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STX Europe AS, formerly Aker Yards ASA, a subsidiary of the South Korean industrial chaebol STX Corporation, is the largest shipbuilding group in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. With headquarters in Oslo, Norway, STX Europe operates 15 shipyards in Brazil, Finland, France, Norway, Romania and Vietnam. The company has three business areas: Cruise & Ferries, Offshore & Specialized Vessels and Other Operations. Wikipedia.


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News Article | May 19, 2017
Site: worldmaritimenews.com

Italian shipbuilder and ship designer Fincantieri has signed a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of 66.66% of the share capital of STX France from its current shareholder, STX Europe AS. The agreement entails a purchase price of EUR 79.5 million (USD 88.5 million), to be paid through available financial resources, Fincantieri said. The closing of the transaction will be subject to customary conditions for this kind of transactions. Fincantieri continues to negotiate with the French State for the finalization of the shareholders’ agreement for STX France in accordance with the Heads of Terms signed on April 12. Based in Saint-Nazaire, on the French Atlantic coast, STX France ”operates one of the most modern shipyards in the world and has great expertise in the design and engineering of the most complex and innovative ships,” Fincantieri said. STX France has approximately 2,600 employees and a network of more than 500 subcontractors. In 2016 it has generated revenues of approximately EUR 1.4 billion. ”Through this industrial partnership, Fincantieri and STX France will create a global leader in all high-tech shipbuilding industry’s sectors. The perfect complementarity of Fincantieri and STX France cruise activities and products would allow the two companies to serve all the clients and end-markets and to generate value not only for the shareholders, but also for the employees and the respective subcontractors’ networks,” Fincantieri said in a statement.


News Article | May 29, 2017
Site: worldmaritimenews.com

The CEOs of Italian shipbuilding major Fincantieri and its compatriot oil and gas company Eni, Giuseppe Bono and Claudio Descalzi, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the cooperation in the field of research & development in the field of energy systems, with particular focus on the natural gas transport chain. The duo said that the agreement provides framework to study projects for sustainable development and support the use of gas for transport. As a result the two companies could form partnerships ranging from the LNG (liquefied natural gas) chain, natural gas transport chain, exploitation of gas resources, to floating platform projects for offshore production and the evaluation of energy projects with a low environmental impact. “Within the agreement signed today, Fincantieri will be able to leverage on its expertise and technologies in order to collaborate with Eni both in Italy and abroad,” the shipbuilder said. The MoU with Eni comes two weeks after the shipbuilder inked a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of 66.66% of the share capital of STX France from its current shareholder, STX Europe AS. The deal is priced at EUR 79.5 million (USD 88.5 million), to be paid through available financial resources, Fincantieri said. Trieste-headquartered Fincantieri specializes in cruise ship design and construction, in addition to building ferries and mega-yachts, but also provides services to other high-tech shipbuilding industry’s sectors, including naval sector and offshore vessels, ship repairs and conversions.


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Stx France Cruise Sa and STX Europe | Date: 2010-05-04

Ships. Building and repair of ships. Generation of energy. Engineering services provided by engineers, namely, research, analyzing, evaluation and planning services relating to the environment, in particular, the environmental impact of a ships footprint throughout its lifecycle and energy savings in the maritime sector; Research and development of new products, for third parties, in the shipping sector; Testing, analysis and evaluation of the projects of others for the purpose of certification in the fields of the environment and energy savings.


Trademark
Stx France Cruise Sa and STX Europe | Date: 2010-05-25

Ships. Building and repair of ships. Generation of energy. Engineering services provided by engineers, namely, research, analyzing, evaluation and planning services relating to the environment, in particular, the environmental impact of a ships footprint throughout its lifecycle and energy savings in the maritime sector; Research and development of new products, for third parties, in the shipping sector; Testing, analysis and evaluation of the projects of others for the purpose of certification in the fields of the environment and energy savings.


Fricke W.,TU Hamburg - Harburg | Remes H.,Aalto University | Feltz O.,TU Hamburg - Harburg | Lillemae I.,Aalto University | And 7 more authors.
Analysis and Design of Marine Structures - Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Marine Structures, MARSTRUCT 2013 | Year: 2013

To improve the energy efficiency, the demand for new light weight solutions has been increased significantly in the last decades. The weight reduction of the current ship structures is possible using thinner plates, i.e. plate thickness between 3 and 4 mm. However, at present this is not possible due to the 5 mm minimum plate thickness requirements given by classification societies. The present paper investigates the fatigue strength of thin plated ship structures. In the European research project BESST-"Breakthrough in European Ship and Ship Building Technologies", the extensive fatigue test programme was carried out for butt and fillet welded specimens, which were manufactured by the arc, laser and laser-hybrid welding methods. The test programme covered also the different production quality, and thus, a large variation of misalignments was included. Fatigue test results were analysed using the nominal as well as the structural stress approach, where the actual geometry of the specimens was taken into account. The results show that the present design S-N curve with slope value of three is applicable to thin plates, but it is slightly non-conservative. The fatigue test results for thin plates show better agreement with the slope value of five. For thin plates and slender ship structures, the secondary bending stress due to angular misalignment plays an important part and changes as the function of the applied tension load. Therefore, it is important to consider the plate straightening effect in structural stress analysis. © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group.


Guilbaud J.,University of Nantes | Masse A.,University of Nantes | Andres Y.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Combe F.,STX Europe | Jaouen P.,University of Nantes
Resources, Conservation and Recycling | Year: 2012

The present study completes a previous work dedicated to the feasibility to implement, on-board ship, a direct nanofiltration process in order to treat laundry greywaters and recycle 80% to the inlets of the washing machines (Guilbaud et al., 2010). At present, the study investigates the influence of nanofiltration operating conditions on Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) rejection rates and permeates fluxes. Thus, the pH and temperature of greywater as well as transmembrane pressure have been fixed to 7 or 9, 25 or 40°C and 35 or 40 bar, respectively. AFC80 membranes show different COD rejection rates whereas permeate fluxes are quasi similar when the same greywater (pH 7) is nanofiltered at 35 bar and 25°C. Amongst all the tested operating conditions, the nanofiltration of greywater (pH 7) on AFC80 membrane, at 35 bar and 25°C, allows to obtain the highest COD rejection rate (around 93% at VRF5). The best permeate flux (85.5 L/h/m 2 at VRF5) has been obtained at 40 bar and 40°C. An increase of temperature or pressure above 25°C and 35 bar respectively leads to a drop of COD rejection rates. The pH should be maintained at a value of 7, the initial pH of raw greywater, in order to allow a good COD rejection rate. An economic evaluation of greywater nanofiltration has been investigated. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Levander K.,STX Europe
Marine Technology | Year: 2011

Cruise operators and naval architects continue to search for innovative solutions to address the issues faced by larger cruise ships. New vessels built for the premium and luxury segments of the market are growing in size to benefit from the economy of scale effects. Cruise operators are looking for innovative solutions to improve the profit earning potential of the vessel through a large number of outside cabins. Naval architects have demonstrated that the number of outside windows can be increased by moving most of the passenger cabins to the superstructure. This new design solution has made it possible to increase the number of balcony cabins to more than 70% of all cabins. The gross volume of the superstructure of a modern cruise vessel has also become bigger than the volume of the hull due to these changes.


Guilbaud J.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Masse A.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Andrs Y.,Ecole des Mines de Nantes | Combe F.,STX Europe | Jaouen P.,French National Center for Scientific Research
Resources, Conservation and Recycling | Year: 2010

The present study deals with the feasibility to implement, on board ship, a direct nanofiltration process in order to treat laundry grey waters and recycle 80% to the inlets of the washing machines. At first, a specific methodology for real laundry grey water production was set up at the laboratory for the purpose. Characteristics of the lab-produced grey water are close to those observed on board (pH 7, 1300 mg COD/L, 80 mg TSS/L). Then, a membrane screening in view of a selection was realised at the lab scale. A direct nanofiltration process (without pre-treatment) on tubular PCI-AFC80 membrane (35 bar, 25 °C, volumic-reduction-factor 5) allowed us to produce a permeate free of micro-organisms and suspended solids and with only 48 mg COD/L and 7 mg TOC/L. Based on these satisfactory preliminary results, a techno-economic study was conducted (up-scaling) with the aim of producing daily 52 m 3 of recyclable permeate from 65 m 3 of polluted grey water. Finally, orders of magnitude, both for energetic consumption and processing costs, are proposed. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Avi E.,STX Europe | Niemela A.,STX Europe | Lillemae I.,Aalto University | Romanoff J.,Aalto University
Analysis and Design of Marine Structures - Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Marine Structures, MARSTRUCT 2013 | Year: 2013

This paper presents an equivalent shell element for assessing the ship global and local static and vibration response in early design phases. The element provides a computationally economic tool for global analysis and the same mesh can be used in primary, secondary and in some cases tertiary level. The stiffened panel is considered as a three layer laminate element, where the first layer represents the plate, the second layer the stiffener web and the third the stiffener flange. The layers are described as 2D iso-and orthotropic materials, where the elasticity matrices are found by applying the Rule of Mixtures. The element includes the in-plane, membrane-bending coupling, bending and additionally also shear stiffness, which follows the Reissner-Mindlin plate theory for anisotropic homogenous shells. The local plate bending response between the stiffeners is considered as well. The developed shell formulation has been implemented in commercial FE software FEMAP with NX Nastran and demonstrated through a case study. Results are validated against 3D fine mesh analysis and good agreement is observed. © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group.


Levander K.,STX Europe
Transactions - Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers | Year: 2011

The application of goal base safety philosophy in the design of the world's largest cruise ship 'Oasis of the Seas' is discussed. The ship was designed and built by STX Europe for Royal Caribbean International in 2009. The goal-based ship standards are developed on the basis of a five-tier system, consisting of goals, functional requirements, verification and acceptance criteria, rules and regulations for ship design and construction and industry procedures and quality systems. Outdoor spaces between the split superstructures introduced a new fire safety concern. Fire loads were simulated and different solutions tested to demonstrate equal safety with SOLAS. Fire break areas were introduced in the lay out to slow down spread of fire. The IMO new rule also requires that passengers and crew in the case of casualty can stay onboard as the ship proceeds to port. This demands a redundant power supply and propulsion. All control system onboard should support and guide the crew the day to day operation, but especially when accidents or causalities demand special actions.

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