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Emerson, Rederi AB Develop Flowmeters for Fuel Efficiency

Micro Motion Coriolis flowmeters help Rederi AB Transatlantic maximize fuel efficiency and reduce fuel costs by 2 per cent per vessel, with an investment payback time of only two months Following a joint program by Rederi AB Transatlantic, Transas AB, and Emerson Process Management to develop an onboard solution for better control of marine fuel consumption, Rederi AB Transatlantic has installed Emerson’s Micro Motion Coriolis mass flowmeters on several ships in its fleet. The standard solution uses a compact Micro Motion F100-Series Coriolis sensor with a Model 1700 transmitter to provide highly accurate, traceable and transparent mass-based measurement of fuel oil. Using the MODBUS communications protocol, the mass flowmeter sends data to a fuel efficiency control system supplied by Transas AB in Sweden.  This system, also called a Conning unit, collects information from the flowmeter and other onboard systems to help the crew optimize the operation of the ship. Tighter control and management of fuel burned improves engine efficiency, delivering fuel savings and reducing emissions. Emerson also supplied its Mobrey MCU 901 Universal Transmitter Controllers and Indicators to show the actual flow for local reading in the engine room or control room. According to Leif Holmberg, superintendent at Rederi AB Transatlantic, "The Coriolis mass flowmeter and Conning unit have been installed and running for over a year on the M/V Ortviken

Clipper Vessels Certified by Lloyd’s Register

Kristian Morch (left) and Ian Revell.

Danish shipping company joins vanguard of ship operators using the 50001 energy management standard. On Friday in Copenhagen, Lloyd’s Register presented Clipper Fleet Management with ISO 50001 certification issued by LRQA, Lloyd’s Register’s provider of independent business assurance. “To us, the ISO 50001 certification is a valuable recognition and documentation that we’re doing the right things within fuel efficiency and energy management

Optimizing Fuel Consumption: ESRG Enhances OstiaEdge®

US-based ESRG adds total vessel power analytics to OstiaEdge to help optimize fuel consumption for a vessel or across a fleet. OstiaEdge® now integrates shaft torque, weather and environmental data, fuel consumption and draft & displacement with its existing equipment performance analytics to provide real transparency into the performance of a ship or across a fleet. This comprehensive set of analytics enables ship managers and owners to understand:

MHI Receives First Order through MI LNG

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order for an LNG (liquefied natural gas) carrier for Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) through MI LNG Co., Ltd., a joint venture established with Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in April 2013. The order - the first received via MI LNG - is the eighth to date for the Sayaendo, a next-generation LNG carrier offering superior fuel efficiency developed independently by MHI. Completion and delivery of the ship are scheduled for 2017.

Cummins: New Environmental Sustainability Goals

Cummins Inc. announced two new environmental sustainability goals for its products in-use and the logistics of the company's managed freight.   These new goals are part of a broader effort for Cummins to reduce its environmental footprint, the company said. Last year, Cummins announced its first comprehensive Global Environmental Sustainability Plan including goals for water, waste and energy use in Cummins facilities and operations.  

Fuel Efficiency: The Way Forward

Roger Strevens

NorShipping debate centers on the matter of ship fuel efficiency The Immediasea Shipping Debate Forum ‘Fuel Efficiency - The Way Forward’ was held in connection with the Nor-Shipping event in Oslo, Norway, in June. Leading the panel was Mark Fuhrmann from Blue-C who invited leading maritime executives to share their views on the future of shipping fuel-efficiency. Below are select quotes. Roger Strevens, Vice President, Global Head of Environment

Eniram Presents New Products at CSM 2013

Eniram demonstrate 2 new products to help cruise ship operators with optimum speed & engine load management. At the Cruise Shipping Miami (CSM) Expo, March 11-14, 2013, Eniram, a Finnish provider of energy management solutions and data analytic services to the shipping industry, introduce two innovative fuel-saving solutions based on the established its vessel platform. “OSA integrated with weather forecasting features is already revolutionizing vessel speed optimization”

OC Selects Siemens Blue Drive PLUSC Propulsion Solution


Siemens Blue Drive PLUSC Low Voltage Propulsion Solution providing reliability, Safety, increased fuel efficiency, reduced greenhouse gas emissions (Methane, NOX and SOX) and reduced maintenance costs. Siemens Industry announces it was awarded a contract to equip Otto Candies (OC) Subsea Support and Construction Vessel (SSCV) for offshore Oil & Gas support, with its unique Blue Drive PLUSC Diesel Electric Propulsion (DEP) Solution.  Candies Shipbuilding located in Houma, LA

Cat’s C280 Engines Meet EPA Tier 4, IMO Tier III

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Caterpillar Marine now offers its Cat C280 medium-speed diesel engines for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 and International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier III service. The EPA Tier 4 standards applied to all new U.S. flagged vessels starting in January 2014 and IMO III standards will apply to all new vessels entering IMO NOx Emissions Control Areas (NECA) starting in January 2016. The C280 engines are available in eight-

MN 100: FloScan Instruments, Inc.

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The Company: FloScan is a Seattle-based corporation that designs and manufactures its products in the United States. With worldwide sales at an all-time high, FloScan Fuel Monitoring Systems are in use on a wide range of diesel powered commercial vessels on every continent including ocean-going, harbor and inland tugs; oil rig platforms, research and fishing vessels. The Case: FloScan is a world leader in marine fuel monitoring systems and software applications for diesel engines up to

First LNG Containership Transits the Panama Canal

Isla Bella transiting the locks at Mira Flores (Photo courtesy of the Panama Canal Authority)

The world’s first LNG-powered container vessel, TOTE Maritime’s Isla Bella, transited the Panama Canal October 30, marking a milestone not only for the maritime industry, but also for the Canal as it nears the completion of its expansion scheduled to open in 2016

Crowley Christens LNG-Ready Product Tanker

Pamela Beall breaks a of champagne across the hull to christen Ohio (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp. today christened the first of four new Jones Act product tankers at the Tampa Cruise Terminal. The 50,000 dead-weight-tons (dwt), 330,000-barrel-capacity ship Ohio is the first tanker ever to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level 1 approval

Shipping's CO2 Reduction Goals Exceed Commitments -ICS

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The United Nations (UNFCCC) has published a Synthesis Report analyzing the impact of the pledges made by 146 nations to reduce CO2 emissions in advance of next week’s Climate Change Conference in Paris.   The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says the mandatory CO2 reduction

Sustainable Shipping Initiative leans on shipping ahead of COP21

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 The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is stepping up pressure on the shipping industry ahead of the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris, says The Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia.   SSI want the IMO to support the UNFCCC global CO2 reduction targets on the basis that

Wärtsilä 31 Engine for Aker ARC 124 Icebreaker

Wärtsilä launches the new Wärtsilä 31 engine a breakthrough in efficiency

  The recently introduced Wärtsilä 31 engine, which has been acknowledged by Guinness World Records as being the world's most efficient four-stroke diesel engine, has been selected to power a new generation icebreaker currently under construction at the PJSC Vyborg Shipyard

‘VoyagOR’ Project Seeks Shipping Participants

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Shipping companies are being sought to assist the ‘VoyagOR’ project, which aims use route optimization systems to make shipping operations more cost-effective.   The VoyagOR project team is keen to engage with businesses that stand to benefit from improved route Optimization

Harley Marine Selects Caterpillar Tier 4 Engine

Seattle-based marine transportation company Harley Marine Services has become the first to select a Caterpillar Marine engine solution that meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 Final emissions standards. “[Harley Marine has] a reputation for being very sustainable

TOTE: World's First LNG-Powered Containership Delivered


General Dynamics NASSCO and TOTE announce the delivery of Isla Bella, the world’s first LNG-powered containership The culmination of a historic journey in U.S. shipbuilding history ended today with the announcment that General Dynamics NASSCO delivered  Isla Bella

NASSCO Starts Building 3rd SEA-Vista Tanker

Artists rendering of SEA-Vista commercial product tanker (Image: General Dynamic NASSCO)

Ceremony signals the start of construction for the third SEA-Vista ECO Tanker to be constructed at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.   U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO signaled the start construction today for the third product tanker to be built for SEA-Vista

General Dynamics NASSCO Christens First ECO Tanker for APT

General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a christening ceremony for the first ECO tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's shipyard in San Diego.   San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke at the ceremony, and the ship’s sponsor, Mrs

Ingram Wins EPA 2015 SmartWay Excellence Award

 Chuck Arnold, Ingram’s VP of Business & Strategic Development

Ingram Barge Company was honored today with a SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a true industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.   “We’re so proud to be an industry leader in environmental

Antifouling Selektope Gains European Approval

Final sign-off of the antifouling active substance Selektope by the European Commission coincides the first disclosure of a commercial application in Asia.   The first publicly-disclosed commercial application for a marine coating featuring Selektope will start on November 1 in Singapore

I-Tech Seals Market Acceptance for Selektope


  Final sign-off of the antifouling active substance Selektope by the European Commission coincides the first disclosure of a commercial application in Asia. The first publicly-disclosed commercial application for a marine coating featuring Selektope will start on November 1 in Singapore

AET Orders Eight Tanker Newbuilds

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AET, an owner and operator of petroleum tankers, has signed contracts worth approximately $500 million combined for the construction of eight new vessels.   AET on Tuesday contracted Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd (SHI) for four 113

First LPG Carrier Order for MHI Shipbuilding

LPG carrier (Image: MHI)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), announced it has received an order from Astomos Energy Corporation for a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier.   

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