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News Hartmann Logistik Enters Offshore Vessel Market Hartmann Logistik GmbH, a shipowner with a fleet including containerships, gas carriers, gas tankers, product tankers and bulk carriers, is expanding its offshore market presence with the ordering of a pair of Anchor Handling, Tug & Supply Vessels (AHTS), with an option for two more. Fincantieri won the order, with delivery scheduled for December 2008 and February 2009. Founded in 1981, Hartmann Reederei is a shipping and logistic company with a fleet of more than 100 vessels. Operation of offshore oilrigs-support vessels is a relatively new, developing business for the Hartmann Group, although the company is involved in the tug and barge business since 1984. The vessels, classed by ABS, will be 250.9 ft. (76.5 m) long, 57.4 ft. (17.5 m) wide with a draft of 22.3 ft. (6.8 m) and a deadweight of over 3,000 tons. Equipped with four diesel engines capable of generating 16,000 hp, the ships will be capable of reaching a maximum speed of 16.3 knots and will have a bollard pull of at least 180 tons. The ships will be equipped with a DP 1 system of dynamic positioning, which makes it possible to act simultaneously on the two adjustable pitch aft propellers, on the bow and stern thrusters and on the fore azimuth thruster, as well as a system of large winches (450 tons of pull) which guarantee safe towing and deep-water anchor handling operations. Moreover, the ship will have a 600 sq. m. dedicated area for cargo on deck, accommodations for 29 persons and will be able to carry dry bulk and liquid cargo needed by offshore platforms during their exploration and production activities. Marine Propulsion Spend Hits $9.2b As the world shipbuilding orderbooks fill up, so to does the The World Marine Propulsion Report orderbook for marine propulsion equipment. In 2006 alone, engines 2006-2010 are likely to be installed with a total power output of 24.5 GW. According to a new study -- "The World Marine Propulsion Report Publisher: 2006-2010," published by analysts Douglas-Westwood -- the Douglas-Westwood Limited world shipbuilding industry is forecast to spend $9.2b on marine propulsion systems in 2006, a figure which is projected to rise Contents: through 2008. 200 pages · 155 figures · 52 tables As new tonnage is absorbed, the market for new ships and equipment is projected to normalize in 2009-10. Between 2006 and 2010, $47.2 billion is likely to be spent compared with $26.9 billion over the previous five-year period - an increase of 76 percent. "The world shipping and shipbuilding industry is currently enjoying a strong upturn. In early 2005, China displaced Britain as the world's fourth biggest economic power. This is reflected in the increase in the market to satisfy this boom. "World economic growth is buoyant and it is expected to remain strong in the medium term boosted by the very strong growth of the Chinese economy and, to a lesser extent, in other developing economies. World seaborne trade has increased due, in part, to a boom in demand for commodities such as oil and steel. The commercial shipping industry has become more profitable than during the previous decade and confidence has grown. The overall result has been a surge of orders for vessels and yards currently have full order books. "We expect record years ahead with shipbuilding output over 50 million gross tonnes for 2006, 2007 and 2008 with compensated gross tonnage (cgt) output in 2006 and 2007 of over 34 million respectively. "Due to the cost of new-builds increasing over the period, the total value of shipbuilding output is expected to exceed $80 billion by 2008 with over 2,300 vessel deliveries and nearly 3,300 main engine installations." The high power requirement for container vessels means that this vessel sector will continue to require the greatest amount of main engine power. This will be followed by tankers and bulk/general cargo vessels. The sector with the strongest growth will be the LNG vessels, but tankers and containers will also show strong growth. Passenger/cruise will show a small overall decline with the fishing sector's decline being more pronounced. LNG vessels are a special sector and this fleet will grow considerably as the LNG business continues to expand and the values of engines and propulsion systems will grow by more than 125%. For more information email@example.com Report: 10 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News