Heavy Fuel Oil Test Plan
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted on the Internet its Heavy Fuel Oil Test Plan and Robust Summary. As noted in this lengthy document, heavy fuel oil is a principal fuel in marine applications. It is a diverse group of substances encompassing hydrocarbons with a wide range of molecular weights. Existing aquatic toxicity data show heavy fuel oil related refinery streams to have moderate to no aquatic toxicity depending upon species and test substance. (HK Law).
Eastern Shipbuilding Group Launches ATB
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. was scheduled to launch an ABS Classed 150 x 46 x 27-ft. ATB Ocean Going Tug at its Allanton facility in on February 15. is being constructed for U.S. Shipping Partners, L.P. of along with two sister ships. is the first of three ABS-Classed 150-ft. ATB tugs currently under construction at Eastern’s Allanton facility. The vessel is designed and engineered by Guarino & Cox of , and is classed under the ABS rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels Under 295 ft. in length. This series of 150-ft. ATB tugs offers several unique design features including an articulated tug and barge (ATB) connection system provided by Intercon. The vessel is capable of being powered by both heavy fuel oil as well as # 2 marine diesel fuel oil.
Hurtigruten Signs on to Ban HFO in the Arctic
Expedition cruise ship operator Hurtigruten has joined international environmental organizations in efforts aiming to spearhead the protection of Arctic communities and ecosystems from risks posed by the use of marine heavy fuel oil (HFO) to power ships. At the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø, Norway, Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam signed the Arctic Commitment along with Dr. Sian Prior of the Clean Arctic Alliance, lead advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance, an international coalition of environmental organizations campaigning for a ban on heavy fuel oil use in the Arctic.
UK Fines Ship Operator for Oil Pollution
The operator of a U.K.-registered containership has been ordered to pay £17,311.01 for breaching oil pollution legislation. The Ever Sigma – operated by Evergreen Marine – was en route from Greece to the Netherlands when 700 liters of heavy fuel oil went overboard. The incident occurred when the chief engineer decided to carry out an internal transfer of heavy fuel oil using two pumps. The heavy fuel oil was not pre-heated prior to the transfer – and the vessel’s master was not informed. A precautionary alarm sounded when the tank reached 336 metric tons (69% full). However, the use of two pumps continued for another hour when the transfer was stopped when the fuel level reached 417 metric tons (85% full).
Clean Arctic Alliance Response to Arctic HFO Ban
“The Clean Arctic Alliance welcomes AECO’s reconfirmation of its support for an international ban on heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters. AECO’s decision demonstrates the growing conviction within the shipping industry that the Arctic is simply too vulnerable and too fragile to allow the use of this dirtiest of fuels, and that HFO can no longer be considered an option for powering Arctic shipping in the future”. “By acknowledging the threats posed by spills and black carbon emissions from heavy fuel oil…
Ocean Conservancy Calls for Clean Arctic
“Ocean Conservancy welcomes steps taken by the International Maritime Organization to mitigate risks to the Arctic from the use and carriage of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel. “Support for Measures to Reduce Risks of Use and Carriage of Heavy Fuel Oil as Fuel by Ships in Arctic Waters marks an important milestone in the bid to phase out the use of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic. “With climate change impacts resulting in record-breaking loss of sea ice—winter ice in the Arctic…
Ship Engine Emissions Adversely Affect Macrophages
A study conducted by Germany’s Helmholtz Zentrum München and University of Rostock found that ship emissions adversely affect the health of inhabitants of coastal regions. Since macrophages also play a key role in lung diseases such as COPD, the study is important for understanding the health risks of ship exhausts, says Science Daily. "Macrophages are known as scavenger cells of the immune system and respond more sensitively to particulate matter in the lungs than lung epithelial cells…
Total Charters in New Barge Capacity in Germany
Total Marine Fuels in Germany has chartered in additional barge capacity to meet growing demand for fuel oil from customers in Hamburg and along the Kiel Canal. Total is the main bunker supplier in the Kiel Canal, and is currently selling in excess of 350,000 metric tons of fuel per year in the region. It has had the double-hulled, 1,450-ton capacity bunker barge Elbingerode on charter since the beginning of 2007. Now, in response to continuing increases in demand, it has supplemented that with the charter of the Spandau DT61, which has capacity for about 1,100 tons of heavy fuel oil and 100 tons of gasoil. TOTAL has a Kiel Canal bunker installation from whose four jetties it can supply all grades of heavy fuel oil…
ALGAE-X Markets Fuel Treatment Systems
Algae-X International has acquired the exclusive North and South American representation for the patented product line of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) Treatment equipment and Water In Diesel Emulsion (WIDE) technology. This CD92 product line is manufactured by SIT/Nordika GmbH in Germany. The SIT Homogenization and Emulsification equipment is based on technology for the treatment of heavy fuel oil, waste oil, & diesel fuel. It is designed to eliminates sludge and waste oil disposal, thus dramatically lowering the total fuel oil budget. Processing Heavy Fuel Oil of 180 to 1, 000 cSt or more with the CD92 delivers fuel droplets smaller than 3 micron. This tremendously improves filterability and combustion efficiency. Ultimately the size of the fuel droplet determines combustion efficiency.
Oil Spill Experts Address High Density Oil Spills
Leading world experts in oil spill response have agreed a series of recommendations to deal with future spills of high density oil during the International Maritime Organization’s Third R&D Forum on High Density Oil Spill Response, held from 11-13 March in Brest, France, following the generous offer of the French Government to host the Forum. Large quantities of high density oil are carried by ships either as cargo or as fuel (bunkers). This oil’s characteristics, including high viscosity and tendency to sink, present particular challenges for clean-up operations in the event of an accidental spill at sea. The recommendations adopted…
Octel Brings Together Marine Fuel Treatments Supply
International specialty chemicals group Octel has set up Octel Marine, a dedicated business team to look after its growing marine customer base following the recent acquisition of well-known fuel treatment brands PLUTO®, Bycosin and CP3500. The move means Octel Marine, which forms part of the company’s Petroleum Specialties business, is now the world’s largest supplier of heavy fuel oil treatments to the marine market. Tim Revington, Octel Marine’s Business Director, said Octel Marine was important for both Octel and the industry at large. “We are committed to the marine market so it made sense to set up a dedicated marine business team to co-ordinate our activities across the PLUTO®, Bycosin and CP3500 product ranges. “Our recent acquisition program has placed us in a unique position.
India Impounds Ships, Detains Crew Over Oil Spill
Port authorities in Chennai have impounded a BW LPG vessel and a local ship carrying heavy fuel oil, and detained their crews, a spokesman for the port said on Friday, after their collision last week caused an oil spill affecting marine life and local fishing. About 20 tonnes of heavy fuel oil leaked and a complete clean-up is expected to take eight to 10 days, according to an Indian coast guard spokesman. BW Maple, with a total capacity of 82,000 cubic metres of liquefied petroleum gas, was half full when it collided near Chennai with the Indian ship Dawn Kanchipuram on Saturday. The port spokesman said the sludge - a mixture of oil, water and sand - has travelled over 18 miles, polluting the Marina Beach, one of the world's longest.
Green Groups Urge Arctic Council Urged to Ban HFO
Environmental groups want the eight countries that ring the North Pole to take a stand on banning the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO), considered one of the greatest threats to the Arctic ecosystem, reports Canadian Press. The use of heavy fuel oil by shipping in the Arctic could have disastrous consequences. Banning this fuel would protect the region’s rich wildlife, improve human health and benefit the climate. Larger cargo carrying ships, tankers and larger cruise ships almost always use HFO, one of the world’s dirtiest and most polluting ship fuels.
Clean Arctic Alliance Welcomes IMO Action on Arctic HFO
As the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71) concluded on last Friday, the Clean Arctic Alliance welcomed the support from Member States for a proposal to identify measures which will mitigate the risks posed by the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in Arctic waters, and called on the IMO to work towards a swift conclusion of the work. The proposal, Measures to Reduce Risks of Use and Carriage of Heavy Fuel Oil as Fuel by Ships in Arctic Waters was proposed by Canada…
Clean Arctic Alliance Praises Move to Phase out HFO Use
Responding to the December 20th joint statement from the United States and Canada, regarding development of a strategy to phase out their use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) from vessels operating in the Arctic, the Clean Arctic Alliance praised both Arctic nations for their ambitious action to rid the region of the dirtiest marine fuel. “The Clean Arctic Alliance applauds the commitment of President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau to develop a concrete proposal to phase down HFO use in the Arctic”, said Clean Arctic Alliance advisor Dr Sian Prior.
EC- Polluter Pays Principle and Channeling of Liability
The European Commission (EC) summarized the opinion of the Advocate General in litigation involving the damages arising from the discharge of heavy fuel oil from the tanker ERIKA. A complaint seeking damages was filed by a French commune against the Total Group on the basis that it was involved in producing, selling, or carrying the heavy fuel oil without actually carrying it. The advocate general, in an advisory opinion to the European Court of Justice, stated that, in accordance with the Waste Framework Directive, the financial burden of the disposal operations should be on the persons who cause the waste, whether they are holders or producers of the waste.
IMO Moves toward Phase out of HFO in the Arctic
The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC70) meeting brought progress by member countries toward a phase out of the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) by vessels operating in the Arctic. Heavy fuel oil (HFO) breaks down extremely slowly in cold Arctic waters and is very difficult clean up in the event of a spill. While HFO powers some 44 percent of the ships currently operating in the Arctic, it accounts for more than 75 percent of the fuel onboard those ships, according to ICCT figures.
Wärtsilä-Hyundai JV Wins Big Order
The Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engine represents a pioneering industry change from traditional steam turbine machinery to a dual-fuel-electric concept with the benefits of much better operating economy and lower exhaust emissions. The engine can run on either natural gas, marine diesel oil (MDO) or on heavy fuel oil (HFO). Furthermore, the engine can smoothly switch between fuels during engine operation and is designed to give the same output regardless of the fuel used.
Alfa Laval Exhaust Cleaning System to Go on Three DFDS Vessels
Alfa Laval will supply its PureSOx exhaust gas cleaning systems to DFDS Seaways for three roll-on/roll-off cargo vessels to be retrofitted by the Polish shipyard Remontowa. The contract was signed in December 2012 and an initial announcement made in January 2013. Delivery is scheduled for July 2013 with installation and commissioning to follow immediately thereafter. A shipping and logistics company serving northern Europe with routes across the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the English Channel, DFDS first installed Alfa Laval’s PureSOx on the M/V Ficaria Seaways in 2009.
Environmental Groups: IMO Polar Code Too Weak
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) today adopted the Polar Code aimed at regulating shipping in Polar Regions. Several environmental groups have criticized the measures for not going far enough to protect the Arctic and Antarctic environments, arguing that while the new code is a positive step forward, it is insufficient to properly protect Polar environments from the anticipated increased levels of shipping activity. The Polar Code is due to enter into force on January 1…
Diesel Engine Hybrid SOx Scrubber Japan's First
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd. (MKK) say they have jointly developed a "Hybrid SOx Scrubber System" that efficiently removes sulfur oxides (SOx) from exhaust gas emitted by marine diesel engines – the first in Japan to comply with the more stringent SOx emission regulations that will take effect in designated emission control areas (ECA) in 2015. The system is capable of scrubbing exhaust gas from the combustion of fuels emitted from bunker heavy fuel oil to the level combusting more costly low-sulfur fuel oil.
New Versatile Medium-Speed Engine from Wärtsilä
Wärtsilä announce their new medium-speed 46DF engine which is capable of operating on natural gas, heavy fuel oil, or marine diesel oil. “With this newly launched product, Wärtsilä has raised the industry standard even higher, since it offers simultaneously drastically lower specific fuel consumption, both in gas and diesel fuel mode, remarkably higher output, and extremely attractive lifecycle costs compared to any other alternative currently available on the market,” says Mr Lars Anderson, Vice President 4-stroke Sales, Wärtsilä Ship Power.
IMO Sets Regulations to Cut SOx Emissions from 2020
The United Nations' shipping agency on Thursday set global regulations to limit the amount of sulphur emissions from vessels which will come into force from 2020. The shipping industry is by far the world's biggest emitter of sulphur, with the sulphur oxide content in heavy fuel oil up to 3,500 times higher than the latest European diesel standards for vehicles.