In Oslo, GDD-Group presents itself to the international public for the first time
Low-emission propulsion systems will play an important role in international shipping in just a few years. This was one of the key messages of this year’s Nor-Shipping. The maritime fair in the Norway’s capital Oslo takes place every two years in alternation with the SMM in Hamburg and is a similarly important industry meeting place. There, the German Dry Docks Group (GDD Group) presented itself for the first time with the entire range of services of the new shipyard alliance.
In workshops, at the exhibition stands of many participants and in a conference of its own, the topic of “clean navigation” was given high priority in Oslo. “Over 90% of global trade moves by sea and trade volumes are growing, but we can’t afford to let emissions do the same“, emphasized Birgit Liodden, Director of Nor-Shipping. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen are regarded as the fuel of the future. For conventionally driven ships, exhaust gas purification technologies are increasingly coming to the fore, also due to international regulations.
A Ferry with purely electric drive
Norway, as the host country of the Nor-Shipping, is one of the technology leaders in the development of future-oriented ships. The shipping company The Fjord DA presented the new project “Future of the Fjord” at the fair. The 42 meter long ferry for up to 400 passengers is driven entirely electrically. The ship, which is mainly made of carbon fiber composites, will be launched in April 2018.
Energy and thus also cost efficiency are not just a topic for newbuildings, but can also be achieved with regular docking and maintenance work. At the Nor-Shipping, paint manufacturer Hempel presented practical experience with a hull coating which combines the low frictional resistance of silicone with effective protection against fouling of the hull. This coating is supposed to reduce fuel consumption by up to six percent and contain 95 percent less than conventional biocides coatings.
New shipyard alliance receives positive response
At the Nor-Shipping, the trade show presentation of the German Dry Docks Group received a large and, above all, positive response. For the first time, the new shipyard alliance presented itself to an international audience. The broad and, above all, flexible range of repair and conversion capacities directly on the German bay, and thus on one of the most important shipping routes in the world, provided good topics of conversation at the fair. The companies of the GDD Group have long been able to count shipping companies from Scandinavia as their regular customers and have acquired a good reputation in Northern Europe with a number of major projects, among others for Hurtigruten.
The great interest in the GDD Group in Oslo was evidently also due to the fact that the latest large-scale project of Geman Dry Docks fits precisely into the central theme of Nor-Shipping: Almost simultaneously with the trade fair, the conversion of the container carrier “Wes Amelie” to dual-fuel operation with LNG began in Bremerhaven. This project is considered a pilot project and is therefore also supported by the German Federal Government.