zoom Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply the extended engineering scope for the initial, basic, and production designs for a series of two Container RoRo vessels to be built for US based owner, Crowley Maritime Corporation.The vessels will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), and are to be built at the VT Halter Marine’s shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The contract was signed in the third quarter of 2013.Wärtsilä Ship Design’s WSD CRV 2400 WB enables the capability to carry conventional 20 ft, and 40 ft containers, as well as the special 45 ft and 53 ft wide body high cube container developed for the American market. The RoRo capacity is in excess of 350 private cars. When built, these will be among the very first LNG powered, American flagged, container RoRo ships. They will operate between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico on a weekly rotational basis.Because of the recently established Emission Control Area (ECA) along the eastern seaboard of the United States, the vessel design had to meet stringent environmental guidelines while serving the high performance operational requirements of the owners. Low emissions, reliability, and appropriate transit speed were, therefore, primary considerations.“This vessel design raises the bar for merchant shipping, not only for US flagged ships, but globally. We are proud to be taking this bold step in bringing environmentally viable designs to the market, with Wärtsilä as a key partner,” says Rick Zubic, Vice President, Business Development, VT Halter Marine.“Wärtsilä Ship Design has extensive experience in designing innovative and efficient vessels. This experience, combined with Wärtsilä’s vast know-how and leading global position in LNG propulsion solutions for the marine industry, has given us a strong competitive edge. This is reflected by this latest order. We have enjoyed a long co-operation with both Crowley Maritime Corporation and VT Halter Marine,” says Riku-Pekka Hägg, Vice President, Wärtsilä Ship Design.Wärtsilä Ship Design Merchant SolutionsWärtsilä Ship Design specializes in highly cost-efficient standard and non-standard merchant vessel types. Wärtsilä’s in-depth expertise, experience, and high level of innovation are utilized to provide added value to customers’ businesses. Knowledge of the customer’s operational needs is an essential element in Wärtsilä’s ability to provide design solutions tailored to complement the evolution of specialized ships to carry various types of cargo. Innovation is a hallmark of Wärtsilä Ship Designs, with special emphasis given to fuel consumption, cargo handling, and crew safety, to ensure cost-effective operations and the best possible return on investment. Wärtsilä is a total solutions provider to the marine sector and offers unique ‘single source’ capability.Wärtsilä, December 3, 2013
Toronto Police say they’ve located a missing 6-year-old girl.According to police, the girl was put to bed by a guardian around 1 a.m. Tuesday.She was reported missing at around 7:30 a.m., when that guardian woke up and was unable to find her.Police focused their search around the Scarborough apartment building where she was last seen, near Midland Ave. and Eglinton Ave. East.According to police, the girl was located in North York around 12:30 p.m.It’s not clear how she got so far.
MILAN — Luxury carmaker Maserati says that its highly successful four-door Ghibli sedan will be the first of its models produced with a hybrid powertrain.The carmaker owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Thursday production and electrification roll-outs as part of plans announced last year to invest 5 billion euros in Italian production from 2019-2021.The hybrid Ghibli will begin production next year in Turin. Maserati also confirmed plans for a new sports car and utility vehicle, to be produced in Modena in northern Italy and Cassino, south of Rome, respectively.Maserati said it is “reinforcing the importance of Italy” as its centre of production. Investments of 800 million euros are earmarked for Cassino, where a new production line is set to open next year, and in Turin.The Associated Press