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Sunday, November 19, 2017

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GoodFuels Marine, Boskalis Test Wood-Based Marine Fuel

Photo: Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.

Boskalis, the leading global dredging and marine expert, and GoodFuels Marine, the leading provider of sustainable marine biofuels to the global commercial shipping fleet, has announced to have performed successful live tests on a sustainable  wood-based drop-in biofuel called UPM BioVerno. The tests were conducted on a vessel working on the Dutch Marker Wadden nature restoration project in the middle of the Markermeer lake. The fuel supplied by Finnish UPM Biofuels is the first ever biofuel derived from wood residue used in a marine fleet.

Biofuels and Effects on Shipping Industry

Biofuels are increasingly in the news – a biofuelled airline has been flown; fuel suppliers are to ensure that a percentage of their sales must include biofuels and there is a lively debate about ‘feeding or fuelling the nation’. In his lecture, entitled ‘Biofuels and their effects on the shipping industry’ on 23 April, Richard Sadler will cover the various types of biofuels and how they may affect marine transportation, the effect on new and existing trade patterns, the subsequent changes that this may have on suitable ship designs and sizes; together with the application of biofuels as marine fuels and lubricants. The Lecture will be delivered at the City Conference Centre, (the headquarters of IMarEST). Attendance is free of charge to IMarEST members and non-members alike.

New Book Addresses Biofuel Future

“In the absence of strong government policies, we project that the worldwide use of oil in transport will nearly double between 2000 and 2030, leading to a similar increase in greenhouse gas emissions,” said Claude Mandil, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) at the launch in Paris today of “Biofuels for Transport: An International Perspective”. This new IEA publication looks at recent trends in biofuel production and considers how the future may look if recent initiatives in IEA countries and around the world are fully implemented. The report takes a global perspective on the nascent biofuels industry, assessing regional similarities and differences as well as the cost and benefits of the various biofuel options and technologies.

Port of Amsterdam Reduces CO2 Footprint by 25%

Photo: Port of Amsterdam

Following a previous successful pilot, GoodFuels Marine has also won Port of Amsterdam’s tender for its fleet of five patrol vessels. The vessels will now run on fuel containing 30% exceptionally high-quality biodiesel. This will reduce CO2 emissions by 25% compared to fossil diesel. Marleen van de Kerkhof, Port of Amsterdam Harbour Master: ‘Clean shipping is a key spearhead of our sustainability strategy. Part of this strategy entails making our own patrol vessels more sustainable.

Future Marine Fuels: BioFuels in Focus

Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, GoodFuels Marine

It is predicted that biofuels will make up 5-10% of the global marine fuel mix by 2030 – meaning that biofuels will represent a crucial role in creating a low-emission future for shipping. In the wake of COP 21 and in advance of any subsequent IMO ruling on the environment, it may seem to many that the shipping industry is in limbo when it comes to improving its emissions footprint. On the contrary, ship owners and operators are increasingly looking for ways to ensure that both existing fleets and new builds maximize their business potential…

Statoil and Petrobas to Collaborate

Statoil and the Brazilian oil company Petrobras have signed a long-term strategic collaboration agreement for exploration and production as well as biofuels. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in Oslo on September 14 by Helge Lund and José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo, chief executives of Statoil and Petrobras respectively. The companies already have several partnership agreements within exploration and production in Brazil, Angola, Nigeria and the Gulf of Mexico. The partners also formed a technology partnership in 2003 that includes drilling, exploration and subsea operations. The new collaboration involves both companies studying several oil and gas business development opportunities, in Brazil and internationally.

A2B-online Container Ships Use Biofuels, Big Data to Cut CO2

Photo: GoodFuels

A2B-online Container, GoodFuels Marine and We4Sea launch a collaboration project with the aim to reduce fossil fuel consumption and CO2-emissions for two A2B-online ships. Big Data technology is used to map the possibilities for more efficient shipping operations. The cost efficiencies achieved by reduced levels of fuel consumption will subsequently be used to deploy advanced, sustainable biofuels, by which the CO2-emissions will further decrease. A2B-online Container B.V. offers reliable short-sea services from the port of Moerdijk to several ports in the UK.

U.S. Military Biofuel Development Contract Placed

BioProcess Algae LLC awarded $6.4-Million U.S. Department of Energy grant to develop advanced drop-in biofuels for military jets & ships. BioProcess Algae LLC has been selected to receive a grant of up to $6.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as part of an innovative pilot-scale biorefinery project related to production of hydrocarbon fuels meeting military specification. The project will use renewable carbon dioxide, lignocellulosic sugars and waste heat through BioProcess Algae's Grower HarvesterTM technology platform, co-located with the Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:GPRE ) ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa. "BioProcess Algae was the only algae platform chosen to be a part of this project by the DOE," said Todd Becker, President and CEO of Green Plains.

Biofuels Can Cut Some Transport Emissions

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Growing use of electric vehicles around the world is helping lower climate changing emissions, but some means of transport will be hard to electrify, particularly air travel and shipping, energy experts say. To “decarbonise” those, the world will need to rapidly develop and bring to market biofuels – while trying to ensure they don’t crowd out food production, say the authors of a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). With “the right selection of the right raw material” about 12 percent of transport fuel could come from renewable sources by 2030…

BIO Responds to Navy's 'Green Fleet' Criticisms

“The criticisms of the Navy’s upcoming demonstration of advanced biofuels leveled by the oil refinery industry have no real merit. “Achieving energy security is critical to national security and military readiness, and the domestic advanced biofuel industry is attempting to do its part to help the U.S. military reach its goals. It is clear that our military cannot achieve energy security by continuing to depend on foreign oil. Liquid fuels are needed to fly planes and sail ships, so biofuels are critical components of military energy security. “U.S. taxpayers spend $80 billion each year for the U.S. military to defend international oil shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere.

Biofuels: Time Running Out for Tanker Owners

Photo: Rivertrace Engineering

New regulations on the carriage of biofuels could limit the trading flexibility of product tankers from next January, according to Rivertrace Engineering, Managing Director, Mike Coomber. This is because oil discharge monitoring equipment on board most existing vessels is not geared up to handle biofuels. From next January, Coomber warns that vessels without up-to-date type-approved equipment will not even make it on to charterers’ shortlists because they will no longer be eligible to carry biofuel cargoes. The regulations are embodied in IMO Resolution MEPC.108(49) as amended by MEPC.240(65).

Vitol's Malaysia Terminal Suspends Ops after Spill

VTTI, the storage unit of world's largest oil trader Vitol, has suspended operations at its terminal in southern Malaysia following an oil spill, two industry sources said on Friday. An accident with coastal tanker Trident Star caused the oil spill on Wednesday, they said. The terminal at port of Tanjong Pelepas in Johor has a total storage capacity of 1.155 million cubic metres. It handles gasoline, jet fuel, gasoil, fuel oil and biofuels. Reporting by Florence Tan

Biodiesel Delivery a First for Seaport Canaveral

Seaport Canaveral General Manager Juriaan Steenland and Port Canaveral CEO Stan Payne: Photo credit Seaport Canaveral

Port 'Goes Green' with Seaport Canaveral's first biodiesel fuel ship As new regulations go into effect by 2015 mandating more environmentally friendly fuels, Port Canaveral is positioned to become a nationwide `green' leader with the arrival of the first vessel carrying domestically produced biodiesel fuel. Seaport Canaveral's multi-million infrastructure investment allows for the receipt, blending and distribution of biodiesel fuels at its terminal to meet growing market demand. Federal renewable fuel standards require the use of biofuels by refiners and importers.

Navy, Other Agencies, Award Bio-refinery Contracts to 3 Firms

Biofuel RAS: Photo USN

As part of a 2011 Presidential directive, the Departments of Navy, Energy, and Agriculture have announced that three companies have been awarded contracts to construct and commission biorefineries capable of producing "drop-in" biofuels to meet the transportation needs of the military and private sector, according to the Navy News Service. Made through the Department of Defense's (DOD) Defense Protection Act (DPA) of 1950, the awards support the Administration's goals to boost and diversify the domestic fuel supply base…

Leavitt Heads Seattle Port's Environment Protection, Development

Elizabeth Leavitt Photo Port of Seattle

After an extensive national search, the Port of Seattle has promoted Elizabeth Leavitt to lead its work to protect and enhance the environment. The Senior Director for Environment and Sustainability is a newly created position leading a center of expertise that consolidates environmental, sustainability, and planning functions. Leavitt will report to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and will serve on the CEO’s Executive Leadership Team. “It is impressive that, within the large candidate pool, the Port’s own staff provided excellent people who rose to the top,” said Port COO Dave Soike.

Naval Academy Training Craft Runs on Biofuel

The Naval Academy's Waterfront Readiness Department refueled yard patrol (YP) craft 692 with a biofuel blend Sept. 15 at Naval Support Activity Annapolis, demonstrating the academy's commitment to the Navy's energy goals. The fuel is a 50/50 blend of petroleum and a renewable algae-based biofuel, HRD-76. Last month, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the Navy's latest initiative to partner with federal and private organizations in creating a sustainable U.S.-based alternative energy source, citing energy independence as necessary to national security. Richard Leung, an engineer with Naval Sea Systems Command who accompanied the shipment of 4,000 gallons of biofuel to Annapolis, also emphasized the need for alternative energy.

U.S. Invests $62-million in Biofuels Development

The Obama administration said a key part of the spending was $30 million in federal funding being made available to quicken the development of biofuels to replace diesel and jet fuel consumed by the military, the commercial aviation and shipping sectors. President Obama announced last August that the U.S. departments of Agriculture and Energy and the Navy will invest up to $510 million during the next three years to produce advanced drop-in aviation and marine biofuels to power military and commercial transportation. The $30 million was part of this commitment. U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said last year he wants half of the fuel used in Navy ships and aircraft to come from renewable sources by 2020.

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.

PPG Introduces New Line of Marine Coatings

PPG Industries’ (NYSE: PPG) protective and marine coatings business has introduced NOVAGUARD(TM), PHENGUARD(TM) and SIGMAGUARD(TM) CSF coatings for petrochemical and biofuel storage tank lining applications in the United States. The addition of solvent-free NOVAGUARD and SIGMAGUARD CSF coatings and of solvent-borne PHENGUARD coatings provides storage tank owners and maintenance engineers with a comprehensive range of PPG tank lining solutions for all types of chemical storage.

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…

Biofuel Replenishment for 'Great Green Fleet'

USNS 'Henry J. Kaiser 'loads biofuel for RIMPAC 2012's Great Green Fleet Demo by the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187)  loads of 900,000 gallons of a 50/50 blend of advanced biofuels and traditional petroleum-based fuel at Defense Fuel Support Point, Manchester, Wash. Kaiser will deliver the biofuel to the platforms participating in the Great Green Fleet demonstration, which will take place in July during the 2012 Rim of the Pacific exercise. This demonstration allows the Navy to test, evaluate, and demonstrate the cross-platform utility and functionality of advanced biofuels in an operational setting…

Amsterdam Port Committed to Reducing Shipping Emissions

Photo: Port of Amsterdam

Port of Amsterdam aims to reduce shipping emissions and minimise the environmental impact of these emissions by working with the shipping sector. In its Clean Shipping Vision for 2030, the Port describes how it intends to achieve its sustainability objectives through concrete actions, such as reducing emissions of docked sea cruise ships by 50 percent. The Clean Shipping Vision has a wide scope that encompasses emissions from ships themselves and those associated with port activities such as loading and unloading.

Policy Uncertainty Threatens to Slow Renewable Energy Momentum

Photo courtesy of IEA

IEA forecast sees renewable power as a cost-competitive option in an increasing number of cases, but facing growing risks to deployment over the medium term. The expansion of renewable energy will slow over the next five years unless policy uncertainty is diminished, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today in its third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report. According to the report, power generation from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro grew strongly in 2013…

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