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– We believe in shipping

Nor-Shipping – Great expectations


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MAGAZINE 2 - 2013

advisory board Klaus Kjærulff, Chairman SeaMall (Chairman) Jenny Braat, CEO Danish Maritime Jan Fritz Hansen, EVP Danish Shipowners’ Assiciation Per Jørgensen, Chairman MMF and Federation Internationale de Cadres des Transport Bjarne Mathiesen, CEO Port of Aarhus Steen Sabinsky, CEO Maritime Development Center of Europe / EMUC Kurt Skov, CEO Blue Water Shipping Lars Thrane, Founder af Thrane & Thrane

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– We believe in shipping

Nor-Shipping – Great expectations


– a seafarer returns home

By Annette Vilhelmsen – The Danish Minister for Business and Growth

We believe in shipping We want to utilise the possibilities that environmentally friendly and energy-efficient solutions have world-wide. The transition to green maritime solutions will help ensuring a global competitive advantage for the maritime sector in Denmark.


he Nordic Region is one of the major maritime centres in the world - past, present and future. We live by the sea and of the sea. We have great commercial strength and a defining set of voices internationally that other major shipping nations listen to. We see possibilities in shipping, the offshore industry and maritime services. In other words, the Nordic maritime value chain has unique and impressive strengths. We encompass both traditional high level skills and experienced know-how, refined over centuries, as well as cutting-edge innovation, vitality and good old fashioned business skills. In these years, the consequences of the global economic crisis still have an impact on the maritime industries and it affects managers, production assistants and public officials alike. We need to make sure that otherwise healthy and competitive businesses can overcome the

economic crisis with the uncertainty and the turbulence that follows with it. Although the Nordic countries are on a better footing that many of our fellow European maritime nations, the Nordic countries face a number of similar challenges. Increasing global competition across all maritime sectors, a limited flow of capital, decline in demand for maritime transportation of goods due to the economic crisis and low freight rates. To overcome these challenges, you need a clear strategy, effective initiatives and close cooperation between the industry and governments. In Denmark, we have through close collaboration between the government and the private sector created a Plan for Growth in the Blue Denmark.

have world-wide. The transition to green maritime solutions will help ensuring a global competitive advantage for the maritime sector in Denmark. This provides growth and jobs while also benefitting the environment and the climate. In order for the initiatives in the Plan for Growth to materialise, a strong public-private cooperation is a vital precondition. But cooperation between the different businesses in the maritime sectors is equally important. By drawing on each other’s experiences, ideas and smart and green solutions you have the opportunity to be more effective and more innovative. We rely on you, the maritime businesses, to remain up-to-date and continue to expand your networks, to innovate and exchange and test ideas, thus challenging each other. The Nor-Shipping event is a great opportunity to do just that.

We want to utilise the possibilities that environmentally friendly and energy-efficient solutions

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Great expectations of Nor-Shipping A

t the same time, there is a distinct overlap between Norwegian and Danish interests concerning green development seen from a broad perspective, just as offshore and the arctic opportunities are in clear focus. The Danish Export Association, which organises the Danish stand at Nor-Shipping, is noting a great pre-event interest from Danish businesses – in spite of often tight budgets, and the trade association Danish Maritime assesses that many Danish suppliers see Nor-Shipping as something one must take an interest in when growth is the target. - 60-70 enterprises are represented on the Danish stand, which means that the Danish stand has been expanded by more enterprises than are usually represented. At the same time, the exhibition has expanded its area this year by adding a temporary hall, says Business Sector Manager Mark Lerche, the Danish Export Association, which is heading the Danish stand at Nor-Shipping. - It suggests that the activity and interest in Norway is increasing. In spite of the fact that people do not spend as much money as previously and that their budgets are not as large as they usually are, they want to visit. I see the interest as an expression of a feeling that Norway is one of the more stable economies and one of the more stable markets in the maritime world.


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- The expectation is that this is also where the money is. And Norway is active in the growth segments of the business, not least offshore, including wind. And that is something which can be used, now where enterprises are looking for growth and newbuilding, Mark Lerche emphasises. Gas is hot - Something which is also interesting is the entire green area and energy optimisation compared to all the changes which are underway. Norway is far head in the area of gas on the whole palette – as a source of energy in ferries and in connection with infrastructure and technology. It is an area which they know well, the Norwegians. We have a lot to learn in that respect. Gas is hot, as you say. Mark Lerche also emphasises the Norwegian NOxFond which has as its purpose to stimulate the green technologies in Norway. The state contributes with subsidies in this area. - This focus on green technology is a common feature in Norway and Denmark. It is an interesting coincidence which we can really use, he states and mentions at the same time that Norway needs labour. And with the effort in the offshore industry, it is obvious that Denmark has to come forward with an initiative, he says and points out that it

Nor-Shipping spurs significant Danish expectations. Both new and more experienced exhibitors count on obtaining specific results and new contacts at the same time as getting both a usable snapshot of the market and a look into the near future.

could be a good idea to consider the tendency that so many Danish specialists in the field go to Norway to find a job because they need manpower there, while we have unemployment. - It could also be interesting – seen from the perspective of Danish economy – if Danish enterprises and Danish products found a Norwegian salesman - Norwegians like to trade with Norwegians – so that we could sell some more Danish products instead of having to watch our good brainpower in the maritime area going to the offshore industry in Norway, Mark Lerche points out. Showing the high-tech flag Nor-Shipping is an important exhibition window for Danish shipyards and equipment manufacturers, says head of communications Cecilie Lykkegaard, the trade organisation Danish Maritime. - It is a Scandinavian exhibition window where it is a good idea for Danish businesses to be represented. At the same time, it is a place where Danish suppliers can expand their network with their Nordic business partners, she says and adds: - And not least, it is an important event in relation to offshore, which is an area in growth, and where Nordic co-operation is particularly im-

portant if market expansion is the aim. Consequently, this is something which the Danish maritime enterprises both have and would like to have focus on, Cecilie Lykkegaard says. And she points out that, today, Nor-Shipping is an exhibition which is so established that many feel that here they simply must participate and therefore plan their participation – but with no less focus on other international exhibitions such as SMM in Hamburg, which never takes place the same year as Nor-Shipping. Strong in the areas of environment and safety Danish Maritime expects that Danish manufacturers naturally focus on the most important aspects of their technology – which are typically high-technological and green solutions. - I also believe that offshore – apart from traditional offshore and wind – also in an arctic context is going to be a theme for a good deal of Danish businesses. - As we know, the arctic issue has come to the forefront in connection with the new opportunities for sailing – and as mentioned regarding offshore. In this connection, environment and safety are extremely important factors and areas where Danish businesses are at an advanced stage, emphasises Cecilie Lykkegaard, Danish Maritime. continued > Daily news on Page 7 / danish Maritime magazine

Mark Lerche

Cecilie Lykkegaard

Kent Petersen Bramidan

Brand new effort One of the Danish first-time exhibitors at Nor-Shipping is Bramidan from Bramming. Bramidan is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of balers and compressors for handling of cardboard and plastic waste. - We are used to exhibiting, but the maritime environment is new to us. We expect to get some contacts and references in this field, says Sales Manager Kent Petersen, Bramidan.

- This means that, in the short view, it is an area which we are going to focus greatly on in 2013 and 2014 in order to get a sharp and in-depth knowledge of this business. We need to get to know this business, and they need to get to know us. We are to make sure that when talk is of waste handling on board all types of ships both in national and international waters, then Bramidan is going to be a part of the basis for decision-making for purchasers.

- We expect to make contact with potential maritime customer groups which we hope to be able to interest. Typically, it will be businesses in shipping management and shipping companies which we identify as our primary customer group in this segment. Those are the ones we would like to make contact with, and because of the diversity which characterises the exhibitors at Nor-Shipping, we expect to be able to obtain good and broad knowledge on what is taking place in the environment today and on the focus areas of the maritime industries, meaning what the businesses of the maritime industry focus on, Kent Petersen says. It is new to us that we are not only going to exhibit, but to a very high degree also are going to look around at the exhibition to become inspired ourselves.

- Our primary customer groups are in land in retail trade, industry, warehouses, and logistics, but we believe that we have a role to play here. We are convinced that there is a need which we can contribute to meeting. Our effort in this area has also been initiated because of the fact that new rules for handling of waste on board ships took effect as of 1 January – new international tightening of rules which we can see an effect of in the form of an increased demand. It would be unnatural not to try to catch that ball. That is the reason why we set aside resources for throwing ourselves into this and seriously attempting to make a mark here.

A sharp focus - At the exhibition, we will present equipment to be used in the maritime field. We have been manufacturing it for a long time, but we have not exactly exhibited it before. You could say that we have been living a quiet life, because, so far, we have been focusing on other industries, but actually, we have equipment which is suited nicely for the maritime industry, and now we would like to tell more about it. So, it is new that we also present machines which can fit into this environment, he says.


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As you know, the environmental aspect is in our field of interest, and we assess that shipowners are constantly looking to becoming more environmentally friendly and saving costs and resources on board, and waste will also be part of that package. Even though we are well aware that fuel is much more in focus, the waste aspect also plays a role. That put together with the restrictions we find to be a perfect starting point for us, Kent Petersen says. Regional focus an advantage Another Danish exhibitor at Nor-Shipping is Fayard, which is very interested in offshore. Fayard – formerly Fredericia Værft – which is situated at the Lindø area today, assesses that Nor-Shipping seems to

increase focus on the regional aspect, which fits perfectly with Faryard’s interest in shipping companies which are operationally linked to the Northern European part of the Atlantic area. At the same time, Fayard intends to use Nor-Shipping to make an attempt at increasing interest in maintenance rather than focusing on newbuilding and design. Natural maintenance - It is our view that quick and effective maintenance of the shipping companies’ assets at a competitive price – also offshore – contributes to ensuring the ships’ operational performance as well as their market value, Fayard states. And Sales Manager Ivan S. Larsen notes a tendency where offshore is experiencing an increasing number of riggings and floaters in the North Sea. What is more natural than to carry out a periodic inspection and maintenance before the unit is put in service in the North Sea, he asks and mentions Fayard’s experience in being competitive, because the offshore industry includes many other parameters in their evaluation of a business partner than just the price. That is one of the factors which Fayard will emphasise at Nor-Shipping. The shipyard Søby Værft has a tradition for participating in Nor-Shipping and Sales Manager Roar Thomsen does not let down the great marine exhibition this time either. - In 2011, we had a really good exhibition, and we hope for the same this year. We are looking forward to it, says Sales Manager Roar Thomsen, Søby Værft.

or down. It influences the shipping companies and thereby also the rest of us. But luckily, we have heard from some of our customers that they expect things to begin to turn now. Everybody hopes that. We are still in a recession compared to the good years of 2006 and 2007, and we are looking forward to a normalisation of things shortly, he says. - It applies no matter whether you are a private household or whether you are a shipping company: you need to earn the money before you can spend it. It has been a widespread tendency in recent years that costs have really been kept at a low level, but we are optimistic and hope that our customers are as well. On the forefront of new developments - Søby Værft focuses on a number of new aspects in the next couple of years, for instance discharge water, and we know that there are a lot of developments in the green area, which we need to be at the forefront of, Roar Thomsen says and adds: - Electricity and LNG and a lot more are future focus areas, which we need to be in control of since it leads to reconstruction. We have a great need to learn what our customers expect of us so that we can go home and grow it and come up with technical solutions which we can assist them with. We need to do our homework. It is our most eminent task to be ready to meet the needs of our customers and be able to be a good business partner, Roar Thomsen says.

- Like all other shipyards, we are influenced by the situation which the shipping companies are in and by whether the freight market goes up

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f the many costs connected with the operation of a ship, fuel consumption is clearly the greatest single cost. Depending on the type of the ship, fuel consumption makes up between 50 and 75 per cent of total running costs. Accordingly, the high fuel costs can certainly be felt. Since the shipping companies can only adjust their freight rate to a very limited extent, profit maximisation can only take place through minimisation of costs. Therefore, shipping companies take a very great interest in minimising fuel costs as much as possible, Project Manager at Force Technology Magnus Gary explains regarding the basis of the project. In the new project, which has received funding from the Danish Maritime Fund, Force Technology has entered into a partnership with the shipping companies of Nordic Tankers, Lauritzen Bulkers, Evergas, and Uni-Tankers on developing an integrated system which can be used for operational control and energy-optimal sailing. Software is to “talk” to one another - We have already developed software which can be used for trimming a ship. We have developed software which can be used for route planning, and we have developed software for performance monitoring. The project is a further development of the software which we had already. Now, we just need to make the programmes be able to “talk” to each other and use the knowledge which each of them possesses. But it is not easily done, elaborates Sven Dyrdal, Team Manager for on board systems at Force Technology. At present, Force Technology offers the three so-called on board systems SeaTrend, SeaPlanner, and SeaTrim, and they are now being collected under the name SeaSuite. SeaTrend SeaTrend is a piece of software showing how fuel consumption increases because of fouling. It assists the operator is finding out when the ship needs to dock the next time, and it assists in documenting how a new bottom paint works. The system works in the following way: the crew enter a number of data such as information on the ship, wind, sea, and distance sailed. This data is thereafter forwarded to Force Technology, which can make an analysis based on the received data. SeaPlanner SeaPlanner is a route planning tool developed in co-operation with DMI. The user enters departure and arrival port as well as way-points, and then the programme calculates the optimal route with the smallest possible fuel consumption


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Three-in-one solution By Tina Altenburg

and the shortest possible distance with regard to the expected current and weather conditions and the desired time of arrival. SeaTrim SeaTrim is a programme which graphically presents the data which are the result of tests in Force Technology’s test tank. The programme can supply the officers of the ship with information on which trim the ship should have in order to use the smallest possible amount of fuel. Apart from these three on board systems, Force Technology plans to develop a programme for engine performance which is to optimise the acceleration system on board the ship. The programme is to collect data on selected engine parameters continuously and will, moreover, show and warn against deviations in relation to the optimal. This is what Force Technology is now integrating in one package solution. - They have been developed as stand alone programmes, but it is an advantage to be able to draw data from all of the programmes, Sven Dyrdal says. We are going to make use of the fact that SeaTrim already knows which trim is the optimal in relation to the speed at which the ship needs to sail according to SeaPlanner and knows how much the engine is going

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to consume in its current state and with the calculated fouling. New market appears Individually, the above programmes are naturally not new on the market. The new aspect is that they will now be collected into one programme. - Our competitor analysis shows that the other market players have stand alone programmes. They either supply trim optimisation, route planning, or performance monitoring, but no one has programmes which exchange data with one another. We are going to be able to supply a programme to our customers who either are interested in trim optimisation, route planning, or performance, or we will be able to supply a package solution. In this way, we can enter the market with two solutions according to the shipping companies’ wishes and needs, Magnus Gary says. Force Technology expects to finish the development part within the next 12 months, and thereafter it will take six months to test the programme at sea. Subsequently, Force Technology is also going to supply courses in using the system optimally, since it is one thing to calculate how to minimise fuel consumption and another to sail a ship optimally in order to minimise fuel consumption.

In a new project on energy efficient operation of ships, Force Technology is developing a three-in-one solution minimising ships’ fuel consumption.

Royal Arctic Line – when experience and flexibility counts

Bringing off shore equipment to Greenland is a challenge – but Royal Arctic Line is up for it As the national shipping line in Greenland we offer: · Ships and equipment designed for Arctic conditions · Weekly service from Europe to Greenland · Own terminal facilities, and personnel in 13 Greenlandic harbours · Many years of experience in navigating and operating in Arctic waters

Co-founder of

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Remote monitoring of ship engines

Remote monitoring of ship engines is a business area in growth for MAN PrimeServ Holeby which supplies remote monitoring in the form of the concept of Online Service.


AN PrimeServ Holeby is part of MAN Diesel & Turbo which has developed the product Online Service over the past ten years. Online Service has gradually become a well integrated part of the daily business of MAN PrimeServ Holeby, because the demand for monitoring and data logging equipment has been increasing in the maritime world for the past couple of years. - We supply all equipment, data logger etc., and then we install a special firewall so that we have a closed network, which it is impossible to hack into. Data from the engine is collected all day, and at night, it is forwarded to the server in Copenhagen so that we can access the data, explains Lars Østerby, superintendent at MAN PrimeServ Holeby. In short, Online Service is an Internet-based product which is able to monitor and collect data from a customer’s engine. Assisted by sen-


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sors on the engine and a data logger installed at site, the collected data is forwarded to the database of MAN Diesel & Turbo. The Online Service team can hereafter access the collected data and analyse it. - Someone who is going to see to a ship’s engine might have a problem. In such a case, we can go in and see the state of the engine and can give advice based on the data we have, and in the course of perhaps half an hour, we will have solved the problem together, Lars Østerby says. Moreover, the team forwards a monthly performance report for each engine to the customer who can thereby follow the operation of the ship in question. Presentation screens In order to implement the concept in the department, MAN PrimeServ Holeby has chosen a slightly alternative method of doing it. The department has constructed an Online Service wall. The wall consists of four screens which show presentations, video etc. related to the product Online Service. Furthermore, two of the screens have a direct transmission from the customers’ engines and their current operational state. Many advantages Online Service is a product created in order to assist in and improve the daily maintenance. With suggestions and optimising solutions

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based on the assistance of Online Service, it will eventually be possible to extend the customer’s service intervals. It will also be possible to note problems earlier, and Online Service can contribute to hindering potential problems. With regard to performance evaluation, Online Service can also contribute with improvement. The continuously collected data makes it possible to look back and thereby form a better overview of how the engine has been running over a given period of time. The future Lars Østerby says that MAN PrimeServ Holeby does not monitor engines constantly, but it is possible, and it will probably happen at some time in the future. - We consider supplying a package solution where we monitor an engine constantly. My assessment is that it will come within the next couple of years. - We experience great demand for remote monitoring, both from the stationary sector, primarily power plants, and from the maritime sector. Just in this week, we have sent three offers to interested businesses. So, we certainly experience a demand for remote monitoring, Lars Østerby says.

New Director General of the Danish Shipowners’ Association

Anne H. Steffensen, director General of the Danish Shipowners’ Association

1 October, the 49-year-old ambassador Anne H. Steffensen will be the one to take the helm as new Director General of the Danish Shipowners’ Association. Anne H. Steffensen will succeed the Danish Shipowners’ Association’s longstanding Director General, Peter Bjerregaard, who is going to retire.


o me, the task of working for Danish shipping is closely related to what I have been working with in my career until now, that is working for the whole of Denmark,” Anne H. Steffensen says. “Shipping is an integrated part of Danish society, both historically and economically, and shipping employs a large number of people. But also internationally, with a great number of modern global enterprises, Danish shipping has a decisive influence on defining the future, both on a commercial level, but also because of the influence which Denmark has as a shipping nation in various political contexts internationally. I look forward to becoming a part of that,” the future Director General says. ”Anne H. Steffensen is the right person to handle the job as Director General of the Danish Shipowners’ Association. When we consider her career, educational background, leadership experience, and energy, we are completely convinced that she can contribute significantly to handling the challenges which the industry is facing these years, but also to accomplishing our and the Government’s ambitions for the Blue Denmark,” says Carsten Mortensen, Chairman of the Danish Shipowners’ Association, President and CEO of the Danish shipping company Norden. “When you take into account that the Danish Shipowners’ Association is trade and employers’ association for Denmark’s largest export industry and that Denmark is one of the world’s leading shipping nations, it is natural that the Danish Shipowners’ Association contributes to reaching

the Government’s goal of making Denmark the core of the maritime Europe. We, the Board, are completely convinced that Anne H. Steffensen is the right person for this,” Carsten Mortensen says. He adds that, for a number of years, the Danish Shipowners’ Association has had excellent cooperation with Anne H. Steffensen, who has a broad knowledge of shipping due to her jobs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Long career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anne H. Steffensen became Master of Science from London School of Economics in 1988 and Master of Politics from the University of Århus in 1990. That same year, she was employed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she has been working ever since. Until 1992, she was Head of Section in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from 1992 - 1995, she was Deputy Head of the Commercial Section at the Danish Embassy in London, where she is now ambassador. From 1995 till 1998, she was head of section in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before she left for New York, where she had a position as deputy consul general at the Danish Consulate General, for two years. From 2000 till 2001, she held a position as chief consultant in the Financial Department, and, subsequently, she was head of department till 2004. In 2006, she was appointed ambassador and state secretary for export and internationalisation. Also in 2006, she became head of the Danish Trade

Council, a position which she held until 2009, where she was appointed state secretary for Trade and Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 1 September 2011, she was appointed Denmark’s ambassador to Great Britain. Anne H. Steffensen is married with three children.

Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s as of 1st September 2011 State Secretary for Trade and Corporate Affairs, Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2009 - 2011 State Secretary, Head of the Trade Council, Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2006 - 2009 Under-Secretary for Foreign Trade and Investment, Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2004 - 2006 Head of Department, Secretariat, Danish Trade Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2003-2004 Head of Department, Bilateral Relations and Project Export, Danish Trade Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2001-2003 Chief Consultant, Financial Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2000-2001 Deputy Consul General at Danish Consulate General, New York, 1998-2000 Head of Section, Secretariat for Foreign Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1996-1998 Head of Section, Secretariat for Foreign Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1995-1996 Deputy Head of Commercial Section, Danish Embassy, London, 1992-1995 Head of Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1990-1992 Master of Politics, University of Aarhus 1990 Master of Science, London School of Economics 1988

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Norden has created a

Fuel Efficiency Team N

ow, a new function in Norden has been created which will ensure that the fuel consumption of roughly 200 dry cargo vessels and roughly 80 product tankers is further optimised by coordination of all savings initiatives as well as systematic data collection and analysis. Norden has already taken a number of initiatives to economise on the expensive fuel. These include technical initiatives, speed optimisation and development of internal IT-systems. The activities have taken place decentralised in different departments, and the Company has gone for the low-hanging fruit with visible effect on costs. But more savings must be made. Norden has therefore created a new function joining the tasks of coordination and analysis. The new function results from preceding analysis of the field within fuel saving initiatives. - Combined with systematic data collection and analysis, greater coordination of the different initiatives will provide us with the ability to prioritise future activities to an even greater extent, says Executive Vice president Martin Badsted. In the middle of 2012, Norden formed a group consisting of the heads of the commercial departments and Norient Product Pool / NPP, the technical director, the finance director and Martin Badsted.


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The purpose was to map out existing initiatives in order to create a uniform approach for the entire group and form a basis for measuring and monitoring results on an ongoing basis. - And this is easier said than done. it quickly becomes evident that this is considerably more complicated than that, and it involves a wide range of people and competences. For instance, we are already collecting a large amount of data from the vessels, but this data is available in different systems and is used for different purposes. Therefore, we are not fully benefiting from this data and what we do get requires a lot of manual work. Thus, we concluded that we need to systematise things more, Martin Badsted says. Daily attention Optimising fuel consumption requires daily attention many places in the organisation in order to ensure that we fully benefit from our efforts: in Chartering and Operations in connection with voyage optimisation, in the Technical Department in terms of maintenance planning and technical optimisations on board Norden’s owned vessels, in fleet optimisations in connection with the purchase and sale of vessels, etc. - All the concrete, daily optimisation decisions will remain decentralised in the organisation – as this is the best. But the new Fuel Efficiency

Fuel expenses are by far the most significant expense item for the Danish shipping company Norden, and the product tanker pool Norient Product Pool, which Norden owns on a 50/50 basis with the Cypriot company Interorient Navigation Company ltd.

Martin Badsted, Norden Executive Vice president

function will make it easier for all of us to make the right decisions in a world where fuel is an ever increasing expense item. We already know in outline what has the desired effect and what we should do. But the art is to ensure that we then do this on all vessels – and on all voyages. in order to improve daily decisions on a regular basis, we must gather experience with what works and what does not work under different circumstances and then transform this experience into good daily decisions, says Executive Vice president Martin Badsted. Source: Norden News Magazine Spring 2013

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A good reputation cannot be acquired overnight

Over the decades, Orskov Yard in Frederikshavn has built a solid reputation for high quality and reliability. Customers trust that all maintenance and repair services are performed on-time on-budget and on-value. And the image has helped to tide one of the major Danish players in ship repairs over the current economic crisis.


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rskov Yard is a family-owned business led by Jeppe Ørskov, who is third generation after the founder, Arne Ørskov, and a strong proponent of the traditional values that characterize Orskov Yard. - For us the crucial factors are time and quality. Our customers lose income when their ships are in dock, placing them under a tremendous time pressure. We meet their requirements by delivering high quality solutions with a quick turnaround. It is absolutely vital for us to ensure that our customers are satisfied with the time, price and quality ratio of the services we provide, says Jeppe Ørskov, who is pleased to note that most of the customers are regulars who have used Orskov for a number of years. Not as easy as it sounds For a maintenance and repair shipyard delivering quality on time is not as easy as it may sound. If there are no metal shavings in the oil pan,

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you do not know what repairs are necessary until you take the vessel apart. Before then it is impossible to determine what kind of work and spare parts are needed to perform maintenance. -We have indicative timeframes for all maintenance and repair works, and our customers know the initial assessment should be taken with a grain of salt. There are generally 3-4 factors that determine how long an overhaul is going to take. That is the state of thrusters, paint, engine and propulsion/shaft. But once we have diagnosed the needs we do everything in our power to optimize procedures and ensure a speedy turnaround, Jeppe Ørskov promises. And Orskov has the facilities to fulfil the promise with two floating docks and two dry docks that can accommodate vessels up to 215m long x 34m beam. The current staff of 220 employees covers most areas of expertise from project management and industry knowledge to steelworks, mechanical engineering and rigging services.

And a strong network of skilled partners and suppliers makes it easy to scale resources to the actual demand. -Ship repairs cannot be planned. Workloads change from one hour to the next and there are many operations involved, so we have to be extremely flexible. That is what makes the job so fascinating, says Jeppe Ă˜rskov. Focus on vessels operating in high value segments As an industry requiring a lot of manpower, European shipyards are squeezed by competition from low wage countries, but vessels operating in high value segments cannot afford to be out of service for longer than absolutely necessary. That is why Orskov focuses on the offshore industry, ferry lines and large fishing trawlers and factory ships.

-We used to service quite a lot of bulk carriers and tankers too, but in the current economic climate they are more focused on prices than on quality and short turnaround times. It is a sound business calculation, and I am sure they will return once the transport rates pick up and time becomes a more important competitive factor, says Jeppe Ă˜rskov. Meanwhile Orskov Shipyard does their best to keep existing customers satisfied and develop new markets and business areas. Strong Norwegian ties Being located on the top of Denmark, Orskov has always served a lot of Norwegian customers including many of the ferry lines operating in Skagerrak. They come to Frederikshavn for annual maintenance and repairs that may in-

clude everything from mechanical services to decorations and upholstery. The Norwegian ties have been strengthened by the establishment of a sister company named Orskov Offshore catering to the needs for rig repairs and upgrades in the offshore industry, where Norway is a leading player as home to one of the biggest offshore markets in the world. - Right now we are converting Western Regent - A Seismic Vessel used to perform marine surveys of the seabed and the underlying geology in order to detect oil and gas deposits. The Vessel will be widened with new sponsors for more bouncy and have a new heli deck mounted as well as a major conversion on the streamer deck, Jeppe Ă˜rskov explains. continued >

Jeppe Orskov, 3rd generation after the founder of Orskov Yard.

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Facts The Orskov Group is a full service steel shipyard located in Frederikshavn, Denmark. The two subsidiaries Orskov Yard A/S and Orskov Offshore A/S cover all work related to ship repair, rig repair, conversions and upgrades to all types of vessels. The services include overhauling engines, welding propellers, straightening propeller shafts, overhauling thrusters, sandblasting and painting etc. Facilities include: · 4 docks up to 215 X 34 m. · Azimuth pit in all docks · Cranes up to 100o · Tonnes at docks and up to 750 tonnes at quays · Ro-Ro pier with crane for mobilization of all vessel types

Orskov Yard A/S Havnepladsen 12, Byg. 19 DK-9900 Frederikshavn T.: 9620 8500, e-mail:

Developing new business areas At the moment Orskov is performing service on their first gas-driven ship the Platform Supply Vessel Stril Pioner. There is a constant drive to implement and maintain new technologies safeguarding the environment. -The supply ship has a dual-fuel gas engine which can be neutralised at sea and switched to diesel power before entering the harbour. It will sail out on diesel before it is gassed up, so there will be no complications at all, but it is always interesting to handle a new system for the first time, as Jeppe Ørskov points out. Another relatively new and growing business area is the installation of ballast water treatment systems. Solutions that help protect the environment and ensure marine safety. The proof is in the pudding Looking out over the harbour in Frederikshavn Jeppe Ørskov sees a modern shipyard encom-


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passing steelworks for aluminium and steel repairs and upgrades. Furniture factory and metal workshop dedicated to the interior decoration of offices and accommodation on rigs and marine vessels. A fully equipped electromechanic workshop performing service and repairs on technical and electronic equipment. Engine services specialized in overhaul and repair of diesel engines and other mechanical equipment. And lifting equipment including cranes up to 750 tonnes at quays and up to 100 tonnes at docks. Fortunately, there is also lots of activity. Apart from the Seismic Vessel Western Regent, Bourbon had four vessels at the yard at the same time of which two were in for the installation of FiFi I and ballast treatment systems. Simon Møkster Shipping who owns the dual fuel supply ship is also a regular customer. As are the fishing trawlers and factory ships frequenting the shipyard. -Commercial fishing enterprises are very loyal

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customers once they have found a shipyard that understands their needs and requirements, and most of the trawlers come here on a regular basis. The same goes for Simon Møkster Shipping and Bourbon with both of whom we have had successful long-term collaboration. To Jeppe Ørskov this proves the value of a business strategy focusing on customer satisfaction with high quality ship repairs and maintenance performed on-time and on-budget. Over the years the Orskov Group has acquired a reputation for quality and reliability. The image is not just a statement. The proof is in the pudding. So employees still do their utmost to live up to and deserve the trust granted by each and every customer each and every time they frequent the docks in Frederikshavn south east of Skagen. The motto is: ONE STOP SERVICE, satisfaction guaranteed.

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Preventing accidents during lifeboat drills In February a typical lifeboat drill ended in tragedy again when five crew members died and three others were injured as the lifeboat they were slowly lowering suddenly fell into the ocean. The Danish company Cralog is offering a valuable tool in the fight against lifeboat accidents.


n recent years the maritime industry has suffered an unacceptably high number of accidents with lifeboats in which crew were fatally injured while participating in lifeboat drills. According to the Marine Accident Investigations Branch database 13 people were killed and 138 injured in 125 lifeboat accidents over a 13-year period. However, these figures reflect only a small proportion of total accidents that have occured worldwide. Numbers indicate that more than 100 seamen were killed operating lifeboats during the 1990’s. The recent lifeboat accident in Spain in February that claimed five victims once again brings attention to the dangers of lifeboat drills and calls for action against the unsafe working conditons of seamen worldwide. The Danish company Cralog is addressing the problem and is offering a valuable tool in the fight against lifeboat accidents.

which the equipment is installed. The database e.g. includes information concerning the type and make of the lifesaving equipment onboard and especially information on when and how to inspect the appliances.

The tool is a an online database – the Cralog compiling and registering information on cranes, davits and lifeboats as well as on the vessels on

By offering information on how and when to inspect the appliances, by gathering data on repair and maintenance, by giving easy access to highly

Web-log and education for lifting & launching appliance Document management – meeting the flag state requirements for ship owners.

Furthermore CRALOG offers training and education for service suppliers. Strengthen your market position, upgrade the skills of your employees and become a CRALOG partner. For more information - go to: TOWARDS NEW HORIZONS

In general CRALOG is an indispensable tool making it easier for ship owners and service suppliers to: - Conduct mandatory inspections - Conform to international safety requirements - Manage documentation - Obtain necessary information - Share knowledge and experiences

The database also includes a worldwide directory of certified service suppliers making it easier for ship owners to find the best supplier for a specific job. Every single service supplier in the Cralog directory is rated regularly and is of course trained and qualified to inspect, maintain and repair all types of life saving equpiment in compliance with all international requirements. In addition, Cralog also offers an extensive training program upgrading the skills of service suppliers qualifying them to inspect lifesaving equipment according to the flag state regulations.

CRALOG Gutenbergvej 10, DK- 9870 Sindal Denmark Phone: 70 27 09 20

qualified servcie suppliers and by upgrading the skills of the service suppliers, Cralog makes it easier for ship owners to conduct mandatory inspections and conform to international safety requirements. The overall aim of Cralog is to make it as easy as possible for ship owners to prioritize safety, avoid accidents and to create a safe working environment for all employees. For further information on Cralog and the prevention of accidents during life boat drills, please contact managing director Tom Samson by phone +45 702 709 20 – or by e-mail We also invite you to visit our website

Contact 1: Tom Samson Managing director Email: Mobile: +45 53 506 509 Contact 2: Thomas M. Johansen Area Sales Manager Email: Mobile: +45 29 13 40 31

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2nd generation crew vessel

A2SEA has taken delivery of the first of four new SWATH type crew vessels. The first of the new crew vessels is named Sea Breeze and is built by Odfjell Wind A/S at Danish Yacht’s in Skagen, Denmark.


ea Breeze will be deployed at the Lincs Offshore Wind Farm situated 8km off the coast of Lincolnshire, near Skegness. A2SEA will manage the crew vessel. - We are very excited about our new crew vessel and we have high expectation for its abilities in the field. The vessel is able to operate as a regular catamaran during transit and then ballast down to SWATH mode when approaching the turbine. The SWATH mode lowers the vessel in the water and reduces the vessel’s movements significantly so it becomes a more stable and a much safer platform during transfer, says Pauli Danielsen, Vessel Superintendent at A2SEA A/S. Sea Breeze is no. 7 in the line of crew vessels that is managed by A2SEA. At the end of 2013 the fleet will have grown further to 11 crew vessels and will continue to increase and push boundaries for the coming years. -We see a growth in the market for crew boats. More turbines are being installed and the wind farms move further out to sea. This means a change in demands on the vessel’s capabilities such as their ability to


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manoeuvre at higher sea both on site and when sailing from port to site. Furthermore in the future we see a need for being able to stay on board 24/7, as transport to and from the port is too time-consuming. As it is today, our crew is able to sleep on board, but in the future, our clients might have that need, too, says Keld Kristensen, Vessel Superintendent at A2SEA A/S. Future perspectives A2SEA has started a process to find out the future needs for crew vessels. This process is based on the company’s know-how and experience after having managed crew vessels in more than 2 years. - The key issues and challenges for A2SEA are safe transfer in adverse weather, lower fuel consumption, higher availability and full flexibility in regard to ever changing service requirements and demands,” says Hans Froholdt, Head of Service & Logistics at A2SEA A/S. A2SEA expects delivery of three more FOB SWATH crew boats within 2013.

A seafarer returns home

Troels Kløvedal

Troels Kløvedal is somewhat of an institution in Denmark. Since 1967 he has sailed the seven seas in his yacht Nordkaperen, bringing more than 800 people with him on shorter or longer voyages. His latest voyage, however, brought him – and his ship – back to his native Denmark, and Maersk Line played a key part in that voyage.


his summer, Troels will be travelling by sea around his home country, filming for a TV show on the new TV2 FRI channel, launching in Denmark in May. In order to stay clear of the piracy in the Indian Ocean, Troels opted for having the Nordkaperen moved on a container vessel, and of course, Maersk Line were ready to assist. On 21 January, the ship was loaded on Estelle Maersk in Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia. Its final destination was Aarhus, a direct move on the AE10 service. Troels was there himself to oversee the operation, along with a good friend who is a chief officer. - Loading it was a bit complicated, because we had to take off the rig, and the main-mast was 10 cm too long to fit in a container, so it was laid on eight flat racks under the ship. The ship itself was put in a cradle and lifted on board the vessel. So now I’ve seen the Nordkaperen 40 metres up in the air, and I’ll admit I was a bit nervous, he told Aarhus Port’s newsletter. There was nothing to worry about, however, and Troels is quite happy with the cooperation with Maersk Line.

- While we’re used to handling exceptional cases, of course no two shipments are identical when you’re talking special cargo, he adds. - In cases like this it is important that we factor in every detail from beginning to end. We’re happy that Troels is satisfied with the service that our team provided in bringing the Nordkaperen safely back home. Back to native waters It has been 33 years since Nordkaperen last ploughed the waters of Denmark. Since 1980 it has circumnavigated the earth several times and spent long periods in especially Polynesia and Southeast Asia. It arrived according to plan in Aarhus on 25 February. It was rigged and launched, and sailed to its new home port of Ebeltoft, where it will be berthed next to the steam frigate Jylland; another Danish institution which participated in the Battle of Helgoland in 1864. Troels Kløvedal is the author of 17 books. According to himself he was born in a fortunate period in time where his generation has experienced a constant improvement in wealth. “I believe that travelling is experiencing other worlds than the one you were born and raised in; that you can learn from other cultures which give you a greater understanding of your own world, and thus a grander and more rewarding life.”

- Everything worked to perfection, and nothing broke, he said. Source: Maersk Line - This is what we do, says Jens Elnegaard Larsen from Maersk Line’s Special Cargo Team, who coordinated the shipment.

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