In the first month of 2020 we’ve had more than 25 ships repaired in the docks and at the quays of Remontowa. There were 6 car-passenger ferries: Huckelberry Finn & Marco Polo from TT-Line, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from Stena Line, Baltivia from Polska Żegluga Bałtycka (Polferries), Pont Aven owned by Brittany Ferries and Princess Anastasia from Moby.
German shipowner TT-Line has chosen Remontowa S.A. to carry out repairs of their ferries: Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as well as newly acquired Marco Polo (ex. Barbara Krahulik).
The latter one entered Remontowa S.A. in November 2019. The repairs and modifications being carried out are related to the change of ownership. Apart from typical dry-docking works the ferry is to be partially converted. A scrubber system is to be installed and the ferry’s passenger rooms are also to be modified.
In January 2020 also the ro-pax Ulysses from Irish Ferries moored at Remontowa S.A. for the scrubber system installation.
Remontowa Shiprepair Yard S.A. has been ranked first in Europe among the shipyards retrofitting ships with Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems in the World Fleet Register ranking of Clarksons Research.
The British marine and shipbuilding market intelligence company has selected and ranked 15 of the world’s leading shipyards in this respect. The list includes the number of historical EGCS installations on ships over the last five years, projects currently executed and contracted for the future.
Of these 15 shipyards, 12 are the Chinese ones. Among the shipyards equipping ships with EGCS, operating outside China, Remontowa SA took the first place.
The shipyard has so far retrofitted 50 ships with EGCS systems, installing over 100 scrubbers in total (on some ships more than one scrubber have been installed). In 2019 alone, 10 ships were equipped with such systems, mainly Ro-Ro/container ships belonging to the Grimaldi Group (the „Grande Lagos” series).
Within a couple of days of November 2019 there were as many as 25 ships of various types being repaired at Remontowa Shiprepair Yard S.A. Among the vessels were: tankers, bulk carriers, chemical carriers, fishing vessels, ro-ro’s, reefer vessels, as well as car-passenger ferries.
Three ships were being retrofitted with Ballast Water Treatment systems. This is a relatively young field of shipbuilding services, which started to develop a few years after the adoption by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of the international convention on the control and management of ballast water and marine sediments (Ballast Water Management Convention).
Remontowa SA is one of the first shipyards all other the world to install BWT systems on ships. The first ships were equipped with those systems as early as in 2007. The shipyard is also a leader in retrofitting ships with Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (scrubbers) which limit sulphur oxides emission in exhaust gases to the atmosphere. At the end of November 2019, EGCS were being installed on three chemical tankers, a combined/ro-ro container ship and on a car-passenger ferry.
In the spring of 2019, the hybrid ferry Berlin underwent an intermediate survey at Remontowa Shiprepair Yard SA. In November its ferry-twin, the Copenhagen, arrived at the shipyard. Both ships are owned by Scandlines.
The ferry Copenhagen underwent dry-docking with a wide scope of works. In addition, Remontowa SA has built the foundation for a ‘Rotor Sail’ – a device that imitates the operation of a sail. A new mast has also been mounted as the stern top light must be placed in front of the rotor sail. The device itself will be installed in Q2 2020.
By installing a rotating sail on the ferry Copenhagen, the projected reduction of CO2 emissions is expected to be 4-5 percent.