Ro-Ro Specific EEDI Approval Welcomed by Interferry

Press Release/Interferry
Monday, May 20, 2013

A sector-specific Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ro-ro cargo & ro-pax vessels has been agreed by the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee – MEPC 65.

Formal approval was confirmed late on Friday (May 17) for an Interferry-backed modification that will take effect from 2016 as an alternative to the ‘one-size-fits-all’ standard EEDI formula in force since January this year for tankers, bulk carriers and container ships.
 
The standard formula was agreed at MEPC 62 in 2011 but short sea operators objected that it did not address the sector’s specialised power requirements and widely varying ship types.  They were granted a two-year extension to develop fairer solutions after arguing that the standard version focused on reducing design speed rather than optimising vessel design – an approach that Interferry says would have strangled the ability to replace ships in the host of markets that compete with road transport.     
 
The design-based modified formula adopted last week follows intensive cooperation between Sweden, Germany, the European shipbuilders association CESA and Interferry on ro-ro and ro-pax measures, while work on other short sea segments was led by flag states including The Netherlands.  
 
Johan Roos, Interferry’s executive director of EU and IMO affairs, says of the achievement: “It is highly positive that a relatively small sector of the global shipping industry has been able to come together and provide the detailed technical expertise needed to demonstrate a feasible way forward.  We would like to acknowledge that several flag states, which also include Belgium and Finland, have gone out of their way to develop a sustainable solution.      
 
“Interferry never challenged the objective of the proposed regulation - not least because greater fuel efficiency is at the top of every ferry company’s agenda - but it was vital to recognise that deep sea and short sea shipping are very different industries.”
 
Mr Roos stressed that the new EEDI would add a layer of complexity in the ship design process - fuel efficiency will be required to improve by 5% over existing designs from 2016, by at least 20% from 2020 and by a minimum of 30% from 2030.  “Future ro-ro and ro-pax designs will have to be extremely innovative and advanced to meet these strict reduction requirements,” he concluded, “but the MEPC 65 outcome is the best way to further improve the design and energy efficiency of new ferries while allowing them to remain competitive.”    
 

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

Shipbuilding

Maersk Line CEO: 11 New Ships Likely in Q2 2015

Maersk is considering ordering 11 container megaships in the second quarter of 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported today. "We need to grow with the market and increase our capacity by 425,

Drying Cabinets Handy On Board Nexus

In 2014, Pronomar equipped Van Oord’s offshore cable laying vessel Nexus with three drying cabinets, each responsible for the drying of eight sets of workwear.

Keels Laid for Two Aluminum OSVs

Triangle Marine Services and Marine Core & Charter host keel laying ceremony for two Aluminum Fast Offshore Support Vessels   UAE-based shipbuilder Triangle Marine

Environmental

RoRo Ship Enters Operation for WWL

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics welcomes into operation the M/V Thermopylae, the first of its new generation of Post Panamax HERO (High Efficiency RoRo) PCTC vessels.

Maersk Publishes Sustainability Report

Having launched a new sustainability strategy last year, the Maersk Group has published its 2014 sustainability report, covering aspects of the group’s 2014 sustainability

Lysblink Seaways to Be Towed to Shelter

Cargo ship Lysblink Seaways, which ran aground on Scotland’s west coast February 18, will be transported to shelter this afternoon after a successful ship-to-ship

News

Drying Cabinets Handy On Board Nexus

In 2014, Pronomar equipped Van Oord’s offshore cable laying vessel Nexus with three drying cabinets, each responsible for the drying of eight sets of workwear.

NATO Maritime Commander Visits IMO Antipiracy Training

NATO Maritime Commander Vice Admiral Peter Hudson, CBE Royal Navy, visited the two-week Advanced Maritime Law Enforcement/Training of Trainers course taking place

Electronics Retrofit for Taiwanese Research Vessel

L-3 SAM Electronics has been awarded a contract to retrofit propulsion control and automation systems aboard the Taiwanese Navy’s Ta Kuan hydrographic and oceanographic research vessel.

Ferries

Rolls-Royce to Power Zhuhai Ferries

Rolls-Royce has been selected to supply waterjets and high speed MTU diesel engines to power two new aluminium catamaran fast ferries for Chinese ferry operator

More Bodies Found in Bangladesh Ferry Disaster

Nine bodies were retrieved from a river in central Bangladesh on Wednesday, said Harun-ur Rashid, a regional police official, bringing to 79 the number of people

New Ferry Built for Washington, Oregon

New larger ferry Oscar B will replace the Wahkiakumon on Washington-Oregon route   Construction of the steel-hulled, aluminum superstructure ferry M/V Oscar B

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators 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: 0.2660 sec (4 req/sec)