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Adonis integrates personnel manager to Seagull training system 

Norwegian software house Adonis, which specialises in Human Resource solutions for the global maritime industry, provided in a recent release of their flagship system, Adonis Personnel Manager, a full, seamless integration to Seagull, one of the leading computer based training systems for the maritime industry.

A limited bridge from Adonis to the Seagull server has been available for some time, allowing a user to access the seafarer's Seagull STA. The new module, however, provides full download of all crew members Seagull records into the Adonis Database, where they will form a completely integrated part of the crew's competence profile.

"Having fully updated Seagull records at hand in Adonis at any times allows a customer to include Seagull training as part of the Position requirements profile," says Erick Meijer, Product Director at Adonis AS.

This means that during the planning phase, requirements for specific Seagull training in various positions will be part of the competence matrix and notification process regarding missing and expiring documents.

The complete integration also opens for utilizing Seagull data in reports, views, queries and analyzes, separately or in combination with other records of a person's competence profile. The Seagull Interface is available for existing customers as a separate, add-on module.


NIT to design and build passenger and crew areas for new Costa ships

NIT has signed new turnkey contracts with Meyer Turku for the new Costa cruise ships. NIT will design and construct the crew stairs for the first and second vessel of the series as a steel-to-steel turnkey, each covering ten staircases and up to 6000 m2. In addition NIT will also design and construct 6000 m2 per ship of visual turnkey deliveries including Sun Deck, Family Restaurant and Kids club.

“Our team has confirmed deals for two ships now and we are excited to participate in these great projects which have welcomed Costa Group, Europe’s leading cruise company, as a return customer to Finland," says Jari Suominen, CEO of NIT.

Costa belongs to the Carnival Corporation, which is the largest cruise operator in the world. The size of new Costa ships will be 180,000 gross tons and they will accommodate up to 6,600 passengers. The ships will be powered by LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) and will be designed under the new green cruising concept which ambition is to build the most efficient and sustainable ships ever for the Carnival Corporation.

According to Jari Suominen, the engineering and design phase for the first ship has begun already. The delivery of the ship is scheduled in 2019. The second ship will sail away from Turku on 2021.

“NIT is continuing to develop new benchmarks and standards for this growing industry in collaboration with our long-time partner Meyer Turku," says Suominen. “We will invest in steel, data and brainpower to build this success story together with 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 headquarters in Kaarina, Finland and it employs a workforce of approximately 100 professionals. The turnover of the company exceeded 50 million euros in 2016.

Ponant renews partnership with Marlink fleet communications

French luxury cruise specialist Ponant has extended its Sealink multi-band communication services contract with Marlink, securing increased Internet speeds for guests and vessel operations on its five-strong fleet of high-end luxury yacht/cruise ships in addition to four planned newbuilds. As a result of the new agreement, Marlink’s continuously updated global multi-band infrastructure will deliver even higher Quality of Service (QoS), meeting the increasing demand for fast, reliable and available connectivity driven by Ponant’s unique and global expedition and luxury cruise offering.

Combining exceptional itineraries and 5-star hotel services, Ponant specialises in French-style cruises designed to offer excellence across the board, from ship-board services to the quality and exclusivity of the itinerary destinations. Its five current vessels, Le Ponant, a three-masted yacht with 32 cabins, L’Austral, Le Boréal and Le Soléal, three luxurious ships with 132 cabins and elegant, understated exterior and interior lines, and the newest, Le Lyrial, with 122 cabins, all promise high-end experiences, of which available communication even in tropical regions, the Arctic and Antarctic is a vital ingredient.

The four new Ponant Explorers yachts currently under construction, Le Champlain and Le Laperouse, which are joining the fleet in 2018, and Le Bougainille and Le Dumont-d’Urville following in 2019, will all be connected to Marlink’s global multi-band network prior to delivery, ensuring, high-bandwidth connectivity and global coverage is available starting from their maiden voyages. Marlink’s satellite services for all Ponant vessels include class-leading Internet access, premium quality telephone, GSM and data communications connectivity for on board guests, crew and business based on global coverage.

Marlink is able to deliver even higher QoS to Ponant through its unique global network of overlapping beams on all frequencies. Each vessel will have access to global Ku and C-band VSAT in addition to L-band solutions and GSM/LTE services, ensuring that the best available service is in use at any time and that IP and voice communication is always available. Marlink’s sophisticated SMARTConnect service will handle switching between alternate carriers to ensure seamless connectivity and class-leading uptime.

“We are committed to delivering unique cruising experiences, visiting exotic destinations while still ensuring high-end facilities on board,” said Jean Emmanuelle Sauvee, Ponant CEO. “As a long term partner, Marlink has been able to ensure coverage on its global network for all our vessels wherever they are, providing connectivity for guests and our business, operational and crew welfare needs. The contract extension introduces even higher speeds and QoS, helping us to improve our on board facilities across the fleet.”

“The luxury and expedition cruise market is a key growth area, driven by high expectations to access the Internet and social media platforms even when visiting remote destinations,” said Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink. “Our frequency agnostic, multi-band approach enables the world’s most complete global satellite network, with services over all maritime satellite frequency bands. This is especially appreciated by operators like Ponant in the luxury cruise sector, who naturally have very high demands for global bandwidth, fast connectivity and reliability in order to meet the needs of their guests.”

Signage manufacturer Maharens Group sets up Nordic office in Turku

As part of its internationalisation strategy, Marahrens Group has opened a branch in Turku, Finland. The branch will be able to serve Nordic customers – especially from the maritime industry – more flexible and offers a local contact.

At the site in Turku, own production and warehouse facilities will be available to handle orders in an optimal and efficient manner. The team of experienced sign manufacturers will be supported by the mother entity from Bremen.

The product portfolio includes standard and customized signs for the maritime industry as well as solutions for the onshore segment.

“We are very excited to extend our European coverage with the branch. Since we have successfully executed projects in Finland in the past, an own branch was the next and logical step to intensify our activities in Finland”, stated Janina Marahrens-Hashagen, Group CEO.

The Marahrens Group, with headquarters in Bremen, Germany is a signage manufacturer, which is managed by the second and third generation as an industrial family business. The foundation in 1949 by Heinrich Marahrens formed the basis of today’s group of companies with c. 200 employees that can produce standard and custom signage as well as execute international signage projects, for example for cruise ships and shopping malls.

V.Ships Leisure awarded contract for the Scenic Eclipse

V.Ships Leisure, part of V.Group, has been awarded a contract by Scenic for the technical and hotel operation management for the discovery yacht, Scenic Eclipse, which is due to be delivered in August 2018.

The ultra-luxury expedition vessel is under construction at the Uljanik Shipyard in Croatia and is the first ocean vessel for owner Scenic, which operates 22 river cruise ships globally. Technical management for the vessel will be provided by V.Ships Leisure in Monaco and on board will be 50 deck and engine crew along with 106 hotel crew. V.Ships Leisure will also provide itinerary planning and port operation with hotel operation services to be provided by V.Group’s Oceanic Catering business.

Per Bjornsen, V.Ships Leisure Director said: “We are delighted to be able to bring our unique experience with start-ups, expedition vessels and the ultra-luxury market to support Scenic in their newest venture. Combining the experience within V.Ships Leisure with the wider V.Group, we are able to provide Scenic with a complete solution for this exciting new venture.”

Scenic Chairman Glen Moroney added: “We are looking forward to working closely with V.Ships to deliver an unrivalled discovery experience for our guests. Their experience in expedition ship operations will assist us to ensure a smooth entry into service and the global support our ship’s crew require.”