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Port of LA Wins Global Environmental Award

Port of Los Angeles recognized for emissions reductions, international collaborative efforts. The Port of Los Angeles has received a Lloyd’s List Global Award in the Environment category, an honor recognizing the Port’s environmental leadership in adopting and promoting programs that reduce emissions from maritime sources. The award highlighted several of the Port’s green initiatives and leadership efforts at both the regional and international level, including the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP).  Initiated in 2006, the CAAP established control measures for port-related ships, trains, trucks, terminal equipment and harbor craft, and ties these measures to specific emissions reduction goals.  Two notable CAAP programs are the Clean Truck Program and the Vessel Speed Reduction Incentive Program  which have significantly contributed to emission reductions in and around the Port.
 The Port was also honored for its international collaborative efforts to reduce maritime emissions, including its role in creating the Pacific Ports Clean Air Collaborative (PPCAC), a group of ports, shipping operators, cargo owners, and other stakeholders along the Pacific Rim committed to economic growth in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner


Marine Propulsion:Emission-Reduction Test a Success

New emission reduction technology was recently proven in a joint test with Holland America and RINA. The test was conducted aboard Veendam. Pictured is sistership Zaandam. Reduced emissions from diesel engines at sea has become a rallying cry from legislators to ship owners to diesel engine manufacturers to fuel and additive suppliers. Last month a significant milestone in the fight to reduce emissions was achieved


EPA Offers Up to $9 Million for Emission Reduction Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of up to $9 million through the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program (DERA) for Fiscal Year 2013 for new projects to reduce emissions from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines. The DERA program has significantly improved air quality and provided critical health benefits by reducing air pollution and saving millions of gallons of fuel


CARB: Comment on Modifications to Commercial Harborcraft

The Air Resources Board has posted the 15-Day Notice of Public Availability of Modified Text for the Regulations to Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines on Commercial Harbor Craft Operated Within California Waters and 24 Nautical Miles of the California Baseline. The document and the associated formal regulatory materials can be accessed from our website at the address: http://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2010/chc10/chc10.htm


The eLPP: Lamor’s New Power-Pack

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Lamor Corporation launched its next generation smart eco Lamor Power Pack (eLPP 55-80) at Spillcon in Cairns, Australia. The eLPP is one unit with multiple functions to operate several oil spill response units: skimmers, pumps and boom reels simultaneously, as well as other hydraulically driven equipment with green technology. In staying ahead of new and stricter legislation, Lamor eLPP series has direct intelligent communications between the diesel engine and hydraulic system


Project Seeks to Increase Energy Efficiency in Offshore Shipping

A project has been established to identify energy efficiency and fuel saving initiatives for the offshore shipping industry.  The partnership involves a collaboration of seven Norwegian offshore shipping companies. The Joint Industry Project is called Energy Efficient Offshore Partners, and consists of: BOA Offshore, Eidesvik Offshore, Farstad Shipping, Gulf Offshore Norge, Havila Shipping, Siem Offshore and Solstad Offshore


Transas Eco-Driving Simulator for Rørvik Safety Center

Transas has developed and delivered a new simulator for monitoring fuel consumption and emissions. The customer, Rörvik Safety Center (Norway) has designed a training concept called EcoShip which is supposed to change the mindset of officers and open their eyes to that part of the problem that they can do something about.   EcoShip is a range of courses under the auspices of the Rørvik Safety Center


EPA Grants for Diesel Tech

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regions 9 and 10 have announced a regional competition through the West Coast Collaborative, for more than $5 million to deploy verified or certified clean diesel technologies. The EPA is encouraging all qualified applicants to submit proposals for funding now. It’s part of an initiative to significantly reduce diesel emissions in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and the U.S. Pacific Islands.


Harvey Gulf to Construct First US-Flagged LNGs

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On July 28, 2011, Harvey Gulf International Marine’s Board of Directors approved the construction of the first United States-flagged LNG Offshore Supply Vessels. Harvey Gulf International Marine’s Chairman & CEO Shane J. Guidry stated that this is another example of Harvey Gulf’s commitment to meet its clients' future needs. Guidry also said that a contract will be awarded to a US shipyard on or before August 28, 2011.


Less NOx in New Inland Waterway Tanker

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This summer the MTS Duandra was launched in Benelux as the world’s first semi-hybrid inland waterway tanker built by Shipyard Trico B.V. This ship uses Volvo Penta diesel engines for both propulsion and generator set that helps to reduce emissions significantly. The two standard Volvo Penta D16 MG Gensets on MTS Duandra generate power for on-board electricity, thruster, cargo pumps and two electric engines which are part of the propulsion system.


Cruise Industry Highlights Environmental Efforts

Royal Caribbeans Adventure of the Seas (Photo: CLIA)

In commemoration of Earth Day, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today highlighted the extensive efforts of the cruise industry and CLIA member lines to preserve and protect the environment.   “CLIA member cruise lines continue to invest in systems and technologies


Is Internal Combustion Engine Methane Slip Harmful to the Environment?

Not only the gas engine itself has to considered when one is talking about methane slip, but also the entire supply chain is important to consider.

Tighter regulations on exhaust emissions are prompting rapid change within the global shipping industry. Orders for scrubber systems have soared higher than before, suppliers of emissions monitoring software are rapidly taking increasing orders


U.S. Supreme Court Declines Exxon Mobil Appeal

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ruling against Exxon Mobil Corp that ordered the company to pay $105 million in damages for polluting New York City's groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive. The decision not to hear the case leaves intact a July 2 U.S


Beijing's bid to move polluting firms adds pressure on nearby regions

China's capital has ordered more than 50 companies to shut down this year in an effort to cut pollution but pushing factories out could raise objections in surrounding areas reluctant to host Beijing's polluters. Smog-shrouded Beijing and the surrounding province


New Low-emissions Fuel Patented

Maine Maritime Academy faculty member, Dr. George Harakas, has coauthored a patent with colleague and business partner, Scott Eaton, for glycerol-containing fuel aimed at reducing emissions in large diesel engines. The two are members of the SeaChange Group LLC a private company formed in 2009 to


New Marine Diesel Engine Fuel Patented by College Pair

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Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) apprises that faculty member, Dr. George Harakas, has co-authored a patent with colleague and business partner, Scott Eaton, for glycerol-containing fuel aimed at reducing emissions in large diesel engines. 


DIS Orders Two Newbuild Eco-Tankers

A $73.2 million investment strengthens DIS’ fleet newbuilding strategy d’Amico International Shipping (DIS), an international marine transportation company operating in the product tanker market, announces that its operating subsidiary d’Amico Tankers Limited (Ireland) entered


Rolls-Royce Wins Heyerdahl Award

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Rolls-Royce has been awarded the maritime Heyerdahl Award 2014. The award was presented by His Majesty King Harald at the Norwegian Shipowners’ Associations Annual Conference in Oslo March 31. The award goes to the Environship Concept


MARAD Study: Renewable Diesel Reduces Emissions, No Harm to Performance

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MARAD study shows renewable diesel fuel reduces emissions without impacting engine performance. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has recently completed tests of renewable biofuel technology onboard the training ship State of Michigan. The project was part of a MARAD initiative to conduct


Navy Research Vessel Launched with Siemens Propulsion

February 22 marked the launch of Neil Armstrong, the first of two Navy oceanographic research vessels to be launched with Siemens Blue multi-drive low voltage system. Neil Armstrong was launched in Anacortes, Washington. Siemens said the use of Siemens Blue improves the vessels reliability due


Ingram Barge to Participate in EPA’s SmartWay

Ingram Barge Company announced its participation in the new Barge Freight component of the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a public-private partnership between the U.S. Government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the country’s leading private industry freight carriers and


Asia's First LNG Powered Tugs Ordered

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Rolls-Royce announced that it has won an order from Chinese state oil company CNOOC, to power Asia’s first gas powered tug. The order is for two tugs to be built at the Zhenjiang shipyard in Jiangsu, China, with an option for an additional two


ABB to Supply Energy Management Systems to Spain-Balearics Ferry

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Power and automation technology group ABB informs it has won an order from Spanish ferry operator Baleària to supply energy management systems for one of its largest vessels. It is expected that the system will improve vessel’s fuel efficiency over 2 per cent.


ABB Energy Management System for Baleària Ferry

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Power and automation technology group ABB has won an order from Spanish ferry operator Baleària to supply energy management systems for one of its largest vessels. ABB’s advisory software will be installed onboard the ferry Martin i Soler


Several Companies Shortlisted for Heyerdahl Award

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Solstad Offshore ASA, Rolls Royce Marine, Norled AS and Maersk Line have been shortlisted for the prestigious Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award 2014. The prize recognizes candidates from the shipping industry that have made an outstanding contribution to the environment


 
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