sulphur removalefficiency was proven to be excellent and well within the InternationalMaritime Organization's (IMO) most stringent limits. Furthermore, the dischargewater was also proven to be well in compliance with IMO Washwater Guidelines.

This extensive development programme, fromthe establishment of the project group in 2005 until finalisation of the pilottests on board a working tanker in 2010, culminated in the Wärtsilä SOxscrubber becoming the first such unit to be certified for marine applications.The classification societies Det Norske Veritas, Germanisher Lloyd and BureauVeritas have granted the Wärtsilä unit a SOx Emissions Compliance Certificate.

In December 2010, Wärtsilä received its firstcommercial order for a scrubber for a marine application. Containerships LtdOy, a Finnish shipping customer, placed a contract for a turnkey installationonboard its vessel, 'Containerships VII', a ship equipped with a Wärtsilä W7L64main engine. The scope of the order includes a Wärtsilä fresh water scrubber.The scrubber will be delivered to the customer in August 2011.

The more stringent IMO sulphur regulations,which require strict sulphur oxides control, are due to enter into force inJanuary 2015 and will apply to Sulphur Emissions Control Areas (SECAs). Withthis in mind, a rapid ramp-up and development of the scrubber market isforeseen. Following the systematic development of this technology, itssuccessful validation, and the agreement between Wärtsilä and Metso, Wärtsiläis committed and ready to fulfil the needs of the shipping industry regardingscrubber technology. The units can be delivered both for new ships, and as aretrofit for ships already in service.

Services is one of the three Wärtsilä'sbusinesses alongside Ship Power and Power Plants. Headquartered in Helsinki,Finland, Wärtsilä Corporation operates the most extensive service network inthe industry. Wärtsilä offers a range of services to both the global marine andenergy markets. The company's extensive services portfolio includes spare partsand field services, servicing of engines, propulsion systems, electrical andautomation systems, as well as boilers.

It also covers environmental servicesand solutions, upgrades and conversions, as well as long-term agreements forengine and propulsion systems and training services. Wärtsilä's servicebusiness is also a leader in the development of new service concepts to meetcustomers' needs in attaining optimal operational efficiency. Wärtsilä Serviceshas some 70 fully owned workshops and employs more than 11,000 serviceprofessionals.