Royal Caribbean orders fifth Edge class cruise ship; South Africa approves scrubber use

April 11th 2019
April 10, 2019 — Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique to order a fifth Edge-class cruise ship for delivery in the fall of 2024. “Edge class made an immediate hit with Celebrity Cruises guests and is a state-of-the-art example of technical excellence and elegant design,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “We can’t wait to build the next one.”

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South Africa approves scrubber use

The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020) has welcomed a decision by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) to accept all types of approved exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), or scrubbers, for use in its territorial waters.

ABB and SINTEF cooperate on plan to convert ferry to battery hydrogen hybrid

BABB and SINTEF Ocean are cooperating with Norway’s Fiskerstrand shipyard on a project that plans to convert an existing ferry to run on a combination of batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. The project, called HYBRIDShip, is being supported with funding from several Norwegian agencies, including the Research Council of Norway.

Scrubber-equipped Suezmax goes to work for BP

Athens headquartered tanker operator Top Ships Inc. reports that its scrubber-fitted Suezmax M/T Eco Bel Air, recently delivered by the Hyundai Samho shipyard in South Korea, commenced time charter employment with BP today, April 11, 2019.
Kongsberg wins major power-by-the-hour service contract

When Norway’s Kongsberg Group acquired the Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine (RRCM) business, it took on board an operation that in 2018 reported an underlying loss of about $45 million. It is understood that that part of Kongsberg’s internal strategy for returning the former RRCM activities to profitability is to maximize opportunities in the service and maintenance area. 
WinGD and ExxonMobil put their smarts together

Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) and ExxonMobil are collaborating to integrate WinGD’s Integrated Digital Expert (WiDE) predictive maintenance technology and the Mobil Serv cylinder condition monitoring service.