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Transtech organisers sign contract to secure venue till 2018

Organisers of the Transtech Ports and Shipping Conference and Exhibition in St Petersburg say they have extended agreement with Expoforum, a Russian owner of conference centres, which provides the basis for continuing its traditional promotion of Russia’s Ports and Shipping infrastructure development programmes through 2018.

Transtech will be held in cooperation with the Neva Exhibitions in accordance with the Decree of the Russian Federation Government №1910-R signed 21 October 2013.

"This renewed agreement will strengthen cooperation between supporting ministries and serve to widen Transtech's profile, offering additional topics for discussion and providing new business opportunities which have been fostered directly from B2B interest shown during previous Transtech events," the organisers said in a statement.

Silversea extends nine-year relationship with MTN

MTN Communications (MTN) announces Silversea Cruises, Ltd. (Silversea) is renewing and extending the companies’ long-term relationship. Silversea chose to increase the breadth of communications services MTN will provide its eight-ship fleet, including its latest ships, Silver Discoverer and Silver Galapagos.  This relationship includes a substantial increase in broadband connectivity to its ships.  MTN also worked with Silversea to optimize the Wi-Fi design on each vessel with the latest technology to further enable Silversea support of video streaming and other guest services.  These upgrades support expanded broadcast, data and voice services on the Silversea fleet, further catering to today’s Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) passengers and crew.   

“Silversea has been an MTN customer for nine years and is recognized as the world’s top ultra-luxury cruise line,” said Jason Cohn, director of global IT infrastructure, Silversea. “Committed to the highest standards of excellence, our itineraries cover all corners of the globe, so it is critical to deliver reliable communications and content everywhere at a level akin to a land-based resort. We are especially excited about the range of communications services on our two latest ships.  Cruising these rarely-visited locales not only requires mission-critical connectivity, but a unique opportunity to show friends and family the highlights along such extraordinary journeys.”

Silversea’s enhanced connectivity infrastructure is enabling existing and new MTN communications offerings.  These range from enhanced Internet access to calling solutions to new broadcast capabilities.

“We want Silversea passengers to have the most luxurious cruise experience available,” said Brent Horwitz, senior vice president and general manager, cruise services, MTN.  “Part of that has been the ease, convenience and choice associated with communications services from MTN.  Like Silversea, MTN delivers a quality and reliable service.  With customers anticipating the skyrocketing demand for land-like communications on passengers’ and crews’ own devices, MTN takes great pride in enabling new applications and myriad entertainment options, as well as business-critical tools, for the Silversea fleet.”

MTN operates a worldwide connectivity footprint and content suite through its hybrid satellite and broadband terrestrial network across the globe.  The pioneer in broadband maritime communications, MTN prides itself on the innovation and value that it delivers to cruise industry partners.

“MTN looks forward to continuing its partnership with Silversea,” Horwitz said.  “We share the same passion for a luxury experience at sea, including service excellence in communications.  Only MTN has the technology and infrastructure that meets and exceeds the crew and passenger expectations found on such a top-line fleet.  We appreciate the opportunity to expand the ways in which we serve this industry-leading organization.”

DNV GL introduces next generation energy efficiency methodology

DNV GL, the German-Norwegian classification society,  presents a novel approach that overcomes challenges of assessing on board energy efficiency in a consistent manner. As a result, priorities for improvement can be determined accurately.

In a new report, DNV GL answers the question: How can a ship manager identify the biggest sources of useful energy that are currently being wasted on their ships?

“Ship operations and environmental legislation have become more complex, and it has become increasingly difficult to assess or even define efficiency with consistency and accuracy,” said Rune Torhaug, Director, Strategic Research & Innovation, DNV GL. “We have therefore revisited the basic and universal laws of thermodynamics to develop a methodology based on exergy, sometimes called available energy, which is a metric for describing the maximum useful energy that can be derived from a process, component or system.”

The methodology can be adjusted to suit newbuilds still in the design phase or operating ships, and it is designed to help managers make the most out of their Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans. Using both on board measurements and the DNV GL modelling suite COSSMOS, energy losses throughout the ship including hull, propulsion power train, machinery and electrical systems are quantified and ranked. Even difficult-to-capture processes such as throttling and fluid mixing can be incorporated.

The report includes an analysis of a waste heat recovery system. These complex systems can easily contain 70 components. “Through our exergy-based methodology, the true sources of useful energy losses were identified, revealing a picture far from self-evident. Subsequent optimisation in DNV COSSMOS yielded an increase in fuel savings that halved the payback time of the system,” said George Dimopoulos, senior researcher and project manager of this position paper.

A second study examined the fuel pre-processing sub-system for the marine fuel cell on board the offshore supply vessel Viking Lady. This resulted in a solution capable of a remarkable 50 per cent reduction in exergy losses.

When the main engine of an aframax tanker was analysed using operating data in combination with COSSMOS modelling, the true sources of losses were identified with greater accuracy than a traditional energy analysis, says Dimopoulos. “In fact, the standard energy analysis failed to identify the turbocharger as being the second largest contributor to exergy loss.”

With this ‘common currency’ for efficiency, DNV GL provides a way of energy management that will work for all ships, and all system and components that convert energy on board. It thus offers ship managers an unparalleled way of prioritising investment in technology alternatives or new operational strategies.

Trimline to carry out Star Pride transformation.

Trimline, the UK based ship interior specialist, say they have been chosen by Windstar Cruises to complete the transformation of their new 106-suite power yacht, Star Pride after recentlt completing work on one of the same company's sail assisted vessels.

The ship is one of the three similar vessels Windstar recently acquired from the Yachts of Seabourn, the Carnival Corp & plc luxury segment brand.

"Around 65 Trimline staff will meet the yacht in Barcelona in April to turn McVitty Interior Consultants’ design into realityand revitalise the ship, ready to receive passengers in May.

Suites, public spaces and restaurants will all see significant renovation with new flooring, lighting, carpet, and bespoke furniture creating a warm contemporary style to the yacht.Trimline will complete the extensive works in just over two weeks while the ship is alongside port," the copmpany said in a statement.

Mike Oliver, Sales & Marketing Director at Trimline, said: “Having refurbished the existing fleet of three yachts, we are incredibly proud to have won the first refit of the three power yachts.

Hans Birkholz, Chief Executive Officer of Windstar Cruises, said: “We are delighted to be working with Trimline again. The standard of their work is exemplary as displayed by their recent renovation work on our sailing fleet.  We are looking forward to working with them on the transformation of Star Pride.”

Trimline has recently completed the refurbishment of all 73 cabins on Wind Star, one of Windstar Cruises four-mastedsailing yachts. The work to the cabins included creating and installing 73 bespoke tables that retract into cushioned sofa areas for the guests’ comfort. Trimline also replaced wooden cabinets and dressers, installed carpet and new mirrors, re-cabled the cabins’ electrics and produced new wooden window frames for the cabins’ portholes.

Dampa to supply ceilings for AIDA Cruises’ two newbuildings

Dampa, the Danish marine celing system specialist, says round 150-200 tons of metal ceilings and panels will continuously be transported from Denmark to Japan for use on board the two 124,500 gross ton cruise ships AIDA Cruises has an order at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.  over the next two years and the great volume of metal ceilings are produced in Tommerup on the small island of Funen.

“We have known for a long time that the order was probably on the way. Today we got the final confirmation, says Michael Nykjær, co of Dampa. – “We have won the contract for the supply of fireproof ceilings for the two new ships of AIDA Cruises cruise ships ahead of both European and Asian competitors. It is, of course, interesting for us to expand our business horizons to working with a giant such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and it is exciting to be involved in the building of two ships that are so far ahead technologically and design wise,” he said in a statement.

" From the start we worked hard to follow up on this potential chance to become a part of the project. Here in Denmark and through our agent in Japan, we have worked on the two orders for nearly two years. The process has been delayed and Nnow suddenly everything is happening very fast. We start delivering our special B15 fireproof panels in May 2014. The plan is for one of the cruise ships to be ready for use in the beginning of 2015 and the other one should be finished in Q1 2016.

- "From the reports I’ve had from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, they chose us because of our service and product and a good price. Also, it has certainly played a role that we've been willing to share our know-how in the initial round of presentations, assisting MHI and AIDA Cruises with on-site technical assistance in building mock ups and getting an international brand approval. I am pleased to note that our reputation runs ahead of us - even all the way to Japan. We have extensive experience and because our products fit together like Lego blocks, they are easy to work with for the ship builders. This helps us to stand out in bidding rounds,” says Michael Nykjær

Plug & Play

Michael Nykjær has been the ceo of Dampa since October 2012 and he has laid out a clear strategy, combining the old company's traditional virtues of quality, durability, millimeter precision and easy handling with innovation. DAMPA’s perfect fit is one of the main reasons why clients choose his particular metal panels. Precision means significant savings in installation time and can provide the client with great savings on operational costs in the long run. Product development is about developing hidden installations that do not disrupt the overall ceiling surface visually.

“Marine ceiling systems are first and foremost about safety, installation time and price but we are continuously working with product development. Right now we are working on the visual side of the installation system, LED lighting and acoustics. That way we meet the needs of clients and adapt to the market as it stands today. In all modesty, when it comes to marine ceiling systems, we are way ahead of most competitors because we work around the clients’ needs 360 degrees.”

“ Each panel is prefabricated and customized to the exact place it should be fitted. We pre-fabricate holes for fittings, sprinklers , speakers, etc. At the same time we deliver the panels in boxes sent to the specific room and deck of the ship where this specific box of panels is to be installed. Some of our competitors deliver on huge pallets and leave it to the shipbuilders to figure out the rest. Our panels and supplies are customized so the shipbuilders just have to bend down and put up the panels with four clicks. “This kind of perfect fitting can save huge amounts of time and money for a shipyard. We may not sell the cheapest panels in the market but we still end up being the supplier that offers the lowest price and the most attractive total economy.”

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