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Battery System for Hagland’s new hybrid self-discharging coaster enables zero-emission port calls

Dutch maritime energy storage solutions provider EST-Floattech has been contracted by system integrator Hoogendijk Electric to design and deliver the complete Battery System for a Norwegian newbuild: the third Hybrid Coaster for Hagland, currently being built at Royal Bodewes shipyard and due for delivery halfway 2023. EST-Floattech’s battery system enables the 5,000 DWT self-discharging bulk carrier to make zero-emission port calls. The vessel, one of a series of three, will also sail in full-electric mode, for example in environmentally sensitive environments, such as in fjords or near-coastal communities. When there ...

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KR Publishes Guidelines on Vessel Storage Tank Materials for Alternative Fuels

Korean Register (KR) has published comprehensive guidelines on the metal materials suitable for use in eco-friendly fuel storage tanks, such as those used for storing LNG, ammonia, methanol and hydrogen. The newly published ‘Guidelines for Selection of Metallic Materials of Containment Systems for Alternative Fuels for Ship’ includes detailed technical information on all the metal materials suitable for such containment systems. It has been jointly developed by KR’s R&D division and Dr. KIM Yongjin’s research team of the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM). The International Maritime Organization (IMO) ...

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2050 Not Achievable Without Carbon Capture Says ABS Chairman, President and CEO

“Carbon capture is going to be a key transformational technology for shipping to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. It will be critical to addressing the challenge before us, which is the sheer gradient of the curve. At the moment we can only see the outline of a solution to get us to 2050. But it is clear already that net zero cannot realistically be delivered without efficient carbon capture and storage technology.” That was the message for the industry from Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO, speaking ...

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Decarbonisation and Alternative fuels

1. A brief overview of the current situation The maritime industry is embarking on a major transition from conventional to zero or carbon neutral fuels driven by the pressure to decarbonise. The transition will not take place over night and will have a significant impact on costs, asset values, and earning capacity. The industry participants will need to understand the drivers and implications now to be able to plan accordingly and assess the associated risks. Whilst regulations will set direct requirements that shipowners must comply with, the public as well ...

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MOL to Start Sea Trials of Panamax Bulk Carrier Powered by Biofuel

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that its group company, MOL Drybulk Ltd. will start sea trials of Panamax bulk carrier “C.S. OLIVE”, chartered from Chugoku Sougyo CO., Ltd. (Chugoku Sougyo; President & CEO: Hiroshi Takata), using biofuel in late June 2022. MOL has signed a deal for biofuel supply with Chevron Singapore Pte. Ltd., and about 500 tons of ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) certified biofuel will be bunkered on the vessel at Port of Singapore. The biofuel supplied by Chevron Singapore is blended with Used Cooking Oil Methyl ...

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Shipping industry frustrated by governments’ rejection of R&D Fund to catalyse sector decarbonisation

Following the conclusion of this week’s meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 78), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing 80% of the world’s merchant fleet, has released the following statement: Guy Platten, ICS Secretary General, commented: “By refusing to take forward the shipping industry’s proposed research and development fund, the IMO has wasted its opportunity to kick start a rapid transition to zero-carbon technologies which will be vital if we are to decarbonise completely by 2050. Despite the support of many IMO States, ...

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EU Regulation Needs To Protect European Shipping Interests Says UGS President From Posidonia 2022

Europe needs to understand the strategic importance of Greek shipping as the owner of 59% of the EU fleet, especially in times when shipping can play a crucial role in the continent’s scramble for energy independence, said Melina Travlos, President of the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) during a press conference at Posidonia Exhibition today. “Energy transition is the most important issue for us. What Europe does with decarbonisation regulations such as Fit for 55 and Emissions Trading System (ETS), must be guided by the need to preserve and promote ...

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ABS, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering and GasLog Agree to Develop Carbon Capture Onboard Technology

ABS, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) and GasLog are joining forces to lead the development of carbon neutral shipping. The three companies have committed to work together to develop an onboard CO2 capture and storage system (OCCS) by signing a joint development project (JDP) at the Posidonia International Shipping Exhibition. This emissions reduction technology returns CO2 from the exhaust gas back to the ship for storage by the process of absorption, regeneration and separation. The stored CO2, as a form of byproduct, can then be safely offloaded to shoreside ...

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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Completes Conceptual Design of VLGC Enabling Conversion of Main Fuel from LPG to Ammonia

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, has completed the conceptual design of a Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) initially powered by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) but adaptable to future use of ammonia as the main fuel(1). Approval in Principle (AIP)(2) for the design has been acquired from the Japanese classification society ClassNK. The conceptual design of an LPG-powered VLGC enabling future conversion to ammonia fuel was developed based on Mitsubishi Shipbuilding’s experience and expertise in the construction and delivery of more than 80 very ...

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BHP and NYK Strengthen Strategic Partnership to Progress Shipping Decarbonisation

BHP and NYK have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand and deepen their existing business relationship and to support the decarbonisation of ocean transportation across their shared supply chain. BHP and NYK will jointly study the next-generation of zero-GHG emission ships fuelled by green or blue ammonia. If feasible, this could potentially support both organisations in their ongoing efforts to achieve their respective long-term GHG emission reduction targets for shipping and present a further decarbonisation option for the shipping industry. BHP and NYK also aim to promote the ...

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IMO delegates visiting world’s most environmentally friendly tanker in central London

Spectacularly moored on the Thames in downtown London, Fure Vinga opened up to 500 invited visitors as the first intermediate tanker in the world which will reach UN 2050 climate targets for shipping. 170 IMO delegates, meeting in London to advance global restrictions of greenhouse gas emissions, came onboard to see how the Swedish shipping company Furetank has turned their targets into practice. Furetank and the Government of Sweden invited all international delegations attending the 78th meeting of the UN marine environment protection committee (MEPC), to a vessel demonstration and ...

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WinGD launches software-based solution for EEXI compliance

Swiss marine power company WinGD has launched a software-based Engine Power Limitation (EPL) system to enable rapid and cost-effective compliance with the IMO’s EEXI regulations, which enter into force next year. The solution uses the engine control system to limit engine power to meet EEXI design efficiency baselines and includes a required emergency override capability. It is applicable to all WinGD, Wärtsilä and Sulzer X, X-DF, and RT-flex two-stroke engines operating with UNIC or WECS-9520 engine control systems. Amid concerns over yard space as operators rush to install EEXI compliance ...

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Five more countries back the 2050 zero shipping emissions target at the UN this week

At least five more countries now support aligning the IMO’s climate goals with the Paris Agreement. The Cook Islands, Mexico, Myanmar, Colombia and Malaysia publicly endorsed the 2050 zero shipping emission target for the first time at MEPC 78. Delegates debated revising the IMO’s current climate strategy and will continue the negotiations at MEPC 79 in December, while gathering for additional working group talks (ISWG-GHG) beforehand. Why this matters: There is a growing majority among IMO member states in favour of the Paris Agreement-aligned ambition to clean up international shipping. ...

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Decarbonizing shipping – IMO, don’t make the same mistake twice!

The shipping sector must reduce its carbon footprint. Approved IMO rules and proposals for new regulations will make it harder for the industry to deliver significant emission cuts. Strict global regulations are needed to reduce the carbon footprint of the shipping sector. As reported by The Financial Times on 3 May (“Shipping heavyweight Japan tables carbon tax proposal for the industry”), IMO discussions for introducing a global shipping carbon tax are underway. These will continue at the IMO MEPC 78 meeting from June 6–10. A carbon tax is definitely what ...

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ABS AIP for Samsung Heavy Industries’ Ammonia-Fueled Neo-Panamax Container Vessel

ABS has granted approval in principle (AIP) to Samsung Heavy Industries’ (SHI) design for an ammonia-fueled Neo-Panamax container vessel. Presented at the Posidonia International Shipping Exhibition, the AIP confirms the design has been reviewed by ABS against the requirements outlined in the ABS Guide for Ammonia Fueled Vessels. “This ammonia-fueled vessel represents a significant step forward in the industry’s desire to realize the emissions reduction potential of ammonia as fuel, and we are proud to use our experience to support it. Ammonia presents a specific set of safety and technology ...

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