UK’s largest marine simulation training centre to operate using Wärtsilä equipment

The technology group Wärtsilä has been selected to provide a full scope of marine simulators for a new training facility at Solent University’s Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, located in Southampton, England.

Scheduled to complete in spring 2019, it will be the largest marine simulation training centre in the U.K. The contract with Wärtsilä, which was booked in September 2018, is linked to a five-year continuous service agreement.

“We are extremely proud to have been selected to provide the simulators for this very important training facility. The quality and flexibility of our solutions are the highest on the market, and have been developed to deliver the most realistic and valuable training possible for the marine officers of the future. The digital technology used aligns very closely with Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine initiatives, whereby high levels of digitalisation and connectivity are employed to deliver even greater efficiencies,” says Joonas Makkonen, Vice President, Voyage Solutions, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

“The simulation centre will be a central pillar of our maritime education, training and research programme. We are very pleased to be able to call on the global experience and extensive industry know-how of Wärtsilä in making this project a success,” says Syamantak Bhattacharya, Dean of Solent University’s Warsash School of Maritime, Science and Engineering.

The simulator complex will provide decision support, analysis, and training based on live data received from ships and ports. The Wärtsilä scope includes state-of-the-art navigational bridges, engine room, liquid cargo handling, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), and crane operation simulators.

Wärtsilä simulation and training services provide integrated solutions and high quality content designed to bridge the gap between the Standard of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers (STCW), and the required level of competency. STCW sets the minimum qualification standards for masters, officers, and watch personnel on seagoing merchant ships and large yachts.

The equipment technology is provided by Transas, the leader in training and simulation services. Transas was acquired by Wärtsilä in May 2018. The company offers both land- and ship-based simulation systems that utilise digital twins of actual vessels covering all onboard systems. Real data from the ship can also be used to replay onboard operations for training purposes.

To date, more than 5500 simulators have been delivered by Transas to some 1300 customers in more than 90 countries. The main customer segments include both government and privately owned training centres and academies, shipping and crewing companies, agencies such as port authorities and pilot associations, as well as navies and coastguards.

Image caption (from left to right): Lars Lippuner, Head of Commercial Operations, Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering; Alex Ponomarev, Area Sales Manager, Wärtsilä; Muhammad Shafique, Senior Lecturer, Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering; Syamantak Bhattacharya, Dean, Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering 

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Rolls-Royce welcomes Delta TechOps into expanded service network as Trent 1000 work begins

Rolls-Royce has welcomed Delta TechOps into its expanded service network as it begins work on its first Trent engine.

Delta TechOps began operations as a Trent Authorised Maintenance Centre, with the induction of a Trent 1000 engine module. The 127,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility will also carry out services on the Trent 7000 and Trent XWB.

Rolls-Royce has been responding with a range of activities to support customers experiencing disruption as a result of the requirement for increased inspections on Trent 1000 engines. These activities, which include an increase in maintenance capacity for affected engines, the introduction of a new inspection technique and the acceleration of a permanent fix for the issue, are all aimed at reducing the operational impact on customers.

The addition of Delta TechOps supports the growth of maintenance capacity and also supports Rolls-Royce’s wider services strategy to develop an increasingly capable, competitive and flexible CareNetwork.

Don Mitacek, Senior Vice President, Delta TechOps, said: “We are incredibly proud of our new facility and proud to be part of the Rolls-Royce CareNetwork. We look forward to supporting Rolls-Royce across three significant engine programmes starting with the Trent 1000, alongside our existing BR715 line.”

Tom Palmer, Rolls-Royce, Director of Services, Civil Aerospace, said: “It's great to have Delta TechOps up and running and working alongside us. They have an important role to play both in helping us address our immediate Trent 1000 issue, and in the longer term as part of our network growth to service our expanding Trent fleet.”

The new facility, in Atlanta, Georgia, has been created by converting several large hangar bays. The workshop consists of areas for engine assembly and disassembly; kitting parts; engines work in progress; shop materials and supplies, life limited parts and repair and support. A new test cell will open later this year capable of testing engines to 150,000lb thrust.

Delta TechOps already carries out service support for Rolls-Royce BR715 regional jet engines.

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Wärtsilä and Royal Caribbean extend their partnership to 2028

The marine and cruise industry is moving more and more toward long-term partnerships. Wärtsilä and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. are leading the way by strengthening their long-term cooperation and extending their service agreement to the year 2028. The original agreement, signed in 2013, spanned 10 years. Under the agreement, Wärtsilä is optimising maintenance efficiency through improved Turbocharger maintenance, providing OEM spare parts, workshop services and preferred technical assistance for 46 Royal Caribbean Cruises’ ships.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) is the second largest cruise company in the world. The company’s key objective is to provide cruise customers with the best holiday experience, therefore the reliability of the equipment installed on board RCL’s vessels is of the utmost importance. The availability of Wärtsilä’s technical support at all times, everywhere in the world, helps ensure optimal operations for RCL’s vessels.

The partnership is to complement the RCL Global Marine in-house expertise with continuous improvement via various technical innovations and direct access to Wärtsilä’s technical expertise with continuous focus on safety and life cycle cost.

This new agreement between RCL and Wärtsilä, signed in June 2018, covers a total of 196 engines installed in 46 cruise ships, the majority of which sail in the Caribbean and Europe. The largest portion of RCL fleet of vessels is equipped with Wärtsilä’s condition monitoring technology, which transmits real-time information about engine condition to a Wärtsilä Expertise Centre for analysis. This allows for predictive maintenance planning and optimisation of operations.

“When it comes to maintenance planning and operations, the marine and cruise industry is moving more and more toward long-term partnerships. This is a natural direction, as it enables a holistic approach to vessel maintenance. A partner that understands the installation and optimises their condition throughout their lifecycle can help Royal Caribbean to enhance their business. Close cooperation is essential in such partnerships,” says Sean Carey, Service Unit Director North America, Wärtsilä Services.

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BIO-UV Group has signed an agreement to supply its fully type-approved BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system for retrofit installation to Louis Dreyfus Armateurs’ 3500dwt ro-ro vessel Ciudad de Cadiz.

BIO-UV Group will supply a BIO-SEA semi-modular system capable of handling flow rates of 300m3/h. The vessel transports large sections and parts for the Airbus A380.

This will be LDA’s 6th BIO-SEA installation and follows newbuild installations to the 83m service operation vessels (SOV) Wind of Change and Wind of Servitude. Turkey’s CEMRE Shipyard is scheduled to deliver Wind of Change next year with the sistership following in 2021. Each ship will operate a skid-mounted BIO-SEA B01-0150 unit.

“We are delighted that LDA has again selected BIO-SEA UV-based BWTS to treat this Ciudad de Cadiz’ ballast water. This, our 6th BWTS project with LDA, is a validation of the performance, reliability and efficiency of the BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system,” said BIO-UV Group President and CEO Benoît Gillmann.

In separate agreements, BIO-UV Group will also design, build and supply BIO-SEA units for retrofit installation to a Great Lakes tank barge operated by Canadian shipowner McAsphalt and for three newbuild barges under construction by Dutch shipbuilder Damen for delivery to Russian interests.

Following the receipt in June of USCG type approval for BIO-SEA, which confirmed the technology’s ability to treat freshwaters without limitation, McAsphalt opted for a modular BIO-SEA BO6-0750 unit for retrofit to the 11,800dwt tank barge John. J Carrick.

“BIO-SEA is currently the only ballast water treatment system on the market without any limitations on the time treated freshwater has to be held before discharge overboard. This has a real commercial and operational advantage for vessels operating on the Great Lakes,” said Xavier Deval, Business Director, BIO-SEA.

“With competitor systems, Great Lakes’ operators would typically have to wait 72h following treatment before they are allowed to discharge the water. And with a large number of ships trading on the Lakes, this can delay schedules and result in loss of earnings. This was a key concern for McAsphalt and one of the reasons BIO-SEA was selected.”

For the three barges Damen is building for Rosneft, BIO-UV Group will supply three skid-mounted 250m3/h capacity BIO-SEA B02-0250 units.

BIO-UV Group has partnered with Damen Green since 2014 and supplied a number of ballast water treatment systems to the Dutch shipbuilding group.

“These new orders confirm the strong sales momentum gained by the Group year-to-date and its ambition to ramp up growth in the high-potential ballast water market,” said Mr. Gillmann.

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