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Palfinger makes world record in lifeboat boarding

The very first full scale boarding test of the world’s largest lifeboat, Palfinger Marine’s new flagship for the cruise industry, landed the company a new world record. In 2015 Palfinger Marine won the contract for delivery of 24 tenders, 12 lifeboats, 36 davits and six rescue boat stations to a series of cruise ships being built by STX France. The complete lifesaving package is now in production, and 20 April marked a milestone for the project: The full scale boarding test of the new MPC 49 – the world’s largest and Palfinger Marine’s flagship lifeboat.

Measuring an impressive 15.5 m in length and 5.5 m in width, the highly innovative lifeboat has a capacity of 440 people. It offers more seats than a jumbo jet. However, in an emergency size does not matter if the cruise passengers cannot get aboard in time, and class society DNV GL has set the time limit to 10 minutes. Tension was noticeable as 200 employees and 240 local volunteers, aged 18 to 88, gathered inside Palfinger Marine’s assembly hall at Seimsfoss, Norway. Failing the test would be a huge setback for the project.

To Factory Manager Arvid Skogseide’s instructions, the test commenced. From an ad-hoc muster station, placed in exactly the same distance from the lifeboat as on a real cruise ship, the “passengers” moved orderly to the MPC 49 and entered through the four entrances on two deck levels. During the test period of one hour, the exercise was repeated one time only.

“Overall, the boarding tests proved a huge success for the project. The first test was performed within the time limit of 10 minutes, already at first attempt we set a record time of five minutes and 21 seconds," Global Products Director Arild Lokøy reports.

“Before testing we were quite convinced that we would make it on time, but I must admit it’s a huge relief to actually have demonstrated it to DNV GL and STX! Now we look forward to delivering these high-end lifeboats to the customer, and hope they are satisfied with our new flagship for the cruise industry," Lokøy adds.

Shipping services provider Medov celebrates 70th anniversary in 2017

In 1947 the Italian Republic was just a year old; it would be another year before Anna C would set sail on the first Costa cruise; and shipping agency Medov opened its doors, firmly staking its place in the growing cruise industry. Seventy years later, the Genoa, Italy-based shipping services agency has expanded and diversified to become one of the leading shipping and travel agency service providers in the cruise and cargo business in Italy and France, and a major logistics company operating from North America to Singapore.

Medov's rapid diversification began following its acquisition in 2004 by the Genoese Schenone family, which led to the company's expansion into nearly all areas of passenger and cargo shipping. Today, Medov's services include port agency, travel agency, shore excursions, ground operations, ship chandlering, cabotage, heavy-lift chartering, newbuildings and shipyards assistance, and marine salvage.

"Medov's success and longevity can largely be attributed to our ability to create value for our customers by leveraging our industry knowledge and our network of strategic business partners," said Giulio Schenone, chairman and CEO of Medov. "Celebrating our 70th anniversary this year is an exciting milestone, and our ongoing commitment to anticipating our customers' unique requirements and expectations will enable us to continue to grow and achieve success in all segments of shipping."

Logistics services, which span from North America and Europe to Singapore, include ocean, air and land freight forwarding; marine brokerage; customs; dry docks and newbuilds; and special projects. Medov's travel agency services cover shore excursions, including exclusive tours in Italy and France; and the Rome Express train.

Continuing its two-generation record of innovation, in January 2017 Medov launched CostaMed Ship Services, a ground-breaking port agency joint venture with Costa Group, the Genoa-based parent company of Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises. Headquartered in Savona, Italy, CostaMed Ship Services will handle more than 1,100 Costa Group vessels in 26 ports in Italy and France during 2017.

"Medov understands how important high-quality services are to staying competitive and expanding in today's market," said Massimo Mensurati, general manager of Medov. "By taking a proactive approach to finding solutions for our customers, being available 24/7 and being able to scale our capabilities as needed, over two generations we have solidified our company’s position as a leader in shipping services."

As part of its 70th anniversary celebration, Medov is planning several special events throughout 2017 that will be announced at a later date.

Valmet and Ecks Marine sign agency agreement

Valmet, the listed Finnish engineering group, said it has signed an agent agreement for marine industry automation with Ecks Marine in Germany. The new agent will provide Valmet with market studies, contacts with German ship owners and shipyards as well as sales support and networking.

"Valmet and Ecks Marine will together form a well-functioning team on the German market where there is a strong marine industry," says John Weierud, Director, Marine, Automation, Valmet.

Valmet's roots in the marine business extend back a long time. Its history started over 200 years ago in a small shipyard on a group of islands outside Helsinki, Finland. The company has a long track record in supplying scrubber systems and automation systems to container, general cargo and cruise ships. Development work on ship automation systems started in the early 80s with Damatic Classic and has continued through to today's Valmet DNA.

"The history of the Ecks family and Valmet adds up to far more than 300 years of dedication to the marine business. Valmet is the perfect complement to our future-oriented portfolio and clearly shows our mission to offer sustainable risk- and cost-cutting solutions to the marine industry," says Torsten Ecks, the owner and founder of Ecks Marine.


Inchcape Shipping Services appoints new Commercial Manager, Cruise Solutions

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has appointed Jasem Zaiton as Commercial Manager, Cruise Solutions.

In his previous role Jasem led the cruise sector at dnata, a member of the Emirates Group, where he spearheaded a dedicated cruise department delivering high quality shore excursions and ground handling services to over one million cruise passengers in the region.

With over ten years’ cruise-orientated experience in destination management services Jasem has focused on cruise tourism, contributing to Dubai becoming a Cruise hub of the Cruise Arabia region and developing premier cruise passenger handling in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and India.

Reporting to Grant Holmes, ISS VP Cruise Solutions, Jasem also has first-hand experience of handling cruise passengers, Cruise Lines (all segments) and destination management, especially in enhancing the potential of heritage and attraction sites. He is an accredited international World Federation of Tourist Guides Associations trainer (WFTGA) and trained tourist guides to effectively support emerging cruise destinations.

Commenting on the new appointment, Grant Holmes, ISS VP Cruise Solutions said: “Jasem’s new role is to focus on cruise consultancy expansion and the development of destination management opportunities. By increasing our portfolio we can offer cruise lines a one stop shop of port agency, shore excursions and ground handling services on a worldwide scale under the umbrella of ISS-Cruise.”

Scanship wins clean ship system contract for Meraviglia Plus ships

Scanship Holding ASA has through its subsidiary company Scanship AS entered into two contracts with STX France in Saint Nazaire for the supply of its total clean ship system on the Meraviglia Plus class of ships.

These ships will be built for MSC Cruises, and are scheduled to enter service in 2019 and 2020. The contracts include the supply of systems for advanced wastewater purification, garbage handling with incineration, foodwaste processing and bio residue treatment with dewatering and drying.

"We are extremely proud to continue our cooperation with the shipyard STX France, where we have supplied equipment to 17 cruise newbuilds in the past, among these 10 newbuilds for MSC Cruises", says Scanship's CEO Henrik Badin in statement.

Scanship has accumulated a record high order intake of more than NOK 160 million so far in 2017, compared to a total order intake of approx. NOK90 million for full year 2016.