TMC Supplies Air Systems to Tersan Shipyard
Oslo-based TMC Compressors of the Seas (TMC) has signed a deal to deliver its energy efficient marine compressed air systems to two new cruise vessels Tersan Shipyard is building for Norwegian shipowner Havila Kystruten. TMC has not disclosed the value of its contract. Its scope of work is to deliver a complete marine compressed air system consisting of energy efficient instrument air compressors and air dryers, to each of the two newbuild cruise ships – the Havila Capella and Havila Castor.Powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and batteries…
Successful Sustainability Starts with … Lubricants
Unappreciated, but heavily used by operators and closely regulated by the authorities, lubricants can also be a welcome part of your environmental and sustainability program. That’s right: lubricants.When it comes to the ideal operating scenario on any marine platform, the challenge of balancing sustainability with maximum operational performance and arriving at a healthy bottom line has never been more difficult. That said; the arguably perfect solution involves using on board consumable product(s) that contribute to sustainability, operational, and energy efficiency goals.
New Cable Layer to Feature Seawater Cooling
Norwegian VARD will incorporate a hull-integrated seawater cooling system for a cable laying vessel the shipbuilder is designing and constructing for energy and telecom cable systems firm Prysmian Group.Ålesund-based Hydroniq Coolers – formerly named Sperre Coolers – said it has been contracted to deliver its Hydroniq Rack seawater cooling solution that will be integrated in the hull below the main engine room of the vessel. The manufacturer has not disclosed the value of the contract.“This is a cutting edge-edge vessel that is intended to be the most capable cable layer in its market.
Huelva, Enagás Launch Cold Logistics Hub
Port Authority of Huelva (APH) and Enagás, in collaboration with HuelvaPort, presented the Sustainable Cold Logistics Hub, a project that will be launched in the South Quay of the Port of Huelva through the awarding of the corresponding tender for the construction of cold stores by companies interested in participating."The logistics centre will enhance the competitiveness of the South Quay and its intermodal terminal, providing infrastructures prepared for the booming market of temperature-controlled goods in an extremely well-positioned port…
TMC to Deliver Marine Compressors to Vard
Norway-based shipbuilder Vard Group AS has awarded TMC Compressors of the Seas (TMC) to supply the marine compressed air system for two cruise ships the Norwegian shipbuilder is constructing for Viking Cruises.TMC’s scope of work is to deliver a complete marine compressed air system that consists of instrument air compressors and air dryers, to each of the two newbuild cruise ships. TMC has not disclosed the value of its contract.“As the international cruise sector increasingly emphasizes reduced energy consumption and lower emissions to air…
Wartsila, Grimaldi Cut 3.5% Fuel Bills
Finnish technology group Wärtsilä, the Netherlands based Maritime Research Institute MARIN and Italian ship owner Grimaldi, have together successfully designed an Energy Saving Device (ESD), suitable for use by ships with Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPPs)."Following model tests, and subsequent sea trials with Grimaldi’s ‘Grande Portogallo’, a 165 metres long Pure Car & Truck Carrier, fuel efficiency gains of 3.5 percent were confirmed," said a press release from the engineering company.
Ulstein Introduces the X-BOW for RoPax
Ulstein has developed a range of X-BOW vessels for the RoPax market. The portfolio is based on Ulstein's ‘compact concept’ of shorter, wider and slower design solutions, leading to high capacity vessels and less expensive newbuilds.The X-BOW is one of Ulstein’s contributions to cleaner and more sustainable shipping operations. Introducing the X-BOW on RoPax vessels is a natural design development.Many RoPax vessels operate in harsh areas, for which the X-BOW was originally designed. An X-BOW vessel at the same speed and weather conditions will use less power than a conventional bow vessel.
ABB Expands Azipod Range for Ferries, RoPax
ABB extends the power range of Azipod propulsion to enable ferry and RoPax operators improve operational efficiency and reduce emissionsSince its launch in 1990, Azipod electric propulsion has become the industry standard for a wide range of vessel segments ranging from smaller crafts to icebreakers capable of independently operating in the harshest conditions.In response to customer requests, ABB has filled the gap between the low and high-power range of Azipod propulsors with the launch of a new series available in 7.5-14.5MW.
European Consortium Launches 3D Project
A consortium of 11 European stakeholders including ArcelorMittal, Axens, IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) and Total, launched a project to demonstrate an innovative process for capturing CO2 from industrial activities named the DMX project.It is part of a more comprehensive study dedicated to the development of the future European Dunkirk North Sea capture and storage cluster.The “3D” project (for DMXTM Demonstration in Dunkirk) is part of Horizon 2020, the European Union’s research and innovation program.The project has a 19.3 million euro budget over 4 years…
Subsea 7's Seven Vega Launched
Shipbuilder Royal IHC has launched the fully integrated reel-lay vessel Seven Vega for subsea engineering, construction and services company Subsea 7.The ceremony took place at IHC’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands, and was performed by Monica Th. Bjørkmann, Vice President for Subsea 7 in Norway.Stuart Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President Strategy and Commercial Subsea 7 said, “The vessel marks an important investment for the future. When delivered in early 2020…
Microsoft, Eneco Sign Energy Pact
Microsoft will purchase 90 MW from the massive 731.5 MW offshore wind project, Borssele III/IV, from Dutch sustainable energy company and wind farm developer Eneco.Eneco will provide Microsoft’s datacenters with green power for 15 years starting in 2022, said a press release from the technology giant."This is Microsoft’s second purchase of wind energy in the Netherlands in a year, which brings its total wind energy purchases to 270 MW in the Netherlands — one of the largest corporate renewable energy portfolios in the country…
Dublin Get Kalmar AutoRTG Cranes
The cargo handling solutions and services provider, Kalmar has concluded an agreement with Dublin Ferryport Terminals (DFT) to extend the Kalmar AutoRTG system at the terminal with two new AutoRTG cranes.The order was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q2 order intake, with delivery of the machines scheduled to be completed during Q2 of 2020, Kalmar, part of Cargotec, said. Part of the container and terminal division of Irish Continental Group, DFT operates the most modern container terminal at Dublin Port, with an annual throughput of approximately 380,000 TEU.
Offshore Wind: California's New Gold Rush
California Dreamin': In CA, offshore wind has unlimited potentialWhen it comes to States promoting renewable, non-fossil electricity generation, California surely leads the list, from utility-scale regional grids to individual rooftop solar panels.In fact, a December 2018 update from the California Energy Commission (CEC) estimates the state may already have exceeded an initial renewable generation goal of 33% by 2020. CEC estimates that in 2018 that generation number was already 34%.
U.S. Energy Hits Records in 2018: EIA
U.S. energy consumption, production, and exports have reached record highs in 2018, said U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).The United States produced a record amount of energy from various sources in 2018, reaching 96 quadrillion British thermal units (quads), an 8% increase from 2017. This increase in production outpaced the 4% increase in U.S. energy consumption, which also reached a record high of 101 quads.At the same time, U.S. energy exports increased 18% to a record high of 21 quads in 2018…
Vessel Orders Hits Lowest in 15 Years
The global newbuilding orderbook for vessels has shrunk to the lowest level in 15 years as vessel owners struggle with excess capacity.According to to data from Clarksons Research, there were 3,200 vessels of a combined 81 million gross tons ordered globally in the first quarter of 2019, which is the lowest figure since 2004.A report in the WSJ quoted George Warner of Clarksons Research as saying: "“The global order book has declined to its lowest level since the early stages…
Hydroniq to Cool Ulstein-Built Vessel
Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein Verft has awarded a contract to Hydroniq Coolers to deliver a hull-integrated seawater cooling system for a polar expedition vessel the shipbuilder is constructing for Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.The expedition vessel, designed by Ulstein, will be the first polar new build in the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet. Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. is an expedition travel company that works in partnership with National Geographic to inspire people to explore and care about the planet.
Keppel Acquires $50m Stake Battery Biz
Keppel Corporation Limited, through its wholly owned subsidiary KepVenture Pte Ltd (Keppel), has entered into an agreement with Envision AESC to invest $50 million for a minority stake in Envision AESC Group Ltd, a leading intelligent lithium-ion battery company. This co-investment with Envision is in line with Keppel's efforts to deploy innovative concepts in its solutions for sustainable urbanization.Envision AESC Group Ltd recently completed the acquisition of Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC), a former venture between Nissan Motor Company (Nissan) and the NEC Group. It has also acquired the entire share capital of NEC Energy Devices, Ltd., a battery electrode manufacturing company owned by NEC Corporation.
ABB's Chiller Optimization Solution for Ferries
ABB’s chiller optimization solution for passenger ships achieves over 18% energy savings on board ferry La Suprema.ABB and Italian shipping company GNV (Grandi Navi Veloci) have completed a first-of-its-kind retrofit of a technology that optimizes the performance of chillers used for heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems on ferries – and the results have exceeded all expectations.Energy efficiency initiatives for ship operations generally focus on main propulsion…
Furetank Orders Dual Fuel Product Tanker
Sweden's Furetank Rederi AB has signed a contract for one 17,999 dwt dual fuel product tanker at Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding.The agreement with the yard includes an option for one further vessel, said a press release from the provider of marine transportation services through product and chemical tankers.The new vessel will be identical with the series of six sister vessels built by Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding for Furetank Rederi AB, Rederi AB Älvtank and Erik Thun AB during 2018‐2019.All vessels are designed with special focus on minimal impact on the environment and has dual fuel capability…
Shipyard Coatings: Green is the Best Color
VT Halter’s new state-of-the-art blast and pain facility, already paying dividends for the shipyard’s bottom line and the environment alike, is poised to lift your bottom line with improved coatings and reduced corrosion.When it comes to marine coatings, preparation is everything. If that’s the case, then Gulf Coast-based VT Halter has all the boxes checked when it come to making sure that every vessel component and exposed surface that leaves its facility is ready for whatever harsh conditions come next.
Interlake Orders Great Lakes Newbuild
U.S. ship owner The Interlake Steamship Company said it has ordered a new U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier, the first to be built in more than 35 years. Measuring 639 feet in length (78 feet W, 45 feet H, 28,000 DWT), the vessel will be constructed by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., for scheduled completion in mid-2022.The new River-Class, self-unloading bulk carrier is reportedly the first ship for U.S. Great Lakes service built on the Great Lakes since 1983.The Interlake Steamship Company…
Havyard Delivers Another Battery-Run Ferry
Havyard delivered the third battery-run ferry for the Hareid–Sulesund route to Fjord1.To ensure that the ferries run as energy efficient as possible, Havyard developed digital ferry models and incorporated them into a ‘digital Sulafjord’ made with unique weather data from the area.The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has invested more than $11.4m in measurement masts and buoys in the Sulafjord. These provide data about wind, current, temperature, wave height and wave length that Norwegian researchers have not previously had…
Energy Demand Rose at a Record Rate
Global energy demand grew 2.3% last year, marking its fastest pace in a decade, amid a robust global economy and stronger heating and cooling needs in many regions, said the International Energy Agency (IEA).Natural gas emerged as the fuel of choice, posting the biggest gains and accounting for 45% of the rise in energy consumption. Gas demand growth was especially strong in the United States and China.Demand for all fuels increased, with fossil fuels meeting nearly 70% of the growth for the second year running.