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MAN PrimeServ clinches large retrofit contract with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

MAN PrimeServ has won the contract from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) to retrofit the turbochargers aboard four cruise liners from its fleet.

The contract covers the retrofit of a total of 30 turbochargers aboard four vessels – two operated by Royal Caribbean International, and two operated by Pullmantur, a wholly-owned RCCL subsidiary, along with attachment kits and technical support. The vessels Grandeur of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas – both equipped with 4 × 12V48/60 MAN engines – will be retrofitted with 16 × TCA55 turbochargers, while the vessels Horizon and Zenith – both equipped with 2 × 9L40/54B and 5 × 6L40/54B engines – will be retrofitted with 4 × NA40/S and 10 × NA34/S turbochargers.

Speaking at RCCL headquarters in Miami, Wayne Jones, Senior Vice President and Head of MAN PrimeServ Diesel, said: “This turbocharger upgrade will not only boost engine performance but also extend engine life and support the entire operation both from a technical and cost perspective. In the end it’s an investment in sustainability.”

Gregory Purdy, Senior Vice President, Marine Operations, Royal Caribbean International, said: “Our ships are the best and most innovative in the world. Thus we are always eager to explore new solutions to increase their performance. We put high expectations in this turbocharger upgrade.”

“Our fleet has an outstanding reputation; our customers always expect the best vacation experience. To meet and even exceed this expectation we need reliable partners with focus on sustainability” underlined William Baumgartner, SVP Global Marine Operations at RCCL.

Wayne Jones was equally confident: “RCCL’s vision is exactly what we strive to achieve: to exceed our customer’s expectations and this is exactly what we hope for in this project!”

Installation of the first retrofit will take place aboard Enchantment of the Seas in December 2015 during its regular sailing schedule between Florida and the Bahamas. Each installation will take approximately 10 days per engine.

The project has been and will be handled from MAN PrimeServ Turbocharger HQ in Augsburg, in close collaboration with the local MAN PrimeServ Diesel team in Fort Lauderdale (USA).

DNV GL with first guidance on fiscal and quality measurement for LNG bunkering

Until now, there has been no international standard describing the methods for fiscal measurements and suitability for liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, despite the growing international market for small scale LNG bunkering. DNV GL’s updated Recommended Practice (RP) is the first industry guidance on how to perform quality measurements and quantity metering of LNG fuel supply.

In order to continue meeting and supporting the market in its growing demand for cleaner fuels and versatile LNG applications, DNV GL has updated its RP for Development and operation of LNG bunkering facilities (DNVGL-RP-G105). The RP now includes a section dedicated to determining LNG quantity and its properties. The objective is to assist operators in addressing the large spread in properties, density and the calorific value among the available LNG sources globally.

This update is a key driver for the monetization of the LNG small scale distribution and infrastructure, helping to develop a more transparent and compatible market and to safeguard sustainable growth.

The RP enables the industry to understand the business impact of proper fiscal measurement. Gas from different sources with various compositions can result in substantial variation in energy content and burning properties. This may have implications for billing, the expected voyage distance and safe use in terms of operations.

“The specification of LNG as a marine fuel and required metering methodology has until now been a missing piece in the LNG as fuel puzzle,” says Martin Layfield, global segment leader of the Gas Value Chain, DNV GL. “This new RP completes the picture and will provide a level playing field for the billing process of LNG and documentation around the gas quality.”

The RP focuses on four main elements: safe design and operation, safety management systems, risk assessments and now also includes coverage on gas quality and quantity metering. The RP is in accordance with, but further elaborates on the ISO/TS 18683 Guidelines for systems and installations for supply of LNG as fuel to ships, with focus on bridging the gap between the rules for the receiving ship and the bunker supplier, such as national or port regulations and rules for LNG bunker vessels.

The scope of the DNVGL-RP-G105 covers activities and stakeholders involved in the development and operation of LNG bunkering facilities, including simultaneous operations on land and on the water. Elisabeth Tørstad, CEO of DNV GL – Oil & Gas, says “This RP aims to support the industry in the development and operation of safe LNG bunkering facilities and to ensure safety for people, the environment and compliance with regulatory targets.”

The RP is applicable to truck-to-ship, terminal-to-ship and ship-to-ship bunkering scenarios, as well as inland shipping and vessels not covered by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations.

“LNG has proven to be a viable option as a bunkering fuel for ships and its use is set to soar over the next decade. As LNG is a hazardous substance, and by its nature has different risk properties than traditional fuel, the updated RP also elaborates further on how to establish proper safety zones including guidance on techniques and risk methodologies,” adds Layfield. The RP also addresses the risk evaluations that may be used for strategic considerations in the planning phase of an LNG bunkering facility project.

Management of the risks associated with LNG continues to be developed, especially as the fuel supply is not yet widely carried out on a routine basis around the world. This is addressed by DNV GL in an ongoing Joint Industry Project (JIP) to enhance understanding of the risks and hazards in small-scale LNG bunkering stations which aims to provide experimental data to validate/improve physical models and answer safety related questions. This will result in rigorous standards for safe design, siting, construction and operation of small-scale LNG bunkering stations.

Former Cunard and P&O Cruises Managing Director joins Trimline Board of Directors

Trimline, the marine interiors specialist, has appointed Carol Marlow and Nigel Scarfe as non-executive directors. The duo will join the newly created Board of Directors who will be charged with the growth and expansion of the business.

Carol Marlow spent 16 years at Carnival UK, latterly as UK Managing Director for Princess Cruises, President of Cunard Line and then as Managing Director of P&O Cruises, where she was responsible for the profitable development of this leading British premium cruise brand. Carol has significant experience in the luxury and premium travel and hospitality sectors and has a proven track record of building successful brands. She now has a range of advisory and mentor roles, working with organisations such as The Aspire Foundation and is a Trustee of the Royal Museums Greenwich.

Nigel Scarfe was formerly Managing Director of Discovery Yachts Limited, one of the UK’s leading luxury yacht builders. Nigel has significant experience as a Board level business leader and mentor helping to grow and develop businesses, through consultancy and training, increasing sales and profitability and the implementation of good HR strategies.

Commenting on her appointment, Carol said: "As a previous satisfied customer, I'm delighted to join the Trimline Board. I look forward to assisting with the strategic growth of the company, as the Trimline team works to optimise the long-term asset management of their customers' brands, through quality refits and ongoing service support contracts."

Nigel added: “I am pleased to be joining the Board of Trimline at this exciting time to work with the Board and management teams to improve our customer experience and to successfully achieve the ambitious growth plans.”

Carol and Nigel will join Trimline’s Chairman, Gary Oliver, Sales and Marketing Director, Mike Oliver, Andrew Richards, CEO and Michael Colebourn, Chief Financial Officer on the newly formed Board of Directors. The Board will oversee the business, reviewing the strategy and management teams and driving further growth and expansion.

Gary Oliver, Chairman at Trimline said: “We are very fortunate to have Carol and Nigel join us as non-executive directors. They bring a wealth of business and industry knowledge and experience to Trimline and we are very much looking forward to working with them to focus the business for further expansion and development.

“We are experiencing significant growth in our business and have recently completed our largest project-to-date, the £13 million transformation of Spirit of Tasmania I and II and the adoption of this new corporate structure will provide us with all the necessary tools and experience to drive this growth further and take the business to the next level.”

Scanship awarded Helcom AWP retrofit contract

Scanship Holding ASA has through its subsidiary Scanship AS been awarded an AWP retrofit contract to upgrade a ship for a larger Miami based cruise line company.

The retrofit contract is the first in the cruise industry to upgrade an existing ship to comply with the new IMO Marpol standard MEPC 227(64) chapter 4.2 including phosphorous and nitrogen removal. This standard is known as the Helcom standard.

The retrofit will take place during a scheduled drydock in 2Q16.

The Scanship AWP system is today the only system in complaint Helcom operations aboard Quantum of the Seas, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway and Viking Star. In the next years, 18 large cruise vessels are already scheduled to enter worldwide cruise operations with Scanship compliant Helcom systems.

The class approval process with DNV GL to obtain MED B and MED F certificates according to the new Helcom standard has been based on the operation of Scanship AWP aboard RCCL and NCL cruise vessels, confirming the improvement environmental regulation for cruise ships. To date, no other suppliers has these type of systems installed on cruise vessels neither any adequacy certificates accordingly.

Rockwool Technical Insulation introduces lightweight stone wool solutions for marine and offshore industry

Rockwool Technical Insulation, worldwide market leader in technical insulation, has introduced a range of lightweight stone wool fire boards, suitable for maritime and offshore applications. This product range, new generation SeaRox FB 6000, has been tested and approved for main A-class rated steel constructions especially targeting passenger ships, naval ships, offshore modules and supply vessels, where weight savings are essential.

The breakthrough SeaRox FB 6000 product range makes it possible to create solutions that are up to 40% lighter in weight, whilst retaining all the insulation benefits of genuine stone wool. These include highest fire safety, excellent acoustic properties, highest water repellency grade – lowest water absorption, and outstanding thermal insulation.

Increasingly, ship owners, shipbuilders, naval architects and marine engineers face pressure to improve performance in terms of safety, environmental protection, efficient operation and resource conservation, as well as energy efficiency, reduction of CO2 emissions and efforts to mitigate climate change. The new generation SeaRox FB 6000 range helps to address these challenges by combining the solid product performances in fire, thermal and acoustic insulation of Rockwool stone wool with an exceptional lower weight.

The weight savings significantly reduce energy consumption and emissions, resulting in substantial financial benefits. An additional benefit is that the weight saving also increases design flexibility, making it possible to place additional equipment on board which may result in a further positive economic benefit.

Like all Rockwool Technical Insulation products, SeaRox FB 6000 range is subject to the requirements in EUCEB (The European Certification Board for Mineral Wool Products) with an external conformity inspection as guarantee for the quality. EUCEB certifies that the mineral fiber is exonerated from classification and provides the highest level of health and safety on board. Furthermore, the new lightweight constructions have been MED approved by Det Norske Veritas (DNV-GL) and are being certified by the main classification societies. More information about the new generation SeaRox is available on

Luc Smeets, Business Development & Marketing Director of Rockwool Technical Insulation, comments: “Thanks to our wide range of excellent and innovative stone wool insulation products, we have been one of the biggest suppliers within the shipbuilding industry and offshore for many decades. Today, with the introduction of SeaRox FB 6000 range we have set a new standard for the maritime sector, helping to reduce the weight of naval vessels and platforms while at the same time meeting the stringent requirements regarding fire safety and comfort on board.”

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