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ABB to deliver first fuel cell system for Royal Caribbean

The system is aimed to be piloted on board a Royal Caribbean International vessel and will be the first fuel cell system to provide an energy source for a luxury cruise ship.

Last year was the first time that mobile power from fuel cells exceeded stationary installations, according to The Fuel Cell Industry Review 2016, and the maritime industry is quickly recognizing the potential of a technology that delivers emissions-free simplicity, maintainability and efficiency.

“Our goal is to take the smoke out of the smokestacks," said Harri Kulovaara, Executive Vice President of Maritime and Newbuilding, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “We are dedicated to innovation, continuous improvement, and environmental responsibility, and using fuel cell technology gives us the opportunity to deliver against all three of these pillars.”

“This pilot installation demonstrates that fuel cell technology is now firmly in sight of the cruise industry,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports. “Fuel cells have been the next big thing for 25 years, but now they are reality.”

Fuel cells generate energy by exploiting an electrochemical reaction at the interface between the anode or cathode and the electrolyte membrane. They involve no combustion, converting fuel directly to electricity and heat.

“At ABB, we believe that the next generations of vessels will be electric, digital and connected. Fuel cell technology matches exactly that. Fuel cells have significantly higher efficiency than combustion engines and allow energy to be concentrated more densely than in petroleum fuels. If you use renewables to produce the hydrogen the entire energy chain is clean and truly emission free,” Koskela continues.

The pilot installation, including control, converter and transformer technology from ABB, will generate 100 kW of energy, and has been fully developed, marinized, assembled and tested by ABB Marine & Ports. ABB selected an FCvelocity proton exchange membrane (PEM) pure hydrogen fuel cell engine from Ballard Power Systems for its pilot system.

The debut installation, which anticipates RCL’s commitment to include emissions-free fuel cell technology as part of the powering for its forthcoming Icon-class ships will be on display at the owner’s Technology Display Days event in New York, 8-10 November.

Type approval granted to uprated MAN L51/60DF

MAN Diesel & Turbo’s MAN L51/60DF engine successfully passed its Type Approval Test (TAT), which ran from October 17th to 20th at the company’s Augsburg works in Germany, in front of the industry’s main classification societies. The nine-cylinder test engine has an output of 1,150 kW/cylinder at a nominal speed of 500/514 rpm.

The MAN L51/60DF engine can be employed both as marine main-engine and auxiliary engine. Augsburg’s testbed no. 20 hosted the test programme of a nine-cylinder version of the engine that ran on fuel oil (DMA) and natural gas.

The TAT tested the engine’s:
– alarm and safety system
– dual-fuel safety concept, including a test of its pilot-fuel system
– gas supply system.

The TAT also successfully tested the integration of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s proprietary SaCoSone engine control system with the engine.

Lex Nijsen, Head of Four-Stroke Marine, MAN Diesel & Turbo said: “The MAN L51/60DF, with its improved rated-output and new features such as gas-start capability, is a welcome addition to the ranks with the flexibility to act in a main or auxiliary capacity. Whether operating on fuel oil or gas, I’m certain its efficiency and high power output will be appreciated by the market.”

Corsica Linea to take vessel performance management to the next level with Eniram's solutions

Eniram, a Wärtsilä company, has signed a five-year service agreement with Corsica Linea to take them to the forefront of digitalization and performance management. The agreement covers the fleet owned and operated by Corsica Linea between Marseilles and Corsica. These five vessels will be upgraded to the latest Eniram real-time performance management standards.

With Eniram's solutions, Corsica Linea is able to reduce fuel costs and optimize its operations. In addition, Eniram's solutions take into account upcoming regulations concerning the monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport (EU MRV). The agreement also includes MRV reporting and analytics services. (The upcoming EU MRV regulation requires ship owners and operators to annually monitor, report and verify CO2 emissions.)

"We are extremely happy to see Corsica Linea take this step and to start collaboration with us towards future performance management," says Johan Backas, Managing Director at Eniram.

"Thanks to this agreement, Corsica Linea will get more analytics, insight and recommendations, guiding their future operations management," says Nicolas Rossi, Senior Account Manager at Wärtsilä.

Corsica Linea is the new brand name of Maritima Ferries, who acquired SNCM ships in 2016. Corsica Linea's five ferries provide year-round services from Marseille, the main trading port in France to the French Mediterranean island of Corsica.

Kongsberg receives first DNV GL cyber security type approval for its K-IMS system

As the shipping industry digitalizes, vessels are becoming sophisticated hubs of connected systems and sensors that generate and exchange data both onboard and back to shore. This connectivity increases the need for cyber security and for ways of verifying the cyber safety of installed systems.

“At Kongsberg we have been delivering solutions for remote support and data collection for many years,” says Bent Erik Bjørkli, VP Digital Performance at Kongsberg Maritime. “Over the last few years, however, we have seen an increasing focus from our customers in the cyber security of the connected systems on their vessels. This was why we were so interested to work together with DNV GL on the development of the new type approval. With the new type approval, we can now demonstrate the security of our systems through an independent verification process.”

For the past year, DNV GL and Kongsberg have combined their efforts to develop a new type approval programme for the cyber security assessment of control system components: “Security Assessment of Control System Components, DNVGL-CP-0231”. The pilot system has been K-IMS, a core component in Kongsberg’s digital ecosystem Kognifai. Designed in accordance with the principles in IEC 62443-4-2 and IEC 61162-460, the type approval programme focuses on verifying both the technical reliability and cyber security of control systems.

“We would like to thank Kongsberg for choosing to work with us on this project, and we are very pleased that K-IMS is the first product to have received the new type approval,” says Odd Magne Nesvåg, Head of Control Systems at DNV GL – Maritime. “With the new ‘Security Assessment of Control System Components’ type approval programme, we have developed a rigorous certification regime to demonstrate the cyber security capability of onboard systems. By choosing this new voluntary type approval for their systems, maritime vendors now have a way to show their customers they meet a set of independently developed and verified quality standards in an area that is becoming ever more important in today’s connected maritime industry.”

Adonis integrates personnel manager to Seagull training system 

Norwegian software house Adonis, which specialises in Human Resource solutions for the global maritime industry, provided in a recent release of their flagship system, Adonis Personnel Manager, a full, seamless integration to Seagull, one of the leading computer based training systems for the maritime industry.

A limited bridge from Adonis to the Seagull server has been available for some time, allowing a user to access the seafarer's Seagull STA. The new module, however, provides full download of all crew members Seagull records into the Adonis Database, where they will form a completely integrated part of the crew's competence profile.

"Having fully updated Seagull records at hand in Adonis at any times allows a customer to include Seagull training as part of the Position requirements profile," says Erick Meijer, Product Director at Adonis AS.

This means that during the planning phase, requirements for specific Seagull training in various positions will be part of the competence matrix and notification process regarding missing and expiring documents.

The complete integration also opens for utilizing Seagull data in reports, views, queries and analyzes, separately or in combination with other records of a person's competence profile. The Seagull Interface is available for existing customers as a separate, add-on module.

 

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