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Aker Arctic and ICEYE to provide satellite based ice information

Aker Arctic Technology Inc., the leading designer of the ice class vessels and ICEYE, the leader in synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) technology for microsatellites, today announced an agreement to develop and provide ice information and related services for the customers operating in icy conditions. Combining the new SAR data from the microsatellites with data from maritime environments provides new and cost-efficient service to marine users. During the one-year pilot phase Aker Arctic aims to develop and test the services with its partners. In addition to this, ICEYE is launching two more SAR satellites to continue to increase data availability. The service aims to increase situational awareness in the polar sea areas.

Aker Arctic sees benefits of the new SAR data to improve understanding of the ice conditions in certain specific areas, thus also supporting the development on the new shipping routes and maritime construction. With extensive experience in Arctic sea technology and the greater maritime industry, Aker Arctic will utilize ICEYE’s SAR data, collected with satellites such as ICEYE-X1, to extend and improve services to the customers of Aker Arctic.

ICEYE is on track to launch its next SAR-enabled satellite, ICEYE-X2, as soon as during this summer. Providing high resolution images and extensive global data, ICEYE’s vision is to launch a constellation of up to 18 SAR satellites to allow users to accurately image any point on Earth every few hours.

Scanship to install AWP system on the Insignia

Scanship Holding ASA through its subsidiary Scanship AS, has been awarded a retrofit contract by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. The contract is to deliver and install a Scanship AWP system on their Insignia vessel operated under their Oceania Cruises brand. The system will process all grey wastewater sources and black water to the industry highest environmental standard. This standard is specified as IMO Marpol MEPC 227 (64) with chapter 4.2 for special area Baltic Sea including phosphorus and nitrogen removal. The installation will be done during the fall of 2018.

"This will be the thirteenth contract for wastewater retrofit we will be doing for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, the second for Oceania Cruises. We are thrilled to continue delivering systems to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and supporting their commitment to cleaner oceans and sustainable seafaring," says CEO Henrik Badin in a statement.

Fincantieri open service and after sales office in Miami

As part of its business development strategy in the United States, Fincantieri has established Fincantieri Services USA, a wholly owned subsidiary, based in Miami, Florida, which will be the focal point in the country for all the services and after sales activities on cruise ships of the group, the Italian shipbuilder said in a statement.

Fincantieri Services USA will be the sole front office for cruise customers, offering a wide range of services - particularly all those related to the life cycle management of the vessels - as well as focusing on repairs and refitting.

Fincantieri Services USA will become a reference point for American shipowners in the US services segment, allowing Fincantieri to negotiate long-term agreements in this sector and thus leverage the current and still booming market trend.

Valmet to upgrade automation on Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas cruise ship

Valmet will upgrade the Damatic XDi automation system to a Valmet DNA system onboard the Mariner of the Seas cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean International. With this upgrade, the operators of the machinery and air conditioning systems will have a modern and efficient Valmet DNA user interface, including a state-of-the-art history storage and data analyzing and reporting tools.

The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2017 orders received. Valmet's delivery will take place in April 2018 and will be completed in late June 2018.

"Valmet has a long track record of supplying and upgrading automation systems on Royal Caribbean's ships. With this upgrade of the Damatic XDi system, which has reliably served the ship since its installation in 2003, the control room and process controller parts of the system will be transformed to the latest Valmet DNA technology platform," says Per Syvertsen, Senior Technical Manager, Marine Automation Applications, Valmet.

Details about Valmet's delivery

Valmet's delivery includes the upgrade of the Damatic XDi automation system to the latest Valmet DNA technology. This encompasses a new Ethernet-based communication network, DNA Operate operator stations, a DNA Operate Trend and Event Archive (history station) with data analyzing and reporting applications, ACN CS industrial process controllers, as well as the installation and commissioning.

The Valmet DNA Operate Trend and Event Archive (DNA Operate TEA) is a functional extension to the control room that gives users access to trend and event history straight from the DNA Operate operator interface. This gives a whole new dimension to process operations, since a user can utilize collected process history with trends, replay, and alarm and event analyzing tools in an already familiar DNA Operate environment.

Valmet's efficient ACN industrial controller family ensures a dependable platform for all process controls and connections to external computer systems onboard the vessel.

A major benefit of the upgrade is that the I/O side of the Damatic XDi system can remain unchanged as this part of the technology is still supported for years to come.

Wärtsilä introduces Eniram Mobile to offer real-time decision-making support for voyage efficiency and safety management

Eniram, a Wärtsilä company, has launched Eniram Mobile to offer real-time decision-making support via mobile notifications. Eniram Mobile, which has been co-developed together with Royal Caribbean Cruises, ensures that key personnel receive important information in a timely fashion, both onboard and shoreside.

This solution was created to support situational awareness based on collected historical and real-time data coupled with predictive analytics. By making these insights transparent through mobile technology, captains, fleet managers, and senior executives get instant access to the information needed for effective and timely decision making. It makes planning more effective in view of safety and operations efficiency management.

“Now is the time for the industry to harness the benefits of situational awareness. Eniram Mobile offers an unprecedented level of transparency that not only leads to better decision making, but which also helps our customers develop their ways of working. It enables them to react fast on potential operational issues based on analytical insights,” says Johan Backas, Managing Director at Eniram.

The mobile notifications cover various operational aspects including safety, energy management and security. Decision makers get the latest information for speed over ground, trim, list, high wind and weather forecasts. The insights delivered via the mobile notifications are based on available vessel data and the analytical capabilities of the Eniram Insight Factory, which is in the centre of Eniram’s solutions.

“We’ve anxiously been waiting for this. We can now distribute the right data to the right people to take the right decisions at the right time. The feedback has been unequivocally positive, even from the most senior captains,” says Patrik Dahlgren, SVP, Global Marine Operations for Celebrity Cruises, a Royal Caribbean Cruises company.

Eniram has been delivering mobile notifications since 2017 for Royal Caribbean, and the service is now generally available. Eniram Mobile is being officially launched at Seatrade 2018 and is now being offered to all customer segments – cruise, ferry, LNG, container, bulker, and tanker – as part of other Eniram solutions.