Want to Cut Emissions? SLOW DOWN
Merchant ships traditionally operate in the open sea at or near full speed. This is hard on the engine, hard on the ship and hard on the crew. Slowing down reduces wear on the engine, improves fuel efficiency, reduces harmful air emissions and improves safety by providing the bridge personnel additional time to evaluate developing situations. Some marine engines, though, are designed to operate at near full load. Thus, for these engines, slow steaming creates its own set of problems – not insurmountable…
Baleària Builds World's First Gas Engine-Powered High-Speed Catamaran
The shipping line Baleària, a pioneer in the application of liquefied natural gas in sea transportation, has marked another milestone with the construction of the world's first passenger and cargo fast ferry powered by dual LNG engines. The fast ferry is being built at the Armon shipyard in Gijón, as announced yesterday by Baleària President Adolfo Utor at the inaugural conference of the 57th Naval Engineering and Maritime Industry Congress currently being held in Valencia.Capacity and investmentWith a length of 125 meters and a beam of 28 meters…
Full Speed Ahead with Climate-Change Measures at IMO Following Paris Agreement
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has welcomed the historic achievement of the 2015 Paris Climate Change conference (COP21). IMO has contributed, and will continue to contribute, to global GHG reduction goals. IMO and its Member States recognise the important need for international shipping, which accounts for 2.2% of CO2 anthropogenic emissions, to support global efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change. IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu said, “The Paris Agreement represents remarkable progress and builds on the 1992 Rio Earth Summit…
ABS to Class Maersk's Mega Ships
Maritime shipping and offshore classification services provider ABS has been selected to class 11 newbuild ultra-large containerships (ULCs) for Maersk Line A/S of Denmark, the classification society announced today. At 19,630 TEU, Maersk’s second generation of Triple-E containerships will larger than the first, and were ordered from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea last month in a deal that includes options to build up to six additional vessels. ABS notes that it classed 20 of Maersk’s Triple-E containerships from the same shipyard four years ago.
DNV GL “Modification Excellence Award” for Schiffahrt
Classification society DNV GL recognised that E.R. Schiffahrt has retrofitted seven ultra large container vessels to meet the highest energy efficiency standards and improve its cargo capacity through the DNV GL Modification Excellence Award. Jörg Lampe, Senior Project Engineer Risk & Safety and Systems Engineering at DNV GL, presented the award to Jürgen Kudritzki, Technical Director at E.R. Schiffahrt, in Hamburg. The German shipping company is the first to receive this award. “E.R. Schiffahrt has made a sustained and intensive commitment to increasing the efficiency of its operations.
d'Amico Fleet to Fit InfoSHIP EGO Monitoring
International classification society RINA Services informs it is to fit RINA’s InfoSHIP EGO performance monitoring system to d’Amico Group’s entire fleet. The first units will be installed on two newbuildings under construction in Korea and China, one tanker and one bulk carrier. The system will be progressively extended across the d’Amico fleet. InfoSHIP EGO is the fleet performance monitoring solution developed by RINA Services in cooperation with IB Software and Consulting.
RINA Performance Monitors Adopted by d’Amico Fleet
International classification society RINA Services is to fit RINA’s InfoSHIP EGO performance monitoring system to d’Amico Group’s entire fleet. The first units will be installed on two newbuildings under construction in Korea and China, one tanker and one bulk carrier. The system will be progressively extended across the d’Amico fleet. InfoSHIP EGO is the fleet performance monitoring solution developed by RINA Services in cooperation with IB Software and Consulting. The software has different modules that allow it to automatically collect data on board and benchmark the actual performance of the ship against a target. Michele Francioni, CEO, RINA Services, said, “InfoSHIP EGO will be customized for the d’Amico fleet to meet the company’s specific reporting needs.
Cruise Industry Highlights Environmental Efforts
In commemoration of Earth Day, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today highlighted the extensive efforts of the cruise industry and CLIA member lines to preserve and protect the environment. “CLIA member cruise lines continue to invest in systems and technologies that improve overall environmental performance,” said Christine Duffy, president and CEO of CLIA. “The industry takes its responsibility as caretakers of the environment seriously. Working with the International Maritime Organization (IMO)…
d’Amico Launches New Eco-Ship Designs
Highly efficient vessels surpassing international standards defined by new legislation for “eco-ships” have been designed, widely anticipating the CO2 emissions limits that will be implemented from January 1, 2025. The d’Amico Group, one of the world's leaders within the international shipping industry, launched four new state of the art “eco-ship” vessels today in Ulsan, Korea, designed in collaboration with the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. The four new units will be added to the fleet of tankers belonging to d’Amico Tankers Ltd…