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Friday, December 14, 2018

Exhaust Gas News

Yara Opens Shanghai Office

Yara Marine Opens Shanghai Office. From left to right: William Gao, Michael Chang ( general manager) Alice Li, John Jiang (Photo: Yara Marine)

As the demand for its exhaust gas cleaning systems -- aka. 'scrubbers' -- has grown, Yara Marine Technologies  opened its new office in Shanghai. Peter Strandberg, CEO, Yara Marine, explains: â€śA large percentage of scrubber installations will be executed in the Asia-Pacific region. A strong local presence in Shanghai is key to global customer support and our business."To date Yara Marine has delivered more than 100 scrubbers representing an aggregate operation of some two million hours.

Quantum Pacific: $40m 'Green Loan' for Scrubbers

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Singapore-based Quantum Pacific Shipping (QPS) has received a loan from BNP Paribas to finance the purchase and installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems on its vessels.The loan up to $40 million is arranged on Quantum Pacific’s behalf by its management company Eastern Pacific."BNP Paribas is the lender, agent and security trustee for the Green Loan, which finances the cost of purchasing and installing marine exhaust gas cleaning systems (Scrubbers) for 16 vessels under the QPS fleet…

WFW Advises MPC Container Ships Major Scrubber Acquisition Order

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London-based international law firm Watson Farley & Williams advised MPC Container Ships ASA (MPCC) on its acquisition of exhaust gas cleaning systems, also known as scrubbers, to be retrofitted on selected vessels in its fleet prior to 1 January 2020 when the IMO’s new 2020 rules come into force.A press release said that the deal, which will be financed with cash and available debt capacity on MPCC’s fleet, includes ten firm orders and options to purchase scrubber kits for 45…

Scrubber Manufacturers Slams Singapore Open-Loop Scrubbers Ban

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Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association (EGCSA) has attacked Singapore's restrictions on open-loop versions of the systems as "disappointing" and "politically motivated."The scrubber manufacturing industry body said in a press release: "The recent announcement by the outgoing CEO of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) banning the discharge of process water from open loop scrubbers for vessels visiting Singapore came without prior notice or discussion with the IMO…

Scorpio Tankers' EGSS Order Goes to Pacific Green

Aerial view of the scrubber being fitted into place. ENVI-Marine. Pic: Pacific Green Technologies

Pacific Green Marine Technologies (PGMT) will manufacture its  ENVI-Marine Exhaust Gas Scrubbing System (EGSS) for 52 vessels owned or managed Scorpio Tankers.Two days ago, Monaco-based dry bulk shipping company Scorpio Bulkers announced that it will purchase exhaust gas cleanings systems for 52 of its vessels. (Marine Link report) The provider of  a wide range of emission control systems for ships owned by Pacific Green Technologies Inc. (PGTK)  said in a press release that the agreements provide for 42 vessels in 2019 and 10 vessels in 2020.

DHT Holdings Bets on Scrubbers

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Bermuda-based crude oil tanker company DHT Holdings plans to fit exhaust gas cleaning systems on two thirds of its very large crude carriers (VLCCs) to comply with the impending 2020 sulphur cap.The oil tanker owner-operator said that the retrofit program encompass 16 ships built between 2004 and 2012, representing the ships within our fleet that stands to gain the greatest economic benefits. Additionally, the two newbuildings delivered from Hyundai Heavy Industries this year had scrubbers installed…

Scorpio Tankers Orders Scrubbers for 52 Vessels

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Monaco-based dry bulk shipping company Scorpio Bulkers has announced that it will purchase exhaust gas cleanings systems for 42 of its vessels in 2019 and for 10 of its vessels in 2020."As part of our previously announced program to install exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) across our fleet, we have entered into an agreement with third parties to purchase exhaust gas cleanings systems for 42 of its vessels in 2019 and for 10 of its vessels in 2020," said a press release from…

MSC Sees Over $2 bln in Annual Fuel Costs from IMO Rules

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Swiss-headquartered MSC expects to pay over $2 billion a year in fuel costs due to tougher global marine fuel rules and will introduce a bunker charge next year to recoup expenses, the world's number two container line said.UN agency the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will prohibit ships from using fuels with sulphur content above 0.5 percent from Jan. 1, 2020, compared with 3.5 percent today, unless they are equipped with exhaust gas cleaning systems, known as scrubbers…

Singapore Bans Open-Loop Scrubbing

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said that it is banning the discharge of "wash water" used in ships to scrub engine exhaust, with effect from Jan 1, 2020, said a report in Reuters.The vessels will have to use compliant fuel once the IMO 2020 sulphur cap comes into force.The report said that the ban of so-called open-loop scrubbers is part of an effort to prepare one of the world’s busiest ports for International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules that come into force in 2020 and oblige ships to use cleaner fuels.Andrew Tan…

MPC Container Ships Buys More Scrubbers

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Norwegian oner and operator of container vessels MPC Container Ships (MPCC) has exercised options to equip additional five vessels with exhaust gas cleaning systems.The scrubber investments are expected to be financed with cash on hand and available debt capacity on the MPCC's existing fleet.The Oslo-headquartered company said in a press release that it has also agreed charters for six scrubber-retrofitted boxships."The charterparties will be initiated after scrubber retrofitting and with a duration into 2022.

Hapag-Lloyd Commits to EGCS Retrofitting

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German container shipping major Hapag-Lloyd announced its plan to retrofit ten vessels with Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS). Ten Hamburg Class vessels (13,000 TEU) to be retrofitted in 2019 and 2020, it said.Hapag-Lloyd has ordered ten Hybrid Ready Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS), which will be gradually installed to ten of Hapag-Lloyd’s Hamburg class vessels (13,000 TEU) during 2019 and 2020. This will allow the company to comply with the upcoming IMO2020 low sulphur…

Andritz Wins Order for Dry Scrubber

Andritz to supply desulfurization plant to the ferry operator La MĂ©ridionale, France. Photo: Andritz

International technology Group Andritz has received orders from two renowned shipping companies to supply SeaSOx desulfurization systems for exhaust gas cleaning, thus confirming Andritz’s know-how in exhaust cleaning technologies.Installation of both SeaSOx systems is scheduled for March 2019, said a press release from the Austrian plant engineering group.Andritz claims that it is the only company worldwide offering wet scrubber as well as dry scrubber solutions for the shipping industry – under the tradename SeaSOx.In line with the requirements of the shipping industry…

Eagle Bulk Shipping Expands Fleet Scrubber Initiative

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The US-based fully integrated shipowner-operator engaged in the global transportation of drybulk commodities Eagle Bulk Shipping announced that is has exercised its options to purchase 15 additional exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) which are to be retrofitted on vessels within its fleet. The Marshall Islands corporation said in a press release that this follows the Company’s prior announcement that it had entered into a series of agreements for the purchase of up to 37 scrubbers…

MAN Power for Chinese Dredger

Pictured in Guangdong at the signing of the contract for the MAN 48/60CR engine (Photo: MAN Energy Solutions)

MAN Energy Solutions won the order to supply the engine for a new dredger in southern China. The MAN 9L48/60CR unit will power the newbuilding vessel currently under construction at Dongguan Xiandai Shipbuilding Co. for sister company, Dongguan Rundong Shipping Co., Ltd., which will produce sand for the local construction industry.The four-stroke 9L48/60CR engine is rated at 9,720 kW @ 514 rpm and features MAN Energy Solutions’ exhaust-gas turbocharging and two-stage charge-air cooling. It is designed for heavy-duty operation – even with fuel qualities down to HFO-700 cSt / 50°C.

Frontline Beats Street as Tanker Market Improves

CEO says increasingly upbeat on tanker profits. OPEC cuts, Iran sanctions may impact tanker demand.Frontline, one of the world's largest oil tanker firms, posted a surprise third-quarter profit on Friday, helped by rising rates for its fleet.The Oslo-listed shipper, controlled by billionaire investor John Fredriksen, said the outlook was improving due to rising global demand for crude after a lengthy downturn for shippers."We are increasingly optimistic that the tanker market will generate profits going forward," Chief Executive Robert Hvide Macleod told an investor call.Net earnings for July to September swung to a profit of $2.2 million from a $24.1 million loss in the same period last year.Adjusted for one-off gains…

MPC Container Ships Plans Huge Investment in Scrubbers

File Photo: MPC Container Ships AS

The Oslo-based feeder tonnage owner MPC Container Ships has committed to buy exhaust gas cleaning systems  (scrubbers) for five of its ships, with an option to buy ten times as many additional scrubber systems.Under the agreement, the scrubbers would be retrofitted on five selected vessels within the company’s fleet prior to the January 1, 2020 implementation date of the new sulphur emission cap regulation, as set forth by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).Norwegian…

Seanergy Maritime in Leaseback, Refinancing Pact with Cargill

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The dry bulk cargo shipping company Seanergy Maritime Holdings announced has successfully concluded the refinancing of the 2011-built Capesize M/V Championship through a leasing agreement with Cargill International.The Nasdaq listed shipping company based in Greece informed that the refinancing has released approximately $7.8 million of liquidity for the Company.Pursuant to the agreement, the Company has chartered back the Vessel on a bareboat basis and subsequently entered it…

Intercargo Asks IMO to Address Challenges of 2020

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In addition to progress made on a number of important issues, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) at its recent Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 73) listened to the concerns raised by the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (Intercargo) and others and offered a constructive way forward to potentially address them.The association of shipowners, managers and operators of dry cargo vessels and represent better this shipping sector said that it is critical…

SEA\LNG Voices Support for MEPC 73 Outcomes

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SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, strongly supports the decision of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) to reaffirm the January 1, 2020 implementation date of the 0.50% sulphur fuel limit.SEA\LNG said in a press release that it also applauds the adoption of the amendment to MARPOL Annex VI for a carriage ban on non-compliant fuels for vessels without an approved equivalent arrangement to meet the sulphur limit – such as an exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) on March 1…

Wärtsilä Sells Pumps Business to Solix Group

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Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has divested its pumps business to Solix Group, a Scandinavian investment company with offices in Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden.According to a press release from the marine technology giant, Wärtsilä Pumps has belonged to the Wärtsilä Marine Solutions organisation and became part of the company along with the acquisition of Hamworthy in 2012. The Wärtsilä Pumps business recorded sales of approximately 50 MEUR in 2017.The divestment will enable Wärtsilä to devote greater focus to its Smart Marine vision.

Seanergy, Charterers Take the Scrubber Plunge

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. entered into commercial agreements for the installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems on five of its capesize bulk carriers -- M/V Partnership, M/V Lordship, M/V Premiership, M/V Squireship and M/V Championship -- before the January 1, 2020 implementation date of the IMO sulfur emission cap regulations. The company secured the scrubber equipment from Hyundai Materials, a  Korean manufacturer, and and will re-fit the ships in China. The total investment, to be covered by the charterers, is expected to exceed $12.5 million, including equipment and installation costs.“We are very excited to announce these commercial agreements which should result in approximately $12.5 million accretion in our NAV," said Stamatis Tsantanis, Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp.

Carriage Ban Adopted to Implement Sulphur 2020 Limit

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

An amendment to support consistent implementation of the forthcoming 0.50% limit on sulphur in ships fuel oil was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Friday (26 October), during the current session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 73).The new 0.50% limit (reduced from 3.50% currently) on sulphur in ships' fuel oil will be in force from 1 January 2020, under IMO's MARPOL treaty, with benefits for the environment and human health.The complementary…

Golten's Strand: Get on the Scrubber Retrofit Wave

Goltens COO Roy Strand said “When emissions regulations are applied globally, the investment in exhaust cleaning will make more sense to many operators. Photo: Goltens

As shipowners mull the technical and logistics solutions to meet the IMO's 2020 deadline regarding sulfur emissions, Goltens COO Roy Strand said “When emissions regulations are applied globally, the investment in exhaust cleaning will make more sense to many operators. There will be more customers who choose to invest in scrubber technologies due to the clear payback.”Strand and Goltens have a stake in the solution, as Goltens Green Technologies is a leader in supplying emission  control solutions.

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