APL volunteered to burn cleaner fuel in every vessel calling at the ports of New York and New Jersey. The agreement is part of a Port Authority program designed to curb emissions in New York Harbor. Under the plan, APL vessels will use low-sulfur fuel in auxiliary generators while berthed. “We have been leaders in implementing clean-air measures on our ships,” said Gene Seroka, APL President in the Americas. “Bringing this effort to New York Harbor is a logical step for us.” Earlier in October, APL joined a low-sulfur fuel program at the Port of Hong Kong. It has long been part of similar programs at the ports of Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. The Port Authority will reimburse 50% of the added cost APL incurs. Low-sulfur fuel is more expensive to burn. But according to APL, converting to low-sulfur fuel can reduce particulate matter emissions 75% and sulfur oxides by more than 85%.
ValvTect BioGuard Plus 6 prevents bacteria and solves all other diesel fuel related problems - eliminates need for multiple products. Jerry Nessenson, president of ValvTect Petroleum, announced today that ValvTect has received formal approval for the registration and sale of ValvTect BioGuard Plus 6 multifunctional biocide diesel additive from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and in all 50 states.
Application forms for fleet emission credits (FEC) as well as a status of the terminal plan submittals are now available on ARB’s Shore Power website. FEC are only applicable toward compliance with the At-Berth Regulation where fleet operators have chosen the Equivalent Emission Reduction Option—fleets that have chosen the Reduced Onboard Power Generation Option cannot apply for or use FEC. These forms are applicable to two types of emission reductions: 1) Use of either
OW Bunker highlighted the potential safety issues that ship owners and operators will face in Turkish waters when new local sulfur legislation comes into force from January 1, 2012. The ruling, delivered by the Turkish Chamber of Shipping and the Turkish General Directorate of Marine Transport states that: ‘…marine fuels whose sulfur content exceeds 0.1% by mass cannot be used as of 01.01.2012 in the inland vessels and in the vessels on the quay.’
Maersk Line will switch to low-sulfur fuel while at berth for all of its containerships calling the Port of Virginia starting in February. This fuel switch program will help improve air quality in the greater Hampton Roads area by significantly reducing emissions of sulfur and nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. Maersk Line is the lead shipping line to participate in the fuel switch program sponsored by the Commonwealth of Virginia through the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) and the Virginia
Unified Command confirmed the following information today: • Assessment of the Kulluk drilling vessel in Kiliuda Bay continues. Two remotely operated vehicle (ROV) surveys have been completed. The first was for the Kulluk’s anchor and chain. That survey revealed the anchor is firmly embedded with the chain buried near the anchor. No hard formations were found in the area surrounding the anchor. The second began an assessment of the Kulluk’s hull.
In March this year, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to designate waters off the North American coasts as an Emission Control Area was adopted by IMO, the International Maritime Organization. The North American ECA is a key part of a comprehensive EPA program to address harmful emissions from large ships. Which are the time schedules of upcoming emission regulations? How are marine engine manufacturers preparing for the tighter air emission limits being adopted?
The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) announced the release of a recently completed study on Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS). SOCP conducted the study in light of new EPA regulations that become mandatory to ships operating in Emission Control Areas (ECA) in 2015 requiring low sulfur emission. The objective of the study is to assist ship operators in the dilemma of switching to expensive distillate fuel in ECA or install EGCS and continue to burn hi-sulfur heavy fuels.
—Car Carrier Auriga Leader to be Fitted with Hybrid Power Supply System and Ballast-Water Management System, and Adapted to Use Low-Sulfur Fuel — Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line; head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; president: Yasumi Kudo), Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. (KHI; head office: Kobe-shi, Hyogo Prefecture; president: Satoshi Hasegawa), the Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI; head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; president: Yutaka Yasunaga)
Green Tech Marine contracted to deliver four of its scrubber units to the Norwegian Cruise Line ship. The scrubbers will be installed in March during a dry dock in Pearl Harbor Naval shipyard. They will replace the ships silencers and clean the exhaust of four, 8 MW engines, in total 32 MW, in what the manufacturers say is the biggest marine scrubber installation in the world at this time. Thanks to the small size of the scrubbers no valuable space for passengers or crew has to be
A new survey from Moore Stephens finds that vessel operating costs are expected to rise by more than three% in both 2013 and 2014, unwelcome news to shipowners that continue to struggle with low freight rates and over capacity across the oceangoing sectors.
Power Service Products, a producer of diesel fuel additives, launched a website for boat owners at home or at sea: MarineDieselAdditives.com. By EPA mandate, boat owners are required to use Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel, where the sulfur content has been lowered to no more than 15 parts
Implications on U.S. Vessel Design, Construction and Operations The next round of emission regulations will bring significant impacts to the design, construction, and operation of U.S. commercial and government vessels starting in 2014
Washington State Ferries say they are another step closer to significantly reducing fuel costs and transportation emissions by switching a class of vessels from diesel fuel to liquefied natural gas. After more than three years of study, WSF has a plan to safely convert six Issaquah Class
Since January 8, 2009, United States (U.S.) and foreign flagged ships operating in the waters of the U.S. have been subject to MARPOL Annex VI. The Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted amendments to Annex VI and the nitrogen
Unfortunately, it is all too common for gasoline and diesel storage tanks at marinas to contain excess water and other contaminants such as bacteria and debris. These contaminants can be pumped into boaters’ fuel tanks and can cause an engine to shut down or cause permanent damage
Despite a downturn in overall cargo movements through the St. Lawrence Seaway in July (down 12.5% over 2012), new cargos and new vessels signaled continued confidence in the future of the navigation system. Several U.S. ports welcomed a variety of heavy lift cargos destined for projects
The California Air Resources Board has fined three international shipping companies a combined $440,250 for failure to switch from dirty bunker fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur marine distillate fuel upon entering Regulated California Waters, as required by state law.
The Port of Long Beach has cut diesel particulates by 81 percent since 2005, according to an analysis just released. The results for 2012 mark six straight years of improving air quality in the harbor area thanks to the Port's focused efforts to reduce air pollution caused by goods movement
MV Balder, equipped with Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS) from Clean Marine, is reported to be the first vessel in the world to operate this type of system in the U.S. Emission Control Area (ECA). Upon arrival in Baltimore last week, the vessel’s Master sought approval from the coast
The introduction of the electronically controlled camshaft-less low speed diesel engines (ME-range) are a milestone in diesel technology, a milestone that deserves a place in history similar to Rudolf Diesel’s first engine in Augsburg for the 1912 motor vessel Selandia
Jeppesen has launched updated versions of its Voyage and Vessel Optimization Solution (VVOS) and FleetManager software. The functionalities added to Jeppesen’s VVOS Version 2.3 and Jeppesen FleetManager Version 1.4 are a direct result, say the company
Jeppesen has launched updated versions of its Voyage and Vessel Optimization Solution (VVOS) and FleetManager software, providing shipping industry customers with the tools and technologies to thrive in a business environment as changing as the sea.
The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period March 22-September 30 were 23 million metric tons. While this number is down 11% over the same period in 2012, U.S. ports continue to beat the odds with increased tonnage in several cargo categories.
MV Balder, equipped with Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS) from Clean Marine, is reported to be the first vessel in the world to operate this type of system in the U.S. Emission Control Area (ECA). Upon arrival in Baltimore recently, the vessel’s Master sought approval from the coast guard