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Wärtsilä wins Nacos Platinum systems contract for four new cruise ships

Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply a broad range of integrated automation, navigation and dynamic positioning equipment, as well as the complete uninterruptable power systems (UPS) for four new cruise ships. Two of the vessels are being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, while the other two vessels are to be built at Meyer Turku in Finland. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in the second quarter of 2016.

The Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum system comprises 12 multifunction workstations for combined displays of ARPA radar, ECDIS conning and dynamic positioning operations, in addition to those for automatic steering and voyage planning. The scope of navigation equipment also includes the subsidiary sensors, as well as associated communications facilities covering a full range of GMDSS A3 equipment.

Wärtsilä's Nacos Platinum series is complemented by an advanced integrated dynamic positioning system. Three compact workstations provide full access to the customised cruise software from the main bridge and from both bridge wings.

Wärtsilä Nacos Valmatic Platinum is an integrated automation system that includes numerous individual systems handling power management, energy measuring, LNG plant control, the HVAC, cabin control, emergency shutdown, information management, safety management control, video walls and tactical tables, as well as an extended alarm system. The complete system is operated and controlled from a total of 24 work stations at different locations. In addition, the HVAC system has local control from 55 locations.

Each vessel will be equipped with Wärtsilä Jovystar Ocean UPS systems, including eight 100 kVA UPS, five 20 kVA UPS, and two 40 kVA UPS. Altogether, there will be one MW of UPS power for each vessel. The UPS systems secure the power supply of critical and essential systems, such as those serving the fire zones, bridge, navigation functions and broadcast systems.

"We are extremely proud to once again be selected by Meyer Werft to supply our Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum equipment, which is already in service aboard numerous cruise vessels. Wärtsilä's capability to offer owners and operators state-of-the-art technology for cruise applications underlines the company's position as a market leader for such systems," says Stephan Kuhn, Vice President, Electrical & Automation, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

Deltamarin launches ropax design target Asian markets

Deltamarin, the Finnish consultant naval architects in the Singapore based AVIC group, said it is committed to finding a solution to the challenges of the Asian ferry market.

“The challenges at hand include large regional variations in cargo volume and composition, huge economic pressure on operators and unsatisfactory safety records especially in the developing countries. Deltamarin’s answer to this is DeltaSAFER design, which is both safe and affordable at the same time,” the company said in a statement.

DeltaSAFER is a family of safe and affordable new-built ro-pax ferries. The design combines cost-effectiveness with an exceptional level of safety in a modular platform developed to meet the needs of different kinds of routes.

The safety of the design is visible in various features. The selected set of the hull dimensions is characterised by a relatively large beam of 30 m. This, together with enhanced subdivision of the spaces below the main deck (including a triple bottom and triple side structure below the main trailer deck) results in high intact stability and survivability in case of damage.

A simplified layout of the passenger spaces allows for smooth embarkation and evacuation. A redundant propulsion system helps to tackle extreme weather conditions, while an optimised hull form ensures low accelerations in waves and reduced power requirements.

The hull shape and structure give not only hydrodynamic benefits but also reduced construction costs. This includes utilising standard plate thicknesses and profiles as well as simple connection details, developed in cooperation with an Asian shipyard. Other cost-effective measures include aligning the interior standard with local expectations, and using a mix of several comfortable suites with a number of large common sleeping spaces for budget travellers. A selection of affordable equipment manufacturers has also been identified to keep the costs of the machinery as low as possible.

The DeltaSAFER design family covers a wide range of combinations considering passenger intake, cargo capacity and speed. Three variations are available so far:

DeltaSAFER25 – a “base case” design with high deadweight (9,800t), reduced speed 16kn design speed) and 800 passengers. Other dimensions are:

Loa                                 188.8 m

B                                     30.0 m

T                                     6.4 m

Lane maters                     2,500 m


DeltaSAFER21 – a Sino-Korean version with higher speed (20kn), 2,100 lane meters for cargo and a capacity of 1,000 passengers.

DeltaSAFER15 – a South-East Asian option with reduced cargo capacity (5,500dwt) but increased passenger intake of 2,000 people.

Other options, including a fast ro-pax ferry, are also currently under development. The available designs can be tailor-made according to specific client requirements. Deltamarin also offers a comprehensive construction services package with full engineering, procurement and project management (EPCM) support for construction. “We are confident that our DeltaSAFER design offers Asian ferry owners and operators a solution well-suited to safe transportation at a reasonably low cost. An added benefit is the possibility to suit any capacity requirement – something not available in the second-hand market,” says Grzegorz Mazerski, Project Manager for DeltaSAFER and R&D Manager at Deltamarin’s Poland office.

Remontowa wins Croatian ferry design contract

Remontowa Marine Design & Consulting, the Polish ship designer, says it has won the public tender for the development of concept and classification design of ro-ro passenger ship for the largest Croatian ferry operator Jadrolinija.

The ferry will be designated to operate in the Adriatic Sea between the port of Split and the islands of Hvar, Korcula and Vis.

The ship to be designed will carry 2000 passengers and 206 cars, or alternatively 85 cars and 20 trucks. Passenger spaces located on two decks will include a restaurant, bars, buffet, children playroom and designated space for passengers on the open deck.

Transport of passengers between decks will take place also using elevators and escalators. The ship will have two decks designed to carry cars. The bow and stern of the ship will be equipped with ramps to enable efficient loading and unloading

The drive unit will be the four diesel engines, two on each of the two shaft lines. Each shaft line will be equipped with a reduction gearbox, clutch, shaft generator and CP propeller. The ship will have two Backer flap rudders aligned with two propellers.

The ferry will be equipped with one pair of foldable fin stabilizers that ensure the comfort of passengers. She will be also equipped with two bow thrusters to enable precise maneuvering in small and congested ports.

 The vessel will be designed according to the requirements of the CRS (Croatian Register of Shipping) and will meet the latest safety standards in accordance with SOLAS 2009.

Wartsila to launch Sea-Master to monitor shaft bearings and seals

Wartsila, the Finnish engineering group, says it will launch its Sea-Master system to monitor shaft bearings and seals at the SMM trade show in Hamburg 6 to 9 September. The system collects real time data from the tail shaft of the vessel, providing real time information about its operational health. The system can be used in all vessel types and it can be retrofitted in existing vessels as well as used in newbuildings, the company said.

Wärtsilä in coalition to promote LNG as a marine fuel

Wärtsilä, the Finnish engineering group,  and other leading marine industry players have formed a coalition, known as SEA/LNG, to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. The coalition aims to help break down the barriers hindering the global development of LNG in marine applications, thereby improving the environmental performance of the shipping industry.

In addition to Wärtsilä, the other partners in the SEA/LNG coalition include Carnival Corporation, DNV-GL, ENGIE, ENN Group, GE Marine, GTT, Lloyds Register, Mitsubishi, NYK Line, Port of Rotterdam, Qatargas, Shell Downstream and Tote. Each member organization commits mutually agreed human resources, data analysis, and knowledge sharing in support of the SEA/LNG initiatives and activities.

"This is a strong coalition combining the expertise of major fleet owners, classification societies, port facilities, and energy experts. Wärtsilä contributes its vast experience and know-how in gas driven propulsion systems and the entire gas value chain. By working together, we plan to overcome the challenges and speed the general acceptance of LNG. Having been a pioneer in the use of LNG as a marine fuel, and a developer of major technologies facilitating the adoption of LNG fuel, it is natural that Wärtsilä supports wholeheartedly the aims of the SEA/LNG coalition," says Timo Koponen, Vice President, Flow & Gas Solutions, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

LNG offers significant environmental advantages for shipping compared to heavy fuel oil (HFO), which remains the predominant fuel used today. By comparison with HFO, NOx emissions are cut by approximately 85%, SOx emissions are almost completely eliminated since natural gas contains no sulphur, and particle production is practically non-existent, thanks to the efficient combustion of natural gas, a fuel with almost no residuals.

The main areas of focus for the coalition include supporting the development of LNG bunkering in major ports, educating stakeholders as to the risks and opportunities in the use of LNG fuel, and developing globally consistent regulations for cleaner shipping fuels.


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