Wärtsilä wins contracts for sea water desalination systems for seven cruise ships

The Meyer Werft Germany, Meyer Turku, STX France, and Fincantieri shipyards have all placed orders with Wärtsilä corporation, the Finnish engineering group,  for the supply of fresh water generators to a total of seven cruise ships. The orders were placed between September and November 2014. Delivery of the Wärtsilä systems is scheduled to commence in May 2015 and will be completed by autumn 2017, the company said in a statement.

Wärtsilä's delivery comprises a total of 10 large MSF distillation systems with unit capacities spanning from 115 tons/day to 900tons/day, and 4 Single Stage Desalination systems (SSD) with unit capacities of 30 tons/day.

The Wärtsilä Serck Como fresh water generators produce the fresh water needed onboard a cruise ship for deck washing, laundry, cabins, swimming pools, and technical applications that need high quality water. The very reliable evaporators, which employ the multi stage flash (MSF) principle, utilize the waste heat from the ship's main engine in order to evaporate seawater in multiple stages under vacuum. Every consecutive stage has a slightly lower pressure, which leads to high energy efficiency.

The MSF evaporator produces fresh water at constant high quality and reliability as the process is independent of changing seawater temperatures, and very tolerant to impurities (e.g. algae) in the seawater. The extremely low salt content remaining in the end product (less than 5ppm) makes it suitable for even the most demanding technical applications.

"Major cruise ship owners are already using Wärtsilä Serck Como evaporators on their vessels and are clearly satisfied with the reliability and quality of the fresh water produced by our solutions. This is evidenced by the fact that more than 130 cruise ships in global operation have our evaporators on board. We are very proud to continue to support these leading cruise companies with systems that feature numerous benefits, including improved energy efficiency, flexible design and easy maintenance," says Vesa-Pekka Virkki, Managing Director, Wärtsilä Serck Como.

Wärtsilä to acquire L-3 Marine Systems in €285 million deal

Wärtsilä Corporation, the Finnish engineering group, said it is to acquire L-3 Marine Systems International from NYSE-listed L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) is a business sector within L-3’s Electronic Systems business segment primarily focused on the commercial ship industry, .

The transaction is valued at € 285 million (enterprise value), subject to customary adjustments including an estimated reduction of €60 million for L-3 MSI employee pension-related liabilities to be assumed by Wärtsilä Corporation. Financing for the deal will be from existing cash resources and credit facilities. The acquisition is subject to clearance from the regulatory authorities. The acquisition is expected to be closed during the second quarter of 2015.

L-3 MSI is expected to generate approximately €400 million of sales with an operating margin of approximately 6.5 % for the year ending 31 December 2014. Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, L-3 MSI currently has more than 1,700 employees in 38 locations in 14 countries. The company is well regarded internationally for its technology and systems integration capabilities. L-3 MSI delivers automation, navigation and electrical systems, as well as dynamic positioning technology, and sonar and underwater communications technology for the marine, naval and offshore markets. It has a leading position in the cruise & ferry and large container vessel markets. L-3 MSI’s portfolio comprises various product brands, including SAM Electronics, L-3 Valmarine, Lyngsø Marine, L-3 Dynamic Positioning & Control Systems, Jovyatlas Euroatlas, L-3 Elac Nautik, Funa and APSS.

The operation of vessels is becoming ever more sophisticated and the number of ships with electric propulsion is increasing. This trend is expected to continue because of the growing needs for flexibility, compliance with environmental regulations, and higher operational efficiency. Wärtsilä has a strong position in all of these areas, which will be further strengthened by its acquisition of L-3 MSI. L-3 MSI has extensive experience in supplying a variety of vessel and offshore installation types. Combining this strength with Wärtsilä’s engines, propulsion equipment, environmental offering, gas fuel solutions, and electrical & automation systems creates a unique offering that is unmatched by the competition. Both shipyards and owners serving the marine and offshore oil & gas sectors will benefit from this alliance.

In announcing the acquisition agreement, Jaakko Eskola, Senior Executive Vice President & President, Ship Power, Wärtsilä Corporation commented: “By combining forces with L-3 MSI, we create a powerful electrical and automation business, which is unique in its sector competence and breadth of capabilities. The deal is fully in line with our growth strategy to become the leading provider of innovative products and integrated solutions in the marine and oil & gas industries. This enables us to have a dedicated focus on both markets with an industry leading portfolio that features solutions from both companies.”

Wärtsilä foresees that the new unit will be able to capture new market opportunities and improve operational efficiency for its customers, thereby increasing both the sales and profitability of the business. The acquisition is expected to be EPS accretive as of 2015.

Scanship sells fourth clean ship system for Viking newbulding

Viking Ocean Cruises, the privately owned Switzerland based cruise shipping company, appears to have placed an order with Fincantieri in Italy for a fourth cruise ship newbuilding, acording to an  equipment supplier.

"Scanship Holding ASA has through its subsidiary Scanship AS entered into a contract with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for a total clean ship system delivery to Viking Ocean Cruises newbuild," Scanship said.

"This is the fourth total clean ship system we will be delivering to Fincantieri for the Viking Ocean Cruises. From next year on until 2017, these ocean-going liners will enter service with the most advanced systems to date for waste management and wastewater purification. We are excited to be aboard, and to set sail in the tradition of real Viking exploration. This time around the voyage
will be in an environmental sustainable way", said Henrik Badin, CEO of Scanship.

Viking Ocean Cruises' first three ships will be called Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sea, respectively.

Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen carries out extensive cruise ship maintenance

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has recently carried out a number of cruise ship repair and refurbishment projects in the Netherlands. Included are Astor and Marco Polo, both operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages. The vessels have been at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSV) for a wide-ranging programme of work, scheduled and unscheduled. Damen carried out its scope within a tight timeframe so that both ships were ready for planned onward voyages.

Astor, whose passenger capacity of just over 600 ensures a personable experience for travellers, arrived at DSV on 17 October. Whilst in port she underwent a DNV GL Class Survey as Damen carried out diverse tasks. The scheduled maintenance included high-pressure washing and painting of the underwater part of the vessel, overhaul of overboard valves, hull anode renewal, maintenance and recertification of lifeboats, gangway repairs and certification and renewal of ducting and ventilators from engine room air-supply.

Peter Sterkenburg, Head of Sales & Marketing at Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, said of the project: “The work on the Astor was not without its challenges – the sheer diversity of the tasks we performed ensured that! The logistics were perhaps the greatest consideration – we had to manage this extensive scope, alongside a class survey, whilst 140 of the vessel’s crew remained on board throughout. I’m pleased to say we did everything according to plan and all work was completed in time for Astor to sail on 4 November.” The 176.25 metre ship sailed from Vlissingen to Tilbury in the UK where she collected the remainder of her crew and passengers for a voyage to Australia.

Only days later, on 11 November, Marco Polo arrived in Vlissingen. The vessel, though similarly sized to Astor, accommodates up to 800 passengers. Marco Polo was scheduled for a class survey and similar scope of maintenance to Astor. However, a recent grounding in Norway added an extra dimension to the project.

Mr Sterkenburg says, “The grounding caused some minor steel damage to the flat bottom of the vessel, so we’ve had to factor that into the planning on top of the scheduled work and class survey. Naturally, this has made the work more challenging, but we are used to this kind of project and to reacting quickly when something changes. Everything went according to plan.”

Having worked extensively on cruise vessel projects, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion understands the importance of punctuality in the sector. When the vessels emerge from the repair yard they are invariably scheduled to pick up passengers for a cruise. Marco Polo, having left DSV on 11 December, collected her passengers in the Amsterdan, Antwerp and Tilburg and sailed on to Brazil and the Amazon.

Pocadel launches super wide B15 glass sliding / tandem door for marine use

Pocadel, the Finnish company that manufactures B15 and A60 fire resistant glass doors and glass walls for marine and offshore use, says it has up-dated and completed their product range.

Besides larger sizes in their traditional  fire rated glass doors and walls, Pocadel has totally new products such as B15 seamless glass wall and B15 tandem door without any limits in number of door leaves.  Especially the tandem door is remarkable add to Pocadel’s product range.

For offshore industry Pocadel offers light weight sound insulated glass doors and glass panels.

Pocadel has been the leading manufacturer of B15 and A60 glass doors and walls for marine use nearly for 20 years.

Pocadel was the first in the market that invented to combine fire resistant glass and aluminum profiles. Light weight and sophisticated fire rated glass doors have gradually replaced heavy steel structures in passenger ships and in offshore use, the company said.

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