Bunker Throughput up in Rotterdam Port
Bunkering rose again for the first time since 2011 in Rotterdam, the biggest bunker port of Europe: 10.6 million tonnes compared to 10.4 in 2013. The whole of the increase is accounted for by marine gas oil and diesel; sales rose from 500,000 to almost 700,000 tonnes. Sales of fuel oil stabilised – after falling for years – at 9.8 million tonnes. In addition, 100,000 tonnes of lubricant were sold. Sales of marine gas oil and diesel have risen due to the more stringent sulphur requirements in the Emission Control Areas (ECAs): North Sea, Baltic Sea and the United States coasts.
NOL Announces Clean-air Milestone In Singapore
SINGAPORE: 12 APRIL, 2011 - NOL Group today announced a maritime milestone: its vessels will become the first to use cleaner-burning, low-sulphur gas oil in Singapore. The decision is expected to curb sulphur oxides emissions from ships by almost 90%. Sulphur oxides are considered a key component of acid rain. Ash and particulate matter emissions could be reduced by 80% to 90%. "We are proud to be the first container shipping line to convert to cleaner-burning fuel here," said Eng Aik Meng, President of APL, the NOL Group's shipping line.
GE LM Gas Turbines Poised to Re-Emerge in Marine Market
GE Marine reported that its LM aeroderivative gas turbines are poised to re-emerge in the commercial marine market as a prime power producer, especially for new natural gas applications, such as fast ferry, liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker, or FPSO. “Trends may come and go in the commercial marine industry, but what has remained a constant, reliable choice for ship owners and operators worldwide are our fuel-flexible and emissions-friendly line of LM gas turbines,” said Brien Bolsinger, general manager of GE Marine in Evendale, Ohio.
TOTAL Opens Up Bunker Supply in Fiji
TOTAL Marine Fuels has now begun supplying bunkers in Fiji, following its acquisition of the shares and business interests of Shell Fiji Limited. Total is offering ex-pipe marine gas oil (MGO) and IFO180 fuel in Fiji, thus expanding its overall bunker supply presence in the Pacific Islands, where its existing facilities include those in New Caledonia (Noumea) and French Polynesia (Tahiti).
Rolls-Royce Shares Jump as Commercial Marine Unit Sale Mulled
Britain's Rolls-Royce said on Wednesday it was considering the sale of its commercial marine business, which has been hit by weak demand in offshore oil and gas markets, as part of a restructuring of the company into three core units. Shares in the company jumped after it said the loss-making unit could be sold. They were trading up 7.2 percent at 1330 GMT. The announcement came as part of a restructuring of the aero-engine maker into civil aerospace, defence and power systems units, with naval marine and nuclear submarines consolidated into defence and civil nuclear into power systems.
Green Tech Wins RoPax Scrubber Deal
Green Tech Marine has won a contract to deliver 21 exhaust gas cleaning systems (“scrubbers”) to an undisclosed ship-owner in first quarter 2015. By using Green Tech Marine scrubbers, ship owners can continue to operate on heavy fuel oil instead of more costly marine gas oil, while staying below the strict IMO requirements regarding sulphur emission. Sulphur oxides cause a wide variety of health and environmental impacts. With asthma being the largest children chronic disease in the Western world, authorities are addressing this issue through legislation.
EU to Develop Sulfur Strategy
The EU is limbering up to set new restrictions on sulfur in marine fuels, if MARPOL Annex VI is not implemented quickly, explains Ian Adams, secretary general of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA). At the same time, the European Commission aims to clarify its own directive on sulfur limits for marine diesel oil, which have been subject to different interpretations in different countries. The EC believes that for sulfur oxide, the cost of reducing emissions from ships is now considerably lower than further abatement measures in other sectors. So shipping is in the frame, says Adams. An EU study now underway will quantify ship emissions of SO2…
World’s First LNG-fueled PCTC Delivered
United European Car Carriers (UECC), which is equally owned by NYK and Wallenius Lines, took delivery of the world’s first LNG-fueled Pure Car and Truck Carrier from Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. on September 29 at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China. The vessel will be named “Auto Eco” when reaching North Europe towards the end of November, and it is the first of two sister vessels to be delivered. These new, unique vessels are equipped with dual-fuel engines that can use either liquefied natural gas (LNG) or heavy fuel oil and marine gas oil.
MPA Revokes Bunker Supplier Licences of AC Oil
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has revoked the bunker supplier and bunker craft operator licences of AC Oil Pte Ltd with effect from 29 July 2016. AC Oil Pte Ltd will no longer be allowed to operate as a bunker supplier or bunker craft operator in the Port of Singapore. As part of MPA’s on-going regulatory efforts to ensure the safety, reliability and quality of bunker supplies in Singapore, checks were conducted on AC Oil Pte Ltd in May and June 2016. MPA’s…
CARB Releases New Regulations for California Air Emissions
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its new regulations imposing emission limits and requirements for auxiliary diesel engines and diesel-electric engines on ocean-going ships in “Regulated California Waters”. The regulations come in two virtually identical versions. The Title 13 version is related to mobile sources and fuels. The Title 17 version comes under the toxic air contaminants regime. Either way, the basic requirements are the same. These provisions apply to US and foreign ocean-going ships in California waters and out to 24 nautical miles offshore. [Note: The assertion of state jurisdiction to waters more than…
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…
Exhaust Gas Scrubbers, Not MGO, for 'Pride of America'
Green Tech Marine contracted to deliver four of its scrubber units to the Norwegian Cruise Line ship. The scrubbers will be installed in March during a dry dock in Pearl Harbor Naval shipyard. They will replace the ships silencers and clean the exhaust of four, 8 MW engines, in total 32 MW, in what the manufacturers say is the biggest marine scrubber installation in the world at this time. Thanks to the small size of the scrubbers no valuable space for passengers or crew has to be sacrificed. The system will be a hybrid system, i.e.
Taiwan Cuts Bunker Fuel Prices $10
Taiwan's Chinese Petroleum Corp. (CPC) has cut spot bunker fuel oil prices to $171 per ton from $181 effective from Tuesday. The posted prices were for spot 180 and 380-centistoke bunker fuel delivered to ships at the ports of Kaohsiung, Keelung, Hualien, Taichung and Suao. Its term price was $3.00 lower at $168 for both grades at the same ports. Spot and term prices of marine gas oil (MGO) were reduced to $312 and $309 per ton, down from last week's $314 and $311, respectively. Marine diesel oil (MDO) was set at $306 and $303, for spot and term respectively.
Stranded Cargo Ship to be Refloated When Weather Breaks
between Dungeness and Rye on Saturday evening after dragging her anchor. oil on board. to minimise her movement when pounded by waves at high tide. is of less then 25mm in diameter and will have a patch welded to it. also currently without power. en-route to the vessel to re-establish the ship's services. there is a suitable break in the weather. re-float the `Maanav Star'. in Felixstow. be utilised to steady the vessel during the re-floating operation. currently in transit. recovered by a sludge tanker which is expected on the scene imminently.
First LNG-fueled Pure Car/Truck Carrier Named
United European Car Carriers (UECC), owned equally by NYK and Wallenius Lines, held a naming ceremony on November 21 at the Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium, for Auto Eco, the world’s first LNG-fueled pure car and truck carrier (PCTC). Auto Eco had been delivered to UECC on September 29. The ceremony was attended by Geert Bourgeois, minister-president of the government of Flanders; Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of Flanders Investment and Trade; Masafumi Ishii, Japan’s ambassador to Belgium; Takao Kusakari, NYK senior advisor; and Koichi Chikaraishi, NYK senior managing corporate officer; among others.
Wärtsilä Launches Auxpac Standard Gen Sets
Wärtsilä has launched Wärtsilä Auxpac, a new range of medium- and high-speed standard marine generating sets. Wärtsilä Auxpac generating sets ensure the availability of electrical power onboard marine vessels. Thanks to their modular design they can be supplied fast and at a competitive price. They are easy to install and operate and they provide low operating costs. The medium-speed generating sets are based on the Wärtsilä 20 and 26 engines and run on heavy fuel oil. The high-speed generating sets run on marine gas oil (=MGO) and are based on Volvo Penta engines…
Shell Announces Plan for Penguins Filed Redevelopment
Shell announced the final investment decision for the Penguins field redevelopment project in the U.K. sector, which includes the construction of a new-build Sevan Marine designed cylindrical floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. The Penguins field is in 165 metres of water, approximately 150 miles north east of the Shetland Islands. Discovered in 1974, the field was first developed in 2002 and is a joint venture between Shell (50 percent and operator) and ExxonMobil (50 percent).
CARB Discontinues Diesel Engine Enforcement
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a notice stating that it will discontinue enforcement of the Ocean-Going Vessel Auxiliary Diesel Engine Regulation. This action has been taken (somewhat belatedly) after the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declined to rehear its earlier decision holding that the regulation was preempted under the federal Clean Air Act. The CARB will now submit a request for authorization from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce the regulation. In the meantime, the CARB encourages ship operators to use 0.5% sulfur marine distillate oil (MDO) or marine gas oil (MGO) when within 24 nautical miles of California. Source: HK Law
New Success for Europe in Cleaner Inland Navigation
The increasing use of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) as a fuel was given another boost with today’s commissioning of a new type of inland navigation vessel: Sirocco. Owned by Chemgas Barging, this conventional gas tanker is equipped with a main engine capable of running on marine gas oil as well as on the clean LNG. What makes this dual-fuel system unique is that it is positioned below decks in the cargo area, which improves vessel safety. This deployment is part of the ‘LNG Masterplan…
Gondan to Build Three Tugs for Østensjø Rederi
Gondan Shipyard has signed a new contract with the Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi AS for the construction of three tugboats that will join its fleet in Melkøya terminal of the Norwegian oil company Statoil. These three new escort tugs will operate in icy environments of up to -20º C, what means a demanding design and quality construction to protect crew and equipment from the weather. They are designed by the Canadian naval architectural firm Robert Allan Ltd. With 40m length and 16m beam, they will have a bollard pull of 100 tons and escort steering force of 155 tons.
DFDS Mariners Tweak Engines to Save Fuel
Engine room crew of DFDS ship 'Petunia Seaways' reduce bunker consumption, enter company's fuel saving competition. By employing a number of operational tweaks, engine room staff at one of its vessels, Petunia Seaways, has reduced bunker consumption year on year for the first half of 2012, equivalent to annual savings of 179.2 metric tonnes (mt) of fuel oil and 100.8 mt of marine gas oil (MGO). DFDS estimates that this equates to annual savings of DKK 1,568,500 ($255,536) at current bunker prices.
Thailand Product Tanker Reported Missing
ReCAAP ISC reported that the owner of Thailand-registerer oil product tanker, Danai 4 had lost contact with the vessel, and the ship is assumed missing. The owner’s last communication with the vessel was on October 10, 2013 at approximately 17.78 nm northeast of Tanjung Penawar, Malaysia (1° 35.48’ N, 104° 34.08’ E). Danai 4 (IMO 8613530, dwt 1924, built 1986, flag Thailand, manager Thai International Tankers Co. Ltd., Bangkok)departed Singapore on October 9, 2013 and was scheduled to anchor off Vietnam for transferring of fuel on October 12.
California Plans Regarding Fuel Sulfur
The proposal, with some minor modifications from its earlier version, will be circulated soon for comments. The final regulation will come into effect 30 days after publication. The regulation would apply to oceangoing ships operating within 24 miles of the coast. The “Phase I” fuel requirement specifies use of marine gas oil up to 1.5% sulfur or marine diesel up to 0.5% sulfur. The Phase I requirement would apply to main engines and auxiliary boilers as of July 1, 2009 and to auxiliary engines (including all diesel-electric engines) as of the effective date of the regulation. (Source: Holland & Knight)