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ETI launches new project to identify market barriers for investment in fuel efficient technologies for marine vessels

The ETI has launched a £1.8m project that aims to assist financiers to understand and confidently quantify the benefits in investing in fuel efficient technologies for existing and future marine vessels. The Vessel Technology Assessment System (VTAS) project will develop a practical approach to predict the benefit of a range of carbon abatement/fuel efficiency technologies on marine vessels over real-world usage cycles. David Butler, project manager for HDV marine efficiency at the ETI says: “Maritime transport emits around 1000 million tonnes of CO2 annually and is responsible for about 3% ...

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IMO International Maritime Organization and EBRD sign new partnership to support sustainable shipping

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has signed a new partnership agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The agreement will help promote sustainable shipping through a range of safety- and environment-focused capacity-building activities in the maritime and port sectors in selected countries. It brings together IMO, the United Nations maritime agency which sets global standards for safe, secure, efficient and environment-friendly international shipping, and the multilateral development bank EBRD, which has experience in supporting comprehensive transport related development activities and practices in the maritime and port sectors. ...

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Cleaner Ship Fuels Will Benefit Health, but Affect Climate Too

Marine shipping fuels will get a whole lot cleaner in 2020 when a regulation by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requires fuels to contain 80-86 percent less sulphur. This is the most significant improvement in global fuel standards for the shipping industry in 100 years, intended to achieve significant health benefits on a global scale. Now, a new study in Nature Communications quantifies these health benefits and finds cleaner shipping fuels will result in a 3.6 percent reduction of childhood asthma globally. The study was led by University of Delaware’s ...

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Total and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines sign a long-term charter contract for a pioneer Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunker vessel

Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) have signed a long-term charter contract for a large LNG bunker vessel of 18,600 m³, to be delivered in 2020. She will operate in Northern Europe and will be the first ever capable of supplying large quantities of LNG in one single bunkering operation. With this vessel, TMFGS intends to serve the emerging marine LNG market for the container ships segment, including those sailing on the Europe-Asia trade. She will be used in particular to supply CMA CGM’s ...

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MAN Diesel & Turbo to Cooperate with Hyundai on Development of LPG Dual-Fuel Engine

MAN Diesel & Turbo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hyundai Heavy Industries Engine & Machinery Division (HHI-EMD) regarding the development and production of MAN B&W ME-LGIP dual-fuel engines. Upon completion, HHI-EMD will be able to deliver liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) –fuelled, two-stroke-propulsion engines. Bjarne Foldager – Vice President Sales & Promotion, Two-Stroke Business at MAN Diesel & Turbo – said: “MAN Diesel & Turbo has previously experienced strong market interest in using LPG as a fuel aboard LPG carriers, but other shipping segments have also begun investigating ...

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“Cold Ironing in Port of Koper & Shipping Electrification in the Eastern Mediterranean”

On 29th January 2018 in the magnificent Praetorian Palace in Koper, local stakeholders, delegates from marine & energy industry, representatives from port authorities and governmental bodies as well as elemed project partners discussed the opportunities for on-shore electric power supply technologies in port of Koper. The EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, during the event opening, underlined European Commission’s plans to offer additional funds to ports who seek investments in applying technologies promoting alternative energy sources. Discount and financial incentives for vessels using electrification technologies was the focus of Nikolas ...

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Wärtsilä Aquarius Ballast Water Management System retrofit service reduces installation risks and environmental impact of shipping

With entry into force of the ballast water treatment regulation now less than 2 years away, Wärtsilä BWMS and scrubber retrofit engineering services are seeing considerable increase in interest in their experience and risk reduction offerings. The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Convention for Ballast Water Management entered into force on 8 September 2017. To meet the IMO requirements, nearly all merchant vessels above 400 gross register tonnes (GRT) will have to consider ballast discharge treatment and install a ballast treatment system at their next mandatory International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) ...

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LPG As Marine Fuel: The World LPG Association Supports the Shipping Industry to Meet Emission Regulations

Increasing concern over the impact of human activities on our environment is encouraging the maritime transport industry to move towards the use of alternative fuels on ships as a prime source of energy for propulsion and electricity generation. This trend is being reinforced by national and international regulation, led by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). As a consequence, ship owners will be forced to think about a cleaner fuel and it is inevitable that there will be a radical change in shipping fuel options from HFO to cleaner alternatives. Amongst ...

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Ecoslops – Very strong business growth in 2017

Ecoslops, an innovative technology company that upgrades ship-generated hydrocarbon residue, or “slops”, into valuable new fuels and light bitumen, presented the highlights of 2017. Vincent Favier, Chairman and CEO of ECOSLOPS, declared: “2017 is just the second year with our Portuguese industrial unit in Sines fully operational but it is also a key year marked with a strong acceleration of our results and development. The Sines unit generated €6M sales (+40% vs. last year incl. +80% for the sale of refined products) with a positive profitability at both EBITDA (approx. ...

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Rolls-Royce to upgrade six offshore vessels with battery packs

Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine has received an order to deliver a battery-powered energy system for six offshore vessels (PSV’s) which have been built by the yard Cosco Guangdong in China. The delivery includes the Energy Storage Container System (ESSU); an upgrade of the existing Rolls-Royce ship design engineering package to match the new features; an upgrade of the Dynamic Positioning system (DP) and the ACON control system; and the new Rolls-Royce Energy Monitoring system, which will provide a complete overview of energy usage onboard. Recently SEACOR Marine Holding announced that they ...

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Electric container ships for Tilburg-Rotterdam route

The Dutch company Port-Liner is switching to the construction of all-electric freight vessels for inland shipping. The aim is for the first vessel to be put into operation in August of this year. The Tilburg logistics company GVT Group will operate these ‘Tesla’s of inland shipping’ on the route between the Vossenberg-West business park and the Port of Rotterdam. The design for the all-electric inland vessels was produced by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects in Gelderland, a company mainly known for its luxury yachts. These vessels are container ships of ...

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New tool provides evolving overview of the rapid development of LNG bunkering infrastructure

SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, today announced that it has launched a new free-to-access online tool to improve understanding of the current, and rapidly evolving, LNG bunkering infrastructure landscape. Launched from the 6th LNG Bunkering Summit currently taking place in Amsterdam, the new Bunker Navigator Tool utilises member, marine information services, and publicly available data to provide easy access to the latest developments in the global LNG bunkering infrastructure. SEA\LNG’s map-based tool, provides an overview ...

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Nanowrinkles In The Sea: How An Experiment In Sydney Harbor Could Help Reduce Global CO2 Emissions

Swimming in waters frequented by bull sharks is not usually part of the job description for a nanotechnologist. Yet, in July and August of 2017 something quite unusual took place in Sydney Harbor. Over the course of seven weeks, along a shark net in Watson’s Bay, researchers from the University of Sydney conducted a critical field test of a new nanoscale technology that, if successful, could help solve a very, very big problem: marine biofouling. “Biofouling is a very large term, it includes any adhesion of contaminants onto surfaces,” says ...

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“K” Line, Chubu Electric, Toyota Tsusho, and NYK Line Begin Joint Discussions on LNG Bunkering Business in Japan

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (Head office: Higashi-ku, Nagoya; President & Director: Satoru Katsuno; hereinafter Chubu Electric Power), Toyota Tsusho Corporation (Head office: Nakamura-ku, Nagoya; President & CEO: Jun Karube; hereinafter Toyota Tsusho), and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Tadaaki Naito; hereinafter NYK Line) announce yesterday that the four companies have begun joint discussions on the commercialization of a new business to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel to ships in the Chubu (central region) of Japan. LNG is ...

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World’s first electric container barges to sail from European ports this summer

The world’s first fully electric, emission-free and potentially crewless container barges are to operate from the ports of Antwerp, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam from this summer. The vessels, designed to fit beneath bridges as they transport their goods around the inland waterways of Belgium and the Netherlands, are expected to vastly reduce the use of diesel-powered trucks for moving freight. Dubbed the “Tesla of the canals”, their electric motors will be driven by 20-foot batteries, charged on shore by the carbon-free energy provider Eneco. The barges are designed to operate without ...

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