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Towards the festive maritime season Just how is the end of the year shaping up for us all? Welcome to the November 2022 issue of Marine & Maritime Gazette the monthly magazine aimed at Worldwide coverage of the commercial marine, shipping and waterbased renewables markets. As we all steer towards year end, just what do the last months of 2022 hold for us all? 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 ‘Underwater, Subsea & Diving’ from page 26. There is also a quick look at ‘Marine Civils & Construction’ on page 34 and from page 40 we also have a ‘peek’ at ‘Training, Certification & Courses’. Anyway, happy reading and if you have any news, reviews, product launches or absolutely anything else of interest across Commercial Ma rine & Renewab the whole marine market, please email it les Worldwide to me at info@bljournals.plus.com for future consideration in our forthcoming issues.

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Cover story New twisted rudder design from Teignbride Propellers reduces periodic repair cost and improves noise signature.

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Castoldi launches US division

Castoldi is creating a permanent presence in the United States with an American office in Seattle called Castoldi USA Inc.

p18 Medina yard Diverse Marine have secured the freehold of Medina Yard, Cowes, Isle of Wight.

The US division, being headed up by James Langner, US sales representative, will take care about new sales in the territory and handle after sales service for the company’s American customers. “The US office gives us a firm presence in America and will reassure our customers that we have a

p7 Hydrogen vessels Windcat Workboats and CMB.Tech launch the Hydrocat 48 - the world’s first hydrogen powered CTV.

p12 Thames project Land & Water awarded place on the framework contract for the Thames Water River CP0033 Restoration and associated works.

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truly global presence. It will give them the confidence to invest in our proven waterjet technology knowing that they will also receive the top quality after sales service our customers have come to expect,” said Mr Langner. The US office will handle all American sales across all markets, including fishing, workboats, fast ferries, high speed craft, military and shallow draft applications. Castoldi’s competitive edge is centred around its integrated gearbox offering one of the most efficient, light weight and compact propulsion systems available on the market today. Much more than a simple pump, it is a complete, integrated marine propulsion system. The Castoldi waterjet drive is very light due to the aluminium alloy construction of its principal parts. The gearbox with hydraulic clutch is integrated in the unit therefore the engine need not be provided with a marine transmission. Castoldi provides full support to its customers supplying the waterjet (with integrated gearbox), the control system for waterjet and engine and designing the suitable transmission set. The Castoldi waterjet can easily operate in shallow waters and critical conditions due to its unique design including all oil lubricated bearings and the impeller shaft rotating into a housing, not in contact with water. The waterjet intake is protected by a movable grid and optionally the waterjet can be equipped with the ultimate cleaning system by Castoldi (called Clear-Duct) that performs the impeller reversing (back-flush) in combination with the opening of the intake grid. The waterjet is made from high quality material with AISI 316 or Duplex micro-cast stainless steel impellers and stainless steel or titanium liners. It has been toughened using an anti-corrosion hard anodising treatment protecting all the aluminium alloy components with 60 microns thickness of aluminium oxide (ceramic), three layers of special paint and cathodic protection by sacrificial anodes. This makes the waterjet unique in its construction quality. The Castoldi Waterjet is installed worldwide on various types of fishing, commercial, military and pleasure vessels. Castoldi will be exhibiting at Booth 1205 at Pacific Expo in Seattle from 17 to 19 November 2022. www.castoldijet.it

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DAMEN TO BUILD TWO EMERGENCY RESPONSE VESSELS FOR ROMANIA

The General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations of the Romanian government has ordered two Damen Stan Patrol 5009 emergency response vessels. The contract was signed by Inspector General Iamandi, in the presence of Minister Lucian Bode and Secretary of State Raed Arafat at the Ministry of Internal affairs in Bucharest on October 10th. Romania sets to upgrade their fleet for emergency response significantly by this order.

The order is the finalizing of an extensive tender process that the Romanian government issued from the ‘Vision 2020’ project that aims to improve Romania’s disaster-response capacity by purchasing new equipment and training staff, aiming to better protect its population in emergencies. This program aligns with the national strategy on climate change and economic growth based on low emissions. Damen Shipyards won the tender process with the proposal for delivery of the two Stan Patrol 5009 vessels. The Search and Rescue Multirole Vessels as requested by the Romanian government and engineered to specifications by Damen, will be able to complete missions up to three days in rough seas and adverse conditions. The range is at least 2000 nautical miles at cruising speed. One vessel is a Search and Rescue Multirole Ship with emphasis on medical aid, while the other is a Firefighting Multirole Ship, equipped to stop fires at vessels and platforms at sea. The first can evacuate at least 50 people from emergency situations, while the firefighting vessel is laid out to take at least 30 people on board. It has FiFi-1 notation. Multiple spray nozzles for firefighting are installed, one of them on top of a hydraulic arm to reach high and far in order to be able to direct the water into the heart of a fire. Both vessels have a winch area for touch and go helicopter operations, rescue boats that can be launched fast, have the ability to launch drones and waterborne unmanned vehicles and are extensively equipped with communication and navigation instruments to participate in extensive missions with other vessels, vehicles and aircraft. The instruments enable rapid detection of objects and people in the water for emergency response. Both vessels can maintain a top speed of 22 knots. They will be finished and equipped at Damen Shipyards Galatí. Delivery of the previously ordered vessels by the Romanian Border Police, two Damen Fast Crew Supplier 4008 Patrol is foreseen at the end of 2022.

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Indian approval for new Kandla Port terminals

The Indian government has approved the development of two new $720 million container terminals at Tuna-Tekra in Deendayal Port, Kandla.

Cepsa ship hydrogen to Port of Rotterdam

The Port of Rotterdam and Spanish energy company Cepsa have agreed to develop a green energy corridor to supply transported Spanish hydrogen to fuel communities in Northern Europe.

The Port of Rotterdam is working to develop the infrastructure required for future hydrogen-based energy and the goal is to build the infrastructure, by 2030, to supply Northwest Europe with 4.6 million tons of green hydrogen annually. Cepsa plans to export hydrogen produced at its San Roque Energy Park near the Bay of Algeciras, through hydrogen carriers such as ammonia or methanol, to the Port of Rotterdam. Cepsa is the main energy company in Algeciras and is looking to become a key player in green hydrogen production across Europe and the leader in Spain and Portugal. The trade lane is expected to be operational by 2027. Cepsa also intends to develop a similar supply chain from its La Rabida Energy Park in Huelva. “The opportunity to build the first green hydrogen corridor in Algeciras, the leading energy port in Spain, demonstrates the unique role that Spain, and in particular Andalusia, will play in the energy transition in Europe,” commented Maarten Wetselaar, CEO of Cepsa. “Spain is ideally placed to become a world leader in the production and export of green hydrogen, given its strategic location, abundant generation of renewable energies, and its robust energy infrastructures and key ports, such as Algeciras and Huelva.” This supply of green fuels will help to decarbonize industry and maritime transport in the Bay of Algeciras and Rotterdam and to support the European Union’s RePower EU strategy, which seeks to guarantee Europe’s energy independence and security and stimulate the production of clean energy. “Northwest Europe uses far more energy than it can produce in a sustainable way,” added Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. “We are therefore setting up multiple trade lanes for green hydrogen, together with exporting countries and private businesses all over the world. We expect that in 2050 some 20 million tons of hydrogen will flow through the port, of which only 2 million tons will be produced locally. Among the private companies beginning to explore steps to build the hydrogen infrastructure at the Port of Rotterdam is Royal Vopak, operators of the large tank storage farm near the Port of Rotterdam. The company reports that in response to the growing demand for sustainable raw materials and energy, preparations are currently being made at Vopak Terminal Vlissingen for the storage of green ammonia. Vopak comment that two existing refrigerated LPG storage tanks, each with a capacity of 55,000 cbm, can be prepared for hydrogen in the form of green ammonia. Berths, pipelines, and other infrastructure are available. There is also space available for expansions and other industrial activities, such as an installation to convert the ammonia back into green hydrogen. The location will be connected to the Northwest European hydrogen network, which can be used to supply the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.

The plan is for a container terminal and a multipurpose cargo facility, at estimated costs of $547 million and $271 million, respectively. This project will be built in public private partnership (PPP) model. “On commissioning of the project, it shall cater to the future growth in container cargo traffic,” the Cabinet explained in a recent statement. “From 2025, a net gap of 1.88 million TEU shall be available which can be catered by a state-of-the-art container terminal at Tuna-Tekra, which will give it a strategic advantage as it will be the closest container terminal serving the vast hinterland of northern part of India. “Besides increasing the business potential of

Kandla, the project will boost the economy and generate employment.” According to the Cabinet’s statement, both terminals are greenfield initiatives featuring the most modern and sustainable operation leading to optimum operational efficiency. The proposed container terminal will be able to accommodate deeper draught vessels with capacities ranging from 6,000 TEU to 21,000 with a draught of 14 metres to 18 metres. Overall annual capacity is estimated at 2.19 million TEU. The proposed multipurpose cargo berth aims to accommodate vessels of 100,000 DWT to 210,000 with a draught of 15 metres to 18 metres. The facility will be utilised to handle multipurpose cargo, including food grains, fertilisers, coal, ores and minerals, steel and other cargos. www.deendayalport.gov.in

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Diverse Marine was recently pleased to announce that it has completed the purchase of the freehold of Medina Yard and Medina Village from the Peter Harrison Trust. This site represents 12 acres of waterfront at Cowes on the Isle of Wight, part of which is the current base of the UK’s leading workboat builder.

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Diverse Marine specialises in the construction of a varied fleet of workboats, primarily offshore wind crew transfer vessels, but in recent months also amphibious watercraft, search and rescue craft, crew boats for the HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier and a number of small workboats and RIBs. A recent notable delivery was ’Seacat Columbia’, the first of class BARTech30 for Seacat Services. Ben Colman, Director of Diverse Marine Ltd: “The acquisition of the Medina Yard and Medina Village not only protects the future of Diverse Marine, its staff and contractors but also gives security to other tenants on the site that support us in our day-to-day activities. We look forward to engaging with all stakeholders to consider how to collectively and collaboratively improve the site to meet the needs of all tenants and stakeholders and look to development plans and opportunities on the site for the greater good of Cowes and the Isle of Wight”. Diverse Marine would like to thank their legal team, Stephenson Harwood LLP, the Peter Harrison Trust and all other parties involved for expediting the sale cleanly and efficiently. www.diversemarine.co.uk

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Celebrating the start of the construction of a second batch of two Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Pakistan Navy, the chief of staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi started the steel cutting of the second vessel at Damen Shipyards Galatí on October 12th 2022. The keel of the first vessel was laid shortly before. Ms Annelies Damen from the family company welcomed the Admiral and his company for a celebration of the continued co-operation.

Together with the keel laying of the first vessel planned for completion, first plates of steel were cut for the construction of the second of two Damen OPV 2600 multi mission patrol vessels. These will provide the Pakistan Navy with a highly effective search and rescue capability, and allow it to play an important role in safeguarding international trade routes from piracy and other threats. The ships are equipped for extended range and performance and benefit from advanced communication systems. This order for two more OPV vessels from Damen was issued by the Pakistan Navy following their positive experiences with two OPV’s from the Shipyard Group they already operate. The initial order for construction of two OPV’s was awarded to Damen by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s Ministry of Defense Production following the completion of a transparent bidding process in which Damen’s design and construction proposal was found to be the most suited for Pakistan’s maritime needs. In February and November 2020, two OPV 2300’s were delivered. Performance and capabilities of these vessels, known in the Pakistan Navy as the Yarmook class, led to a second order. The two bigger OPV’s are planned for delivery in February and August 2024. The Admiral underscored the importance of OPV’s in the maritime domain in his speech at the ceremony. These ships will act as force multipliers in enhancing the navy’s capability of safeguarding maritime frontiers and will offer more flexibility for the Regional Maritime Security Patrols (RMSP) in the Indian Ocean. The Pakistan Navy has been playing its role in providing a secure sea environment, not only to Pakistan but also to the world community. The Admiral appreciated the professional competence of Damen design and construction teams. The ceremony was attended by senior officials from Pakistan Navy, from the Romanian Navy and local administration of the city of Galatí as well as directors from Damen Shipyards. www.damen.com

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ILV GRANUALIE Mowi Scotland

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landing craft

Macduff Ship Design were recently pleased to announce that Mowi Scotland Ltd has selected Skagen Ship Consulting and Macduff Ship Design as main contractor and designer for two new 18.5m landing craft service vessels for aquaculture support services. The vessels are a development of the ‘Geraldine Mary’ and ‘Helen Rice’ hull forms with a revised arrangement to match the specific operating profile of Mowi Scotland. Alongside this they offer flexibility for future aquaculture roles. Skagen Ship Consulting will be responsible for the delivery of the design and equipment package with the vessels built in their entirety at Etkin Marine in Turkey.

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DP1, 20T Crane, Flexible Support Platform www.irishlights.ie for enquiries

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ABB and Incat sign LOI to develop lightweight hybrid-electric ferry ABB and Incat Tasmania will explore building an electric ferry with hybridelectric propulsion which could transition to battery power as shore charging becomes available. In a groundbreaking collaboration between the two companies, the announcement paves the way for ABB to supply zero-emission power and propulsion solutions and evaluate a future commercial arrangement for the 148-metre long ferry and similar vessels.

Seeking a transitional route to zero-emission operations for the ferry segment, two leaders in ferry design and maritime technology, Incat and ABB will evaluate the suitability of the ‘Incat 148E’ - a roll-on roll-off passenger (RoPax) catamaran for operating in hybrid mode as well as adapting to full battery operation at a later stage. “All at Incat are extremely excited at having the opportunity to work alongside ABB. This collaboration combines the world’s leading global technology company and the world’s leading lightweight ship builder into a partnership that is 100 percent focused on completely green energy transportation solution of future,” said Robert Clifford, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Incat Group of Companies. “Lightweight Incat ships use up to 40 percent less power than an equivalent steel ship, which means up to 40 percent less emissions. We’ve done extensive work in applying our excellence in ferry design to the specifics of electric propulsion. ABB is the ideal partner to help Incat realize our ambition to lead the shortsea shipping industry into a more sustainable future.” Conceived by Revolution Design, Incat’s in house design office, the 148E would be built in Australia to DNV class, operating at speeds of up to 21 knots. It would feature ABB’s Onboard DC Grid power distribution, ABB Ability Power and Energy Management System (PEMS), 800xA distributed control systems, a remote diagnostic system, and two Azipod propulsion units enabling highly precise control and manoeuvrability maximizing efficiencies across the operational range of the vessel. With its proven Azipod propulsion, ABB has vast experience in delivering hybrid-electric propulsion solutions. The company has also established a strong position as an integrator of marine battery systems for ferries, a ship type which carries approximately 4.27 billion passengers plus 373 million vehicles worldwide per year*. “There is no single solution where shippings emission challenges are concerned and we have to be imaginative in this transition to more sustainable ferry operations,” said Palemia Field, Global Segment Manager, Ferries, ABB Marine & Ports. “Considerations of what a future ferry could or should look like and how it would operate are bringing bold thinking to market. ABB’s innovative electric solutions are an enabler for forward-looking companies like Incat. In the first instance, the hybrid-electric propulsion solution envisioned for the Incat 148E will involve the vessel’s diesel engine charging a shipboard battery, whose output provides the flexibility in power management to improve fuel efficiency and cut emissions. When shore charging facilities are available, Incat-built electric ferries would make greater use of batteries, with project goals envisaging installed battery power of up to 30MWh. www.abb.com

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Windcat Workboats announces plans for another six hydrogenpowered vessels

Windcat Workboats and CMB.TECH recently launched the Hydrocat 48, the world’s first hydrogen powered CTV, at the World Hydrogen Summit in Rotterdam.

Following the delivery and trials with launching customer Vestas, Windcat Workboats, together with its joint venture partners TSM and FRS, are pleased to announce an additional order of six hydrogen-powered vessels by 2024. This pioneering development for both the marine and offshore wind industry is the first of its kind to use clean fuels to reduce up to 80% of traditional fuel consumption and associated emissions. These vessels offer the industry a cost-effective solution to significantly reduce maintenance vessel emissions. Managing Director, Willem van der Wel said “I am proud of this announcement which highlights our commitment to rapidly reducing emissions of offshore wind support vessels. The investment that we are making gives our customers access to more hydrogen-powered vessels in a short time, which will support them to achieve their own climate targets. We are actively engaging with hydrogen producers, clients, port authorities and class societies to ensure hydrogen fuel is readily available for use.” Windcat has moved beyond the drawing board and has now developed practical hydrogen technologies, in terms of operational and fuel capacity. The six additional hydrogen-powered vessels include four vessels of the MK3.5H2 series, two of which will be delivered in 2022 and two in 2023. The next vessel which will be delivered in this series is intended for the German offshore-market and will be operated by our joint-venture partner FRS Windcat. The other two vessels will be of the new MK5 series, 27-metre vessels with double the hydrogen capacity of the MK3.5H2 series.

Further optimisation: mono-fuel

CMB.TECH and Windcat Workboats are working together to further optimise engine capacities with the aim of increasing the percentage of hydrogen used in their dual fuel design. The long-term plan is to develop the technology and infrastructure to eventually enable a mono-fuel option through the internal combustion engine (ICE).

Hydrogen supply solutions

The hydrogen supply chain is still in its infancy and will need to develop to a stage where it is readily available in more locations. The introduction of more hydrogen powered vessels will increase the demand for hydrogen, which will facilitate the development of hydrogen infrastructure. CMB.TECH and Windcat have already developed solutions for delivering hydrogen to vessels. This includes a 40ft 500bar trailer capable of transporting hydrogen for remote refuelling of all different applications currently in use. This enables hydrogen bunkering in various port locations that are a distance from the hydrogen source. Multiple applications and customers can be served by this one system, meaning the Hydrocat fleet has access to hydrogen bunkering. www.windcatworkboats.com

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CABLE

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Prototyping is an important activity in most new product development processes. Whether the aim is to explore new opportunities or refine existing technologies, Novacavi can be a valuable partner in defining the right cable solution. With in-depth specialized materials knowledge and versatile manufacturing techniques, Novacavispecializes in taking applications from technical requirements to design and from design to prototype.

As an example Novacavi has recently provided a prototype for the new development of an innovative system for wave energy production that has successfully carried out a cable bending stiffness test as first step from prototype to final product. https://www.novacavi.it/cable-prototype-test/ Specialist in custom cables design and manufacturing for harsh and demanding environments since 1975, Novacavi provides the most efficient cable solution to face and support all activities in the most challenging scenarios. www.novacavi.it

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DMC supplies FLEX Tunnels for two pusherbarge combinations

Damen Marine Components (DMC) has received another order for the supply of FLEX Tunnels, complete rudder systems and Rotor Manoeuvring Systems (RMS), for two new pusher-barge combinations. The client is Den Breejen Shipyard from Hardinxveld-Giessendam. This yard will build the pusher-barge combinations on behalf of Rhenus PartnerShip GmbH & Co. KG in Duisburg. This is a rare collaboration with these being the first complete inland vessels to be built in the Netherlands in a long time. The FLEX Tunnels will be installed in the two newly built pusher-barge combinations. The highly-regarded retractable tunnel system significantly increases the efficiency and versatility of a ship. DMC is also supplying complete six-rudder systems.

Safer and more economical

The bows of the barges will be fitted with Rotor Manoeuvring Systems (RMS). These systems, which have been supplied by Damen Marine Components since the late 1980s, guarantee the ship’s course stability, even in shallow waters and in strong crosswinds. Inland shipping entrepreneurs’ interest in RMS has grown strongly in recent years, with more ships being designed for navigation at low water levels. RMS not only makes the vessels safer, it also provides significant savings in fuel consumption.

Full package

Den Breejen Shipyard has commissioned DMC to design, manufacture and install a complete package for two pusher-barge combinations. In addition to the FLEX Tunnels and RMS with all associated hydraulics and controls, DMC is also supplying two Optima nozzles, two high-efficiency propellers, two drive systems to simultaneously synchronise six rudders (three for each rudder), plus a type SP2700 control system. This is not the first time that DMC has equipped ships with FLEX Tunnels for Rhenus. The very first ship with FLEX Tunnels, the Rhenus Duisburg, was put into operation ten years ago and is still in operation without any problems. For Den Breejen Shipyard, however, this order is their first project with Rhenus. Commercial Manager Ben de Rooy, says: “We’re an all-round shipyard, but we have never built a ship like this for Rhenus PartnerShip before, so we’re very happy with this collaboration.”

Short distance

Leo van Zon, Area Sales Manager at Damen Marine Components, comments: “We’re very happy with the confidence that both Den Breejen and Rhenus have placed in us. This is a special order for us. The entire build will take place at a Dutch shipyard - a conscious choice by Rhenus. The major advantages of this are not only the short travel distances and communication lines, but also the perfect quality we can guarantee together.”

Innovations for sustainability

Herbert Berger, director of Rhenus PartnerShip, adds: “We no longer want to take small steps in the fields of sustainability and safety, but instead make groundbreaking progress. That’s why we want to make use of all the innovations that are available for our new ships. DMC’s FLEX Tunnel and RMS are important systems to achieve efficient ship operations.” The hull design was developed by maritime research centre DST (Development Centre for Ship Technology and Transport Systems) in Duisburg. The first ship is expected to be commissioned by Rhenus in October 2023, with the second following in February 2024. www.damen.com

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EST-Floattech on board for the retrofitting journey of inland vessel the FPS Maas

On the way to zero-emission marine transportation, EST-Floattech is a part of the innovative FPS Maas retrofit project from Future Proof Shipping and Holland Shipyards Group. Both companies are actively working on sustainable projects, where HSG builds or retrofits the ships, and FPS, as the zero-emissions shipowner, offers sustainable marine transportation services.

With the ‘FPS Maas’, FPS is en route to build and operate a fleet of 10 zeroemission inland and short-sea vessels. For HSG the refit of the ‘Maas’ is part of their ambition to work on a greener and more sustainable shipping industry. Dutch System Integrator Oechies is a part of this project and has chosen to collaborate with EST-Floattech on the refit of the Maas to a hybrid H2-electrical propulsion engine. In August, the inland shipping container vessel ‘FPS Maas’ made its final journey on an internal combustion engine on diesel from Belgium to Rotterdam. The container ship is currently at Holland Shipyards Group in Werkendam and after years of hard work, and months of preparation, including energy profiling, the retrofitting of the vessel can begin. During the retrofitting in Q4 of 2022, the diesel propulsion will be replaced with hydrogen technology, removing both the main engine & gearbox and installing a new modular propulsion system. This will consist of electric motors, hydrogen tanks, a fuel cell system and an EST-Floattech battery system with a capacity of 504 kWh. In this case, EST-Floattech’s reliable and DNV-certified Green Orca system will be used for peak shaving, secondary and bridging power. In the Green Orca system, many hard and software fail-safes are implemented to ensure safe and long-time operation of the batteries. Walter van der Pennen, Commercial Director of EST-Floattech is proud to be part of such an innovative project with Future Proof Shipping, Holland Shipyards Group and Oechies: “We are pleased that after previous successful collaborations Oechies contacted us again and chose for the robust Green Orca System. We are determined to contribute to a more sustainable world and through the delivery of this these batteries we support reducing emissions of the marine industry using hybrid propulsion systems.” “EST-Floattech is one of the few that can deliver the battery power required for the FPS Maas and we are pleased to have them onboard in this challenging project, through our partners at Oechies. We look forward to a constructive partnership in battery technology, not only during delivery and integration but also during our operations.” Fokke van der Veen, Director Operations – Future Proof Shipping. Once the ‘FPS Maas’ is back in service, it will carry on shipping container cargo between Rotterdam and Antwerp. www.est-floattech.com

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The first ‘twisted rudder’ design was introduced nearly three decades ago, with the goal to delay the onset of cavitation erosion damage on rudders and ultimately reduce the periodic repair cost of the eroded rudders on the U.S. navy DDG 51 Class. This new ‘twisted’ rudder design also showed improvements in the noise signature of the vessels.

Rudders behind a propeller experience an incoming flow that not only varies in ‘angle of incidence’, but also varies in the magnitude from top to bottom, due to the hull boundary layer presence. Hence, we prefer to use the term ‘Velocity Aligned Rudder’ (VAR) to describe the concept of a ‘twisted rudder’, since velocity is a vector quantity. A velocity aligned rudder takes advantage of cross-flow velocity components in the propeller wake by careful design of blade sections to distribute the pressure more evenly on the surface of the rudder and reduce the impact of negative pressure concentration near the leading edge of a conventional straight rudder. With the aid of computational fluid dynamic (CFD) modelling of flow around a propeller, it only takes a few iteration to align the rudder sections with the propeller downstream velocity components and predict the overall performance of the propulsion unit. Sea trials of the Teignbridge Propellers’ velocity aligned rudder on a sports yacht showed an increase of the boat speed by 0.7 knot at maximum engine speed. Also, noise from VAR rudder, as a result of more evenly distributed pressure on the blade, will be reduced. The company are currently developing an acoustic methodology to predict the underwater radiated noise from propeller and stern gear of fast speed boats, which will be validated against the sea trials. www.teignbridge.co.uk

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Crab fishing vessel ‘EUROCLYDON’ delivery

Macduff Ship Design were recently delighted to announce the recent completion and delivery to its owners of the MFV EUROCLYDON, GY77.

EUROCLYDON is the second crab fishing vessel built for Stuart MacDougall of fishing company Euroclydon Ltd in a space of only three years. Both vessels were designed by Macduff Ship Design and built by Macduff Shipyards Ltd. The vessel is built to a full new design of vivier crabber fishing vessel. It features many similarities to the first vessel, MFV LEVANTER, with a similar arrangement throughout. However, with increased length, breadth, and depth, the EUROCLYDON provides noticeably more space all around to enhance crew comfort, sea keeping and fishing activity. The design work began in summer of 2020 with consultation between the yard and owner to finalise the general arrangement to their exact needs. With the initial design complete, the construction plans were drawn up by Macduff Ship Design and submitted to the MCA for plan approval under their newly adopted construction standard, inherited from Seafish. The hull of EUROCLYDON up to main deck along with the aft accommodation casing and the forward section of the shelter is built from Lloyds grade A ship building plate. The mid part of the shelter where fishing activities take place, along with the wheelhouse and mast are built from marine grade aluminium to help reduce the vessels displacement. The hull form features a double chine hull form, transom stern and modern bow designed to cut cleanly through the sea with less energy leading to a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions along with increased crew comfort. The layout of the EUROCLYDON below the main deck features two three-man cabins aft, followed by a large engine room which extends forward over the top of the vivier tank. The vivier tank is positioned amidships with its trunk up to main deck fitted through the engine room. Forward of the engine room a bait store is situated and finally a water tank is fitted forward of the collision bulkhead in the bow. Above the deck features the accommodation area aft with galley/mess to starboard, WC aft and a two berth skippers’ cabin and dry locker/laundry to port. Forward of this is the large fully sheltered working deck where the pots are brought onboard, catch emptied into the vivier tank, and pots stacked up until ready to shoot again. The shelter is protected by a large hydraulically powered hatch. The hauler is mounted forward and leads to a block which is fitted at the end of a telescopic boom which extends outboard of the hull to keep the pots clear of the side when hauling up. Forward at main deck a weather-tight bulkhead is fitted, and a store space is arranged with shelving for storage and the anchor chain locker. Above the shelter deck a large open deck space provides for generous stowage of pots when moving gear to the grounds. EUROCLYDON features some safety features built into the hull such as recessed foot/hand holds beneath the port and starboard fixed side ladders extending below the waterline and permanent guard rails around the wheelhouse perimeter. In addition, the owner preference of a raised shooting table is arranged in place of a low deck level side opening to keep the crew safe within the shelter. EUROCLYDON is fitted with a large vivier tank with a capacity of over 40,000 litres of sea water. The tank is subdivided with fibreglass grating partitions so catch can be separated into different species/grades. The tank is serviced by two large electrically powered circulation pumps supplied by Bombas Azcue with the intention one pump is used in service and one on standby. Overflow pipes are arranged port and starboard, above the waterline, so the crew and skipper can visibly see when the pumps are in operation. The propulsion setup of EUROCLYDON is based around an innovative, large 2000 mm diameter four bladed propeller designed and supplied by Wartsila. During the creation of the specification the yard put forth to the owners a Mitsubishi S6B3 with 320 kW output as the proposed main engine due to its success and fuel economy on other projects in the past. Wartsila were then asked to investigate the optimal propeller diameter and design for the vessel given the engine particulars and a range of gear reductions available. Upon their conclusion the 2m propeller was selected along with a Masson Marine W6000 gearbox with a large ratio of 8.705:1 which was calculated to provide optimal free steaming thrust per kW of power available. It was witnessed during trials that the vessel achieved a good speed for her length and the propulsion package performed smoothly with little vibration. A hydraulic system was designed by Macduff Shipyards and features a 1.5 t hauler provided by Britannia Engineering, a telescopic boom for the hauling block and large hauling hatch supplied by the yard, a KT120 bow thruster with 800 kg of thrust supplied by Kort Propulsion, and a MFB6 landing crane provided by Thistle Marine. Hydraulic power is provided by two large 37.5 kW motors which can powered separately, or simultaneously, by either of the vessel’s generator sets providing complete redundancy. www.macduffshipdesign.com

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All-electric RSD-E Tug 2513 wins ‘Tug of the Year’

Damen’s first, all-electric, 70 tonne bollard-pull harbour tug, which was delivered to New Zealand’s Ports of Auckland earlier this year, has won the prestigious ‘Tug of the Year’ at the 2022 International Tug and Salvage Awards ceremony, held last night in Istanbul. Sparky is Damen’s first tug to be fully electric and can undertake two or more assignments before being recharged, which takes just two hours.

“We are delighted that this revolutionary vessel has received recognition this way,” says Damen’s Michiel Hendrikx, Area Director Asia Pacific. “Our thanks go out not only to all for voted for it, but particularly to Ports of Auckland. It was their confidence in us and their cooperation over the past six years that has made Sparky such a success. Together we have created a vessel that we hope will be the first of many which will make significant contributions to reducing emissions in ports and harbours.” It was that cooperation and attention to detail that ensured that every aspect of the compact RSD-E Tug 2513’s design and engineering is optimised for efficiency and sustainability. Eight battery packs installed in two insulated, temperature-controlled battery rooms, one on each side of the vessel, not only makes the best use of the space available, it also has the added benefit of delivering maximum redundancy. With the lifetime of the battery system in this application estimated to be approximately 30,000 cycles, it is the same as the estimated working life of the vessel. Sparky is highly innovative in other ways. The advanced RSD design together with the high degree of automation make it exceptionally efficient. The quality of the human machine interface and the Praxis centralized alarm, monitoring and control system, which is connected to the Damen Triton remote monitoring system, ensure maximum efficiency and safety. The RSD-E Tug 2513 is also designed for the lowest total cost of ownership over its lifetime. In the right circumstances, the total cost of ownership will be equal to or lower than that of a diesel powered RSD Tug 2513. www.damen.com

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Sanmar Shipyards has delivered its seventh tugboat to SAAM Towage which has joined the world’s third largest operator’s fleet of tugs operating in Panama Canal Waters. She has been renamed SAAM QUIBIAN by her new owners.

The twin Z-drive tugboat is a sister to five of the six other tugs that Sanmar has delivered to SAAM Towage and, like them, is based on the exclusive-to-Sanmar RAmparts 2400SX design from renowned Canadabased naval architects Robert Allan Ltd. Matía de Luiggi, SAAM Towage Panama Country Manager, said: “This is the third tugboat we are adding to our fleet in Panama from Sanmar, evidencing how satisfied we are with this already successful RAmparts 2400SX versatile and energy-efficient design. We have received very good feedback from customers, pilots and our captains. The compact design and power are appreciated in Panama Canal Waters.” Like all modern tugs in Sanmar’s popular RAmparts 2400SX series, SAAM QUIBIAN’s high standard of machinery automation maximises efficiency and reduces its impact on the environment. Ruchan Civgin, Commercial Director of Sanmar Shipyards, said: “Energy efficiency and the need to minimise negative impact on the environment are rightly increasingly important factors when it comes to choosing which tug to buy. At Sanmar we are leading the way to a sustainable future for our industry. Not only through the technologically-advanced and innovative designs of our tugboats, but through the strict controls in place to protect the environment at our shipyards. We are delighted that a major operator such as SAAM Towage has once again chosen us to provide the power and efficiency they need in a modern fleet.” Measuring 24.4m LOA with a moulded breadth of 11.25m, moulded depth of 4.38m and maximum operating draft of approximately 5.7m, SAAM QUIBIAN has been designed for maximum efficiency in the performance of ship-handling duties for sea going ships. Powered by two Caterpillar 3516C main engines, each producing 2.100kW at 1.600 rev/min, SAAM QUIBIAN can achieve a bollard pull ahead of 70 tonnes and a free running speed of a minimum of 12 knots. www.sanmar.com.tr

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Lloyds Register and Triumph announce Sustainable Vessels Joint Development Project

Lloyd’s Register (LR) and Triumph Energy recently announced a new joint development project (JDP) that will ensure vessels are built and operated sustainably. The collaboration will see a new ShipRight procedure for vessels used within the offshore energy, decommissioning and renewable energy sectors.

The new ShipRight procedure will guarantee that vessels comply with relevant sustainability and ECO requirements whilst being built with the most sustainable materials available, thus ensuring that ships can be constructed and operated to meet the current IMO 2030 and 2050 requirements. The JDP will also focus on integrating advanced, remote facilities and artificial intelligence to reduce the crewing levels required for offshore and back deck operations, this will minimize personnel exposure offshore in hazardous areas and reducing the carbon footprint used in mobilizing and demobilizing personnel for offshore-based operations. As part of the JDP, Triumph has developed designs that incorporate technology that demonstrates reduced greenhouse-gas emissions, advanced energy recovery systems and the use of certified sustainable materials for vessels used within offshore, renewables and decommissioning sectors. These designs have been independently verified to be carbon positive and are compliant for carbon credit trading, green financing and green bonds, a global first. The JDP will welcome other technology partners in the months to come.

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Groupe Gorgé expand with iXblue merger

A deal to merge French firms iXblue with ECA Group was finalised recently at the SeaTech expo in Brest, France.

This deal means that iXblue has now joined the ECA Group under Group Gorgé’s umbrella, which means the companies now have a 1,500 workforce and will turn over in the region of €250 a year. The firm now has a portfolio of technologies which covers robotics, maritime, navigation, aerospace and photonics sectors, and can provide components and complex systems to support critical missions in severe environments. ”Both our companies share a common DNA centred around innovation and entrepreneurship,” commented Fabien Napolitano, President & CEO of iXblue. ”This acquisition puts iXblue and ECA Group under the same roof and will enable us to create new synergies and strengthen our capacity to invest in research and development to offer solutions that are always at the cutting edge of technology.” iXblue maritime operations won’t be changed by this acquisition, and the service to our customers will remain the same, explained global communications manager Marion Seyve. “The only changes will be that we’ll be able to provide a more comprehensive portfolio of products and solutions and that we’ll create new synergies with ECA Group teams to develop our R&D capabilities and develop more cutting-edge technologies for our customers,” she continued. www.groupe-gorge.com


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The Nekton Maldives Mission will establish a ‘baseline health check’ on the status of Maldives ocean. (Photo courtesy Saab Seaeye)

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SAAB SEAEYE PARTNERS MALDIVES MISSION

A Saab Seaeye Falcon underwater robotic vehicle has joined a fleet of submersibles on the Nekton Maldives Mission to help the Maldives Government carry out the first systematic survey and sampling of the Maldives from the surface to 1000 metre depths.

As an official partner, Saab Seaeye has donated the use of a Seaeye Falcon to work alongside human-occupied submersibles, autonomous systems and research technologies. The Maldives state is 99% ocean and 1% land, sitting on average 1.5 metres above sea level. As a result, the nation faces a growing threat from rising seas. For the first time, the mission will establish a ‘baseline health check’ on the status of the Maldives ocean and provide data to scientists and policy makers worldwide to enable the protection of critical nurseries, spawning habitats and related ecosystems. The recent Nekton Maldives Mission helped s create extensive new protected marine areas and ensure the ocean continues to provide for the Maldivian people. Nekton is a not-for-profit UK-based research foundation working with the University of Oxford and a wide range of partners to accelerate the scientific exploration and protection of the ocean. The Falcon is the world’s top robot in its class with a reliability record covering over a million hours underwater. www.saabseaeye.com

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Underwater repair of leaking seal assembly in Trinidad

Recently, one of the Hydrex diver/technician teams carried out an underwater stern tube seal repair on a 140-metre general cargo ship at anchorage in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

The ship was leaking oil, making an immediate repair necessary. Using a Hydrex flexible mobdock the team was able to carry out the entire operation on-site and underwater, saving the owner an expensive and time-consuming trip to drydock. Once the operation was confirmed, all preparations were handled swiftly and the lightweight equipment was mobilized immediately from the company headquarters in Antwerp. After arriving on-site, the diving team first set up a monitoring station on a workboat next to the vessel. The operation then started with the removal of the rope guard and a thorough underwater inspection of the stern tube seal assembly. This revealed that a rope had become entangled around the stern tube seal causing the oil leak. The divers removed the rope during the inspection. They then cleaned the assembly and installed the flexible mobdock. By doing this they created a dry underwater environment so that they could work in drydock-like conditions. The split ring was then removed and brought to the surface to be cleaned. After cleaning the entire assembly, the divers removed the first seal and replaced it with a new one which was bonded. The procedure was repeated with the other seals. A successful operation was concluded with leakage tests, the removal of the flexible mobdock and the reinstallation of the rope guard.

Additional repair with same team

The tests at the end of the stern tube seal repair had revealed a leak on one of the blade seals of the propeller which the owners asked the team to repair immediately. A team of four therefore stayed on standby until the spare parts for the propeller blade had arrived. During this time the ship had shifted to a layby-berth. The blade was trimmed above the surface and a pontoon and equipment was set up. This allowed the team to start the blade seal renewal as soon as the spare parts arrived. After the blade was lifted and the seal renewed, the bolts were put on torque and secured. A follow-up leakage test confirmed that the work had been successful, finalizing the operation.

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Working together with the OEM allowed Hydrex to provide the customer with original spare parts which guarantees the best quality material. A technician from the seal manufacturer was also present during the operation. Because Hydrex organized everything from start to finish, the owner did not have to worry about making any arrangements for the repair. After all damaged seals had been successfully replaced, the owner was free to sail the vessel to its next stop free of oil leaks. www.hydrex.be

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Metsähallitus, the state-owned Finland’s administrator of land and water areas, are in the process of finishing surveys of underwater flora and fauna off the coast of Korsnäs, which are part of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a new offshore wind farm.

The project is being actioned by the Finnish underwater survey specialist Alleco Oy and began back in July with the original surveys of the possible landing points for the submarine cable. The area for the planned offshore wind farm began examination at the start of September. The extensive data collected through the surveys, which have been carried out through diving operations and using drop cameras, as well as wading around the potential export cable landfall site, is now being analysed. Once this has been processed, the results of the studies can be included in the EIA process. The administrator had submitted plans for an offshore wind farm in the waters offshore Korsnäs a couple of years ago. These were then approved by the municipality of Korsnäs in December 2020. In May 2021, the state-owned enterprise, which already started looking for a partner to develop the offshore wind farm, released details of the project and said it planned to have the Korsnäs offshore wind farm up and running by 2028. Last November Metsähallitus launched a wind measurement campaign for the proposed wind farm. This is looking to have a total capacity of between 1.3 GW and 2 GW. The Finnish Government has now approved the lease of the state-owned sea area off the coast of Korsnäs for a commercial-scale offshore wind project, together with the lease of the area off Pori where the Finnish developer Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy is planning an expansion of the offshore wind farm at Tahkoluoto. These lease permits for offshore wind areas are the first of their kind for Finland. www.metsa.fi

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Quicksilver, a brand of Mercury Marine, recently introduced its allnew 409 MPI Bravo FWC engine at the Land ‘N’ Sea Marine & RV Show in Las Vegas. For owners of older boats who are seeking to return to or extend their time on the water, the engine offers a thrilling boost in performance and is compatible with advanced digital technologies that provide even more reasons to breathe new life into a cherished classic with a repower.

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The 409 MPI Bravo engine features increased durability and reliability in a package that is more compact, up to 150 pounds lighter and more fuel efficient than comparable big-block marine engines. The engine features a flat-plane crankshaft that generates serious torque and horsepower, delivering an exciting boost in speed and hole shot when repowering classic sterndrive and inboard boats. “How often is a repower an instant head-turner?” said Quicksilver Engines Category Director Mike Horak. “Repowering with a 409 MPI Bravo engine is not just a repair, it’s a fundamentally different and exciting experience. When the captain leans into the throttle, this engine will provide an amazing amount of authority and thrust. They’ll be able to manoeuvre the boat effortlessly.” Rated at 400hp, the 409 MPI Bravo engine is designed to replace non-catalyst 6.1L, 7.4L, 8.1L or 8.2L sterndrive engines in 21- to 31-foot single-engine boats and 28- to 38-foot twin-engine boats built before 2010 (prior to 2008 in California, US). Manufactured from all-new components, the 409 MPI Bravo engine features freshwater cooling, a durable Quicksilver cast-iron V8 engine block, aluminium cylinder heads and multi-point fuel injection for easy starting and smooth operation. Designed to operate on 87 octane fuel with up to 10 percent ethanol, it features ceramic-coated forged pistons, Black-X composite valves and other forged internal components to deliver reduced wear and extended engine life for years of trouble-free service on the water. Compatible with Mercury SmartCraft digital gauges, displays and analogue controls, the 409 MPI Bravo engine can be retrofitted into single- or twin-engine boats with standard or magnum transoms and MerCruiser Bravo One X or Bravo Three X sterndrives. Typical required modifications include new engine mounts, adjustments to exhaust components and regearing the sterndrive unit to compensate for the 409 MPI engine’s higher rpm range. The 409 MPI Bravo engine is backed by the confidence of a Quicksilver threeyear limited warranty. www.quicksilver-products.com

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LAND & WATER AWARDED THE CONTRACT FOR A VAST THAMES WATER RIVER RESTORATION PROJECT

Land & Water has been awarded a place on the framework contract for the Thames Water River CP0033 Restoration and associated works.

This groundbreaking project will see the implementation of river restoration and fish passage, improving available habitats and resilience within rivers. Land & Water will develop small and large scale solutions to improve the waterways, mitigate the impact on the environment and enable Thames Water to meet regulatory requirements as part of the Water Industry National Environment Programme (WINEP). As part of the overhaul and improvement of the waterways, work will include weir removal or modifications, channel bed re-profiling, riverbank re-profiling and replacing banks with softer, natural options. Barriers to fish passage will also be overcome, with pass channels and other solutions such as rock ramps and in-channel gravel (to allow fish to lay their eggs). Having successfully worked on other environmentally sensitive sites, Land & Water is an expert at implementing ‘soft’ nature-based engineering solutions and is experienced in dealing with regulators and local communities. It has previously restored hundreds of miles of waterways throughout the UK for the Canal & River Trust, building solid working relationships with the Environment Agency, Natural England, land owners and local stakeholders. Fiona Moore, Divisional Business Manager, said: “We’re very excited to bring our wealth of experience to developing these projects over the coming years. “The result will be a transformation and improvement of the Thames Waterways, reducing the impact on the environment and meeting its obligations under the Water Framework Directive. “As custodians of the environment, it also ensures that we are safeguarding habitat for the flora and fauna for years to come.” Thames Water is the UK’s largest Water and Wastewater services provider, serving 15 million customers, supplying more than 2.6 billion litres of drinking water on average, per day to 9 million drinking water customers and recycling waste from 15 million people safely back to the environment. A key driver for the river restoration programme is to mitigate the impact from abstractions. However, the complexity of river systems means that reducing abstraction alone may not address all of the pressures in the impacted area, and therefore there needs to be improvements throughout the river environment. The scale of the framework will see the works varying from small local projects which can be delivered manually and with minimal mechanical input, through to larger scale schemes. www.land-water.co.uk

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Land & Water has recently begun a large scale project at Bishops Hull Gauging Station in Somerset, UK. The Bishops Hull site is an important Gauging station located on the River Tone.

The works will improve the low flow measuring accuracy of the weir, upgrade our remote monitoring infrastructure, increase biodiversity at the site, improve fish migration and create safe passage for the endangered European eel to travel up and over the weir. Fiona Moore, Divisional Business Manager at Land & Water, said: “We are extremely pleased to be working alongside the Environment Tel: +44(0) 2392 472710 Agency’s Wessex Hydrometry and Telemetry team within the South Mob: +44(0) 7850 473713 West as part of our ongoing frameworks contract. E-Mail: info@fdsukltd.com “Challenges will arise due to the environmental constraints Web: www.fdsukltd.com associated with the project however solving these types of issues is what Land & Water does best.” Once the project is finished the new weir will improve low flow Diver R.O.V. & Crane Operated Dredging Systems. Multipurpose & Mini dredging systems for the removal of fines, silt, mud’s, drill cuttings, measurements which are critical in times of drought. The project sand, grit, gravel, shingle, shale & general debris. Suitable for confined will also future proof the site ensuring the river can continue to be space operations or locations where access is a problem. All on-shore safely monitored during high flows and flood events. As well as civil applications. Shallow & deepwater offshore support operations. Renewables. Complete ready to use self operational systems available improving passage for the endangered European eel, it will also for use worldwide. Stillage packed or deepwater offshore containerised help more fish species such as salmon, trout and grayling navigate units. Long & short term rentals. Sales. Wide scope of operations. their way over the structure.

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Boskalis, in association with Artes Roegiers, Artes Depret and Herbosch-Kiere, are upgrading the Europa Terminal in Antwerp, Belgium. This will increase the capacity by as much as a third.

The work is already underway and the project is expected to total value around $325m. The current draught for vessels that can berth at the quay wall of the Europa Terminal will be deepened to the maximum of approximately 16 metres from 13.5 metres. As the renovation requires major maritime works and to keep the terminal operational, the project will be executed in three phases, which will spread over the next nine years. The existing quay wall will be demolished and replaced by a new 1,200 metre long wall. A temporary water retention structure will ensure that no part of the old quay wall enters the Scheldt and will protect the works from passing ships and river tides. The three phases have been carefully planned according to the expected ongoing maritime traffic over the coming years.

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TMS Tanker Conference session highlights environmental challenges facing tanker shipping

The seventh annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference takes place on 16th this month at the Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai. A stimulating and thoughtprovoking program is rapidly taking shape that reflects the extraordinary circumstances facing tanker shipping after two years of pandemic, and now unprecedented geo-political shockwaves.

In addition, tanker operators face the ongoing challenge of gearing their fleets to meet tough new environmental regulations and the drive to decarbonise operations. This will be the focus on an exciting Session 2, with the theme of ‘Tanker Shipping Facing up to Environmental Challenges.’ Clive Woodbridge, Conference Editor, says, “Tanker shipping is having to reassess all aspects of its operations and the technology deployed on its vessels to meet challenging new environmental targets. The journey to carbon neutral will be challenging, but opens up a host of opportunities, which is why we have placed this topic so high on this year’s agenda.” Topics proposed for inclusion in this session include a discussion about EEXI and CII regulations and their impact on tanker shipping; dual fuel operations; LNG fuel retrofits; the role of classification societies and flag stages in keeping tanker environmentally compliant; and developing environmentally friendly fuel bunker networks. To date speakers confirmed for Session 2, which will be chaired by Nijoe Joseph of Stephenson Harwood, include: Simon Bonnett, Chief Maritime Officer, International Registries (UK) Limited; Anders Ostergaard, Group CEO, Monjasa; Chris Peters, CEO, Tristar Maritime Logistics; Rajeev Agarwal, CEO & MD, Essar Ports; Emad AlHumam, Senior Vice President Corporate services, International Maritime Industries; Franck J Kayser, COO, Asyad Shipping Company; Pawan Sahni, Business Development Director, Middle East and Africa, DNV; and Amir Mosadeghi, CEO, Islamic P&I Club. Clive adds, “There are a host of key issues that tanker owners and operators need to address in the environmental compliance space. Matching services to the evolving needs of the tanker shipping business in this context will be a key challenge and this session will give some important pointers as to the way forward.” www.tmstankerconference.com

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Seably acquire WellAtSea

Andrea Lodolo, Seably CEO Gisa R. Paredes

Claus Sonderskov, MD, WellatSea

Swedish-based Seably, the leading global digital training community marketplace for the maritime industry, has acquired award-winning company WellAtSea. The health and technology business is Head Quartered in Denmark and was founded to encourage seafarers’ sustainable health and lifestyle changes.

WellAtSea’s operational base is in Manila, under the supervision of Gisa R. Paredes, M.A., RPsy, a Board Member and the lead program designer. It currently employs 27 people and has partnered globally with ship owners on over 450 vessels helping more than 17,000 seafarers, which is continuing to grow daily. This acquisition by Seably is part of its strategic plan for growth and strengthening its standing in the maritime sector and reinforces its commitment to improving seafarers’ welfare. Both companies will retain separate branding and independent operations whilst benefiting from each other’s innovation and efficiencies through shared Seably back-end support and investment. With the Manilla office integrated into the Seably network, both companies will offer 24hour support. Andrea Lodolo, CEO of Seably, stated, “I am excited by this acquisition and the opportunities it brings, as both organisations, Seably and WellAtSea, recognise the importance of wellbeing and physical health for seafarers. This investment in WellAtSea is the beginning of Seably’s journey of growth as it expands its SaaS product range. By combining the two companies, the opportunities are boundless.” Claus Sonderskov, MD, CEO and Board Member of WellAtSea, declared, “The acquisition will enhance our joined strengths, offerings and impact. Seably is the future for maritime learning and development using the latest technology. WellAtSea provides easy-to-implement, platform-driven tailored programmes with a proven positive effect on the seafarers’ physical and mental health and overall wellbeing for companies of any size that employees enjoy using. Together, we will provide immense value for seafarers and promote more inclusivity within the industry.” Gisa R. Paredes, M.A., RPsy, said: “As the seafarers’ shortage grows, crew retention will be even more critical. Health and wellbeing are key factors in keeping and retaining crews. Yet, 25% of seafarers completing in a Patient Health Questionnaire had scores suggesting they were suffering from depression, with 17% presenting anxiety symptoms on the Generalised Anxiety Disorder scale.* We can estimate that the costs facing companies for illness, medical repatriation and Death of a Seafarer can range anywhere from 25,000 - 105,000 Euros. This is why we must continue and expand on our work which Seably’s acquisition will now accelerate.” Seably investment in WellAtSea will allow the company to grow its SaaS products range with a focus on improving mental resilience and enhancing the physical state of the seafarer’s health. The WellAtSea Program has a high utilisation rate of 84% on all ships enrolled, where up to 50% of the crew on board are engaged in the program at any given time. The acquisition is key to Seably’s expansion plans for the coming years, as it aims to provide seafarers and ship owners with a full range of digital SaaS products. Seably launched by The Swedish Shipowners’ Association in September 2020, is a unique online marketplace offering educational content for the maritime industry. It engages learners through easy-to-understand content delivered online or offline via an app, PC and mobile device. Complex and highly technical material is presented in various learning styles, including 3D and video, eliminating cultural barriers to learning. In addition, the high-tech platform uses iris recognition for learners for STCW-approved courses to avoid fraudulent behaviour. WellAtSea was founded in 2017. It was established to improve the overall wellbeing of the seafarer through continuous and sustainable organisational change. Its proven, evidence-based programmes are designed and created by health experts to help safeguard all seafarers’ mental and physical wellbeing, on and offshore. Through WellAtSea, seafarers can access specialised health education, team and fitness activities and mental health support. www.seably.com

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New US Maritime Autonomy Operational Seminar

A new seminar is the first maritime autonomy training program to allow the US federal workforce to train on state-of-the-art, commercial, off-the-shelf autonomous technologies.

Sea Machines Robotics’ in association with The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Roger F. Wicker Center for Ocean Enterprise (Gulfport, Mississippi) has developed the Maritime Autonomy Operational Seminar through USM's Center of Higher Learning at the John C. Stennis Space Center. Participants plan missions that transform USM's R/V Ken Barbor, from a crewed to an uncrewed system designed to operate in various conditions, from shallow embayment with significant currents out to the open ocean. Learners will obtain an overview of maritime autonomy, how to use mission simulators, and deploy and operate uncrewed systems safely in coastal areas. USM is a global leader in uncrewed maritime systems certifications. The five-week Uncrewed Maritime Systems Tier 1 and Tier 2 Certification Classes offered by USM’s School of Ocean Science and Engineering have been a fantastic success for NOAA, USACE, and NAVOCEANO employees at Stennis Space Center. The addition of the Maritime Autonomy Operational Seminar builds on the tradition of success established by these academic credit classes as well as Ocean Enterprise's Stennis-based operational seminars. "By being very surgical and designing for enrolment in multiple sessions with adaptable content, we believe we can rapidly reach hundreds of potential learners, especially transitioning military personnel looking to enter the uncrewed systems field for the first time,” commented Dr. Jason McKenna, Director of RDT&E and Training for the Roger F. Wicker Center for Ocean Enterprise at USM. “Furthermore, this new eight-hour self-paced/eight-hour in-person operational seminar Ocean Enterprise is offered through CHL and complements our three existing operational seminars by providing hands-on training for those interested in exploring maritime autonomous technology. “By getting some ‘stick time,’ on a state-of-the-art optionally crewed vessel, federal employees will be better prepared to integrate uncrewed autonomous capabilities into their fleet," he added. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is the home to significant operations of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Navy, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As a result, it provides numerous opportunities for collaboration between USM, Government, and industry. "NOAA is highly supportive of USM's workforce development efforts, specifically focused on uncrewed maritime systems (UMS). We partner with USM's Roger F. Wicker Center for Ocean Enterprise on several projects, and we believe that offering these types of very hands-on, short-duration training to the federal community along the Gulf Coast will help meet the real, growing need for this workforce development in this area both regionally and nationally," said Philip Hoffman, Uncrewed Maritime Systems R&D Coordinator for NOAA Ocean Exploration. Matthew Thompson, Technical Lead, Hydrographic Department, Naval Oceanographic Office, notes that opportunities provided by USM's Roger F. Wicker Center for Ocean Enterprise are enabling his team to field more efficient and effective operational capabilities in support of U.S. interests. "As the Naval Oceanographic Office continues pursuit of Uncrewed Maritime Systems (UMS) for oceanographic and seafloor characterization, it is critical that we collaborate with academia, industry and other federal organizations to advance technology and expertise,” said Thompson. Erik Hedval, Business Development Manager – Government, Sea Machines Robotics, points out that working with USM has been a logical and important next step for Sea Machines as the demand for operator training increases. “The adoption of autonomous systems continues to grow in the government and commercial sectors, and it is important to us to help support the infrastructure surrounding it with the appropriate education and tools,” continued Hedval. Hedval continued, “Sea Machines various teams are comprised of several Mariners and Captains, so we understand the real-world applications and benefits in terms of productivity and safety and are excited to continue to expand this knowledge with USM.”

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IMCA schemes designed to

improve DP safety levels

Graeme Reid, IMCA Technical Adviser - Marine

Two schemes run by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) - the IMCA DP Practitioner Accreditation Scheme and their Key DP Personnel Continuing Professional Development (CPD) App (run with The Nautical Institute) - have a vital role to play in addressing the pressing issue of dynamic positioning (DP) becoming less safe, with human factors widely seen as the overwhelming cause.

“We shared the worrying fact about increased numbers of events and incidents due to human factors with delegates at our DP Conference earlier this year, it is based on reports made to our DP Station Keeping Event Reporting Scheme - the only scheme of its nature in the industry” explained Graeme Reid, IMCA Technical Adviser - Marine. “The scheme collects and analyses data on DP incidents and other station keeping events which is then published for the betterment of the industry. Through this process IMCA realised that human factors can be an increasingly significant causal factor (or reason) for the undesirable DP station keeping events. IMCA’s DP Practitioner Accreditation Scheme, launched in 2019, is an output of a cross-industry workgroup comprised of DP vessel owners/operators, training providers, DP consultants, major energy companies and other relevant organisations. The scheme sets an industry recognised level of knowledge for DP Practitioners responsible for developing, witnessing and reporting on DP trials in addition to those responsible for the management of the DP vessel assurance processes. Information on the scheme is at www.imca-int.com/certification/dp/ Graeme Reid added: “The scheme focuses on two categories - DP Trials and Assurance practitioners; and a Company DP Authority. The recommendation to be IMCA accredited is now within a number of our 50+ DP guidance documents, for example, IMCA M190, M166 and IMCA / MSF 182. A specific question on the use of accredited practitioners has also been added to the eCMID question set.” Feedback on the scheme continues to be positive and vessel owners/operators and charterers are requesting accredited personnel more frequently within tenders and contracts. A selection of feedback is detailed below: • “We want IMCA accredited DP practitioners in our marine assurance process - we cannot afford mistakes and have no other means of assuring competency of those we place trust in to undertake this function” - Energy Company • “Being accredited brings me closer to the DP committee and increases my awareness of technical and operational developments when they occur. I like the regular newsletters” - Company DP Authority • “This is a great and independent means of accrediting my DP consultants - it gives us competitive advantage” - DP consultancy The Nautical Institute and IMCA Key DP Personnel CPD App, a learning programme, launched in May 2021, is designed to make significant improvements in the safety and risk management of DP operations. A third module is due to be launched in the coming weeks for the growing scheme. “We need more people pressing to become accredited; and more individuals eager to use the DP CDP App. Knowledge and understanding of key issues are vital for the safe and efficient operation of DP vessels”, added Graeme. www.imca-int.com

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Thailand Dredging Seminar

Recently, Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards Group successfully organised the first Dredging Seminar to be held in Thailand.

The Guest of Honour, His Excellency Mr Remco van Wijngaarden, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Thailand, opened the event by highlighting the existing cooperation in the water sector between both countries which already started in the early 1900’s. Amongst the participants were all the key Government stake holders, at both the executive as well as the operational level. The topics on the agenda included the large scale challenges in the water sector that both Thailand and the Netherlands share, such as how to prevent flooding while at the same time retaining water for essential usage. Also, the sustainability aspect of water management was discussed, and its impact in the coming decades to come. From the Thai water sector, Dr. Chakaphon Sin, who received his PhD from the Department of Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, provided valuable insights into the actual situation from the perspective of the Royal Irrigation Department (RID). From the Netherlands, Mr Rene Sens, MSc. in Physics, provided more insights into sustainability in water management. Mr Bastin Kubbe, who has a MSc. in Industrial Engineering, presented various solutions for the efficient removal of sediment. With a total of around 75 people attending the first edition of the Dredging Seminar, Mr Rabien Bahadoer, MSc. Damen’s Regional Sales Director Asia Pacific, commented on its success: “With a leading position in the Thai dredging market, this seminar is a natural next step to intensifying the relationships between all the stakeholders. At the same time, we were honoured to have all the major departments from the water sector in Thailand joining us at today’s seminar”. Mr Bahadoer added: “By actively listening to the local challenges and requirements, I believe that the Dutch water sector can significantly contribute to further strengthening the relationship between our two countries”. The seminar concluded with a Q&A session followed by informal networking amongst all the participants. www.damen.com

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Aids to Navigation planned

maintenance

We are now well into autumn and the winter months are fast approaching, which means one thing: you are running out of time to ensure your marine aids to navigation (AtoN) equipment is in the best possible shape before the weather turns.

The harsher winter conditions make it too complex and dangerous to carry out routine maintenance during this season. But without regular planned maintenance, AtoN are likely to encounter serious problems down the line. The cost of an urgent navigation light repair or buoy casualty extraction can quickly exceed the price of a maintenance contract. So, now is the moment to be proactive ‚Äî or risk compromised performance, wasted resources and expensive emergency repairs. FNo business can afford to throw money and supplies at unnecessary upkeep and call-outs as a result of cutting corners in maintenance -especially in the current climate. Every system malfunction or light failure during a buoy’s deployment could have severe consequences for mariners and shorebased operators. So, it is advisable to ensure all AtoN equipment undergoes a thorough annual inspection to avoid faults or problems going undetected until it is too late. Regular inspection helps trained experts to identify problems before they develop into a major hazard or fault. High-quality maintenance can prevent emergency call-outs and increase equipment longevity to generally provide a cost-effective means of caring for navigation lights and markers. If you are currently operating older steel-based equipment, it may also be worth considering whether a replacement device may be a better long-term solution. Metal buoys are sturdy but often require lifting out of an application for repainting and refurbishing. On the other hand, a contemporary polyethylene buoy can be more easily maintained - and comes equipped with the capabilities of modern technology. Regular maintenance checks will significantly prolong the service of products and equipment by ensuring they remain compliant and perform an uninterrupted service - both safely and accurately. Hydrosphere supply state-of-the-art remote monitoring equipment, which allow harbour masters, researchers and mariners to track the deployment of a buoy and confirm correct positioning within five metres using differential global positioning systems (DGPS) and other developments in technology. Additional digital technology can also be installed to provide more accurate information about the location and system health on AtoN equipment from afar, removing the need for an unnecessary and potentially dangerous physical inspection. For example, the advanced core technology used by devices such as SRT’s Carbon AIS AtoN supplies enhanced sensor modules for environmental data monitoring with minimal maintenance. Plus, automatic monitoring systems such as Oceanwise’s Port-Log Data System provides crucial daily reports from the buoy itself using cloud-based servers for an easy-to-use, secure and customisable data record. www.hydrosphere.co.uk

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Harris unveils redesigned

‘Solstice’

Harris Boats, manufacturer of award-winning, luxury pontoons, announced recently the redesigned 2023 Solstice delivering sporty styling, a new ergonomic helm, luxurious interiors, premium technology, and smooth performance.

“In reimagining the 2023 Solstice, we led with a customer-focused approach giving our owners the ability to customize their selections from bow to stern,” said Chris Bernauer, Harris Boats president. “Customers can create their own platform for adventure with a host of aesthetic options and more standard features to make time on the water memorable. Early feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’re confident that our customers, dealers and partners will be thrilled with the overall Solstice experience.” The discerning boat owner will find the Solstice has modern and spacious furniture with new colour options, accents, flooring and upholstery combined with a minimalistic rail design, interior lighting and graphic accents that give the new Solstice a premium look and feel. The epitome of sporty luxury, the new model offers owners a range of customization choices including corrugated or flat textures and matte or glossy finishes to match almost any style. A newly enhanced, ergonomic helm station and soft-touch pillowtop furniture delivers exceptional comfort, while the spacious six-position rear lounger has room for the whole crew. The 2023 Solstice comes in four models ranging from 23 to 26 feet. With an eight-foot, six-inch beam the vessels promise a stable and comfortable ride. Solstice comes standard with Simrad GO7/GO9 screens with Mercury VesselView Link. The Harris Solstice series is powered by Mercury Marine ranging from a 25 HP to a maximum 400 HP rating depending on the model, as well as optional upgrades for Mercury Verado and Mercury Racing engines. Owners can choose between the low-profile Ultra Tower or power-activated Ion Tower and add optional Joystick Piloting for Single Engine Pontoons to get precise, 360-degree control. www.harrisboats.com

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