Category Archives: Boats & Yachting

New outboard launch by Suzuki Another revolution in innovation – Suzuki launches new DF325A outboard

Suzuki recently held a press conference at the Düsseldorf Boat Show to proudly introduce the NEW DF325A – an outboard that perfectly balances awesome power and thrust, with outstanding fuel-efficiency and trusted reliability all within a lightweight and stylish design. Built with everyday use of larger boats in mind, this market-leading new outboard has been engineered to run on 91 RON fuel and in doing so, Continue reading

New Alfa Laval PureSOx connectivity solution simplifies SOx compliance

C onnectivity is a catchphrase in today’s marine industry, but Alfa Laval is taking concrete steps to make it a reality. With a new connectivity programme for Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubbers, the company is adding value for exhaust gas cleaning customers. The solution promises both simplicity and even greater reliability in SOx compliance.

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Propulsion system of choice for cruise vessels around the world

The first Azipod order from a cruise ship customer in 1995 led to installations on board the Carnival Cruise Lines Fantasy-class newbuildings Elation and Paradise. An order from Royal Caribbean Cruises came in 1997, with three Azipod units installed on the biggest cruise ship of its time – Voyager of the Seas. Other large cruise lines followed, selecting Azipod propulsion for their vessels. “At the beginning of the 1990s, we entered the cruise market with a technology offering a 10-15% efficiency gain over conventional shaftline systems and a gearless construction that reduces environmental impact,” said Marcus Högblom, Head of the Passenger, Ice & Dry Cargo segment, ABB Marine & Ports. “Since then, the cruise market has been increasingly choosing Azipod propulsion. We estimate that energy savings equivalent to 700,000 tons of fuel have been made in the cruise sector Continue reading

ABB’s Azipod propulsion passes 100 cruise ship milestone with PONANT order

Azipod® propulsion, the ABB technology that has become the industry standard in the cruise segment since its launch in 1990, has secured its 100th cruise ship order, winning a contract for powering the world’s first electric hybrid icebreaker. The luxury polar expedition cruise ship, due delivery for the French cruise company PONANT in 2021, will feature Continue reading

Transas A-Suite brings AI to maritime to reduce human error

Transas has launched its first package of applications built on THESIS, a unified cloud-based platform for managing operations across the full breadth of the maritime ecosystem. The advanced ‘A-Suite’ package also sets a new precedent by utilising the latest in machine learning techniques to reduce the potential for human errors on the bridge or poor decisions elsewhere in the vessel operational chain. In addition to the officers and crew working on board ships, the benefits of A-Suite will be available to personnel managing VTS systems and those running shore-based fleet operational centres or even training facilities, allowing them to participate in real-time decision support and post-voyage analysis. “Technology shouldn’t be an end in itself – but a tool to achieve an end,” said Transas CEO Frank Coles. “We want to help the industry improve by enabling it to make better decisions and boost competitive advantage, using machine intelligence to augment the human in the loop. “We are especially proud to go beyond the hype by bringing to market a set of revolutionary AI-powered e-navigation tools apposite to the needs of modern ships operating in an increasingly automated and digital world.”The Transas A-Suite employs machine learning techniques to de-risk vessel operation on the bridge, at fleet operation centres and in VTS centres. Algorithms detect anomalies in the behaviour of the human operator wherever they are in the operational chain and raise the alarm before the consequences of a course of action or momentary lapse in attention become irreversible. The first version of the package comprising three core modules – Advanced Intelligent Manoeuvring (AIM), Advanced Intelligent Diagnostics (AID), and Advanced Intelligent Routing (AIR) – is now available to end-users and the services will become fully operational over the coming months. AIM is a track prediction system and anti-collision support tool designed to improve situational awareness and reduce the probability of officer inattention or poor judgement leading to an incident. Using data previously collected on the actions and behaviour of personnel sailing in the same location, together with a sophisticated hydrodynamic model of the vessel and a programmatic abstraction of the anticollision regulations, the system provides advanced decision support. AID is primarily intended to detect anomalies and provide decision support both in real-time or during a more methodical post-voyage analysis. This module detects excessive or unusual manoeuvring patterns, keeping an eye on parameters such as speed and rate of turn, as well as unexpected deviations in fuel consumption. By taking data both from conventional equipment and environmental sensors and recording how and when operators interact with vessel controls, AID marks a major step forward in real time operational monitoring. AIR creates a platform for voyage planning and optimisation based on an extensive set of parameters. The application absorbs real time metocean data, hazards and a vessel’s hydrodynamic performance, as well as taking account of the impact of known and anticipated vessel traffic along the route and at bottlenecks. Continue reading

America’s Cup foiling monohull raceboat design revealed

The Defender Emirates Team New Zealand and the Challenger of Record Luna Rossa have revealed the first details of the design for the AC75 foiling monohull that will race in the 36th America’s Cup. Challengers heading to Auckland in 2021 will have to master the art of sailing with twin canting T-foils, which can be lifted out of the water on the windward side to reduce drag. The folding foils should add to the drama of the America’s Cup What’s more, the wingsail design has been done away with in favour of a more traditional sailing rig. In a statement, the teams explained: “Whilst recent America’s Cup multihulls have benefitted from the power and control of rigid wing sails, there has been no transfer of this technology to the rigs of other sailing classes.” Safety and stability has been a key consideration and as a result the new AC75 raceboats able to self-right in the event of a capsize, Continue reading

Millennium Cup looks to the future as 2019 dates confirmed By Chris Jefferies

The world’s most southerly superyacht regatta will return for an 11th edition in 2019, it has been confirmed, after the New Zealand Millennium Cup issued its notice of race. The Bay of Islands will play host to a spectacular fleet of sailing yachts from January 30 to February 2, 2019, one week later than usual. Ammonite took the New Zealand Millennium Cup by storm, winning four out of six races. Photo: Jeff Brown / Breed Media Continue reading

Anchorages, Marinas and Boatyards in Malta By Mario Borg

Mario and Lillian Borg are both Maltese. They emigrated to Canada 40 years ago but frequently visit family in Malta. They have been cruising on their boat, SY Maltese Falcon, since 1999 and have crossed the Atlantic 3 times, visiting many countries along the way. Their report below is a very useful guide for anyone considering cruising Malta. For anyone contemplating sailing to Malta, as most have already heard, the Maltese marinas are Continue reading