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Damen launches second of two ferries for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

The second of two 80-metre ice class Ro-Pax ferries - the MV Legionnaire - has been launched at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania. The naming was performed by Mrs. Lori Anne Companion, Deputy Minister at the Department of Transportation and Works of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

The MV Legionnaire is sister ship to the MV Veteran, launched earlier this year at the Romanian yard. Both vessels are part of a large vessel replacement programme being undertaken by the Provincial Government. 81 metres in length and with a beam of 17 metres, she will carry up to 200 passengers and 60 cars (PAE) at a cruising speed of 14 knots. MV Legionnaire will operate on the short-haul route from Portugal Cove to Bell Island, the busiest route of the province.

In his speech at the launch the Hon. Mr. David Brazil, Minister of Transportation and Works, said, “This launching brings a new home to the water. It is a significant milestone in the ship build process and a great achievement. It is a lifeline to the inhabitants of Bell Island and will play a significant role in people’s lives there for decades.” The vessel will be delivered to Newfoundland in the spring of 2016.

Meanwhile Damen is continuing to increase its presence in the province with plans for a certified service and maintenance centre in the capital of St. John’s now well advanced. Damen representatives also recently attended student career days at Newfoundland and Labrador’s Memorial University.

Trimline appoints new CFO

Southampton-based marine interior specialists Trimline have appointed Michael Colebourn as their new Chief Financial Officer. As a key member of the senior management team, Michael will play a central part in Trimline’s future as the business continues to enjoy rapid growth.

After graduating from the University of Southampton with a BSc (Hons) in Accounting & Finance, Michael joined BDO and qualified as a chartered accountant, servicing a variety of industries throughout this period. He then gained broad experience of the maritime sector during eight years with Norwegian ship owner and maritime services specialist Wilhelmsen. Implementing new structures, systems and processes to partner the firm’s expansion, he also played an important role in restructuring whilst working alongside various global stakeholders. Away from work, Michael is married with a one-year-old daughter and he loves to keep fit, with particular interests in golf, football, tennis and triathlons.

“I’m very excited to be joining Trimline as they celebrate their fiftieth anniversary,” said Michael. “This is a company with strong foundations on which we can build an amazing future. I’m determined to make Trimline’s financial operations as cutting-edge as the services they provide and I am confident the business leaders will support me in everything I do.”

“I’m delighted to welcome Michael Colebourn to Trimline,” added CEO Andrew Richards. “His flair for business management and his extensive experience of the maritime industry make him an ideal fit for us and I’m confident that he will be crucial to our future plans. We are growing faster than ever and Michael’s financial strategies will help to take us to the next level.”

MSC Cruises selects Thordon Bearing's COMPAC system for Seaside newbuilds

MSC Cruises has specified Thordon Bearings’ COMPAC water-lubricated propeller shaft system for the first of two (plus one option) Seaside-class cruise ships currently under construction at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard.

The 154,000 gross ton twin-screw vessel, the largest cruise ship ever to be built by the Italian yard, will be equipped with six COMPAC bearings in bronze carriers with tapered keysets to fit 664mm shaft diameters.

Thordon’s Commercial Director, Andy Edwards said: "We are delighted to have won this order to supply COMPAC to MSC’s new state-of-the-art Seaside-class. The ship, developed entirely by Fincantieri, represents a genuine evolution of the cruise ship. Its structure, shape and systems suggest a cruising future that goes way beyond current environmental regulations and our water-lubricated propeller shaft bearing will help MSC towards achieving that goal. There will be zero oil leaking from the vessel’s shaft line."

With a length of 323 metres, a width of 41 metres and capacity to accommodate 5,300 passengers and 1,413 crew members, the Seaside-class has been designed specifically for the U.S cruise market.

In addition to the environmentally compatible COMPAC system, MSC Seaside will feature advanced water treatment, waste heat recovery, exhaust gas scrubbing to reduce emissions, LED lighting, and optimised hull lines, propellers and rudders to reduce drag and fuel consumption by 25%. The ship is fully compliant with the Safe Return to Port requirement.

"The cruise industry is a significant market for our seawater-lubricated propeller shaft technology, but other sectors are now ordering COMPAC for a number of commercial and technical reasons," said Edwards.

"Seawater-lubricated propeller systems offer considerable advantages, not only in bearing wear life predictability and reliability, but they are also considerably cheaper to maintain, easier to install and there is absolutely zero risk of pollution."

Thordon Bearings now supplies its COMPAC system with a 15-year propeller shaft bearing wear life guarantee, which is available for commercial newbuilds with shaft diameters of 300mm or more.

"I really don’t think any other propeller shaft seal and bearing manufacturer – whether oil or water-lubricated – offers shipowners such a commitment," he said.

First steel was cut for the €700 million MSC Seaside in June 2015 for a scheduled delivery in November 2017. A sister Seaside-class vessel will follow in May 2018.

Wärtsilä to adjust its Ship Power business to reflect the weak market situation

Wärtsilä's Ship Power business, today renamed Marine Solutions, plans to realign its organisation, operations and resources in response to the sluggish global marine market situation. These plans will affect personnel in all functions of Wärtsilä Marine Solutions' global operations. The realignment will mean the reduction of approximately 600 jobs, of which some 160 will be in Finland. A portion of the reductions will be realised through retirements.

In taking these measures, Wärtsilä seeks annual savings in the region of EUR 40 million. The effect of the savings will materialise gradually beginning from the third quarter of 2015, and will take full effect by the end of 2016. The non-recurring costs related to the restructuring measures will be approximately EUR 25-30 million.

"The marine industry has been slow in recovering from the global economic crisis and new shipbuilding contracting is weak. At the same time, the offshore oil & gas industry has been adversely affected by lower oil prices. In addition, there are risks related to vessel owners negotiating extensions to existing delivery contracts. The combined impact of these developments has created a challenging market situation for the entire marine sector.

These unfortunate capacity adjustments have to be made in this current environment of low demand in order for us to maintain our competitive position in the global market. Despite streamlining the organisation, our commitment to our customers remains absolutely solid," says Jaakko Eskola, President, Marine Solutions, Senior Executive Vice President, Wärtsilä Corporation.

These realignment plans are aimed at adjusting Wärtsilä's Marine Solutions business to be able to efficiently respond to the needs of its various customer segments. The effect of these adjustments will be specified when the consultation processes are initiated in the affected countries according to local practices and legislation.

Currently, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions employs 7,217 people globally.

MagicPilot to go – MKN launches new mobile app

With the MagicPilot to go mobile app MKN customers can take their combi steamer display with them wherever they go. The app is available in the Google Play Store and allows chefs to monitor their combi steamers by smartphone or smartwatch even when they aren’t anywhere near to the appliance. MagicPilot to go informs the user about the appliance status and gives an acoustic or vibration signal when action needs to be taken at the combi steamer, e.g. when the automatic cleaning cycle or the cooking process has finished. The remaining cooking times or set timers (RackControl2) are also shown. So, the chef doesn’t always need to be in the kitchen to keep his eye on the combi steamer. The mobile display provides some welcome breathing space in the busy daily routine in professional kitchens. A free of charge usage of the Android App is available upon registration.