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12 Jan 2021

Norway Eyes Sea Change in Deep Dive for Metals Instead of Oil

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Norway's oil and gas reserves have made it one of the world's wealthiest countries but its dreams for deep-sea discovery now center on something different.This time, Oslo is looking for a leading role in mining copper, zinc, and other metals found on the seabed and in hot demand in green technologies.Norway could license companies for deep-sea mining as early as 2023, its oil and energy ministry told Reuters, potentially placing it among the first countries to harvest seabed metals for electric vehicle batteries…

26 Oct 2020

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Studying Maritime Decarbonization Technology

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Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology laboratory is examining opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants from marine vessels in Canada.Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) said Monday it has been awarded a contract by Transport Canada to develop an assessment tool to examine clean technologies that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the release of other pollutants from vessels. Using what is known as CNL’s Marine-Zero FuelTM (MaZeFTM) Assessment Tool…

30 Jul 2020

Envoy Acquires Avantis Marine

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UK-based Envoy Group has acquired a marine engineering company, Avantis Marine, to target carbon reduction and clean energy solutions for offshore markets.Avantis specializes in marine engineering with a focus on environmental performance and clean technologies for the shipping, oil and gas and passenger transport markets. The business is headquartered in the Marshall Islands, and operates from bases in the UK, Monaco, Dubai, Singapore and Miami. Iain MacGregor, CEO of Envoy, a 2019 spin-off from oilfield service company Global Energy Group…

19 May 2020

Norwegian Shipowners Commit to Carbon Neutral Fleet by 2050

Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg with Harald Solberg, CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association (Photo: Norwegian Shipowners' Association)

Norwegian shipowners have laid out plans to make the country's fleet entirely climate neutral by 2050, surpassing the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) target to halve shipping emissions within the same timeframe.The Norwegian Shipowners' Association on Tuesday revealed its member shipping companies have adopted four goals to reduce their environmental footprint. Members will first cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 50% per transported unit by 2030, compared to 2008. From 2030, members will only order vessels with zero emission technology.

18 Apr 2019

BY THE NUMBERS: Replace your Workboat Engine (now)

New Research Doubles Service Life Estimate of Marine Workboat Engines, Reveals Big Opportunities for Diesel Emissions Reductions.It turns out that commercial workboat engines are staying in service more than two times longer than predicted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according new research from the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). That says a lot for the quality of marine engines, but at the same it isn’t necessarily a good thing.

30 Sep 2018

Port of Long Beach Joins World Ports Climate Action Program

The Port of Long Beach and six other international seaports recognized for advancing innovative environmental initiatives are combining forces to launch the "World Ports Climate Action Program."Long Beach will join port authorities in Los Angeles; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Hamburg, Germany; Barcelona, Spain; Antwerp, Belgium; and Vancouver, Canada in developing projects to address global warming and meet the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement, a United Nations-led effort to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions."This partnership helps to raise awareness about global warming throughout the port industry and ensures that we are working toward the same goals on an international scale," said Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach.

13 Aug 2018

Air Lubrication System Saves Fuel for Diamond Princess

Diamond Princess (Photo: Silverstream Technologies)

Silverstream Technologies said its Silverstream System air lubrication technology has been retrofitted onto the cruise ship Diamond Princess, part of Carnival Corporation’s Princess Cruises brand.The system has been in operation since June 2017, reducing fuel consumption and related CO2 emissions. It recently completed its final contract trials, which demonstrated that the original performance expectations were exceeded with net efficiency improvements of over 5 percent at the design service speed…

26 Jul 2018

Port of Rotterdam Throughput Drops 2.2% in 1H 2018

The port of Rotterdam achieved throughput of 232.8 million tonnes in the first six months of 2018. That is 2.2% less than in the first six months of 2017.Container throughput, one of the strategic priorities of the Port Authority, rose by 5.9% (in tonnes, 6.2% in TEU) by comparison with the first six months of 2017, including a new throughput record in May.The market share of Rotterdam by comparison with the other ports in the Hamburg-Le Havre range increased from 30.9% (Q1 2017) to 31.2% (Q1 2018)¹However, the rise in container handling did not offset the fall in the throughput of wet and dry bulk. The decline in bulk goods was mainly seen in the throughput of coal…

19 Jun 2018

DNV GL, EU to Promote Offshore Wind Market in Indian

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, is today showcasing the final reports in a study which demonstrates the commercial and technical feasibility of the offshore wind market In India. Co-funded by the European Union (EU), GPCL and ReNew Power the Facilitating Offshore Wind in India (FOWIND) project will enable organisations to make future investments in the region. India has made strong commitments under the UN Paris Climate Agreement and announced ambitious renewable energy goals in 2015, targeting 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022, including 60 GW from wind energy. To date…

11 Apr 2018

Rotterdam Port Calls for North-West Europe Joint CO2 Price

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is calling on the Dutch Government to form a coalition with countries in North-West Europe so that a joint CO2 price can be introduced. At the Port Authority’s Energy in Transition Summit 2018 on the RDM site in Rotterdam, Port Authority CEO Allard Castelein made a powerful case for a much higher CO2 price in conjunction with a new industrial policy for the Netherlands. At the summit, the Port Authority also revealed the results of the CO2 impact of marine and inland shipping. The Port Authority announced that it would introduce an incentive of in total 5 million euros to support vessel owners and charterers that experiment with low-carbon or zero-carbon fuels to promote climate-friendly maritime shipping.

08 Mar 2018

Tug, Switcher Engine Upgrades Offer Most Cost-Effective Options

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Clean diesel technology upgrades for large tug and switcher locomotive engines cost only $4,379 to $15,201 per ton of nitrogen oxides (NOx), compared to more than $30,000 per ton of NOx for many other diesel emission reduction projects. The Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has released a report documenting the significant emission reduction benefits that can be gained by replacing older engines in tug boats and switcher locomotives with the latest clean diesel models.

18 Sep 2017

Ocean Guardian: Simplifying Environmental Compliance

Environmental compliance challenges are nothing new to the cruise industry. Initiatives to enhance environmental compliance, from clean technologies to improved processes and procedures, have significantly reduced the impact cruise vessels have on the environment and improved the quality of discharge. These onboard initiatives address what is in the vessel’s control, but cannot simplify the increasingly complex regulatory environment in which cruise lines operate. Enforcement of environmental regulations is on the rise as international…

30 May 2017

SKF Extends Monitoring Platform for Ship Emission

SKF has extended its BlueMon environmental monitoring and mapping system to meet the maritime emission requirements of MARPOL 73/78 Annex VI. As the number of Emission Control Areas (ECAs) grows, and limits become stricter, ship operators are finding it increasingly difficult and time-consuming to stay compliant. With the amendment of Annex VI of MARPOL 73/78 coming into force in January 2020, there is now even more reason to adopt SKF BlueMon’s automated approach to compliance. The existing SKF BlueMon product already focusses on Annex I. As well as collecting and analysing data from a variety of sensors, its mapping application visually relates measurements to the vessel’s geographical position in reference to relevant ECAs at any given time.

11 Apr 2017

Navios Selects Preferred Scrubber Supplier

Navios ShipManagement Inc., a member of Navios Group, has issued a letter of intent endorsing DuPont Clean Technologies as the preferred supplier of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) for its vessels. The letter of intent also confirms that Navios and DuPont Clean Technologies will carry out a joint feasibility study and techno-economic analysis of marine scrubbing units for retrofitting or new build installation on a variety of vessels, from bulk carriers to containers and tankers. The planned feasibility study will examine the viability of fitting DuPont Marine Scrubbers on both retrofit and newbuild projects. “Talks with Navios reached this point because both companies are focused on efficiently reducing emissions.

16 Nov 2016

Scrubbers Set to Help Shippers Meet the New Sulfur Cap

The 0.5 percent global sulfur cap by 2020 requires marine industry action. “By 2025, up to 20 percent of the global fleet could have [scrubber] technology installed,” estimates DuPont Clean Technologies Marine Business Development Manager, Europe, Marco Dierico. “Ship owners and operators that want to minimize costly changes and continue to burn heavy fuel oil (HFO) will require a scrubber to clean the fuel. The October 27 decision from the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) to enforce a global 0.5 percent cap on sulfur emissions from fuels by 2020 will necessitate ship owners and operators to select an emissions abatement solution in order to meet the new requirements.

15 Nov 2016

Silverstream Air Lubrication for Cruise Ship Refit

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Silverstream Technologies, makes of air lubrication technology for the shipping industry, signed a contract with a major cruise line to retrofit its proprietary Silverstream System on one of its vessels. The Silverstream System will be retrofitted onto the vessel in 2017. Extensive performance analysis of data from Silverstream’s original sea trial funded by Shell confirmed consistent net efficiency savings in excess of 4% and up to 8% for larger vessels. “There is a real demand from the cruise sector for clean technologies that are cost effective…

07 Nov 2016

Long Beach, LA to Track Maersk Line’s Emissions

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The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are partnering with shipping company Maersk Line to measure the environmental benefits of a $125 million upgrade for 12 Maersk containerships. The initiative will involve the installation of high-tech equipment to track vessel emissions and energy efficiency over the next three years, enabling more transparency and ultimately reducing the environmental impact of vessels calling at the San Pedro Bay port complex. The two ports are contributing…

03 Aug 2016

Another Scrubber Retrofit for Vulica Shipping

DuPont awarded third marine scrubber order by Vulica Shipping Co. Ltd. Vulica Shipping Co. Ltd. has selected DuPont Clean Technologies for the supply of a hybrid single-stream scrubber designed by DuPont subsidiary Belco Technologies Corporation (BELCO) to be retrofitted to MV H.A. Sklenar, a self-unloading bulk carrier that operates along the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel is owned by Vulica Shipping Company Ltd., a subsidiary of Vulcan Materials. “We designed the exhaust gas scrubber tower and scrubber system so Vulica could efficiently treat the exhaust gas produced by the main diesel engine on MV H.A. Sklenar,” Garrett Billemeyer, Technology Development manager explained.

24 Feb 2016

Shipping Making Progress Towards Sustainability

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is calling on the wider industry to embrace new finance models to fund clean tech upgrades and back calls for a new international framework for tackling shipping emissions. SSI has announced the release of the organization's latest annual report - the document suggests that while there are significant short-term challenges around International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and COP 21 meeting requirements, progress is happening. SSI, which represents 17 firms from across the shipping sector including Bunge, Cargill, Maersk Line, ABN AMRO, Lloyd's Register, and AkzoNobel, today published its annual progress report…

11 Sep 2015

Fully Electrical Ferry Wins Efficiency Award

The first purely battery-driven car and passenger ferry Ampere has won the Ship Efficiency Award in the category Environmental Technology. The award recognizes innovative solutions which have contributed to reducing the environmental impact of shipping operations. The 80 metre long DNV GL classed vessel is one of three ferries operated by the Norwegian shipping company Norled between Lavik and Oppedal and is able to carry 120 cars and 360 passengers. “Ampere is trading in Sognefjord with 100 per cent regularity and consumes 50 per cent less energy compared with a traditional diesel ferry on the same route. It has proven to be a huge success for Norled,” said Claes Skat-Rørdam of award sponsor Hempel on behalf of the judges.

30 Jul 2015

Long Beach Port Celebrates Environmental Successes

Shipping lines, environmental organizations, trucking companies, terminal operators and a railroad were honored today, July 29, by Long Beach Mayor Dr. Robert Garcia and the Port of Long Beach at the annual Environmental Achievement Awards. The awards are an outgrowth of the groundbreaking Green Port Policy, the Port’s commitment to improving the environment. Approved in 2005 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the policy put the Port on the path to become a world leader in environmental stewardship. At today’s event, Mayor Garcia introduced the “Mayor’s Green Port Award,” which was presented to terminal operator Long Beach Container Terminal.

30 Jan 2015

Congestion is Port of Long Beach’s Toughest Issue

Jon Slangerup (Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach)

In his first-ever State of the Port address, Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Jon Slangerup on Thursday unveiled plans for congestion-beating smart systems for cargo movement and an all-out push to achieve energy resilience for port operations with wind turbines, solar cells and other clean technologies. Speaking to an audience of nearly 900 at the Long Beach Convention Center’s Pacific Ballroom, Slangerup summed up the Port of Long Beach’s achievements in 2014 then gave his expectations for 2015 and beyond, setting high goals for himself and the port.

30 Jan 2015

Long Beach Port to Boost Power, Speed Clearance

Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Jon Slangerup on Thursday unveiled ambitious plans for congestion-beating smart systems for cargo movement and an all-out push to achieve energy resilience for port operations with wind turbines, solar cells and other clean technologies, in his first-ever “State of the Port” address. Speaking to a record audience of nearly 900 at the Long Beach Convention Center’s Pacific Ballroom, Slangerup summed up the Port of Long Beach’s achievements in 2014 then gave his expectations for 2015 and beyond, setting high goals for himself and the Port. Slangerup’s address followed welcoming comments by Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Harbor Commission President Doug Drummond and Harbor Commission Vice President Rich Dines.

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