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Fjord Line Takes Over MS ‘Bergensfjord’ (Norway)

first_imgzoom Fjord Line took delivery of the new MS Bergensfjord, the second of two eco-friendly cruise ferries built for the Norwegian shipping line by the Bergen Group Fosen shipyard in Rissa, Norway.“The completion of the ship went faster than expected, so we are looking into the possibility of putting it into service earlier than planned,” says Fjord Line CEO Ingvald Fardal.The Bergensfjord’s identical sister ship, MS Stavangerfjord, is already in service after it started sailing the Bergen-Stavanger-Hirtshals route and Hirtshals-Langesund routes in July 2013.Fardal says having both ships in operation will allow the company to reach its goal of offering daily departures for passengers and freight from all four ports.“This marks the beginning of a new era in ferry traffic between Norway and the EU that will be of great importance to both the tourism and business sectors. The sale of tickets for the summer months already looks extremely promising in Norway and continental Europe,” says Fardal. Finishing touchesAfter Monday’s delivery at Rissa, in central Norway, the Bergensfjord casts off today and sets sail for Hirtshals, Denmark. In the weeks to come, Fjord Line will concentrate on fitting out the remaining equipment and drilling the ship’s crew in all aspects of operations and safety procedures. The new cruise ferry’s first regularly scheduled departure is currently slated for Thursday, 3 April from Bergen.“We are very pleased that Bergen Group Fosen has been able to deliver the ship in accordance with the schedule agreed on last summer. That gives us enough time to run in technical equipment and conduct quality control of all operations and logistics. If possible, we will put the ship into service earlier than currently planned,” says Fardal.World’s most environmentally friendlyFjord Lines’ two new and identical cruise ferries are both equipped with engines powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). LNG engines reduce NOx emissions by 92 percent compared to engines powered by traditional heavy fuel oil. Emissions of sulfur are eliminated completely, while particulate emissions are cut 98 percent. The technology Fjord Line uses also reduces emissions of greenhouse gases (CO2) by 23 percent. So air pollution will be minimal at sea as well as in port, helping to make these cruise ferries the world’s most environmentally friendly of their kind.The new ships, which are 170 meters long, are perfectly designed to handle North Sea waves and provide passengers with a smooth and stable voyage. Each ship has space for 1,500 passengers, with 306 cabins and a vehicle deck for up to 600 cars, trucks and cargo. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Fjord Line, February 4, 2014last_img read more

WISKA Showcases Five New Products at SMM

first_imgWorld Maritime News Staff, September 12, 2014 zoom WISKA’s Head of Marketing Anja Lange and Sven Laudan, Head of Engineering & DesignWISKA, a Hamburg-based manufacturer of electrical equipment, lighting products and CCTV camera surveillance systems for shipbuilding and diverse industries, is presenting a total of five new products to an international trade audience for the first time at the SMM 2014 in Hamburg.Luminaire 4000One highlight is the multi-functional, LED multi-purpose Luminaire 4000. The DNV GL certified luminaire 4000 contains a minimum of system components and is maintenance-free.The lighting system is designed for use in both weather exposed and interior areas. The standard breathable concept gives the electrics enhanced protection against moisture and condensation water, thus preventing short-circuits and corrosion and ensures a longer useful life.WISKA has also developed a splitter for use in reefer container logistics that expands the number of reefer container sockets available on board. The PushIn Mobile Splitter is a portable unit that can turn one reefer container socket gang into two.The mobile splitter allows the existing electrical capacity on board to be used by maximising the number of available reefer container sockets without requiring any modifications to the ship’s electrical infrastructure.Another highlight of WISKA at SMM 2014 is computer-controlled CCTV camera surveillance systems designed for the maritime industry. WISKA has a total of three new products to present this year: a flameproof camera system for hazardous areas on board, a pan-and-tilt camera made from stainless steel, and a plastic dome camera of protection type IP 68.All three CCTV innovations are characterised by being fully IP-compatible. They also have advanced Full-HD technology to deliver crystal-clear, high resolution images that go well beyond what analogue cameras can provide.The three camera stations can be operated via POE (Power-over-Ethernet), which means that a single cable is used to transfer data and power to the CCTV system and no additional power supply is required.Apart from their latest products, WISKA is using the SMM venue to showcase their tried and tested products such as WISKA Sprint cable gland system which recently marked 25 years of being in the market. When asked about the secret of the Sprint’s longevity, the WISKA’s Head of Marketing Anja Lange told the World Maritime News reporter that ”the system is very flexible and applicable to various areas, which has allowed it to adjust and to grow from one or two cable glands, to the system we have now over the last 25 years.”When asked about their latest expansion to Asia and the reasons behind the opening of their Shanghai post, Ms Lange said that ‘‘the Asian market is a growing market for WISKA, seeing that the majority of container ships is built in the Asian shipyards.”last_img read more

Oil falls closer to US103 a barrel as supply fears continue to

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 8, 2014 3:52 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil falls closer to US$103 a barrel as supply fears continue to recede The price of oil slipped closer to $103 a barrel Tuesday as concerns about supply disruptions continued to fade.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for August delivery fell 13 cents to close at US$103.40 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, fell $1.30 to close at US$108.94 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.Oil has been falling steadily since it hit a 10-month closing high of $107.26 on June 20 as a string of victories by Iraqi insurgents that raises fears for Iraqi oil exports. However, those fears have since receded as the Iraqi government has since blunted their advance. Meanwhile, an agreement in Libya between the central government and a regional militia is clearing the way for more exports there.“The imminent return of Libyan supply to the market is continuing to weigh on prices,” said analysts at Commerzbank in Frankfurt in a note to clients.U.S. crude production, meanwhile, is at its highest in about two decades.Investors now await information being released Wednesday by the Energy Information Administration on U.S. stockpiles of crude and refined fuels.Data for the week ended July 4 is expected to show declines of three million barrels in crude oil stocks and of one million barrels in gasoline stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline fell 1.6 cents to close at US$2.973 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil fell four cents to US$2.874 a gallon and natural gas fell 2.1 cents to US$4.204 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) read more