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Europe Takes First Steps in Electrifying World’s Shipping Fleets

Since early 2015, a mid-sized car ferry, the MS Ampere, has been traversing the Sognefjord in western Norway from early morning to evening, seven days a week — without a whiff of smokestack exhaust or a decibel of engine roar. The 260-foot Ampere, which carries 120 cars and 360 passengers, is the one of world’s first modern, electric-powered commercial ships, with battery and motor technology almost identical to today’s plug-in electric cars, only on a much larger scale. Norway’s long and jagged Atlantic coastline — with thousands of islands and ...

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“Air quality & emission measurements in ports at the forefront”: The outcomes of Poseidon Med II workshop in Piraeus

Air quality, the leading priority of European ports, was the focus of last Friday discussion, organised by CERTH within the European co-funded project Poseidon Med II, which took place at Piraeus Port Authority, bringing together executives from the shipping and energy sectors as well as representatives from governmental bodies, local authorities and relevant associations. During the welcome session, the Secretary General of Ports, Port Policy and Maritime Investment (Dr Christos Lampridis) and representatives from Piraeus Municipality (S. Voidonikolas, Vice-Mayor) and Attica Region (G. Gavrilis, Piraeus Vice-Regional Governor & P. Chatziperos ...

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Climate change: Is shipping finally on board?

Trade is on the rise again globally, and ships are back trawling our seas, connecting places and people. But ships don’t just drive trade, they unfortunately contribute to climate change too. In fact, global shipping is responsible for about 2.5% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and these are projected to rise by between 50% and 250% by 2050 if nothing improves. And yet, maritime transport was excluded from the Paris Climate Agreement struck two years ago. Why? One problem lies in deciding which country to assign carbon emissions to ...

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Leanships: changing the tide in shipbuilding

Scientists hail the imminent arrival of new, efficient, low-emission ships on the market thanks to leaps forward in hull and propeller development. Imagine you are sailing on a vessel designed to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 25% and completely eliminate other pollutants, like sulphur or nitrogen oxide. Believe it or not, the solution may lie at an icy pool in northern Germany. The ambient temperature there is -10°C and the water stands at a chilly -0.8°C”. Emulating the Arctic In the early morning, researchers are on an icy mission. ...

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Total Lubmarine Introduces Newest Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant

Global marine lubricant provider Total Lubmarine has announced the introduction of a new grease product: BIO OG PLUS – an innovative addition to an already comprehensive Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant (EAL) range. Specifically formulated for sensitive applications such as open gears and chains under high load, BIO OG PLUS mitigates the challenges of working in environments where water contamination is common. On top of being an extreme pressure and adhesive grease, BIO OG PLUS’s biodegradable qualities allow owners, managers and operators of vessels to take a more environmentally considerate approach to ...

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ING and EIB provide €300m to finance green shipping

ING and the European Investment Bank (EIB) today signed an agreement to support green investments for the European shipping market for a total value of €300m. ING and EIB will each contribute €150m to the facility. This agreement will ensure that sponsors of green and sustainable projects in the maritime transport sector can benefit from advantageous financial terms. The facility is available to clients with significant European interests, and can be used for projects with a green innovation element covering the construction of new vessels or retrofitting of existing vessels. ...

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NYK Concludes Long-term Charter Agreement for Methanol- fueled Chemical Tanker

NYK Bulkship (Asia) Pte. Ltd., an NYK Group company based in Singapore, has signed a long-term time charter contract with Waterfront Shipping Company Limited* (WFS) for one newly built methanol carrier. The new ship will be equipped with an engine that enables the vessel to be powered by methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil or gas oil — the first NYK ship to make use of such technology. After delivery from the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (Korea) in 2019, the vessel will be delivered to WFS, a wholly owned subsidiary of ...

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Lack of uniform international legal framework will hinder and fragment the adoption of green technology in shipping

Costs hindering implementation of energy management technology Over two thirds (68%) of global marine industry executives believe that a lack of uniform international environmental regulations will impede the adoption of green technologies in shipping, according to a new report from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) and global law firm Clyde & Co, that surveyed 220 marine industry executives from across the world. Clyde & Co explains that some international maritime conventions, which target environmental protection, do exist. One ongoing example is the global sulphur emissions limit, ...

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Industry Welcomes Four New Ocean-Going Vessels Capable Of Running On Methanol

Waterfront Shipping Company Ltd. (WFS), Marinvest/Skagerack Invest (Marinvest), IINO Kaiun Kaisha, Ltd. (IINO), Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui), and the NYK Group (NYK) are proud to announce their investment to build four new ocean-going vessels powered by clean-burning methanol fuel. These four 49,000 dead weight tonne vessels will be delivered in 2019 and built with MAN B&W ME-LGI 2-stroke dual-fuel engines that can run on methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil or gas oil. The vessels will join the existing seven methanol-fueled vessels chartered by WFS. In 2016, WFS, Marinvest, ...

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Scrubbers Are Not the Perfect Solution – for the Arctic or Anywhere

With the 2020 cap on the sulphur content of marine fuel oil looming on the horizon, the global shipping industry is starting to show signs of action and in many cases, anxiety. A recent increase in media articles on the issue suggests that many shipowners have yet to decide which route they will take in order to meet the regulation: install scrubbers or move to low sulphur fuels. A number of shipping companies, including Maersk, Hapag Lloyd and Klaveness, have indicated that they will likely move to low sulphur fuels, ...

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Poseidon Med II event at Piraeus Port

Interesting discussions on air pollution measurements in ports and deployment of LNG as alternative fuel will be the focus of the forthcoming EU co-funded Poseidon Med II event which will take place at Piraeus Port Authority on 16 February 2018. Port authorities, EU officials, stakeholders from shipping sector, environmental associations will have the opportunity to exchange views about the regulatory aspects for the amelioration of air quality in ports; to comment on the findings of the shipping emissions measurements held in Piraeus and Patras Port within Poseidon Med II framework; ...

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AkzoNobel develops pioneering marine fouling prevention solution based on UV-LED technology

AkzoNobel is to develop a revolutionary fouling prevention technology which uses ultraviolet light-emitting diodes (UV-LED). The pioneering solution – which uses underlying technology developed by Royal Philips – will be applied to underwater surfaces to eliminate fouling growth. By teaming up AkzoNobel’s cutting-edge surface protection and adhesion know-how with Royal Philips’ unrivalled capabilities and intellectual property in UV-LED lighting and electronics, the two companies are aiming to develop an economically viable solution for underwater fouling prevention. The innovation will integrate UV light-emitting diodes in a protective coating scheme which will ...

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Hempel rolls out versatile and fast-drying cargo tank coating for the offshore oil & gas industry

Yesterday – 12 February – world-leading coating manufacturer Hempel launches its high performance, chemical resistant, two component epoxy coating – Hempadur 15600 – to the offshore industry. Designed specifically for Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) cargo tank protection, Hempadur 15600 is International Maritime Organization (IMO) Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC) cargo oil tank compliant. It provides excellent resistance to continuous immersion in hydrocarbons, including crude oil up to 90˚C/194˚F. Maurice Steijger, Group Offshore Manager, Hempel A/S says: “Hempadur 15600 is an important part of Hempel’s range of high-performance ...

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EGCSA workshop: The impact of new regulations on marine emission requirements and fuel use

The Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association (EGCSA) is to hold a two-day workshop for the commercial shipping industry to discuss the effect of new rules and regulations on emission requirements and fuel use. These include the latest California Air Resources Board fuel rules, new plans to lower at berth emissions, and pathways for reducing particulate matter emissions. The EGCSA industry workshops have come to be known as the place to hear the real story behind exhaust gas aftertreatment technologies (EGCS) and their application in merchant shipping, and offer industry members ...

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One step closer to effective enforcement of new sulphur regulations

This week, the IMO agreed to ban fuel with an excessively high sulphur content on board ships. The proposal was actively supported by Denmark and is now to be finally adopted by the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) with a view to entry i ​According to a previous IMO decision, ships’ fuel must have a maximum sulphur content of 0.5 per cent from 2020, compared to today’s 3.5 per cent limit. The new prohibition, which enjoys wide support from the IMO member States, green organisations and the industry, will ...

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