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Silverstream retrofits air lubrication system on Diamond Princess

Silverstream Technologies today announced that Carnival Corporation & plc, the world's largest cruise vacation company, has successfully retrofitted the Silverstream System air lubrication technology onto the Diamond Princess from its Princess Cruises brand.

The system has been in operation since June 2017, reducing fuel consumption and related CO2 emissions. It recently completed its final contract trials, which demonstrated that the original performance expectations were exceeded with net efficiency improvements of over 5% at the design service speed, verified by Lloyd’s Register.

This project underscores Carnival Corporation’s commitment to environmental sustainability, and continues Silversteam’s significant progress in driving the uptake of credible clean technologies amongst ship owners.

Carnival Corporation chose to retrofit Silverstream’s air lubrication system following an analysis of air lubrication technologies and Silverstream’s proven track-record for delivering tangible reductions in fuel costs and emissions, attained through comprehensive sea-trialling and in-operation data analysis.

“Sustainability is a top priority for Carnival Corporation,” said Mike Kaczmarek, Vice President of Corporate Marine Technology for Carnival Corporation, whose global cruise line brands include Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard, Holland America Line and Seabourn in addition to Princess Cruises.

“Our recent Sustainability Report, published in 2017, set clear goals for improving the efficiency of our fleet through overall operations and innovative solutions. Retrofitting Silverstream’s air lubrication technology on the Diamond Princess is another example of our ongoing efforts to leverage technology to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.”

Noah Silberschmidt, CEO, Silverstream Technologies said: “The installation of the Silverstream System on the Diamond Princess once again demonstrates the very real demand for proven clean technologies that are cost-effective, easy to implement and operate, and deliver the efficiency benefits that are claimed.”

“Cruise operators are under increasing pressure from customers and regulators to improve sustainability,” he added. “Our work with Carnival Corporation and Princess Cruises reflects the growing confidence in our technology.”

Additionally, data from installations has shown that noise and vibration emissions are also reduced.

Damen Shiprepair Brest drydocks Norwegian Breakaway

The 326-metre and 146,000 gross ton cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway arrived in Brest on 28 April for 11 days of scheduled maintenance and refurbishment.

The primary objective of the visit was mechanical works on the ship’s two ABB azipods. The DSBr team worked alongside ABB service engineers on both Azipods to repair the shaft bearings and replace the slewing seals. These works required the removal of both propellers and took place in very close coordination with the other teams working on the vessel to ensure that no dust and other contaminants entered the complex systems within the Azipods.

At the same time, DSBr technicians worked with personnel from Brunvoll AS to undertake maintenance of the vessel’s three bowthrusters, as well as dismantling, maintaining and then refitting the two Fincantieri stabilisers. The hull was also repainted, which involved the usual paintworks plus the decorative artwork on the vessel’s forward topsides.

While the Norwegian Breakaway was in DSBr’s 420-metre, number 3, dry dock, large quantities of the carpets inside the cruise ship were removed and replaced by a specialist contractor as part of a rolling programme. DSBr managed the 24/7 logistical flow, ensuring that old carpets were removed on time and the new rolls available for fitting. In addition to the scheduled tasks, that yard also ensured that the client’s subcontractors received full support and handled a wide range of unforeseen requests ranging from the provision of materials and tools to the erection of interior scaffolding.

Laurent Salou, Project Manager at Damen Shiprepair Brest, commented: “I truly believe that all the personnel at Damen Shiprepair Brest really appreciated the opportunity to work on Norwegian Breakaway as the collaboration with the ship’s staff was more than excellent during the entire dry-docking period. I’m personally really proud of the work which has been achieved by my colleagues, and honoured to have worked on such a notable project.

“The client chose us for this project not only because we are capable of handling a ship of this size, but also because we are close to the major cruise terminal at Southampton, which was its last port of call. They were also very satisfied with the works that we performed on the Norwegian Epic in 2015 and I am pleased to be able to report that the client was very happy with performance of the DSBr workers and the yard on this project as well.”

The Norwegian Breakaway left Damen Shiprepair Brest on 8 May at noon, six hours ahead of schedule.

Washsmart app by Hobart receives an industry award

"With the interlinked warewashing, we offer our customers huge time and cost savings potentials," says Markus Bau, Director Customised Systems & Export of Hobart on the occasion of the award ceremony for "100 Orte für Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg."

Recently, the network initiative 'Allianz Industrie 4.0' presented this award to the Offenburg-based company for the technology, which provides digital support for warewashing technology. The prize was given for the Hobart Washsmart app, which allows the user to monitor via smartphone or tablet the status of the dishwasher, its operating costs or the chemical consumption, as well as other parameters. The competition awards prizes to innovative solutions which drive the digitalisation of value creation in industry forward and already now implement the intelligent interlinking of production processes.

"It is clearly noticeable that the industry is changing more and more and that digitalisation is becoming increasingly important in the commercial kitchen. With our Washsmart app, we give our customers real added value in respect of information procurement and preventive actions. As market leader in the field of commercial warewashing technology, we will implement further innovative and groundbreaking ideas with regard to this development in order to make our customers' daily dishwashing routine continuously easier," Bau says.

Washsmart gives the users additional information on their dishwasher which helps to avoid standstill and increases the operating efficiency. In case of minor faults, the app displays troubleshooting advice, for example when the strainer has not been properly inserted or the door/hood is blocked. The users receive the information on their smartphones or tablets via push message. In case of serious problems, the customer can contact the service directly via the app. As another benefit, WASHSMART alerts the users when maintenance is due or when the cleaning agents are running low, which can then be re-ordered directly via the app, as well. The application also provides support regarding hygiene and safety. This goes for example for a hygiene check of the machine, and for the hygiene report, which can be sent via smartphone to a stored email address, or saved to the PC. The periods in which the machine was operative but not used are shown in a clearly understandable diagram. This helps you to see whether the dishwasher is used efficiently, or whether the stand-by times are too long in relation to the washing times, causing avoidable expenses.

Viking Line chooses Adonis

Adonis AS, leading providers of global maritime HR solutions, today announced that Viking Line AB will implement the Adonis Personnel Suite for their offices in Mariehamn, Finland and onboard six of their ferries. The implementation will include Adonis Safety Module for six vessels, the Adonis Day2Day planning module and the full Adonis Payroll Module. All modules will be customized per Finnish agreements and government rules.

Viking Line is a market-leading brand in passenger traffic on the northern Baltic Sea. The company offers passenger services, recreation and cargo carrier services on its vessels. Adonis Personnel Suite will replace several of Viking Line’s legacy in-house systems. Several new interfaces will be developed as part of the project in order to assure a seamless dataflow with their corresponding systems, and with authorities and other instances.

"For a big employer as Viking Line it’s important to manage HR administration of employees and towards authorities in an accurate and efficient manner. With Adonis we see an opportunity to combine HR administration, Safety and Payroll, which will improve our performance and give us more time to focus on development of our employees," said Lena Marcus, Sea Personnel Manager at Viking Line.

“Today’s announcement is the culmination of a long and thorough evaluation and proof-of-concept with Viking Line, and represents a significant breakthrough in developing a solution tailored for the particular challenges and needs of cruise and ferry lines,” said Magnus Millenvik, Senior Adonis Project Manager of Adonis. “The agreement further underscores our commitment to delivering HR solutions to the specific requirements of each maritime organization, down to modules that are compliant with different government rules and regulations. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Viking Line, and supporting their core business objectives.”

Scanship awarded clean ship system contract for Silver Dawn by Fincantieri

Scanship Holding ASA has through its subsidiary Scanship AS, been awarded contract by the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the supply of a total clean ship system for Silversea Dawn. The ship, to be built for Silversea Cruises, will enter service in 2021.

The Scanship contracts includes delivery of systems for food waste processing, garbage handling and advanced wastewater purification.

"We are very pleased to continue our cooperation with Fincantieri on this fourth Silversea Cruise newbuild, and proud to continue working with Silversea Cruises in their efforts for environmental sustainability and cleaner oceans," says CEO Henrik Badin in a statement.