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From The Norway Post: Norwegian classification company Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has presented a new crude oil tanker concept that is fuelled by liquefied natural gas, and will almost eliminate local air pollution. This concept vessel also recovers hundreds of tons of cargo vapours on each voyage, has a hull shape that removes the need for ballast wate, and represents a major step towards the new environmental era for the tanker shipping industry, Aftenposten reports. The new crude oil concept vessel, named Triality, has been developed through a DNV innovation project. As its name indicates, it fulfils three main goals: it is environmentally superior to a conventional crude oil tanker, its new solutions are feasible and based on well known technology, and it is financially attractive compared to conventional crude oil tankers operating on heavy fuel oil. For the ... (more)

Wartsila to provide LNG power to Viking Lines ferry

From Wall Street Online: Wärtsilä, the marine industry´s leading solutions provider, has been awarded a contract by shipbuilding company STX Finland Oy to supply the propulsion machinery for a new passenger ferry to be built for Viking Line, a Finnish ship owner. The vessel will be the largest passenger ferry to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG), making it the most environmentally sound and energy efficient large passenger vessel in the industry to date. The ship will be built at the STX Turku shipyard, in Finland, and is scheduled to enter service in 2013. The vessel will sail... (more)

New “Ark Angel” LSV (Life Support Vessel)

Interesting new Megayacht design. From Wired: the designer of extreme “life support vessel” (LSV) megayachts has penned an even larger boat, the Ark Angel. Though Sauter envisioned a platform to showcase carbon neutral technologies, one look and all we can think of is what a badass super-secret lair it could be. The 255 foot ship features a Carbon/Kevlar composite hull and decks over an aluminum superstructure. At 14 knots, the boat can cruise for 5,000 nautical miles, while it has an unlimited range at 10 knots. Top speed is 28 knots, thanks to a wave-piercing hull and a high-... (more)

I-Phone and I-Pad apps for fast boats (FREE or Cheap!)

Sometimes it seems that technology changes so rapidly that it is often hard to keep up with developments. Nobody can argue that Apple has not been wildly successful with both the I-Phone and the I-Pad. By opening up their platform to independent developers, they have greatly expanded the usefulness of their products. The world of fast boats and naval architecture is no different. The following applications are some of the ones that are all available on ITunes for download, most either free or for a nominal charge. The web links take you to the developer’s web site. 1. Gee Meter... (more)

Integration of software: Commentary on 59°56′N’s recent article

Ryan Skinner, whose blog, 59°56′ N http://5956n.typepad.com/, we really find interesting, recently wrote an article, “Whose ship is it anyway? A five-part investigative series”, that brought up a very important point related to ships and emissions control (among other things): It is often very difficult, and very expensive, for ship owners to deal with the complexity of so many different data streams emanating from so many different sources aboard the vessel. Some quotes from the article: General Manager Knut L. Arnesen of Wilhelmsen Lines Malta shares some of his company’s re... (more)