Abatement Technology News

07 Jan 2019

Bunker Delivery Note Amendments Enter into Force

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Amendments to the bunker delivery note relating to the supply of marine fuel oil to ships which have fitted alternative mechanisms to address sulphur emission requirements entered into force on 1 January 2019.According to a press release from International Maritime Organization (IMO), the amendment enters into force as the shipping industry counts down to 1 January 2020, when the limit for sulphur in fuel oil will be reduced to 0.50% m/m outside emission control areas (ECAs),…

30 Nov 2018

Singapore Port Readies for IMO 2020

Andrew Tan. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) continues to prepare the Port of Singapore and Singapore-registered ships for the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 0.5 per cent fuel global limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships, which will take effect from 1 January 2020.In his opening address at the Singapore Registry of Ships (SRS) Forum, Chief Executive of MPA,  Andrew Tan, also announced initiatives by MPA to improve the delivery of its services.To prepare for the IMO 2020 0.5 per cent global emission limit for sulphur…

28 Feb 2018

Tech File: Fuel Monitoring Matters

Parker Kittiwake ATR oil analyzer

Whether you choose distillates, liquefied natural gas (LNG) or scrubbers to meet the new International Maritime Organization (IMO) fuel regulations in 2020, it will be ever more critical to regularly monitor the condition of vital equipment to ensure there is no adverse affect on operational efficiency. Industry opinion ahead of the implementation of the 2020 global sulphur cap remains fragmented to say the least. With only a relatively short timeframe remaining before ship owners will be facing the reality of compliance…

23 May 2017

IBIA Backs ICS, IMO Proposals on CO2 Emissions

Photo: International Bunker Industry Association

Pressure is growing on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to deliver specific commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A proposal from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and other shipping organisations offers a possible way forward. International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) explains what’s going on. IBIA believes in finding pragmatic and practical solutions to pursuing policy aims at the IMO, and what has been set out by ICS and others looks like a good compromise between the divergent positions we have seen.

27 Mar 2017

New Fuel Regs Drive Scrubber Business

A Wärtsilä V-SOx Scrubber being installed on board the MV Tarago. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

The Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association and its members are preparing to meet higher demand for gas scrubbing systems to bring SOx emissions in line with the targets set by the IMO’s 2020 fuel sulfur content proposals. As previously reported by this correspondent in Maritime Reporter and Engineering News (December 2016 issue, page 24; January 2017 issue, page 28), the IMO has come in for some severe criticism over its proposals to introduce a global marine fuels sulfur content cap of 0.5 percent (mass/mass) by the year 2020.

05 Oct 2016

Definitive Study On The Impact Of Global Sulphur Regulations

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Marine Energy Consulting Ltd. (MECL) and 20|20 Marine Energy, two leading consultancies in this field, today announced that they will collaborate to produce a comprehensive evaluation of the impact of MARPOL Annex VI global sulphur regulations on the shipping industry. The study will include a detailed impact assessment of the regulations, as well as insights into compliance solutions, enabling recipients to make more informed decisions when developing strategies to both manage the transition, and the future.

23 Jun 2016

Transition to the 0.50% Global Sulphur Cap

Photo: International Bunker Industry Association

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is expected to decide on the timing of the global 0.50% sulphur cap for marine fuels in October this year, based on the result of a low sulphur fuel availability study required under MARPOL Annex VI. Regardless of whether the global 0.50% sulphur limit takes effect in 2020 or 2025, the change from the current 3.50% to a 0.50% sulphur limit is a seismic shift on an unprecedented scale in the history of refining and shipping.

23 Dec 2015

Strategic location drives Gibdock booking surge

Gibdock reports strong yard occupancy through the last quarter of 2015, with bookings sustained through the first quarters of 2016. Photo Gibdock

A surge in bookings by new and repeat customers into the first two quarters of 2016 suggest the strong performance registered by Gibdock in 2015 will continue next year. The Gibraltar-based repair and conversion yard enters its customary busy ferry season buoyed by repeat business from owners of a variety of ship types, and the completion of its first exhaust gas scrubber installation project. Dock 1, Gibdock’s largest drydock, is already fully booked until the end of February 2016. Customers new to Gibdock in 2015 are returning.

23 Nov 2015

Largest Underwater CO2 Release from Pipeline - DNV GL

Pipeline DNV GL

Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) is gaining momentum to meet stringent climate change goals and secure energy supplies for the future. To fully understand the environmental and safety implications associated with the development of CO2 pipelines, DNV GL is conducting the oil and gas industry’s largest ever controlled release of carbon dioxide from an underwater pipeline at its full-scale Spadeadam Testing and Research Centre, located in Cumbria, UK. The planned underwater release…

16 Nov 2015

Gibdock Wins Exhaust Scrubber Project

Photo: Gibdock

Gibdock has secured an exhaust gas scrubber retrofit project covering five vessels operated by ship management major Norbulk Shipping and owned by global shipping group Vroon. The contract represents a sizeable debut in specialized EGS work. With all five ships also undergoing special survey drydocking, the job is the Gibraltar yard’s largest single assignment in 2015. The landmark project is also the first ship-series SOx abatement technology retrofit win for any Southern European yard.

22 Jun 2015

PureNOx Approved for MAN Diesel & Turbo EGR system

PureNOx (Photo: Alfa Laval)

Alfa Laval has become the first company in the world to be approved by MAN Diesel & Turbo to supply a water treatment system, PureNOx, for MAN’s exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) scrubber. The approval comes with less than a year to go before the IMO Tier III NOx standards take effect on January 1, 2016. A comprehensive NOx abatement technology, the EGR will be used with the MAN’s two-stroke marine engines to reduce NOx emissions. The EGR is an alternative to selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology; both EGR and SCR are compliant with the IMO NOx Technical Code.

23 Jan 2015

Glasgow-Singapore Green Ship Deal On

(Image: The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore)

A new research collaboration between A*STAR’s IHPC, Sembcorp Marine Ltd, University of Glasgow and UGS aims to  make a ship’s voyage more smooth sailing by improving its hydrodynamics and energy efficiency. The four organizations today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate and develop new hull designs for large ocean-going vessels and make them more environmentally friendly. Under the three-year MoU, IHPC, Sembcorp Marine Ltd, University of Glasgow and UGS…

14 Jan 2015

Marine Lubricants: New Year, New Emission Rules

January 1, 2015 is an important date for ship owner and operators to ensure that their vessels, when operating inside ECA zones, are doing so in compliance with strict new emission edicts concerning the emission of sulfur. – to discuss some of the technical and logistical matters you must consider. The move to low sulfur fuels is well recorded, but from your point of view, describe the situation that ship owners face regarding fuel selection and cylinder lubrication come January 1, 2015?

27 May 2014

Pressurized EGR Boiler Ready For Testing

Figure 1: Combining Alfa Laval’s Aalborg XW-HPX pressurized EGR boiler with a traditional installation could extend the operating range for waste heat recovery, enabling fuel savings through even slower steaming.

Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) has firmly shown its ability to comply with Tier III NOx limits, which will enter into force in January 2016. Developed by MAN Diesel & Turbo, the EGR process already relies on Alfa Laval’s PureNOx, which provides the vital cleaning of the scrubber water. Now Alfa Laval is cooperating with MAN Diesel & Turbo to implement an EGR boiler, which could potentially add major energy benefits to the secure emission compliance. Over 1000 hours of EGR operation have now been achieved aboard the Maersk Cardiff, a container newbuild from A.P.

12 Mar 2014

Ship Fuel of Choice to Remain Heavy Oil in 2030: New Analysis

Ship propulsion: Image courtesy of LR/UCL

A new study by Lloyds Register and University College, London, discusses the prospects of marine fuels in 'Global Marine Fuel Trends 2030', giving insights into future fuel demand for the containership, bulk carrier/general cargo and tanker sectors (which represent about 70% of the global shipping industry's fuel demands). Fuel oil remains the main fuel for deep sea shipping; LNG develops a deep sea bunker market share of 11%; low sulphur heavy fuel oil and hydrogen emerge as alternatives in certain scenarios.

14 Jun 2011

Interview: Joe Angelo, MD, INTERTANKO

In shipping, there’s little that one can count on from year to year. The word “change” comes to mind immediately. Another constant is a steady hand at the helm at the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), the voice of the world’s collective tanker market. So, when Joe Angelo replaced long time (10+ years) INTERTANKO stalwart Peter Swift as INTERTANKO Managing Director less than 4 months ago, industry watched closely for any changes in course. But INTERTANKO's new MD is anything but an unknown quantity and he clearly hit the ground running.

14 Apr 2011

Sembawang Signed Memorandum Of Agreement With Ecospec

Singapore, April 14, 2011: Sembawang Shipyard, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Ecospec Global Technology to provide customized and greener environmental solutions to the marine and offshore industry. In anticipation of the huge demand for green environmental solutions to meet international and local regulations, this MOA will provide both companies with the capability to serve this demand and at the same time play a role in enhancing environmental protection.

19 Jan 2011

Wärtsilä Scrubber for Containerships Ltd

The 13.965 dwt container vessel M/S Containerships VII will be equipped with Wärtsilä's scrubber (Photo courtesy Wärtsilä Corporation)

Wärtsilä has signed a turnkey contract with Containerships Ltd Oy. The agreement covers the retrofitting of a Wärtsilä fresh water scrubber for the vessel Containerships VII, which is equipped with a Wärtsilä W7L64 main engine. This is Wärtsilä's first commercial marine scrubber project for a main engine. The scrubber will be delivered to the customer in August 2011. The conversion will enable the vessel to meet future sulphur oxides (SOx) emission requirements in Sulphur Emission Control Areas.

09 Dec 2010

European Shipbuilders Support Ship Emission Regs

The CESA Technical Advisory Committee met at the European Maritime Safety Agency on a series of items related to reduction of emissions from ships. gas, SOx and NOx as well as noise. Also issues related to anti-fouling paints were raised. The exchange of information and views made clear that most objectives of the regulators are not only fully supported and constructively facilitated by CESA. remaining technical issues related to the development of the Energy Efficiency Design Index. It appreciated EMSA’s work in this context, which had confirmed some of the CESA’s earlier voiced concerns. While CESA fully subscribes to the clear preference for finding an international approach for the reduction of greenhouse gas  emissions from ships…

06 Dec 2010

EPA Seeks Applicants for Diesel Reduction Grants

The Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) notified its members that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals for projects to reduce diesel emissions from various transportation modes. Passenger vessels are eligible to compete, as are trucking companies, school bus fleets, locomotives, and off-road construction vehicles. The agency anticipates that about $32m will be awarded nationwide under the fiscal 2011 Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grant program. This represents a substantial reduction from fiscal 2010 funding. A grant can be used to replace an existing vessel diesel engine with a modern low-emissions engine or to install other pollution-abatement technology (for example, an after-treatment system). Generally, the EPA grant will cover 75%.

07 Oct 2010

Wärtsilä and Ecospec Co-operate on Clean Power Solutions

The integration of the Ecospec CSNOx technology into Wärtsilä's product development is expected to speed the implementation of clean power solutions. Photo courtesy Wärtsilä Corporation

Wärtsilä and Ecospec Global Technology, owner of the CSNOx emissions abatement technology, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together towards the common goal of improving the environment by providing the world with clean power solutions. By combining the joint expertise of Wärtsilä and Ecospec, the carbon footprint of both marine and onshore heavy industries can be significantly reduced through the development of clean power solutions. The aim is to achieve the lowest possible CO2 emissions…

18 Jun 2010

Royal Caribbean, Ecospec Test Emission Abatement System

Furthering Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s commitment to reducing their greenhouse gas footprint by one-third per available passenger cruise day by 2015, the global cruise line announced that it is partnering with Ecospec to install a pilot test of their CSNOx system on Royal Caribbean International's Independence of the Seas. The CSNOx system was introduced by Ecospec in January 2009, and is an abatement technology reported to remove sulfur dioxide (SOx), oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2) from engine emissions in one process. Royal Caribbean is the first cruise operator to initiate a feasibility study with Ecospec to explore the potential for installation of CSNOx systems on a cruise ship.

23 Mar 2010

Agreement to Develop Gas-Fueled Ships

Wärtsilä and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) have signed a co-operation agreement to develop gas-fuelled merchant vessels. The intention is to jointly develop next-generation ships with efficient and competitive propulsion machinery concepts that meet or exceed the demands of future environmental regulations. The focus of the Wärtsilä/SHI joint study will be on utilizing liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel for operating vessels. This is especially relevant in Emission Control Areas (ECAs). Wärtsilä's input will be related to the propulsion machinery, with particular reference to large bore, dual-fuel engines combined with mechanical propulsion solutions. SHI will concentrate on the design of highly efficient vessels incorporating fuel storage facilities and gas-powered propulsion machinery.

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