Nordic American Offshore Ltd. has been awarded a two-year fixed contract for the Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) built in 2015, NAO Viking. Commencement will be about mid-December 2018. The contract also grants the customer two one-year optional periods after the initial firm period. NAO Viking” will be operating primarily in the North Sea for a first class company.
LOA: 82 m
Beam: 18 m
Jawan is a Panama-flagged livestock carrier was recently detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) after experiencing stability issues after her departure from the Port of Portland, Australia. The vessel, bound for Muscat, Oman, was carrying 4,327 breed stock cattle. It has been reported to the Port of Portland that there are no injuries to the cattle or any personnel on board and that the cattle are in good health and will be returned to the feedlot.
Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has successfully completed a further round of test procedures of its automated dock-to-dock solution. In an unprecedented operation, in the presence of the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA), the system was further tested on the ferry Folgefonn, this time for full dock-to-dock capability, with the autonomous operation being utilised uninterrupted for the entire route, visiting all three ports serviced by the ship. The 85-metre ferry was able to leave the dock, manoeuvre out of the harbour, sail to the next port of call, manoeuvre through the harbour entrance, and dock alongside the terminal – all without human intervention. It is believed to be the first ever attempt at fully automated dock-to-dock operation, in complete hands-off mode, for a vessel of this size.
Type: Full Electric Ferry Hybrid
Duty: Passenger and Automobile Ferry
Energy Storage System ESS
Pack: 221 x 6.5 kWh
Capacity: 1.4 MWh
Bus Voltage: 800 VDC
Partners: Norled, Wärtsilä, Corvus Energy
Folgefonn has a full-scale electric propulsion system includes house power and shore-based fast charge energy storage. The vessel is a refit of an existing 30 year old vessel.
Year Built 2013
Length 178 m
Breadth 46 m
Deadweight 32000 t
Speed 12.5 knots
Lewek Constellation is a multi-lay offshore construction vessel with ultra deep-water pipelaying and lifting capabilities. The vessel features three AQUA-SEP Series 3 water makers with a combined production capacity of 180t a day. A helideck measuring 27.5m x 277.5m, suitable for Sikorsky S-92 and S-61N is also featured in the vessel. The Lewek Constellation is capable of accommodating 239 people in one-berth cabins. Other ancillary facilities include office rooms, recreation rooms, meeting rooms, gymnasium and personal elevator.
The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to provide the ship design for a state-of-the-art factory fishing trawler. The vessel will be unique in having the combined capabilities of twin trawling for many different fish species, having both conventional winching as well as pumping systems for bringing the catch onboard, and being able to process fish from other vessels. The ship is to be built in Kaliningrad at the Yantar shipyard for RK named after V.I. Lenin (RK Lenina), the owner. The 121 metres long vessel will feature a unique bow design that has undergone testing following computerised fluid dynamic calculations and simulations. The design offers enhanced performance. The ship will be part of the Russian Government’s investment programme for fleet renewal. Under a separate agreement, Wärtsilä has developed a concept that will enable the owner to apply for an extended quota for fishing in Far East waters. The ship will have more than 5000 cubic metres of storage capacity. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2023 and will operate in Russia’s Asian fishing grounds in the Okhots Sea.
Stena Line’s Stena Jutlandica has successfully completed its first month of operation as a battery hybrid vessel. The conversion project on the Stena Jutlandica is being carried out in measured steps. The first step underway is testing the switching to electrical power its effect on the vessel's maneuverability and power to the bow thrusters when the ship is in port. The environmental savings from using battery power for reduced generator usage and maneuvering in port amounts to about 500 tons of fuel, 1,500 tons of CO2. This in turn corresponds to the annual emissions from approximately 600 cars.
The next round of tests will be connecting battery power to two of the four primary machines, which means that the Stena Jutlandica will be able to run on electrical power for about 10 nautical miles inside the Gothenburg archipelago out to Vinga Lighthouse. In step three, all four primary machines will be connected to the batteries and the ship will be able to cover the 50 nautical miles between Sweden and Denmark solely on electrical power. The technical solutions in the first step have been developed by Stena Teknik in collaboration with the Callenberg Technology Group, with half of the funding for the project coming from the Swedish Transport Administration and the EU.
The Afros is the first ever bulk carrier to harness the power of wind using spinning sail technology. Rotor ships feature towering vertical rotors on their decks that use the Magnus effect for propulsion. The Magnus effect is caused when a spinning sphere or cylinder drags air faster on one side then the other, moving the object in the direction of side with the lower-pressure side. It's the same effect that causes balls to spin in sports and it can be harnessed by ships to move them forward in a similar way. The thrust produced by the rotors significantly reduces the need for engine power, without losing operating speed, therefore saving fuel and ultimately reducing emissions.
Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
Year Built: 2018
Speed: 15.1 kn
Length: 199 M
Breadth: 32 M
Deadweight: 63,223 t
From 2020, shipping companies will be required to reduce the sulphur content of their fuel, which could come at a significant cost. This potentially makes investment in technologies such as rotor sails much more worthwhile. Wind propulsion for commercial vessels appears to be gaining mainstream industry support and perhaps, in the not too distant future, might even become commonplace.
On October 22, the world’s first LNG-Powered Aframax vessel, Gargarin Prospect, completed her maiden voyage across the Baltic and North Seas, from Primorsk to Rotterdam where she safely delivered 104,815 tonnes of crude oil.
Speed: 14.6 knots
Length: 250 m
Breadth: 44 m
Draught: 8.6 m
The Gargarin Prospect received is first LNG fuel from Shell’s specialized bunker vessel, Cardissa, at the beginning of October, and less than two weeks later the vessel loaded its first export cargo of Russian crude oil at the Port of Primorsk. The operation marked a number of firsts, as it was also the first ship-to-ship bunkering in the Port of Rotterdam. Tankers fueled with LNG emit zero sulphur oxide (SOx) and particulates. They emit 76 per cent less nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 27 per cent less carbon dioxide (CO2), than similar vessels operating on heavy fuel oil. This will reduce the vessels environment footprint and will also comply with tightening sulphur and nitrogen oxide emissions regulations, including the IMO’s global 0.5% sulphur cap, which takes effect in 2020.
Trying to find a Ship of the Week is not always an easy task. Sometimes a news item will refer to a vessel that would be interesting to feature in our newsletter, but quite often it is time spent researching and trolling through the internet to see what can be found. Recently we happened to come across Moby Lines, an Italian shipping company that operates ferries and cruise-ferries between the Italian or French mainland and the islands of Elba, Sardinia and Corsica. The company was found in 1959 under the name Navigazione Arcipelago Maddalenino (NARVARMA). Moby Lines is known for using Looney Tunes characters as the external livery on some of the vessels. We thought that perhaps this week we would feature some of these colourful ferries from the fleet as the Ship(s) of the Week.
Moby Niki Moby Ale
In Halifax, NS on October 5th, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, presided over the naming of Canada's first Arctic and offshore patrol ship the HMCS Harry DeWolf. The vessel is named for a vice-admiral who oversaw the rescue of 42 sailors from the HMCS Athabaskan on April 29, 1944, during the Second World War. This is the first of at least five Arctic patrol vessels that will be tasked with patrolling Canadian Waters, including the Arctic. The fully completed vessel is expected to be delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy in June 2019.
Type: Patrol Vessel
Displacement: 6,615 mt
LOA: 103 m
Beam: 19 m
Draft: 5.8 m
Speed: 17 knots open water
3 knots icebreaking
The HMCS Harry DeWolf has a range of 6,800 nautical miles (12,600 km). The patrol vessel can embark up to 8 x 20’ sea containers and has a 20-tonne self loading / offloading crane. The core crew size is 65 and could surge up to 120 persons if required. The flight deck has been fitted to handle a CH 48 Cyclone Helicopter. Primary missions will include Arctic Operations during the navigable season, Search and Rescue (SAR), High Availability/Disaster Recovery (HA/DR) and will provide support to scientific research. Construction of the second and third vessels – to be known as the HMCS Margaret Brooke and HMCS Max Bernays – is already well underway.