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Saint-Gobain to unveil many new products at SMM 2014

Exhibiting during the last 10 years in Hamburg at SMM, once again in Hall B5, Saint-Gobain will be presenting many new products with their Light Weight, Energy Saving construction materials with added Safety and Comfort. Saint-Gobain Marine Applications founded in 2003 is a consortium of seven international renowned Saint- Gobain companies: Isover, Weber, Vetrotech-Kinon, Sully, Gyproc, Optimera and Brødrene Dahl. Specialists in the field of glazing, insulation, flooring, interior finishing, interior boards, valves, pipes, fittings and more.

On Thursday 11th September visitors will be able to meet a special guest. Mr. Åge Skinstad. Head of the cross country division of the Norwegian Ski Federation since 2006. Mr. Skinstad is also a well-known expert sports commentator on Norwegian national television. Present on the stand and ready to explain how excellent team work leads to being an expert and to winning medals.

Saint-Gobain global team of experts provides architects, EPC’s, designers, owners and administrative authorities with a wide selection of innovative products and services for the construction or renovation of ships and platforms. ”The Saint-Gobain solutions are actually a way of `downsizing ́ as presently done in the car industry, these construction solutions offer significant weight saving and still a great freedom in design”, says renowned designer Steen Friis Hansen of Steen Friis Design in Denmark.

SMM Exhibition, Hamburg September 9 – 12, 2014. Hall B5 Stand nr. 406

Trimline appoints Andrew Richards as new CEO

Trimline, Southampton-based marine interior refurbishment specialist, has appointed Andrew Richards as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Richards, currently Group Key Account Director at Survitec Group Ltd, will take up his post at Trimline on the 7 August and his role will see him strategically lead the company through the biggest development phase in its history as Trimline prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015.

Trimline has undergone its largest expansion in recent years with 12 new vacancies created within the last year alone and the number of employees reaching 100. Turnover at the company has now exceeded £20 million and this is anticipated to increase to £30 million within the next five years.

Gary Oliver, Managing Director at Trimline Ltd, said: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew to Trimline. With 21 years of experience within the marine industry, his knowledge will help Trimline continue to expand and manage its growing portfolio of ship maintenance and projects whilst providing direction and leadership to our ever-expanding staff.”

Andrew Richards said: “I am thrilled to be joining Trimline at such an exciting stage in its development. The opportunity to work within an innovative, forward-thinking company is one that I am very much looking forward to and I look forward to developing established relationships with Trimline’s staff and partners.”

The move to expand the company comes after the addition of an electrical and catering department in 2013 to bring more expertise in-house and increase the support offered to partners. Tony Body has also been appointed to the newly created role of Director of Site Projects to help position the company for further growth.

Trimline has managed a number of large-scale refurbishment projects in the last year including: Red Falcon for Red Funnel and Isle of Wight Ferries, Star Pride for Windstar Cruises, Ben My Chree for Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, HMA Scott and RFA Fort Victoria for the Ministry of Defence, Thomson Dream for Thomson Cruises, Queen Mary 2 for Cunard and the luxury yacht MY Shemara.

Roxtec decides on further investments and R&D

Global cable and pipe transit provider Roxtec paves the way for its continuous growth within several industries throughout the world. “New materials will help us widen our offer to existing customers, conquer new markets and keep our position as market leader,” says Ola Weidenberg, Executive Vice President Global Products and Marketing.

Therefore, Roxtec will already during the upcoming twelve months create a first class material laboratory at the headquarters in Karlskrona, Sweden. The company will invest in new equipment as well as in the recruitment of highly skilled staff within materials engineering and chemistry. The idea is to develop and complement the rubber compounds primarily used in Roxtec sealing solutions today by, for example, light-weight composite materials. Roxtec, which was awarded the Grand Export Prize in Sweden in 2010, aims for further growth.

“We are globally recognized as sealing experts,” says Ola Weidenberg. “If we increase research and learn even more about rubber and composites we will be able to develop our offer within electrical safety as well as fire and explosion protection. When you work with safety, there are always new challenges to deal with, such as high temperatures, high pressure, chemicals, and, of course, oil.

Investing for the future

Roxtec dominates the global market when it comes to modular-based cable and pipe seals. The management wants to use this number one position wisely in order to give Roxtec every possibility to both maintain and increase its lead. “We are the only ones in the business who can rapidly adapt our flexible standard products to meet customer needs and requirements,” says Ola Weidenberg.

Deerberg-Systems sets the course for the future of waste management of cruise ships

With a Round Table discussion in Hamburg Deerberg-Systems is taking the lead in addressing the questions of tomorrow gathering cruise lines, ship yards, ports and disposal companies. Parliamentary State Secretary Uwe Beckmeyer underlines the importance of the topic for the industry in his greeting words, "protecting our marine environment requires the coaction of all stakeholders in the maritime industry. I therefore warmly welcome the Deerberg-Systems initiative to bring experts of shipping companies, waste management companies, ports, and shipyards together in one place to jointly discuss new shipbuilding concepts and how to make the operation of vessels more environmentally friendly. Previous workshops organised by Deerberg-Systems in Miami in 1992 and Hamburg in 2002, have already provided important recommendations. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy contributes to achieving these environmental goals by implementing programs such as the “Maritime Technologies of the next Generation” as part of its research funding. In addition, programs run by the KfW banking group facilitate the financing of environmental investments in shipyards and ships."

Jochen Deerberg, Owner & CEO of Deerberg-Systems sets the stage for the discussion in his introduction outlining that today´s environmental consciousness, legislation, ship owners own initiatives and further developed technology induce the ship owners and shipyards to install a high standard, sustainable and flexible Waste Management Systems on board. "A cruise ship will be operating for 30 to 40 years and must be totally flexible in handling the Waste Management Process onboard. With the new level of our DEERBERG MULTI PURPOSE WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FLEX (MPWMS® FLEX) a ship is able to operate and combine 3 basic scenarios to address these needs," Deerberg refers to his newest and most flexible technology. Based on a 3.000 pax ship the new system could save 2.700 tons CO2, 720 trees or supply energy for 180 family homes each year, lowering the operating costs by 100.000 Euro.

Addressing the environmental needs is a challenge and a chance for the industry. That is the main message from the discussion among cruise lines, ship yards, ports and recycling companies. Monika Griefahn, Chief Sustainability Officer at Germany’s AIDA Cruises refers to actions already taken by AIDA on ships like AIDAmar: "AIDA has joint forces with Deerberg at an early stage to develop a single line incinerator instead of two, gaining space to add additional recycling and storage components." Build at Papenburg’s Meyer Werft the ship for AIDA Cruises were one of the first to address the needs of the future. "We are happy to have such strong suppliers in our backyard giving us the power to be a market leader in the cruise industry," says Ralf Sempf, Supply Chain Manager at Meyer Werft. On the land side ports and recycling companies in Germany are ready to take their part in the process. “In the past years we invested in logistics and infrastructure of our port and with our new cruise terminal to be completed in 2015 we will set new standards", outlines Wolfgang Hurtienne, Managing Director at Hamburg Port Authority. Hamburg is ready for the new system options and recyclers like the Eckelmann-Gruppe are welcoming the extensive options for efficient sorting onboard. "Clean sorted materials are the base for a better recycling on land and can even generate revenue for the cruise lines," underlines Christoph Buss in his comments.

Scanship in Total Clean Ship Solution contract for third Viking Ocean Cruises' ship

Scanship Holding ASA has, through its subsidiary Scanship AS, been awarded the contract for delivery of a Total Clean Ship Solution for the third cruise vessel, Viking Sea, in the series being built for Viking Ocean Cruises at Fincantieri.

The contract is awarded by Fincantieri S.p.A., and the main delivery of equipment will take place in the third and fourth Quarter of 2014. The contract includes three options for equipment deliveries in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

"We are very pleased to be awarded another contract with Fincantieri. This is Scanship's 26th equipment contract with the Italian yard, confirming our strong relationship. The contract also confirms thatScanship is well positioned as a partner for the leading cruise yards. This is further made evident by the increased demand we are experiencing for our solutions, in large part due to stricter environmental regulations and higher environmental awareness among leading ship-owners",says CEO Henrik Badin.

The deliveries will include Scanship's Advanced Wastewater Purification (AWP) system and Waste Management (WM) system. The AWP system treats all wastewater streams on a vessel in compliance with the strictest environmental regulations, and the vessel when delivered, will be able to meet the new regulation in the Baltic Sea as well as the regulation enforced in Alaska. Scanship is the only supplier that has delivered AWP systems operating today meeting the Baltic Sea Helcom standard. The Scanship Waste Management system processes all garbage and food waste, and bio residues from these waste streams and from the wastewater will be dried and incinerated aboard. The total clean ship delivered from Scanship provides a seamless interface between all solid and liquid waste.

The equipment for the first vessel, Viking Star, in the Viking Ocean Cruises newbuild series was delivered to the yard last year, while the delivery to the second vessel, Viking Sky, is ongoing this summer.

Viking Star