Energy Efficiency, Vessel Versatility Central in Future Maritime Transportation

MarineLink.com
Thursday, August 29, 2013

The future dry cargo vessel must be able to adjust quickly to changing transportation needs. The Finnish industrial production structure is anticipated to change and therefore maritime transportation ought to be tighter integrated to production chains. The cargo ship must be versatile and flexible as the transportation needs and cargo types may change within short time intervals. In light of energy efficiency, LNG is considered the best near future marine fuel alternative.  

These results are presented in three individual Master´s thesis produced at Aalto University. Based on a comprehensive analysis of the Finnish international maritime transport volume development and change factors of the industrial and operational environment, an optimal future vessel concept was established. The vessel conceptualization work was supported by “Laiva 2025” background report, compiled by the Centre for Maritime Studies at the University of Turku, and future scenarios drawn up by an expert working group.

The Finnish industry is expected to concentrate on the production of higher value added and small volume niche products instead of mass-produced articles. Accelerating technological and economic trends also support the versatility features of a vessel. Finland´s future competitiveness relies not only on improving multipurpose vessel concepts, but also on matters such as the need for intensified cooperation between industries, logistics operators, suppliers and shipowners thus underpinning efficient imports and exports regardless Finland´s northerly location.

Change factor management and effective maritime transportation crucial for Finland´s competitiveness

Finland´s future international competiveness heavily relies on the success of foreign trade and in particular that of export of industry and services sectors. The absolute majority of both exports and imports is transported by sea and therefore it is imperative that Finland operates a fleet that is optimally adapted to serve the Finnish foreign trade with regard to change factors in the operational environment. The Finnish industry and logistics sectors, in particular within the technology, forest and chemical industry fields, are currently undergoing significant structural changes. Factors affecting the operational environment and competitiveness of these aforementioned industries include e.g. energy efficiency, management of environmental impacts, increasing automation and technological development, and logistical costs.

The Baltic Sea is one of the most heavily sailed seas in the world and the merchant traffic volumes are anticipated to grow further in the decades to come. By 2030, the international maritime traffic in the Baltic Sea is forecasted to grow in excess of 200 million metric tons, equaling a relative growth of a third.

New solutions are generated in cooperation

Laiva 2025 is a joint venture project comprising research institutes and enterprises including the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovations (TEKES), Cargotec Finland Oy, ESL Shipping Oy, Oy Langh Ship Ab, Outokumpu Stainless Oy, Stora Enso Oyj, Wärtsilä Finland Oy, Aalto University and Centre for Maritime Studies at University of Turku. 

From Wärtsilä´s point of view, “Laiva 2025” project is an excellent example of how freighters, shipowners and solution providers can in cooperation with universities come up with new solutions and concepts that serve the interests of merchant shipping, said Ilkka Rytkölä, General Manager at Wärtsilä Finland Oy. Besides future scenarios, commercial development trends and technical solutions, “Laiva 2025” has provided a unique opportunity for networking and cooperation among various actors. Consequently, the next joint venture project encompassing future seaborne energy transports is well under preparation, Rytkölä continued.     
 

Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Marine Propulsion

Master Marine Delivers Their First 2000HP Z Drive Towboat

Master Marine, Inc. have just delivered their first 2000HP Z Drive inland river towboat last month.  MMI has not been as active in the past years building

Horizon Delivers 4th 74’ Towboat for Canal Barge Co.

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, has delivered the fourth in a series of 74’ towboats to Canal Barge Company, Inc. of New Orleans, LA.    The Jane

ClassNK Holds LNG Fuel Technologies Seminars

ClassNk held LNG-Fuelled Vessel Technologies seminars in Shanghai and Singapore on 22 July and 24, July 2014, respectively. With the industry looking to adopt

Bulk Carrier Trends

Star Bulk Takes Delivery of First Capesize from JMU

Athens, Greece-headquartered Star Bulk Carriers says it has taken delivery of 'M/V Peloreus' a 182,000 dwt Capesize built by Japan Marine United (“JMU”) and the

China Issues New Rules on US DDG Imports

China's Import Inspection Authority, AQSIQ, is now requiring U.S. distiller's dried grains imports to be officially certified free of the MIR 162 GMO trait, the U.

Freeport Says Indonesia Exports Could Resume Soon

Freeport-McMoRan Inc said on Wednesday it expects to "imminently" sign an agreement with Indonesia that would enable it to immediately resume copper concentrate

Environmental

Rosneft Starts Up Field Work in the Kara Sea

On July 24 this year, research vessel Geolog Dmitry Nalivkin sailed from Kirkenes (Norway) to the Kara Sea. In the next three months 2D seismic survey, will

MOL Commended with Quality Ship Awards

MOL Commended for ‘FY2013 Best Quality Ship Award’; MOL president Koichi Muto meets with captain and chief engineer, exchanging views and working to establish a more solid safe operation system.

Danos Adds Environmental Services

Danos recently added an Environmental Services Division to the company’s collection of oilfield related services, which includes production workforce, construction,

Fuels & Lubes

Danish Bunker Trader Joins GAC in London

GAC Bunker Fuels says it has appointed former GAC Denmark Shipping Assistant Ida Ryberg as a Bunker Trader with its UK team. Ryberg joins Andy Boichat and Resham

Nation’s Vessel Operators Join EPA as SmartWay Affiliate

The American Waterways Operators, a 350-member trade association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, announced today that it joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership,

Phillips 66 Marine Fueling Facility Nears Completion

Phillips 66’s previously announced marine over-the-water fueling facility at its Richmond, Calif. terminal is nearing completion. The facility, located on Canal Boulevard, and known as Pier No.

Marine Power

Master Marine Delivers Their First 2000HP Z Drive Towboat

Master Marine, Inc. have just delivered their first 2000HP Z Drive inland river towboat last month.  MMI has not been as active in the past years building

ClassNK Holds LNG Fuel Technologies Seminars

ClassNk held LNG-Fuelled Vessel Technologies seminars in Shanghai and Singapore on 22 July and 24, July 2014, respectively. With the industry looking to adopt

Eliminating Cat Fines to Marine Diesel Engines

One can assume that P&I Clubs and shipowners would be very interested in preventing catastrophic Cat Fines damage to diesel engines. Cat Fines have been damaging

LNG

LNG to Acquire Bear Head LNG Project in Canada for US$11 mi

Liquefied Natural Gas Limited today announced that it has significantly expanded its presence in the North American Liquefied NaturalGas (LNG) sector by signing

ClassNK Holds LNG Fuel Technologies Seminars

ClassNk held LNG-Fuelled Vessel Technologies seminars in Shanghai and Singapore on 22 July and 24, July 2014, respectively. With the industry looking to adopt

MOL Commended with Quality Ship Awards

MOL Commended for ‘FY2013 Best Quality Ship Award’; MOL president Koichi Muto meets with captain and chief engineer, exchanging views and working to establish a more solid safe operation system.

News

2 Rescued Near Humber Bridge by Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Humber Coastguard received a call just after 10am this morning reporting two people in the water after their powered canoe had capsized just west of the Humber Bridge.

ICC Appoints Ximena Tapias Delporte as Vice-Chair

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ximena Tapias Delporte as Vice-Chair of the ICC Commission on Marketing and Advertising.

Leighton HY14 net margin Up to 2.7%

Leighton Holdings announced its results for the six months to 30 June 2014.   * Total revenue of $11.9 billion, up on HY13 * EBITDAiii of $843 million. Comparable EBITDAiv of $945 million,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics 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: 0.1410 sec (7 req/sec)