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NSB Group develops cost-efficient solution to supply shore power to container ships

The system developed by the NSB Group allows container ships to plug into the land-based electrical power grid, which enables them to turn off their diesel engines while docked, thus reducing air emissions. NSB Marine Solutions’ low-cost, space-saving solution has been nominated for the “Electrical Power System of the Year” award. The novel system does not require any additional expensive electrical components. “Together with renowned partners we have developed a system that mostly relies on onboard components and wiring,” explains Božidar Petrović, Senior Executive Advisor at NSB. “Standard shore power ...

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Maersk Line partners with AkzoNobel to Reduce Carbon Emissions per Container by 10%

AkzoNobel and leading global container shipping company Maersk Line have signed a strategic sustainability partnership to reduce carbon emissions per container shipped by 10%. The aim of the partnership – which reflects the mutual ambition of both companies to jointly elevate sustainability in the maritime industry – is to drive positive change in a number of areas, including: Creating transparency on sustainable best practices in the supply chain Identifying ways to integrate sustainability into the customer-supplier relationship as a decision-making factor Reducing carbon emissions per container shipped by 10% Both ...

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Alfa Laval AFEM for Smit inert gas systems produces significant fuel savings

The Alfa Laval Automatic Fuel Efficiency Module (AFEM) is a new modification for reducing the fuel consumption of Alfa Laval Smit Combustion inert gas systems. It does so by ensuring the inert gas that keeps cargo safe during offloading is only generated in the exact amounts required. In a two-year pilot project, the AFEM allowed Italian shipping company Navigazione Montanari S.p.A. to achieve an average fuel savings of 30%. Based in Fano on the Adriatic Sea, Navigazione Montanari owns and manages a fleet of 21 tankers. They operate worldwide, with ...

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ABS Leads Industry Discussion on 2020 Sulfur Cap Impact Scenarios

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, held its annual National and Regional Committee meetings in London, Copenhagen and Hamburg in mid-March. “Our committee meetings provide a platform for transparent, robust and engaging conversation with industry,” says ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. The committee meetings provide a forum for ABS Members, including owners, operators, charterers, and industry representatives from flag administrations, owner associations, the shipbuilding and insurance sectors, to come together with ABS leaders and discuss pertinent industry issues ...

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EU Threatens to Bring Shipping Within Its Emissions Trading Scheme Unless the IMO Sets a Target for Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Last week the top EU climate official, Jos Delbeke, issued a challenge to the International Maritime Organization (the IMO) to adopt an ambitious target for reduction of emissions as part of the IMO’s planned 2018 strategy on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships. Existing IMO strategy The IMO has already introduced a raft of legislation in this area so far this decade. In 2011 the IMO adopted mandatory CO2 emission standards for new-build ships by way of an amendment to MARPOL Annex VI. Those measures came into force in ...

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New International Gas Union Report Highlights Significant Role of LNG in Cleaner Marine Transport

The International Gas Union (IGU) has released a new report on the crucial role of liquified natural gas (LNG) in enabling cleaner marine transport – currently a major cause of human health and environmental costs. Unveiled at today’s G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group, the latest report highlights the detrimental impact of marine transport on air quality levels, emphasisng the positive role LNG can play in combatting these impacts as an alternative and cleaner fuel for shipping. Urban air pollution has become a top priority for local, national, and international governments ...

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ClassNK issues first EGCS ready notation

Leading classification society ClassNK has issued EGCSR-F (Exhaust Gas Cleaning System Ready Full) notations to nine ships operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. This notification signifies that the ship fulfills requirement for SOx scrubber retrofitting. Following discussions on the implementation schedule of MARPOL Annex VI SOX/PM regulations at MEPC70 in October last year, all ships operating outside Emission Control Areas (ECA) will be required to limit sulfur emission levels to under 0.50% from 1 January 2020. In order to enable the safe and secure retrofitting of SOx scrubbers as part ...

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Port of Rotterdam Starts Research into the use of bio LNG in the transport sector

The Port of Rotterdam Authority and the National LNG Platform will be starting a joint study that focuses on opportunities to develop LNG from renewable sources as a transport fuel in the port of Rotterdam. LNG is considerably cleaner than other fuels, and engines that run on LNG also generate less noise. Relying on bio LNG rather than regular LNG allows users to drastically reduce CO₂ emission levels. Electric transport options are expected to form a major means to cut back CO₂ emissions in passenger transport over the next few ...

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2020 global sulphur cap implementation date decided

January 1st, 2020, has been set as the implementation date for a significant reduction in the sulphur content of the fuel oil used by ships. The decision to implement a global sulfur cap of 0.50% m/m (mass/mass) in 2020, revising the current 3.5% cap, was announced by the International Maritime Organization, during its Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting for its 70th session on October 27th 2016. Further work to ensure effective implementation of the 2020 global sulphur cap will continue in the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR). ...

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Zero-Emissions Natural Gas Engine Now Operating at Ports of Long Beach/Los Angeles

Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI), one of largest drayage trucking companies in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, has begun using one of the first Cummins Westport (CWI) ISX12 G low NOx natural gas engines for their trucking operations. Available for order later this year, the 12 liter engine’s emissions will be certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to produce 90 percent less NOx than the current EPA standard for heavy duty engines, and are equivalent to that of a truck powered by electricity from the ...

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$3bln of fuel and 32mln tons of CO2 saved as AkzoNobel marks Intersleek’s 21st anniversary

Ship owners and operators using the Intersleek® range of biocide-free marine coatings supplied by AkzoNobel have achieved fuel savings worth a combined total of $3 billion* since the technology was first introduced 21 years ago. More than 5,500 vessels have been coated with the company’s multi-award-winning Intersleek products – part of the International® range of coatings – helping ship owners and operators to save ten million tons of fuel and 32 million tons of CO2. The savings achieved over the last two decades are equivalent to the amount of CO2 ...

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Feature: Methanol’s use as marine fuel to hinge on commercial aspects

The popularity of methanol as a bunker fuel will hinge on commercial considerations rather than environmental concerns, as the marine industry confronts an array of viable alternatives that comply with the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 sulfur cap, sources said at an industry event. Methanol is a biodegradable, clean-burning marine fuel that reduces smog-causing emissions, and is also similar to bunker fuel specifications because it is a liquid, making it easier to transport and store than alternatives such as liquid natural gas which requires its own infrastructure. But the move to ...

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Shell Is First Lubricants Supplier To Secure MPA Act Accreditation

Shell Marine has become the first company involved in the development, supply and support of marine lubricants to receive accreditation under the International Marine Purchasing Association’s IMPA ACT Sustainable Maritime Suppliers scheme. The preferred supplier status is conferred within the IMPA Responsible Supply Chain Management Initiative which seeks to improve the economic, social and environmental sustainability of international shipping and marine industries. “We, at Shell Marine, are delighted to be the first in our sector to secure accreditation under the scheme,” says Jan Toschka, Executive Director Shell Marine. As a ...

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Marine Fuel Specialist Company Aderco Opens Singapore Office

Responding to growing demand for fuel treatment solutions that save costs, maximise uptime and reduce emissions in the maritime sector, leading fuel treatment manufacturer Aderco has opened an operational base in Singapore. Strategically located, the new office forms a mission-critical hub from which to drive the company’s growth in this key region as well as combine optimum customer service with closer proximity. “With Philippe Lecloux at the helm, we are hitting the ground running with top calibre management in place. Strengthening our presence in Singapore was a logical step for ...

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Shipping industry likely to use gasoil from 2020: industry expert

Faced with an array of choices to comply with a global cap of 0.5% sulfur emissions in 2020, the shipping industry will likely choose gasoil because it is a simpler solution, according to World Fuel Services marine technical director Bob Thornton. “The customer is faced with so many choices — gasoil, ultra low sulfur heavy fuel oil, hybrid fuel, scrubbers, methanol, LNG and other alternative fuels.,” said Thornton. “It’s like a kid in the candy store — too many things to choose from — and I only have two pennies ...

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