Monday, June 17, 2019

Tasmania News

The new 100 meters long catamaran ferry, being built by Incat Tasmania for the Trinidad & Tobago Government, will feature the recently introduced Wärtsilä WXJ waterjets. Copyright: Incat.

Wärtsilä Waterjets for High-Speed Ferry

The Wärtsilä WXJ series of modular waterjets have scored its first installation, onboard a  new 100-m wave-piercing catamaran ferry being built for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago at the Incat shipyard in Tasmania, Australia.The WXJ series was officially launched in early March 2019. The series is a further development and upgrading of the Wärtsilä LJX waterjets, with greater efficiency with lower cavitation and underwater noise levels.In addition to the four WXJ waterjets, Wärtsilä will also supply the Wärtsilä ProTouch operational control system.

Photo: Incat

"Saint John Paul II" Delivered to Virtu Ferries

Incat delivered its latest large fast ferry, a 110-meter catamaran for Virtu Ferries of Malta dubbed Saint John Paul II.Saint John Paul II is the 44th large commercial fast ferry delivered by Incat and the sixth in excess of 5,500gt in the past decade; a decade also shared with 19 other Incat newbuilds of smaller passenger ferries and support vessels.“Using the latest computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and hydrodynamic free-running model test techniques, the well proven Incat Wave Piercing Catamaran hullform has been further developed for Mediterranean winter conditions…

Virtu Ferries ship launched at Incat. Photo: Incat

Shipbuilding: New 110m Catamaran Named Saint John Paul II

Shipbuilder Incat has launched the 110m vehicle / passenger ferry from the shipyard at Derwent Park in Hobart Tasmania. The ship will commence sea trials in mid January prior to delivery to her new owner Virtu Ferries for service between Malta and Sicily.Bearing the livery Saint John Paul II the vessel has been named in honor of the Pope who served from 1978 to 2005, so revered the Pope has often posthumously, but unofficially, been referred to by Catholics as "St. John Paul the Great".

Photo: Incat Crowther

Scania to Power Double Ended RoPax Ferry

Incat Crowther announced the design of a double-ended Ro-Pax Ferry to operate to Bruny Island in Tasmania.The vessel will be operated by Sealink Travel Group – one of Australia’s largest vessel operators – and will be built by Richardson Devine Marine in Hobart. The first vessel will go into service in December 2019.The vessel is unusual for a double ended vehicle ferry in that it is a robust aluminium catamaran. In addition, the vessel is designed for the later fitting of an extra vehicle deck should the vehicle patronage increase…

(Image: Cummins)

Cummins QSK95 Propulsion for Ferry Newbuild

Azam Marine’s next newbuild, Kilimanjaro VII, will be the first passenger ferry powered by QSK95 propulsion engines from engine manufacturer Cummins. Two QSK95 propulsion engines will provide main propulsion power to the new Incat Crowther designed fast catamaran, which will be built by Australian shipbuilder Richardson Devine Marine in Tasmania. Cummins said its newest and most powerful engine for the marine market, the QSK95, offers a power output previously exclusive to medium-speed marine engines with power ratings from 3…

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.

Photo: MTU

MTU Propulsion for High-speed Ferry

Rolls-Royce said it will supply four 20-cylinder Series 8000 engines from MTU to Australian shipyard Incat Tasmania. The engines will be installed in the new high-speed RoPax ferry to be used by the Virtu Ferries company on the Malta-Sicily service that it operates daily throughout the year. Set to be the largest high-speed catamaran operating in the Mediterranean, the vessel is 110 m in length and can accommodate 900 passengers plus crew and 167 vehicles on 490 truck lane meters.

The largest high speed catamaran to operate in the Mediterranean Sea will be powered by Wärtsilä waterjets. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

High Speed Catamaran Powered by Wärtsilä Waterjets

Wärtsilä has been contracted to provide the waterjets for a new high speed ferry being built by the Incat Tasmania yard in Australia for Malta based Virtu Ferries. When delivered, this vessel will be the largest high speed catamaran operating in the Mediterranean Sea, and will have a service speed of up to 38 knots. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in March 2017. The scope of supply covers four Wärtsilä LJX1500SRI waterjets and a Lipstronic control system. The equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the yard in April 2018 and the ship is to be delivered to the owners at the end of 2018.

Searoad Mersey II (Photo: SeaRoad Holdings)

Australian LNG-fueled RO/RO Enters Service

A brand new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled roll-on-roll-off freight vessel, Searoad Mersey II, has commenced service from its home port Devonport, in northern Tasmania, Australia. Touted by Bass Strait shipping and logistics firm SeaRoad as the “cleanest, greenest freight ship ever to trade in Australian waters”, Searoad Mersey II is the first coastal ship in Australia to use LNG fuel-and-power technology and the first pure dry cargo ship in the world to use a roll-on roll-off LNG supply system.

Photo: Sea Highways Ltd.

WE Tech Expands Into Australia

WE Tech Solutions (WE Tech), an energy efficiency solutions provider in the marine industry, and The Switch, a technology specialist of permanent magnet machines for advanced marine drive trains, have been chosen to deliver their permanent magnet shaft generator solution to Australian Toll Shipping for a series of two 12,000 dwt RORO vessels. The Sinotrans & CSC affiliated Jinling Shipyard in China will build the ships. Delivery of advanced equipment solution from WE Tech and The Switch will commence in August 2017.

70m Crewboat with 4 HamiltonJet HT900 waterjets

World's Largest Fast Crew Boat Powered by HamiltonJets

The world’s largest Fast Crew Boat has recently been launched by Incat Tasmania’s shipyard on the 15th of September 2014. This DP2 class 70m Fast Crew Boat (FCB) will be operating as a fast crew transfer vessel to various installations in the Caspian Sea and has a semi-SWATH hull design with active ride control, which will provide a more comfortable ride and reduce stress on the crew and passengers. Named the ‘Muslim Magomayev’ the boat has approx. 200 metric tons deadweight and is capable of carrying 150 passengers and 14 crew…

Sea Road rendering courtesy of FSG

German Shipbuilder FSG Wins Australian RoRo Order

Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) says it has contracted with Australian shipping company SeaRoad for the construction of a 181 metres long, LNG-powered RoRo ferry. Claimed by FSG to be the world’s first RoRo ferry of this size powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG)  fuel, the RoRo ferry will ply between Melbourne and Devonport in Tasmania. The new ferry is designed to transport containers, including reefer units, trailers, cars and hazardous cargo as well as live animals – for example cattle. For FSG Managing Director Peter Sierk this is very much more than just another contract.

HT900s for High Speed Crew Boat

HamiltonJet reports that four HT900 waterjets were selected by Incat Crowther’s latest project, a first-of-type 70m Catamaran Fast Crew Boat for operations in the Caspian Sea oil industry in Azerbaijan. When completed later this year, the vessel reportedly will be the world’s largest high speed crew boat. The new 70m, DP2 class vessel class will feature four control stations, each using Hamilton Jet’s MECS control system integrating with a DNV DYNPOS-AUTR dynamic positioning system.

Photo: Incat

Interferry to Unveil Approach on Alternative Fuels

A ferry operator’s experience of ‘the fastest ship in the world’ will feature among the cutting-edge initiatives being aired at Interferry’s 38th annual conference in Malta from October 5-9. The trade association event gives South American operator Buquebus a first opportunity to showcase the commercial and technical benefits of its revolutionary newbuild Francisco. Delivered in August from Australian builder Incat Tasmania, the catamaran is the world’s first high speed dual fuel ro-ro to use LNG as its primary fuel. Incat made the “fastest ship” claim after sea trials in June.

Hi-speed Ferry Francisco: Photo credit Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä Waterjets Power World's Fastest Ferry

Wärtsilä's axial waterjets power the Francisco, claimed to be the world's fastest high-speed ferry and the first fast ferry to utilize liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel. The vessel has successfully passed its sea trials and is now ready to commence commercial operations. Wärtsilä has provided the waterjets for what is claimed to be the world's fastest high speed ferry. In addition to two of its LJX1720SR axial waterjets, Wärtsilä has also supplied an advanced propulsion control system for the Francisco.

Hi-speed Ferry 'Francisco': Photo credit Incat Tasmania

Dual-fuel Ferry Claimed to be the World's Speediest Ship

Incat Tasmania’s dual-fuel vehicle & passenger ferry 'Francisco' has attained 58.1 knots operating on LNG fuel only. Francisco has been constructed for South American company Buquebus, for service on the River Plate, between Buenos Aires Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. With water ballast removed, and with both Port and Starboard Gas Turbines operating on LNG; Francisco achieved 58.1 knots at 100% Maximum Continuous Rating (MCR), which the Australian builders take to be a world record…

Queenscliff

WESMAR Announces Bow Thruster Order

WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics, Inc.) has announced an order from Hydraquip, Tasmania, Australia, for two commercial bow thruster systems for installation on a steel-hulled car/passenger ferry. The order is for  two WESMAR Model V2-28, 185 HP, counter rotating dual-prop stainless steel bow thruster systems. They will be installed on the 187-foot M/V Queenscliff, a double ended roll-on/roll-off ferry that provides hourly service between the towns of Queensland and Sorento. The Queenscliff has been operating between the two cities since 1993. She accommodates 80 vehicles and 700 passengers.

Sea Shepherd's Sam Simon: Photo credit Sea Shipherd

New Whaling Protest Vessel Ironically Japanese-Built

Los Angeles-based philanthropist & co-creator of TV’s 'The Simpsons', funds purchase of new Sea Sherpherd anti-whaling patrol ship 'Sam Simon'. Sea Shepherd's new Antarctic patrol ship, the Sam Simon, has been unveiled in the port of Hobart, Tasmania, docked at Macquarie Wharf 1. The vessel, retired from service by the Japanese Government in 2010, had since been laid up in Shimonoseki, Japan, alongside the very ships Sea Shepherd will confront this season. Originally built as Seifu Maru in 1993 by IHI shipyard in Tokyo…