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DNV GL opens LNG test centre to enable safer and more efficient use of LNG

Johan Holstein, Head of gas testing and analysis at DNV GL – Oil & Gas, said the testing of new sensor technology to rapidly identify the composition of LNG would be a priority. “The current accredited technology, gas chromatography, can take 3-5 minutes to show the composition of LNG,” Holstein explained. “Sensors can give an answer in a second.” A stable and known composition of LNG is important for accurately assessing energy content and engine performance control. With accurate fuel composition monitoring, DNV GL`s online Propane Knock Index (PKI) methane ...

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Going Green Can Save The Green

Thordon Bearings will present a paper at a major conference in Copenhagen next week, where the polymer bearings specialist will emphasise how the adoption of green technologies can slash ship operation costs. As part of a session on cost-saving technologies, Craig Carter, Thordon Bearings’ Director of Marketing and Customer Service, will compare the advantages and disadvantages of both oil lubricated and water lubricated propeller shafts, explaining how a seawater lubricated system can represent significant cost savings for shipwoners throughout the life of the vessel. With US Vessel General Permit regulations ...

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The Next Ferry You Board Might Run on Batteries

Not far from Norway’s North Sea oil rigs, shipbuilders are assembling some of the first ferry boats ever to be powered entirely by batteries. For years, the yard, nestled against the deep-blue sea waters and snow-clad mountains of the country’s deepest fjord, mostly made fuel-guzzling boats for the oil industry. But orders vanished as crude slumped in recent years. Now, like other Norwegian industries, its future prosperity depends on going green. “If you look at the next five years, this is what we’ll be doing,” said Erlend Hatleberg, a project ...

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SEA\LNG Voices Support For IMO Carriage Ban Of Non-Compliant Fuels

SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, today voiced its support for the carriage ban on non-compliant fuels proposed by the IMO when the 0.50% sulphur fuel limit comes into force in January 2020. The IMO’s sub-committee on pollution prevention and response (PPR) has agreed draft amendments to the MARPOL Convention on the prevention of pollution from ships (MARPOL Annex VI), prohibiting the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil for use on board that exceeds the 0.50% sulphur ...

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Coating Over A Coating Problem

Subsea Industries’ NACE coatings inspector Manuel Hof explains why shipowners can no longer afford to gloss over the marine environment issue “Today’s ships are expected to demonstrate their environmental credentials in many different areas, including emissions, non-toxicity, fuel savings and more. That’s why Subsea Industries stresses that its underwater coating systems provide an optimum solution for reducing fuel consumption by maintaining a smooth surface and reducing fouling in the most environmentally-safest way possible. Indeed, independent tests carried out in the Netherlands and Canada have verified that all the company’s coatings ...

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Victoria Shipyard fully equipped to meet growing demand for LNG vessel engine conversions

Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) demonstrates its capabilities with liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel engine conversions in the wake of a major project milestone. Victoria Shipyards (VSL) was selected by TOTE Maritime Alaska to carry out the yard production work and docking necessary for the conversion of their two TOTE Orca class vessels to dual-fuel systems, a process which is being carried out in four phases and will enable the two ships to use LNG as fuel. The ‘North Star’, the first of the two 839-foot-long roll-on, roll-off cargo ships which carry ...

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ABS Classes First Offshore Vessel in GOM to Use Hybrid Power

ABS today announced it was selected by SEACOR Marine to class the first offshore support vessel (OSV) in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) to operate using hybrid power. SEACOR requested the BATTERY-Li notation for its Maya OSV currently operated by Mantenimiento Express Maritimo SAPI de CV (MEXMAR), SEACOR Marine’s joint venture in Mexico. The OSV is being upgraded to use lithium battery power, with modifications expected to be completed in May 2018. “ABS recognizes the economic and environmental benefits of hybrid powered vessels to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in ...

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Shipowners Increasingly Modifying Propellers To Meet EU MRV Requirement

Belgian underwater repair specialist Hydrex says it is carrying out more modifications to a ship’s underwater areas and equipment in addition to the company’s more common damage rectification work. The increase in this type of work – to propellers, in particular – follows the recent introduction of the European MRV regulation which has seen more shipowners look at ways of further reducing fuel consumption (and emissions) when operating to and from European ports. The EU MRV (Monitoring, Reporting, Verification) regulation entered into force in July 2015. It mandates shipowners and ...

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Europe sails towards electrified shipping fleets

Since early 2015, a mid-sized car ferry, the MS Ampere, has been traversing the Sognefjord in western Norway from early morning to evening, seven days a week — without a whiff of smokestack exhaust or a decibel of engine roar. The 260-foot Ampere, which carries 120 cars and 360 passengers, is the one of world’s first modern, electric-powered commercial ships, with battery and motor technology almost identical to today’s plug-in electric cars, only on a much larger scale. Norway’s long and jagged Atlantic coastline — with thousands of islands and ...

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Shifts in Marine Fuel Oil Demand Looming

The 2020 deadline on the implementation of low sulphur marine fuels is already shifting things around in the shipping market, although up until now, most shipowners, in Hellas at least, are shying away from any major changes in their fleet, until they get a better grasp of things. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Gibson expressed the view that scrubbers are difficult to be seen as a long-term solution compliance-wise. “Much debate has raged over how shipowners will fuel their vessels come 2020 when the IMO mandated 0.5% sulphur cap ...

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IMO’s mandatory fuel consumption data reporting now in force

The mandatory fuel consumption data collection system for international shipping, adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in October 2018, has entered into force as of 1 March, 2018. It requires ships above 5,000 gross tonnage to start collecting and reporting fuel consumption from the start of 2019. The data collection methods may be based on using bunker delivery notes (BDNs) combined with tank readings at the beginning and end of the reporting period (calendar year); using data from onboard flow meters; or daily fuel oil tank monitoring on board. ...

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New JDP looks to drive marine battery safety and adoption

Classification society DNV GL has announced the launch of a Joint Development Project (JDP), designed to advance the understanding of the use of lithium-ion batteries in the shipping industry. More than a dozen partners from the entire value chain have joined the initiative, including flag states, research institutions, battery and propulsion suppliers, fire detection and extinguishing system providers, and ship owners, operators and yards. “Including batteries in ships, whether as a hybrid or fully electric system, offers the industry the opportunity to improve fuel economy, reliability and operational costs,” says ...

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MOL Group to Adopt Fully Electronic Controlled Main Engine Which Offers Reduction in Fuel Consumption

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. Friday announced that its group company, Mitsui O.S.K. Kinkai, Ltd. (President: Kenichi Nagata; headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo) will use a main engine equipped with the MAN Diesel & Turbo SE (MDT)-developed “common rail fuel injection system” on a newbuilding vessel. Shop test of the main engine was completed on January 29 and the vessel is slated for launching in 2018. After launched, Mitsui O.S.K. Kinkai, MDT and Makita Corporation (President: Yu Makita; headquarters: Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa Prefecture) will continue testing the system with support from MOL while the ...

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IMO: Stopping the spread of invasive species

Non-native species can be spread from ocean to ocean via ship. They may be carried via ballast water or attach to the hulls and other parts of ships, hitching a ride across the oceans. IMO is addressing this problem through the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, which entered into force in September 2017 and requires ships to manage their ballast water to limit the spread of aquatic organisms. Also, IMO’s Biofouling Guidelines address bioinvasions via ships’ hulls. The joint International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), Intergovernmental Oceanographic ...

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KOTC improves fleet performance with ECO Insight

Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) has implemented DNV GL’s ECO Insight fleet performance management solution across its entire fleet of 28 tankers. “We have started the fleet performance project with the DNV GL ECO Insight team in summer 2017”, says Ali Shehab, Deputy CEO Fleet Operations of KOTC, “and we already see measurable improvements in operating the fleet. In addition to this and in order to implement the idea of energy efficiency among the whole KOTC organisation, we implemented an Energy Efficiency Management System according to ISO 50001 which has ...

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