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Trimline transform ship repairs with their new In-Service Support Department

Marine interior refurbishment specialists Trimline have achieved another first with the launch of their In-Service Support Department, providing a one-stop-shop solution to identify, plan and deliver maintenance activities ‘on the run’ to maintain a high standard between refurbishments. At a time when operators are moving towards longer periods between refurbishments, the In-Service Support service allows vessels to meet passengers’ most demanding expectations without the need to have specialist staff on call 24/7. Trimline are long-established leaders in full turnkey marine refurbishments and their new team will provide round-the-clock support to fleets in excess of 50 vessels, which can continue to operate without loss of revenue.

Ongoing condition reporting and assessment will be undertaken by experienced Surveyors to identify necessary repairs and improvements to any area of the vessel including galley, laundry, wet rooms, pools, spas, dance floor, carpeting, carpentry, joinery, upholstery, laminate, marble, flooring, tiling, bulkheads and deckheads, resulting in the client receiving a detailed and prioritised report. A programme of work can then be agreed, focusing on maximising value and minimising disruption to passengers or crew. A web portal, already used by some clients, will allow instant reporting of issues and the rapid establishment of KPIs, budgets and deadlines.

The team will be managed by newly appointed In-Service Support Director Ian Jolliffe, who has 15 years’ experience in marine engineering and business improvement at Sunseeker.  Ian will be supported by Catering In-Service Support Manager Ieuan Wathen, who is renowned for his expertise in galley design, troubleshooting and maintenance. Under their leadership, the team is expected to grow rapidly, contributing 30% of Trimline’s total turnover within three to five years.

“Trimline is the first and at present only supplier to offer this unique service,” said Ian Jolliffe. “Our focus is to deliver excellent value and to constantly improve passenger experience by maintaining everything from galley to upholstery in between scheduled full refurbishments. We will be operating as a true one-stop-shop and it goes without saying that we will maintain the high standards for which Trimline is renowned.”

“This a huge step forward for the business and for our clients,” added CEO Andrew Richards. “We have always sought to minimise vessel downtime and control clients’ costs, but Ian and his team will deliver real continuity whilst taking our offering to the next level and transforming the way ship operators think and work.”

Eco-ferry Texelstroom launched in Spain

On 30 July, LaNaval, the Spanish shipyard, successfully launched “Texelstroom”, the ropax unit it is currently constructing on behalf of the Dutch ferry operator Koninklijke NV Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming (TESO). Alan Lam reports.

Designed by C-Job Naval Architects to replace an older vessel, Schulpengat, on the short 4.2-kilometre crossing between the Dutch island of Texel and Den Helder, the ice class ferry will be immensely fuel-efficient. Its over all energy consumption will be up to 30% lower than the vessel it replaces - a breakthrough in sustainability.

Supported by the EU i.Transfer funding programme, the newbuilding has a disproportionate emphasis on design and technology in correspondence to TESO’s service philosophy and its pledge to the environmental protection.

The dual-fuel Texelstroom will be an exceptionally “green” ferry, powered by both CNG and gas oil, with a capacity for 1,750 passengers and 350 cars. The ship will have 700m2 of solar panels installed on its wheelhouse deck, aiming to produce about 40-50% of hotel load energy requirement. The choice of CNG instead of LNG was driven by the lack of LNG infrastructure in the Netherlands.

It is a dual-bridged, double-ended vessel, designed for quick stevedoring operations and linear movement in either direction. The ship has twice the number of engines, as compared to other conventional ropaxes, with two completely independent engine rooms: one of them fitted with two ABC 2x2000 kW diesel engines and the other with two ABC dual fuel 2x2000 kW engines; each can provide enough power to continue the normal service up to wind force nine. It will have two Rolls Royce azimuth propellers at each end of the vessel to achieve a service speed of 10 and 15 knots. Battery electric power is employed to supply additional energy requirement and to reduce emissions while in ports.

LED lighting and optimised hull form are among a myriad of other energy efficient features of Texelstroom.

These rather unique features have brought about a significant increase in the cost of construction, as compared to that of other traditional designs.

Spain’s 100-year-old LaNaval Shipyard at Sestao won the building contract for this 135-metre vessel in 2014. The yard is known for its expertise in constructing offshore vessels and tankers. It has not built a passenger vessel for decades.

The construction process started on 1 September 2014. LaNaval is on course to deliver the ship in December this year.

Trimline appoints new CFO

Southampton-based marine interior specialists Trimline have appointed Michael Colebourn as their new Chief Financial Officer. As a key member of the senior management team, Michael will play a central part in Trimline’s future as the business continues to enjoy rapid growth.

After graduating from the University of Southampton with a BSc (Hons) in Accounting & Finance, Michael joined BDO and qualified as a chartered accountant, servicing a variety of industries throughout this period. He then gained broad experience of the maritime sector during eight years with Norwegian ship owner and maritime services specialist Wilhelmsen. Implementing new structures, systems and processes to partner the firm’s expansion, he also played an important role in restructuring whilst working alongside various global stakeholders. Away from work, Michael is married with a one-year-old daughter and he loves to keep fit, with particular interests in golf, football, tennis and triathlons.

“I’m very excited to be joining Trimline as they celebrate their fiftieth anniversary,” said Michael. “This is a company with strong foundations on which we can build an amazing future. I’m determined to make Trimline’s financial operations as cutting-edge as the services they provide and I am confident the business leaders will support me in everything I do.”

“I’m delighted to welcome Michael Colebourn to Trimline,” added CEO Andrew Richards. “His flair for business management and his extensive experience of the maritime industry make him an ideal fit for us and I’m confident that he will be crucial to our future plans. We are growing faster than ever and Michael’s financial strategies will help to take us to the next level.”

Damen launches second of two ferries for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

The second of two 80-metre ice class Ro-Pax ferries - the MV Legionnaire - has been launched at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania. The naming was performed by Mrs. Lori Anne Companion, Deputy Minister at the Department of Transportation and Works of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

The MV Legionnaire is sister ship to the MV Veteran, launched earlier this year at the Romanian yard. Both vessels are part of a large vessel replacement programme being undertaken by the Provincial Government. 81 metres in length and with a beam of 17 metres, she will carry up to 200 passengers and 60 cars (PAE) at a cruising speed of 14 knots. MV Legionnaire will operate on the short-haul route from Portugal Cove to Bell Island, the busiest route of the province.

In his speech at the launch the Hon. Mr. David Brazil, Minister of Transportation and Works, said, “This launching brings a new home to the water. It is a significant milestone in the ship build process and a great achievement. It is a lifeline to the inhabitants of Bell Island and will play a significant role in people’s lives there for decades.” The vessel will be delivered to Newfoundland in the spring of 2016.

Meanwhile Damen is continuing to increase its presence in the province with plans for a certified service and maintenance centre in the capital of St. John’s now well advanced. Damen representatives also recently attended student career days at Newfoundland and Labrador’s Memorial University.

Wärtsilä to adjust its Ship Power business to reflect the weak market situation

Wärtsilä's Ship Power business, today renamed Marine Solutions, plans to realign its organisation, operations and resources in response to the sluggish global marine market situation. These plans will affect personnel in all functions of Wärtsilä Marine Solutions' global operations. The realignment will mean the reduction of approximately 600 jobs, of which some 160 will be in Finland. A portion of the reductions will be realised through retirements.

In taking these measures, Wärtsilä seeks annual savings in the region of EUR 40 million. The effect of the savings will materialise gradually beginning from the third quarter of 2015, and will take full effect by the end of 2016. The non-recurring costs related to the restructuring measures will be approximately EUR 25-30 million.

"The marine industry has been slow in recovering from the global economic crisis and new shipbuilding contracting is weak. At the same time, the offshore oil & gas industry has been adversely affected by lower oil prices. In addition, there are risks related to vessel owners negotiating extensions to existing delivery contracts. The combined impact of these developments has created a challenging market situation for the entire marine sector.

These unfortunate capacity adjustments have to be made in this current environment of low demand in order for us to maintain our competitive position in the global market. Despite streamlining the organisation, our commitment to our customers remains absolutely solid," says Jaakko Eskola, President, Marine Solutions, Senior Executive Vice President, Wärtsilä Corporation.

These realignment plans are aimed at adjusting Wärtsilä's Marine Solutions business to be able to efficiently respond to the needs of its various customer segments. The effect of these adjustments will be specified when the consultation processes are initiated in the affected countries according to local practices and legislation.

Currently, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions employs 7,217 people globally.