A simulation software to allow adaptronic systems to be developed efficiently and help reduce engine vibrations on ships will be on display by Fraunhofer LBF at the SMM 2016 show in Hamburg, Germany.
Returning customers and a new client have given a boost to Gibdock’s repair schedules of German ship managers in the first half of 2016, with sterling’s post Brexit depreciation also sharpening the Gibraltar yard’s competitive edge for the rest of the year.
German propeller manufacturer Becker Marine Systems is opening an office in Kobe as it expands in the Japanese market.
The Dutch Postcode Lottery has funded a Carbon War Room (CWR) project to retrofit efficiency packages on three German-flagged heavy-lift vessels, with expected fuel savings of 25%.
In shipping, at least, manufacturing in Europe is often characterised as one on a cliff-edge, poised to fall towards enormous shipbuilding factories in China, Korea and Japan as if by sheer, inexorable force of gravity.
The German merchant fleet experienced its third consecutive year of contraction, amounting to a 17% decrease since its peak in 2012, the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) reports.
Which way does the wind blow? For the Seaports of Niedersachsen, the answer depends on political decisions, financial questions and issues around grid connection bottlenecks.