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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Alternative Fuel

DNV Asks: What Will the Alernative Fuel Mix for Shipping Be?

DNV Photo: LNG Arctic Discover

DNV GL has released a position paper on the future alternative fuel mix for global shipping. While LNG is expected to be an early success, the picture becomes more diversified with time, as more than 20 per cent of shipping could adopt hybrid propulsion solutions, featuring batteries or other energy storage technologies. The main drivers for the use of alternative fuels are the desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the need to meet upcoming air pollution requirements. “The global merchant fleet currently consumes around 330 million tonnes of fuel annually, 80-85 per cent of which is residual fuel with high sulphur content,” says Christos Chryssakis, DNV GL senior researcher and position paper project manager. “Shipping must change, and we must contribute technical measures, operational measures and alternative fuels to meet the challenges we are tackling.   In the long term, short sea shipping is expected to take advantage of locally produced fuels such as biogas, biodiesel, methanol, shoreside electricity and hydrogen. Deep sea shipping needs globally available fuels and so will tend towards LNG and biodiesel, if it becomes available. Nuclear energy suffers from public perception problems but may come to the fore sometimes in the future if it will be perceived as a safe alternative.

Great Green Fleet Sails Towards Energy Goals

The US Navy's 'Great Green Fleet' sailing toward SECNAV energy goals during RIMPAC 2012 exercises The 'Great Green Fleet' demonstration is underway as part of the 2012 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) the world's largest international maritime exercise. Beginning July 17, 2012, alternative fuels, including nuclear power, will be used in an operational setting, fueling helicopters and jets from the deck of an aircraft carrier

Study to Evaluate New Fuels

The European Union will support with almost €2 million from the TEN-T Program a study looking at the potential beneficial effects of using alternative fuels for port operations.   The study, which will include pilots in Spain, Slovenia and Italy, will especially look at the ways to improve environmental performance of the participating ports’ container terminals. The project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call

CEO Outlines DNV GL's Key Themes at SMM

Tor E. Svensens address: Photo DNV GL

Tor E. Svensen, CEO of DNV GL addressed the SMM 2014 trade fair in Hamburg, explaining that the classification society's key themes were: enhancing operational efficiency; improving safety, and smarter data. Svensen also looked at some of innovative new projects and research underway at DNV GL, especially the growing trend toward LNG ready vessels and the increasing use of a diverse range of alternative fuels. SMM marked the first full year of operation for DNV GL, said Tor E

DNV GL Examines Safety, Sustainability of Alternative Fuels

DNV GL’s position paper analyses the affordability, sustainability, safety and the reliability of future fuels (Image: DNV GL)

  DNV GL takes a broad view on the cost of safety and sustainability to alternative fuels   Trends in pricing are an obvious factor to consider when examining the feasibility of new fuels, but sustainability and safety also have an impact on the ultimate affordability of change. DNV GL has released a position paper that presents a methodology for evaluating alternative fuels, adding sustainability and safety considerations in the discussion.   

What’s Next for LNG - DNV GL

Courtesy DNV GL

Dr. Gerd-Michael Würsig, Business Director LNG fuelled ships at DNV GL – Maritime, looked at some of the current issues in the LNG industry and provided an overview of what DNV GL is doing to support growth in this segment. “The main drivers, in order of importance, are price, availability, and of course legislation. LNG as a fuel has the potential to become the most important fuel solution for environmentally sustainable shipping over the next few years

Seminar, Environmental Reqs for Ships

A Seminar on Environmental Requirements for Commercial and Navy Ships for Efficient Maritime Operations and Effective Environmental Stewardship will be held on Dec. 9, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Ga.  Sponsored by ASTM Committee F25 on Ships and Marine Technology, the seminar will be held in conjunction with the Dec. 8-10 standards development meetings of the committee.   The desired outcome of this seminar is to identify areas where environmental standards

Qatar Champions LNG as Cleaner Marine Fuel

Nakilat, Qatargas and RasGas Company Limited will convert a Q-Max vessel as a pilot project making it capable of running on LNG and reducing the ship’s exhaust gas and greenhouse gas emissions. Qatari shipping company Nakilat and Qatari LNG producers Qatargas and RasGas Company Limited have agreed with engine manufacturer MAN Diesel and Turbo to convert a Q-Max vessel to use LNG as an alternative to heavy fuel oil in the main engines.

Alternative Fuels: Safer, Smarter, Greener

Martin Crawford-Brunt presenting at the event (Photo: SPNL)

Shipping Professional Network in London (SPNL) hosted another well attended event, sponsored by DNV-GL and held at the UK Chamber of Shipping offices in London. Martin Crawford-Brunt (UK & Rep of Ireland Manager for DNV-GL) was keynote speaker for this event, covering three main topics: Navigating the raft of upcoming regulations in a cost-effective way Alternative fuels and niche solutions/new technologies Reducing operating expenses to increase competitiveness

Dorian LPG, ABS Plotting 2020 Compliance Plan

(Photo: Dorian LPG)

ABS said it has been selected by Dorian LPG to provide an in-depth techno-economic analysis, laying out compliance options for impending global sulfur cap requirements. Dorian LPG owns and operates a fleet of very large gas carriers (VLGCs), transporting liquefied petroleum gas around the world.    “It is important for owners and operators to assess their fleets and evaluate their options so that they can develop the most efficient compliance strategies as new requirements

Marine Biofuels As Sustainable Alternative For Shipping

Participants of the roundtable share insights on the use of marine biofuels as sustainable alternative fuel for shipping. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The inaugural biofuel roundtable was held in Singapore today to drive discussions on the use of biofuels as a sustainable alternative fuel for the future of shipping.    Organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), BHP and GoodFuels Marine (GoodFuels), the closed-door roundtable event brought together shipowners of different ship types to network, share insights into the use of biofuels to meet increasingly stringent environmental regulations as well as

Bureau Veritas Joins Global Industry Alliance

At a ceremony in Singapore Bureau Veritas formally joined the Global Industry Alliance (GIA).   Philippe Donche-Gay, President Marine & Offshore, Bureau Veritas said that he was delighted BV was able to provide support to the GIA: ‘Whether it’s a better understanding of hull structures, digitalization, gas fueled and hybrid systems or the many other areas of research and development that are leading to practical solutions, our Marine & Offshore Division - and the 70

The Environmental Age: What Will Power Future Ships?

Photo courtesy of  Europort

What will power the future shipping fleet? What will the future fuel mix be? These questions are being asked with greater frequency in the wake of the Global 2020 Sulphur Cap ruling agreed at the International Maritime Organization and other tightening regulations around air pollution and emissions from shipping operations. The need to take action is, in turn, driving the development and application of innovative alternative power and propulsion technology for ships.  

Interferry Conference Reviews Issues with Financial Impact

The challenges and opportunities posed by alternative fuels, safety management and social media dominated Interferry’s 42nd annual conference in Split, Croatia, where a record 370 delegates shared insights on ship technologies, safety issues including cyber security and the customer experience.   Attendance at last week’s conference represented 210 ferry operators and suppliers from 27 countries. Outlining the trade association’s key focus on best practice

LNG as Fuel: Challenges & Opportunities

GTT has developed the Mark membrane system, a cryogenic liner for LNG tanks directly supported by the ship’s hull. Pictured is an LNG tank based on the technology. (Photo: © GTT / Roland Mouron)

Here are some simple statistics about the shipping industry: It accounts for 90 percent of worldwide transportation It produces 3.1 percent of worldwide emissions It is the least polluting method of transportation ...But it still produces more than twice the emissions of the whole of France (yes, twice the emissions from all sources of a country as large as France!)   Environmental regulations are the main driver in reducing these emissions worldwide

CMA CGM Slashes CO2 Emissions 4% in 2016

Photo: CMA CGM Group

CMA CGM Group said it has reduced its CO2 emissions per container transported by 4 percent in 2016.   In 2016, the Group has succeeded in reducing its carbon emissions in line with its 2025 targets. The CMA CGM Group intends to reduce its CO2 emissions per transported container by 30 percent by 2025.   CMA CGM had already improved its performance per transported container per kilometer by 50 percent between 2005 and 2015.  

New Global Industry Alliance Established to Support Low Carbon Shipping

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Leading shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers, and oil companies have signed up to a new Global Industry Alliance (GIA) to support transitioning shipping and its related industries towards a low carbon future.     Thirteen companies have signed up to launch the GIA, under the auspices of the GloMEEP Project, a Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-International

Climate Agreement for Shipping Is Now One Step Closer to Reality

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 After two weeks' intensive debate in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) , steps have been taken towards specific measures to reduce shipping's greenhouse gas emissions, says a statement from Danish Maritime Authority (DMA).   However, difficult negotiations lie ahead in order to reach the necessary milestones.   ​Last year, United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) decided that a final climate strategy should be adopted in 2023

European Shipowners Welcome IMO Meeting Outcome

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) representing the European shipowners believe that important progress was made last week at the International Maritime Organziation’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting.   In the meeting a plan was agreed to develop a CO2 reduction strategy in line with the Paris COP21 Agreement on climate change.    An initial strategy for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases from the

DNV GL Updates NOx TIER III Compliance Guide

Photo: DNV GL

Classification society DNV GL has developed a new brochure to offer a set of best practices for the design of ships subject to NOx Tier III requirements. It also offers guidance on the considerations that should be taken into account at the newbuilding stage. To ensure the success of any newbuilding plan, shipowners should carefully consider the future operation of their vessels in the newbuilding planning stage, including the implications of the different technological solutions for

Bunker Industry Prepares for Sulphur Limit in Ship Fuel

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 An audience of ship owners, fuel suppliers, traders and maritime technology providers attending the IBC Asia Bunkering conference in Singapore has heard about  International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s latest work on low carbon shipping and air pollution control.    IMO’s Edmund Hughes provided an update on the work being carried out by the Organization to support effective and consistent implementation of the 0

LNG from Skangas

From the left ESL Shipping represented by Tero Valu, Ship Operator and Mikke Koskinen, Managing Director. Skangas’s Tommy Mattila, Sales and Marketing Director and Jouni Bedda, Sales Manager. Photo: Skangas

 Skangas and ESL Shipping have entered into an agreement for providing gas fuel to ESL’s LNG-powered bulk carrier newbuildings. These two new vessels will start operating during first half of 2018.    The first of the two vessels was named “Viikki” in June 2017, honoring the shipping company’s tradition to name its ships for places in Helsinki.   “This agreement is a milestone for Skangas

Keppel AmFELS to Build Two LNG Fueled Containerships

Image: Keppel Offshore & Marine

 Keppel AmFELS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) in the United States (US), has secured a contract worth more than US$400m from Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii for the construction of two Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled containerships.   The dual fuel LNG vessels will be built to Keppel's proprietary design with delivery of the first vessel expected in 1Q 2020, and the second vessel in 3Q 2020.  

Los Angeles, Long Beach Ports Update Clean Air Action Plan

Photo: Port of Long Beach

 As the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach (POLA/POLB) begin final consideration of their updated 2017 Clean Air Action Plan, regulators must embrace the future role of diesel technology in the global goods movement sector and the substantial, immediate clean air and climate benefits that the latest clean diesel technologies offer.   Because of its unique combination of power, performance, efficiency, reliability, durability and availability

European Shipowners Discuss Emissions Reductions

File Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 In the European Shipowners’ seminar on CO2 reductions in the shipping industry one message was clear: in order to achieve CO2 reductions across the world merchant fleet, a combination of different measures is needed.     “In our seminar this week, we discussed with our stakeholders and European decision-makers different measures that enable to minimise the environmental impact of the shipping sector

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