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Wärtsilä to power Mediterranean's first LNG fuelled passenger ferry

Wärtsilä has signed a contract with Construcciones Navales del Norte SL (LaNaval) shipyard in Sestao, Spain for the design and supply of the LNG power and propulsion installation for a new RoRo passenger ferry. There is also an option for a second vessel. The ship is being built for Spanish owner Baleària, a leading operator serving the Balearic Islands. Wärtsilä will also provide inclusive project support services to the yard, including integration engineering and on-site consulting, as well as commissioning of the combined systems. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in August.

When entering regular service in 2019, this eco-efficient 'smartship' will be the first gas-propelled RoRo passenger ferry operating in the Mediterranean Sea, and among the largest ferries in Europe. It has a length of 232 metres and a capacity for 331 vehicles and 1700 passengers, 70% of whom can be accommodated in cabins. Because of the ship's extensive accommodation facilities and the need to prioritise passenger comfort, stringent standards to reduce noise and vibration will be applied to Wärtsilä's main and auxiliary engines, propellers, and manoeuvring thrusters.

By sailing on natural gas, the environmental footprint of the vessel will be greatly reduced. In comparison to standard marine diesel fuel, Wärtsilä's LNG solution reduces CO2 emissions by 25%, nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 85%, while sulphur and particulate matter are virtually entirely eliminated.

The full Wärtsilä scope of supply for this contract includes four 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel main engines, four 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines, the Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel storage and management system, two twin/single out gearboxes, two Wärtsilä Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP) with the Wärtsilä ProTouch bridge control system, two Wärtsilä transverse thrusters, plus comprehensive engineering, project management, and on-site yard support services. The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the yard in mid-2017.

"Baleària, the owners of this new ferry, appreciate the importance of LNG fuel in providing a cleaner marine environment. Wärtsilä, with a track record of more than 1500 gas fuelled engines with 16 million running hours, has by far the most experience in dual fuel power and propulsion installations. Furthermore, our capability to assume responsibility for the combined ship systems, plus our strong service support and training facilities were other important considerations," says Aaron Bresnahan, Vice President, Sales, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

"In our current order book at LaNaval, we have two vessels that will be powered by dual-fuel engines: a multi-purpose cable laying vessel and this Ro-Pax vessel for Baleària. For both ships, LaNaval has selected Wärtsilä as the supplier of the DF engines, and we have also chosen the company's LNGPac fuel system. We made this decision based on Wärtsilä's experience in dual-fuel technology," says Javier Angulo, Deputy Managing Director and Sales Director at LaNaval.

"The output power from the Wärtsilä engines will allow the ship to reach a speed of 24 knots. Their technology will enable us to be highly efficient and competitive with our passenger and goods services," says Guillermo Alomar, Baleària's Fleet Director.

Trimline delivers transformation to The World

Trimline, experts in creating interiors for the marine sector, applied their expertise and impeccable attention to detail to the refurbishment of the public areas of the residential ship, The World.

Over a 28-day dry-dock period in Cadiz, Spain, skilled tradespeople and marine interior specialists completed the ambitious refurbishment before The World continued on her 2016 journey across Europe and the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Indonesia and ending the year in Sydney, Australia.

With 165 Residences ranging from studios to a spacious five-bedroom penthouse, The World is the largest privately owned residential ship in the world. Many Residents live aboard the ship for extended periods throughout the year, with some living full time on the ship, so the refurbishment needed to create a sanctuary for the families who call the vessel home. Trimline’s experience in the cruise and superyacht markets, coupled with their innovative approach, made them the perfect partner to design and implement this refurbishment.

The refurbishment transformed several public areas of the ship elevating the already high quality design standards to the superior levels for which the marine interior specialists are well known:

– Restaurant. The Marina restaurant was given an innovative redesign and refurbishment with new retractable floor-to-ceiling glass windows, private dining room, bar/lounge area, chef’s presentation table, specially curated contemporary artwork and a custom wine vault to showcase 1,500 bottles. The furnishings use natural fabrics with a serene, nautical colour palette of blues, greys and metallic tones.

– Theatre. New comfortable, ergonomically designed seats were installed in the Colosseo theatre entertainment and meeting space, together with plush thick pile- carpets, solid wood parquet flooring and velvet drapes. Both sound and lighting capabilities were upgraded.

– Deck 12 aft. This outdoor public area was redesigned and elevated for better views, and four new Bali beds, together with retractable awnings and privacy walls, were added.

– Spa and wellness centre. The World Spa & Wellness Centre was refreshed with new pedicure and manicure stations, a barber shop and Pilates studio. The physiotherapy room was updated to provide enhanced therapeutic rehabilitation services to Residents.

Andrew Richards, Trimline’s CEO remarked “Everyone at Trimline is extremely proud to have delivered such a striking refurbishment to The World. Our skilled teams came into their own on this technically challenging transformation.

Wärtsilä supplies external lighting system to Genting Dream

Wärtsilä, the Finnish engineering group, said it is supplying a special external lighting system for a new cruise ship currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The 150,000 gross ton vessel, the Genting Dream, has been ordered by Dream Cruises, part of Genting Hong Kong, a global leisure company, based in Asia. The ship will be delivered in October. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in the first quarter of 2016.

The Dynamic Exterior Lighting concept developed by Project International Lighting Designers provides a stunning visual effect to the ship's exterior profile. It has been engineered and installed by Wärtsilä Funa in close cooperation with the owner's team and the shipyard.

The technology is based on the use of customised LED RGBW lighting devices, all of which are individually controlled to provide colour, movement and video effects. On Saturday September 10, the new system was presented to the owners of Genting Dream.

"The Funa Dynamic lighting system that we are supplying to this vessel will create something completely new and stunning. It provides a unique signature and is different to anything done before. This lighting concept will change the way people see a cruise ship arriving or departing the harbours of the world," says Frank Meyer, Project Manager, Wärtsilä Funa International GmbH.

The 335 metres long Genting Dream is the first of two cruise vessels being built for the company. It has been purpose-built for the Chinese and other Asian markets. It will accommodate 3400 passengers and 2000 crew, and is scheduled to be in operation from November this year. Its sister ship, the World Dream, is scheduled for delivery in late 2017.

Rolls-Royce to provide propulsion and deck machinery for five cruise ships

Rolls-Royce has announced a new deal to provide propulsion and deck machinery to five cruise ships being built by Fincantieri at their Monfalcone and Ancona Shipyards in Italy.

The firm orders are to supply a Promas system, deck machinery and steering gear to two vessels being built for Viking Ocean Cruises. The contract also covers steering gear and deck machinery for a further vessel under construction for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Steering gear is also being provided for two vessels being built for Princess.

Asbjørn Skaro, Rolls-Royce, Director Deck Machinery – Marine, said: “Over years of servicing the oil and gas sector in the demanding conditions of the North Sea we have perfected some of the most advanced, efficient and reliable deck machinery, propulsion and steering equipment to be found anywhere in the world. By choosing our equipment Fincantieri can be confident it won’t let their customers down.”

Developed using the latest Computational Fluid Dynamics, Promas integrates the propeller, a hubcap, rudder bulb and the rudder itself into a single hydrodynamic efficient unit which can increase propulsive efficiency by 3-8 percent for single screw vessels and 2-6 percent for twin screw vessels and lead to improved manoeuvrability, reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

A modular range of winches and anchor windlasses allow efficient and cost-effective tailor made systems to be built up from a range of standard mooring winches, anchor cable lifters, and warping heads to suit the vessel’s deck layout and requirements. They are designed for ease of installation.

MKN celebrates 70th anniversary

MKN, the Wolfenbüttel specialist for professional cooking technology is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Due to an intensive product offensive and continuous process development the company has expanded rapidly in recent years. Innovative products such as the MKN combi steamer, FlexiCombi and the multifunctional FlexiChef equipped with the first automatic cleaning system for pans are enjoying exceptional success all around the world. Prestigious awards such as the Dr. Georg Triebe Award from the German Consultant Association or the Internorga Future Award demonstrate the innovative strength of these appliances.

Renowned starred chefs such as Johann Lafer, Paul Bocuse and Anton Mosimann all cook with innovative MKN technology. Whether in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai with the world’s highest restaurant, the Sydney Opera House, on the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship or at London Heathrow Airport, customers around the globe put their trust in MKN.

In the last few years the company has also invested intensively to optimize internal processes. A new production hall has been built which accommodates a state-of-the-art stainless steel processing line. So, the MKN company premises have now been extended to 80 000 m2. On the occasion of the anniversary the company grounds were turned into a huge party location for 2 000 guests and employees and their families enjoyed a great family celebration. There were certainly enough reasons to celebrate, as shortly before MKN closed its business year with new record sales figures.

As a modern, progressive industrial company with outstanding products and a highly motivated international team, MKN is looking ahead to the future with enthusiasm and passion alike as the success story continues.


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