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Maritime industry players join forces to realize the decarbonization potential of solid oxide fuel cells

Alfa Laval, DTU Energy, Haldor Topsoe, Svitzer and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping are entering into a joint project to accelerate the development of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology. Funded by a grant from Danish EUDP (Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program), the partners will pursue a high-efficiency solution with the scalability to support marine industry decarbonization. The project, SOFC4Maritime, will target optimal utilization of future green fuels via application of SOFCs for power production on marine vessels. When based on fuels such as ammonia, ...

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Chevron Marine Lubricants keeps ships sailing amid VLSFO engine challenges

Chevron Marine Lubricants has helped ship owner customers identify and manage a distinctive engine condition challenge associated with the widespread switch to low-sulphur fuels. Some ship owners using very low-sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) have reported build-up of red deposits on piston crowns and top edges, sometimes combined with red iron burrs in scavenge ports. The deposits are associated with abnormal liner wear (or scuffing) since the fuel switch, particularly on older two-stroke marine engines. Chevron used a four-step laboratory analysis to narrow down likely causes. The deposits were found to ...

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This underwater robot cleans ships to cut emissions and protect marine ecosystems

Imagine a ship making its way across the ocean. It might look elegant as it cuts serenely through the waves. But a look below the water reveals a different picture, with countless aquatic species like barnacles covering the craft’s hull. It’s been estimated that severe underwater biofouling – as this accumulation of drag-inducing marine life is known – can increase a ship’s fuel consumption by up to 40%, boosting already high CO2 emissions. More than 4,000 marine species have been identified as biofouling organisms. Maritime transport emits around 940 million ...

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Costa Cruises Celebrates Float-Out Ceremony For Costa Toscana; Italian Cruise Line’s New LNG Ship Will Be Delivered In December

Costa Cruises, the Italian company of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL;NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest cruise company, today celebrated the float-out ceremony of the new flagship Costa Toscana at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland. Costa Toscana, as her sister ship Costa Smeralda, is powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the marine industry’s most advanced fuel technology currently available for reducing emissions, both at sea and during port calls. Costa Group, which includes Costa Cruises, Germany-based AIDA Cruises and Costa Asia, was the first in the cruise industry worldwide ...

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MSC Joins Hydrogen Council To Collaborate On Decarbonisation

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company announced it has joined the Hydrogen Council, a global industry body, as a steering member to foster cross-sector collaboration that will accelerate R&D related to clean hydrogen derived fuels and solutions. The initiative is part of MSC’s wider approach to decarbonisation which has already seen the company pioneer the use of biofuels as a blended marine fuel and now sees MSC work with others to advance the exploration viability of hydrogen and fuels derived from it as potentially viable fuel sources for container shipping. “MSC is ...

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Innovative new service from WNI (Weathernews) aims to set the standard for emissions reporting and compliance

“Our vision is to help create a sustainable future for shipping founded on safety and environmental consciousness. Our new Carbon Intensity Monitoring (CIM) service is an integral part of that journey and promises to make a huge difference in reliable CO2 reporting and regulatory compliance,” says Weathernews Americas CEO Antonio Brizzo. International shipping carries around 90% of world trade by volume, but as a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions it remains a major sustainability issue for global supply chains. Emissions from shipping rose by nearly 10% between 2012 ...

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Shell Marine Awarded Global Lubricants Contract With Carnival Corporation

Shell Marine has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide marine lubricants to cruise line operator Carnival Corporation’s global fleet of 89 ships. Carnival will also offset the carbon dioxide emissions from the marine lubricants it purchases from Shell, through Shell’s nature-based carbon credits. Joris van Brussel, General Manager, Shell Marine, said: “Shell Marine is working with our customers to help the shipping sector decarbonise. This is in line with Shell’s ambition to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner, in step with society and our customers. ...

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Saving the maritime industry, one energy-saving device at a time

In June 2019, the Grimaldi Group’s Grande Portogallo, a 165-metre-long Pure Car & Truck Carrier fitted with a Controllable Pitch Propeller (CPP), set sail with a ground-breaking piece of technology onboard. This vessel had on-board a pre-swirl stator (PSS) designed for CPP application that influences water flow to the propeller. Being able to control the inflow of water, say the device’s designers, has been scientifically proven to lead to less fuel consumption improving the vessel’s energy savings. This has never been investigated for CPPs, making this a truly innovative product. ...

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ABS and Keppel Continue to Demonstrate Digital Leadership with World’s First Smart Bunkering Vessel

ABS and Keppel Offshore & Marine are continuing their pioneering application of digital technologies by integrating Smart functions into the world’s first smart LNG bunkering vessel – FueLNG Bellina, equipped with Keppel O&M’s proprietary AssetCare Digital Solution. ABS was selected by FueLNG Pte Ltd, to class the vessel, which will feature notations for Smart Infrastructure (Smart INF) and Crew Assistance and Augmentation (Smart CAA). Obtaining these notations form an integral part of the digital tools tailored by AssetCare to support FueLNG in enabling remote monitoring and real-time support of vessel ...

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Finland demonstrates ice technology expertise with innovative and sustainable icebreaker vessel

The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency has launched the Calypso, a new icebreaker concept boat equipped with an innovative hybrid motorized removable bow powered by Danfoss Editron. The icebreaker vessel is currently moored in Mustola harbor in Lappeenranta and has begun operating on Lake Saimaa and the deep waterways of the surrounding area this winter. The removable bow, the world’s largest motorized of its kind, has been delivered by Turku Repair Yard as part of the Winter Navigation Motorways of the Sea II project. The €7.6 million scheme, co-funded by the ...

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Fluechem Develops Revolutionary Onboard Urea Generator System

Fluechem, the UK based specialist supplier of chemical bunkering solutions has launched a revolutionary new system that allows shipping owners to create their own Urea solution onboard. Launched at the end of 2020 the Urea Generator by Fluechem was born out of a deep understanding of the challenges faced by the shipping industry and in particular the challenges related to abating SOx, CO2 & NOx exhaust gas emissions through scrubber, additive and SCR based technology. The Urea Generator is a fully automated onboard Urea blending system, housed in a shipping ...

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Using Smart Technology To Drive More Sustainable Fleets

CHALLENGES Smart technology used for health and condition monitoring has significant potential to improve the safety and operational performance of marine assets. ABS worked with Hyundai Heavy Industries Group (HHI Group) qualifying the shipyard’s new technology by issuing a Product Design Assessment (PDA) and a New Technology Qualification (NTQ) for the ‘smart’ functions they designed. SOLUTION Supporting the roll out of HHI Group’s smart-function solutions by providing independent verification, validation and issuing product approval in accordance with the requirements of the ABS Guide for Smart Functions for Marine Vessels and ...

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Study shows LNG-powered vessels save on interest rates

LNG-powered vessels are likely to find favorable treatment from lenders under the Poseidon Principles, according to a new study by Sea-LNG. Sea-LNG is a multi-sector industry coalition that was founded in 2016 to advocate for the use of LNG over conventional marine fuels. Its members include a diverse assembly, including owners, charterers, brokers, banks, and classification societies, as well as ports, upstream suppliers, infrastructure providers, and original equipment manufacturers (OEM). The Poseidon Principles represent a commitment by leading financiers in the shipping industry to improve the emissions profile of their ...

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Next in the print queue: critical engine parts

What was the last thing you printed? While for many of us it’s likely to be a work document or a pile of handouts, the research engineers at the Wärtsilä Hub for Additive Manufacturing (WHAM) has moved into another dimension – printing critical engine components and leading the way in 3D printing utilisation. 3D printing, the more well-known name for the additive manufacturing process, promises to revolutionise component production. It is already being used in industries as diverse as aerospace and healthcare and is a key element of the on-demand ...

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Efficiency drive

In the December 2020/January 2021 issue of Bunkerspot, BIMCO’s Deputy Secretary General Lars Robert Pedersen considers what the new MARPOL Annex VI amendments on ships’ operational efficiency will mean for the industry. Read the article below: It should be no surprise to anyone that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently approved new amendments to MARPOL Annex VI to introduce requirements to the operational efficiency of ships – the so-called CIIs or Carbon Intensity Indicators. This is the shipping industry becoming subject to a regulatory measure which has never been tried ...

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