Sunday, November 17, 2019

Netherlands News

WASP kick-off: From the kick-off meeting of the WASP project in Rotterdam recently. Photo: Nord University

WASP Sets Sail on its 3-Year Voyage

The WASP (Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion) project, funded by the Interreg North Sea Europe program, part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to the tune of €3.4 million has been officially approved and launched.The project brings together universities, wind-assist technology providers with ship owners to research, trial and validate the operational performance of a selection of wind propulsion solutions thus enabling wind propulsion technology market penetration and…

Photo Copyright: Aktien-Gesellschaft ‘Ems’ Photographer: Peter Andryszak.

Wärtsilä LNG Refit for Münsterland Ferry

Wärtsilä was selected to carry out a retrofitting project aimed at lessening the environmental footprint of a ferry operating on the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage listed area in the south eastern end of the North Sea.The retrofit will enable Münsterland, a RoPax ferry owned by German operator Aktien-Gesellschaft ‘Ems’ (AG Ems), to use LNG as fuel, significantly reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.Work will take place at the Koninklijke Niestern-Sander B.V. yard in the Netherlands…

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SCHOTTEL Propulsion Package for Damen Multibuster

During the Seatrade Offshore Marine and Workboats 2019 in Dubai, SCHOTTEL  welcomed Lars Seistrup, Managing Director of Albwardy Damen, to its booth to sign a contract agreement for a full propulsion package for a new type of vessel. The Damen Multibuster 8020 (DMB 8020) is designed with extreme shallow draft for applications such as pipe laying and cable laying works, the upgrading, installation and decommissioning of platforms as well as well stimulation projects.Full propulsion package for reliable DP performanceThe DMB 8020’s tasks require reliable DP performance…

Longyearbyen is the largest town in Svalbard and may become one of the first large scale consumers of green hydrogen or ammonia produced from wind farms in Finnmark. Photo credit Visit Svalbard.

"Green" Ammonia's Future as a Marine Fuel

Ammonia, the same pungent solution used in fertilizers and cleaning agents, may one day be the key to transporting renewable energy around the world. There are currently a number of government and corporate projects assessing the feasibility of converting excess renewable energy from sources like wind, solar, tidal and nuclear into ammonia and then back into usable energy.In its purist form, ammonia or NH3 is composed of one nitrogen and three hydrogen atoms making it an ideal candidate to chemically bind excess renewable energy.

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Van Dam Shipping Installs Wind Assisted Propulsion System

The Netherlands-based Van Dam Shipping has signed a contract for the installation of wind assisted propulsion system on one of its cargo ships.The Ventifoil system, developed by Dutch based ship designer eConowind, scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2019, would be installed on the 3,600 dwt cargo vessel MV Ankie.For eConowind BV, located in Groningen, Netherlands, it is the first commercial order of their Ventifoil system which successfully completed sea test trials…

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BunkerTrace Goes Live

On Friday, BunkerTrace, the unique blockchain and DNA- based fuels tracking solution, announced its commercial launch shortly after a successful trial in the Netherlands on Thursday, October 3, which was conducted in partnership with Cooperative Bebeka. Announcing the launch at Aracon, BunkerTrace is now ready to receive requests for commercial partnerships and adoption by bunker suppliers, ports and operators.The solution, which adds DNA markers to fuel at every stage of the supply chain and records each transaction in a blockchain-based system…

ABS, MARIN Launch Wind Propulsion Project

The classification society ABS and Netherlands based research institute MARIN have launched a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to investigate transparent and validated methods to assess performance of wind-assisted shipping propulsion technologies.The wind propulsion technology is a key driver in owners/operators investment decision-making.The JIP focuses on the majority of all marketed wind-assisted ship propulsors, while also aims to overcome the challenge to the uptake of these…

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Wärtsilä wins Hopper Dredger Propulsion Deal

The technology group Wärtsilä has again been selected by the Netherlands-based shipbuilding company Damen Shipyards Group to provide the main propulsion solutions for a large Marine Aggregate Dredger (MAD). The dredger is being built for the U.K. company Hanson Aggregates, a leading supplier of heavy building materials for the construction industry. The order with Wärtsilä was signed in May 2019.An identically designed vessel from Damen, which is expected to begin operations within the coming few months, is also fitted with the same Wärtsilä solutions.

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Delft Technology Students Visits NYK

NYK welcomed 35 students and their professor from the Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) on July 30 to examine the group’s initiatives for “Digitalization and Green,” the theme of the company’s medium-term management plan.Prof. Mirek Kaminski of TU Delft is a leading European researcher on sloshing* and has cooperated with risk assessments conducted by MTI, an NYK Group company, into sloshing on LNG carriers.The students received lectures from NYK about its digitalization and green initiatives…

Fairplayer (Photo: Jumbo)

Jumbo's Fairplayer to Test Biofuel Oil

Heavy lift shipping and offshore transportation and installation contractor Jumbo said it has partnered with marine biofuel company GoodFuels in a joint venture initiative to test marine biofuel oil on board a DP2 heavy lift crane vessel during an offshore decommissioning project.The initial project project will see sustainable ‘drop-in’ Bio-Fuel Oil delivered to Jumbo’s offshore vessel Fairplayer ahead of her departure to the North Sea, and will be supplied by GoodFuels’ logistics partner VARO Energy.Wout Janssens…

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World's First Hybrid Bearing Life Model from SKF

Called the Generalized Bearing Life Model (GBLM), its development will ensure that SKF customers and distributors choose the right bearing for the right application, every time.Until now, it has been difficult for engineers to predict whether a hybrid bearing will outperform a steel one in a given application, or whether the possible performance benefits that hybrid bearings enable are worth the extra investment they require. The conventional equations engineers use to calculate the rating life of a bearing do not reflect the real-world performance of hybrid designs.To rectify this issue…

SeaDream's 'Innovation' expedition cruise ship (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Wins Full-Scope Expedition Cruise Vessel Tender

Kongsberg has just signed a contract with Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands for the delivery of a fully integrated Kongsberg Maritime solution to the SeaDream Yacht Club cruise line.Valued at more than $21.5 million, Kongsberg’s most extensive ‘Full Picture’ delivery for an expedition cruise ship, Innovation, also encompasses the supply and integration of propulsion equipment including the new ELegance azimuth pod system, Bergen engines, stabilizers, bridge and automation systems, accompanied by a comprehensive electrical, navigation and hybrid technology package.

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Hydrex Earns Belgium, Netherlands Approvals

In close communication with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Hydrex has developed a new method to clean propeller blades underwater. This method complies with the strict environmental regulations in Belgium and the Netherlands. As a result, the company has been given permission to clean propeller blades in both countries.The traditional approach in the propeller maintenance industry is to polish the blades with a grinding disk which can be quite damaging to the propeller.

The Acta Centaurus will be fitted with a Wärtsilä hybrid solution for fuel savings and better environmental performance. (Photo: Acta Marine)

Hybrid Propulsion for Acta Centaurus

Acta Centaurus, a new DP2 walk-to-work offshore wind construction support vessel owned by Netherlands-based Acta Marine, will be fitted with hybrid propulsion capability from Wärtsilä, the Finland-based technology group announced on Thursday.Hybrid propulsion will allow the vessel to operate with less running engines at more optimized load, creating fuel consumption and environmental benefits.The solution to be provided by Wärtsilä includes the hybrid drive, the batteries and an energy management system…

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Chevron Readying IMO-Compliant Fuel

Chevron plans to bring an IMO-compliant 0.5% sulphur shipping fuel blend to the market by the end of the third quarter, a company representative said on Wednesday.Ships will be required to use fuels with a sulphur content of no more than 0.5% from the start of 2020, down from 3.5% currently, under International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules aimed at cutting air pollution."If the shipping company is willing to try it out now we can make it available, but not for continuous purchase," Chevron Fuels Technologist Monique Vermeire told Reuters at an industry conference."I think it will be avail

Douwe and Aleida Visser, owners of Visser Shipping. Photo: Visser Shipping

Visser Shipping Installs Scrubber in Boxships

Netherlands-based Visser Shipping has signed a contract with exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) supplier Value Maritime to outfit three container ships with scrubbers, with an option for a fourth scrubber.In 1995 Visser Shipping bought their first seagoing vessel, followed by their first container ship in 2002. The fleet provides container transport throughout Northwest Europe. Thanks to inventive entrepreneurship, the Shipping company continued to enjoy growth even during the crisis years. The fleet consists of 5 modern container ships.“Sailing is our passion.

The ZF Condition Monitoring System for thruster systems increases operational safety by monitoring the core components. Image: ZF

ZF: New CBM Tech for Thruster Systems

At the 15th Maritime Industry Exhibition in early May in Gorinchem, the Netherlands, ZF Marine Krimpen will debut its Condition Monitoring System. ZF's system is designed to help shipyards, shipping companies and fleet operators maintain the safety and efficiency of their ships. It is equipped with various sensors and an intelligent electronic evaluation unit. The system measures vibrations which indicate the condition of the bearings and gears in the thruster's upper and lower gearbox.

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AEGIR-Marine Wins NK Class Type Approval

AEGIR-Marine assigned with an NK Class Type Approval. The newly certified seal assembly will be available for customers worldwide as of today. They are an addition to our Type Approval from several other major classification societies.For the NK Class Approval AEGIR-Marine performed a 2,000 hours endurance test in its state-of-the-art and certified R&D Test Center. A 1,000 hours of test runs were at extreme RPM and another 1,000 hours were at low to average RPM. Also, the conditions a seal has to withstand were simulated as realistically as possible.