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WSF Officers Save Fuel, Win Presidential Award

Washington State Department of Transportation’s Ferries Division employees devised a plan that saved US$700,000 a year. Crew members of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Ferries Division won the President’s Transportation Award for water transportation and were recognized for their exemplary service to save fuel on the Edmonds/Kingston ferry route. Beginning in 2010, three WSF employees – Staff Chief Engineer Mark Nitchman, Captain John Tullis and retired Captain Bill Chapple – collaborated to identify a method to save fuel on one of the largest vessels in the system, the 202-car, 2,500-passenger Puyallup, serving the Edmonds/Kingston route. The Edmonds/Kingston route is 5.2 miles one way and is one of the most well-traveled routes in the system, serving more than 3.8 million riders and more than 2 million vehicles in 2011.   “Thanks to the ingenuity of these employees, WSF found a way to conserve fuel and save money without sacrificing on-time performance or a commitment to customer service,” said Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond.   The employees studied the effect of vessel speed on fuel consumption and suggested revised throttle settings to maximize fuel efficiency. Following a successful pilot project, WSDOT management adopted and implemented their suggestion, which is now the operating standard for the vessels on the route


Billett Manages New AWT London Office

Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT) anounced the hiring of a European sales manager, Bob Billett, and the opening of a new London office. AWT’s ship routing and voyage optimization technologies enhance safety by helping ship Captains and fleet managers to avert severe weather and sea conditions, and reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by identifying the most fuel-efficient routes to their destinations.


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


First Marine Application for New Generation TCS-PTG

Reederei Horst Zeppenfeld orders two TCS-PTG units for 2 × 4,700 TEU container vessels.

MAN Diesel & Turbo received an order for two Turbo Compound Systems including Power Turbine and Generator (TCS-PTG) from Samjin Shipbuilding in Weihai, China. The TCS-PTGs will be employed aboard two 4,700 TEU container vessels currently under construction, operated by German shipowner Reederei Horst Zeppenfeld, each powered by individual MAN B&W 6S80ME-C9.2 low-speed engines. The order includes an option for two extra vessels


Evergreen Line's Newest Containership Named

Ever Lambent, the first L-type containership in the Evergreen Line fleet.

Ever Lambent Named in Korea. Ever Lambent, the first L-type containership in the Evergreen Line fleet, was christened by Evergreen Group Chairman and founder Dr. Chang Yung-fa at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard. The ceremonial rope cutting for the new 8,452-TEU vessel was performed by Mrs. Lee Yu-mei. The ceremony was attended by dignitaries from Taiwan and abroad.   Ever Lambent, meaning shining or sparkling, is 334 meters in length, 45


Fuel-Saving New Tidal Model of Malacca Straits

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A new high-resolution tidal model for the Malacca and Singapore Straits will potentially save ships thousands of dollars in bunker fuel costs. Simulations have shown that transit time savings of between three and 12 per cent can be made depending on vessel type, speed and tidal phase. The high-resolution (up to 800m) Malacca and Singapore Straits commercial tidal model, developed by applied oceanography specialist Tidetech


Northrop Grumman Delivers Aegis Destroyer

Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered its 16th Aegis guided missile destroyer, Shoup, to the U.S. Navy, this time using streamlined testing that saved fuel, time and personnel costs. Shoup is the first Aegis destroyer to have only one at-sea trial, which was followed by a second trial held pier-side, marking the first time in the history of the company's Ingalls Operations that this system has been used. Previously


Hull Cleaning Solutions from Subsea

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Subsea Solutions Alliance begins Environmentally Friendly Hull Cleaning.   The global shipping industry remains stuck between international and regional regulatory requirements and efficient cost effective ship operations. Environmentalists continue to keep ships in the spotlight by focusing their attacks on the air pollution produced by ships. Regional and local port authorities remain focused on keeping their waters free of invasive species and metals like copper


Marine Propulsion Wind-power Assessment

Lloyd’s Register Strategic Research Group with Zodiac, & Totempower start a wind energy monitoring project as industry looks to improve fuel efficiency Lloyd’s Register’s Strategic Research Group has joined forces with Totempower Energy Systems and Zodiac Maritime Agencies to assess the potential of wind-generation devices onboard commercial ships as the maritime industry steps up its pursuit of viable carbon-alternate fuels.


Bulk Carrier Wind Project Concluded

Zodiac’s bulk carrier Cape Flamingo was the focus of a wind energy monitoring project, as the project partners investigated the potential to improve fuel efficiency. In 2012 Lloyd’s Register’s Strategic Research Group joined forces with Totempower Energy Systems to support Zodiac Maritime Agencies in assessing the potential for wind-generation devices to be placed onboard commercial ships. Last year, a fully autonomous wind-monitoring system


OW Bunker Launches Australia Operations

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OW Bunker, a physical distributor and reseller of marine fuels, announced the launch of a physical distribution operation in Australia. The move is part of OW Bunker’s strategy to further expand the company’s global physical distribution presence in key locations for customers


DNV GL Building Service Targets Fuel Efficiency

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DNV GL launched a new service named Build2Design to help shipyards and shipowners improve the fuel economy of their ships by reducing variations in their building process. Significant improvements have been achieved in the design of more fuel-efficient ships in recent years


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


Reduce Fuel Bills without Going to Drydock

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Propeller buffing is a new technique that aims to keep propellers in optimum condition. The process is not conventional propeller polishing, but a service developed and delivered only by Hydrex. Routine propeller buffing can save 5% from the fuel bill, Hydrex said


Blowing in the “Vind”

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Vindskip that is, a new ship shape claiming 60% Fuel Savings Norway is no stranger to maritime innovation, as the small Scandinavian country with a population just north of five million (according to most recent statistics from the World Bank) has a strong historical and current affinity towards


Bore, NAPA & ClassNK Team for Energy Consumption Study

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Saving energy on fleet operations is a top line concern for every vessel owner, large and small. 110-year-old Finnish shipowner Bore teamed with NAPA and ClassNK to help identify energy waste on not only its ships operating today, but those planned for tomorrow.


Damen Quick Docking/Fuel Saving Package

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Damen Shiprepair & Conversion developed a new product, the Quick Docking/Fuel Saving package, offering owners a fast and low-cost additional docking with the sole aim of reducing fuel consumption in between the five-year statutory survey period


Underwater PBCF Installations Bring Fuel Savings

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Last month Hydrex installed  Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF) on two tankers during their respective stops in Ghent and Antwerp. As a result of the underwater operation, the ships will not have to wait for their next drydock visit to start benefitting from the fuel savings the PBCF’s will


Sustainable Marine Energy Lab Established in Japan

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KEI System Ltd (KEI) and Eco Marine Power (EMP) have jointly established the Aquarius Innovation Lab in Osaka, Japan, which includes an indoor test centre plus an outdoor area for evaluating the performance of hardware such as solar panels, rigid sails & wind power devices.


Study: FloScan Reduces Commercial Fishing Operation Costs

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FloScan announced the latest in a series of Case Studies detailing how their fuel computer systems are being used in a real world commercial environment. FloScan systems were chosen by a leading group of researchers in New England to identify ways to reduce the operating overhead of commercial


Liquid Fuels to Remain Energy of Choice to 2040 Forecasts Study

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The world will require all forms of energy over the next quarter century to meet a greater than one-third increase in demand that will be driven by population growth, improved living standards and expanded urbanization, according to ExxonMobil ’s newly-released ‘Outlook for Energy: A


Study: Big Savings from Emissions Monitoring

Ship owners could save up to €9m with advanced emissions monitoring. Advanced emissions monitoring of large ships calling at EU ports could help save owners and operators of large ships up to €9 million/year, according to a new study published by sustainable transport group T&E


Bureau Veritas, HydrOcean Provide CFD Services

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International classification society Bureau Veritas has entered into a technical and commercial cooperation agreement with French hydrodynamic specialist HydrOcean. Under the agreement, HydrOcean will provide advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) services to BV’s shipping and offshore


Waste Heat Recovery Advances

Picture of the 80 MW extension of the Miraflores Power Plant in Panama featuring two 12K80MC-S engines and two TCS-PTG22 turbo-compound systems by MAN Diesel & Turbo

With the recent commissioning of two TCS-PTG22 units at the Miraflores Power Plant in Panama and the successful factory acceptance test of a TCS-PTG20 unit for a 4,700 TEU container vessel ordered by Reederei Horst Zeppenfeld – the second such unit to be installed on board a second such


Harvey Gulf Breaks Ground with LNG Facility

Artists Depiction: the Harvey Gulf LNG Fuleing facility in Port Fourchon, LA.

Louisiana out in front on LNG bunkering infrastructure. New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf International Marine (HGIM) has announced the ground breaking of construction on its $25 million Phase 1, Slip B, LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) fueling facility at their Port Fourchon, LA terminal


 
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