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R&M Ship Technologies USA merges with Sea Level Marine to enhance lifecycle services offering

R&M Ship Technologies USA, Inc. has merged with Sea Level Marine, LLC. in efforts to increase the range of services offered to its global client base.

“By aligning resources, customers will benefit from the ships` lifecycle services and enhanced portfolio, combining Sea Level's established offerings with R&M Group's portfolio, along an expanded network of resources across the globe,” R&M Ship Technologies USA said in a statement.

The company is part of Reinhold & Mahla International GmbH, the Hamburg based global provider of individual and turnkey solutions for interior outfitting on board all types of maritime applications such a special vessels, cruise ships, ferries, and offshore platforms. The company’s service offering covers the entire value chain, including engineering, consulting, design, planning, implementation and production of small and large projects..

Based in Miami, Sea Level Marine is a leading provider of cruise ship interior outfitting services. Sea Level Marine has established a reputation for delivering high quality, turnkey construction and joinery for leading cruise lines in dry-docks and in service especially for refurbishment around the world.

"Clients will benefit through increased efficiency and cost savings, with the assurance that they are receiving the highest quality of work and dedicated customer service on which Sea Level's reputation was built," states Darelynn Prejean, Chief Operating & Marketing Officer at Sea Level Marine.

Thomas Grunwald, President of R&M Ship Technologies USA, Inc. adds that “by aligning our resources, we can offer clients more in-house fabrication options, combining Sea Level’s established cabinetry shop with R&M Group’s systems and materials services, along with an expanded network of skilled workers across the globe.”

The merger will allow Sea Level Marine to increase its ability to serve clients through R&M's range of resources and the global structure of the company group, while R&M will gain access to Sea Level Marine’s expertise as well as especially for the ships` lifecycle services.

NIT to supply interiors for two Mein Schiff newbuilds

NIT and Meyer Turku have signed a new deal to supply the turnkey interior projects for the fifth and sixth ship in the Mein Schiff newbuild series. NIT will design and build five interior areas for each ship, both totaling 5500 square meters. The delivery includes public areas like bars, restaurants and the shore excursion area, as well as crew areas such as stairs, library and day room.

“We have been working with Turku shipyard from the first Finnish-built vessel in the Mein Schiff series, number three,” says NIT’s CEO, Jari Suominen. “We are happy with this continuing relationship, which will produce economical and operational benefits for all, as we are learning together every day.”

NIT’s project manager Torsten Viljamaa has been working to ensure the success of this cruise ship series since Mein Schiff 3. He says that the turnkey delivery by NIT also includes the technical installations (HVAC, piping, electricals and insulation) behind the interior surfaces. In order to complete complex projects on time, Viljamaa has an in-house team comprising experienced design, engineering and procurement professionals working with the installation crew on-site at Meyer Turku and in the workshop (Leo Steel) near the shipyard.

NIT is one of the leading interior suppliers for the world’s maritime industry. The company aims to be the most reliable partner for its customers. NIT has its headquarters in Kaarina, Finland and it employs 100 people. The company’s turnover exceeded 30 million euros in 2015.

Bureau Veritas to class Scenic newbuild

Classification society Bureau Veritas is to class a new concept luxury expedition cruise vessel to be built for Australia’s Scenic group.

The 165 m LOA vessel will be built at Croatia’s Uljanik shipyard for delivery in summer 2018. It will have lower berth accommodation for 228 passengers and 172 crew and will meet the requirements of the newly adopted Polar Code allowing operation for a certain period of the year in Polar waters.

Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director of the Marine & Offshore Division, Bureau Veritas, says, "Bureau Veritas was involved at an early stage of design, working closely with the owners, shipyard and well known design offices for the development of this new concept cruise ship. Our expertise with safety, Polar conditions and comfort on board were all critical elements of the new concept which Scenic presents as a six-star luxury discovery yacht."

Particular attention has been paid to safety, meeting the Safe Return to Port criteria, and to comfort for the whole accommodation, based on the most stringent BV Comfort Class criteria. All guest suites will have a private balcony and the ship will be equipped with a new generation of zero-speed high efficiency stabilizers.

Two helicopters and an observation submarine will provide opportunities for a new approach to exploration cruises.

Scenic Eclipse will be powered by two separate diesel-electric propulsion plants and two pods. The vessel will be granted the highest Bureau Veritas marks and notations, including a new Polar Class and several additional class notations related to pollution prevention such as advanced waste water treatment system, ballast water management system, waste holding capacity and Green Passport.

Says Donche-Gay, "Bureau Veritas has been working for several years now with the Scenic Group on the development of its river cruise fleet, and we are proud to continue our close cooperation for this new challenging project."

Damen to carry out winter modifications for Viking River Cruises

Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, is currently undertaking a substantial modification and maintenance contract for six inland cruise vessels owned by Viking River Cruises. With this winter service complete, all six vessels – known as Longships – will be ready for the coming river cruise season.

DSAm will carry out the contract one vessel at a time. The Viking Idi was the first of the six to arrive at the yard in late December 2015. Sister ships Viking Idun, Viking Kvasir, Viking Kara, Viking Hlin and Viking Gullveig will follow consecutively. With each vessel spending an average of 10-11 days at the yard, the entire contract will be completed by early March.

The primary scope of work for all six Longships comprises stern frame modifications necessary to prevent propeller damage during turning manoeuvres in canals and other narrow waterways. The solution is to install an additional steel construction reaching from the seawater inlet chest all the way to the stern. To reduce the time spent at the yard, Damen is prefabricating the steel components in advance.

The DSAm team will also carry out any necessary maintenance on the vessels whilst they have them in drydock. For example, the Viking Idi needed a replacement port propeller. Furthermore, the vertical sides of her hull and the seawater inlet chest box coolers were high-pressure washed and cleaned.

Viking’s river and ocean cruise catalogue offers worldwide destinations that include Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt. Specifically for the European market, Amsterdam is a key location as it is a principal stopping and starting point for the company’s European river cruise itineraries. The DSAm site, almost next to the Amsterdam cruise terminal, is the ideal location to perform routine, as well as priority, dockings for Viking‘s large fleet. The proximity means that the cruise operator can benefit from a minimal deviation period and the associated cost savings that this entails.

“We have got to know Viking’s river cruise vessels quite well over the last couple of years, completing five identical stern modifications to part of their fleet already,“ comments DSAm Project Manager Arnold Bregman. Efficient planning of the docking, as well as the prefabrication work, is essential, he says: “With six vessels one after the other, we will be undocking the completed vessel and docking the next one on the same day. They’ll all be in our number one drydock which is perfect for river cruise vessels. We are right on schedule and proud to be continuing our relationship with Viking River Cruises.”

Oceania Cruises’ Sirena to feature exclusive custom-designed mattresses from Italy

Ultra Tranquility Bed features new coil spring structure and silver-threaded fabric, providing luxurious comfort for a restful night’s sleep. Already recognised for unparalleled style, comfort and elegant home-away-from-home appeal, the staterooms and suites on Sirena -- the newest addition to the Oceania Cruises fleet of intimate and luxurious ships -- will exclusively feature custom-designed, expertly-crafted Italian mattresses when the ship launches in April 2016.

The new Ultra Tranquility Bed features superior air suspension capabilities and a new spring structure with 3,000 coil springs – four times as many coils as the average American mattress. These micro-springs are individually pocketed and joined by connecting thermally-fused points, guaranteeing not only maximum comfort but zero noise on movement. The ingenious design allows the springs to work independently, enabling the body to ease into any sleeping position, and provide a restful night’s sleep by alleviating all pressure points.

Featuring the latest advancements in mattress design, the new mattresses are quilted with a silver threaded fabric and a layer of specially-designed thermo fibres, making the mattresses anti-static and providing a fresh and cool sleeping environment at all times.

The Ultra Tranquility Bed is available in all categories of stateroom and suite accommodations. The mattress is the first of its kind to be introduced to the cruise industry, and exemplifies the extraordinary level of comfort available in all the accommodations on the 684-guest Sirena.

“Our suites and staterooms are designed to provide guests with all the comforts they enjoy while at home,” said Jason Montague, president and chief operating officer for Oceania Cruises. “The cornerstone of a luxurious room is the bed. Our current mattresses are already recognized as industry-leading and this new Ultra Tranquility Bed far surpasses that lofty standard in comfort to provide our guests with the ultimate sleeping experience.”  

While initially available only on Sirena, the new mattresses will be added to the remainder of the Oceania Cruises fleet -- Regatta, Insignia, Nautica, Marina and Riviera – during upcoming dry docks.

Sirena is scheduled to enter service 27thApril, 2016 with a 14-night cruise from Barcelona to Venice. Sirena will sail its inaugural season in the Mediterranean with itineraries that feature a mix of classic destinations and exotic new ports of call.

Among its elegant offerings are two exquisite restaurants, all-new Tuscan Steak and beloved Red Ginger, along with Jacques Bistro, a new gourmet lunch experience at the Grand Dining Room featuring signature dishes from legendary chef Jacques Pépin. Sirena will also feature more recent additions to the Oceania Cruises fleet such as Baristas and the cook-to-order grill at Terrace Café.

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