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Trimline to launch White Paper at Interferry 2015

Trimline, the Southampton-based marine interiors specialist, will be launching a White Paper at this year’s Interferry Conference that explores the role of collaborative working in complex refurbishment programmes.

The company, which recently completed an extensive £13 million (US$20 million) refit of two Tasmanian state-owned and operated fast ferries, Spirit of Tasmania I and II, has compiled the White Paper to highlight how its approach to a complex and time-sensitive scheme enabled them to deliver a high-quality transformation on time and to budget.

Trimline will be launching the White Paper at the annual Interferry Conference which takes place from 3-7 October at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Copenhagen. The event, in its 40th year, brings together senior level executives and decision makers to learn about the newest ideas, market strategies and technologies from the around the world, as well as offering an invaluable opportunity for networking.

Andrew Richards, Trimline CEO, comments: “The transformation of Spirit of Tasmania I and II is one of the largest refit projects that Trimline has been involved with. This was a hugely complex project that required us to work cross-culture, cross-team and across the globe and necessitated a pragmatic and collaborative approach.

“We are pleased to launch the White Paper as a best-practise example of how to manage projects of this size and scale and to demonstrate our expertise in delivering world-class turnkey solutions.”

Trimline transforms the Spirit of Tasmania I & II

Marine interiors refurbishment specialist Trimline has completed a comprehensive £13 million (US$20million) turnkey refurbishment program that transformed the two Tasmanian, state-owned and operated fast ferries, Spirit of Tasmania I and II.

Providing a vital year-round link for tourists and island residents alike, Spirit of Tasmania I and II are a pair of identical ships that have been in operation since 2002, owned by TT-Line that operate the 429km route across the Bass Strait between Melbourne and Tasmania. Operating a daily overnight service, with additional daytime crossings during peak seasons, the refit was carried out expediently in order to minimise disruption for passengers.

A hugely complex and time-sensitive project, the transformation brief from TT-Line was to deliver an interior fit for purpose. The extensive work has seen a complete remodelling and upgrade of four passenger decks, including 222 standard and deluxe cabins, in addition to the public areas of both vessels.

With the majority of early works taking place while the ships were still in operation and over 300 people working on the project - both from Trimline’s UK headquarters and local contractors and sub-contractors - this was a huge undertaking that required strong and clear project management, as well as a highly skilled and flexible workforce.

The Spirit of Tasmania transformation, included the refurbishment of:
- 222 standard and deluxe cabins
- Two new 48-seat cinemas
- New layout and look to four upper decks
- Revamped lounge
- New self service restaurant, ‘Tasmanian Market Kitchen’
- Three new bars
- Family area
- Retail shop

As a result of the refurbishment, TT-Line has reported significant forward bookings for the year ahead and scheduled extra day cruises to cater for the increasing demand from passengers.

Andrew Richards, Trimline CEO, comments: “As one of the largest transformation projects that Trimline has been involved in, we are delighted to have completed the work on Spirit of Tasmania I and II. It’s been a fantastic turnkey project for us to deliver, working in partnership with TT-Line, alongside a host of highly skilled local sub-contractors and suppliers, ensuring we were always utilising the highest quality materials available locally.

“With such tight timescales, it was really important for the project to run seamlessly – we had multi-skilled teams working around the clock, supported by Tasmanian and UK offices, alongside an outstanding project management team.

“The fantastic end result is testament to all the hard work from the Trimline and TT-Line teams, the transformation of the ships is incredible and I’m very proud of what has been achieved in a relatively short space of time.”

Mike Grainger, Chairman, at TT-Line Company Pty Ltd, added: “TT-Line’s turnkey contractor, Trimline, completed the refurbishment works on the Spirit of Tasmania vessels on time and on budget with the support and help of Tasmanian-based contractors and companies commissioned by Trimline.

“From a TT-Line Board perspective, we were very pleased that Trimline was so actively engaged with the Tasmanian businesses and that so many benefited from the project.

“We are just as pleased with the way the refurbishment works were completed – thanks to the joint efforts of Trimline employees and TT-Line staff and crew.

“It was a complicated task given some of the works were required while maintaining our overnight sailing schedule between mainland Australia and Tasmania. But the works were well planned and well executed.”

Valmet to supply automation for Tallink's new-generation LNG-powered fast ferry

Valmet will supply an automation system for the new-generation, LNG-powered fast ferry for the Tallinn-Helsinki route shuttle operations between Estonia and Finland. The vessel will be built by the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland and will be operated by Tallink. The automation system will be delivered in April 2016. The order was included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received.

"We have had very good experience with the performance of Valmet's automation system on other Tallink vessels as well as with high-level service support available both in Finland and Estonia," says Andres Lepik, Tallink's project manager for the new vessel.

"Our automation system well supports the operation of this highly advanced and environmentally friendly LNG-powered car-passenger ferry," says John Weierud, Director, Marine Automation, Valmet.

The new ship will be 212 meters in length and have a passenger capacity of 2,800, a gross tonnage of 49,000 and service speed of 27 knots. It uses LNG as fuel and will comply with the new and stricter emission regulations for the Emission Control Areas including the Baltic Sea. The ship is due to be delivered at the beginning of 2017.

Detailed information about Valmet's delivery

The automation system for the ship will be a Valmet DNA distributed control system. It is a powerful and fully redundant system designed to handle the control and monitoring needs of even the largest and most complex vessels.

The automation will control and monitor the machinery systems and the electric power management system, and include an emergency shutdown system (ESD). The latter is a standalone system based on the same Valmet DNA system platform. Valmet's engineering team will handle the project from detailed design, programming and testing to onboard commissioning and completed sea trials.

Wärtsilä introduces inland waterway vessel steerable thruster

Wärtsilä, the Finnish engineering group,says it has introduced the latest addition to its thruster product portfolio, the Wärtsilä WST-14 steerable thruster, which represents state-of-the-art azimuthing propeller technology. It is aimed primarily at inland waterway cargo vessel applications. The new thruster will provide increased reliability and efficiency, while also lowering costs.

Among the many innovations incorporated into the WST-14 are its space-saving compact design, an integrated slipping clutch that provides a cost competitive solution for manoeuvring when combined with a fixed pitch (FP) propeller, and the ability to maintain and service the propeller shaft and steering seals without requiring a complete overhaul of the thruster. It has a straightforward, reliable design and is ice-class rated.

By combining the 6-cylinder in-line Wärtsilä 20 engine with the WST-14 thruster, a solution package that is ideal for the specific demands of river and inland waterway operation can be offered. It also suits other marine applications, such as tugs, where manoeuvring in harbours and/or ice conditions is required. Compared to conventional fixed pitch (FP) and controllable pitch (CP) propeller drive line solutions, the WST-14 thruster enables a greater load capacity for the vessel. This offers increased revenues for the owner/operator since more cargo can be transported.

"This project began two years ago and we are delighted to announce that the WST-14 is now available to the market. This introduction fills a particular need in the inland waterway vessel sector, and it is already attracting interest from owners and yards in Asia, Europe and America. Wärtsilä is now able to offer a complete and highly efficient propulsion package for this specific market," says Arto Lehtinen, Vice President, Propulsion, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

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.”

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