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cleanballast rwo highresNorth America's leading containership owner Seaspan, with a fleet serving customers in Asia, Europe and South America, caused quite a stir when it showcased its revolutionary SAVER (Seaspan Action on Vessel Energy Reduction) design of 10,000 TEU container vessels. Pursuing the aim of top-efficiency ship operation and improved operational performances, Seaspan has now decided to equip its Saver class vessels with RWO's ballast water treatment system CleanBallast. The delivery of the first plant to China's Jiangsu New Yangzi shipyard is set for March 2013 where installation will take place.

The CleanBallast technology gained official type approval from the German BSH in 2010, and was submitted for AMS and USCG approval in mid-2012. At last year's SMM exhibition, RWO officially launched a modified version of the system, based on the proven technology but using considerably less footprint. The treatment principle is based on two cleaning steps, consisting of the removal of sediments and bigger particles by self-cleaning deep-filtration disc filters followed by a disinfection step using RWO's patented EctoSys technology eliminating the remaining bacteria and organisms.

This new contract builds on the already successful technology with CleanBallast systems having been selected by customers from all over the world. Customers in Belgium, China, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and the Netherlands have already selected CleanBallast systems for a variety of vessels including container, bulker, heavy lift, RoCon, multi-purpose and tankers.

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The most sophisticated solution for overall vessel performance monitoring was presented to Greek & Cypriot Shipping companies by KYMA.

Kyma Ship Performance is an on-line measuring system for propulsion performance monitoring. Included in the system is a shaft power meter. The system gives instant values of measured and calculated performance values, generates fuel reports, runs performance trials, print out reports on request and store trend data of absolute and relative performance values for up to the life time of the ship. The system is useful to pinpoint and quantify energy losses in order to reduce fuel costs.

 ksp-office-small mainstory1KSP OFFICE EXTENDEDAs it is well known in the market KSP program, has extensive interfacing capabilities to existing sensors and automation systems, providing the following features:

  • indent1  Noon-noon, voyage and trial reports.
  • indent1  Short and long term trending.
  • Instant and accumulated data.
  • Deviation from baseline conditions (trending).
  • Hull roughness/ heavy propeller indication.
  • EEOI and emission calculations.
  • Export of trend and reports to onshore office.

KYMA, has developed and implemented an upgrade to KSP, the "Diagnostics Toolbox" for statistical analyses of trend data, event setting and vessel performance condition status (red green, yellow and green zone). This software module is now available and can be added to the onboard existing KSP program.

New additions to onboard KSP system includes:

  • Scheduled automatic 'Transfer-to-Office' function.
  • "Diagnostic Toolbox" module, including event setting, statistical analysis and prediction.
  • Performance status with color-coding included on all reports.
  • New Trim Optimization software module(2 Q 2013).

 The additional information created by the "Diagnostics Toolbox" module can be made available to the office computer by installing the software "KSP Office Extended". The additions will be available for purchasing both as upgrade to existing KSP equipped vessels as well as options for new buildings and retrofit.

diagnostics-pic mainstory1KSP DIAGNOSTICS TOOLBAR

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Franman, in the second half of 2012 entered into 6 new cooperations, by signing agreements of exclusive representation in Greece and other countries in the Southeastern Europe.

More specifically Franman signed exclusive agreement with the Chinese private manufacturer Hefei RongAn Power Machinery Co. Ltd., which belongs to the same group with Rongcheng shipyards, and is a maker of propulsion engines licensed by WARTSILA and MAN.

Furthermore, Franman has also agreed with 4 other major manufacturers and 1 Trading House, namely, Korval Co. Ltd. (S. Korea), S & S Valve Co. Ltd. (S. Korea), Dalian Marine Co. Ltd. (P.R. China), Silla Metal Co. Ltd. (S. Korea) Winners Marine Co. Ltd. (S. Korea).

Franman, celebrating 22 years of successful presence in the shipping industry, focused its attention from its early years in the Chinese and Far East market (Japan/Korea) establishing a strong presence therein and forming long-term and very constructive partnerships, like those with Naniwa Pump MFG. Co. Ltd. (Japan) since 1992, Yanmar Co. Ltd. (Japan) since 1996 and Kangrim Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (South Korea) since 1998.


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