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Trimline completes trio of P&O Cruises Australia ship refurbishments with Pacific Eden

Marine interior specialist Trimline, based in the UK, has completed refurbishment of Pacific Eden of P&O Cruises Australia and thereby a trio of ships of the Carnival Corporation & plc group unit in Sydney.

“Earlier this year, Trimline delivered a stunning finish during the multi million pound transformation of Pacific Dawn and Pacific Explorer – and was subsequently awarded the multi million pound refurbishment of Pacific Eden which they have just completed in Singapore,” the company said in a statement.

More than 100 experienced trade people took just 12 days to complete a comprehensive scope of works onboard Pacific Eden, including:

Show Lounge (spanning two decks)

Kids Zone

Dome Bar



Conference Rooms

Photo Gallery

Crew Bathrooms

Nicolas Lagesse, Hotel Assets Director – Technical Services for Carnival Australia said “Trimline’s determined contribution on our three ship refurbishments this year under tight timelines and challenging design parameters with some lessons learnt along the way for the future, has resulted in a fantastic end result!”

Simon Dawkins, Key Account Manager for Trimline commented “We are very proud of the stunning finish we have delivered during the transformations of Pacific Dawn, Pacific Explorer and most recently Pacific Eden. All three refurbished ships now celebrate modern Australia and feature the new look and feel which has been so popular on P&O’s latest ships.”

Ritz Carlton chooses ABB power and propulsion technology for first yacht

ABB, the Swiss-Swedish electrotechnical group, will provide the power and propulsion for the first in a series of groundbreaking vessels that mark Ritz Carlton’s first foray into the maritime sector.

The 190-metre long vessel can accommodate 298 passengers and is aimed at providing a more bespoke service than larger cruise ships. The pioneering nature of the project is matched by ABB’s solutions that will optimize energy efficiency and allow the vessel to be remotely monitored from shore. Two Azipod® D propulsors will enable the ship to maneuver efficiently and effectively whilst the Remote Diagnostics Service will empower a smarter approach to maintenance.

Juha Koskela, Managing Director of ABB’s Marine and Ports Business said, “We have been serving the cruise industry for three decades. Our efforts during the last 10 years in building up a solid global network to serve the increasing number of customers have been fruitful. Now new partners wish to make use of this experience. Whether it is the largest cruise ships in the world or these luxurious mega-yachts, we serve our customers with consistent quality globally.”

The Azipod D is ideal for smaller vessels because of its lower installed power. Azipod propulsion has gained its strong position in the passenger segment by making it possible to do away with bulky traditional shaft line systems, with the electric motor installed in a pod outside the hull, freeing up space for more cabins.

The system also produces considerably lower levels of vibration, benefiting the passenger experience. The thrusters’ ability to turn in all directions increases ships access to ports without tug assistance, with the vessel in this case operating in New England, Caribbean and Mediterranean waters. Since its first installation more than 25 years ago, Azipod propulsion has clocked up over 13 million running hours with an availability of 99.8%.

P&O Cruises choose GE Marine Solutions to provide component upgrades to Oceana

P&O Cruises in the UK, part of Carnival Corporation & plc, has chosen GE’s Marine Solutions to provide upgrades on critical components on board its 77,499 gross ton Oceana.

Built in 1998, Oceana had GE’s Syconum 2 electronic controller on board. GE will be responsible for replacing existing controllers with the new generation of power electronics controllers on the four propulsion drives. Enabled by a decentralised architecture, the new digital propulsion controller benefits from a compact design, reducing its installation costs while improving operational safety through enhanced efficiency, asset availability and operational precision.

“Oceana is a very popular vessel, offering fly-cruise holidays to an increasing number of new cruise guests. Having reliable and capable ships across our fleet is crucial to capitalize on this growing opportunity,” said Donnacha O'Driscoll, Carnival UK senior vice president. “Following the successful first-phase upgrade provided by GE on Queen Mary 2 last year, we are delighted to continue this partnership with GE and embrace its latest technology to ensure smooth sailing for our guests.”

Harnessing the power of digital technology, GE will also carry out extensive shop tests at its Belfort Center of Excellence using its real-time simulator. By creating a digital model of the vessel, GE engineers can simulate different scenarios and test a vessel’s behavior. GE is, therefore, able to facilitate a reliable upgrade within a short time period. The upgrade provided to the Oceana is expected to be completed in Hamburg at the end of this year.

Roxtec invests in fire lab 

The Swedish cable and pipe transit manufacturer Roxtec is growing in several different industries. In order to meet the increasing demand for product testing and pave the way for continuous growth, the company is building a new fire test lab in Karlskrona. It will be ready in 2018.  

The Roxtec sealing system is used all over the world to protect life and secure operations. Owners and contractors within everything from shipbuilding and construction to renewable energy rely on the seals that are tested and certified to protect against multiple risk factors, including fire.

“We see a lot of opportunities for our cable and pipe transits,” says CEO Mikael Helmerson. “We are growing in many sectors at the same time and keep on adding safety solutions for use in new applications. This intensive development makes us perform more fire protection tests than ever before. With the new fire lab, we increase our capacity and prepare ourselves for further growth.”

Roxtec provides safety seals for projects requiring quality and reliability, and the 540 square metre two-floor fire lab will reflect this in all aspects. It will be built at the Roxtec global headquarters close to the material test lab and the product development and production facilities. It will help ensure an efficient work flow, a good working environment and a sustainable testing procedure.

TTS Group wins NOK85 million contracts for cruise vessels

TTS Group ASA has secured new contracts for access equipment to three cruise vessels. The vessels are under construction at shipyards in Europe. The total order value is approx. NOK85million. Equipment deliveries will take place during 2018-2020.