In the year 2018, the maritime industry saw the launch of some of the most impressive vessels which are also currently the “world’s first” among their types. Let’s take a look at some of the top launches made in the industry this year.
1. World’s First Polar Class Duel Fuel
Desgagnés christened and launched today the M/T Mia Desgagnés, the world’s first polar-class dual-fuel oil/chemical tanker.
With a deadweight capacity of nearly 15,000 tons and tanks with a capacity exceeding 17,000 m³, the Mia Desgagnés is suitable for transporting refined petroleum products or chemicals. This next-generation, state-of-the-art ship was built at the Besiktas shipyard in Turkey using an original concept and specifications developed by Desgagnés to optimize safety, environmental performance, and operational efficiency.
2. World’s First LNG Powered Cruise Ship
AIDAnova, the world’s first cruise ship that can be powered by low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) both at sea and in port, was launched this year.
Two further AIDA ships of this new generation will be built by 2023 – also at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg. The ship features a wellness area of around 3,500 square meters, an outdoor gym, a Penthouse Suite which extends over two decks, single staterooms, 17 restaurants and 23 bars.
3. World’s First LNGC With Full Re-Liquefaction System
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering launched the world’s first LNG carriers using a full re-liquefaction system that completely re-liquefies the evaporative gas generated from LNG carriers.
The natural gas re-liquefaction system is a technology that re-liquifies natural gas which naturally vaporizes in the cargo hold during the operation of the LNG carrier and puts it back into the cargo hold.
4. World’s First Zero Emission Vessel
Tourist ship owner and operator The Fjords took the delivery of a vessel this year that sets new standards for environmentally responsible passenger transport. Future of The Fjords, a42m long carbon fibre 400 PAX all-electric catamaran is the first vessel of its kind to offer completely emission free transport through the beautiful, yet fragile, Western Norwegian landscape.
The NOK 144 million vessel is propelled by two 450kW electric motors, enabling cruising speeds of 16 knots along the spectacular 90 minute each way voyage. In another first, The Fjords has, in partnership with Brødrene Aa, developed a unique charging solution called the Power Dock.
5. World’s First Next Generation LNG Carrier
Diamond Gas Orchid, the world’s first “Sayaringo STaGE” next generation LNG carrier, was delivered to Diamond LNG Shipping, a joint venture between Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK). The Diamond Gas Orchid has a continuous steel cover that reduces ship weight and air resistance while increasing LNG-carrying capacity. STaGE, an acronym derived from “Steam Turbine and Gas Engines.
The Diamond Gas Orchid features the latest in marine innovation with its optimized transport capacity, fuel efficiency and environmental performance.
6. World’s First Digital Drilling Vessel
In 2018, GE and Noble Corporation plc, launched the Digital RigSM solution and the world’s first digital drilling vessel as we continue to expand data-driven operations support while gaining significant efficiencies in drilling operations.
The Digital Rig solution combines data models from a digital replica of physical assets, known as a digital twin, along with advanced analytics to detect off-standard behavior, providing an early warning to operators to mitigate a problem before it strikes. Thanks to vessel-wide intelligence, personnel both on the vessel or onshore can gain a holistic view of an entire vessel’s health state and the real-time performance of each piece of equipment onboard.
7. World’s First Passenger Ship With Rotor Sail
Viking Line has installed a rotor sail on the LNG-fuelled Viking Grace, making it the first passenger ship in the world equipped with a rotor sail for the utilisation of wind power. LR approved the structure and the risk-assessment related to the installation of the sail in line with its Guidance Notes for Flettner Rotor Approval.
The approvals were conducted to ensure that the Flettner rotor would not adversely affect the safe operation of the ship or the safety of the crew.
World’s First Autonomous & Electric Container Vessel
The world’s first autonomous and electric container vessel is one step closer to launch, as YARA signs a deal with VARD worth approx. NOK 250 million to build the vessel.
VARD will deliver Yara Birkeland for launch in early 2020, and the vessel will gradually move from manned operation to fully autonomous operation by 2022.
World’s First Custom-Built Cruise Ship For Alaska
This year, Norwegian Cruise Line also took delivery of the 168,028-gross-ton Norwegian Bliss, from Meyer Werft in Bremerhaven, Germany.
Norwegian Bliss, the third ship in the line’s Breakaway Plus class, the most successful class in the company’s history, is the first cruise ship specifically designed with features and amenities for the ultimate Alaska cruising experience.
World’s First Container Ship To Receive LR’s Cyber-Enabled Ship Certification
MV COSCO Shipping Aries, launched this year, is the first ever container ship to receive LR’s Cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive note ‘Cyber AL3 SECURE PERFORM’ for its energy management system.
MV COSCO Shipping Aries is the first 20K TEU level ultra large container ship built in Chinese shipyard owned by COSCO Shipping Container Lines. She is not only one of the largest container ships in the world, but also a ship with high cyber functions. We have always attached great importance to cyber enabled fleet in order to enhance fleet management, reduce energy consumption and control emission.
World’s First Fully Autonomous Vessel To Sail Across Atlantic Ocean
The Mayflower Autonomous Ship project (MAS) is an innovative new venture to design, build and sail the world’s first fully autonomous vessel across the Atlantic Ocean.
The planned voyage is set to take place in 2020, to mark the 400th centenary of the original voyage. The project pays tribute to the pioneering spirit of the Pilgrims by embracing a raft of ground breaking technologies encompassing design, propulsion and control.
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