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  • Writer's pictureSarah Whiteford

Damen wins ship of the year, DP cost savings, Carnival rescues sailors, Coast Guard dog reunion

Updated: Nov 10, 2021

It’s Good News Monday!

This Monday we talk about:

  1. ADC's solution for efficient drillship operations

  2. Damen’s e-ferry scoops ship of the year award

  3. Video: Carnival Cruise Ship Rescues Sailors in Gulf of Mexico

  4. DEME Offshore, Prysmian Win Largest Ever U.S. Offshore Wind Installation Deal

  5. Breaking up is hard to do: why ship recycling needs reform

  6. When Your Dog Is Happy To See You After A 102 Day Deployment

Man on the bridge of a vessel

"[By: ADC Energy]". Image from The Maritime Executive.

According to Maritime Executive: "ADC Energy, a specialist provider of integrated rig inspections, has completed a project with a major rig owner which identified that an upgrade to Dynamically Positioned (DP) rigs power systems can reduce carbon emissions by almost 5,000 tonnes per year." Moving to closed bus operations was estimated to save DP rigs about $620,000 per year in fuel savings and up to $150,000 per year in potential maintenance costs, for a total of $770,000 per year in savings.

OneStep Power has proprietary technology to test for closed bus operations to get rigs these savings - check out our GVRT and ZeroDip.

Damen electric ferry Bryggen pulling into dock

“Damen's Bryggen ferry is ship of the year at Dutch Maritime Awards (source: Damen Shipyards Group)”. Image from Riviera.

At the Dutch Maritime Awards, Damen Shipyards Group’s Bryggen e-ferry won ship of the year for 2021. The ferry is fully electric, environmentally friendly, and can carry up to 80 passengers. The ship is emissions-free with no diesel generators onboard and an automatic mooring system that shortens load times and automatically charges once linked to the shore. The hull is built for low resistance, ice-reinforced, and has a bow thruster for maneuverability. The Dutch Maritime Awards 2021 covered 5 categories and 15 innovations.

Carnival Breeze Rescue at Sea Nov 4 2021. Video from Rhonda Brewer.

A Carnival Cruise ship rescued people and their dogs from a sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday. Carnival Breeze received the mayday call at around 1:00 am on November 4th as it was returning from a cruise to Mexico, and diverted course to help. The captain of the sailboat injured his back and needed assistance. The crew of Carnival Breeze lowered a lifeboat and went to the sailboat where they transferred the three people and two dogs to the lifeboat and then to the cruise ship. This is the second time in 12 months that a Carnival ship has rescued someone, after last November 2020 when the Carnival Ecstasy rescued a crewmember from a motor yacht near the Bahamas.

DEME Offshore installation vessel jack-up performing a lift with its main crane

“A DEME Offshore installation vessel - Credit: DEME Offshore”. Image from Offshore Engineer.

A $1.1B Balance of Plant (BoP) contract has been awarded to DEME Offshore for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project with Prysmian. The total value of the contract is $1.9B and has been awarded by Dominion Energy to a consortium with DEME and Prysmian. It is the largest wind installation contract awarded in the United States, with the US’s largest wind farm expected to be completed in 2026. The contract includes 176 monopile foundations, three substations, and cable systems. The project will use Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy 15 MW turbines that have 222 meter rotors. It’s expected to power up to 660,000 households.

Ship part way through deconstruction with most pieces removed back to the bridge

“Ships are not designed for easy breakup (source: IMO)”. Image from Riviera.

At a recent Riviera Maritime Media webinar, the topic was “The many benefits of designing newbuilds for recycling”. Recycling old vessels should be designed in from the beginning, with new technologies and different hull designs to make deconstruction easier. Summarizing and putting together all of the various information about a vessel also helps as recyclers don’t have to try to piece together information years later - or worse - break ships without it. Steel is the main component recycled, but many other pieces are not recycled due to a lack of information on the market demand for them. The remanufacturing intensity of the maritime industry is only 0.3%, with considerable room for improvement in comparison with other industries, although approximately 97% of ships are recycled. A poll found many shipowners to be willing to pay more for a design including ship recycling, meaning additional cost of designing a ship to be deconstructed should be well received. Some financial institutions are already changing their standards as European Investbank will not fund newbuilds that aren’t designed for European recycling regulations, with more banks to follow. The article included International Ship Recycling Association (IRSA) director Reinoud Pijpers; Anantha Padmanabhan, managing director for Europe of Singapore-based ship design group SeaTech Solutions; and Dr Rafet Emek Kurt, associate professor Strathclyde University’s faculty of engineering.

To learn more about ship recycling, check out our article What is ship recycling?

Dog licking his human who just returned from a Coast Guard deployment

“Coast Guard Cutter Munro crew returns home following 102-day, 22,000 nautical mile multi-mission Western Pacific deployment. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Matt Masaschi.” Image from gCaptain.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Kurt Chlebek of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro returned from a 102 day, multi-mission deployment that covered 22,000 nautical miles. He was greeted by his dog after returning to his homeport in Alameda, California.

Smile, it’s Good News Monday! :-)


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