Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Finland News

Daniel Sundberg (Photo: Yanmar)

Yanmar Hires Nordics Regional Manager

Yanmar Marine International has appointed Daniel Sundberg as its new Nordics Regional Manager to oversee sales, after-sales and marketing related to the manufacturer’s commercial and leisure marine engines and other Yanmar Group brands in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia.Sundberg's position encompasses the roles of Nordics Regional Manager, General Manager of Yanmar Norway and General Manager of Yanmar Sweden.According to Yanmar, the addition of a focused Nordics Manager…

Azipods: Image ABB

Finland Icebreaker to Fit ABB Azipods, Power Plant

ABB inform that it has secured a new order to supply electric power plant and Azipod propulsion units for an ice breaker vessel to be built for Finnish Transport Agency (FTA) at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard. Due for delivery in 2016 and set for operation in the Baltic Sea, the new vessel will feature dual fuel capability, and as such will be the first icebreaker in operation able to run using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel, cutting both emissions and fuel cost. The concept…

STX Finland, USC Announce Arctic Shipbuilding JV

STX Finland Oy and United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) have formed a joint venture company, which will specialize in arctic shipbuilding technology. An agreement for the formation of the new company, Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy, was signed today in in a meeting with the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the Finnish Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi. According to the agreement both founding companies will hold equal shares of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy. The new company will purchase the shipyard from STX Finland.

STX Finland, Viking Line Sign $315m Deal

STX Finland Oy and Viking Line ABP signed an agreement for the construction of an environmentally friendly, new generation cruise ferry for Viking Line. The agreement includes an option for a sister ship. The contract price is about $315m. The ship will be built at shipyard and will be delivered to Viking Line at the beginning of 2013. The  signed agreement represents approximately 2600 man-years employment. The new cruise ferry will be the most environmentally friendly big passenger vessel to date.

Finland's Bore to Install ClassNK Efficiency Software

Shipping company Bore Ltd. to install ClassNK-NAPA GREEN ship efficiency software aboard their 13,625 dwt Ro-Ro vessel 'M/V Bore Song'. This announcement follows on from sea trials last year aboard sister ship M/V Bore Sea which proved that NAPA operational software had led to a 5.8% reduction in fuel consumption. The ClassNK-NAPA GREEN software system is a joint development between Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), the world’s largest ship classification society, and NAPA, the leading software house for ship design and operations.

Image: Viking Line

Viking Line Inks Shipbuilding Deal with Xiamen

Finland based Viking Line said it has signed a conditional contract with Chinese shipyard Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co. for the construction of a new passenger cruise ship for delivery in 2020. A final agreement is subject to the approval of the board of directors of both parties, as well as financial arrangements entered. The total contract amount is about €194 million and includes an option on another vessel. The new 218-meter-long vessel with a gross registered tonnage of 63,000 metric tons would enter service on the Turku, Finland – Åland Islands–Stockholm, Sweden route.

Photo: Visedo OY

Finland’s Oldest Ferry Goes All Electric

From steam to diesel and now electricity: the oldest operating ferry in Finland will tomorrow become the nation’s first all-electric passenger vessel after being fitted with Visedo power. The City of Turku will officially re-launch the historic Föri ferry tomorrow, complete with a new zero-emission electric drivetrain that will deliver greater efficiency, less noise and reduced operating costs. The Föri initially entered service in 1904, after the City of Turku commissioned local shipyards Aktiebolaget Vulcan to build a city commuter ferry to take passengers across the Aura River to Åbo.

Navis to Supply Dynamic Positioning System to STX Finland

Finnish dynamic positioning system developer Navis Engineering has won a contract from STX Finland Oy to supply its NavDP4000 DP technology to Aura II, currently under construction in Turku, Finland and due for delivery in 2012. Aura II is a multi-purpose dry cargo ship and Baltic Sea oil recovery vessel that will be deployed by Meriaura Ltd, the Finnish provider of sea transport services for industrial products and general cargo. It is the first commercial vessel to run entirely on liquid bio-fuels and will be equipped with the Navis DP1 class system…

STX Finland: Contract Signed Well Intervention Vessels

STX Finland Oy and Eide Marine Semi AS, a subsidiary of Eide Marine Services A/S, signed a contract for the outfitting, completion and delivery of two highly sophisticated well intervention vessels with an aggregate contract value exceeding EUR 300 million. The t well intervention vessels with deadweight of 31,000 tons will have a length of 122m and a width of 45m. The vessels are designed to operate in rough open sea conditions on Brazilian continental shelf. Vessels have innovative…

MoorMaster MM400E15 units (Photo: Cavotec)

Cavotec Automated Mooring and Charging for E-Ferries

Cavotec's MoorMaster automated mooring and Automatic Plug-in System (APS) are set to enter service with a hybrid battery-powered ferry in Finland, delivering substantial operational efficiencies and reducing environmental impact. The Electra, operated by FinFerries, is 90m long, 16m wide, and carries up to 90 vehicles. It makes crossings at 15-minute intervals during the day, and one round trip per hour at night, year-round and in all weather conditions between Parainen and Nauvo in southwest Finland.

ABB Wins Marine Order in Finland

Zurich, Switzerland – ABB has won an order to provide complete power plant and propulsion systems for the first newly built ship for German cruise operator TUI Cruises. The ship is being built in Finland at the STX Europe yard in Turku. TUI Cruises, a joint venture between the German tourism company TUI AG and Royal Caribbean International, is increasing its passenger capacity to serve the growing sea vacation market in German-speaking markets. Shipbuilder STX Europe has worked with ABB on numerous marine projects…

Stefan Damlin: Photo Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä Finland Oy Appoint New President

Stefan Damlin (44) has been appointed President of Wärtsilä Finland Oy as of 1 July 2012. Damlin, who since 1991 has experience of a variety of leading positions within finance and business development in Wärtsilä, will continue his responsibility for business development within Wärtsilä Industrial Operations (WIO) and he is a member of the WIO management team. WIO consists of production and product development. Damlin will report to Group Vice President, Wärtsilä Industrial Operations, Lars Hellberg.

File Image: a Wartsila built marine engine (Wartsila)

Finland's Wartsila Sticks to 2016 Outlook

Finnish ship engine and power plant maker Wartsila reported weaker-than-expected quarterly profit and order intake on Wednesday. Wartsila cited tight competition in the energy markets and overcapacity of ships. However, the company repeated its full-year profitability outlook, surprising analysts. Second-quarter adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) was 122 million euros ($134.4 million) versus forecast of 138 million euros in Reuters poll. Wartsila expects 2016 net sales to increase by 0-5 percent and profitability to be 12.5-13.0 percent.

Photo: Gasum Oy

Finland's Manga LNG Terminal Gets First Cargo

The first shipload of liquefied natural gas (LNG) arrival to the LNG import terminal in Tornio, Finland, on Sunday November 19, 2017. The Manga LNG natural gas import terminal in Röyttä Harbor, Tornio, is a joint venture of the industrial companies Outokumpu and SSAB Europe, the energy company EPV Energy and the LNG company Skangas. LNG was shipped to the terminal by Coral Energy, a time-chartered LNG carrier operated by Skangas. Once completed in summer 2018, the import terminal will be the largest LNG terminal in the Nordic countries and the second LNG terminal in Finland.

Wärtsilä to Lose 142 Staff in Finland Efficiency Move

Wärtsilä' says that its consultation process with employee representatives in Finland has been concluded. The process was initiated with the aim of reducing 200 jobs in Finland. As a result of the negotiations, the redundancy need has been confirmed to be 142 permanent employees. Since the start of the restructuring process, the number of personnel has decreased and will decrease in near future, through natural attrition and retirements, therefore, the total target for job reductions will be achieved. Wärtsilä employed 3,776 people in Finland at the end of December 2013.

Ferry Main Propulsion Order for Finland's Steerprop

Steerprop Ltd to deliver main propulsion system for a Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) passenger ferry to be built by Fincantieri. Steerprop Ltd. has been contracted to deliver two SP 120 ECO CRP propulsors, each with a power rating of 7 000 kW. To ensure their safe operation year round, the vessel will be ice-classed with the demanding Finnish-Swedish 1 A Super ice-class notation. Steerprop Dual-End Contra Rotating Propellers (CRP) will be fitted, and are projected to offer a significant increase in efficiency – and thus cut down on both emissions and fuel consumption.

Watercat M18 AMC: Image courtesy of Scania

Scania to Supply 24 V8 Diesels to Finland Navy

The Finnish Navy’s new high-speed Watercat M18 AMC landing craft are to be fitted with twin 16-litre V8 engines from Scania. Built and designed by Marine Alutech the new landing craft displace 29 tonnes, and are 19.3 metres in length. They are designed for a broad range of applications such as troop and medical emergency transportation, evacuation tasks and landing operations. The Watercat is powered by two Scania engines, developing 662 kW (900 hp) each, at 2,300 r/min, driving via a water-jet propulsion system.

The Switch has delivered over 1,000 rugged Power Drives for the past 10 years to hundreds of vessels operating around the world (Photo: The Switch)

Yaskawa Ups Investment in The Switch

Yaskawa Corporation is making a multimillion-euro investment to strengthen the R&D capabilities of The Switch and purchase new equipment at the company’s factory in Lappeenranta, Finland.The investment will enable drive train testing of up to 15 MW. The Switch will now become Yaskawa European’s Environmental Energy Division, leading the Japanese company’s global business in the marine, wind and turbo/industry segments.This latest investment provides The Switch with the capability to test high-power machines…