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DNV Asks: What Will the Alernative Fuel Mix for Shipping Be?

DNV Photo: LNG Arctic Discover

DNV GL has released a position paper on the future alternative fuel mix for global shipping. While LNG is expected to be an early success, the picture becomes more diversified with time, as more than 20 per cent of shipping could adopt hybrid propulsion solutions, featuring batteries or other energy storage technologies. The main drivers for the use of alternative fuels are the desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the need to meet upcoming air pollution requirements. “The global merchant fleet currently consumes around 330 million tonnes of fuel annually, 80-85 per cent of which is residual fuel with high sulphur content,” says Christos Chryssakis, DNV GL senior researcher and position paper project manager. “Shipping must change, and we must contribute technical measures, operational measures and alternative fuels to meet the challenges we are tackling.   In the long term, short sea shipping is expected to take advantage of locally produced fuels such as biogas, biodiesel, methanol, shoreside electricity and hydrogen. Deep sea shipping needs globally available fuels and so will tend towards LNG and biodiesel, if it becomes available. Nuclear energy suffers from public perception problems but may come to the fore sometimes in the future if it will be perceived as a safe alternative.

Great Green Fleet Sails Towards Energy Goals

The US Navy's 'Great Green Fleet' sailing toward SECNAV energy goals during RIMPAC 2012 exercises The 'Great Green Fleet' demonstration is underway as part of the 2012 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) the world's largest international maritime exercise. Beginning July 17, 2012, alternative fuels, including nuclear power, will be used in an operational setting, fueling helicopters and jets from the deck of an aircraft carrier

Study to Evaluate New Fuels

The European Union will support with almost €2 million from the TEN-T Program a study looking at the potential beneficial effects of using alternative fuels for port operations.   The study, which will include pilots in Spain, Slovenia and Italy, will especially look at the ways to improve environmental performance of the participating ports’ container terminals. The project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call

DNV GL Examines Safety, Sustainability of Alternative Fuels

DNV GL’s position paper analyses the affordability, sustainability, safety and the reliability of future fuels (Image: DNV GL)

  DNV GL takes a broad view on the cost of safety and sustainability to alternative fuels   Trends in pricing are an obvious factor to consider when examining the feasibility of new fuels, but sustainability and safety also have an impact on the ultimate affordability of change. DNV GL has released a position paper that presents a methodology for evaluating alternative fuels, adding sustainability and safety considerations in the discussion.   

What’s Next for LNG - DNV GL

Courtesy DNV GL

Dr. Gerd-Michael Würsig, Business Director LNG fuelled ships at DNV GL – Maritime, looked at some of the current issues in the LNG industry and provided an overview of what DNV GL is doing to support growth in this segment. “The main drivers, in order of importance, are price, availability, and of course legislation. LNG as a fuel has the potential to become the most important fuel solution for environmentally sustainable shipping over the next few years

CEO Outlines DNV GL's Key Themes at SMM

Tor E. Svensens address: Photo DNV GL

Tor E. Svensen, CEO of DNV GL addressed the SMM 2014 trade fair in Hamburg, explaining that the classification society's key themes were: enhancing operational efficiency; improving safety, and smarter data. Svensen also looked at some of innovative new projects and research underway at DNV GL, especially the growing trend toward LNG ready vessels and the increasing use of a diverse range of alternative fuels. SMM marked the first full year of operation for DNV GL, said Tor E

Seminar, Environmental Reqs for Ships

A Seminar on Environmental Requirements for Commercial and Navy Ships for Efficient Maritime Operations and Effective Environmental Stewardship will be held on Dec. 9, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Ga.  Sponsored by ASTM Committee F25 on Ships and Marine Technology, the seminar will be held in conjunction with the Dec. 8-10 standards development meetings of the committee.   The desired outcome of this seminar is to identify areas where environmental standards

Alternative Fuels: Safer, Smarter, Greener

Martin Crawford-Brunt presenting at the event (Photo: SPNL)

Shipping Professional Network in London (SPNL) hosted another well attended event, sponsored by DNV-GL and held at the UK Chamber of Shipping offices in London. Martin Crawford-Brunt (UK & Rep of Ireland Manager for DNV-GL) was keynote speaker for this event, covering three main topics: Navigating the raft of upcoming regulations in a cost-effective way Alternative fuels and niche solutions/new technologies Reducing operating expenses to increase competitiveness

Qatar Champions LNG as Cleaner Marine Fuel

Nakilat, Qatargas and RasGas Company Limited will convert a Q-Max vessel as a pilot project making it capable of running on LNG and reducing the ship’s exhaust gas and greenhouse gas emissions. Qatari shipping company Nakilat and Qatari LNG producers Qatargas and RasGas Company Limited have agreed with engine manufacturer MAN Diesel and Turbo to convert a Q-Max vessel to use LNG as an alternative to heavy fuel oil in the main engines.

Shell Deploys Third LNG-powered OSV

Harvey Liberty (Photo: Shell)

Shell Offshore Inc. today marked the delivery of the third liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered offshore supply vessel (OSV) in Port Fourchon, La.   The new vessel, Harvey Liberty, chartered from specialist company Harvey Gulf International Marine, will join sister ships, Harvey Energy and Harvey Power, and support Shell’s deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico.   “This is an important milestone for Shell and Harvey Gulf,” said Tahir Faruqui

Singapore Continues to Harmonize LNG Bunkering Standards

MoU inked to further efforts to facilitate uptake of LNG for the future. Photo:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 To develop the world’s first set of harmonised LNG bunkering standards, a network comprising Antwerp, Rotterdam, Singapore and Zeebrugge, subsequently expanded to include Jacksonville and Norway, was formed.    Taking reference from documents by organisations such as the

Volkswagen Opts for LNG-powered Shipping

Image: Volkswagen Group

 The Volkswagen Group said it will use two vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) on routes between Europe and North America from 2019, in a move that aims to improve the environmental balance of its marine transport fleet.  

Definitive Study On The Impact Of Global Sulphur Regulations


Marine Energy Consulting Ltd. (MECL) and 20|20 Marine Energy, two leading consultancies in this field, today announced that they will collaborate to produce a comprehensive evaluation of the impact of MARPOL Annex VI global sulphur regulations on the shipping industry.

Shippers Brace for IMO's New SOx Rules

Photo: Eric Norcross

IMO to decide whether to introduce rules in 2020, or 2025; EU, China already pushing for stricter regulation. The global shipping industry is bracing for a key regulatory decision that could mark a milestone in reducing maritime pollution

Fuels of the Future

Wajdi Abdmessih

Chosing your fleet’s future fuel wisely   The imposition of a global 0.5% sulfur cap may be less than four years away. This clearly will eliminate residual fuel from the available fuel options unless you have fitted your vessel with a scrubber or other exhaust gas treatment technology

Developing a Roadmap for Green Coastal Shipping

Revolt, an electric-powered, zero-emission and unmanned ship concept, will also be included for further development within the Green Coastal Shipping Programme. Photo: DNV GL

 The Norwegian authorities’ target for 2030 is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% compared to what they were 40 years earlier. By doing so, Norway will set the direction for the shipping industry and continue to be a front-runner.  

Four Baltic Sea Ports Pact for Onshore Power Supply

Photo: Port of Turku Ltd

 Four Baltic Sea ports, namely Estonia’s port of Tallinn, Swedish ports of Stockholm and Finland’s ports of Helsinki and Turku, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aiming for a common approach for a new onshore power supply for vessels.  

New Rudders for the World’s Largest Box Ships

Becker Performance Package, consisting of Becker Mewis Duct Twisted with Becker Twist Rudder (Image: Becker Marine Systems)

Despite the continuing global shipping crisis, Becker Marine Systems, producer of high-performance rudders and energy-saving solutions in the field of maneuvering technology, said it is appearing at SMM 2016 with a good order situation, announcing it has secured an order to equip some of the

C-Job Designs Flettner Freighter for Switijnk

Taking the project name of FF8000, the design will be for a dry cargo ship with 8,000 ton deadweight. Although based on the existing FF4500 design, the new design will include numerous modifications.

Revolutionary Wind Assisted Propulsion design will be applied to 8,000 DWT General Cargo vessel. The Dutch shipping company family Switijnk has contracted C-Job Naval Architects to develop a Rotor Sail-equipped design to meet their specific loading and sailing profile

DNV GL's New Project on EU LNG Market

Photo: DNV GL

 Whilst LNG has proven to be a viable option as a bunkering fuel for ships, there are still challenges to the pace of its development and demand for LNG as a fuel. One of the obstacles to the accelerated uptake is the uncertainty regarding its availability.   

Pivotal LNG, Carib Energy Reach Multi-Year Supply Deal

Photo: Crowley Maritime

Pivotal LNG announced a multi-year agreement to sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Carib Energy LLC, a Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiary. Crowley will transport and deliver LNG from the U.S. mainland to its newest client, Molinos de Puerto Rico, a subsidiary of Ardent Mills LLC

C-Job Designs Flettner Freighter for Switijnk

Flettner Freighter (Photo: C-Job Naval Architects)

The Dutch shipping company family Switijnk has contracted C-Job Naval Architects to develop a Rotor Sail-equipped design to meet their specific loading and sailing profile. The contract follows the substantial media attention for the 4,500 DWT Flettner Freighter (the FF4500) which C-Job Naval

Insights: Kunkel Weighs in on Propulsion Technology

Bob Kunkel - President, Alternative Marine Technologies, Inc.

LNG? Methanol as fuel? Hybrid systems? Tier 4? Reducing noise? Cutting emissions without crushing fuel economy? Marine News readers have questions and Bob Kunkel has answers. Kunkel, President of Alternative Marine Technologies, previously served as the Federal Chairman of the Short Sea Shipping

Asia Pushes LNG as a Bunker Fuel

Image: Chevron

 An increasing number of ships and vessels are using liquefied natural gas or LNG as a clean fuel to comply with the regulations laid by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) across emission control areas.    LNG as a ship fuel reduces the emission of sulphur dioxide by

Fuel Variants For LR1 Product Tankers


 In a comprehensive study, DNV GL in cooperation with MAN DT examined a set of scenarios for various versions of an LR1 product carrier to determine the most economically feasible fuel type to plan for.    Considering the current volatile market situation

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