• 2019 June 14 17:05

    Knud E. Hansen wins two separate contracts for innovative large RoRo vessels

    The Helsingør-based firm of naval architects, Knud E. Hansen, has won two separate contracts for innovative large RoRo vessels to be built in China. Wallenius-SOL has ordered up to four ultralarge, LNG-fuelled RoRo vessels, built to a Knud E. Hansen design, at Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd. Meanwhile, China’s Nanjing Jinling Shipyard has signed up for the design of three large RoRo vessels based on a modified version of the existing Finnlines/Grimaldi/ Knud E. Hansen design.

    The Wallenius-SOL project will involve the Danish design firm providing the engineering package for the ships’ construction and subsequent approval by the classification society and flag state authorities. The 5,800 lanemetre vessels, with 1A Super ice class and a speed of 20 knots, have a deadweight of 27,000 tonnes and a length of 242m. Not only will they be the largest in their class, but they will also be the first RoRo ships in this size range to be powered by LNG.

    During port calls, the ships will use green electricity from shore or LNG, giving them a favourable carbon footprint whilst also eliminating other harmful emissions. The ships represent the fourth series of ultra-large RoRo vessels designed by Hansen since 2016. Gothenburg-based Wallenius- SOL, a Swedish company founded by Wallenius and Swedish Orient Line early in 2019, transports forestry products and other goods in a network covering the Gulf of Bothnia, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. The company was set up to strengthen transport infrastructure for Finnish and Swedish industry by way of long-term agreements with cargo customers.

    Meanwhile, the Finnlines RoRo designs are based on Grimaldi Green 5th Generation vessels and are therefore sister vessels to existing ships but adapted to meet the needs of the Finnish company in terms of the highest Finnish/Swedish ice class, 1A Super-class, and heavy cargo operation in cold climates. Due for delivery from 2021, the 238m-long vessels will also have a capacity of 5,800 lane metres, with 5,000m2 of space on the vehicle decks.

    Innovative features on board these ships will include large lithium batteries ensuring zero emissions in port and charged by shaft generators during navigation though a peak-shaving system. Resistance of the ships’ hulls will be reduced by a Silverstream air lubrication system, which generates a thin layer of bubbles under the hull.




2019 June 20

12:24 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:01 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
11:36 ReCAAP ISC and Indian Coast Guard co-hosting 12th Capacity Building Workshop for Maritime Law Enforcement and Regulatory Authorities
11:11 NCSP Group’s consolidated cargo turnover for Jan-Apr 2019 increased by 0.3% to 47.6 million tonnes
10:42 Amendments to be introduced to the Water Traffic Act
10:10 Tallink Grupp connects first two vessels to shore power at Port of Stockholm in a bid to reduce environmental impact
10:09 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
09:46 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.81% to $62.95, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.69% to $54.9
09:27 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 20
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,179 points

2019 June 19

18:14 Port of Southampton signs sister port agreement with PortMiami
18:05 Unique Wärtsilä fresh water production system offers one ton per day fuel savings
17:51 Continued rail investment at the Port of Southampton accelerates air quality improvements
17:28 PGNiG confirms production potential of Poland’s largest gas field
17:03 IMRF announces new Board of Trustees
16:40 Small-size missile ship Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Black Sea Fleet, completes tasks in the Mediterranean Sea
16:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces GRI from Asia to East Coast South America
15:39 Vympel Shipyard launched first Grachonok-class special purpose boat for Federal National Guard Troops Service
15:02 Black Sea Mediterranean Express (BMX Service) Additional Gemlik Call
14:43 Baltic Workboats announces delivery of 100m fully electric ferry
14:21 RS participates in Global Fishery Forum
14:02 MOL and Japanese shipyards design Next Generation Coal carrier 'EeneX'
13:45 Igor Sharkov appointed Director of FESCO Branch Office in Vladivostok
13:26 FESCO opens seasonal transportation to ports of Chukotka
13:02 Van Oord awarded large contract for Mozambique LNG project
12:34 NIBULON Shipbuilding and Repair Yard starts constructing vessels of new project
12:12 ICS meets in Faroe Islands
11:58 Frigate Admiral Gorhskov of RF Navy's Northern Fleet sails through Panama Canal
11:37 Ship inspection platform Idwal urges investors to carry out due diligence on asset condition as standards decline
11:19 WMU signed MOU with Higher Institute of Maritime Studies, Morocco
11:12 Damen signs Phase II contract with International Organization for Migration for nine additional SAR 1906 search and rescue boats
10:55 ABB wins system package with Keppel for dredging contractor Van Oord
10:33 Lavna coal terminal to reach design capacity of 18 million tonnes in 2022
10:00 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:38 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, June 19
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.03% to $62.16, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.22% to $54.23
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,135 points

2019 June 18

18:36 Spotlighting IMO's actions on climate change
18:31 Transborders Energy signs joint study agreement with Kyushu Electric Power for FLNG Solution
18:06 Kim Heng Offshore & Marine Holdings signs MoU with HHC and Thaitan
18:03 Container service boost at Bristol Port
17:53 IMO and UN Environment – working together to keep the Mediterranean clean
17:36 ZIM introduces myZIM Personal Notifications
17:21 Incat launches a new 111-metre ferry for Spain
17:06 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate increase from Japan to Middle East
16:42 Nor-Shipping 2019 sets new records
16:20 Fincantieri and CNR present the results of six multidisciplinary research projects
16:04 Atlantic Towing buys Havyard 833 WE – build no 126
15:25 Live stream of IWW passenger transportation meeting, part of SmartTRANSPORT, starts on IAA PortNews website at 10:00, June 21
15:04 Port of Oakland approves Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan
14:33 Carnival Mardi Gras cruise ship hull assembly begins at Meyer Turku shipyard
14:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces FAK from East Asia to Europe and Mediterranean
13:30 Port of Singapore bags “Best Seaport in Asia” for 31st time and also “Best Green Seaport”
13:02 Major shipping banks to launch the Poseidon Principles in line with IMO’s Greenhouse Gas strategy
12:41 Russia's Main Department of State Expertise approves revised project for Phase 1 of dry bulk terminal in Taman
12:28 Bunker prices show slight changes at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:24 Jan De Nul secures Formosa 2 OWF contract in Taiwan and underlines its expansion in Asian OWFs
12:05 AtoB@C starts to offer port towage and related services in Port of Raahe
11:39 East-Siberian Inland Navigation Company launches bunkering tanker of Project RT37 for Baikal
11:16 Regional Manager Simon Neo set to leave IBIA