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Ulstein Verft to carry out major upgrade of Sea Adventurer expedition ship

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

Ulstein Verft, which is part of the Norwegian privately owned Ulstein Group, said it has won an order to carry out an extensive two month upgrade of an expedition cruise vessel owned by Adventurers Partners Ltd.

This means that the yard has taken the first successful step to enter the expedition cruise vessel market. It has also produced a portfolio of expedition cruise vessel concept designs of its own.

Information on the Internet says the Bahamas based Adventurers Partner owns the 1976 built Sea Adventuer. Meanwhile, Quark Expeditions that operates the vessel said on its website: “The nimble, ice-strengthened Sea Adventurer is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation."This would include renovations to the interior of the ship including outside cabins with ensuites, spacious forward lounge and bar, and other amenities, the addition of new passenger cabins and new bathrooms in every cabin. In addition, there would be upgrades to the main lounge and main dining room, gym, and select suites

“Significant technical enhancements – including two new engines, generators, gear boxes, drive systems, and re-bladed propellers,” Quark said, adding that this would result in increased fuel efficiency, and a minimized carbon footprint.

Sea Adventurer was built in Yugoslavia in 1976, refurbished in 1999 and had further upgrades in 2002. The ice-strengthened ship, which carries up to 117 passengers and features a spacious forward lounge and bar, window-lined dining room and promenades, it added

"This is an important contract for us within a new segment," says Ulstein Verft's managing director Kristian Sætre in a statement. The work in the yard’s engineering and design department has already started. The ship will most likely come to Ulstein Verft early April 2017 and the job is to be completed by mid-June 2017. "The ship owner wanted a quality partner, and even if it’s a demanding project with short delivery time, we will deliver on-time with quality as always," said Sætre.

Virgin Voyages three ship orders firm, financing package due soon

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

Virgin Voyages, the new Miami based cruise ship venture in Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group in London, says its contract to build three 110,000 gross ton ships at Fincantieri is now a firm order and a financing package to be in place soon.

“Virgin Voyages, backed by lead investors Bain Capital Private Equity and Virgin Group, expects the multi-billion dollar financing package for the purchase of its three ships to be finalised shortly,” the company said in a statement.

“The lead lending partners will be Cassa depositi e prestiti (Cdp) and UniCredit, and the loan will be fully backed by Italian export credit agency SACE and supported by SIMEST, both subsidiaries of Cdp.,” Virgin Voyages added.

The keel of the first ship wikll be laid at the Sestri Ponente shipyard of Fincantieri in Genoa in the final quarter of next year and the ship will enter service with Miami as its base in 2020.

Virgin Voyages teams up with Climeon to convert wastes heat onboard to electricity 

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

Virgin Voyages, the nascent cruise shipping in Sir Richard Branson’s business empire, said it has teamed up with Climeon, the Swedish technology group, to convert waste heat produced on board its three ships into electricity.

“The smart people at Climeon found a way to efficiently turn heat waste into electricity, saving stacks of C02. So we’re excited to announce our partnership with Climeon. It’s just one thing we’re doing to meet our commitment to launch one of the cleanest fleets to sail the seven seas,” Virgin Voyages said on its relaunched website.

Climeon said on its website that at sea, a large part of the energy in the fuel fed to combustion engines is transmitted as heat to cooling water and exhaust gases, however, with Climeon Ocean it is possible to convert this otherwise lost energy into electricity. “By utilizing your waste heat with a patented technology squeezed into surprisingly small box, you will grow your companies profit whilst helping the environment,” the company said.

“Heat is one of the largest untapped resources in the world with 50% of all energy being dumped as waste heat. With the Climeon Ocean solution on you can convert this waste heat into clean energy. By utilizing waste heat at temperatures below 120°C, the range at which the largest volume of waste heat is found,” Climeon stated.

Virgin Voyages has contracted the Genoa yard of Fincantieri to build three 110,000 gross ton cruise ships that each will have capacity for 2,800 passengers. Construction of the first ship will start next year, Virgin Voyages said.

Virgin renames cruise company Virgin Voyages

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

The nascent cruise shipping unit of Sir Richard Branson’s business empire will be called Virgin Voyages rather than Virgin Cruises as first intended, the company says on its relaunched website.

Construction of the first of three ships the company has contracted at Fincantieri in Genoa will start early next year and the keel will be laid in the final quarter of 2017.

The company has said earlier the ships would be of 110,000 gross tons each. virgin Voyages is based in Miami and it has investors from the Us and the Gulf in addition to the UK.

Caterpillar to supply main engines, LNG supply and handling systems to four Carnival group newbuildings at Meyer yards

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

The selection of Caterpillar Marine dual fuel engines for a new generation of cruise ships provides further evidence of the power solutions specialist’s lead in the LNG marine propulsion space.

The company’s MaK 16 M 46 DF dual fuel engines, along with the full LNG supply and handling system, are to be installed on four new ships, two apiece under construction at Meyer Werft Papenburg (Germany) and Meyer Turku (Finland) shipyards.

Caterpillar Marine now offers all round LNG propulsion solutions – from shore-side bunkering to on-board storage; from bunker tanks via LNG handling and treatment to the dual fuel engines including automation systems; and ultimately the dual fuel main engines MaK 16 M 46 DF, in close cooperation with LNG and cryogenic specialist Marine Service GmbH.

“From a single source, we provide the complete system for ship operators who wish to capitalise on the benefits of LNG as a marine fuel,” said Ulf Hannemann, Caterpillar Marine cruise and ferry segment manager. “We have successfully completed a number of diesel to dual-fuel conversions in the commercial shipping sector and our pipeline of newbuild installations continues to grow.”

“However, it is in the cruise sector that we see the greatest opportunities,” Hannemann continued. “Clean fuel for cruise vessels is essential in both operational and business strategy terms.”

Further, the company is pioneering new techniques which make gas-only operation even more attractive. Research and development at Caterpillar’s Rostock facility has demonstrated the efficient operation of LNG main engines at loads of less than 20% for the first time. Caterpillar demonstrated the capabilities of the MaK M 46 DF engine and started the engine by using LNG from the very beginning, thus avoiding diesel engine specific emissions – another first for the company. “This development is a key consideration for cruise operators who wish to use LNG, rather than risk smoke from the funnel or soot on deck, whilst starting main engines and maneuvering in port waters,” noted Dr Frank Starke, Managing Director of Caterpillar Motoren.

The Caterpillar engines offer a whole range of technical innovations including fast load response, better fuel consumption and long intervals between overhauls. They will use the latest generation of the Cat® Engine Control Units (ECU), which in conjunction with in-house software, enabling customer operation profile-specific optimisation. Caterpillar is also providing its Asset Intelligence (AI) technology and service, which leverages remote monitoring, automated data analytics and expert advisory services to ensure the highest uptime and lowest operating cost.

 Caterpillar’s sales and service partner Zeppelin Power Systems, headquartered in Hamburg, is managing the project, including supply, commissioning and service. “As a trusted Caterpillar sales and servicer partner for over 60 years with extensive experience in power solutions, we offer our customers individual and highly efficient solutions for marine applications,” added Volker Possoegel, Zeppelin Power Systems chief executive officer. “With our excellent sales and service organization, we are looking forward to providing the new flagships with comprehensive engineering and service competence to ensure the highest uptime.”


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