Saturday, November 18, 2017

Italy News

'Costa Concordia' Disaster Lawsuits Filed in US Courts

Despite legal obstacles that might force them to sue in Italy litigants seek damages from Miami-based Carnival Corp. in US courts. The lawsuits filed in both federal and state courts contend that Carnival is the corporate parent of the Costa brand, which operated the vessel, and is ultimately responsible for any safety violations, negligence or recklessness that may have led to the Jan. 13 accident that claimed 32 lives, reports 'The Washington Post'. Investigators say the ship rammed a reef while passing too close to Giglio Island, off Italy’s Tuscan coast.

Guided-missile destroyer USS Mason prepares to seat a fuel probe delivered from the Italian oiler ITS Etna during a practice replenishment-at-sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Anderson W. Branch)

US Navy 'Green Fleet' Fills up with Italian-made Biofuel

A U.S. warship took its first delivery of Italian-made biofuel on Thursday as part of the Navy's programme to use more alternative energy. The USS Mason was refuelled alongside an Italian vessel, the Andrea Doria, in the seas off of Italy's southern coast with a mix produced by Italy's Eni that has 5.5 percent palm oil biofuel blended into marine fuel. The two destroyers travelled at about 5 knots side by side with a supply ship, the Etna, between them pumping the fuel to both ships through large black tubes. "It's a first today," U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told Reuters aboard the Mason.

Study to Evaluate New Fuels

The European Union will support with almost €2 million from the TEN-T Program a study looking at the potential beneficial effects of using alternative fuels for port operations. The study, which will include pilots in Spain, Slovenia and Italy, will especially look at the ways to improve environmental performance of the participating ports’ container terminals. The project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, will study and test new technologies and alternative fuels in the ports of Valencia (Spain)…

Photo: GE

GE Delivers Gas Turbine to Avio for French Navy Vessel

GE Marine has delivered one LM2500+G4 aeroderivative marine gas turbine to Avio S.p.A. of Turin, Italy, a GE Marine System Supplier. The gas turbine will power the French Navy’s eighth FREMM frigate Lorraine. The Italian-French FREMM program marks the first application in the marine sector of GE’s LM2500+G4 gas turbine, which has 17% more power than its LM2500+ predecessor. Through Avio, 18 LM2500+G4 gas turbines will provide propulsion for the current FREMM program, which includes six ships for the Italian Navy, 11 ships for the French Navy, and one ship for the Royal Moroccan Navy.

Panama Canal Lock: Photo credit ACP

Panama Canal Lock Gate Transportation Contract for Geodis Wilson

As part of a US$50-million contract Geodis Wilson will manage the transport of 16 lock gates, each weighing more than 4,000 tons, for Panama Canal expansion project. An initial vessel, carrying four of the gates will depart from Italy in February 2013 and will be followed by a further three shipments throughout the year. The project is scheduled for completion in December 2013. The new gates are part of the large-scale expansion plan by the Panama Canal Authority that is designed to double the capacity of the Panama Canal by 2014.

LM2500+G4 (Photo: GE)

GE to Supply Avio Aero with Gas Turbine for French Frigate

GE Marine has received an order to supply one LM2500+G4 aeroderivative marine gas turbine to Avio Aero of Turin, Italy, a GE Marine System Supplier. The gas turbine will power the French Navy’s ninth FREMM frigate. Through Avio Aero, at least 18 LM2500+G4 gas turbines will provide propulsion for the Italian-French FREMM program, which includes six ships for the Italian Navy, 11 ships for the French Navy, and one ship for the Royal Moroccan Navy. Other international navies are considering the FREMM frigate for use in their fleets.

Schottel Appoints EastProject Italy Sales Partner

Schottel, designer and producer of azimuthing propulsion and manoeuvring systems, and conventional propulsion units up to 30 MW, has announced the appointment of EastProjects r.l. as its sales partner in Italy. EastProjects, based in La Spezia, is designer and engineering service for marine and offshore vessels and is taking over the sales operations for Schottel with immediate effect. All service activities will still be performed by Schottel - Jobson / Jobson Italia S.r.l., also located in La Spezia.  

BLUE DADDY: Italian-Built, Italian-Owned

The Italian marine operator Bambini, based at the Port of Ravenna, operates an extensive fleet of vessels in support of the offshore industry. These range from tugs, to supply boats and crew boats. The latter, mostly in the 30 to 35-mrange, have been imported from US builders. Recently they launched their first Fast Supply Vessel, the 51.75 by 9.2-meter Blue Daddy, from the Cantieri Navail Vittoria in Adria on the Canal Bianco about 25 kilometers up from the Adriatic Sea along the River Po in north-eastern Italy.

Scientists to Brief on Cutting-edge Maritime Related Research

The NATO Centre for Maritime Research & Experimentation participates for the first time in the Science Festival 2012 in Genoa, Italy. How can science help fight piracy? How are intelligent robots and cooperative networks  taking over the underwater world? What’s next in ocean exploration? Three scientists from the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (STO-CMRE) will share these concept and more at Science Festival in Genoa. Based in La Spezia, the Centre will…

Costa Condordia: Photo credit Wikimedia CCL

Costa Concordia Salvage: New Timeline

The stricken cruise ship will spend another winter partially submerged close off the coast of Giglio, Italy. The consortium hired to re-float and remove the 114,500-ton ship presented this month a new timeline to the Osservatorio, the entity supervising the wreck salvage operations. Originally scheduled for completion by January 2013, the removal plan has been delayed until next spring. The presentation confirmed the previously presented and shared phases of the plan. Activities…

Truck-to-ship bunkering: Photo LNGEurope

LNG Bunkering: First Italian Truck- to-Ship Operation

The Port of Civitavecchia has become the first port to perform Truck to Ship bunkering of LNG to a seagoing vessel within an Italian coastal port or any port in Italy and this part of the Mediterranean, say LNGEurope. The tugboat Bokn owned by Buksér og Berging AS, was bunkered by LNGEurope at the Port of Civitavecchia (Rome) recently for the Italian sector of her voyage from the Turkish shipbuilder towards final destination, Karsto in Norway. On arrival she will begin a long-term charter to Statoil.

Federico Decio (Photo: ZF)

ZF Appoints Pleasure Craft Product Manager

Federico Decio has assumed the role of product line manager for the pleasure craft business of ZF Marine Propulsion Systems, effective June 1, 2015. He is based out of ZF Marine’s headquarters in Padova, Italy. Decio joined ZF in 2014 as operations manager for the ZF Padova srl plants in Padova and Arco. With a Bachelor’s degree in engineering management, Decio began his career as a consultant, gaining experience in project management and business processes. Further, he developed…

Photo: Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

Italian Navy Opts for Rolls-Royce Gas Turbine

Rolls-Royce signed a contract with Fincantieri to provide MT30 gas turbines to power the Italian Navy’s new multi-purpose amphibious vessel. The Derby-based company will supply two of its MT30 gas turbines to power a 20,000-tonne landing helicopter dock vessel, which will be the second largest ship in Italy’s navy. Based on Rolls’ Trent 800 jet engine used on aircraft such as the Boeing 777, the MT30 is already installed on the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and is due to be used in Type 26 frigates when work on them begins.

FREMM frigate Federico Martinengo (Photo: GE)

Italian Frigate Launched With GE Gas Turbine Propulsion

GE’s Marine Solutions has announced that the seventh multi-purpose Italian FREMM frigate Federico Martinengo, was launched on March 4. The ceremony was held at Fincantieri’s Riva Trigoso shipyard in Genoa, Italy. All of the Italian Navy’s new Carlos Bergamini-class  FREMM frigates (10-ship program) feature the same power dense GE LM2500+G4 gas turbine in a COmbined Diesel eLectric And Gas turbine (CODLAG) propulsion system. In addition to the Italian FREMM frigates, the DCNS shipyard in Lorient…

Photo: GE Marine Solution

GE Gas Turbine to Power Italian Navy Patrol Ship

GE’s Marine Solutions announced it will provide a LM2500+G4 gas turbine that will power the Italian Navy’s new Pattugliatori Polivalenti d’Altura (PPA) multipurpose offshore patrol ship. The PPA’s hybrid electric propulsion system also will use GE’s shock-proof MV3000 drives and a GE-designed electrical network of motors as part of the propulsion system. Avio Aero, a GE Aviation business headquartered in Italy, will have the design responsibility for the gas turbine package. The PPA ship will be built by Fincantieri at its Integrated Shipyard of Riva Trigoso and Muggiano.

RMGC at APMT Portsmouth Virginia powered by Cavotec motorised cable reels (Photo: Carvotec)

Cavotec Wins Port Equipment Orders

Global engineering group Cavotec has been awarded significant orders for its innovative systems for marine propulsion, shore power supply, and crane electrification systems, with a combined value of EUR 10 million, highlighting the Group's pivotal position in the global Ports & Maritime segment. One of the largest of these orders — placed by a major crane manufacturer — is for powering and controlling advanced rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGC) and Automatic Stacking Cranes (ASC) with motorised cable reels at two container terminals.

Promas System (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce to Equip Five New Cruise Ships

Rolls-Royce has announced a new deal to provide propulsion and deck machinery to five cruise ships being built by Fincantieri at their Monfalcone and Ancona Shipyards in Italy. The firm orders are to supply a Promas system, deck machinery and steering gear to two vessels being built for Viking Ocean Cruises. The contract also covers steering gear and deck machinery for a further vessel under construction for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Steering gear is also being provided for two vessels being built for Princess.

Classification Societies to Review QSCS

Accredited Certification Bodies (ACB’s) to discuss its quality system certification scheme (QSCS) at upcoming meeting. IACS will be inviting flag administrations, Classification Societies, ACBs and other interested stakeholders who attended previous end-user workshops to participate in this 2013 workshop on Wednesday 6th November 2013 – 09:00 hrs to 17:00  at the Galata Maritime Museum in Genoa, Italy. Since 1 January 2011 the audit and assessment of compliance with the QSCS has been carried out by independent Accredited Certification Bodies (ACB’s).