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Southampton Cargo Handling utilises expertise to service Anthem of the Seas

Terminal operator Southampton Cargo Handling (SCH) is utilising their experience in handling cruise vessels to service the biggest cruise ship to call in the port of Southampton.

Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas has marked her maiden call in the port with a busy schedule of short promotional cruises showing off the 168,000 gross ton ship after she arrived from the shipyard.

Anthem of the Seas has space for 4,180 passengers and will use Southampton as her base throughout the 2015 season, with SCH providing stevedoring services for the regular disembark and embark calls. SCH is also responsible for mooring and letting go the 348m long ship.

The latest giant cruise ship to be based in Southampton, Europe’s leading port for cruise ship turnarounds, demands a major operation to load general stores and handle passenger baggage.

SCH Operations Director Kevin Hulme explained: "It is proving to be a busy first week of operations on the Anthem of the Seas with hundreds of tonnes of stores being loaded and we have fitted this around a busy schedule of short cruises before her official maiden voyage. We are used to handling RCI’s fleet of large ships and our expertise, combined with the ship’s latest handling technology, ensures that movements of stores and baggage can be completed swiftly and efficiently."

Telenor integrates MarCom with MCP

Telenor Maritime Radio’s (TMR) business unit for the commercial maritime communications market, MarCom, integrates with Maritime Communications Partner (MCP).

The internal transfer in Telenor, the Norwegian telecom services provider, effective from 1 June, strengthens MCP with expert competence on maritime communications, new products and solutions, better coverage and the opportunity to maintain growth in Europe and the US with further expansion into Asia, the company said in a statement.

MarCom with a Nordic focus has delivered satellite communication to ferries and other vessels, whereas MCP has delivered mobile coverage globally to three main segments, cruise, ferry and the offshore market.

"We are developing our technology portfolio to address a bigger market in the maritime industry that consumes ever more bandwidth. We are integrating satellite and mobile to ensure the best possible customer experiences. Additionally, we will be able to increase the efficiency of, and develop the whole value chain resulting in cost efficient solutions," said MCP’s CEO Frode Støldal.

Innovation has always been key for Telenor and MCP, recently demonstrated by the news MCP is building the largest 4G offshore network in the world

Fifteen MarCom employees are transferred to MCP with offices in Bergen and Stavanger in addition to the existing offices in Arendal and Ft. Lauderdale, US. TMR’s Coastal Radio unit continues in Telenor Norway operating VHF, MF, Navtex and handling of certificates, radio inspections and licenses.

Two cruise ship drydocks at Lloyd Werft

With another cruise shipping summer just around the corner the industry’s floating holiday islands are now being made ready for a new season. That’s why two of them are calling at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven at the same time for repair and modernisation. MS "Voyager" has already docked. She arrived on Monday March 30th and will be followed on April 16th by the MS "National Geographic Explorer". The latter ship is making her third visit to Bremerhaven’s traditional cruise ship yard.

The 15,396 GT "Voyager", which is 152.5 m long and 20.560 m wide, is an old acquaintance of Project Manager Carl Ratjen. The ship, built in Valencia, was fitted with a new bulbous bow at Lloyd Werft in 2010 when she was still called "Alexander von Humboldt". "Voyager" has in fact changed her owner six times since 1990. Built in that year as "Crown Monarch" she has since been called "Nautican", "Walrus", "Jules Verne" and "Alexander von Humboldt" before sailing now as "Voyager" with mainly English passengers for the English shipping company All Leisure Holidays Ltd.

During her 15 day stay in the yard’s big Kaiserdock II, the 25-year-old cruise ship will undergo extensive blasting and conservation work, work on 14 ship tanks, inspection of all sea-valves and a range of work on pipe and valve systems. In addition, the job docket lists the renewal of rubber-headed components on the ship’s bow thruster tunnel as well as the adaption of all the ship’s lifeboats to the latest IMO safety regulations.

Along with the necessary class work on "Voyager" while she is in dock, Lloyd Werft will also carry out the yard’s programme of standard work. The ship will get a new hull bottom coating and will also be made good to look at by the 470 passengers who will sail in her during the new cruise shipping season. "Voyager" leaves Bremerhaven on April 14th for Harwich to take new passengers on board there.

The small, 6,471 GT expedition cruise ship "National Geographic Explorer", is no stranger to Lloyd Werft and previously visited the yard in 2013 and 2014. She does not need to enter the floating dock this time. Now 33 years old and ice-strengthened, the 112 m long and 16.5 m wide ship specialises in ambitious cruises into Arctic and Antarctic waters. Her 148 passengers are accommodated in 81 outside cabins. The cruise ship was built in 1982 as "Midnatsol" for Norway’s Hurtigruten. She was bought in 2007 by the U.S. shipping company Lindblad Expeditions and converted into an expedition ship.
After looking the ship over in Funchal in Madeira, Lloyd Werft personnel have already gone on board in Bilbao to begin preparations at sea for the work to be undertaken at the Bremerhaven yard between April 16th and 30th. She will berth at the outfitting quay where her central air conditioning plant and related chillers and pipe-work will be replaced. Lloyd Werft personnel will also manufacture and install a new boiler room on board. In addition to this, an extensive programme of repairs will be carried out along with work on the ship’s piping system. The conversion of the portside access door is another job which has to be completed before the "National Geographic Explorer" can set sail again for Arctic waters on April 30th.

AIDA Cruises installs EMMA onboard its fleet

AIDA Cruises, the German contemporary market unit in the Carnival Corp & plc group, says it has installed an energy monitoring and management system on board its vessels.

"With the installation of the highly innovative energy monitoring and management system EMMA by ABB, AIDA Cruises sets new standards for the energy management onboard of its fleet. In addition to collecting a huge database of operational and technical information, the systems main function is to give real-time decision support for operating the ship and its systems as close to the optimum as possible," the company said in a statement. One of its most important features is its direct link to the ships automation system as well as to the shore-side organisation of AIDA Cruises.

With its comprehensive scientific approach to analysing operational data, ABB`s EMMA provides an enormous potential for improving the fleets energy performance. As of now, the new energy monitoring system has already been set up and commissioned on six AIDA ships and will be installed onto the whole fleet. Just months after the first installations, the system has allowed AIDA to identify important focus areas and to assign new priorities for both technical improvements as well as optimising operations.

"At AIDA we've realised that in order to achieve maximum efficiency, we must approach energy management onboard clinically and scientifically. This is why we installed ABB`s EMMA. The biggest benefit of having such an advanced energy management system onboard is that mathematically analysed key performance indicators are at your fingertips, not only raw data," says Jens Lassen, Senior Vice President Marine Operations at AIDA Cruises.

"AIDA is recognised as one of the most environmentally friendly cruise operators and the company sets high demands for the solutions it deploys onboard the vessels. We are pleased that AIDA selected ABBs EMMA energy monitoring and management system to further improve the environmental footprint of their fleet", says Heikki Soljama, Managing Director for ABBs marine and ports business.

Overall, 500 signals per second are transmitted from the ships automation system to the EMMA virtual machine. The seven top-level categories that are tracked are: propulsion power, propulsion efficiency, vessel trim, hotel and auxiliary power, air condition power per person, specific fuel oil consumption of the main diesel generators as well as total fuel consumption.

This gives valuable information to the crew and allows for a detailed drill-down of each parameter if needed. Systems and singular set-points on board can be adjusted as needed, contributing to an energy-efficient operation of the ship. Examples of this may be changing the engine configuration and loading, route planning with speed management or by optimising the trim or waste heat recovery.

TTS to supply shell doors and platforms for Star Cruises newbuilds

TTS Marine AB, part of the international TTS Group, has been chosen to provide electric shell door solutions and complete electric drive systems for two mega cruise ships built at the German shipyard Meyer Werft. The sister ships, commissioned by the leading Asia-Pacific cruise line Star Cruises, will be the first large cruise vessels with all-electric shell doors.

"We appreciate this opportunity to develop further our important relationship with Meyer Werft and of course take great pride in providing energy-efficient and eco-friendly solutions for the next generation of cruise ships," says Mats Olsson, Sales Manager Cruise at TTS.

TTS’ scope of supply for the Star Cruises project includes all-electric shell doors, cargo elevators, loading platforms and tender embarkation platforms with electrically operated aluminium stairs for crew and passengers. According to Olsson, TTS’ electric systems have a number of obvious advantages over hydraulic ones.

"They are more energy-efficient and quieter and require less maintenance as there is no need to maintain hydraulic hoses or cylinder seals. The system is very compact and will save space in the ship compared to a central hydraulic power system.. Since installing electric cables is easier than fitting pipes, electric systems also save time and cost during shipbuilding. Add the fact that electric systems eliminate the risk of spillage of hydraulic oil and there is no doubt that they both contribute to a greener cruise industry and reduce the vessels’ lifetime costs."

The electric solution developed by TTS runs on standard marine voltage and have a robust mechanical design with quick and simple installation of the electric actuators, which creates easy service access and redundancy. All installations will be fully integrated with a data bus system in a user-friendly interface. The solutions are also designed to facilitate a remote monitoring and fault- finding system via satellite or 3G.

The 151,000 ton 21-deck cruise ships will each accommodate some 5,000 passengers.

"We will of course do our uttermost to facilitate smooth and efficient handling of passengers and cargo and ensure that our solutions in detail match the expectations of modern cruise passengers," Olsson says.

The first ship, to be named Genting World, is due for delivery to Star Cruises in fall 2016; its sister ship a year later. They will both be put in service in the rapidly growing Asian cruise market.