News Aker Yards to Build World's Largest Ferries Aker Yards entered into a contract with Stena Rederi AB in Gothenburg (Sweden) to deliver two (plus two option) Super Ferries. The value of the contract is approximately $512.4m, and deliveries are scheduled for the first and third quarter of 2010. "After several years, we are very pleased to renew our customership with such an innovative client as Stena, and are looking forward to a long future cooperation," said Karl Erik Kjelstad (pictured left), President & CEO of Aker Yards. Although the yards traditionally serving the ferry business (Finland and France) were fully booked for the Underwater Noise Measurement Standard Working Group Forming The development of an entirely new commercial standard for "Underwater Noise Measurement of Ships" will commence in early 2007. ANSIAccredited Standards Committee S12 Committee on Noise recently voted unanimously to form a Working Group (WG) for the development of an underwater noise measurement standard. For many years, the field of underwater noise from ships has been the exclusive specialty of the Navy. However, non-navy vessels are looking to be just as quiet so that they can perform better science. "Green Ships" are being conceived in order to have less emission into the ocean. One such quiet ship is the new Fisheries Research Vessels (FRV) that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is building in Mississippi. The goal of this project is to develop an American National Standard for the measurement of underwater noise levels of ships using commercial technology. One aim is that the standard would be applicable to any open ocean site in the world and not require traveling to a special acoustic test range. However, the committee's scope of work will include neither regulatory actions nor the development of any underwater noise level limit. (Since 1995, recommendations for underwater noise levels for these types of research vessels have been available [ICES CRR209]). Organizations procuring or operating quiet ships, naval architects, and acoustical engineers should be interested in helping to develop this new standard. The Working Group is being formed at this time. If your organization is interested feel free to contact the new S12 Working Group chair, Michael Bahtiarian at email@example.com. delivery dates requested by the client, Aker Yards, with its 17 yards, had the possibility to offer building of the ferries in Germany. Aker Yards, Germany has experience in building passenger ships and RoRo ferries, and the designer, Aker Yards, Rauma has experience in designing and building of passenger and car ferries for more than 20 years. The 62,000 gt ships will measure 787.4 x 105 ft. (240 x 32 m). There will be 5,500 m trailer lanes and 700 m car lanes of vehicle space, and the passenger capacity will be 1,200 in each. With main engine output of 4 x 8,000 kW -- powered by four-stroke diesel engines -- they will reach a service speed of 22 knots Come see us at Booth 2610 For Main Engine, Auxiliary & Standby Applications Common rail & pump and line formats to 2,000 Bar Design & Manufacture or Sub-Contract to your drawings Complete Solutions for Engine Builders, Retro-Fit Kits or Replacement Parts Class Approved ISO 9001 Euronav Records Good Results Euronav NV reported provisional financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2006. The company had net income of $53.8m (2005: $5.8m) or $1.02 (2005: $0.11) per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2006. EBITDA was $110.5m (2005: $56.9m). Euronav owned VLCCs operated through the Tankers International (TI) 10 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News
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