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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.


GreenSteam Optimizer to Display at SMM

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As a developer of marine fuel efficiency and optimization systems, GreenSteam will showcase its fuel saving GreenSteam Optimizer in the Danish pavilion at SMM in Hamburg, September 2014. Making good decisions on board based on sound and accurate data is the basis for efficient operation of any vessel. GreenSteam Optimizer is an onboard decision support system that is an adaptive, data-driven solution, helping the master to make the right decisions.


Fuel-Saving New Tidal Model of Malacca Straits

Image courtesy of Tidetech

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


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


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


Hull Cleaning Solutions from Subsea

Subsea solutions Hull Cleaning machine.

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


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


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.


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


Liberian Registry Launches Green Ship Initiative

Scott Bergeron (Photo courtesy: Liberian Registry)

“We have launched a new initiative to help shipowners improve their green credentials and meet other corporate social responsibilities," said Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the registry


KR Launches Software to Aid ECA Compliance

The Korean Register (KR) has launched an in-house developed software program to assist vessels with fuel oil change over when complying with the new low sulphur regulations.    From January 1, MARPOL Annex VI Reg 14 requires vessels sailing within an emission control area (ECA) to burn


MAN Diesel & Turbo: Power Play

“A great part of our current strategy is the expansion of our dual-fuel concept and the development of engines that satisfy every industrial niche and have the potential to run on a growing variety of fuel types.” Ole Grøne,  SVP, Low-Speed Promotion and Sales

MAN Diesel & Turbo has developed a lead in the supply of modern engines with dual fuel capability. Here we speak with the company’s Ole Grøne, SVP, Low-Speed Promotion and Sales, for his insights on the company’s future trajectory.


NASSCO Cuts Steel on APT "ECO Tanker"

Kevin Graney, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics NASSCO. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

General Dynamics NASSCO started construction of another ship in its commercial shipbuilding backlog, starting construction of a second “ECO” tanker to be built for American Petroleum Tankers at a steel cutting ceremony in its San Diego shipyard. U.S. Rep


Caterpillar Completes 1st Dual Fuel Engine Retrofit

Dual fuel marine engine, the MaK M 46 DF

Caterpillar Marine successfully completed the commercial marine industry’s first dual fuel engine retrofit conversion in hull. Performed in under six weeks, Caterpillar Marine along with Cat dealer Bolier, completed an in hull retrofit onboard the Coral Anthelia


Sustainability Report: Carnival Ahead of Emissions Goal

Photo: Carnival

Carnival Corporation & plc released a report today detailing its sustainability efforts, including initiatives which enabled the company to meet its corporate goal to reduce its rate of CO2 emissions from shipboard operations by 20 percent, a year ahead of its initial plan


Cat Unveils MaK M 25 E Platform

MaK M25 E

Caterpillar Marine launched the MaK M 25 E engine platform at SMM, an engine platform developed for state-of-the-art vessel designs with an emphasis on fuel savings. Key product features include optimized engine performance as well as an efficient part load range


HVAC Systems: The Stealthy Drain on Energy Efficiency

The utiliVisor control center.

“Set it and forget it” may work well for rotisserie cookers, but that approach can be disastrous for shipboard HVAC systems. It’s not uncommon to find that the last time an HVAC system’s settings were checked on board is when it is was first set – upon installation


New Solutions for Electric Ship Propulsion

The green chimney when starting a generator set

Start-stop function combined with variable generator speed   For many years the start-stop function has become a common feature on automotive engines to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions. But the saving potential is much larger with onboard electrical power supply and propulsion


GAO: Ending Crude Export Ban Could Ease 'Price at the Pump'

As the energy profile of the U.S. continues to improve and evolve daily, fresh debate in favor of exporting oil and gas products -- which would have a significant impact on the U.S. Maritime Trade -- are gaining steam. A new report from the Government Accounting Office (GAO) will surely add fuel


Wärtsilä Bags Wagenborg's Maintenance Contract

Multipurpose Dry Cargo Carrier Adriaticborg is one of the Wagenborgs 15 vessels under Wärtsilä maintenance

Wärtsilä and Wagenborg Shipping B.V. have signed in June 2014 a six-year Maintenance Agreement for fifteen of Wagenborg's dry cargo carriers. Under the agreement Wärtsilä will provide all maintenance planning and services for the installed engines and propulsion systems with


Fujifilm Debuts Silicone Fouling Release System

Fujifilm Smart Surfaces said its latest silicone fouling-release system solution will help save fuel and time during drydocking, helping tackle indigenous and invasive species that continue to propagate rapidly, infesting multiple waters and causing vast ecological and economic damage.


DSME Orders GTT Membranes for 2 LNGCs

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Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), received an order for two Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGCs) to be built by the Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine


GreenSteam Optimizer

GreenSteam Optimizer

GreenSteam Optimizer is an onboard decision support system that is an adaptive, data-driven solution, helping the master to make the right decisions. Achieving maximum fuel efficiency means operating at the most efficient speed using as little fuel as possible


Carnival Plans to Save 1 Billion Gallons of Fuel

Photo: Carnival

Carnival Corporation’s multiyear Fuel Conservation Program expected to save more than one billion gallons of fuel and $2.5 billion in fuel costs, while reducing carbon emissions by 12 billion kilograms by the end of 2014; fleet of over 100 ships will see 24 percent improvement in fuel






 
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