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Methanol takes another step forward as China shipping giants signal support

The Methanol Institute has welcomed comments made by the chairmen of China Merchants Energy Shipping and COSCO Shipping Bulk, that the two companies will focus on Methanol marine fuel as their primary area of research in the future. CMES chairman Xie Chunlin and Gu Jinsong, Chairman of COSCO Shipping Bulk made the comments in a meeting held in late August, during which the two reviewed the co-operation between their companies and exchanged views on the shipping industry’s low-carbon transformation. At the end of May 2022, the shipping business of China ...

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Onboard Carbon Capture Explored by ABS

Emerging onboard carbon capture technology is explored in a new publication from ABS in its latest support for the maritime energy transition. Launched at the global trade fair for Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology (SMM), Insights into Onboard Carbon Capture examines the various methods of onboard carbon capture as well as carbon handling and storage and downstream considerations, as well as regulatory issues. “Although there has been increased interest from the industry, the technology and its associated value chains have a long way to mature, and there are many factors ...

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ExxonMobil announces further details on availability of Mobilgard™ 540 AC, an MAN Energy Solutions (MAN ES) Category II approved oil

ExxonMobil has announced further details on the availability of Mobilgard™ 540 AC, a cylinder oil that has been granted Category II status by MAN ES and recommended for use in its Mark 9 and higher 2-stroke marine engine designs. Building on a global network of manufacturing locations and reliable distribution channels, Mobilgard 540 AC will be available from November 2022, in major Asian shipyards and key ports around the world, including Singapore, Rotterdam and Houston. The principal Category II requirement is centred around piston and ring pack cleanliness. Mobilgard 540 ...

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Wärtsilä propulsion solution selected for sustainable new hybrid tug

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply its advanced thruster solution for a new hybrid tug being built to operate in the port of Xiamen in China. The Wärtsilä thrusters selected have been especially designed for electric propulsion, and support the sustainability requirements of the vessel. The tug is under construction for Xiamen Port Shipping at the Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding yard. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in June 2022 by Shanghai CSIC Marine Propulsion Equipment, the integrator for the newbuild project. The project specifications emphasise emissions reduction and energy savings. ...

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CMA CGM creates a USD 1.5 billion Special Fund for Energies to accelerate the energy transition in shipping and logistics

The CMA CGM Group announced that it is creating a Special Fund for Energies, backed by a five-year, USD 1.5 billion budget, to accelerate its energy transition and achieve net-zero carbon by 2050. The Fund will invest to support the industrial production of new fuels, as well as low-emission mobility solutions across the Group’s business base (maritime, overland and air freight shipping; port and logistics services; offices). It will help to support a global innovation platform developed alongside large corporations, SMEs, start-ups, and the academic and scientific community. Rodolphe Saadé, ...

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How ammonia could help clean up global shipping

Ammonia might seem like an unlikely fuel to help cut greenhouse-gas emissions. Best known for its odor, the gas can be dangerous and toxic. But it could also play a key role in decarbonizing global shipping, providing an efficient way to store the energy needed to power large ships on long journeys. The American Bureau of Shipping, which sets safety standards for global shipping, recently granted early-stage approval for some ammonia-powered ships and fueling infrastructure, including a design from Samsung Heavy Industries, one of the world’s largest shipbuilders. Such ships ...

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DNV awards AiP for green ammonia floating production unit developed by H2 Carrier

An industrial scale concept for a floating production unit to produce green ammonia at sea has secured Approval in Principle (AiP) from DNV, affirming the technical feasibility of the design. The so-called P2XFloater concept, developed by Norway-based H2 Carrier, is based on the conversion of an existing Very Large Gas Carrier into a floating, production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO) that can serve to produce environmentally friendly ammonia for the local or for the world market. The FPSO would source electricity from a wind farm or other renewable source to ...

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Shipping’s Decarbonization Process is at Its Infancy

There’s still quite a long way to go until the shipping industry truly enters the decarbonization era. In a recent report, shipbroker Intermodal said that “following the 3rd Decarbonizing Shipping Forum, held in Hamburg on June 2022, there has been a meaningful resurgence of discussions within the shipping industry around the topic. In order to meet internationally agreed levels of mitigation, shipping industry must undertake fundamental changes in its emissions pathway, while stakeholders need to implement effective solutions to reduce their emissions in a cost-effective and feasible way. Cost considerations, ...

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The A to Z of emission-free shipping

What is the ZEEDs initiative aiming to achieve? Matt: We know that shipping is close to 2- 3% of the world’s carbon emissions, which is millions of tonnes of CO2 and it will take teamwork to achieve our goals. There are different industry actors that are invited in to try and solve this challenge together and find the solutions we need as an industry to deliver on our climate ambitions. What does each player bring to the table? Kenneth: Starting out, ZEEDS was all about finding the fastest route to ...

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LR Approval in Principle for landmark Norwegian hydrogen ferry project

The flagship project will provide two hydrogen powered ferries to operate Vestfjorden, Norway. Disabled due to cookie permissions Lloyd’s Register (LR) has awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) to Norwegian ship owner Torghatten Nord for two hydrogen-powered vessels operating on Norway’s longest ferry route, Vestfjordstrekninga, connecting Bodø, Røst, Værøy and Moskenes. The two vessels, designed by Norwegian Ship Design, will use a minimum of 85% ‘green hydrogen’ based fuel, helping to reduce CO2-emissions on the route by 26,500 tons each year. The two main components of the hydrogen system on board ...

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ABS Highlights Methanol as Promising Option for the Global Fleet

Methanol represents a promising fuel source for the global fleet, with practical benefits related to ease of storage and handling, tank to wake carbon intensity reduction, as well as a pathway to carbon neutrality through green methanol. That’s the conclusion of Georgios Plevrakis, ABS Vice President, Global Sustainability, following an in-depth evaluation of the emerging fuels landscape and propulsion technology. ABS has analyzed the various fuels in its Zero Carbon Outlook study and explored methanol and other carbon neutral fuel options in dedicated guides and whitepapers. “Methanol presents an immediate ...

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Svitzer’s ‘aim for 8’ tug speed initiative saves 1000 tonnes of CO2

Svitzer, leading global towage operator and part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, has today announced that its Aim for 8 speed initiative – which asks tug crews to navigate at a maximum speed of eight knots during mobilisation and demobilisation – has successfully prevented 1,000 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere. A pilot of the Aim for 8 initiative started in late 2021 across Svitzer’s UK operations and is part of the company’s multi-faceted decarbonisation strategy that was launched in May 2022. The initiative proves that small behavioural changes, ...

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Decarbonizing maritime shipping

In his speech to the COP26 climate summit, Tuvalu foreign minister Simon Kofe showed the world what was at stake if it failed to decarbonize. He delivered his United Nations address in a suit, behind a lectern, knee deep in ocean water that was flooding his island as a result of rising sea levels. The survival of entire nations is the cost of inaction. The need to reduce carbon emissions has been clear for at least a couple of decades, and more recently, a priority for a growing number of ...

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Propulsion and hull design can significantly reduce shipping emissions and lower underwater noise

International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set ambitious goals to reduce shipping greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50 % by year 2050. Discussion on lowering the emissions has largely been focused on using new green fuel options, such as hydrogen, ammonia and methanol. However, innovations and improvements in propulsion technology and hull form should not be forgotten. By developing efficient propulsion concepts, the fuel consumption can be reduced regardless of the used fuel type. Currently the propulsive efficiency of ships, meaning how much of the power delivered to the propeller can ...

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How green is green ammonia?

Japan recently announced ambitious plans to import 3m tons of green ammonia by 2025 and 30 million tons by 2030 for power generation. And analysts are currently predicting an even more significant surge in demand if ammonia is proven to be a viable alternative for marine propulsion. While the drive to reduce carbon emissions with green ammonia is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, it is important to note that the associated production processes and use of ammonia as a marine fuel will not come without issues. In this ...

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