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Maersk Tanker Fleet on Fuel-saving Retrofit Crusade

Maersk Tankship: Photo courtesy of Maersk Tankers

Maersk Tankers plan to spend up to $35m as it pushes ahead with a fuel saving retrofit programme. One of the company's "I-class" VLCCs is being fitted with fuel saving devices, iincluding Becker Mewis propeller ducts and propeller boss cap fins on a range of owned tankers. The programme includes screening and retrofitting around 70 tankers over the next two to three years, reports Carbon Positive. The company's drive to raise fuel efficiency will focus on as many as 35 separate measures, which will all potentially contribute to fuel savings across the fleet. The company believes that retrofitted tonnage could yield fuel savings of as much as 8-10%. Company naval architects will carefully assess each class of vessel in the company's fleet and specialists from the group's technology firm, Maersk Maritime Technology, to determine which retrofits would be the most effective. Maersk's view is that existing vessels can give fuel savings of between 8 – 10% at a relatively low cost, rather than ordering new ships against the current backdrop of substantial overcapacity. Cutting fuel consumption by 8% would translate into savings of around $8,000 a day, or $30 million per year, for each VLCC. Source: Carbon Positive  


Becker Appoints Simplex-Turbulo as UK agents

Becker Mewis Duct

Becker Marine Systems has appointed Simplex-Turbulo to represent them in the UK. Becker is well-known and respected not just for the manufacture of high-performance rudders and maneuvering systems, but also for significant recent developments in designs achieving substantial reduction of fuel consumption. Two examples of innovations pioneered by Becker are the TLKSR  twisted full spade rudder and the Becker Mewis Duct


Navy Stern Flap Installations for Fuel Savings

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The U.S. Navy began installing stern flaps in April on amphibious ships in an effort make ships more fuel efficient and save up to $450,000 in fuel costs per ship annually. USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), the first dock landing ship to receive stern flaps, began the installation process mid-April during a scheduled maintenance availability in Norfolk, Va. The ship is expected to head back to sea in late November. "A stern flap, located on the aft end of a ship


Newly Launched Transas Wave Saves Fuel

ECDIS manufacturer Transas Marine has launched its fuel efficiency monitoring system, Transas Wave. Designed for commercial shipping, Transas Wave provides al solution for saving fuel and reducing environmental impact. It is designed to give the officer an easy tool for monitoring and recording of the ship’s fuel consumption. Wave is a standalone application, which fits on every ship. Integration with ECDIS for route optimization will be available later this year


Navy Charters Kite-Powered Cargo Ship

MV Beluga SkySails is the worlds first modern partially sail-powered cargo ship. The U.S. Navys Military Sealift Command chartered Beluga SkySails to return European-based U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force cargo to the United States.

For the first time, the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command has chartered a kite-assisted, fuel-saving cargo ship to carry military equipment.MV Beluga SkySails departed , , Oct. 5 after the first of three European port calls to load U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force cargo before the ship's month-long voyage to the . The 400-ft. Beluga SkySails is the world's first cargo ship to use a sky sail - a giant, computer-controlled kite that can rise 100 yards into the air and uses wind power to help


MES Retrofits Hybrid System to RTGs in Thailand

Photo: MES

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES), its subsidiary, MES Technoservice Co., Ltd. (STS) have retrofitted latest hybrid system to the existing five units of RTGs with two months erection period at site and successfully handed over to Leam Chabang International Terminal Co., Ltd. in Leam Chabang Thailand in this August. This retrofitting job has been ordered followed by the successful energy saving performance on one unit of RTG retrofitting


Big Win for Maersk Fluid Technology’s BOB System

Maersk Pearl – one of the vessels to be equipped with B1000 Blending-On-Board system from Maersk Fluid  Technology Photo Maersk

In the second half of 2015, Maersk Fluid Technology introduced a new version of its cylinder oil ‘Blending-On-Board’ (BOB) system, targeting medium-sized 2-stroke propulsion engines with a cylinder bore between 420 and 680 mm. Now the first volume order has been placed for retrofit of the SEA-Mate B1000 system onto 12 tankers delivered to Maersk Tankers between 2005 and 2008 – ten vessels equipped with Wärtsilä (WinGD) RTA and RT-Flex engines with a bore between


Survey Shows Some Unaware of SEEMP Fuel Saving Potential

A NAPA Group survey shows SEEMP acknowledged as an industry priority, but knowledge gaps exist, smaller owners & operators lag behind. Software house for ship design and operations, NAPA Group, finds that a majority of respondents were unaware of scope of potential fuel savings the plan could trigger. The survey completed by over fifty ship owners, operators and charterers, revealed that the industry is taking responsibility for SEEMP compliance seriously and is optimistic about its


Repowers on The Ohio

James Marine, Inc., a marine service in Paducah, Ky., located at mile 5 on the Tennessee River; operates a diesel rebuilding service, mid-stream, fuel and grocery supplies and a shipyard repair facility. With their location, they get a good look at the trends on America's inland waterways. The recent trend toward greater environmental awareness and expected changes to the Environmental Protection Act to require greater pollution control on the inland waterways has prompted them to review their


Alfa Laval EGR-HPE Economizer a Boon

Alfa Laval PureNOx approved for MAN Diesel & Turbo EGR system

  With Tier III NOx limits entering into force in North America and the US Caribbean in January 2016, the time has come for many ship owners to choose their method of compliance. Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) on MAN B&W engines has strong advantages on its own. But combined with a new pressurized EGR economizer from Alfa Laval, it also offers the potential for massive fuel savings. “EGR provides Tier III NOx compliance with a very compact footprint


MOL Rolls Out Refined PBCF

Image: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has announced that its group company MOL Techno-Trade will start selling an upgraded version of its energy-saving Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF).   MOL Techno-Trade has sold more than 3,100 PBCFs to ship owners all over the world.  


Wärtsilä to Power Norwegian Trawler Newbuild

Photo courtesy of Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to provide the propulsion machinery for a new purse seine fishing trawler ordered by Strand Senior AS, a subsidiary of Strand Havfiske AS based in Norway. The vessel will be built at the Karstensen Skibsvaerft shipyard in Denmark


Inert Gas Systems Produces Significant Fuel Savings

Image: Alfa Laval

The Alfa Laval Automatic Fuel Efficiency Module (AFEM) is a new modification for reducing the fuel consumption of Alfa Laval Smit Combustion inert gas systems. It does so by ensuring the inert gas that keeps cargo safe during offloading is only generated in the exact amounts required


ABB to Power and Remotely Monitor LNG FSRU Vessel

Photo courtesy of ABB

ABB will supply the power and electric propulsion system to a new Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) for BW Group, which will also be remotely connected to ABB’s Collaborative Operations Centers.    The equipment onboard will provide data to the shore-side Centers


WE Tech to Equip Ektank Vessels

Finland-based WE Tech will deliver variable speed permanent magnet shaft generator solution to Swedish shipping company Ektank AB   WE Tech Solutions said it has received an order to deliver its permanent magnet shaft generator solution to two new 18


Maersk Tankers to Trial Rotor Sails

Maersk P-Class Illustration with two 30x5 Norsepower Rotor Sails (Photo: Maersk Tankers / Norsepower)

Norsepower Oy Ltd. in partnership with Maersk Tankers, The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), and Shell Shipping & Maritime, have announced that it will install and trial Flettner rotor sails onboard a Maersk Tankers-owned vessel.  


SKF to Double Marine Stabilizer Production Capacity

SKF increased production capacity (Photo: SKF)

In response to growing demand from the cruise liner, large ferry and exploration vessel sectors, SKF has upgraded its marine stabilizer production facilities in Hamburg, Germany. The new investments include a 130-metric-ton capacity heavy duty overhead crane


Hyundai Global Services Enters into Eco-friendly Ship Services Business with KSS Line

Gas Star, 84,000cbm LPG carrier of KSS Line. The ship is going to be the first among KSS Line’s fleet to be retrofitted with Exhaust Gas Cleaning System. Photo: Hyundai Global Services

 Hyundai Global Services (HGS), Hyundai Heavy Industries’ (HHI) newly spun-off company specializing in providing total marine services announced today it signed an MOU with KSS Line, a Korean shipping company, for entering into eco-friendly ship business.  


Viking Grace LNG Ferry to Install Rotor Sail

Illustration of Viking Grace with one 24x4m Norsepower Rotor Sail Photo Viking

Norsepower Oy Ltd., provider of auxiliary wind propulsion systems, announced that it has signed an agreement with Finnish shipping company Viking Line to install its Rotor Sail Solution onboard the M/S Viking Grace, an LNG-fuelled cruise ferry.  


Cosco Scraps Eight Container Ships

Photo: Cosco Shipping Holdings

 Shanghai-listed Cosco Shipping Holdings sold eight container vessels to scrap during the fourth quarter 2016. The ships correspond to a total tonnage of 409,914 dwt, and the youngest in the pack was 15 years old, says the Chinese carrier.  


LNG Ferry Megastar Delivered to Tallink

Photo: Meyer Turku Shipyard

Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku Shipyard delivered the state-of-the-art LNG fast ferry Megastar to owner Tallink on January 24. The newly built ferry will begin plying the Helsinki-Tallinn route on January 29 as the most technologically advanced fast ferry in the Baltic Sea.  


Royal IHC launches DEME’s LNG-powered TSHD

Launch ceremony SCHELDT RIVER Photo Royal IHC

The launch ceremony of DEME’s 7,950m3 dual fuel trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) –SCHELDT RIVER – took place on 14 January at Royal IHC's shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands. “After the successful launch of the world’s first LNG-powered


HullPIC conference Showcases Solutions

Photo: DNV GL

 To spur development and raise awareness for hull performance monitoring, DNV GL and paint manufacturer Jotun are inviting industry stakeholders to the second Hull Performance & Insight Conference (HullPIC).    Hull performance monitoring solutions offer significant fuel


Great Ships of 2016: Ternsund

(Photo: Tärntank Ship Management AB)

Since it started publishing in 1939, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News has recognized excellence in ship construction. This year 18 ships in total were honored, including many “world firsts.”   Ternsund - LNG fueled tanker with Direct Drive Permanent Magnet Shaft


Maersk Fluid Technology Upgrades SEA-Mate

Website screen grab of the SEA-Mate Value Calculator (Image: Maersk Fluid Technology)

Maersk Fluid Technology (MFT) said it has recently upgraded its SEA-Mate Blending-on-Board Value Calculator to include a mobile optimized version that will assist in calculating savings, based on a variety of real life scenarios.   The SEA-Mate Blending-on-Board (BOB) system enables the






 
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