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Valmet launches Dashboards as part of Valmet DNA Automation System 2018 collection

Valmet, the Finnish engineering group, said it would launchValmet DNA Automation System collection 2018 introducing Valmet DNA Dashboard concept that takes the visualization of process data to the next level. Valmet DNA collection 2018 introduces also improvements to the IO (Input/Output) products and OPC UA (Unified Architecture) communication capabilities. Valmet DNA Automation System is utilized in pulp, paper, energy and other process industries around the world.

Valmet DNA Dashboards make reading and understanding process data easier

Valmet DNA Dashboards are web applications providing pre-analyzed, essential production process information presented in a visual way that is easy to interpret. They use the real-time and history data already available through customer's Valmet DNA Automation System, thus complementing Valmet's Industrial Internet products and services. The new DNA dashboards make it possible to immediately see what is happening at a mill or plant and react to changing situations fast.

By connecting easily to existing system data, Valmet DNA Dashboard can provide key performance indicators and meaningful information to different user roles at a mill or plant, from operators to the CEO. The use of the DNA Dashboards is not limited to a control room - Valmet DNA Dashboards can be used stationary or mobile from any location.

"Valmet DNA Dashboards are designed by applying modern user experience principles. User role and needs determine the content and presentation of data that is derived from Valmet DNA Automation System," says Jukka Ylijoki, Vice President, R&D, Automation Business Line, Valmet.

Valmet DNA Dashboards are available for alarm management for all industries. For paper, board and tissue industries, Valmet introduces quality and production monitoring dashboard. For the energy industry, Valmet provides dashboard for the monitoring of energy production and availability as well as emission and production efficiency. For pulp industry, Valmet introduces dashboard for pulp production, departmental and bale quality monitoring.

Wärtsilä introduces next generation marine radar system

The technology group Wärtsilä announces the introduction of its new Nacos Platinum solid state S-Band radar system. This next generation marine radar offering promotes safety via optimised target detection, regardless of the prevailing environmental conditions. Furthermore, the compact design enhances system reliability, while the elimination of a magnetron creates a significant reduction in maintenance costs compared to conventional radar systems.

“Wärtsilä’s smart marine vision is to utilise the latest technologies, together with high levels of digitalisation and connectivity, to ensure even greater efficiencies and added safety. We see this as being essential to ensure sustainable profitability for our customers’ operations. The new solid state S-Band radar system is entirely in line with this thinking,” says Eberhard Maass, Product Manager, Navigation Systems, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum radar systems are an integral part of the company’s industry-leading navigation offering. They have particularly strong market penetration in the cruise, ferry, and luxury yacht segments. The solid state system is expected to enhance this market position even further. The first units are scheduled for delivery in mid-2019.

Finnish interior outfitter NIT sets up German unit

[NIT exhibits at the SMM, Hall B2 EG, Stand 321]

NIT, the Finnish ship interior outfitter, said it has established a subsidiary company in Germany to provide support for local projects, sales and service.

Business operations started in May 2018 under the leadership of Sebastian Lagerlöf. NIT Naval Interior Team GmbH is located in Wismar, where NIT has launched a new turnkey cruise ship interior project with MV Werften.

NIT is one of Europe’s leading turnkey suppliers of ship interiors. The company specialises in the most challenging elements of a ship’s interior, such as staircases, restaurants, nightclubs and spas. The business focus of NIT is on delivering turnkey projects including all needed services, such as design, project management and installations of everything required inside the hull.

According to Sebastian Lagerlöf, NIT expects the German shipbuilding market to continue to grow strongly in the foreseeable future.

“We see positively on our customer’s perspectives, and we believe we will be able to serve them better if we serve them locally. I think that in the future there will be many success stories that we can share with our German customers.”

Lagerlöf continued that NIT is interested in cooperation with all German shipyards building passenger ships and ferries. “We will operate with flexible, ambitious and highly experienced teams in Germany. We have now started recruiting local staff who share our vision to become the most respected partner and best place to work.

Bolidt hits all-time high as cruise ship refits surge

[Bolidt exhibits at the SMM, Hall B5, Stand 320]

The vibrant cruise ship refurbishment market is reflected in an all-time high in refit work for Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems, with the record including completion of five major ship projects so far this year. Bookings for a further seven large ship jobs are part of a workload that the company says includes ‘dozens’ of forthcoming projects planned for well into 2019.

In 2018, Bolidt has been a key participant in refurbishment and upgrade projects involving NCL’s Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Star; the RCCL vessels Mariner and Independence of the Seas; and the Azamara Club Cruises ship Azamara Pursuit. Refurbishment bookings for drydocking later this year and in the first half of 2019 include Norwegian Jewel, Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Millennium; Navigator, Oasis of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas; and Carnival Triumph.

The scale of the flooring and deck system upgrades within these projects is extensive. As Jacco van Overbeek, Bolidt Director, Maritime Division, observes: “These refits are significant and all-encompassing, and you will find us working on all decks, from 0 to 14 and above, and on a wide range of spaces onboard, including galleys, balconies, water park areas, running tracks and general public spaces, among others. The bulk of the work has required us to supply our industry-leading Bolideck Future Teak and Bolideck Select Soft systems, but we have also delivered other innovative solutions from our portfolio for these refits.”

One of the most significant projects for Bolidt this year involved a major overhaul of Azamara Pursuit, which took place at Belfast’s Harland & Wolff shipyard. Northern Ireland-based company, MJM Group, was awarded a turnkey project for the four-month long refit, and Bolidt was contracted directly by MJM to carry out the necessary decking upgrade work. Van Overbeek says: “We have known MJM for many years, participating alongside them on a lot of projects, but this was a new way of working through a single turnkey contractor, and it went well. The result was very positive, and we are extremely proud of the upgrades undertaken on Azamara Pursuit in partnership with MJM.”

One of the key challenges for Bolidt in managing its increased cruise refit business, which now accounts for around 40% of its activity in the cruise shipping market, is the volume of work that has to be compressed into an increasingly short drydocking stay. “Sometimes we have more than 15,000m² of material to install in less than a month,” says van Overbeek. “We have risen to this challenge by increasing our pool of specialist installers and by ‘growing our own’ and promoting employees with the aptitude and a willingness to learn about the practical side of the cruise refit market.”

The company has further responded to the need to boost productivity to deliver projects within tight schedules by developing prefabrication techniques. Van Overbeek says: “This has helped in areas where the complexity of installation in liquid form is simply too great for us to pursue traditional pouring methods. Instead, we have developed innovative, practical applications for resin decking compounds, wherever accessibility for traditional materials, such as teak and tiles, has become prohibitive. In some cases there are no viable options other than the customised solutions that Bolidt has developed, which puts us in a strong competitive position.”

Bolidt is also upbeat about cruise refit prospects. “We have seen an acceleration of planned projects at Carnival and we expect other brands will start following suit,” says van Overbeek. “The products we offer have withstood the test of time and continue to be preferred by shipowners based on durability and aesthetics.”

LNG in the cruise industry – Wessels Reederei provides training for Carnival Maritime

AIDAnova is due to usher in a new era at the end of the year when it becomes the first cruise ship that can run on environmentally-friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG). To fully prepare the captains and officers for this technological changeover, a series of practical training sessions at sea started in June. The basis of this training project is a new cooperation between Carnival Maritime and Wessels Reederei, which is providing the LNG- powered container ship WES Amelie for training purposes.

The 30-day on-board training sessions on the WES Amelie enable AIDA’s captains and officers to experience at first hand what it is like to control a LNG-powered vessel under real operating conditions. A training record book is kept throughout to document the skills acquired; the participants also take part in a bunker procedure and an emergency drill. In addition, Carnival Maritime’s landside ship superintendents are completing training courses with Wessels.

“We are very happy to be helping Carnival Maritime by providing our valuable insight and experience in the operation of LNG vessels”, stated Christian Hoepfner of Wessels Reederei. “Safe handling of LNG is a key aspect of the introduction of LNG as a maritime fuel. By contributing our expertise we hope to make the use of LNG more widespread, which will also help to further roll out LNG bunker infrastructure.”

Caroline Baumgärtner, Director Maritime Training Carnival Maritime: “The purpose of practical training is not just to build knowledge, but also to gain confidence in handling the technology and develop safety awareness when using LNG. I am very grateful to Wessels Reederei for their excellent and unbureaucratic support. This cooperation is very valuable for our company and our crews.”

AIDA Captain Vincent Cofalka, who has already completed his training course, added: “To experience hands-on what LNG operations are like on board the WES Amelie was a valuable opportunity, and the support provided by the team on board was tremendous. I would like to thank everyone, also on behalf of my colleagues, for their patience and their untiring willingness to share their knowledge.”

As well as the training courses, Carnival Maritime has a cooperation with LNG supplier Shell. Officers also undergo intensive LNG Management Level Training at the Center for Simulator Maritime Training (CSMART) in Almere in the Netherlands. In the next five years, the Costa Group plans to commission five LNG cruise ships, and Carnival Maritime will be providing the relevant training courses for the crews.