Maintenance & Continuous Improvement

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Research partnership to drive shipping’s zero emissions future

Rolls-Royce, Color Line, Norled, and the Norwegian Coastal Administration are committing to a zero emissions future for shipping by taking steps towards building a new electrical system. The Zero Emissions Ferry project consists of the aforementioned companies that will work together to investigate new ways to combine energy storage, energy management, onboard energy distribution and...

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ABB raises turbocharging efficiency by 2%

ABB Turbocharging has increased turbocharging efficiency by 2%, saving up to USD 35,000 on fuel per vessel per year, depending on fuel price and load profile. The additional turbocharger efficiency increase of 2% raises the industry benchmark for low-speed turbocharging efficiency. A Hyundai testbed in Korea was used to carry out the testing. Three ABB...

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Modular waste heat recovery system delivers 8% fuel saving

A new modular, space-saving waste heat recovery system in development has demonstrated the capability to achieve a fuel saving of up to 8%. The system converts thermal energy from the engine jacket water into electricity. It works by utilising the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) heat transfer process and a turbo generator power conversion system. A...

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Wärtsilä launches Smart Marine Ecosystem strategy

Wärtsilä has launched a new Smart Marine Ecosystem strategy, which will focus the company’s efforts on four forces it expects to “re-shape the industry” – shared capacity, Big Data analytics, intelligent vessels, and smart ports. “The world is moving towards a future that is more and more connected, and nowhere is this more apparent than...

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Finnlines delivers first of four lengthened vessels to increase operational energy efficiency

Finnish ship operator, Finnlines, has delivered the first lengthened vessel as part of a EUR 70m energy efficiency and emissions reduction investment programme. The RoRo MS Finntide has been lengthened by 30 metres, giving it a 30% increase in cargo carrying capacity. The additional space will significantly reduce energy consumption per transported unit compared with...

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Viking Grace fitted with Blueflow Energy Management System

Blueflow Energy Management system has been installed on the sixth out of seven Viking Line ships. The energy management system monitors ships’ fuel consumption, position, speed and more to ensure maximum operational efficiency. Data is analysed and reports are then generated automatically within minutes to show the results. The latest vessel to be fitted with...

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New Hempel coating delivers 40% reduction in cargo hold maintenance costs

Hempel has launched its latest cargo hold coating that delivers a 40% reduction in cargo hold maintenance costs. Hempadur Ultra-Strength Fibre 47510 has been developed specifically to withstand harsh conditions experienced by cargo holds, hatch covers and hatch coamings of bulk carriers. The coating features superior mechanical resistance, fibre and self-toughening technology that increases coating...

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Wärtsilä engines and EGCS for newbuild

Wärtsilä has been chosen to supply engines and exhaust gas cleaning systems for a new exploration cruise vessel owned by Sunstone Ships. The contract includes two 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 engines fitted with the Wärtsilä nitrogen oxides reducing exhaust gas cleaning system, NOR, as well as two 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 engines. The 104m long ship is...

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ABB launches situational awareness solution

ABB’s has launched its situational awareness solution that is set to make shipping operations more efficient and safer. The ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision is a technology that allows officers anywhere on a ship or onshore to see the vessel’s surroundings from a variety of perspectives. Using the latest advances in sensor technology, the Marine...

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Norwegian BWTS manufacturer promises five-year parts and servicing guarantee

Norwegian ballast water treatment system (BWTS) manufacturer, Optimarin, has offered its customers a five-year parts and servicing guarantee. Any shipowner that signs a framework agreement with Optimarin for installation of its BWTS, the Optimarin Ballast System (OBS), on multiple vessels will be provided with a five-year contract that covers all parts and servicing worldwide. The...

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Langh Tech scrubbers and waste water treatment system delivered to containerships

Langh Tech’s hybrid scrubber and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) water treatment system will be installed to container vessels for Eimskip Island ehf and Royal Arctic Line. The vessels will feature MAN Diesel & Turbo two-stroke main engines that will be equipped with EGR systems to reduce the emissions of nitrogen oxides from diesel engines. Utilising...

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Hempel brings high-performance coatings range to North American market

Hempel has launched a new range of protective coatings to its North American market that will increase the lifespan and reduce maintenance of ship components. The Hempaline Defend epoxy and vinyl ester linings have been developed to protect equipment used in challenging and hostile conditions that suffer from extreme pH changes, abrasion, elevated temperatures and...