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Marioff renews, expands service agreement with Carnival

Marioff has renewed its agreement with Carnival Corporation & plc to provide maintenance services for its HI-FOG water mist fire protection systems, which are currently installed aboard 80 Carnival cruise ships. The agreement, which was initially signed in 2013, has been renewed through 2021 and expanded to include additional vessels and a five-year refurbishment plan. Marioff Corporation Oy, a leading developer of water mist fire protection technology, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

The agreement is the most significant maintenance service agreement Marioff has ever signed in terms of scope and value and it enables Marioff and Carnival to work toward a common goal of helping to keep people safe while onboard. The HI-FOG-equipped vessels will receive five years preventive maintenance, corrective maintenance, original equipment manufacturer spare parts, on-call emergency support and crew training.

HI-FOG is ideal for cruise ship applications as it’s approved to be used in all onboard spaces, due to its ability to fight fires with minimal damage to its surroundings. “We are honored to be awarded this extensive maintenance service agreement and value our longstanding business relationship with Carnival. This agreement allows for long-term maintenance budget predictability and more optimized maintenance procedures,” says John Hemgård, director, Marioff Marine Business.

The agreement includes vessels from Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Seabourn Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Carnival Australia, P&O Cruises, Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises brands.

Norwegian consults Foreship on ballast water management compliance

Foreship, the Finnish engineering group, said it has secured a major design consultancy contract covering the first post-Ballast Water Convention treatment systems to be specified by Norwegian Cruise Line. The contract calls for independent naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy services to ensure installations on five of the company's ships are fully IMO-compliant.

After an initial project involving the surveying, installation feasibility study, design drawings and documentation for class approvals on Norwegian Dawn, Foreship was invited to provide the same service for the Norwegian cruise ships Pearl, Sky, Jade and Spirit.

The Ballast Water Management Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017 and requires all ships affected to have a treatment system on board to neutralize invasive species discharged in ballast water in time for their “first IOPP renewal survey”. Most ships will therefore need a BWTS between 2017 and 2021.

“Environmental responsibility is a core value for NCL, and we welcomed the clarity brought by entry into force of the BWM Convention,” said Giovanni Canu, VP Technical Operations, Norwegian Cruise Line. “Work to install compliant BWMT on Norwegian Dawn began within a month of ratification. Foreship quickly showed their value in ensuring the project proceeded smoothly to class requirements, leading us to extend to five ships. We need to manage BMTS installations effectively fleet-wide; there will be high demand once shipping moves decisively on compliance.”

Foreship’s full scope includes mechanical and electrical design work to DNV-GL requirements, taking in diagrams for BWTS foundation support structures, piping routing, machinery arrangements, cabling diagrams and systems integration. Foreship is also contributing on-site installation support, where required, with the bulk of work to take place while ships are in service.

“We are an independent consultancy and recommend shipboard systems in the configurations which are most beneficial for each ship,” says Kim Palén, Operations Manager, Foreship. “In the case of NCL, Alfa Laval’s PureBallast 3.1 BWMS had already been selected, with switchboards and automation cabinets also common across the ships, so we have taken a unified approach.

“Nevertheless, our technical background reports have shown that flexibility is required to take account of variations between different vessels: even sister ships can become more like cousins after different service and refurbishment histories.” Ballast water pump sizes have varied on different ships, for example, while cabling and piping routing and penetration locations have not been uniform. Mr. Palén added that decisions on where to locate parts of the system – above or below deck, for example – depended on space availability.

“We are involved in this project from start to finish, from the drawing stage to providing all of the mechanical and electrical suppliers involved with technical assistance as requested.” He added that Foreship was managing the NCL project via its Miami office, close to the owner’s technical team. The decision reflected a wider strategic move by Foreship to develop full project management services as a separate offer to clients, he said.                  

Wärtsilä and CSSC form electrical and automation joint venture

The Finnish technology group Wärtsilä and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) have agreed to form a joint venture called CSSC Wärtsilä Electrical & Automation Co Ltd (CWE&A), which will focus on the growing Chinese electrical & automation (E&A) market, especially for high-tech ship applications. The joint venture company is expected to be fully operational before the middle of 2017, the Finnish company said in a statement.

China is a growing market within the high-tech ships segment, and Chinese yards are increasingly active in newbuild projects for high-tech and high-added value ships. CWE&A will supply China based customers with Wärtsilä electrical and automation systems and equipment for these ships.

The business scope will include project engineering, project management, commissioning and supply management of automation, navigation and communication systems, dynamic positioning systems, electric propulsion systems, power distribution systems, entertainment systems, architectural lighting, safety and security systems, and full systems integration, the company said.

Corvus Energy wins ESS contract for two expedition cruise vessels

Corvus Energy, based in Richmond, B.C. in Canada, said it has been selected as the supplier of lithium ion based energy storage systems (ESS) for two new polar expedition cruise vessels being built for a European expedition cruise operator.

Corvus will supply its Orca Energy ESS to provide supplemental energy to the vessels in order to improve performance and reduce both operating costs and emissions. The two new state-of-the-art vessels will be designed and customized specifically for polar expedition voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, as well as along the Norwegian coastline.

The selection of the Orca Energy ESS demonstrates the ship owner’s commitment to environmental sustainability by equipping the ships with advanced environmentally-friendly technology to reduce emissions. Each polar exploration vessel has capacity for a 6MWh Orca Energy ESS to provide operational power.

The Energy Storage System will not only reduce fuel and operating costs but it will also drastically reduce the environmental impact of each vessel. In alignment with the operator’s goal of environmental sustainability, and while providing its passengers with the experience of exploring some of the world’s most exceptionally beautiful and unspoiled natural surroundings, the vessels will be capable of sailing silently on ESS battery power alone into pristine locations, lifting the natural experience to an entirely new level for cruise ships.

“The selection of Orca ESS for these two large and technologically advanced expedition cruise ships is further validation of Orca’s industry leading safety, performance and reliability innovations”, says Halvard Hauso, SVP Business Development of Corvus Energy. Adding, “Corvus is honoured to have Orca ESS as an integral part of the customer’s objective of designing these ships with the world’s most innovative ship technology. Orca’s advancements on safety and performance have not only caught this customer’s attention but also the attention of ship builders and integrators around the globe.”

As the leading manufacturer of energy storage systems for maritime applications, Corvus designed and built the Orca ESS solutions portfolio based on the experience from 65+ vessels utilizing a Corvus ESS, totaling over 35MWh and 1 million operating hours. Rather than a single product, the Orca ESS product line delivers a range of products which are designed to meet the needs of various marine customers.

Orca Energy is ideal for applications that require large amounts of energy such as cruise ships, ferries and merchant vessels, while Orca Power has been designed for applications that require a seamless response to dynamic power loads such as offshore supply vessels and port equipment, the company said.


Scanship wins contract for Virgin newbuilds

Scanship Holding ASA has through its subsidiary Scanship AS, been awarded contracts with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the supply of three total clean ship system, featuring food waste processing, garbage handling and advanced wastewater purification to meet the highest industry standard with nutrient removal.

The Scanship systems will be installed on the three Virgin Voyages newbuilds with equipment deliveries in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

"We are excited to work with Fincantieri on these prestigious projects for Virgin Voyages," says CEO Henrik Badin.