Marine Shipping Sector Eyes LNG to Meet Clean Fuel Rules
With new global emissions standards looming, the marine shipping industry is increasingly looking at liquefied natural gas as alternative to high-sulfur bunker fuel, shipping and energy executives said at a global gas summit this week. Already used to fuel ferry fleets and cruise ships, LNG is gaining traction among freight and cargo shippers, despite a reluctance by the entrenched industry to make major changes. The stakes are high: the global shipping fleet now consumes about 4 million barrels per day of high sulfur fuel oil.
Wärtsilä's Hatley Elected as Fellow of the RINA
The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) has elected John Hatley PE, Vice President, Americas, and Director of Market Shaping, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, as a Fellow of the institution. Candidates for election as a Fellow (FRINA) must have demonstrated exceptional contributions to the profession, a record of superior achievements in their career and having held positions of responsibility. Nominees are endorsed by two sitting FRINA, following which a membership committee carries out a full professional review and assessment of the applicant's history of achievements.
Wärtsilä's Hatley Joins 'Society for Gas as Marine Fuel' Board
John Hatley, Vice President, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions in America, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF). Wärtsilä has long been at the forefront of developing technologies to make possible the use of gas as a marine fuel, and this appointment reflects this long standing commitment. The SGMF is a new nongovernmental organization (NGO) established to promote safety and industry best practices when using gas as a marine fuel. Gas…
Expert Panel Set for LNG Marine Fuel Seminar
ECM Training Services, LLC, in conjunction with Galway Group, will hold an interactive training seminar entitled "Pursuing ECA Compliance: Is LNG as a Marine Fuel Viable?" September 22-23, 2015, at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Leading the discussions will be a distinguished group of industry experts who are influence the way LNG is used globally in a marine environment. "ECM Training Services is proud to have this exceptional panel present this very important discussion on LNG use as a marine fuel," stated Mike Minogue, President and CEO of both ECM Maritime Services and ECM Training Services.
Focus on Environment at Suny Maritime
The State University of New York Maritime College’s 140th Anniversary Speaker Series presented a panel discussion on March 26 in the College’s Maritime Academic Center. The topic was Environmental Issues in Shipping. Panelists included Michael C. Carter, Director of the Office of Environment, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration; John Hatley, Americas Vice President Ship Power, Wärtsilä North America; and Paal Johansen, Vice President and Regional Director, Regional Office Americas Houston, DNV GL – Maritime.
For Ferries, Commercial Light at End of Regulatory Tunnel
A review of the ferry industry’s latest challenges and opportunities attracted a record 340 delegates to Vancouver last week for the 39th annual Interferry conference. The global trade association event exposed a string of concerns – notably over punitive safety and environmental regulations – but also highlighted the financial potential of new routes, onboard shopping incentives and the use of LNG fuel. Alongside sessions on the future of the industry, Canada-based CEO Len Roueche outlined a vision for maintaining Interferry’s influential lobbying role among politicians and regulators.
SHIPPINGInsight 2014 Wraps in Stamford
More than 150 shipping industry professionals from around the world gathered this month in Stamford, Conn., for SHIPPINGInsight 2014 – a technical and ship operations forum for the maritime industry in North America. The annual SHIPPINGInsight event, held Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, encompassed three days of presentations, discussions, debates and networking. Participants represented a cross section of all sectors of the shipping industry – shipowners, ship managers, classification societies, technology suppliers, IT companies, consultants, professional service providers and others.
Shippers Must Reduce Costs, Boost Efficiency
So what’s keeping ship operators awake at night these days? Plenty, it seems. Sluggish recovery from a lingering worldwide recession, unsustainable debt loads, endemic overcapacity in most shipping trades, punishing freight rates, rising costs of fuel and regulatory compliance and a lingering sense that ships are not running as efficiently as they could. The last two topics – reducing fuel costs while complying with emission regulations and improving ship operating efficiency – will take center stage at SHIPPINGInsight 2014, scheduled for Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in Stamford, Conn.
Jeff Lantz to Address Upcoming Interferry Annual Conference
The conference organizers inform that In a further response to the sinking of the South Korean ferry 'Sewol' in April, safety issues will be centre stage at Interferrys 39th annual conference, which takes place in Vancouver from October 4-8, 2014. Prompted by the incident, the trade association is already in dialogue with the IMO about assisting in efforts to improve domestic ferry safety. Now these and other cooperative safety initiatives will feature in a wide-ranging conference agenda addressing the industrys major regulatory, commercial and technical challenges.
MARAD's Jaenichen to Open NAMEPA 'Winds of Change' Conference
Acting Maritime Administrator, Paul “Chip” Jaenichen will open the “Winds of Change in Shipping” conference being hosted by NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) in Houston along with the WGMA (West Gulf Maritime Association) on February 19, 2014. The next day, February 20th, NAMEPA is partnering with NOIA (National Ocean Industries Association) to present the “Winds of Change in Offshore Oil and Gas”. Adding even more luster to this period is the inaugural Lloyd’s List North American Awards Dinner on February 19th, where winners of 17 categories will be presented.
SHIPPINGInsight 2013 Announces Agenda and Speaker List
The SHIPPINGInsight conference producers have finalized the agenda and confirmed speaker list for the 2013 Fleet Optimization Conference, scheduled for Oct. 22-24 at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Conn. “The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Connect and Engage,’” said conference co-producer Frank Soccoli. “We are bringing together an impressive lineup of speakers, moderators, panelists, sponsors, exhibitors and delegates representing all segments of the shipping industry. New for 2013 is an extra LNG Workshop, which will take the form of a roundtable discussion of experts to consider the barriers, challenges, solutions and best practices for achieving widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel. The workshop is free for all registered delegates.
Wärtsilä on ‘Entering a New Marine Era for Gas’
At upcoming International Workboat Show Wärtsilä’s John Hatley PE, Americas VP Ship Power to enlarge on marine gas fuel developments. At the show the company will underline its proven track-record in developing technology solutions that meet anticipated environmental standards. They offer exhaust gas cleaning technology for the removal of sulphur from ships emissions, and are uniquely placed to offer owners and operators a choice of ballast water management solutions with Wärtsilä AQUARIUS EC , Wärtsilä AQUARIUS UV , and Wärtsilä Marinex UV. Wärtsilä’s gas systems offerings now include small scale LNG liquefaction , regasification , LNG fuel systems and LNGPac .
Wärtsilä to Present 'New Maritime Era for Gas' at IWBS
Wärtsilä's John Hatley PE, Americas VP Ship Power, will talk on the subject at upcoming International Workboat Show (IWBS), New Orleans. Wärtsilä’s gas systems offerings now include small scale LNG liquefaction , regasification , LNG fuel systems and LNGPac . Combined with Wärtsilä’s dual-fuel engine technology this expanded scope of supply is delivering the benefits of LNG along with operational flexibility. Wärtsilä has a proven track-record in developing technology solutions that meet anticipated environmental standards. Wärtsilä offer exhaust gas cleaning technology for the removal of sulphur from ships emissions, and is uniquely placed to offer owners and operators a choice of ballast water management solutions.
Clay Maitland to Keynote SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference
Joins More than 30 International Maritime Industry Speakers. Clay Maitland, managing partner of International Registries, Inc., which administers the Marshall Islands Ship Registry, the third largest registry in the world, will be the keynote speaker at the SHIPPINGInsight 2012 Fleet Optimization Conference, Oct. 8-10 in Stamford, Conn. As keynoter, Maitland, a distinguished veteran in the shipping industry, will set the tone in addressing the challenges and solutions for improving ship efficiency and fleet operations – the central theme of the conference.
Wärtsilä's Hatley Honored by SNAME
Hatley’s paper titled, “New Marine Era for Gas”, was presented during the technical program of the 2012 Offshore Technology Conference that took place April 30 – May 3 in Houston, TX. His presentation covered the five drivers of preference for LNG natural gas. These drivers include, the availability and affordability of shale gas and the three United States Environmental Protection Agency mandates that cover: sulphur content reductions in fuel, the geographic Emissions Control Area, and the stringent engine emissions reductions.
Wärtsilä Donates Engine to SUNY Maritime College
Wärtsilä to donate diesel engine and equipment to SUNY Maritime College Engineering Department; Donation valued at $1 million. Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading solutions provider, will donate the main components of a hybrid diesel propulsion system to the Engineering Department at State University of New York Maritime College. The unveiling ceremony on October 12, 2011 serves as the official dedication and opening of the Wärtsilä Lab, housed in Marvin Tode Hall, science and engineering building on the SUNY Maritime campus, the Bronx, New York City.
Wärtsilä to Equip First U.S. LNG OSV
Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading gas solutions provider, will deliver an integrated propulsion system based on the use of LNG for two offshore support vessels for operation in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the first time U.S. flagged offshore supply vessels will run on clean and efficient LNG, which offers operational savings and environmental benefits. Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract in October 2011 to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion equipment for two advanced offshore supply vessels owned by Harvey Gulf International Marine.
Ship Emissions & Efficiency Agenda, GL North American Meeting
The introduction of new emissions control areas (ECA) off the coastal waters of the US and Canada promise great changes for shipping in the region. regulations coloured many of the topics discussed at the North American Committee of Germanischer Lloyd (GL), which met at the Hotel Delta in Quebec City this week. The Committee examined such topics as GL's activities, both globally and in the Americas, ship efficiency, the rising importance of natural gas for the maritime industry, the technical challenges facing shipping in reducing emissions and upcoming regulations. The Committee, which only celebrated its inauguration in 2010, is made up of representatives from Canadian and American ship owners and operators…
GE Expands Marine & Stationary Power Organization
GE Transportation Systems' Marine & Stationary Power (M&SP) business recently expanded its worldwide sales and support organization. M&SP offers a full line of competitive products including GE diesel and EMD* compatible engines and components for the marine, power and industrial markets. "Just as we continue to invest in our products, we're doing the same with our worldwide sales and support network. The talented team now assembled will greatly enhance our ability to analyze and create market and sales plans, as well as further develop and maintain customer service relationships and distribution agreements in the marine, stationary, and oil and gas markets," said John Manison, general manager of M&SP.
News: Slow Speed Savings
Workboat operators face a tough time holding onto decent margins while caught in a squeeze between escalating operating costs and slumping day charter rates. How can you lessen the grip between today's rising costs and the battered charter market? Consider the benefit of slightly reduced boat speeds to capture big fuel savings. A vessel's fuel consumption is directly related to propulsion efficiency and hull resistance. Hull resistance is comprised of four factors; they are frictional, wave making, eddy, and air resistance. Other practical considerations also have considerable impact such as hull paint condition; sea state, currents, plus vessel loading and trim.
Marine Emissions: The ABC's
NOTE: This is part one of a two-part series on the ABCs of emissions requirements in the marine industry. Today environmental concerns are at the forefront of the public and represent a major effort by vessel owners to meet compliance standards. Many operators find the elaborate acronyms and various definitions confusing when maneuvering through the variety of regulatory requirements. How to meet the compliance standards in a timely fashion can be at first intimidating until acquiring a basic understanding of emission ABC's. International and U.S. Three dominant emission standards are applicable or enforceable for marine diesel engines : MARPOL Annex VI, EPA Marine Tier I, and EPA Marine Tier II.