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Callan Marine Christens Dredge General Arnold

Callan Marine christened its newest cutter suction dredge (CSD), General Arnold, built by C&C Marine and Repair in Belle Chasse, La. The 32-inch CSD was ceremoniously christened in Corpus Christi, Texas, on February 20, 2024, and will immediately begin work on Phase Four of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project. General Arnold features four Wabtec EPA Tier 4 engines developing a combined 24,000 hp and using exhaust gas recirculation technology to reduce emissions to sub-Tier 4 levels. It measures 290 x 72 ft. and has a maximum digging depth of 97 ft., and employs state-of-the-art production automation and monitoring systems.

The General Arnold joins Callan Marine's existing fleet of dredges including the 32-inch General MacArthur, the 28-inch General Bradley, the 18-inch General Marshall, the 18-inch General Pershing, the 16-inch General Patton, the 12-inch General Eisenhower, and the 8-inch General Swing.

Image courtesy Damen

Damen CSD600 for River Maintenance in Indonesia

Damen has delivered the first-of-its-series Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) 600 to an Indonesian customer, PT. Dua Samudera Perkasa. The vessel was sold immediately after completion at the Damen Dredging Equipment yard. It forms part of a complete dredging package, which includes ship transportation, training of the crew on location as well as dredge spares to facilitate maintenance duties.

The CSD600, which is being shipped as deck cargo at present, is a brand-new type of dismountable dredger, recently added to the Damen standard range of dredgers. The dredger has a cutter power of 250 kW and a maximum dredging depth of -16 m. Its main activity will be performing river maintenance dredging operations on the island of Kalimantan in Indonesia for PT. Dua Samudera Perkasa, which is a key player in the port industry on the island. The dredger was named Jhoni 58 after the son of the owner.

After various test on the onboard systems, the technical acceptance was signed and the CSD600 was towed to Rotterdam. There, it was placed on deck of a heavy lift carrier for transport to Indonesia.

The 9,000 ton version of the Multi-Purpose Support Ship (MPSS). Image courtesy Damen

Damen Debuts Multi-Purpose Support Ship (MPSS)

Damen Shipyards Group unveiled the new Multi-Purpose Support Ship (MPSS) design, which has been co-developed with the Portuguese Navy. It is a solution for the increasing use of drone technology in combat and surveillance. In addition to its primary function, the MPSS is designed to fulfil a wide range of additional tasks, including auxiliary roles. Damen has begun construction of the first vessel of this new design. The MPSS range, featuring 7000 and 9000 tons versions, combines the vision of the Portuguese Navy, with Damen’s proven process of shipbuilding, using standardized solutions wherever possible. As a result, the vessel can be constructed quickly and offers a reliable, cost-effective platform.

While the electrical, communication and navigation equipment installed on the MPSS will be military class equipment, the vessel will also use commercial off the shelf technology. This includes, for example, the mission specific equipment modules, by which the vessel achieves its multi-functional capability.

The MPSS 7000 is 107 x 20m, the MPSS 9000 is 130x 20m. It is foreseen that MPSS 7000 will be operated by a crew of 48 personnel, with additional facilities for up to 100 special personnel and extra, temporary, accommodation for 42 persons, for example in the event of a disaster relief operation.

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Constucution Starts on 10 Ferries for Majestic

Singapore’s Majestic Fast Ferry Pte has commissioned Incat Crowther to design a new second generation 39-m passenger ferry as the basis of its future fleet. Incat Crowther’s range with PT Cahaya Samudra covers four vessels lengths; 29-, 32-, 39- and 42-m. Eleven of Majestic’s first-generation Incat Crowther/PT Cahaya Samudra vessels have been sold to operators in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the South Pacific and have been replaced in service by second generation vessels. The order brings the number of second-generation Incat Crowther designed and PT Cahaya Samudra built 39-m vessels to 13, and comes in addition to three second generation 42-m vessels launched less than 12 months ago.

Once the new fleet of second generation 39-m passenger ferries is finalized, there will be over 40 vessels designed and delivered by Incat Crowther and PT Cahaya Samudra in service worldwide. The second generation 39-m vessels can transport up to 312 passengers at a speed of 32 knots.

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen takes Options for Four More PCTCs

Wallenius Wilhelmsen has declared options to build four additional next-generation Shaper Class pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels. The 9,300 CEU methanol dual fuel vessels will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way. These next generation vessels will play a key role in the introduction of Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s net zero emissions end-to-end service by 2027.

This latest commitment brings the total number of Shaper Class vessels currently on order with Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu) to eight. Wallenius Wilhelmsen also retains further options. The first of the Shaper Class vessels already ordered are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2026. The four additional vessels under the declared options will be delivered between May and November 2027.

Image of MFSV (courtesy of “K” Line Wind Service)

ClassNK AIP for Floating Wind Support Vessel

ClassNK awarded an approval in principle (AiP) for the design of a multi-functional floating offshore windfarm support vessel (MFSV) developed by “K” Line Wind Service, Ltd., a joint venture of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. and Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd, together with Japan Marine United Corporation and Nihon Shipyard Co., Ltd.

The installation of floating offshore wind turbines requires mooring works by vessels, with the whole mooring system composed of an anchor, a mooring chain, and a fiber rope. The MFSV, developed this time, is designed to perform whole mooring works efficiently for floating offshore wind turbine installation, including “transportation of mooring system”, “deploying mooring system on the seabed”, and “anchor tensioning”. According to the companies, the vessel also features a multi-functional concept, providing various vessel solutions in each phase of offshore wind projects such as Survey, Transportation, Construction, and Operation & Maintenance.

ClassNK carried out the design review of the MFSV based on its Part O of Rules for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships for work-ships and SPS Code2, as well as IP Code3, which will enter into force from July 2024.

March 2024
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