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Societe Generale Becomes First Financial Institution To Join Growing Sea\Lng Coalition

SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, yesterday announced the addition of the first financial institution to the coalition; Societe Generale. Joining a growing band of industry leaders from across the LNG value chain, Societe Generale brings an essential financial perspective to the group which aims to accelerate the uptake of LNG as a marine fuel. Peter Keller, SEA\LNG chairman and executive vice president, Tote, said: “As the 0.5% global sulphur cap from January 2020 edges ever ...

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From 1 January 2018 large ships must monitor and report CO2 emissions

As of 1 January 2018, subject to a few exclusions, ships over 5000 gross tonnage (“Relevant Ships”) became subject to monitoring and reporting requirements on carbon dioxide emissions (CO2), fuel consumption and cargo carried within all ports under the jurisdiction of a Member State and for any voyages to or from a port under the jurisdiction of a Member State. The new monitoring and reporting requirements for ships were established by the EU Regulation on monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport (Regulation (EU) No. 757/2015 ...

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Shipping: How To Reach Your Fuel Efficiency Goals

In a competitive market, and with fuel prices likely to rise again before long, shipping companies cannot afford to leave any stone unturned to maximize energy efficiency. While on paper, every vessel larger than 400 GT has to have a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP), few realize their full savings potential. There are so many factors influencing the performance of a vessel that many shipping companies find it challenging to determine where to start. Not every possible optimization measure makes sense in every instance. It takes knowledge and experience ...

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SGMF Predicts Boom In LNG Shipping Fuels Sector

There have already been many significant, positive announcements for the gas-fuelled shipping industry this year, and as we enter our fourth year of operation, I’m delighted to state that SGMF is in a robust and well-established position to deal with the expected surge in activity we anticipate, moving into 2018. 2017 has also seen a leap in membership uptake, and we welcomed 22 new members over the past 10 months alone. This is surely indicative of the benefits that membership brings, but moreover it highlights the clear and robust argument ...

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Adoption of LNG as Marine Fuel Significantly Accelerated in 2017

The team of Titan LNG is very much looking forward to 2018 as in the past year the stage has been set for a push in the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel beyond the tipping point. The order book for LNG-powered ships grew substantially, the LNG bunkering infrastructure is maturing and the pricing of LNG has become structurally competitive versus MGO. In 2017 around 11% of all new build contracts were LNG powered ships, a trend that we expect to continue during 2018. Titan LNG is very pleased ...

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Marine Fuel Compliance Options as IMO Commits to 0.5% Sulphur Global Cap from 2020

After much deliberation and consultancy work, the IMO has finally decided that the Global Cap on ship’s fuel oil sulphur be set at 0.5% max. This limit shall come into force from 1 January 2020. Furthermore in a parallel action, the Chinese authorities have decided to implement the 0.5% sulphur limit at 11 major Chinese ports with effect from 1 January 2017. These include Shenzen and Shanghai. It would be interesting to see if this is followed by other countries in the Pacific Rim. As always this 2020 limit will ...

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IBIA: Hopes and fears for 2020

What to expect when the global bunker market heads into 2020 was discussed in detail both at IBIA’s Annual Convention in Singapore in November and at the Platts 6th Annual Mediterranean Bunker Fuel Conference in Athens at the end of November/early December. IBIA’s IMO Representative took part in the Platts event, presenting an update on what is happening at the International Maritime Organization with regards to the implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit in 2020. Having listened to the various presentations, questions and comments from speakers and delegates on the ...

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Methanol-powered tankers shine light on lub-oil choices in low sulphur future

The operational experience of some of the world’s first ever methanol-powered tankers could help other shipowners in their strategic decisions relating to the 2020 sulphur in fuel regulations. Vancouver-based Methanex, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Waterfront Shipping, ordered a fleet of seven new vessels for its methanol supply chain. They opted to work with MAN Diesel and Turbo, the engine maker, to build vessels that can be fuelled by the same product they will carry. As well as being a cleaner fuel than oil-based bunkers, the decision was also a ...

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Wilhelmsen: Considerations for scrubber retrofitting

Looking at current conditions of the industry and expected cost and availability of low-sulfur marine fuel after two years, we expect many shipowners will consider the option to retrofit exhaust gas scrubbers for their active vessels. An exhaust gas scrubber, or more formally known as Exhaust Gas Cleaning System, is defined as a system that reduces the sulfur oxides and particulate matter in an exhaust stream from engines or boilers so that the content is the equivalent or lower than sulfur emission limits under international, regional and national legislation. These ...

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SOx Emissions: Time For Shipping To Have A Clean Up?

With SOx emissions coming into focus as the 2020 global sulphur cap approaches, owners have a number of compliance options, including the fitting of scrubbers. While uptake of SOx scrubbers in the fleet has so far been limited mainly to vessel types that already spend a large proportion of time in Emissions Control Areas (ECAs), the proportion of new contracts for scrubber-fitted ships appears to be on the rise. In Need Of A Bath In recent years the regulation surrounding sulphur oxide gases (SOx) has been rapidly extended. Since 2015, ...

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Sulphur emissions: The outstanding challenges

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been working to reduce the harmful impacts of shipping on the environment. It adopted Annex VI (Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Convention) in 1997. Regulation 14 therein covers emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter from ships. The IMO has been setting progressively stricter limits on the sulphur content of fuel oils used by ships. Last year, it adopted a 2008 resolution that introduces a reduced global ...

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First installation a success: GADCOOLER(TM) saves fuel and reduces emissions

The new GADCOOLER(TM) ship cooling technology provides major energy savings in generating ship cooling. Primarily intended for cruise ships and passenger ferries, the product is a smart solution to cut fuel costs. It uses existing onboard excess waste heat sources to provide chilled cooling water for the vessel’s air-conditioning needs, thus replacing the need to run onboard cooling compressors. The Gadcooler has now been successfully tested onboard Eckerö Line’s cruise ferry m/s Finlandia over a period of two years. Although the need for cooling onboard passenger ferries in the Baltic ...

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Wärtsilä’s energy storage solution for North Sea Giant reduces costs and emissions

The technology group Wärtsilä has agreed to retrofit the world’s first energy storage solution on board a large offshore supply vessel. The North Sea Giant, one of the world’s largest and most advanced subsea construction vessels, will be fitted with an energy storage system that reduces the vessel’s energy consumption, operating costs and exhaust emissions. The retrofit energy storage system improves the operational efficiency and environmental footprint of the North Sea Giant, responding to key requirements of Norwegian North Sea Shipping AS, the owner of the vessel. The solution provides ...

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The Finns lead the way with innovative and eco-friendly technology

Finland celebrated its centenary on 6 December 2017. To honour their homeland, our Gard colleagues, Erika Lindholm and Hannah-Maria Opperman-Mäkinen, introduce some of Gard’s Finnish Members and clients who are on the forefront of eco-friendly innovations in shipping. Arctia Ltd. Helsinki based Arctia owns and operates icebreakers and specialized service vessels in polar regions. The POLARIS is the eighth vessel in Arctia’s fleet. Completed this year, she proudly displays the “Finland 100” logo. This unique vessel is the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered icebreaker. The POLARIS can also ...

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Lloyd Register: First LR classed hydrogen-powered vessel launched

Antwerp maritime group Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) has launched its new hydrogen-powered passenger vessel, Hydroville, classed by LR. The catamaran crew boat is the first LR classed vessel to use hydrogen to power a diesel engine. The advantage of hydrogen is that no CO2, particulate matter or sulphur oxides are released during combustion. The novel concept of hydrogen injected diesel engines aren’t covered by standard LR rules, so a risk based design approach to approval was required. Hydroville is a showcase for the use of clean fuels and is primarily ...

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