Marine & Maritime Gazette June 2022

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So what does the Summer have in store? Are we all off to Seawork in Southampton? Welcome to the June 2022 issue of Marine & Maritime Gazette the monthly magazine aimed at Worldwide coverage of the commercial marine, shipping and waterbased renewables markets. With many of us delighted to finally be en-route to Seawork 2022 in Southampton this month - 21st to 23rd, just what does the rest of the Summer hold for all across the entire maritime world? Inside this issue, we are, as usual, covering a vast amount of topics, from ‘Tugs, Workboats & OSVs’ on page 20, to the ‘ins and outs’ of ‘Power, Propulsion & Transmission’ from page 26. There is also a quick look at ‘Paints, Coatings & Treatments’ on page 40 and from page 34 we also have a ‘peek’ at ‘Pollution Clean-up & Control’. Anyway, happy reading and if you have Commercial Ma any news, reviews, product launches or rine & Renewab les Worldwide absolutely anything else of interest across the whole marine market, please email it to me at info@bljournals.plus.com for future consideration in our forthcoming issues.

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Baltic Safety Products appoints Head of Business – Commercial Marine

Cover story Dales Marine has been servicing the shipping, oil and gas, chemical and power generation industries since 1987.

p18 Wagenborg W2W Castor Marine has outfitted Wagenborg Offshore’s fourth Walk-to-Work vessel ‘Koenigsborg’ with a seamless connectivity installation.

p8 Crew solutions Damen Shipyards and Ampelmann have established the joint venture OceanXpress to provide offshore crew change solutions in The North Sea area.

p12 Seaborne plastics IMO launch project to address the evergrowing problem of plastics in our oceans.

Baltic Safety Products was recently pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Harrison as Head of Business – Commercial Marine, for their professional range of lifejackets, buoyancy aids and flotation clothing.

“Having worked and been active within the marine industry since leaving school, I am delighted to be joining such a well-known and well-respected company as Baltic,” comments Neil. “I am passionate about marine safety, and to have the opportunity to work with Baltic, a company recognised for their innovative, high-quality products and service excellence in this sector, for more than 45 years now, is something I am very proud to become a part of.” Neil will be based in Scotland and working closely with Ian Clark Head of Business based in Hamble, UK, and with the Baltic Global Sales Team in Sweden. “It’s great to have Neil on board here at Baltic. His industry knowledge is extensive, and I very much look forward to working with him to grow the commercial marine side of the business,” comments Ian Clark. “He will be on the stand throughout Seawork in June on stand D17, so please come and say hi.” Neil, who is now in the role, goes on to say

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Voyage to net zero in maritime underway as UK government confirms £12m for zero emission technologies

Zero emission ferries and vessels are one step closer to being a reality, as UK Maritime Minister Robert Courts recently confirmed £12 million funding to accelerate the research and development of zero emission maritime technologies.

Now in its second round, the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC) was born out of the Prime Minister’s 10-point plan to tackle carbon emissions. The latest funding cements the UK’s position as world leaders in clean maritime technologies and supports the creation of thousands of skilled jobs across the UK. The CMDC is one of the first initiatives from UK SHORE, a new unit launched to make the maritime sector greener. Dedicated to creating a world free from shipping emissions, UK SHORE will work with industry to tackle numerous shipping emission challenges. Through research and development (R&D) investments, it will include the provision of domestic zero emission ferries, helping to tackle the approximately one million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions that Roll-on/Roll-off vessels and passenger-only ferries contribute to the UK’s domestic shipping emissions. Robert Courts, Minister for Maritime said: “I want to see a new green age for maritime travel which is free from emissions. “Following the success of last year’s competition, this second round has been designed to support a shipping future that uses the most creative and innovative ways for people and goods to sail in cleaner and greener ways. “At COP26 we pledged to create a green maritime legacy for generations to come, and UK SHORE puts us at the forefront of the global green maritime revolution - supporting thousands of green jobs around the country.” The Maritime Minister announced the funding for the competition last month in Portsmouth, the heartland of British shipping, as he met with some of the 55 winners from last year’s competition. At Portsmouth International Port, some of the previous winners showcased their projects. One of the winners last year, MJR Controls, won funding to create wind turbine charge points for electrical vessels. Eight months on, it has created the charging ports and the installation will take place around late summer in Lynn & Inner Dowsing Offshore Windfarm. Fulfilling the Clydebank Declaration agreed at COP26 to create green routes known as ‚‘green shipping corridors’ to and from the UK, this next round of the CMDC funding will include feasibility studies to help us work in partnership with industry to ultimately deliver green corridors both within the UK and internationally. The £206 million research and development funding for UK SHORE, the biggest investment in maritime ever, was announced as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy in March 2022. This investment will accelerate the sector’s transition to a cleaner future supporting our voyage to net zero by 2050. Maritime UK Chief Executive, Ben Murray, commented: “The establishment of UK SHORE is a very important step on the UK maritime sector’s decarbonisation voyage. “Its first intervention - an extension to the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition - is showing the UK is determined to be a global leader on clean maritime. As before, industry will co-invest to create the solutions needed to decarbonise. “The projects on display today, from remotely operated vessels, to green port infrastructure and electric wind turbine charging points, proves Britain remains an island of maritime pioneers. “Continued investment and collaboration with government will drive the momentum we need and create skilled jobs around our coast.” UK Chamber of Shipping Policy Director (Safety & Environment), Anna Ziou, added: “The UK Chamber of Shipping welcomes the announcement of the 2nd round of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition. The journey toward the decarbonisation of shipping has started, and these investments are critical to charter a clear pathway. We are looking forward to working closely with the Government and the UK SHORE to secure further funding opportunities for the industry and explore the necessary transformative actions to help shipping deliver the commitment to Net-Zero.” The first Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition was launched last year by DfT to kickstart innovation in decarbonisation in the UK maritime sector. Future elements of UK SHORE’s three-year programme will include several more rounds of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition alongside other interventions to accelerate the development and use of key technologies.

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Port of Antwerp gets Hydrotug

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges and CMB.TECH will soon welcome the Hydrotug, the first hydrogen-powered tugboat. The Hydrotug consists of two BeHydro V12 dual fuel medium speed engines that can run on hydrogen and traditional fuel. This ground-breaking development will be used by Port of Antwerp-Bruges as a step in the transition to a sustainable, climate neutral port by 2050 and will be operational first quarter next year. Roy Campe, CTO of CMB.TECH commented: “We are delighted that Port of Antwerp-Bruges will be the first user of Hydrotug, the world's largest hydrogen-powered vessel. The technology has been approved by Lloyd's Register and we are ready to approach the global market of 10.000 tugs. With this technology we can significantly improve the air quality in ports and bring hydrogen technology to every port worldwide.” The Hydrotug is part of an integral greening programme for the Port of Antwerp-Bruges fleet.

Côte d’Ivoire Terminal receives its first port equipment

The fast progressing Côte d’Ivoire Terminal has now taken delivery of six electric fleet gantry cranes and fourteen electric terminal tractors.

Following the delivery of these six electric gantry cranes the terminal is on track to be operational in November this year and is expected to do so. The 30 metre high fleet gantry cranes arrived on a semi-submersible vessel specially designed to carry gantry cranes. They will be used for the loading, unloading and storage of containers in and around the container yard. Supplied by ZPMC, the new gantries are equipped with the latest technologies, including a state-of-the-art control system, and a newgeneration power supply system that significantly reduces CO2 emissions and general energy consumption. The fourteen tractors that arrived at the terminal in April were the first of 36 APM 75T HE 100% electric tractors, 24 Powerpacks and 6 charging stations supplied by Gaussin. Koen De Backker, Managing Director of Côte d’Ivoire Terminal commented: “On completion, all 6 gantry cranes, 13 fleet gantries and 36 tractors will be fully electric. This is part of the eco-responsible approach implemented for this project.” The new Côte d’Ivoire Terminal will be the second container terminal at the Port of Abidjan, built and operated by a Bolloré Ports and APM Terminals consortium. The second terminal at the Port of Abidjan is expected to increase capacity in the port by 1.5 million TEU per year. www.bollore.com

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With this innovation, Port of Antwerp-Bruges strives to integrate the most environmentallyfriendly technologies available. The Hydrotug can store 415kg of compressed hydrogen in 6 stillages installed on deck and eliminates the emission's equivalent of 350 cars. Annick De Ridder, Vice Mayor for the port, urban development, spatial planning and patrimony of the City of Antwerp, President of the Board of the Port of Antwerp-Bruges added:“The unified port cherishes the ambition to become the energy gateway to Europe as a 'green port'. An important role in this is reserved for (green) hydrogen. We therefore applaud such projects. It is innovations such as these that ensure that our port continues to excel as the economic engine of Flanders. We look forward to the arrival of the Hydrotug in Antwerp towards the end of the year.” Rob Smeets, Port of Antwerp-Bruges Manager Operations said: “Recently Port of Antwerp merged with the Port of Zeebrugge into one big organization that aims to reconcile people, climate and economy. Our common goal is to become carbon neutral by 2050, by walking many different sustainability paths, such as carbon capture and storage, and efforts in hydrogen. By 2028 our goal is to have the first green hydrogen molecules on our platforms. Moreover, we are investigating a hydrogen pipeline between the two ports and towards the European hinterland so we can use as much renewable energy as possible. This hydrotug is a fantastic example of what our sustainable future should look like.” www.portofantwerpbruges.com

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Echomax EM325 Hydrocat 48 - the first hydrogen-powered Crew Transfer Vessel

Windcat Workboats and CMB.TECH recently announced that the first hydrogen-powered CTV is ready for immediate operation after successful completion of trials and bunkering.

This ground-breaking development for both the marine and offshore wind industries is the first CTV that uses clean fuels to reduce up to 80% of its traditional fuel usage and associated emissions. The Hydrocat 48 is a further green development, introducing clean fuel technology on the already very fuel efficient and high performing Windcat MK 3.5 design. Dual fuel technology has been integrated into the MK3.5 series without compromising on performance and retaining the reliability of a traditionally fuelled vessel. It is the first vessel to truly offer a sustainable alternative to diesel fuel. CMB.TECH was the first to build a hydrogen-powered passenger shuttle in 2017. The engine is manufactured by MAN Engines for dual fuel use and retrofitted by CMB.TECH with a hydrogen injection system. Managing Director of Windcat Workboats, Willem van der Wel, commented: “This vessel offers the industry a cost-effective solution to significantly reduce emissions from service vessels, which can be applied to any wind farm today. This solution can be seen as a steppingstone to fully hydrogen powered CTVs. By starting with dual fuel combustion engines, we can make hydrogen technology operational in the industry and kick-start further development of the technology, regulation, supply chain, etc.” CTO of CMB.TECH, Roy Campe added: “The suitability of this technology for a CTV is mainly because existing diesel engines can be used. No fundamental changes to the main engine are required, which not only means that maintenance and repair remain simple, but also that the engine can easily be switched back to diesel fuel without any modifications. Even if hydrogen is not available, the vessel can continue to run on traditional fuel, making it a very robust and reliable solution for the offshore wind industry.” CMB.TECH and Windcat Workboats are working on the further optimisation of engine capacities and the increased use of the hydrogen percentage. The long-term plan is to develop the technology and infrastructure to be able to eventually use a mono-fuel option via an internal combustion engine (ICE). The hydrogen supply chain still needs to grow to become readily accessible in more locations. There is a significant shift towards hydrogen applications, and it is expected that the hydrogen supply chain will develop in the coming years. CMB.TECH and Windcat have also developed solutions for the supply of hydrogen to the vessel in this early phase of hydrogen development. CMB.TECH has designed a 40ft 500bar trailer for remote refuelling of all the various systems applying the technology currently in use. Multiple applications and customers can be served by this one system, which can also support the Hydrocat. Windcat, together with its joint venture partners TSM and FRS, has three more vessels under construction that can be delivered with the hydrogen technology on board. More CTV designs using this technology are being developed. The operating behaviour, fuel consumption and all other characteristics of the MAN engine correspond exactly to the MAN D2862 LE428 with the same performance. In a form of pretreatment, a precisely measured quantity of hydrogen is added to the charge air. This mixture of hydrogen and air is then ignited with the injected diesel fuel in the combustion chamber of the cylinders. Depending on the engine’s operating point, only a very small amount of diesel fuel is needed. The diesel injection parameters are optimised in dual fuel mode to achieve the lowest emissions and the best consumption values. Therefore, in dual fuel mode, considerably less CO2 is released in the exhaust gases in circumstances where operating behaviour and full load characteristics remain unchanged. In the event of problems in the hydrogen circuit or a depleted hydrogen supply, a switch back to diesel can be made at any time. This guarantees uninterrupted operation with normal reliability.

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Fourth Wagenborg walk-to-work vessel connected by Castor Marine

Castor Marine has outfitted Wagenborg Offshore’s fourth Walk-to-Work (W2W) vessel ‘Koenigsborg’ with a seamless connectivity installation. The VSAT internet and Tampnet 4G connectivity solution provide the crew with continuous communications channels when working on offshore assets, real-time reporting options to onshore teams and, of course, leisure use in downtime. Castor Marine was also contracted for long-term maintenance, including providing and managing the (Wi-Fi) network.

Wagenborg Offshore, a subsidiary of Royal Wagenborg, was operating a fleet of three Walk-to-Work vessels when it decided last year to add a fourth ship. The company chose to convert a PSV at Royal Niestern Sander shipyard, the Netherlands, in just 6 months’ time. The vessel would need to be able to perform multiple offshore support roles and include extra accommodation for housing 40 people. Now that Wagenborg has taken it into service in April, the Koenigsborg is deployed in many ways. Firstly, it is a W2W accommodation vessel for platform maintenance tasks. Secondly, it is a Standby & Support Vessel (SSV). Last, it is certified to serve as an Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel (ERRV), expanding its operations with rescue work and emergency towing or patrol duties. In addition to the 40-person accommodation module, the ship is equipped with an infirmary, reception rooms, a decontamination room, a recovery room, and a motion-compensated gangway. A daughter craft and a fast rescue boat ensure that rescue activities can also be carried out in adverse weather. For Oil, Gas and Offshore Wind companies to carry out their work safely and cost-efficiently, the crew and additional maintenance or rescue staff need seamless internet connectivity, 24/7, for smooth operations and exchanging information with clients, suppliers, and HQ - especially in emergency situations. Of course, internet access is also about quality of life for crew members, i.e., staying connected families and friends. Satellite service provider Castor Marine updated Koenigborg’s communications systems to match the demands required by the remoteness of offshore operations and extreme weather conditions. A connectivity system that is dependable and always-on is essential for those monitoring or repairing components on offshore platforms and for reporting back to shore teams. The company says it is proud to have been entrusted again by Wagenborg to handle this project. Castor Marine chose Intellian as the preferred satellite communication technology onboard. Reliability is key and the solution consists of a VSAT internet connectivity system and an Iridium Certus L-band back-up system. This includes a dual Intellian v100NX setup, accompanied with an Intellian C700 Iridium Certus terminal and an Intellian t100W satellite TV system. The v100NX antennas are equipped with a high-power 25W Ku-band BUC to achieve higher upload speeds. Note that these represent the latest in antenna technology. The dual-antenna configuration overcomes potential blockage issues, while the integrated AptusNX control software provides users with an intuitive web interface for antenna diagnosis. The Tampet 4G service (4G LTE network on the North Sea) is used for low-latency applications when the Koenigsborg is within the coverage of LTE network. Castor Marine is the very first in the world to install the high performance Ponyting Omni-902 LTE/5G Antennas. The antennas have a high performance and are designed for all-weather conditions in harsh conditions on sea. As an LTE/5G modem is a dual Fortinet FortiExtender 511 used to provide high availability and advanced threat protection. Castor Marine supports and manages Wagenborg Offshore’s SD-WAN routers centrally, which is ideal for monitoring, performing changes and software upgrades. Besides the SD-WAN Castor Marine also manages and support the SD-LAN on the vessels based on Fortinet equipment. In plain words: the offshore internet system, both hardware and software, ensure that the crew always have the necessary bandwidth for all requirements. www.castormarine.com

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Damen Shipyards has delivered a Stan Pontoon 12032 to Italian construction and logistics contractor Renco S.p.A. The pontoon will be supporting major energy companies in their activities in south-eastern Africa, acting as a jetty extension for use by supply vessels. The Stan Pontoon 12032 is the largest standard pontoon in Damen’s range, measuring 120 metres by 32 metres and with a maximum deadweight of over 20,000 tonnes.

In line with Damen’s policy of ensuring fast delivery of its Standard vessel types, the pontoon was delivered just three months after the contract was signed in December. This was possible due to Damen maintaining a range of Stan Pontoons in stock. Following some customisation and commissioning activities at Damen Shiprepair Verolme, the Rencraft has been taken under tow for its voyage to the port of Pemba in Mozambique. Renco is a new client for Damen Shipyards. The company is active in energy projects including for the oil & gas sector. On its arrival in Pemba, it will be semi-permanently fixed in place with vehicular access from the shore. Platform Supply and other vessels supporting energy companies’ activities will then be able to moor alongside and embark/disembark equipment, personnel and supplies. Its size makes it highly stable and it represents a more economical solution than a fixed concrete jetty. If needed in the future, it can be disconnected and moved on to new assignments. Damen pontoons can be found all over the world doing a wide range of tasks and are constructed to the highest quality to ensure long and productive lifespans.

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Dalian Shipyard orders rudders for six Asiatic Lloyd container vessels from Damen Marine Components

Full spade rudders with asymmetric leading edge and bulb in the wake of the propeller to further enhance flow along the rudder and reduce turbulence, will enable considerable fuel savings for the six new 7,100 TEU container vessels that Asiatic Lloyd aims to take in operation from early 2023. Damen Marine Components (DMC) will provide one Van der Velden® Atlantic Rudder for each vessel. These rudders are known to cause minimal drag thanks to their slim design. For these container vessels, Asymmetric Rudder Technology (ART) will be applied in the design of the leading edge of the rudder. A rudder bulb in the wake of the propeller axis further improves the hydrodynamic properties of the rudder configuration The Singaporean shipping arm of AL Group Asiatic Lloyd has ordered the six 7,100 TEU feeders at Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co, the yard will deliver six vessels during 2023 to 2025. Length between perpendiculars of the four identical vessels is 255 meter, with 42.8 meter breadth, 14.5 meter design load draught and a design speed of 21.4 knots. Damen will provide the tailor designed rudder for each one of the vessels, measuring 61 square meter and generating 3300 Kilonewton meter of torque. As the propeller in forward thrust has a fixed rotation direction, the asymmetric leading edge will improve the water flow by directing the turbulent water along the rudder blade more efficiently. The propeller wake directs the flow so it does not come in from straight forward. Even more hydrodynamic optimisation is achieved by the bulb. In the wake of the propeller axis, turbulent water can circle and cause vibrations in hull and rudder. The rudder bulb is positioned right behind the center of the propeller and eliminates this turbulence to create a better flow along the rudder blade. This reduces ship’s resistance in the water and it also improves torque of the rudder when it turns. A stable and directional water flow generates more thrust than turbulent water. The advanced rudder technology adds to the sustainable ambition of the shipowner and charterer to operate vessels that cause minimal emissions. The choice for ammonia as a propulsion fuel expresses this ambition. Reducing drag, exemplified by the application of ART Atlantic Rudders with Bulb allow further fuel and emission savings. “We will be benefitting from this highly optimised and high efficiency Van der Velden rudder design by DMC in realising our goal of achieving vessel efficiency to the highest possible emission ratings” says Tonci Zdunic, Group Fleet Director, AL Group. “We are proud to have been selected by Asiatic Lloyd as partner for reaching their targets of improved operational efficiency and reducing the environmental footprint of their fleet” says Wim Knoester, Commercial Director of Damen Marine Components. www.damen.com

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OceanXpress provides next level crew change solution

Damen Shipyards and Ampelmann have established the joint venture OceanXpress to provide offshore crew change solutions in The North Sea area. This collaboration will see the introduction of a new service to the offshore access market that neatly combines the engineering feats of Damen’s Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 7011 Aqua Helix with the S-type motion compensated gangway system from Ampelmann. The vessel and state of the art gangway system have successfully passed offshore commissioning and will now start offering services to the offshore energy market. Continuing years of cooperation, the joint venture OceanXpress was established on 11 April 2022. Damen and Ampelmann will provide full logistical support to the operations of Aqua Helix and the S-type as a fully integrated crew supply solution for clients in the North Sea energy market. Experienced crew from Wagenborg Offshore will navigate the vessel along platforms. The fast and comfortable vessel can transport up to 120 people at once and the height adjustable gangway will facilitate rapid crew changes to and from Aqua Helix, allowing it to service multiple offshore installations during its tour. The extra time this may take for the offshore workers is compensated by the high-speed transfer from the Port of Den Helder and by the great comfort this transfer offers. Crew will arrive well rested.

High operational efficiency Professionals in the offshore energy industry will find a large, adjustable and comfortable seat aboard Aqua Helix. They will get to their work and back to shore in comfort and at high speed in one of these 120 business class chairs. The FCS 7011 can sail at speeds up to 40 knots, even in rough conditions. The axe bow reduces slamming and pitching to great extent. The slender aluminium hull allows for fast sailing as it is powered by four MTU engines connected to water jets. The largest gyro stabiliser built to date by VEEM will reduce rolling by more than 90 percent. The vessel is perfectly laid out to provide a comfortable, fast, and efficient ride across the North Sea waves.

Light-weight and fast Damen and Ampelmann engineered Aqua Helix for integration of the gangway installation with the hull structure. This integrated approach allowed the engineers to design a light but strong structure for the gangway foundation. Weight reduction is key when high speed is required.

Motionless and safe At destination, the Ampelmann gangway system enables offshore workers to safely walk to the offshore installation. Based on proven technology, the telescopic gangway can reach platforms and turbines up to 19 meters above sea level. This provides continuous access from the vessel to the platform or wind turbine, enabling the smooth transfer of large groups. The combination of advanced dynamic positioning, gyro stabiliser and the Ampelmann system allow for safe, rapid and efficient personnel transfers.

Proof of concept OceanXpress aims to upgrade crew change solutions in terms of comfort and efficiency. Successful sea trials have shown that the vessel and integrated gangway system are fit for the job. The next-level crew transfer service is now available for both long-term and short-term commitments. By providing a new level of comfort, safety and efficiency, this joint venture is set to revolutionise the offshore energy market. www.damen.com

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Repositionable monitoring buoys

Leading international marine systems manufacturers Ocean Scientific International Limited (OSIL) have provided a number of lightweight repositionable environmental monitoring buoys to DHI A/S for the Baltic Pipe Project. Dredging activities are vital to the successful outcome of the project, and OSIL have produced a total of 17 of their 0.6 metre buoys for DHI A/S, a number of which have been in continual use monitoring the turbidity levels and other environmental conditions around the active dredging sites. The buoys are very lightweight and easy to deploy, and on this project have been repositioned to follow the dredger movements and debris plume on an almost daily basis. The relocations were undertaken by minimal crew on board the dredger support tug, using a grapnel to catch the buoys and the vessel’s handling system to lift the anchor weight and tow the buoy to its new position. DHI A/S reported that the crew were very happy with this arrangement. These buoys join a large number of existing OSIL dredge monitoring networks, will well in excess of 500 data buoy systems now installed worldwide. The OSIL buoys have proved highly successful due to their robust nature and small/manoeuvrable size. www.osil.com

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MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has been selected to supply RoRo equipment for a LNGpowered RoRo vessel being built by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) for the Tasmanianbased Australian shipping company, SeaRoad.

The order was booked into Cargotec’s 2022 first quarter order intake. The vessel is scheduled to be delivered in the last quarter of 2023. MacGregor’s scope of supply encompasses design, fabrication and installation of a large stern ramp and ramp cover, with capacity for heavy cargo with a unit weight of up to 100 tonnes. The ramp cover features MacGregor patented soft flaps that minimise both noise and wear. MacGregor was selected as a reliable supplier with a proven track record of meeting the builder’s quality standards and need for punctual deliveries. Leaving the installation to MacGregor will allow FSG to focus on its core activities and securing first-class delivery of the vessel to SeaRoad. “We are very pleased to continue the close and long-standing relationship with FSG by delivering, once more, high quality RoRo equipment for SeaRoad. The skills of our experienced installation team are recognised to be an important part of the delivery, which we are especially proud of,” says Magnus Sjoberg, Senior Vice President, Merchant Solutions, MacGregor. “This continues a long-standing relationship with MacGregor who have previously supplied SeaRoad vessels. SeaRoad is always finding new ways to enhance our logistics solutions and we are very happy to be working again with MacGregor for our new vessel. MacGregor’s equipment is robust and ideally suited to our hardworking Bass Strait vessels,” adds Patrick Guarino, Chief Operating Officer, SeaRoad www.macgregor.com


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BlueStor project produces detailed plan for installing UK’s first floating organic flow battery for port energy storage

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BlueStor, a project created by MSE International and funded by BEIS under its Longer Duration Energy Storage (LODES) competition, has produced detailed plans for developing the UK’s first floating organic flow battery for decarbonised port energy storage and shore power for two cruise ships. Organic flow battery technology avoids many of the environmental disadvantages of conventional battery technologies, and is ideally suited to maritime applications.

The current phase of the BlueStor project has been a feasibility study of this novel port energy storage system; the results of which have given the project team confidence to now apply for Phase 2 funding which will build and operate a precommercial prototype organic flow battery, on a floating barge, that will demonstrate supply of electricity to two visiting cruise ships when at berth in Portsmouth International Port. Phase 2 of BlueStor will also demonstrate the capability to procure, at times of low demand, the energy to be supplied to these vessels. Phase 1 of the BlueStor project, which concludes this month, has shown that organic flow batteries are ideally suited to large scale bulk energy storage applications, especially in locations where environmental sensitivity is high; for example ports and coastal areas. The feasibility study acknowledged that although the energy density of each cell is relatively low, a large scale 50 MW, 600 MWh installation would be more compact overall than an equivalent lithium ion installation. The low fire and explosion risk of organic flow batteries allows much tighter packing of the batteries. Flow batteries use a stack of electrochemical cells to convert electricity into chemical energy which is stored in charged electrolytes in external tanks. They are ideally suited to meet the requirement for longer duration energy storage because the storage capacity can be increased, at a relatively low cost, independently from the power rating of the stack. MSE International is the lead partner in BlueStor; energy and battery specialists, Swanbarton Ltd is supporting the battery engineering and construction as well as associated controls and interfaces; Houlder Ltd, marine and offshore engineering and clean technology specialists, is designing the battery platform and port/vessel interfaces. Pioneers in organic flow batteries, CMBlu are supplying the electrochemistry for the flow battery.

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Professor Atilla Incecik from the University of Strathclyde has been awarded The William Froude Medal, the highest professional honour bestowed by the Council of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA). The Medal is awarded to an individual of any nationality who, in the opinion of the Council of RINA, has made a conspicuous contribution to naval architecture and/or shipbuilding and whose achievements merit special consideration. First awarded in 1955, there have only been 29 previous recipients since its inception, including Professor of Maritime Safety at Strathclyde, Professor Dracos Vassalos, who received the award in 2011. William Froude was a 19th century English engineer, hydrodynamicist and naval architect who was the first to formulate reliable laws for the resistance that water offers to ships and for predicting their stability. President of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Maurizio d’Amico, said: “It is my honour to congratulate Professor Incecik on being awarded the William Froude Medal in recognition of his significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering. “Professor Incecik receives the Institution highest award for his significant contribution into pioneering research, industry projects and the advancement of scientific papers, organising conference as well as many other activities including supervising PHD students for forty years.” The professor, who is an expert in global maritime issues, said: “I’m truly humbled and greatly honoured. I owe this award to the wonderful colleagues that I’ve been very fortunate to work with across the years.” Professor Incecik is Associate Principal (Internationalisation) at Strathclyde and his previous roles at the University include Associate Principal & Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Head of Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering. He has been responsible for the development of design and analysis tools and model testing of marine and offshore engineering systems during his research activities both in industry and academia. Professor Incecik’s research includes development of dynamic load and response prediction tools for ships, offshore platforms and marine renewable energy devices, and he was also Research Manager of the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy. Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “I would like congratulate Atilla on this wonderful achievement, which recognises the immense international contribution he has made to naval architecture and shows just how highly regarded he is in the field.” Professor Incecik was awarded a Strathclyde Medal in 2016, in recognition of his contribution to the University’s values and in May 2019 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden in recognition of his research on green shipping and environmental sustainability He is also an honorary professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Harbin Institute of Technology, and the Qui Shi chair professor at Zhejiang University, all in China. www.strath.ac.uk

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Shipyards for a Multi Cat

2309

The Ireland-based marine services company Atlantic Towage & Marine Ltd has placed an order with Damen Shipyards for a Multi Cat 2309, the newest addition to Damen’s range of highly versatile, multipurpose workboats. Scheduled for delivery in the spring of 2023, it will play an important role in Atlantic Towage’s expansion beyond Ireland/UK and into mainland Europe.

Atlantic Towage was founded in 2008 by managing director Sean Harrington. Since then, he has assembled a fleet of nine boats that includes tugs, dive support vessels, and multipurpose workboats. This variety allows the company to offer a wide range of services including salvage, ship handling/berthing, towage, surveys and more besides. The addition of the new and highly versatile Multi Cat 2309 will assist Atlantic Towage in all of the business’s core activities around Europe. The new Multi Cat 2309 will spearhead Atlantic’s push into the European market, with a special focus on the fastgrowing offshore renewables sector. To optimise the vessel for its role, Harrington has specified a larger forward deck crane AKC 185 HE4 and an aft deck crane HS AK34 HE4 from HS Marine, plus a DP1 system from Kongsberg. This brand new Multi Cat 2309 will also be the first in her range to operate with a Dynamic Positioning system. Additional, smaller customisations have been implemented to enhance its operational profile and so deliver an even better service to the company’s clients. While the MuC 2309 comes IMO Tier II compliant, Atlantic Towage has selected the option that pre-prepares the engineering space for the retrofit of a Damen Marine Nox Reduction System. This uses selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to deliver Tier III compliance and, with the necessary space already available, can be efficiently fitted as and when required. While this is the most efficient way to be future-proofed for IMO Tier III, Damen also offers a range of retrofit options to suit most requirements. Work will begin soon on the hull and superstructure at Damen Shipyards Koźle, after which it will be brought to the Netherlands to be fitted out. “This is our first newbuild,” says Sean Harrington. “We chose Damen based on its reputation in the market, plus we already have a Damen vessel in our fleet which has performed well. We look forward to taking delivery next year and putting our new Multi Cat to work.” “Damen is proud to be working with Sean and his team,” added Frederik van der Linde, Damen’s UK and Ireland sales manager. “Atlantic Towage is a growing company and in order for them to continue this growth they need to have the right assets in place. We are honoured with this order and look forward to delivering in full what we have promised.” www.atlantictowage.com www.damen.com

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Sanmar Shipyards delivers powerful harbour tug to Turkish port

Sanmar Shipyards has delivered a newbuild TRAktor-Z 2500SX class tugboat to Safi Maritime Services in Turkey, designed for maximum efficiency in both harbour ship-handling and towing duties. With an impressive bollard pull of 74 tonnes, it is the most powerful tug that Sanmar has delivered to the expanding port.

Powered by two high speed, electronically controlled CAT 3516C HD D marine diesel engines, each achieving 2.100kW at 1.600 rev/min the tug, known as Delicay XII while under construction at Sanmar’s purpose-built state-of-the-art shipyards in Turkey, has been re-named SAFI-14 by its new owners. Designed exclusively for Sanmar Shipyards by Canadian naval architects, Robert Allan Ltd, SAFI-14 measures 25.3m overall with a moulded beam of 12m, least moulded depth of 4.46m and an approximate extreme draft of 6.55m. Tank capacities include 83.900ltrs of fuel oil and 12.300lts of freshwater. SAFI-14 is the fifth tug delivered to Safi Maritime Services by Sanmar Shipyards and follows the 60tonnes bollard pull ASD tugboats BEDIA SAFI and CELAL SAFI delivered in 2016 and the 30-tonnes bollard pull Twin-screw tugboats SANMAR XXXI, delivered in 2012, and SANMAR XXX delivered in 2011. Onboard power on SAFI-14 is provided by two identical CAT C4.4 diesel generators with operating frequencies of 50 Hz, continuous services ratings of 99 ekW and output voltages of 400 volts. The tug has FiFi 1 class fire-fighting capability, with its one main fire pump driven through clutched flexible coupling aft of one of the main engines, producing approximately 2.700m3/hour of water. Ali Gurun, Vice President of Sanmar Shipyards, said: “We are delighted that Safi Maritime Services has chosen us to provide it with the strong and powerful new tug it needs for its expanding business. It is always good when a client comes back for more and we are proud to be a partner in its ambitious plans for the future of this important port. SAFI-14 is a fine example of our new generation of modern tugboats that can be designed and built to match the specific needs of individual operators.” www.sanmar.com.tr

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Damen FCS 7011 Aqua Helix nominated for Offshore Energy Vessel of the Year

Aqua Helix, the Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 7011 with the Ampelmann S-type motion compensated gangway integrated into its structure, has been nominated for the Offshore Energy Vessel of the Year Award 2022. Operating along North Sea offshore platforms, the FCS 7011 is set to revolutionise crew transport, providing great comfort at impressive speed. The FCS 7011 can sail at speeds up to 40 knots, even on rough seas. The Axe Bow will reduce slamming and pitching considerably, keeping passengers fit and comfortable. This is how Aqua Helix provides fast and comfortable offshore crew transport. The vessel has a 120 passenger capacity. All of the passengers get a roomy, adjustable chair with thick cushions to be able to relax and arrive well rested at their destination. The Ampelmann integrated motion compensated gangway makes boarding and offboarding at sea, as easy as crossing the street. The electrically powered hexapod platform of the gangway ensures stability in sea states up to 3 meter of significant wave height and allows crew and personnel to walk to work safely and efficiently. OceanXpress, a joint venture of Damen Shipyards Group and Ampelmann, is managing Aqua Helix for crewing transport solutions from the Dutch shore to offshore installations in the North Sea. Weight reduction is key if a ship needs to sail at high speed. The slender hull of the FCS 7011 is built in aluminium. The quest for lightweight construction has led to increasing the hull sides upwards along the accommodation decks, so they add to structural integrity. This way, less heavy structural beams are necessary. By fully integrating the foundation of the gangway into the vessel structure, the total weight of the ship is further reduced, allowing for greater speeds. Clever engineering and the integration of the gangway and equipment into the vessels structure has resulted in a very fast, comfortable and smooth sailing vessel capable of high speeds. This achievement, together with the aims of setting new standards in crew transport, made the editorial team of the Offshore Support Journal decide to nominate Aqua Helix for Offshore energy Vessel of the Year 2022. The OSJ readership will decide by popular vote which of the nominees will become the winner. The award ceremony will be held on Wednesday 15th of June during a gala dinner following the first day of the two-day Annual Offshore Support Journal Conference and Exhibition. Damen will also present a lecture on the development of a range of Support Operation Vessels during this conference. www.damen.com

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Two Piriou tugs for Boluda France

Following the delivery back in 2014 and 2015 of the first four tugs of a series ordered by Boluda France, a subsidiary of Boluda Corporacion Maritima, Piriou has recently delivered to two new units to be assigned to East Timor. Built by Piriou Vietnam, the ‘VB LIKURAI’ and the ‘VB FADO’ have arrived their respective places of operation.

These two 30.30 metre tugs which have a bollard pull of 45 tonnes and 60 tonnes respectively, have been built to a Piriou standard design and adapted to meet the specific needs of the new owners. The tugs are highly manoeuvrable and meet the latest safety and performance requirements, providing Boluda with solutions adapted to their operational imperatives. Piriou had previously built and delivered a first series of eight tugs with 70 tonnes bollard pull to Boluda France between 2007 and 2009. Vincent Faujour, Chairman of the Piriou Group stated: ’We are very pleased with this new demonstration of Boluda France’s confidence with this contract for two new OST30, designed by Piriou. The special aspect of this delivery resides in the fact that this is the first time that we have delivered units to Boluda France for a place of operation other than mainland France or its overseas territories.” Denis Monserand, General Manager, Boluda France, added: “These two new tugs are destined for our first base in Asia, in East Timor, which is the fruit of a partnership with the Bollore group. Through this long-term project Boluda France is taking part in the expansion of the Boluda Group in the world. We would like to thank Piriou for its support in this new adventure”. These vessels are part of the OST 30-Omni Stern Tug- model of the tugs range designed by Piriou. The OST 30 is a multipurpose tug developed for ‘push pull’ type towage and harbour assistance operations as well as deep sea operations. With a hull length of 30.3 metres, it is also fitted to bring assistance to vessels in access channels. They are equipped with two Azimuth Stern Drive propellers and are powered by two turbocharged fourstroke diesel engines, fresh-water cooled with box cooler refrigerants. www.piriou.com

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Damen Shipyards signs contract with Tidewater for the supply of two Damen Stan Tugs 2309

Damen has signed a contract with Tidewater for the supply of two Damen Stan Tugs 2309. The tugs will be built at Albwardy Damen Sharjah and, on delivery in the first quarter of 2023, will both go on charter to a long-standing customer.

The 23-metre Stan Tug 2309 is a compact and versatile harbour and coastal tug which in its standard format is equipped for towing, mooring and fire-fighting, with a bollard pull of 40 tonnes and approximately 45m² of deck space. Built in series to a standard design, the use of high quality components ensures low maintenance, maximum fuel efficiency, lower emissions and maximum uptime. For Tidewater and its client, these two vessels have been fitted with additional fire-fighting capability plus extra platforms and capstans aft for safe and efficient hose maintenance on deck. Tidewater is a longstanding customer of Damen, with more than 25 Damen vessels delivered to its fleet. The Texas, USA, based company owns and operates one of the largest fleets of offshore supply vessels in the world and has over 60 years of experience in supporting the offshore O&G sector. Daan Dijxhoorn, Area Manager, Damen North America, commented: “We’re very happy that Tidewater is returning to Damen to build these latest additions to its fleet. We are confident that the Stan Tug 2309s will fulfil their purpose effectively and efficiently.” Piers Middleton, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for Tidewater commented: “We are very excited to not only be returning to Damen to build the latest and most efficient tugs in the marketplace today, but also to be able to continue to support our longstanding partners and stakeholders by committing to building new vessels to support their ongoing operations.” www.damen.com

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Yanmar adds connectivity to selective catalytic reduction system for marine engines

Yanmar Power Technology Co., Ltd. (YPT) a group company of Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd. has started offering its proprietary selective catalytic reduction (SCR) exhaust gas purification system*1 with connected functionality and a dedicated management app from last month.

Ships at sea generally do not have a well-developed IT environment, and reducing the time spent on onboard management can be a challenge. YPT is working to improve onboard efficiency by developing a system that provides connectivity using smartphones. The control panel of the SCR system developed by YPT has a USB port that can be used to connect it to a smartphone, allowing onboard information to be stored in the cloud through a dedicated application. The app also makes it possible to check performance diagnosis results and maintenance timing notifications even in shipboard environments without Internet access. Yanmar is promoting the implementation of this system to reduce the time crews need to spend on ship management through the use of ICT and by proposing appropriate maintenance based on the actual usage conditions, towards safe navigation of the seas. In response to the demand for compliance with emission regulations, this SCR system control panel provides engine and SCR system management in one package to comply with NOx emission regulations. Furthermore, the SCR system control panel can store system operating data in the cloud by connecting a smartphone to the system via a USB port on the control panel, enabling centralized management of performance diagnosis data.

Centralized information management via smartphones When a smartphone with the dedicated “YANMAR SHIPSWEB SMARTLINK “*2 application installed is connected to the system, it will link to operating data, including engine data. Then, when the system is online, it will connect to the “YANMAR SHIPSWEB” cloud service provided by Yanmar Engineering Co. Even in an offline environment, the application can access stored performance diagnosis data and periodic maintenance notifications can be received, allowing parts and maintenance to be arranged in advance, supporting stable operation planning. www.yanmar.com/global/

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Dutch wind-assist order

Dutch-based wind assisted ship propulsion company Econowind have won their first fleet order as their wind-assist VentiFoil units will be retrofitted on two of Dutch shipping company Vertom’s cargo vessels.

MV Progress and MV Perfect will be installed with the VentiFoils by the end of this year in what will be the first fleet order for Econowind, which says it has upgraded the suction method on the units with the result that there are fewer moving parts. “Vertom made the decision to invest in the VentiFoil after considering key environmental factors including the Carbon Intensity Index for shipping and emissions per cargo”, the company commented. VentiFoil systems are wing-shaped units that can fold and rotate around their own axes with the ability to be reefed. They can now be installed directly onto the vessel rather than remain inside containers. Smart suction is integrated in the wing, resulting in double the force, Econowind says. The shape has been designed using modern aerodynamic theory, creating high propelling force relative to size. “Installing the VentiFoils is a big step forward in reducing emissions and fuel consumption for our current fleet. It is, along with our upcoming newbuilding program, a good step towards reducing our carbon footprint,” added Rolf van Leeuwen, Senior Technical Superintendent at Vertom. www.econowind.nl

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Damen Marine

Components to

supply FLEX tunnels,

propeller nozzles

and rudders for new XXL inland tankers

Damen Marine Components (DMC) will supply FLEX tunnels, propeller nozzles, manoeuvring systems and rudders for two innovative inland tanker vessels to Rensen-Driessen Shipbuilding (RDS) from Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands. On Tuesday May 17, Wim Driessen from RDS and Leo van Zon of DMC, signed a contract at the Maritime Industry trade show in Gorinchem, the Netherlands.

Contract with Rensen-Driessen Shipbuilding signed at Maritime Industry Show

The newly developed tankers by RDS are based on the series of four large ‘XXL tankers’ that have been built between 2017 and 2020 at the yard. The new tankers will be equipped with each two FLEX tunnels, two propeller nozzles and two manoeuvring systems with four rudders. Propellers of a large 2 meter diameter have been selected, which provide efficient propulsion under all circumstances. Van der Velden FLEX tunnels under the hull ensure optimal water flow to the propellers. The wings that construct the duct under the hull in front of the propellers, can be flipped up towards the hull and down to create the tunnel. When the tanker navigates deep water with a full load, the wings can be in the up position, as the propellers will be fully submerged to generate thrust. On shallow water and with limited draft, the wings will be flipped down, so the water will flow under the hull towards the propellers, that will still be fully submerged in the flow towards them. This allows to uphold operations at quite low water levels This concept has proven successful: 13 vessels with FLEX tunnels are operational and 7 more are under construction.

Asymmetrical rudders

The new XXL tankers will be equipped with two propellers with each a nozzle. Behind this, two independently operated Van der Velden HD 240 two-rudder systems are installed. Each set of connected rudders has an asymmetrical 60 – 80 degrees rudder angle, that generates optimal thrust in the water. Even at very low speed, excellent manoeuvring capabilities are ensured.

Maximal deadweight

To be able to take as much liquid as possible in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp sailing area, the vessel measurements are impressive. At 135 meter length and 22 meter beam, the vessels are categorised XXL. Performance of earlier XXL tankers, providing 13000 deadweight, is very promising. New customers at RDS therefor chose for this vessel concept.

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Like the earlier XXL tankers, the new vessel design is conceived by RDS together with Rommert Ship Design and completed for improved hydrodynamics by DMC. Knowledge gathered in earlier projects was applied. Cooperation of the yard and DMC is very smooth, resulting in state-of-the art vessels. “Working with these suppliers has enabled us to optimally develop new ships,” says Wim Driessen. “Thanks to working with DMC we can further improve our industry network and integration of ship systems, to perfectly serve our clients.” Area sales manager Leo van Zon adds: “We like to thank RDS for the long standing and pleasant cooperation and the openness in this relation. The innovative approach in their shipbuilding projects is a pride to the whole industry!” The casco’s will be built in China to arrive in The Netherlands end of 2023 for completion. www.damen.com

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Wartsila successfully completes delivery of 15 groundbreaking

LPG fuel supply systems

The technology group Wartsila has successfully completed delivery of its LPG Fuel Supply System (LFSS) to 15 Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) vessels owned and operated by BW LPG. The Oslo-listed company is a world leader in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) shipping, and has the world’s largest fleet of VLGC vessels.

BW LPG ordered the first four of these 15 systems in 2018, immediately following Wartsila’s full-scale testing of a full-sized 2-stroke marine engine operating with LPG fuel. This was the world’s first such testing protocol, and the performance attained was seen as exceeding expectations. Orders for a further 11 systems were placed in 2020. The Wartsila LFSS is a key enabler for the use of LPG as an environmentally sustainable marine fuel. It meets IMO emission limits without the need for exhaust scrubber systems. Compared to heavy fuel oil (HFO), LPG reduces sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions by 97 percent, nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions by approximately 20 percent, greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 24 percent, and particulate matter emissions by 90 percent. “The successful introduction of the LFSS is testament to Wartsila’s commitment to working towards the decarbonisation of shipping We were very quick to adopt this system in support of our own decarbonisation ambitions, and we have enjoyed collaborating with them in this important and groundbreaking project,” commented Pontus Berg, Executive Vice President, Technical and Operation, at BW LPG. “It has been a pleasure cooperating with BW LPG in the introduction of the LFSS to 15 of their vessels. We fully support their ambitions towards enhancing the sustainability of their operations, and are proud to bring the widespread use of LPG fuel closer to reality, thanks to the Wartsila LFSS.” commented Walter Reggente, Vice President, Wartsila Gas Solutions. In the retrofitting of these 15 vessels, Wartsila has had system integrator responsibilities. This has involved not only the installation of the LFSS, but also the required ship design modifications. The Wartsila LPG Fuel Supply System is available as a stand-alone solution, or as an integrated element within the LPG cargo handling system. www.wartsila.com

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Schottel thruster for research vessel

German research vessel Atair has been equipped with a state-of-the-art Schottel propulsion system.

The survey, wreck search and research vessel now has on board a Schottel Schottel STT 1 PumpJet, with a TranverseThruster type STT 170 (200 kW) in the stern and a TranvserseThruster type STT 1 (330 kW) in the bow. The Schottel Transverse Thrusters have elastically mounted well installation which will give a greater comfort and reduce sound emissions by up to 11 dB. The sound-optimised STT helps to minimise any underwater noise, resulting in a low-vibration design suitable for vessels of all types and sizes and especially suitable for service operation vessels. In addition to reduced sound generation, this installation holds another unique advantage - because the propulsion unit is not welded to the vessel structure, flexible access is possible enabling easier maintenance work without the need for a dry dock stay. The elastic well installation is available for SchottelTransverseThrusters with a power range of 125 to 6,500 kW. To further reduce noise levels in the SILENT R-rated Atair, the dynamic behaviour of the STT 1 was analysed and adapted to minimise structure-borne noise. Vibration and pressure pulses are still further reduced because of a low propeller load and the sound-optimised design of the five propeller blades. The Atair will be operated by the Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie, the German authority for maritime tasks. www.schottel.de

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Dales Marine Services added to the European List of ship recycling facilities

Dales Marine Services Ltd was recently pleased to announce their application has been approved and accepted for entry to the European List of ship recycling facilities. The EU publication was updated and published on 28 April 2022.

In the 9th edition of the European List of ship recycling facilities, the European Commission added three new yards. One located in the Netherlands, and the other two located in the United Kingdom. Ship owners of EU-flagged vessels now have a wider range of options for vessel decommissioning in the future. The list now contains 46 ship-recycling facilities. Michael Milne, CEO at Dales Marine Services said of the news: “We are really pleased to receive this news. Our Leith site has been providing vessel decommissioning for several years. Prior to the UK’s exit from the EU we were on the European List of ship recycling facilities and re-applied shortly after exiting the EU. Having our services re-acknowledged following an application process that involved two independent site audits along with a third and final site inspection by members of the European Commission is good news for Dales Marine. The European Commission’s decision to include us ensures that we can continue to support EU-flagged vessels from Leith, Scotland.” Dales Marine has worked on some significant vessel decommissioning projects, during 2021/22 one of its major decom projects was the decommissioning of MV Oceanic Pintail, a nuclear cargo vessel. Dales Marine has a few decommissioning projects in planning and being able to support EU-flagged vessels ensures even further opportunity to secure additional projects for the Leith site. www.dalesmarine.co.uk

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IMO project to address seaborne plastics

With Worldwide plastic litter steadily choking the world’s oceans, the IMO is launching a project that will address this issue.

With some believing that, within our lifetime, there will be more plastic than fish in some of our oceans, the project, launched by UN entities and the private sector, will endeavour to tackle this growing problem. The GloLitter Partnerships project will aim to tackle ’one of the most pressing issues in marine ecosystems of our time’, says the IMO, which has launched the scheme under a new Global Industry Alliance. It is an alliance of the Norwegian government, International Maritime Organisation and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation. ”Plastic waste has reached all the world’s oceans, fuelled by approximately 8 million additional pieces of plastic pollution finding their way into the seven seas every single day,” commented NTNU Oceans, part of the Norwegian University of Science and technology. ”From macroplastics to microplastics, to chemicals leaching from the Tel: +44(0) 2392 472710 plastics, it is all a threat to reaching the goals set out in UN Mob: +44(0) 7850 473713 Sustainability Goal 14 for a healthy and sustainable ocean.” E-Mail: info@fdsukltd.com Key goals set out include helping developing countries to prevent and Web: www.fdsukltd.com reduce marine litter, especially plastic, within transport and fisheries sectors and identify how to reduce the use of plastics in both industries. ”GloLitter will expand government and port management capacities, Diver R.O.V. & Crane Operated Dredging Systems. Multipurpose & instigate legal, policy and institutional reforms at the country level,” Mini dredging systems for the removal of fines, silt, mud’s, drill cuttings, the organisation continued. ”The project will develop mechanisms for sand, grit, gravel, shingle, shale & general debris. Suitable for confined sustainability, and enhance regional cooperation to support transition space operations or locations where access is a problem. All on-shore of maritime transport and fisheries sectors towards a low plastics civil applications. Shallow & deepwater offshore support operations. Renewables. Complete ready to use self operational systems available future.” for use worldwide. Stillage packed or deepwater offshore containerised Collecte Localisation Satellites, Wilhelmsen Ships Service Marine units. Long & short term rentals. Sales. Wide scope of operations. Products, Vow ASA, Aker Biomarine, and Container Overboard Lightweight, road & air transportable environmentally friendly units. System are also on board with the project. EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL WORLDWIDE. www.imo.org

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Gabon - leading the World in essential ocean protection

The African country of Gabon is in a worldleading position when it comes to protecting oceans - it is fast providing the world with a blueprint for ocean protection.

Ali Bongo Ondimba President of Gabon

Gabon, situated on the west coast of Africa, provides a blueprint that could be used in many other nations, according to the new paper compiled by Gabonese policymakers in conjunction with researchers from the University of Exeter, UK. Gabon's network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is very unique. Since announcing its new MPA network in 2014, the country has created 20 protected areas, thus increasing protection of Gabonese waters from less than 1 per cent all the way to 26 per cent. MPAs are protected areas of seas, oceans, estuaries or Great Lakes. They restrict human activity for conservation purposes, typically to preserve natural or cultural resources. Global MPA coverage still doesn’t reach the 10% target set in 2010, partly due to limited progress in many low-income and middle-income countries. It was originally agreed by Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity twelve years ago and was also adopted by member states of the United Nations as part of Sustainable Development Goal 14. There are a few countries, including Gabon, which have met or exceeded international commitments on land and sea. "Collective action has accelerated progress, and the country has now committed to the 30x30 pledge to protect 30% of its oceans by 2030,” explains Dr Emma Stokes, Wildlife Conservation Society Regional Director for Central Africa & Gulf of Guinea. "This political will and long-term engagement was vital, creating a 'tipping point' towards effective change.” Gabon’s MPAs make up an interconnected network tailored to protect important habitats, as well as globally important populations of sea turtles and marine mammals. Protected zones extend from north to south, and from coastal waters to 200 nautical miles offshore. The new paper suggests that the valuable lessons from Gabon can be used to inform further global biodiversity commitments and implementation.

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MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a contract with Otto Candies, LLC to deliver an active heave compensated FibreTrac offshore crane.

The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2022 first quarter order intake, with delivery expected to be completed by the end of the year. Scope of supply encompasses full delivery of the 150t AHC crane, rated for the customer’s needs at 100t lifting capacity, together with Lankhorst Lanko Deep Dyneema DM20 fibre rope for 3400m operational depth. The crane is the first of its type and provides the ability to lift heavy loads at depths that normally require much larger cranes on larger vessels.

Innovative solution

This highly innovative crane uses neutrally buoyant fibre rope with an Applied Fiber termination connecting directly to the hook allowing full payload at all depths. This is in contrast to standard wire-rope cranes, where the weight of the steel wire steadily robs the crane of its lifting capacity as more wire is paid out. The FibreTrac concept was developed in close collaboration with Parkburn Precision Handling Systems, who will deliver the fibre rope Deepwater Capstan (DWC) that gently de-tensions the rope between the high-tension operational side and the lowtension storage side. Parkburn also developed the crane’s Lift Line Management System which manages rope health monitoring and feedback using a combination of sensing technologies and a lifetime usage algorithm developed by DSM based on their DM20 material. The subsea AHC fibre-rope crane will have the world’s first DNV-DRS class notation based on the DNV-ST-E407 standard. This new standard governs how such a crane and its rope system can remain continually certified based on real-time measurements of rope health and represents a significant departure from earlier certifications based on prescriptive rules and periodic inspections. Owners and operators can now have an up-to-date health status of every portion of the lift-line and use it confidently and to its fullest potential, instead of guessing based on work hours since the last inspection and cutting back or replacing it. “The drive for better vessel utilisation and efficiency has never been stronger in the offshore world. Thanks to all who have contributed to developing this unique crane which we are very proud to get into operation.” says Jan Erik Pedersen, Senior Vice President, Offshore Solutions Division, MacGregor. www.macgregor.com

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Kaefer provides surface protection marine coatings for Type 31 Frigates

Kaefer UK and Ireland have secured a long-term, £22m (GBP) contract with Babcock to provide technical surface protection to the Royal Navy’s newest frigate, the Type 31.

The shipbuilding program which will continue until 2028, brings continuity of work for Kaefer’s existing industrial services workforce at Babcock’s Rosyth facilities, with new employment opportunities and prosperity for the local economy. Kaefer will apply over 510,000m2 of specialist paint coatings, providing skilled jobs for an additional 70 painters and support staff. With this work forming part of the building program, Kaefer’’s expertise, highest quality standards, and long history of delivering ship support services safely, on time, and on budget, is vital. “This contract further strengthens and underpins our relationship as a key supplier to Babcock. We are proud to deliver the highest quality marine support services in support of the world-leading Type 31 shipbuilding program. The longevity of the Type 31 program provides the ideal platform for the Kaefer team to deliver on our ESG objectives, continuing to support the local community and providing the platforms for the development of people within that community. Only by delivering safe efficient operations to our customers has this contract award been possible, I’d like to specifically thank our site delivery teams for excellent performance at Rosyth over the last 25 years giving our client confidence Kaefer is the partner of choice in this critical UK defence program.” commented Chris Foulkes, Kaefer’s UK & Ireland CEO Trevor Woodward, Kaefer UK & Ireland Business & Strategy Director commented “We are of course delighted to secure this work for Babcock. The Type 31 project award follows on from our award of the full dockyard services at Rosyth earlier this year. This continuity of work will give us greater employment opportunities, making a real social impact on the local economy and allowing us to forward our wider sustainability and innovation agenda in collaboration with our customers. We are proud to be part of Team 31 re-energizing the UK’s maritime capability.” Alan Westhall, Business Manager said “For both the site team and the local economy this is a real boost. We already have 70 Kaefer employees at Rosyth for Babcock and are delighted that this will be supplemented by an additional 70 roles. We’re able to offer long-term employment for the Kaefer team and a key focus will be on recruiting apprentices from the local community, giving the next generation the chance to learn skills they can use to grow their careers.” Sean Donaldson, Managing Director, Marine Engineering and Systems, Babcock International Group said: “The contract with Kaefer, to supply the Type 31 program, builds upon years of collaboration between our organizations. New painting, protection, and digitalization technology will be deployed within a working arrangement, to deliver a successful project for our end customer, the UK Royal Navy.“ Type 31 will be at the heart of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet, deterring aggression and maintaining the security of the UK’s interests. They will work alongside the UK’s Allies to deliver a warship presence across the globe and enable a forward naval presence. www.kaefer.com

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Coating enhances Boxships’ fuel efficiency

Recently Nippon Paint Marine announced that its nanobased antifouling Fastar I has been selected for three energy-efficient 1091 TEU container ships currently under construction by the Tsuneishi Group for China’s Jiangsu Ocean Shipping Co (JOSCO).

The first in the series, Hull No SS297, has been completed at the shipbuilder’s facility in Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province, China, and has joined JOSCO in for service. The second and third vessels in the series will follow in August and September retrospectively. With an overall length of 146m and a 23.25m beam, each vessel in the series is based on Tsuneishi’s innovative low-resistance hull form and includes various energy-saving technologies. Lian Jian Guo, GM Technical Division, Josco, commented: “We have very good experience with Nippon Paint Marine systems on our vessels, so were keen to add to the overall energy efficiency of these next generation vessels with the new Fastar system. With the installation of advanced technologies designed to reduce energy consumption and emissions, these vessels will be the greenest in the Josco fleet.” The technologies to which Lian Jian Guo refers include Tsuneishi’s ‘Top-GR’ and ‘MT-Fast’ systems, of which the former optimises the number, diameter, shape and geometric distribution of propeller blades to achieve greater propulsive efficiency. Further efficiency gains are achieved with MT-Fast, which adds a wing-like device to the front of the propeller to alter water flows. “The application of these two technologies combined with Fastar is expected to contribute to significant fuel savings and help us meet environmental standards,” he said. Gerald Mao, Senior Director, Nippon Paint Marine (Shanghai), said: “Josco’s experience with our LFSea and A-LF-Sea antifouling systems has delivered fuel savings of up to 8%, which can equate to a voyage free of fuel costs every twelfth trip or so. We anticipate Fastar will deliver further cost savings and environmental efficiencies.” Introduced to the market in 2021, Nippon Paint Marine’s fourth generation antifouling uses hydrophilic and hydrophobic nano-sized silyl acrylate components to control the release of biocides. It is by precisely controlling the release of biocides that we have been able to deliver a high-performing, lowpolishing antifouling system that not only delivers unprecedented commercial benefits but also helps shipowners and operators meet emissions abatement and energy efficiency targets. Liner operators like JOSCO are facing increased congestion at port with at least 30-day waiting times so need a coating that delivers consistent 60-month performance unaffected by seawater temperature and vessel speed. Fastar I has been designed to deliver optimum performance and save fuel after longer idling times, when conventional coatings experience increased biofouling.” Tsuneishi group (Zhoushan) Shipbuilding, one of Japan’s Tsuneishi Shipbuilding’s overseas shipyards, is building three similar 1091 TEU vessels for Taicang Container Lines, a subsidiary of China’s Jiangsu Port Group. These vessels, designed for the intra-regional trade, will also benefit from the Fastar coating. Jun Ye, M & R Sales Director, Nippon Paint Marine (China), added: “For a containership with 80% activity, operating at 18 knots in seawater temperatures of 26°C, a Fastar scheme provides 60 months of service from a dry film thickness of 260µm on the vertical sides and a 160µm coat of on the flat bottom. A conventional antifouling covering the same 2000m2 area would require 1018 litres of paint versus 1330 litres. We are delighted that Tsuneishi Group’s next generation of energy efficient box ships are being specified with Fastar. It’s a win-win coating for owners and builders.” www.nipponpait.com

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Furetank implements innovative systems

protecting underwater environment

Many onboard and underwater systems are traditionally based on chemicals that are inevitably released to the oceans to some extent. With the VINGA vessel series, Furetank has taken several innovative measures in order to leave harmful substances behind and find new solutions.

Healthy oceans are a prerequisite for a healthy planet and healthy human communities, as stated by the UN. Eighty per cent of all life on Earth is found in the ocean. It captures carbon dioxide, controls our climate and sustains us all, providing 50 per cent of our oxygen. Furetank’s zero vision targets include causing no damage to the environment and safeguarding ocean health. Furetank always strives to comply with all applicable customer, national and international regulations and even to exceed them. In order to fulfill these objectives, the company actively takes part in research and applies technological advancements. These are some of our current efforts. Furetank’s VINGA vessels are designed to qualify for trade in sensitive areas, holding a VGP (Vessel General Permit) for all oil-to-water interfaces. This includes using only biodegradable, Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL) on all water interfaces. Furetank has made the extra effort and investment to extend this practice to all deck machinery and equipment which could potentially cause leaks reaching the ocean, such as cranes, winches etc. All vessels in the VINGA series have a ducted propeller. The propeller shaft is equipped with a Warsila Airguard seal, an anti-pollution and environmentally compliant solution. It works with compressed air which is applied to the void space between the seal rings. It is set higher than the seawater pressure, resulting in a small amount of air forced out into the seawater. The void space is connected to an inboard drain collection system. Any seawater or lubricant oil that infiltrates the void space is automatically drained inboard, setting off an alarm and preventing lubricant oil leaking outboard or seawater entering the stern tube. Most tankers trafficking European waters use sacrificial zinc anodes to protect the hull from corrosion. They purposely release zinc into the ocean. But the research society has raised warnings about harmful effects zinc might have om aquatic organisms, potentially affecting cellular processes, growth and reproduction capacity. Furetank has replaced all zinc anodes with the less harmful alternative aluminium. Box coolers, employed to cool different onboard systems, need an anti-fouling system which deters marine organisms from clinging on, growing and impairing the cooler functionality. The traditional choice is using copper rods, discharging copper and thereby creating a hostile environment for aquatic life. Furetank is trying out a new innovation; an ultrasonic anti-fouling system. It emits sounds that create vibrations on the cooler surfaces, preventing organisms from holding on. The result is yet to be evaluated, but Furetank regards this choice as a good step towards less emissions to sea. www.furetank.se

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STR makes multimillion pound

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Scott Johnstone, chief operating officer, at STR (left), and Alan MacDonald, sales manager at Sonardyne.

Subsea Technology and Rentals (STR), a multi-disciplinary technology expert specialising in the design, production, rental and sale of innovative marine survey equipment, has committed to a multi-million pound investment in seafloor, vehicle and vessel-based positioning hardware from marine technology company Sonardyne.

STR’s purchase includes Sonardyne’s Long BaseLine (LBL), Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) and inertial navigation systems, equipment which will support survey and construction projects across the offshore energy markets. STR, a Baird Capital portfolio company, continues to significantly invest in new technology. The size and spread of equipment ordered is considered a clear sign of STR’s confidence in the offshore energy market, as activity levels rebound sharply through this year and beyond, and in the commercial and operational value Sonardyne’s innovative subsea technology brings to STR customers. ‘“We’re witnessing increasing demand for our technology and services across the Offshore Energy markets,” says Scott Johnstone, chief operating officer, at STR. “Timely access to the latest generation of hybrid subsea technology to get these shallow and deep water projects executed on time is critical to us and our customers, which is why we’re making this investment now. “The value that Sonardyne’s latest 6+ LBL hardware and INS systems bring to offshore operations is clear. Used with Sonardyne’s Fusion 2 combined LBL and INS topside software, surveyors can do more with less kit deployed. Using a single combined operating system makes set up time and complexity is reduced, compared with other systems. So subsea construction operations, from millimetre accurate metrology through to real-time SLAM calibration of sparse LBL arrays, are just simpler and faster. “This is even more critical today than ever, as operators look to reduce, as practicably as possible, the carbon emissions associated with their projects, delivering the energy the world still needs, but with as low an impact as possible.” STR’s order includes a large pool of Compatt 6+ LBL transponders, structure-mounted Gyro Compatt 6+s and ROV-mounted ROVNav 6+ ROV LBL transceivers. Sonardyne’s 6+ hardware uses the company’s exclusive Wideband 3 signal architecture, providing fast position updates of mobile targets as well as enabling sensor data, for example inclination and depth, to be embedded with acoustic ranging data - helping further de-risk operations at critical moments, such as structure touchdown. STR has also invested in Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav hybrid underwater vehicle navigation technology. Combing Doppler-inertial navigation and depth sensing in a single pre-calibrated instrument, SPRINT-Nav offers high performance platform navigation without the challenges of separate sensors, size, weight, integration and alignment. In addition, STR has invested in multiple Sonardyne Mini-Ranger 2 USBL systems and a large pool of Wideband Sub-Mini 6+ transponders (WSM 6+). In combination, Mini-Ranger 2 and WSM 6+ have fast become the go-to positioning system for offshore renewable energy site survey and characterisation operations, tracking and positioning a wide array of sensor systems. Quick to mobilise, easy to operate and then move to the next assignment, it’s a versatile and valuable rental pool asset. “STR is very much a forward-looking company, both in terms of anticipating customer demand as activity increases, but also in terms of adopting the latest, most advanced technologies that provide the most value,” says Alan MacDonald, sales manager at Sonardyne. “STR was the first company to invest our Syrinx DVL in 2016, followed up two years later by being the first to purchase Fusion 2, and our 6 plus hardware variants. We look forward to continuing to work with STR, supporting the company and its clients across the Offshore Energy market.” www.sonardyne.com

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ZF Marine recently announced the appointment of Walter Fienco to the position of Product Line Manager, Commercial Thrusters.

In this role, Walter will lead ZF Marine’s commercial thruster product sales across the North and Central American and Caribbean markets. Fienco brings nearly 15 years of commercial thruster product experience to the position. During his tenure at ZF Marine, he managed/led the company’s engineering, technical support and aftermarket teams to successfully commission customer vessels. “ZF Marine is thrilled to welcome Walter to this role,” said Wolfgang Schmid, ZF’s Industrial Division Head for North America. “It’s no secret that the commercial thruster market is highly competitive. Walter has not only the right mix of skills to help clients source and implement the best possible thruster solutions, but also to help ZF Marine grow its market share. We look forward to his leadership in this role.” Prior to this position, Fienco was Senior Engineer, Customer Applications, for ZF Marine. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of New Orleans. www.zf.com

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