Deals this week: Alfa Laval, ABB, Babcock International Group


Alfa Laval has been awarded a contract to provide its PureBallast 3.1 water treatment system for retrofitting on Stamco Ship Management's select RoRo vessels.

Alfa’s PureBallast system is based on Wallenius water technology and comprises four different UV reactor sizes. The 3.1 variant is approved by US Coast Guard, and covers flows of 150m³/h-3,000m³/h based on the 300m³ and 1,000m³/h reactor.

Swedish technology firm ABB has secured a deal to install its OCTOPUS marine software on three new combination carriers for Norway-based shipping company Torvald Klaveness.

OCTOPUS software collects information from on board sensors to provide real-time information to the operating crew as well as the onshore operations department, and helps them monitor the ship’s performance. It also measures and provides data regarding the vessel’s fuel consumption, and torque-related key performance indicators.

The software will allow the company to optimise its fleet’s performance and comply with environmental regulations.

Babcock International Group and Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) have collaborated to construct a first-of-its-kind gas-supply vessel (GSV), which is planned for launch in April 2018.

The proposed 7,500m³ GSV will be built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea, and will feature FGSV0 technology, allowing it to fuel vessels with zero emissions.

"Babcock International Group and Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement have collaborated to construct a first-of-its-kind gas-supply vessel (GSV), which is planned for launch in April 2018."

The vessel will be used for the LNG-fuelling of ships, including ferries, containers, cruise vessels, and other shore-based gas consumers in the Baltic Sea. It can also be used in the new emission control areas (ECAs) in the North Sea, Mediterranean, the US Gulf and elsewhere.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has secured a contract to provide its propeller boss cap fins (PBCF) technology to designated equipment of the Port of Vancouver in Canada.

The technology has been selected as part of the port’s EcoAction environmental programme, and was jointly developed by MOL, West Japan Fluid Engineering Laboratory and Nakashima Propeller.

It will help reduce cavitation and underwater noise that affects marine life, and further efforts to minimise the vessel’s fuel consumption, improve efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Radio Holland Group and Cisco have signed a strategic agreement to develop and provide information and communications technology (ICT) solutions for the maritime sector, with the aim of increasing digitisation within the industry.

They will jointly develop and supply a new remote monitoring and diagnostics service, as well as on board data management and networks that help the companies reduce the cost of vessel ownership, in addition to improving overall operational efficiency.

The partnership will leverage Radio Holland’s experience in maintenance processes to provide information that will enable the client to optimise their operations. It will also explore possibilities to improve on board data-unlocking capabilities, and optimisation of data connection between ship and shore.