Interferry Specialist to Fuel Debate on Eco-issues

Monday, August 22, 2011
Johan Roos, Interferry Executive director of EU and IMO Affairs

Emissions control and alternative fuels will be among the headline topics at Interferry’s 36th annual conference – providing a high-profile platform for the trade association’s newly appointed specialist on maritime policy and regulations.


The conference takes place in Barcelona from October 3-6, just a month after Stena group director of sustainability Johan Roos starts work as Interferry’s executive director of European Union and IMO affairs.  
Up to 300 top-rank delegates are expected to hear how Roos - working from a dedicated new office in Brussels – will oversee monitoring and lobbying activities to increase the ferry industry’s influence on crucial areas of governance.
 

As one of more than 40 speakers addressing operational and regulatory challenges, he will outline strategy on a string of environmental issues currently alarming ferry operators.  Major concerns include the Energy Efficiency Design Index, which Interferry argues is unworkable for ferry operations; Market Based Measures such as a bunker levy or emissions trading, which the association says needs further thought; and the IMO mandate for 0.1% sulphur fuel in Environmental Control Areas from 2015 - which the industry fears could prompt an environmentally damaging modal shift of cargo from ferries to road haulage.

 
“We need to see if the sulphur regulation can be altered to compensate for the potential modal shift, and whether it can be delayed or phased in to allow for supply constraints with low sulphur fuel,” says Roos.  “At the same time, we need to consider the options for ferries in dealing with existing and future environmental requirements.” Options ranging from gas-powered ships to scrubber technology will feature in several other conference sessions.  The rules and safety challenges of low-emissions LNG-fuelled ships will be examined by DNV’s Torill Grimstad Osberg.  She was project approval coordinator for the world’s first LNG ferry in 2000 and is now involved in developing an international code at the IMO.


Raimon Strunck of Germany’s Flensburger will describe how work on the IMO code can be helped by a research and development project between the yard, gas handling specialist TGE and engine manufacturer MAN.  
“The prejudice still exists that a lack of regulations for LNG-fuelled ships makes it difficult to design and construct LNG-fuelled ro-ro and ro-pax vessels but that’s not true,” he stresses.  “By extensive use of state-of-the-art risk analysis methods, we have found some very pragmatic solutions for first-generation LNG-fuelled vessels and developed them to ready-for-contract level.”


Fjord Line’s Ingvald Fardal will explain why the Norwegian operator decided to build two medium-sized LNG-powered ro-pax ferries.  “We concluded that quality secondhand tonnage prices were not falling while newbuilding prices were falling a lot,” he recalls.  “Secondhand tonnage upgraded to meet new emission regulations then had to be compared to newbuilding costs.  This involved a comparison of LNG vs MGO vs HFO with scrubbers, before the LNG option was further analysed with respect to production and supply capabilities, bunkering, relative prices and present and future regulations.”
 

Per Stefenson of Stena will discuss an innovative combination of methanol and Di-Methyl-Ether that he says “may prove to be a technical and economical winner when it comes to retrofitting of existing ships to operate in emission control areas”.  The company recently launched a demonstration project with Danish company Haldor Topsoe in which methanol is reformed to DME to power an auxiliary engine – overcoming the problems of using either fuel separately.  In addition to hardware development, the project will assess safety procedures for a full-scale ship application.
 

Wärtsilä’s Oskar Levander will demonstrate why the right choice of fuel and related technology is far from straightforward.  “The technically easy solution is just to buy the low sulphur fuels - no ship modifications are needed – but the cost of these fuels is already very high and expected to increase further as the demand for distillate fuels will increase overnight in 2015,” he warns. “Payback times on scrubbers are short with today’s price difference between MGO and HFO, but there are still only few vessels that have actually installed them.  LNG is clearly the best environmental option but the question is more about the availability and local cost.”


Other conference topics range from training, safety and ship management to maintenance and insurance, while developments in Spain feature among sessions on global operations. Interferry president Luis Mora, managing director of FRS Iberia, will welcome Spanish transport secretary Isaius Taboas and the director general of the merchant navy, Isabel Durantez. They will be followed by representatives from Acciona Trasmediterannea and the Barcelona and Algeciras port authorities with updates on energy efficiency, Strait of Gibraltar services and Mediterranean ro-ro traffic.   

Maritime Reporter January 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Zamakona, Finnish GS-Hydro Ink Deal

The presentation ceremony of the Finnish multinational leader in water services GS-Hydro, new partner of Zamakona Yards in Canarias was held yesterday (January 29th at 7 p.

Naval EXPO Coming to Washington

For the first time ever, the general public will be admitted free to the Naval Future Force Science and Technology EXPO general exhibit hall Feb. 4-5 where they

Adani Group Revamps Businesses

Adani Enterprises Limited together with its subsidiaries Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (“APSEZ”) and Adani Power Limited (“APL”) today announced

Shipbuilding

Imabari to Build 20,000TEU Containerships

Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. announced it has secured newbuild orders with the cooperation of Marubeni Corporation for 11 units of 20,000TEU Ultra-Large Container Carriers,

SSI Launches ShipConstructor 2015 R2.1

SSI has today released ShipConstructor 2015 R2.1 software.   The software release comes in response to emerging ship design, engineering and building trends as

HII Acquires Engineering Solutions Division

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has acquired the Engineering Solutions Division of The Columbia Group, a designer and builder of unmanned underwater vehicles

Finance

Adani Group Revamps Businesses

Adani Enterprises Limited together with its subsidiaries Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (“APSEZ”) and Adani Power Limited (“APL”) today announced

PHA Budgets $ 275 mi for Capital Improvements

In 2015, the Port of Houston Authority has budgeted $275 million for various capital improvement projects. About $184 million is being allocated to its container

Shippers Must Monitor Greek Government Changes

Moore Stephens says shipping must monitor developments in wake of Greek government change   International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens says

Environmental

Congestion is Port of Long Beach’s Toughest Issue

Slangerup’s State of the Port address outlines goals for Energy Island, smarter supply chain   In his first-ever State of the Port address, Port of Long Beach

BOEM Issues Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), announces the availability of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

European Shipping Week Announces Speakers

Adam Goldstein, President and COO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Pierfrancesco Vago, Chairman of CLIA Europe and Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, and Paolo Tonon,

Energy

Adani Group Revamps Businesses

Adani Enterprises Limited together with its subsidiaries Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (“APSEZ”) and Adani Power Limited (“APL”) today announced

Chevron Scraps 2015 Share Repurchase Program

Chevron Corp halted its 2015 share repurchase program on Friday, a move to conserve cash amid tumbling oil prices.   The company's shares extended loses on the news,

BOEM Issues Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), announces the availability of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

Fuels & Lubes

Marquette Transportation Reportedly for Sale

Marquette Transportation Company LLC, a U.S. towboat operator, is exploring a sale that could value it at more than $1 billion and has attracted the interest of

Tohoku Electric's LNG Buy Sets Asian Spot Level

Japanese utility Tohoku Electric has purchased an LNG cargo for delivery in the third week of March at a price in the low $7 per million British thermal unit (mmBtu) range,

Cosco Profits Boosted by Low Fuel Prices

China Cosco Holdings ended 2014 in profitable territory, growing its net earnings by 50 percent to $56 million on the back of cost cuts, improved revenue and lower bunker fuel prices.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2530 sec (4 req/sec)