September's top stories: Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum systems, Blue Water Shipping MCV contract

Wärtsilä has won a deal from Meyer Werft to provide its Nacos Platinum series of navigation, automation and control solutions for four new cruise ships, and Tengizchevroil has placed a new order, valued at $40m, for two module carrying vessels with Blue Water Shipping. Ship-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from September 2016.


Wärtsilä to provide Nacos Platinum systems for four new cruise ships

Wärtsilä won a deal from Meyer Werft to provide its Nacos Platinum series of navigation, automation and control solutions, as well as uninterruptable power systems (UPS) for four new cruise ships.

Two of the vessels are currently being built at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, while the other two will be built at Meyer Turku in Finland.

Each of the vessels will be fitted with Wärtsilä Jovystar Ocean UPS systems, which feature eight 100kVA UPS, five 20kVA UPS, and two 40kVA UPS

Blue Water Shipping wins two module carrying vessels contract from Tengizchevroil

Kazakhstan-based Tengizchevroil (TCO) placed a new order, valued at $40m, for two module carrying vessels (MVC) with Blue Water Shipping.

To be built as part of the TCO FGP project, the newly ordered MVC vessels will feature a Vard 921 design and will measure 123m by 16.5m.

Deliveries of the vessels is scheduled by the second quarter of 2018.

SES unveils Maritime+ service to provide internet connectivity to vessels at sea

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Global satellite operator SES introduced its new SES Maritime+ service in a bid to provide high-speed connectivity to vessels passing through oceans across the globe.

Using SES’s global fleet of more than 50 satellites, Maritime+ will allow maritime customers to have easy access to tailor-made bandwidth and coverage packages.

Vessels, while passing through the oceans, will receive smooth roaming services with the help of SES’s over 20 teleports and more than 6,000 points of presence on the ground.

Damen Shipyards to establish new unit in Curaçao

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Damen Shipyards Group and the Government of Curaçao signed a concession agreement for the future operation of the current Curaçao Drydock Company.

As part of the deal, Damen will establish a new company under the name Damen Shiprepair Curaçao.

Currently, the facilities of Damen Shiprepair Curaçao consist of two graven docks, as well as around 2,000m of repair quays, equipped with 13 cranes.

Corvus Energy to provide energy storage system for Wightlink Ferries’ new hybrid ferry

Canada-based Corvus Energy was selected by Wärtsilä to provide its lithium ion-based energy storage system (ESS) for powering a new hybrid ferry being built for the UK’s Wightlink Ferries.

As part of the deal, Corvus Energy will provide its next-generation Orca Energy ESS solution, which along with other Wärtsilä equipment, will offer environmental efficiency to the new vessel.

Capable of carrying up to 178 vehicles and over 1,000 passengers, the ferry will enter into service in 2018.

Rolls-Royce to provide equipment for five new cruise ships

UK-based Rolls-Royce signed a contract to supply propulsion and deck machinery for five new cruise ships being built by Fincantieri at its Monfalcone and Ancona shipyards in Italy.

As part of the deal, two of the vessels, to be owned by Viking Ocean Cruises, will be equipped with a Rolls-Royce Promas system, deck machinery and steering gear.

Another vessel, which is being built for Viking Ocean Cruises, will also use steering gear and deck machinery from Rolls-Royce.

Vard Engineering wins approval in principle from DNV GL for new LNG bunker vessel design

Norway-based classification society DNV GL awarded an approval in principle (AiP) for Vard Engineering Brevik’s new 6,500m³ liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel design concept.

Before granting the AiP, the vessel was assessed for compliance with the DNV GL gas bunker rules, relevant gas carrier rules and IGC Code's 2016 edition.

The new bunker vessel will receive a 1A tanker for liquefied gas bunker class notation.

Arctech delivers LNG-powered icebreaker to Finnish Transport Agency

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard delivered a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered icebreaker, Polaris, to the Finnish Transport Agency.

After receiving Polaris, which has an icebreaking capacity of 1.8m at a speed of 3.5kt, the Finnish Transport Agency has handed over the vessel to Arctia Icebreaking.

Built at Helsinki Shipyard, Finland, the vessel has been designed to have a lifespan of around 50 years for icebreaking, oil recovery and sea rescue operations.

General Dynamics NASSCO delivers ECO class product carrier to American Petroleum Tankers

US-based shipbuilding company General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the fourth vessel of a series of five ECO-class product tankers to American Petroleum Tankers.

Bay State, the newly delivered vessel, is 610ft long and has a deadweight tonnage (dwt) of 50,000.

The liquefied natural gas (LNG)-conversion-ready product tanker has the capacity to carry 330,000 barrels of cargo.

Sonardyne Brasil provides acoustics technology for Fugro’s flagship Brazilian vessel

Global technology group Sonardyne Brasil supplied specific acoustic positioning technology for Fugro’s flagship Brazilian vessel, Fugro Aquarius.

Known as the Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) system, Sonardyne’s acoustic positioning technology is currently being used to track the exact position of Fugro Aquarius’ Work-class remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) in water depths of up to 3,000m.

Ranger 2 will also help Fugro Aquarius in its subsea inspection, repair and maintenance activities in the Brazilian region.