100 Years With Diesel - Successor Ready

press release
Friday, February 17, 2012

Exactly 100 years ago, the Danish ship Selandia set an example for international shipping as a pioneer within CO2 reduction. Now we are ready for yet another environmental quantum leap.


The most distinctive feature of the M/S Selandia was the fact that it had no funnel emitting black smoke up into the sky. The M/S Selandia marked the beginning of the end of steamships. As the first ocean-going ship, she sailed on diesel instead of coal. A technological revolution built at the B&W shipyard. And at the same time, a major gain for the environment. On 17 February 2012, Selandia's 100th anniversary can be celebrated. And exactly at the centenary for the change from steam to diesel, the marine engine of the future is ready to further reduce CO2 emissions.


100 years ago, the M/S Selandia took the first step into a globalised world by initiating The East Asiatic Company's diesel-powered line service to the Far East. Diesel engines were more cost-effective to sail with. They were an improvement of the working environment on board. And even though it was not such a big issue then, Selandia had a major impact on CO2 shipping emissions. In 1912, when the ships' steam engines were replaced by diesel engines, CO2 emissions per produced kilowatt-hour were reduced dramatically. As early as in 1920, CO2 emissions were reduced by more than 50 per cent. Throughout the next 50 years, diesel engines and steam engines competed to become the most efficient to reduce CO2 emissions. The diesel engine won, says Hans Otto Kristensen, senior researcher at the Institute for Mechanical Technology at The Technical University of Denmark.


We still see cargo vessels all over the world with large diesel engines designed in Copenhagen, at MAN Diesel & Turbo's headquarters at Teglholmen in Copenhagen. MAN Diesel & Turbo is the former B&W. Here, the engine of the future has just been developed and is ready to launch a new epoch. Instead of oil, the engine runs on liquefied natural gas, which is good news for the ambitious, but important global goals for CO2 reduction.
 

Over the past years, natural gas has turned out to be an attractive fuel for marine engines, as a gas engine has an approximately 25 per cent lower CO2 emission level than a corresponding diesel engine. At the same time, a change from diesel to natural gas will solve the problems with sulphur pollution, so that the strict requirements on sulphur emissions coming into force in 2015 can be easily met, says Hans Otto Kristensen, senior researcher at the Institute for Mechanical Technology at The Technical University of Denmark.
 

Something implies that it takes 100 years to revolutionise the way a large ship is propelled. Precisely 200 years ago, in 1812, the Scottish "The Comet" sailed as the first steamship in open sea. Exactly 100 years later, Selandia initiated the diesel era with her maiden voyage to Bangkok. And in 2012, the LNG engine is ready to take over.
 

Exactly 100 years after Selandia excited the world, we are proud to still be at the forefront of the technological development and to leave our substantial mark on the international shipping industry. Recently, we developed the ME-GI gas engine, which is ready to start a new era and reduce CO2 emissions further. In my opinion, the future is liquefied natural gas, says Thomas Knudsen, Head of Business Unit Low Speed, MAN Diesel & Turbo. The centenary of Selandia is celebrated on 17 February 2012 with a special exhibition at DieselHouse in Copenhagen and the premiere of the documentary "The Ship that Changed the World - M/S Selandia" from Chroma Film.
2/2012


People & Company News

China Cosco Sinks into Red

Dragged by lackluster freight rates in the maritime transport market during the first half of 2016, China Cosco Holdings logged a 7.2 billion yuan ($1.07 billion) net loss for the January-June half,

DNV GL Backs John Laing on First Offshore Wind Investment

DNV GL successfully completed its due diligence work of the offshore wind farm “Nordergründe” in the North Sea, reviewing and quantifying the technical risks of the project.

MobileOps Pursuing Maritime Business

Redmond, Wash. based MobileOps, Inc., a software company specializing in the design and development of maritime software applications (dispatch, safety, compliance,

Technology

Jt Study by MOL, Yokohama University for Improving Ocean Shipping Market Forecast

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that the company and its subsidiary MOL Information Systems, Ltd. have signed a contract with Yokohama National University

BV Classes First LNG-fuel Oil/Chemical Tanker

Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas has classed the first LNG-fuelled newbuilding oil/chemical tanker, the 15,000 dwt Ternsund, built under BV class at Avic Dingheng,

Esvagt Makes Vestdavit MissionEase First Choice for Mission Bay

Norway-based boat system and davit-handling specialist Vestdavit has secured a breakthrough order for its unique MissionEase multi-boat handling solution for mission Bays,

New Products

New Offshore Gangway Launched at ONS

The new Barge Master Gangway will be presented at the joint booth of Barge Master and Bosch Rexroth during the international offshore trade exhibition ONS (Offshore Northern Seas) in Stavanger.

Transas to Unveil the ‘Future of Maritime Operations’

Today's maritime industry requires realistic solutions and concepts for a modern, integrated operational infrastructure that delivers a sustainable, viable future,

Maersk Line's Innovative Smart Reefers

Have you heard about Maersk Line's smart reefers that can listen and talk? Cutting edge technology that reduces risk in customer supply chain, claims Maersk Line.

Shipbuilding

Esvagt Makes Vestdavit MissionEase First Choice for Mission Bay

Norway-based boat system and davit-handling specialist Vestdavit has secured a breakthrough order for its unique MissionEase multi-boat handling solution for mission Bays,

NASSCO Christens LNG-ready Tanker Constitution

On Saturday, August 27, shipbuilders at General Dynamics NASSCO celebrated the christening and launch of the Constitution, the sixth ship in a series of eight eco-friendly

California: A Strong Shipbuilding State

Fifth in the nation for direct employment, California shipbuilding and repair industry supports nearly 35,000 jobs; Maritime Administrator highlights economic importance

Environmental

Doing Business Differently to Meet Sustainability Targets: DNV GL

Pressure is mounting on the global oil and gas industry to reduce environmental footprint at the same time as the industry is under significant cost pressure.    Since

GoM Operators Evacuating Ahead of Storm

Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are evacuating platforms and rigs in the path of Tropical Depression No. 9.   The Bureau of Safety and Environmental

NParks, Keppel in S$2.08 mln Partnership for Restoring Singapore Forest Wetlands

The National Parks Board (NParks) and Keppel Corporation today unveiled plans for a partnership to restore the freshwater forest wetland ecosystem historically

Fuels & Lubes

BV Classes First LNG-fuel Oil/Chemical Tanker

Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas has classed the first LNG-fuelled newbuilding oil/chemical tanker, the 15,000 dwt Ternsund, built under BV class at Avic Dingheng,

MN100: Krill Systems, Inc.

The Company: Krill Systems Inc. was founded as a software development company focusing on accurate vessel fuel consumption measurement and efficient data transmission.

New Bunker Vessel for Maxum Petroleum

Maxum Petroleum's newest bunker vessel Global Provider is currently under construction at Jesse Co. in Tacoma, Wash. and is expected to enter service in January 2017.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Ship Electronics Ship Repair Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | 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: 0.1525 sec (7 req/sec)