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Articles from 2010 In September

Grand Bahama Shipyard outlines growth vision

Grand Bahama Shipyard outlines growth vision

Fetten wants the yard to take a bigger and bigger role in outfitting and project management.

That’s a vision shared by GBS chairman and ceo Carl-Gustaf ‘Calle’ Rotkirch and his team, as detailed in the cover story of September’s Seatrade Cruise Review.

With its close proximity to the world’s busiest cruise lanes, GBS has the edge on location, but the deepwater facility with its trio of floating docks aspires to be much more than just the most convenient passenger ship repair yard.

GBS started by contracting only 10% to 15% of a docking, with the bulk handled by cruise line in-house teams, but has advanced to a 20% to 25% share, Fetten said.

Lloyd Werft and Blohm+Voss typically provide a 40% to 50% chunk—the goal for GBS, according to both Fetten and Kevin Douglas, vp technical projects-newbuilds for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and a GBS board member.

Fetten said there are ‘a lot of projects in the pipeline’ for GBS starting as early as 2011 where the yard plays a far greater role than before.

Cruise work will comprise about half of this year’s expected revenue of $80m to $90m, and is forecast to rise to 60% in 2011. A steady $90m to $100m in overall revenue is targeted annually going forward.

Sealy designs beds fit for a Queen

Sealy designs beds fit for a Queen

The Sealy Posturpedic beds include the very latest in sleep technology, claims the UK-based company, including 'zones of pocket springs with sumptuous layers of upholstery that will support and cushion the body to ensure the very best night’s sleep.'

And for those who enjoy their night's sleep onboard, the Sealy 'Cunarder' range will also be available to buy via the Cunard website.

Accommodating just over 2,000 passengers in 1,046 cabins, Cunard's new ship will be named in Southampton on October 11 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


New book studies how Modernism shaped cruise ship design

New book studies how Modernism shaped cruise ship design

Telling the story of the development of the Modern Movement in passenger-ship design, from the first generation of steam-powered liners in the late- Victorian era to the cruise and ferries of the century's final decades, it brings together the scholarship and expertise of leading architecture, design and maritime historians.

ShipStyle includes some rare and previously unpublished images, as well as brochures, postcards, posters and general arrangement diagrams. Ships explored in detail include: Ile de France, Bremen, Normandie, United States, Cristoforo Columbo, Andrea Dorio, Rotterdam, France, Canberra, Oceanic, Sagafjord, QE2, Nordic Prince as well as many lesser known vessels.

Co-authored by Philip Dawson, a journalist specialising in shipping, transport and design-related subjects and Bruce Peter, an architecture and design historian who has worked on several TV documentaries including one on QE2, the 240 page hardback retails at £30 and is published by London-based Comway, an imprint of Anova Books. It will be published in October.

Entertainment channel delivers variety to MTN TV offerings

Entertainment channel delivers variety to MTN TV offerings

E! Entertainment Television is a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast Corporation and is based in Los Angeles with an audience reach of 169m cable and satellite viewers globally.

'We have concluded our agreement with E! Entertainment Television to add its entertainment package to our MTN Worldwide TV service, which enhances our current lineup of worldwide programming from six major US and international networks,' said Brent Horwitz, svp, MTN cruise and ferry services.

'Paul Gauguin Cruises chose MTN Worldwide TV to provide our guests with news options that fit their personal preference and the addition of E! fits in nicely with the other programming,' said Bradford Smith, IT director for Paul Gauguin Cruises.

Since introducing MTN Worldwide TV earlier this year, the company reports more than 40 ships with over 32,000 passenger cabins under contract and says it is working to develop additional options such as foreign languages primarily spoken by crew.

MTN Worldwide TV uses three overlapping satellite beams to deliver programming from BBC World News, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, Sky News and Sky Sports News to passengers cruising worldwide. MTN also provides special events broadcasts to the cruise industry.

Cruise lines subscribing to MTN Worldwide TV include Azamara Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, and Silversea Cruises.

Both Cruise & Maritime ships get exterior face lift

Both Cruise & Maritime ships get exterior face lift

Like fleet sister Marco Polo, Ocean Countess now also sports a shiny blue hull.

Europa uses Siemens to provide mobile phone connectivity worldwide

Europa uses Siemens to provide mobile phone connectivity worldwide

'With this new service, we are offering our guests an important extra in terms of convenience and flexibility,' says Sebastian Ahrens, managing director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. 'The charges for each guest depend on the contract with their respective mobile phone provider. They are usually slightly higher than the standard roaming charges ashore, but also significantly lower than the expensive satellite connection. The owner of the mobile phone will be billed for the charges directly by the mobile phone provider,' he added.

The system was developed by Siemens IT Solutions and Services based in Hamburg together with TriaGnoSys.

New propulsion condition monitoring service from Wärtsilä

New propulsion condition monitoring service from Wärtsilä

PCMS's advanced data-collection and analysis, combined with Wärtsilä's understanding of marine propulsion, allows ship operators to prevent damage and lower life cycle costs, as well as limit their vessel's environmental impact by keeping propulsion systems operating at high efficiency. The need for periodical inspection of propulsion equipment can be eliminated by successfully integrating PCMS in the maintenance program, noted the power solutions.

The new system is adapted from the remote monitoring architecture Wärtsilä developed for its engine monitoring service, combining sensory data such as vibrations, pressures, and temperatures with the operational parameters of the propulsion equipment, such as pitch, steering feedback and set points.

In addition, it takes into consideration the nautical parameters like vessel speed, rate of turn and draught, thereby giving the customer the ability to accurately relate sensory data to the actual operating conditions.

The system has been developed to detect the operational states of the propulsion equipment through real-time comparisons of parameters from multiple sources. It can also measure vibrations on the inside of thrusters using sensors located right next to bearings and gears.

Sperry Marine's new generation of marine alarm and monitoring system

Sperry Marine's new generation of marine alarm and monitoring system

Offered in two basic configurations – VisionMaster Alarm Management System (AMS) and VisionMaster Machinery Control System (MCS) – the new Sperry Marine solutions use commercial-off-the-shelf industry-standard components for all key building blocks within the system.

The systems are based on a dedicated redundant-switched Ethernet local area network for complete field-to-server data links. The Ethernet ring is structured around two servers to provide redundancy in hot back-up configuration for control and monitoring of all subsystems.

'The VisionMaster AMS and MCS solutions are designed to provide an easy ‘drop-in’ replacement for legacy machinery automation systems, as well as newbuilds, with serial interfaces to the sensors on diesel engines from most major plant manufacturers,' said J. Nolasco DaCunha, vice president of Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine. 'They can be installed as stand-alone alarm, monitoring and control solutions, or integrated with the Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT™ integrated bridge systems.'

Autronica delivers Allure fire safety system

Autronica delivers Allure fire safety system

Final commissioning is scheduled for November.

Autronica was chosen following a similar customized fire safety installation on Oasis of the Seas.

Autronica reports ‘excellent feedback from RCI about the Oasis of the Seas installation. They tell us that the system is easy to use and provides a great overview in an emergency operation as well as on a daily basis,’ said Jon-Arne Simonsen, regional sales manager.

At STX Finland's Turku yard last week, RCI’s Bill Wright, svp marine operations, extolled the efficacy of the system in a visit to the navigational bridge’s Safety Command Center.

For Allure, there are eight AutroMaster ISEMS terminals and thousands of points relaying real-time data including 37 fire alarm panels, 9,500 smoke and heat detectors, 1,030 fire doors, 300 sprinklers, 300 low location lights, 1,350 controlled CCTV cameras and 830 fire dampers.

AutroMaster employs a graphical user interface to provide control and monitoring of every point and all detection loops of the fire detection network on board. The safety officers have a detailed view of what’s happening by virtue of ISEMS plotting functionality, which allows operators to direct and keep track of various emergency teams on the vessel’s general arrangement plan.

The CCTV interface is an automatic function that activates the nearest camera to any detector/manual call point in alarm so that the situation may be viewed live.

Text and pictures for various damage controls will be displayed as a separate page or icons on the general arrangement, providing information on how to act, for instance, how to close a specific watertight door.

Also included are ISEMS modules for displaying status of watertight doors, showing primary and secondary escape routes as a layer on the general arrangement and providing the open and closed status of shell doors.

The system has an event replay for training or investigation purposes.

Autronica is part of UTC Fire & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.