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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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C-Job Designs Amsterdam's New Ferries

Photo courtesy of C-Job Naval Architects

C-Job Naval Architects said it has delivered the concept design of a series of five sustainable car and passenger ferries to the City of Amsterdam. The vessels will operate 100 percent on electricity, thus providing an emission-free urban transport solution. The fully electric ferries are designed to recharge their batteries during the unloading and loading of passengers and vehicles. In order to maintain efficiency of service and a quick turnaround, this charging process will take place during a timeframe of a maximum of four minutes.

Navy Biofuel Investment Defended

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus defended the service’s investment on biofuels Monday, saying that it is a “false choice” for critics to suggest the Navy should focus on building more ships instead of finding alternative fuels to power them. Some Republicans in Congress are upset the Navy is spending money on expensive alternative fuels when several ships are being retired earlier than planned in an effort to cut costs. The Navy, Department of Energy and Agriculture Department are spending $510 million to jump start commercial development of the advanced alternative fuels industry. By 2016, the Navy wants obtain 8 million barrels of…

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.

DNV GL Hosts Norwegian State Secretary in Hamburg

A delegation from Norway, including State Secretary Dilek Ayhan (4th from the right), met with Tor Svensen, CEO DNV GL – Maritime (5th from the right) and the senior management team at the DNV GL maritime headquarters in Hamburg today.

High ranking state officials from Norway met with the senior management team at DNV GL’s maritime headquarters in Hamburg today. Tor Svensen, CEO, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, COO,  and Torsten Schramm, President of DNV GL – Maritime, shared the classification society’s experiences with liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel for shipping with Norwegian State Secretary Dilek Ayhan and spoke about the potential LNG may have for the future of the global maritime industry. The visit took place…

Navy Conducting Final Alternative Fuel demo

Navy to conduct final alternative fuel demonstration of the year with Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC). WHAT: The U.S. Navy is conducting its final alternative fuel demonstration for the year with a maritime alternative fuel test in a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) stationed at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD), Panama City, Fla., Dec. 9. WHEN: Media availability will be held Dec. 9, 9 a.m. (CST). WHERE: LCAC ramp at Bldg. 319, Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division.

Shipping Sector Emissions: LNG, Methanol Lead the Pack

Greenhouse gas emissions of EU's shipping sector are substantial, representing 4% of the EU’s total GHG emissions in 2013.  Photo: Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission.

A recent JRC report finds that fuels like liquefied natural gas (LNG) and methanol are the most promising alternatives to drive decarbonisation of the shipping sector and ultimately contribute to the fight against climate change. Market penetration by alternative fuels has already begun with ship builders, engine manufacturers and classification societies by introducing greener ships running on cleaner fuels. Shipping is more fuel-efficient than road transport: it requires 2-3 grams of fuel per ton per km, compared to road transport by truck which is about 15 grams of fuel per ton per km.

Navy's SDT Ship Using Alternative Fuels

Self Defense Test Ship transiting on alternative fuels.

U.S. Navy's Self Defense Test Ship successfully transits on alternative fuel blend. The U.S. Navy successfully has concluded its largest demonstration of shipboard alternative fuel use with the successful arrival of the Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS) to Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme. The SDTS is a decommissioned Spruance-class destroyer ex-Paul F. Foster (EDD 964) reconfigured to provide the Navy an at-sea, remotely controlled, engineering test and evaluation platform without the risk to personnel or operational assets.

DNV GL Reports on the Future of Fuels

LNG Arctic Discoverer (Photo: DNV GL)

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 percent 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 metric tons of fuel annually…

BRP Begins Testing Next Generation Biofuel

BRP begins a program to test butanol-extended fuel in a variety of recreational marine engines for Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office. Butanol-extended fuel will be tested as an alternative to gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted a waiver allowing up to 15 percent ethanol in gasoline. According to industry test data published last October, E15 can cause significant damage to marine engines.

Great Green Fleet Sails Towards Energy Goals

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, and refueling a cruiser and two destroyers during an underway replenishment. The demonstration will also incorporate prototype energy efficient technologies designed to enhance the combat capability of Navy warships. The ability to use fuels other than petroleum is critical to the country's energy security. "We can't afford not to do this.

USN Demonstrates Alternative Fuels for Shipboard Use

The U.S. Navy conducted a full power demonstration of a Riverine Command Boat (experimental) (RCB-X) powered by alternative fuel, Oct. 22, at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Testing and evaluation of alternative fuels from the 49-ft. RCB-X boat supports the Secretary of the Navy's efforts to reduce the fleet's reliance on fossil fuels and is part of a series of progressively complex tests and evaluations scheduled through 2012. These exhibitions will culminate in 2012 with a Green Strike Group of U.S.

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, will study and test new technologies and alternative fuels in the ports of Valencia (Spain), Koper (Slovenia) and Livorno (Italy) to try and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from these ports container terminal operations. The project will be managed by the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency and is set to be completed by May 2014.

U.S. Navy to Demonstrate Ship-based Alternative Fuel

Navy to conduct largest maritime alternative fuel demonstration on Self Defense Test Ship. What:  The U.S. Navy will conduct the largest-to-date maritime alternative fuel demonstration on the Self Defense Test Ship Paul F. Foster, Nov. 16-17. Prior to the ship's departure, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) Jackalyne Pfannenstiel along with Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy) Thomas Hicks will host a media availability to discuss the Navy's ongoing energy goals and answer questions about this demonstration. Subject matter experts from the Naval Fuels and Lubricants Cross Functional Team will also be available for questions. Where:  Defense Fuel Support Point Loma fueling pier, San Diego.

Federal Funding for LNG Conversion Projects

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that $900,000 in federal funding is now available to support the conversion of existing U.S. flag vessels to liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion. MARAD said it intends to use the results/data of this demonstration project to support further work related to air emissions reduction/alternative fuels research and to assess the public benefit of possible incentives to encourage adoption of emissions reduction and alternative fuels in the marine sector. The data collected will provide information regarding air emission reductions achieved using LNG and operational lessons learned from operating the vessel on LNG. MARAD will accept proposals from U.S. shipowners, operators and/or public sponsors through May 7, 2015.

LCAC 91 Achieves High Speed on Algal Blend

Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) amphibious transport vehicle.

The U.S. Navy successfully concluded its final alternative fuel demonstration for the year today with the Dec. 7-9 operational tests of the 50/50 algae-derived, hydro-processed algal oil and petroleum F-76 blend in a Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) amphibious transport vehicle at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City. The tests also marked the fastest speed achieved to date by a U.S. Navy surface craft using alternative fuel blends, as LCAC 91 reached speeds the crafts maximum speed of 50 knots, Dec.

US Navy, Queensland Partner with Industry

Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy for Management, Tom Hicks, left, meets with the Queensland Premier, the Honorable Annastacia Palaszczuk, center, and the Queensland Minister for Energy and Water Supply, the Honorable Mark Bailey prior to the open ceremony for the Biofutures Industry Forum at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Australia. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Queensland Officials/Released)

A two-day Biofutures Industry Forum hosted by the Queensland government and U.S. Navy at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre commenced today in Brisbane, Australia. The forum will bring together biofutures industry leaders from each step in the supply chain to collaborate and discuss the production of biofuels that meet both jet and marine specifications; all while forming and strengthening professional relationships between the nations. "The Navy has always been in the energy-innovation business- from wind to coal…

US Navy Ship Tests 100% Alternative Fuel

The ex-Paul F. Foster anchored off the southern coast of California. Paul F. Foster serves as the new Self Defense Test Ship for Naval Surface Warfare Center. (U.S. Navy photo by Timothy M. Black)

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division's (NSWC PHD) Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS), ex-Paul F. Foster went underway for final-phase testing of two alternative fuels, May 31. The SDTS traveled to San Diego, where it took on approximately 30,000 gallons of two types of alternative fuels. The ship then proceeded on a normal cruise, demonstrating that the alternative fuels could function as a drop-in replacement, requiring no changes to equipment or operating procedures.

USS FORD on Alternative Fuel Blend

USS Ford Conducts Operational Transit on Alternative Fuel Blend. USS Ford (FFG 54) successfully transited from the ship's homeport in Everett, Wash., to San Diego, March 2, using 25,000 gallons of a 50/50 algae-derived, hydro-processed algal oil and petroleum F-76 blend in the ships LM 2500 gas turbines. USS Ford's transit on the algal blend marks the first demonstration of the alternative fuel blend in an operational fleet ship. "We've done basically every range of research vessel we could test: the experimental riverine command boat; the Naval Academy's yard patrol; a landing craft utility, a landing craft air cushion amphibious, and self defense test ship," said Richard Leung, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Navy Fuels engineering manager.

Making the Case for Glycerine as Clean Marine Fuel

GLEAMS Project Partners at Lloyds Register.

After a year of intense activity, Marine South East’s GLEAMS (Glycerine Fuel for Marine Sustainability) project has concluded that Glycerine is a viable, exceptionally clean alternative marine fuel. Over the course of the initiative the project consortium gathered evidence and conducted analysis to prove that glycerine is a technically viable, very low emissions alternative fuel for the marine market. The factors, both positive and negative, influencing the adoption of the technology have been teased out and assessed and found favorable in significant defined markets.

Wärtsilä Further Develops Low-Speed Gas Engines

Wärtsilä has, in the autumn of 2010, initiated a major project to further develop its low-speed engine portfolio to include gas engines, alongside its medium-speed dual fuel engines, as part of the company's strategy. A new test engine will be installed in the Trieste engine laboratory in Italy in March this year. Engine testing will commence shortly thereafter. The marine market is today characterised by a growing awareness of the need for alternative fuel solutions that can reduce emissions while, at the same time, being commercially viable. Natural gas is currently the alternative fuel offering the biggest potential in this respect. LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) has also attracted some interest but is not a commercially viable alternative due to its prohibitive price.

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)

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. “The Fuel Trilemma: Next Generation of Marine Fuels” looks at the rapidly diversifying fuel market from the perspective of affordability, sustainability and safety.

US Funding for Air Emissions/Alternative Energy Projects

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that up to $1.3 million in Federal funding is now available through cooperative agreements for projects supporting vessel emissions reductions and alternative energy. The funding is being made available under two separate requests for applications – one focused on exhaust gas cleaning demonstration projects on U.S. Flag vessels that remove pollutants from the stacks of marine vessels and one focused on projects that demonstrate vessel emissions reductions through the use of alternative fuels or energy sources such as LNG or fuel cells, and improvements in vessel energy efficiency through use of conservation technology and practices.

Port of Vancouver, USA Steps up to Biodiesel Challenge

The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the first ports in the nation to replace regular diesel fuel with environmentally-friendly biodiesel for use in its own vehicles and heavy equipment. Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning diesel fuel made from vegetable oil, including recycled cooking oil. While pure biodiesel contains no petroleum, it can be blended with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. The Port of Vancouver will use a combination 20 percent biodiesel blended with 80 percent regular diesel, called "B20." Use of B20 biodiesel can result in a reduction of emissions by up to 20 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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