Hull’s new £73m cruise terminal plans take next step

A specialist marine engineering firm is set to be hired to work on Hull’s £73m cruise terminal project.

Hull’s new £73m cruise terminal plans take next step

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UK duo to pilot robotic turbine inspection tools

Eleven-I and Innvotek successful in latest GE and ORE Catapult ‘Stay Ashore’ programme call

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Holyhead Breakwater to undergo refurbishment due to erosion of foundations

A consultation has been launched over plans to refurbish Holyhead Breakwater amid concerns it could fail within the next 15 years.

Investigations of the structure have identified a need for a large scale refurbishment of the Breakwater to ensure that it can continue to receive about 70 per cent of all vehicle movement between Ireland and Wales and the North West.

The work, proposed by Royal HaskoningDHV on behalf of Stena Line, would see the construction of two layers of concrete armour units, weighing 43.5 tonnes each, placed along the breakwater over a width of approximately 40 metres.

Stena Line Ports is asking for the public’s views on the proposed refurbishment as part of its pre-application consultation from June 7 to July 4.

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UK based specialist gets nod for new LNG fuel retrofit concept

An innovative LNG fuel tank system developed by UK-based marine engineering and ship repair specialist Newport Shipping UK LLP for crude tankers and bulkers has gained a key preliminary class approval to facilitate retrofits of such vessels in line with new environmental requirements to cut maritime emissions.

Newport Shipping’s concept is based on deck-mounted LNG tanks that can be installed without major modifications to the vessel hull, thereby reducing installation costs, as part of a retrofit solution using a dual-fuel engine that would also be suitable for future use of carbon-neutral methane such as bio-LNG.

This marks a significant milestone for Newport Shipping, positioning it to take a leading role in the rapidly emerging market to adapt vessel fuel systems for LNG that has seen only a few such retrofits globally to date.

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Amsterdam testing autonomous boats on its famous canal system

Currently, Amsterdam is testing autonomous boats that run electric power on the many canals running through the city. Amsterdam has more than 60 miles of waterways that host all types of ships and watercraft. The Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute) and MIT are collaborating on the Roboat project to develop new ways of navigating waterways without a human controlling the craft.

Officials in Amsterdam say the technology is very relevant and highly complex port operations where there are many vessels and ships and a lot of quays and peers. Stephan van Dijk says the technology can improve safety using autonomous systems and make it more efficient with a 24/7 operation approach.

A recent demonstration used a 13-foot-long electric boat. 

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€6m project to trial greener, more efficient ship propulsion and steering system underway

A greener, more efficient rudder system, designed at the University of Strathclyde, will be demonstrated as part of a €6 million EU-funded research project.

The GATERS project led by the University of Strathclyde under the Horizon 2020 Fund, will see the ‘gate rudder’ – a novel propulsion and steering system – retro-fitted to a commercial vessel as part of a trial.

Unlike a traditional rudder which sits behind a ship’s propellers to steer the vessel, the U-shaped gate rudder – essentially two separate rudders – sits astride the propeller which, as a result, acts like a nozzle around the propeller and generates additional thrust.
Both rudders can be independently controlled to provide steering better as well as helping vessels move sideways – called crabbing – when docking, for example.

In early trials, the gate rudder has shown ‘remarkable’ fuel-saving potential of 15% in calm waters, while this can be as high as 30% in rough seas and improved maneuverability.

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Rolls-Royce partners with Hindustan Aeronautics for warship engines

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Rolls-Royce signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) this week to establish a support system in India for the highly regarded Rolls-Royce MT30 marine engines.

The HAL-Rolls-Royce partnership will provide packaging, installation, marketing and services support for the MT30 engine, creating a business case for the Indian Navy to consider using the engine for powering and propelling its warships.

The Indian Navy, one of the world’s major warship builders, has not used the MT30 for even a single warship. Most Indian frigates and destroyers are propelled by Ukrainian Zorya turbines or by American General Electric LM-2500 gas turbines.

The UK Government Department for International Trade (DIT) has been actively lobbying New Delhi to power the Indian Navy’s second indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-2), INS Vishal, with the MT30 engine.

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SEA Awarded £25m Contract for Sonar Upgrade & Development

Systems Engineering & Assessment Ltd (SEA) Limited the UK maritime defence system specialist and part of the Cohort Group, has been awarded a new contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to manage and update in-service sonar equipment.

The contract, with a value of £25 m over the next 10 years, was won through competitive tender. It underpins SEA’s sonar equipment and systems capability and strong relationship with the UK MoD. Under the new contract, SEA will expand its innovative Anti-Submarine Warfare solutions, through the design and development of a part of the MoD’s next generation sonar equipment.

Additionally, having successfully delivered this service as part of a previous contract, SEA will continue to maintain a range of the Royal Navy’s existing sonars and deliver the equipment on an availability basis, ensuring that it is consistently ready for operations.  

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New Amanda of Ladram en route to Newlyn

The new 20 metre netter for South-West fishing company Waterdance Ltd built by PARKOL MARINE ENGINEERING LTD in Whitby is en route to Newlyn

The first new offshore Netter to be built for the UK flag in almost twenty years, this new vessel represents another major milestone for the Waterdance fleet, following the building of a new Crabber, the Nichola of Ladram, in 2019, and a new Beam Trawler, the Georgina of Ladram, in 2020.

The vessel will have an overall length of 20.4 metres and a breadth of 7.70 metres, giving her improved stability at sea and ensuring ample space for comfortable, low-noise accommodation, a mess deck for a crew of eight and generous hold storage.

The UK is home to several highly-skilled shipyards, including Parkol Marine Engineering Ltd in Whitby

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World’s most powerful tidal turbine launches in Dundee

Scottish floating tidal turbine technology provider Orbital Marine Power Ltd has successfully launched its 2MW tidal turbine, the Orbital O2, from the Port of Dundee Forth Ports Limited.

The operation was managed by Osprey Group and saw the 680-tonne tidal turbine transferred from the Forth Ports quayside facility in Dundee into the River Tay using a submersible barge.

The launch marks the completion of the turbine build, managed by TEXO, and the O2 will now be towed to the Orkney Islands, where it will undergo commissioning before being connected to the EMEC: European Marine Energy Centre , becoming the world’s most powerful operational tidal turbine.

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