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USA’s first Wärtsilä equipped LNG fuelling barge ordered by Q-LNG

The technology group Wärtsilä has been selected to provide a broad scope of products and solutions for a new articulated tug barge (ATB). The vessel will be used to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel to cruise ships along the east coast of Florida, USA. This will be the first fuelling barge with a Wärtsilä solution operating in US waters, and is seen as being an important logistics link for the growth of LNG as a marine fuel in the USA. The 4000 m3 capacity ATB is being built at ...

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ABB Turbocharging tops industry efficiency benchmark

ABB Turbocharging has raised the industry benchmark for low-speed turbocharging efficiency to achieve an additional turbocharger efficiency increase of 2% by performing the measurement on an actual engine on an engine testbed. As a performance yardstick for low-speed turbochargers, the industry applies the turbocharger efficiency benchmark given by MAN Diesel & Turbo, a leading global low-speed engine designer. ABB Turbocharging has now proven an exceptional 2% higher efficiency compared to this industry standard. The ABB turbocharging efficiency benchmark test took place earlier this year on a Hyundai testbed in Korea. ...

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Shipowners are counting the cost of new global sulphur emissions legislation

In a little more than two years’ time, shipping will have to shift to low sulphur fuel and although many variables are still to be considered, some certainties are gradually shaping up. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Gibson said that “perhaps we are all getting a little tired of reading about various warnings about the implementation of the new global sulphur emissions legislation effective from the 1st January 2020. However, the issues associated with that date are not going to disappear anytime soon. Last month, an ExxonMobil survey highlighted ...

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Uptake of LNG as a fuel for shipping

Using natural gas as a fuel has long been hailed as the future of shipping. However, it has proven remarkably difficult to establish exactly when this particular future will arrive. In 2012, DNV GL predicted that by 2020, the LNG-fuelled fleet would comprise around 1,000 vessels. Three years later, this figure was revised downwards to between 400 and 600 vessels, with low oil price and slower than expected development of bunkering infrastructure cited as key reasons. Today, there are 117 vessels burning LNG, of which more than two-thirds are operating ...

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Wärtsilä engines and exhaust gas cleaning chosen for new cruise ship

The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the engines and exhaust gas cleaning systems for a new 104 metres long exploration cruise vessel. The ship is being built at the China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) Co shipyard in China for Sunstone Ships Inc of Miami, USA. There are options for an additional nine vessels. The contract with Wärtsilä was placed by Ulstein Design and Solutions of Norway, the company responsible for delivering the design and equipment package to the yard. The order was booked in June 2017. The ...

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Improving hull performance through IoT

There are many ways to reduce fuel usage and carbon emission. From the conventional way of hull cleaning and propeller polishing, to design modifications and renewable/alternate sources of energy, the industry is constantly evolving to achieve results. The question is: How can we prove real economic value? Industrial Internet of Things As smart cars trail the land, smart ships have also set its sail at sea. WSM has lately been working with ships equipped with sensors collecting high frequency data. A wide array of sensors’ data from the ship is ...

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When Shipping Petroleum, Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Costs More Than Accidents

While the policy debate surrounding crude oil transportation costs has emphasized accidents and spills, a new study by Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh researchers indicates the debate is overlooking a far more serious external cost—air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy Professors of Economics and Public Policy Karen Clay and Akshaya Jha, the Department of Engineering and Public Policy and Tepper School of Business Lester and Judith Lave Professor of Economics Nicholas Muller, and the University of Pittsburgh Department of Economics Associate Professor Randall Walsh, presented ...

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France to push LNG as shipping fuel – PM

France will support the uptake of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a cleaner fuel for ships by encouraging ports to develop the necessary infrastructure, its prime minister said on Tuesday. LNG has been promoted as an alternative to fuel oil for a shipping sector facing tougher emissions standards from 2020, and French-based container shipping giant CMA CGM said this month it would be the first to use LNG to power giant container ships. France will modify regulations on LNG to allow refuelling to take place at ports, and consider changing ...

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Bellona COP23 event puts electric shipping in the spotlight: the technology is here, what we need now is regulation

“A quiet revolution is taking place” highlighted Bellona at one of its COP23 side events on electrification of maritime transport in Bonn, Germany, last week. While most discussions centre around zero emission solutions for land transport, Bellona has taken on the next challenge: taking the electric revolution to the seas. ‘The technology is here, what we need is regulation’ was a key message echoed by the speakers. During this COP23 event themed around Nordic climate solutions, Bellona and partners who have played an important role as game-changers in developing products ...

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Shipping Must be Economically Sustainable if it is to Deliver on Environmental Sustainability, ICS tells OECD

Addressing government trade negotiators in the OECD Working Party on Shipbuilding at a workshop on ‘green growth’ in Paris today, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) asserted that the shipping industry could only be environmentally sustainable if it is economically sustainable too. ‘The perennial challenge facing shipowners is overcapacity, aided and abetted by government subsidies and support measures that encourage shipyards to produce ships that are surplus to requirements’ said ICS Director of Policy Simon Bennett. ‘If governments are serious about helping the shipping industry deliver on the United Nations ...

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Wärtsilä will deliver high efficiency and low emissions for new Viking Line ferry

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply the engines, the navigation system, and a broad scope of other products and systems for a new luxury and environmentally friendly ferry being built for the Finland based operator, Viking Line. The ship is being built at the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry yard in China and there is an option for a second vessel. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in October 2017. Six Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines running primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG) will provide the propulsion and power for the vessel. The ...

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“No fuel choice will avoid inevitable requirement for marine exhaust gas treatment”

The Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association (EGCSA) first international conference on marine emissions technology was staged in Singapore at the prestigious Marina Bay Sands conference centre on 6 November 2017. Attended by around 120 members of the marine industry, the conference set out to inform delegates about the future shape of marine emissions controls, bunker supplier reactions to the IMO’s 2020 0.50% sulphur cap and the implications of current and future emissions technology solutions. Don Gregory, Director of EGCSA and conference chair said, “the knowledge shared by the global range ...

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Making freight sustainable is vital to curb emissions

At a conference session organized by UNCTAD, UNDP and the Islamic Development Bank, a string of expert speakers underlined the importance of greater efforts on the sustainable freight front, whether by road, rail or sea. “We will never have sustainable trade and development without sustainable transport,” said Ms. Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD. Her words were echoed by Mr. Annise Terai, Head of Policy and Partnerships at the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation, which is part of the Islamic Development Bank Group. “Trade, transport and climate action are intimately ...

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Ships will be ‘unseaworthy’ if miss sulfur emission rule: IMO

Ships which do not meet cuts to the amount of sulfur they can burn in their engines risk being declared “unseaworthy”, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said. Shippers and refiner are not sure how they will comply with rules finalised last year which require ships worldwide to cut sulfur emissions from 3.5 to 0.5 percent by 2020. The IMO said there would be no delays or exceptions to the coming rules, whether or not the industry takes the steps it needs to comply, and warned that all parties face consequences ...

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Maersk: Why shipping must show more ambition to tackle climate change

As world leaders talk climate change solutions at COP23 in Bonn, the maritime industry edges closer to determining shipping’s fair share of reducing carbon emissions. Raising the ambition for global regulation remains crucial to ensure shipping’s contribution to reach the Paris Agreement’s goal of staying below 2°C temperature rise. 90% of global trade travels by sea. Without international shipping, the modern world wouldn’t be able to exchange goods at a level that creates economic opportunities for a growing population. However, it remains a global challenge to boost growth and trade ...

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