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14 May 2024

Future Fuels: Momentum Builds for Ammonia

Ammonia Value Chain.
Illustration Courtesy ABS

Strong demand is driving development but emissions issues remain, writes René Sejer Laursen, ABS Director – Fuels & Technology, Global SustainabilityThe interest in ammonia stems both from its zero emissions when used as fuel and because its production isn’t dependent on biogenic carbon sources.To realize large-scale production of green ammonia to serve new markets, its production capacity, along with that of renewable electricity and green hydrogen, will need to grow tremendously.Current…

09 May 2024

Classification and Building the New Fuels Pathway

CCS issued the first AIP certificate for the marine liquid hydrogen fuel supply system which is developed by Weishi Energy Technology Hebei Co., Ltd.
Image courtesy CCS

Long-term initiatives led by classification societies are building the foundation for future fuels uptake.About this time last year, ABS CEO Chris Wiernicki said: “When you look at where we are and the steepness of the curve ahead, the biggest risk is the unintended safety consequences of change.” Class, he says, is built for the intersection between technology, safety and regulations and must be prepared.Work is underway. China Classification Society (CCS), for example, has released…

15 Jan 2024

Exploring 'Future Fuels' - Methanol’s Superstorage Solution

Image courtesy SRC

Technical inquiries to SRC Group ramped up after it received Approval in Principle (AIP) for a concept which ‘reinvented methanol fuel storage’ on board ships. Delivering the answers has seen technical talk converting into project discussions        ‘Green’ methanol has the ability to one day run vessels almost emission-free, and commercial shipping increasingly investigates. Derived today principally from natural gas, methanol is nonetheless available, relatively easy to handle and predictable.

21 Dec 2023

As Shipping Preps to Meet Carbon Targets, Will fuels be Available?

Chart courtesy BIMCO / Source: Clarksons Research

“The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) targets for the use of zero or near-zero fuels in 2030 can be met using sustainable biofuels. Many different sectors will compete for those fuels, so shipping is focusing on transitioning to alternative green and blue fuels. Today, only 1% of bulk, container, and tanker ships are prepared for using these fuels and fuel availability is low,” says Niels Rasmussen, Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO.The IMO targets that near-zero greenhouse gas emission fuels shall represent at least 5% of the energy used by shipping in 2030…

13 Dec 2023

NYK, JERA, Resonac to Study Supplying Ammonia as Fuel to Vessels

NYK is conducting research and development of a tugboat equipped with a domestic ammonia-fueled engine (A-Tug) together with other partner companies. Image courtesy NYK

NYK, JERA Co., Inc. and Resonac Holdings Corporation signed an agreement to jointly study the supply of ammonia as fuel to ships.As part of the Green Innovation Fund Project of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), NYK is conducting research and development of a tugboat equipped with a domestic ammonia-fueled engine (A-Tug) together with other partner companies. As part of this initiative, in conjunction with the completion of the A-Tug scheduled for next June…

07 Dec 2023

ClassNK AIP for MARIC's Alternative Fuel Vessels

ClassNK issued Approvals in Principle (AiPs) for four ship designs developed by Marine Design & Research Institute of China (MARIC).The four designs include:a 210k methanol dual-fueled bulk carrier, a 210k ammonia dual-fueled bulk carrier, a 210k LNG dual-fueled bulk carrier, and an 88k LPG dual-fueled very large gas carrier

29 Nov 2023

CMB.TECH, Boeckmans to Build Four Hdrogen-Powered Cargo Ships

Image courtesy CMB.TECH-Boeckmans

CMB.TECH and Boeckmans will build four hydrogen-powered 5.000-dwt general cargo vessels with reduced greenhouse emissions.The first vessel is expected to be delivered in the second half of 2025. The vessels will be built at the Dung Quat shipyard in Vietnam and will be deployed on major sea routes, including northern Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa and West Africa.The general cargo vessel, designed jointly with Handelskade, will contain diesel-electric engines placed under the ship's forward accommodation.

20 Oct 2023

The Power of Offshore Molecule Production

The P2XFloater can be positioned anywhere renewable energy costs are low, resulting in the production of extremely cost competitive green ammonia. Source H2Carrier.

Energy ecosystems are evolving as the value of offshore power-to-X production is being realized.Flexible and delivered in long lengths on reels in a fast-track operation, thermoplastic composite pipeline can transfer up to nine times the amount of energy as a cable and can be used to store hydrogen, increasing the uptime of offshore wind farm generated power.That’s according to Netherlands based supplier Strohm, member of the Hydrogen Offshore Production for Europe (HOPE) project and the Dutch floating green hydrogen and ammonia OFFSET project.

21 Jun 2023

MISC Group, WinGD Ink Deal on Ammonia Engines


Malaysia's MISC Group signed an agreement to develop ammonia engines for ships, marking a step towards zero-emission shipping operations, the company said.MISC-owned AET and Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM) have signed an agreement with WinGD to develop engines for ammonia dual-fuelled vessels, a first for deep-sea vessels, MISC said in a statement.ALAM also signed an agreement with shipping classification society DNV for the training, research and development of maritime professionals to meet workforce needs for a low- and zero-carbon pathway.

21 Jun 2023

Maersk to Convert Ship to Dual-Fuel Methanol

Source: Maersk

A.P. Moller - Maersk will retrofit an existing ship to have a dual-fuel methanol engine, a first for the container shipping industry.The retrofit is scheduled for 2024, and sister vessels are expected to follow when going for special survey in 2027.“We have set an ambitious net-zero emissions target for 2040 across the entire business and have taken a leading role in decarbonising logistics. Retrofitting of engines to run on methanol is an important lever in our strategy. With this initiative…

20 Jun 2023

Energy Transition: What is an Offshore Vessel Operator to Do?

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The energy transition is moving ahead amid recovery in offshore oil & gas and growth in offshore wind, leaving vessel owners that serve these markets with big questions about energy carrier and energy converter selection for their newbuilds.What is driving the change?The foundations of energy transition in the offshore and marine segment can be found at global, regional, national and local levels:At a global level, International Maritime Organization (IMO) measures cover vessel energy efficiency (for vessels over 400 gross tonnes) and carbon intensity (for vessels over 5…

29 May 2023

Methanol Institute Publishes Guide to Methanol as a Marine Fuel

Source: Methanol Institute

The Methanol Institute (MI) has published the first comprehensive guide to methanol as a marine fuel.“Marine Methanol Future-Proof Shipping Fuel” includes sections that address regulatory drivers, environmental performance, engines and fuel systems, bunkering, handling and safety characteristics, costs and pricing, availability and feedstocks for conventional and renewable product. Also included are case studies on first movers including AP Moller-Maersk, Waterfront Shipping,…

18 Jan 2023

MAN ES: Moving Forward on Ammonia Engines

MAN ES will start testing on its ammonia engine in Copenhagen in Q1 2023. Images courtesy MAN ES

As shipowners ponder future fuels, MAN Energy Solutions is sailing full speed ahead optimizing dual fuel marine powerplants while preparing to start testing ammonia fueled engines in early 2023. Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President, head of two stroke business at MAN ES hosted Maritime Reporter & Engineering News in Copenhagen for a look behind the scenes at a cornerstone of its mandate to ‘Move big things to Zero.’Just 10 years ago, in December 2012, word came that General Dynamics NASSCO finalized a contract with TOTE…

04 Jan 2023

Future Fuels: 275 Altenative Fuel Ships Ordered in 2022

MAN ES will start testing its ammonia fueled engine in Q1 2023, and on Maritime Reporter & Engineering News' recent visit to
the MAN ES R&D center in Copenhagen, Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President, head of two stroke business at MAN ES, said he
sees a rapid uptake on methnol in the coming years, with 2035 anticipated as a 'tipping point' toward ammonia. Photo of
the MAN ES ammonia engine. Look for the full report in the January 2023 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News. Im

The total number of ships with alternative fuels ordered in 2022 was 275 (excluding battery operated vessels), according to  numbers released today from DNV viat its Alternative Fuels Insight report.In addition, more than 50 LPG carriers have been ordered with LPG dual fuel systems. Predictably, LNG led the way with 222 ships or 81 % of total orders. Seventy-four percent of these orders were for container vessels and Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTCs), while product tankers came in third representing 9 % of orders.

06 Jul 2022

Ammonia Marine Fuel Study Gets $6.7 Million Grant

Engine emission lab. Photo courtesy MariNH3 consortium/University of Nottingham

A group of academic and industrial partners were awarded a $6.7 million grant by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to accelerate understanding, technologies and policies relating to the use of ammonia as a sustainable fuel. The project begins in June 2022 and will run for 5 years.Entitled Decarbonized Clean Marine: Green Ammonia Thermal Propulsion (MariNH3), the project brings together academics from Nottingham, Birmingham, Brighton, Cardiff and STFC…

23 May 2022

Ammonia-Fueled Tug Key Plank in Yokohama's Plan To Be a Carbon Neutral Port

Image of A-Tug. Image courtesy NYK

NYK Line, IHI Power Systems Co., Ltd., and ClassNK signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with City of Yokohama for the acceptance of an ammonia-fueled tugboat (A-Tug) at the port of Yokohama.The conclusion of this MoU is part of the Green Innovation Fund project within Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) for the development of vessels equipped with a domestically produced ammonia-fueled engines, adopted in October 2021 for NYK Line and IHI Power Systems Co.…

26 Apr 2022

Wärtsilä Launches Large Bore, Medium Speed 46TS-DF Marine Engine

Wärtsilä 46TS-DF is the latest addition to Wärtsilä’s portfolio of future proof engines and has been designed to set a new benchmark in efficiency and emissions performance. © Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä launched the 46TS-DF medium-speed marine engine.The first order for this engine type was placed by Chantiers de l’Atlantique for Royal Caribbean Cruises in April 2021. The engines will be installed on their latest Oasis class ship ‘Utopia of the Seas’. The ship is being built by the shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique and will feature six Wärtsilä 46TS-DF engines with Gas Valve Units, NOx Reducer SCR systems, LNGPac and Transverse Thrusters.“Cutting-edge efficiency and leading environmental performance are crucial factors when designing our new ships…

26 Apr 2022

Chevron Completes Testing of New Marine Cylinder Oil meeting MAN ES’ Category II Spec

Image caption: Taro Ultra Advanced 40 was tested extensively on vessels with MAN 8G80ME-C9.2 in conjunction with shipowners including Greece’s Cape Shipping SA. Photo courtesy Chevron Marine Lubricants

Chevron Marine Lubricants’ new Taro Ultra Advanced 40 has passed the Main NOL (No Objection Letter) Service and Confirmation field tests by MAN Energy Solutions, which allows the oil’s uninterrupted use in its Mk 9 and later engines.Since the International Maritime organization (IMO) 0.5% sulphur cap came into effect on 1 January 2020, the engine designer has defined two performance standards for lube oils intended for use in their two-stroke engines. To deal with changing fuel variants and engine designs…

21 Apr 2022

ClassNK AIP for Ammonia-ready LNG-fueled Panamax Bulk Carrier

Images of ammonia-ready LNG-fueled Panamax bulk carrier (courtesy of GSC)

ClassNK issued an Approval in Principle (AiP) for the design of an ammonia-ready LNG-fueled Panamax bulk carrier developed by Planning and Design Center for Greener Ships (GSC).The AiP Handover Ceremony was conducted at the ClassNK booth at Sea Japan 2022 in Tokyo.Ammonia is expected to be used as ship fuel for decarbonization since it does not emit CO2 when burned. Meanwhile, taking adequate safety measures are impartial due to its characteristics of being toxic to humans and corrosive against materials…

19 May 2022

Tech File: Wärtsilä Delivers Last of 15 LPG Fuel Supply Systems

BW Malacca, the last vessels in the series of 15 Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGC’s) retrofitted with Wärtsilä LPG Fuel Supply System © BW LPG

Wärtsilä said it completed delivery of its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fuel supply system (LFSS) to 15 very large gas carrier (VLGC) vessels owned and operated by BW LPG, which has the world’s largest fleet of VLGC vessels.BW LPG ordered the first four of these 15 systems in 2018, immediately following Wärtsilä’s full-scale testing of a full-sized two-stroke marine engine operating with LPG fuel. This was the world’s first such testing protocol, and the performance attained was seen as exceeding expectations.

17 May 2022

Future Fuels: Neste, Nordic Marine Oil team to debut "Co-processed marine fuel"

Photo courtesy Neste Marine

Neste and Nordic Marine Oil have partnered to pilot a new Neste Marine 0.1 Co-processed marine fuel in Scandinavia – a solution the pair claims will help the maritime sector reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: designed to cut up to 80% GHG emission reduction over the lifecycle compared to fossil fuels.“At Neste, we are dedicated to helping our customers and the entire value chain to reduce their GHG emissions. In 2021, our renewable products helped customers to reduce 10.9 million tons of their GHG emissions. Maritime is one of the largest sources of transport emissions.

23 May 2022

New Fuel Additive from NYK, Nippon Yuka Kogyo Aims to Reduce Sludge in VLSFO

Sludge trouble. Image coutesy NYk

NYK and Nippon Yuka Kogyo Co., Ltd., an NYK Group company, have jointly developed a new fuel-oil additive effective in dispersing sludge and reducing fuel consumption in VLSFO.NYK and Nippon Yuka Kogyo have been investigating the properties of VLSFO as one of the measures to comply with SOx emission requirements, and in 2019 developed the sludge-dispersing fuel oil additive Yunic 800VLS.The companies observed Yunic 800VLS is effective against most of deteriorated compliant fuel oil…

11 May 2022

Norwegian Fish Farming Firm Eyes Green Hydrogen Use as Fuel for Its Ships

Credit: Gen2 Energy

The Norwegian fish farming company Nova Sea and the well boat operating company North Salmon Services will collaborate with Gen2 Energy regarding the use of green hydrogen as a fuel for their ships.The parties have entered a Letter of Intent for exploring different opportunities for zero-emission vessels. Nova Sea is a fish-farming company, producing 50 000 tons of salmon a year. The company operates some 50 smaller boats and 2 larger well-boats through the well boat operating…