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Langh Tech wins scrubber order for two Breakaway Plus ships

Langh Tech, the Finnish manufacturer and supplier of scrubber solutions, will deliver scrubber systems to two large cruise vessels of the Breakaway Plus class on order at Meyer Werft in Papenburg for Norwegian Cruise Line.

The scrubbers are of hybrid type, enabling unrestricted operation in closed loop mode. The delivery includes scrubber units for all five engines on each ship and treatment plants for the scrubber water.

”The scrubber tower is of our design but will be manufactured at the shipyard. The components for the water treatment plant will be manufactured at our production facility at Piikkiö, Finland, and delivered to the shipyard,” Laura Langh-Lagerlöf, Commercial Director of Langh Tech, said in a statement.

Supplying the cruise industry with environmental technology is a new land winning for Langh Tech. Prior to the order for the NCL vessels Langh Tech delivered water treatment systems for scrubber water for several scrubber retrofits on vessels in the Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises fleets.

”We have seen a positive trend in the demand of such investments for cruise vessels. We have put a lot of effort in entering this sector, as there seems to be a demand for scrubber solutions especially on newbuildings. After all, many cruise vessels operate in ECA and despite low prices on low sulphur MDO and MGO there is still a large price gap to the benefit of HFO,” Laura Langh-Lagerlöf stated.

The Langh Tech scrubbers and water treatment plants are developed within the Langh Group of companies. The company’s hybrid scrubber system has been in continuous use since 2015 on the five cargo vessels in the Langh Ship fleet.

Especially regarding the water treatment Langh Tech has presented a unique solution, which has several patents. ”Our experiences from the systems in operation on the Langh Ship-vessels have exceeded all expectations, we have not had a single day when the scrubbers on any of the vessels would have been out of service. The waste contains virtually no water at all, making it easy to store and transport for processing in land based waste treatment plants” Laura Langh-Lagerlöf said.

Konecranes will deliver a new 1,200 ton Goliath crane to Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland

Konecranes will deliver a new 1,200 ton Goliath gantry crane to Meyer Turku Oy. The design, precision drive components, electrical installation and automation system and structural components will be supplied by Konecranes, while Meyer Turku will manufacture the main girder in its own hull production. The new crane will be taken into use in May 2018. The order also includes a modernization of the Turku shipyard’s current 600 ton crane, service and maintenance parts.

Turku shipyard’s CEO Jan Meyer sees the more than EUR 35 million investment as a good example of smart Finnish collaboration and adds: “The first major step of our big investment program for Turku yard is becoming concrete. The new crane will allow for more industrialization and increase output capacity. The new crane will be a nice continuation of our collaboration with Konecranes that already started in the 1970’s with the building of our old 600 ton crane. Building part of the crane with our own workforce will also help us smoothen our workload.”

“This is a very important order for the Finnish industry,” says Panu Routila, CEO of Konecranes. “First of all, it is nice to see that the lifetime of the Goliath that we delivered 40 years ago will be prolonged. We also look forward to delivering a totally new, high-tech and actually the largest gantry crane in the Nordic countries to the site. Together the two cranes will help Meyer Turku reach higher production levels.”

The new 1,200 ton gantry crane together with the old 600 ton crane will triple the shipyard’s lifting capacity per day and will allow building and lifting bigger blocks with more outfitting.

The new Goliath crane will be equipped with Konecranes TRUCONNECT Remote monitoring, allowing Konecranes to offer expertise and help to reduce unplanned downtime, even in the harshest conditions.

Wärtsilä equipment for two Canadian ferries that will be converted to use LNG in Poland

Wärtsilä Corporation, the Finnish engineering group, says it has been awarded the contract by Gdansk Shiprepair Yard "Remontowa" S.A., to supply a comprehensive scope of engines, propulsion machinery, integrated automation systems, and gas handling systems required for the mid-life upgrading of two RoPax ferries and their conversion to operate on LNG fuel.

The ferries, Spirit of British Columbia and the Spirit of Vancouver, are the flagship vessels of British Columbia Ferry Services based in Victoria, British Columbia, in Canada. They are of about 18,700 gross tons each and they were built in Germany in 1993-94.

The work on the first of these ships will be carried out during the 2017-18 winter season, and during the following winter season for the second vessel. “This means that the time allowed for completing the work is just seven months, including a delivery voyage of more than one month each way. This demanding schedule requires excellent logistics and integrated planning between Wärtsilä and the shipyard,” the company said in a statement.

The Wärtsilä equipment will be delivered to the shipyard in mid 2017 and mid 2018 prior to the arrival of the vessels. The complexity of this project required intensive preparations between Wärtsilä and Remontowa, as well as detailed LNG feasibility studies.

"Wärtsilä's unique capabilities as a systems integrator, together with the company's unmatched portfolio of products, systems and solutions, was an essential element in bringing the project planning to fruition. Wärtsilä has also been able to demonstrate its ability to undertake extended responsibilities beyond merely supplying the new equipment and upgrading the propulsion and manoeuvring installations," the company said in a statement.

ABB’s Azipod D to power Scenic Eclipse

ABB’s Azipod D will power the expedition cruise ship Scenic Eclipse. Built to Polar Class 6 the vessel will have the ability to navigate the summer waters of Polar Regions. The ship’s two 3 MW Azipod units will allow it to reach destinations previously off limits for large passenger vessels, taking advantage of the propulsion system’s track record of operating safely in every corner of the planet.

Juha Koskela, Managing Director of ABB’s Marine and Ports business, said, “Scenic Eclipse maintains the strong tradition of Azipod propulsion powering some of the world’s most innovative ships. With our unrivalled pedigree in the passenger and icebreaking segments, we are able to meet the owner’s demands for a flexible and efficient propulsion system which can operate safely in all sea conditions.”

Azipod propulsion is integral to the majority of modern cruise vessels and Scenic Eclipse will take advantage of the unique characteristics of podded propulsion. With the engine mounted outside of the ship, passengers benefit from a reduction in noise and vibration whilst the freed-up space can be used for other purposes. In Scenic Eclipse’s case, this includes a submarine and 6 restaurants.

Scenic Eclipse will visit some of the world’s most pristine ecosystems and Azipod propulsion’s strong environmental credentials are in keeping with this spirit. Azipod D’s gearless construction, high motor efficiency and advanced hydrodynamic design ensure fuel consumption is typically 10-15 % lower than with geared thrusters. Azipod propulsion’s long track record of reliability is also important for vessels operating in faraway regions, so far clocking up more than 12 million running hours since its first installation a quarter of a century ago.

Fitted with the technology that make Azipod propulsors the leading podded propulsion system, but with less installed power than other models, the Azipod D has gained traction in the market since its launch in 2015. Orders have already been achieved in the offshore sector whilst the Scenic Eclipse will be the first passenger vessel fitted with this model.

“There is growing interesting in the Polar Regions from the passenger segment and recent orders have shown ship owners trust our solutions in these areas,” said Koskela.

Scenic Eclipse will be built by Uljanik Group in Croatia and is due for completion in 2018. The vessel will have a capacity of 228 passengers (200 in polar regions) and 172 crew (182 in polar regions) with a total of 114 passenger cabins, the largest being 233 square meters. The gross tonnage will be 16 800 with a length of 168 meters.

Wärtsilä and CSSC form electrical and automation joint venture

 Wärtsilä, the Finnish engineering group, and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) have signed a Letter of Intent to establish a new joint venture company, which will focus on China's growing market for electrical & automation (E&A) solutions for marine applications.

The Letter of Intent was signed by Wärtsilä CEO Jaakko Eskola and Mr Wu Qiang, President of CSSC at a ceremony in Shanghai on March 16. The planned activities of the JV will include sales, marketing, engineering and project management for the E&A market. However, following the signing of the Letter of Intent, the full scope of the company's operations will be further defined. The joint venture company is expected to be operational at the beginning of 2017.

"Wärtsilä has a leading position in supplying E&A systems for high-end and offshore vessel applications. By combining our strengths in this field with the strong market position of CSSC, we can provide Asian owners and yards with the best possible solutions supported by local presence and capabilities," says Jaakko Eskola, CEO of Wärtsilä.

"We are delighted to be cooperating yet again with Wärtsilä to serve the marine industry in China. CSSC and Wärtsilä have state-of-the-art technologies and vast experience in E&A systems, and through this joint venture we shall be in a position to provide the best possible offering and service," says Mr Wu Qiang, President of CSSC.

Wärtsilä and CSSC are already partners in three joint venture companies. In 2004 they jointly formed Wärtsilä CME Zhenjiang Propeller Co Ltd (WCME), a company producing fixed and controllable pitch ship propellers. In 2014, CSSC Wärtsilä Engine (Shanghai) Co Ltd (CWEC) was established for the local production of medium and large bore, medium speed, diesel and dual-fuel Wärtsilä engines. In 2015 the two companies formed Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD). WinGD has taken over the technical development and sales of Wärtsilä's range of 2-stroke, low speed marine engines.

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