Monday, October 23, 2017

Ferry Operator News

Photo courtesy of Zhuhai

Rolls-Royce to Power Zhuhai Ferries

Rolls-Royce has been selected to supply waterjets and high speed MTU diesel engines to power two new aluminium catamaran fast ferries for Chinese ferry operator Zhuhai High-Speed Passenger Ferry Co Ltd. The ferries will be some of the first to feature the highly efficient Rolls-Royce Steel S71-4 waterjets signifying the company’s growing presence in the marine market of South China. Richard Wang, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President – Commercial Marine, said, “These waterjets are developed specifically to meet the reduced speed requirements of many high-speed ferry operators.

The 109 meter long wave-piercing vessel will be the third Incat built high speed catamaran to join the Naviera Armas fleet. (Image: Wärtsilä)

Spanish Ferry Operator Chooses Wärtsilä Waterjets

Wärtsilä said it has won a contract to supply waterjets for a new high-speed ferry being built for Spanish owner Naviera Armas. The vessel is being built at the Incat shipyard in Tasmania, Australia, and the order with Wärtsilä was booked in August 2017. The 109-meter-long, wave-piercing vessel will be the third Incat-built high-speed catamaran to join the Naviera Armas fleet, all three of which incorporate Wärtsilä waterjets. The new ferry will commence operations in 2019, and the four Wärtsilä waterjets with a control system will be delivered to the yard in October 2018.

Johan Roos, executive director of EU and IMO affairs

Interferry: low-sulphur timetable ‘mission impossible’

Trade association Interferry says that ferry operators in northern Europe face a near-impossible choice in trying to meet the 2015 deadline for ultra-low sulphur emissions from bunker fuel. The association also warns that the low-sulphur legislation will prompt an environmentally damaging modal shift from short-sea to overland transport and pose severe financial implications for the overall European economy. Under pending IMO and soon to be agreed European Union (EU) environmental requirements…

ABB Energy Management System

ABB won an order from Spanish ferry operator Baleària to supply energy management systems for one of its largest vessels. ABB’s advisory software will be installed onboard the ferry Martin i Soler, with options for additional vessels. The package supplied is envisioned to generate a more than 2% savings in propulsion power. The EMMA Advisory Suite is a decision-support tool to minimize the overall energy costs for individual vessels and entire fleets. This installation will cover dynamic trim optimization and hull condition monitoring.

Canada's First LNG Ferry Launches with Bestobell Valves

Bestobell Valves is celebrating supplying cryogenic valves to Canada’s first LNG-fuelled ferry – the MV Armand-Imbeau II, which has recently been launched. It is the first of two dual fuel ferries being built for ferry operator Société des Traversiers du Québec. The ferry features the innovative new LNGPac fuel storage system which operates on dual fuel, allowing it to become one of the most environmentally friendly vessels currently operating. The 436 metre vessel is only the second in North America to operate on LNG…

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Successful Sea Trials of S4 Waterjets

Rolls-Royce has successfully completed seatrials of its first S4 series of waterjets, designed to give higher efficiency at lower speeds. The trials aboard the recently upgraded Tangalooma Jet, a 350 passenger-carrying high-speed catamaran, indicated a 3% increase in thrust when compared to the previously installed waterjets. The ferry takes passengers to and from the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort on Moreton Island, about 75 miles off the coast of Brisbane, Australia. The S4 next generation waterjet was introduced to the market at the SMM maritime exhibition in September this year…

RoRo Petunia Seaways: Photo courtesy of DFDS

DFDS Mariners Tweak Engines to Save Fuel

Engine room crew of DFDS ship 'Petunia Seaways' reduce bunker consumption, enter company's fuel saving competition. By employing a number of operational tweaks, engine room staff at one of its vessels, Petunia Seaways, has reduced bunker consumption year on year for the first half of 2012, equivalent to annual savings of 179.2 metric tonnes (mt) of fuel oil and 100.8 mt of marine gas oil (MGO). DFDS estimates that this equates to annual savings of DKK 1,568,500 ($255,536) at current bunker prices.

German shipbuilder P+S Werften Edges to Brink

German shipbuilder P+S Werften fights for time to stave off insolvency. Troubled German shipbuilder P+S Werften, which operates two of the country's biggest shipyards, has asked some of its customers to pay for ships in advance to bridge a liquidity shortfall and avert insolvency. New Chief Executive Ruediger Fuchs has approached Danish shipper DFDS, passenger ferry operator Scandlines and Greenland's Royal Arctic Line, a P+S spokesman told Reuters recently. The company received a German state guarantee for a 152.4 million euro rescue loan…

DFDS Cancels P+S Werften Shipbuilding Contracts

Short sea RoPax ferry operators DFDS cancel contracts for two RoRo freight ships from Gernan shipyard in liquidation. DFDS say that the  contracts worth DKK 1.0-billion are cancelled on account of the shipyard’s breach of several terms of the contracts, while the payments that have been made to the shipyard are covered by a bank guarantee. The consequences of the cancellation of the contracts for DFDS’ future tonnage requirements cannot at this stage be determined with a reasonable level of certainty.

Ferry Valve (Photo: Bestobell Marine)

Scottish Ferries Contract for Parker Bestobell Marine

Parker Bestobell Marine, part of Parker Hannifin, has won a contract to supply cryogenic globe and check valves for two Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries (Calmac) being built at Ferguson Marine Engineering in Glasgow. The valves will be installed in the liquid natural gas (LNG) fuel gas systems of these vessels, which are the first U.K. built ships that will run on this environmentally friendly fuel. The new ferries will be ‘dual-fuel’ vessels so they can operate on both LNG and marine diesel.

 Rolls-Royce

Ferry Crossing System for FosenNamsos Sjø

Rolls-Royce signed a deal with Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven to supply its automatic crossing system, for two new double-ended plug-in battery-hybrid ferries being built for Norwegian ferry company FosenNamsos Sjø. The system controls the vessel’s acceleration, deceleration, speed and track. The system will control the ferries as they cross the fjord between Flakk and Rørvik connecting the peninsula of Fosen with Trondheim. New ferry contracts in Norway have strict yearly limits on energy consumption as part of the commercial agreement between the ferry operator and the customer…

(Photo: Stena Line)

Caterpillar to Power Stena Line's New RoPax Ferries

Caterpillar Marine has announced Cat power solutions have been selected to power four 3100 LM RoPax Ferries for Stena Line. Each ferry will be equipped with two MaK 12 M 43 C propulsion engines. “By combining a set of proven technologies Caterpillar’s solution will provide Stena Line the most fuel efficient ferries in the world and will set a new industry standard when it comes to operational performance, emissions and cost competitiveness, positioning Stena Line to support its customers in the next decades,” said Ulf Hannemann, cruise and ferry segment manager at Caterpillar Marine.

Illustration of the coming double-ended RoPax ferries (Image: Multi-Maritime)

MAN Cryo to Supply FGSS for LNG Ferries in Norway

MAN Cryo, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s marine-LNG fuel-gas-system manufacturer, has signed a contract with the Vard Shipyard Group in Norway to deliver a fuel-gas supply system (FGSS) to two ferries for shipowner and ferry operator Torghatten Nord. Each ferry will be equipped with a gas-electric, hybrid-propulsion system that features optional fast-charging from shore. Major efforts have been put into the design to deliver an energy-efficient propulsion and hull shape that offer a state-of-the-art environmental performance, comfort and reliability.

Ferry Martin i Soler: Image credit ABB

ABB to Supply Energy Management Systems to Spain-Balearics Ferry

Power and automation technology group ABB informs it has won an order from Spanish ferry operator Baleària to supply energy management systems for one of its largest vessels. It is expected that the system will improve vessel’s fuel efficiency over 2 per cent. ABB’s advisory software will be installed onboard the ferry Martin i Soler, with an option to extend the project to two further vessels in the Baleària fleet. ABB explain that Baleària operates ferries connecting the four Balearic Islands to mainland Spain, as well as providing daily inter-island sailings.

Photo: Patrick Kirkby / Scandlines

Corvus, Scandlines Ink 10-year Service Deal

Corvus Energy said it has been awarded a 10-year service and maintenance agreement for the entire Scandlines hybrid ferry fleet. The contract includes both traditional service and maintenance of the fleets’ energy storage systems, plus Corvus’ remote condition-based monitoring service, Watchman. The first ferry operator to build and operate large ROPAX (roll-on/off passenger) hybrid ferries that combine traditional diesel power with advanced battery power, Scandlines utilizes Corvus’ lithium-ion based energy storage systems throughout the entire fleet to provide the battery power.

Bastø Fosen I (Photo: GE)

Repower Brings Ferry into IMO Tier III Compliance

Norwegian ferry Bastø Fosen I is the first vessel commissioned with a globally certified International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier III compliant marine engine that does not need urea based after treatment. The completely refurbished and repowered Bastø Fosen I has been equipped with GE’s Marine Solutions 16V250MDC, a 16 cylinder 250 mm bore marine diesel engine that is certified to meet both IMO Tier III and EPA Tier 4 emission standards, reducing key emissions by more than 70 percent, according to the engine manufacturer.

ETI's UltraBurn Gets Favorable Feedback

Emissions Technology, Inc. (ETI) of Houston, Texas draws attention to significant fuel saving and emission reducttion reported by two ferry operators using their UltraBurn® Combustion Catalyst System. The ferry  vessels concerned operate in the pristine environments of the Pacific Northwest where emissions reduction (particularly black smoke) are as important as fuel savings. Skagit County Ferry Operations Division reported a reduction in black smoke of over 43% and double digit reductions in other emissions on their M/V Guemes Island ferry.

Rolls-Royce wins AK Ferry Propulsion Contract

Rolls-Royce has been selected by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, via its Alaska Marine Highway System, and Vigor Industrial, to provide a highly efficient propulsion system for its future Alaska Class ferries that will be built by Vigor Shipyards in Ketchikan, Alaska. The two Alaska Class ferries will feature a range of Rolls-Royce technology, including reduction gearboxes, tunnel thrusters and steering gears. A Rolls-Royce Promas propulsion system…