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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wärtsilä EnergoProFin for CPP, FPP

Wärtsilä EnergoProFin energy saving solution increases propeller efficiency and creates fuel savings of up to five percent. Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä EnergoProFin is a state-of-the-art energy saving solution that increases propeller efficiency and creates fuel savings of up to five percent. The solution is now available for both controllable pitch propellers (CPP) as well as fixed pitch propellers (FPP), yielding the same results in both propeller options. Offering the solution for technologically more challenging CPPs was previously considered impossible in the industry, but is now made possible due to development work by the Wärtsilä hydrodynamics team.

Hybrid Ferry uses Energy Storage System from Corvus Energy

The MV Copenhagen Photo Scandlines

Scandlines has named their newest hybrid ferry, the M/V Copenhagen. As part of Scandlines’ ambitious environmental strategy, the new hybrid ferry will join the world’s largest fleet of hybrid ferries, utilizing a low emission and fuel saving diesel electric hybrid propulsion system powered by a Corvus Energy ESS (Energy Storage System). The M/V Copenhagen is the sixth Scandlines hybrid ferry to utilize a Corvus ESS. This new hybrid ferry will soon join its sister ship M/V Berlin, also powered by a Corvus ESS, in servicing the crossing between Rostock, Germany and Gedser, Denmark.

PBES, Høglund Marine Join Forces

Høglund Marine Automation offers PBES energy storage to marine customers Photo PBES

PBES and Høglund Marine Automation today announced a partnership agreement to industrial quality energy storage for hybrid and fully electric commercial marine vessels. The partnership agreement underscores the on-going green shift that is now occurring in the commercial marine industry. Leading marine controls and automation company Høglund sees the future. Commercial vessels increasingly rely on automation in day-to-day operation. In keeping with their cutting edge thinking and innovative designs, adding energy storage maximizes efficiency potential and environmental stewardship together.

Maersk, DONG in Talks over $10 Bln Oil Merger

File photo: DONG Energy

Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk and DONG Energy are in talks to merge their oil and gas operations in a deal that would create a business worth more than $10 billion including debt, sources familiar with the matter said. Maersk is working with Bank of America on the potential deal, while JP Morgan is assisting Dong Energy, said the people, who cautioned there is no certainty the parties would come to terms. Maersk said in September it planned to merge or spin-off its energy assets as part of a major restructuring and instead focus on its core transport and logistics businesses.

DNV GL Assists John Laing in Horath Onshore Wind Farm

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DNV GL, the world largest resource of independent energy experts, has assisted John Laing, a leading international originator, investor and manager of infrastructure projects, in its investment in the onshore wind farm Horath Wind Farm in Germany. DNV GL conducted technical due diligence on the new asset with a focus on verifying its estimated energy yield. The work follows on from a long collaboration between the two companies, including DNV GL’s due diligence support work for John Laing’s recent acquisition of the 89.1 MW Klettwitz Wind Farm, one of Germany’s largest onshore wind farms.

WE Tech Expands Into Australia

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WE Tech Solutions (WE Tech), an energy efficiency solutions provider in the marine industry, and The Switch, a technology specialist of permanent magnet machines for advanced marine drive trains, have been chosen to deliver their permanent magnet shaft generator solution to Australian Toll Shipping for a series of two 12,000 dwt RORO vessels. The Sinotrans & CSC affiliated Jinling Shipyard in China will build the ships. Delivery of advanced equipment solution from WE Tech and The Switch will commence in August 2017.

Scandlines’ New Hybrid Ferry Named MV Copenhagen

(Photo: Peter Therkildsen / Scandlines)

The second of Scandlines’ two new hybrid ferries for the Rostock-Gedser route was named M/V Copenhagen during a ceremony at the Danish shipyard FAYARD A/S on October 28, 2016. In his speech to the some 180 guests in attendance, Thomas Andersen, CEO of FAYARD A/S, thanked Scandlines for the confidence which the shipping company has shown the yard and he compared the new ferry with Hans Christian Andersen’s ugly duckling that finally turned into a beautiful swan. The new ferry M/V Copenhagen…

Refining Capacity Growth to Exceed Demand Until 2020 -Forecast

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Until 2020, global refining will move toward lower utilization and margins as capacity growth exceeds demand, according to energy industry data and analytics specialist McKinsey Energy Insights (MEI). Post-2020, however, market conditions are expected to improve with higher demand for distillates due to marine pollution (MARPOL) regulations. MEI’s latest Global Downstream Outlook notes the last two years have seen major shifts as a result of falling crude price, a subsequent rise in global product demand and the fuel / oil balance.

Innovation for Sustainable Transport

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

A UN conference has highlighted the importance of technology and innovation in ensuring sustainable transport for all. International Maritime Organization (IMO)  was present at the UN’s first ever Global Sustainable Transport Conference, held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (26-27 November). Concluding the two-day conference with the so-called ‘Ashgabat Statement’, participants stressed the need to promote the integration of science, technology and innovation into sustainable transport systems by tapping into technological opportunities in the decades to come…

Offshore Deepwater Rebound?

Photographer: Øyvind Hagen/Statoil

Statoil was awarded blocks 1 and 3 in the Saline Basin in the Deepwater exploration tender in the Mexican Round 1. The blocks cover an area of about 5,650 km2 (18,500 square miles) in the largely unexplored deepwater areas of the Saline Basin. Statoil will be the operator of blocks 1 and 3, at 33.4% equity, with partners BP and Total participating equally with the remaining equity. The licences were awarded in a competitive bid round. A total of 10 deepwater blocks were on offer, with four in the Perdido Area and six in the Saline Basin.

DNV GL Certificates Support Envision

Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL has issued full type certificates for Envision’s 2.3 MW turbine EN115-2.3. and 3.0 MW turbine EN120-3.0. This is an important milestone for the smart energy solution provider to compete in international wind energy markets. These certificates confirm that both turbines comply with all the requirements of the global IEC 61400-22 standard ensuring safety and reliability of wind turbines and wind farms. Due to large investments in the wind industry, financing banks, insurance companies and authorities require reliability and safety assessments of wind energy projects.

Thailand Ups Long-term LNG Imports Due to Coal Plant Delays

Thailand is increasing its planned long-term imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to meet rising demand after delays to the construction of coal-fired power plants, a senior official at energy ministry said on Wednesday. Energy policy makers have revised their target of LNG imports to 17.4 million tonnes in 2022 and reaching 34 million tonnes a year by 2036, up from earlier planned 23 million tonnes, Twarath Sutabutr, Director-General of the ministry's Energy Policy and Planning Office, told a news conference. "Natural gas supplies in the Gulf of Thailand will drop in the future. Thailand needs to accelerate LNG imports," Twarath said, adding the plan was subject to final approval from the national energy policy committee next month.

Hurricane Exercise option over Drilling Rig

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Hurricane Energy, the UK-based oil and gas company focused on hydrocarbon resources in naturally fractured basement reservoirs, announces that, further to the rig contract amendments entered into with Transocean, the Company exercised its option over the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling rig on 25 November 2016 in order to drill the Halifax prospect. The Halifax well will be drilled after completion of the Lincoln well. A further announcement will be made once the Halifax well has been spudded.  

Sustainable Development Goals for the Oceans

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The role of the marine industry in supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals was addressed at the 2016 World Ocean Council Sustainable Ocean Summit in Rotterdam, Netherlands (30 November-2 December). International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Theofanis Karayannis gave an insight into how the Organization supports ocean sustainability, including work to mitigate climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions form ships and IMO’s work to address biofouling and the transport of potentially invasive aquatic species.

Majo Appointed President of Civitavecchia, Gaeta and Fiumicino Port Authority

Francesco Maria di Majo is Counsel in the corporate group, based in Rome Photo WFW

International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW“) is delighted to announce that Rome corporate Counsel Francesco Maria di Majo has been appointed president of the prestigious Port Authority of Civitavecchia, Gaeta and Fiumicino (Lazio Region, Italy). The appointment was confirmed today by Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Mr Graziano Delrio, following approval from the Italian Chamber of Deputies’ Transport Commission on 15 November 2016. The Port Authority of Civitavecchia…

World Fuel Services Prepares for Global Sulphur Cap

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From 1 January 2020, a new global sulphur cap on marine fuels will come into effect which will turn the whole bunker industry upside down; and World Fuel Services is urging the shipping, bunkering and energy sectors to work together to meet this new challenge. The 2020 deadline for the new 0.50% cap, which is a significant reduction on the 3.50% global limit currently in force, was confirmed at the 70th session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC). This will be a huge undertaking but it is not unexpected.

Genscape Increases US Inland Waterways Coverage

Photo: Genscape

Genscape, a provider of real-time data and intelligence for the global commodity and energy markets, has announced the complete integration of more than 400 terrestrial AIS antennas in North America, providing an unprecedented level of data accuracy and visibility into ship movements in the U.S. Genscape’s private monitoring network covers every commercial port in the U.S., and over 90 percent of U.S. inland waterways, including extensive coverage of key regions such as the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, and the Gulf Coast.

Op/Ed: Obama’s Parting Salvo at US Energy Security

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

Randall Luthi, President of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), does not pull any punches as he weighs in on the Obama administration’s release of the Final 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The good news is we now have an offshore leasing plan for the next five years that includes a schedule for regular oil and gas sales in the Gulf of Mexico. The bad news is it is only half a plan. Offshore energy development is a vital part of the U.S. economy, providing jobs, energy security and much needed government revenue.

COSCO Shipping, DEME Signs Umbrella Agreement

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The Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME and COSCO Shipping - the largest shipping company in the world - will work closely on the development of offshore wind energy in China. The umbrella agreement was signed today in the presence of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. The attendance of both Heads of Government signifies the importance of the cooperation agreement and the Chinese vision concerning the transition to renewable energy.

Subsea Industries Opens UK Office

Subsea Industries has strengthened its presence in the U.K.’s maritime and renewable energy sectors with opening up of a dedicated marine and offshore coatings office in the U.K. and the appointment of coatings specialist Mark Woods as its U.K.-based technical representative. The new office forms part of Subsea Industries’ wider growth strategy to meet increased demand for the company’s award-winning non-toxic hard coatings. As accounting manager, Woods will head up Chelmsford-based Subsea Industries U.K., with responsibility for sales growth across the company’s complete portfolio of marine coatings. However, the company is actively recruiting sales representatives for other locations.

S.Arabia Costructs Huge Shibuilding Complex

Khalid Al-Falih Photo: MIT News Office, part of the Office of Communications

A Reuters report quoting  Saudi Arabia's energy minister Khalid al-Falih said that the country expects a huge ship repair and shipbuilding complex that its national oil company Saudi Aramco is developing at Ras al-Khair on the kingdom's east coast to cost over 20 billion riyals ($5.33 billion). The government will finance the infrastructure of the complex such as dredging and other work as it did with other cities Jubail and Yanbu that have become major industrial hubs. The maritime complex is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco…

Sea Trials Begin for Vessel Efficiency MOVE Project

(Photo: David Barnicote)

Sea trials have begun on two Falmouth based pilot vessels which will provide data for the Innovate UK funded MOVE (Monitoring for Operational Vessel Efficiency) project. Rising fuel costs, emissions regulation and concerns about carbon emissions are severe challenges for marine vessel operators and their supply chains. Under the ‘Managing Energy on Marine Vessels’ Competition, the MOVE project is developing a novel solution to all three, initially targeting the commercial workboat sector.

NOIA Congratulates Trump, Urges Path Forward on Offshore Development

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump Photo VoA

NOIA President Randall Luthi today released the following statement on the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. “On behalf of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), I congratulate President-elect Trump on his victory at the polls. The American people have spoken, and this long and contentious election is finally over. Even though it appears the political divide in our Nation has widened, now is the time to work together to promote wise energy policies that will enhance our ability to create jobs and promote energy security.


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