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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Reduce Emissions News

Cavotec Showcase Shore Power at Middle East Expo

TOC Seminar: Image courtesy of Cavotec

During the recent 3-day TOC Middle East exposition, Cavotec Port & Maritime expert Daniel Lexander delivered a presentation – “Technical Solutions to Reduce Emissions at Container Terminals” – at a Tech TOC seminar. The talk provided an overview of the latest technological developments and applications of these technologies at ports worldwide. One of the main topics covered was the electrification of RTG cranes previously powered by diesel, which helps reduce emissions and running costs.

Panama Canal Emission Reduction Plan

ACP has signed a Technical Cooperation Agreement with the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) and the German Agency for International Cooperation to apply mechanisms that will reduce emissions in the Canal Watershed. The agreement aims to establish the terms and conditions for the design and implementation of a pilot program in the Panama Canal Watershed, compensation mechanisms for the sustainable management of forest resources that can be replicated nationwide, under the parameters of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD +). The REDD+ program focuses on the conservation of carbon reserves and also on the sustainable management of forests.

NEXT GENERATION Marine Power & Propulsion Conference

The NEXT GENERATION Marine Power & Propulsion Conference is being held at the Grand Harbour, Southampton on April 18 and 19, 2018. All sectors are invited to participate in this unique event that focuses on viable solutions for sub IMO / sub 24 meter vessels. As most new power and propulsion technology is proving to be scalable this knowledge is becoming increasingly relevant to vessels of all sizes. Conference organizer, John Haynes, said, “It is clear that emerging technologies including the use of electric drives linked to lithium-ion batteries…

FellowSHIP Listed as a Top Sustainable Solution

'Viking Lady': Photo courtesy of DNV

FellowSHIP, a hybrid energy system for merchant ships which couples a fuel cell with advanced batteries, saving fuel and reducing emissions, is added to Sustainia100 - a guide to 100 society-transforming, sustainable and readily available solutions. The  project, an R&D collaboration between DNV, Wartsila, and Eidesvik, is demonstrating the use of a fuel cell integrated with a battery pack aboard the vessel Viking Lady. "On behalf of DNV and our partners Wärtsila and Eidesvik…

Mammoet Switches to Cleaner Fuel in the Netherlands

Photo: Mammoet

Mammoet’s Dutch operations switch to Shell gas-to-liquids fuel: expected to lower emissions, noise levels and contribute to local air quality. Mammoet, a service provider specializing in engineered heavy lifting and transport, will use cleaner-burning Shell gas-to-liquids (GTL) fuel to power all its cranes and trucks in the Netherlands. The switch is expected to reduce emissions and help improve local air quality as well as lowering noise levels compared with conventional diesel.

Washington State Ferries Explores LNG as Fuel

Kenneth Vareide, Director of DNV’s maritime operations in North America

“WSF burns more than 17 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel each year – and it’s our fastest growing operating expense. LNG has the potential to significantly reduce emissions and the cost of fuel,” said Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Assistant Secretary David Moseley. LNG as a fuel is a promising, but new technology. To ensure that the safety, security and operational challenges of such a move is handled in a responsible manner, Washington State Ferries has partnered with DNV…

Long Beach's Cement Terminal Project Approved

The terminal receives imported cement and cement-like materials via bulk cargo ships.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the Mitsubishi Cement Facility Modification Project this week, greenlighting the addition of 40,000 metric tons of additional storage capacity consisting of storage and loading silos on vacant Port property adjacent to Mitsubishi’s existing facility at the Port’s Pier F. The site will increase in size from 4.21 acres to 5.92 acres. The board’s approval was contingent on environmental measures and upgrades. The terminal receives imported cement and cement-like materials via bulk cargo ships. The product is stored in a warehouse or in silos.

Maersk Leads Fuel Switch at Port of Virginia

Maersk Line will switch to low-sulfur fuel while at berth for all of its containerships calling the Port of Virginia starting in February. This fuel switch program will help improve air quality in the greater Hampton Roads area by significantly reducing emissions of sulfur and nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. Maersk Line is the lead shipping line to participate in the fuel switch program sponsored by the Commonwealth of Virginia through the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ), as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation.

EPA Offers $4 Million in Grants for Clean Diesel Projects

EPA is announcing the availability of $4 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from marine and inland water ports, many of which are in areas that face environmental justice challenges. “Ports are essential to the nation’s economy and transportation infrastructure, but they also are home to some of the nation’s toughest environmental challenges,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. Most of the country’s busiest ports are located near large metropolitan areas and, as a result, people in nearby communities can be exposed to high levels of diesel emissions. Older diesel engines can emit large amounts of air pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides (NOX) and particulate matter (PM).

EU Adopts New Ship CO2 Reporting Rules

Image: The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have supported draft EU rules requiring ship-owners using EU ports to monitor and report CO2 emissions each year. The text establishes an EU-wide system for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, in order to improve the information about ship efficiency and emissions and to encourage reducing emissions and fuel consumption. Cargo owners and ship operators have been crying out for efficiency data…

Port of LA Wins Global Environmental Award

Port of Los Angeles recognized for emissions reductions, international collaborative efforts. The Port of Los Angeles has received a Lloyd’s List Global Award in the Environment category, an honor recognizing the Port’s environmental leadership in adopting and promoting programs that reduce emissions from maritime sources. The award highlighted several of the Port’s green initiatives and leadership efforts at both the regional and international level, including the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). Initiated in 2006, the CAAP established control measures for port-related ships, trains, trucks, terminal equipment and harbor craft, and ties these measures to specific emissions reduction goals.

AAPA to Vocalize Industry Efforts to Reduce Emissions

Emphasizing the steps that public port authorities have taken on their own to reduce air emissions and encouraging Congress to take steps to help improve air quality, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) will go before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure tomorrow to point out the accomplishments of the U.S. port industry and identify the steps that Congress can take to help reduce air emissions in and around commercial seaports. The Association’s testimony will be presented by Linda Strout, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Seattle. In her testimony, Ms. Strout — whose port has numerous accomplishments related to air quality…

EU Emissions Standards for Small Marine Diesel Engines

The European Commission issued a Press Release welcoming the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on a Directive to reduce emissions from diesel engines used in off-road machinery (including inland waterway vessels). The Directive is intended, in part, to align with standards being finalized in the United States. Source: HK Law

EPA Offers Up to $9 Million for Emission Reduction Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of up to $9 million through the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program (DERA) for Fiscal Year 2013 for new projects to reduce emissions from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines. The DERA program has significantly improved air quality and provided critical health benefits by reducing air pollution and saving millions of gallons of fuel. Diesel pollution is linked to a range of serious health problems including asthma, lung and heart disease, other respiratory ailments, and premature death. EPA estimates that clean diesel funding generates up to $13 of public health benefit for every $1 spent on diesel projects.

Port Everglades, EPA to Study Air Emissions

Photo: Port Everglades

Port Everglades has signed a partnership agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study air emissions. The EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality will work closely with Port Everglades to coordinate research and modeling encompassing all port-related operations, technologies and anticipated growth scenarios. The EPA also intends to develop separate emissions estimates for areas outside the port's jurisdictional boundaries, such as highways and railroads used by Port Everglades customers.

Marine Propulsion:Emission-Reduction Test a Success

New emission reduction technology was recently proven in a joint test with Holland America and RINA. The test was conducted aboard Veendam. Pictured is sistership Zaandam. Reduced emissions from diesel engines at sea has become a rallying cry from legislators to ship owners to diesel engine manufacturers to fuel and additive suppliers. Last month a significant milestone in the fight to reduce emissions was achieved, as emission-reduction technology reportedly been tested successfully on Carnival's Holland America (HAL) ship, Veendam. The tests were carried out jointly by Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding, HAL and RINA within a common R&D project. The technology is based on injecting water into fuel to create micro-droplets of emulsified fuel.

Shippers Oppose Green Fuel Taxes

Shipper groups say the introduction of green fuel taxes will not reduce emissions. They claim that shipping lines will not switch to more environmentally-friendly fuels or more efficient ships, they will simply add yet another surcharge to the rates they charge their customers. Most of the talk from the shipping sector and governmental organizations involves the establishment of a levy or tax on fuel that is proportionate to the level of emissions from each ship. The way to reduce such charges would be to score well on the recently-approved Energy Efficiency Design Index for ships, as agreed by the International Maritime Organization. Shippers, including the Global Shippers Forum, the British Shippers’ Council and the European Shippers’ Council (ESC) say this strategy will not work.

Evans Waterless Coolant: Fuel Economy & Reduced Emissions

Evans Waterless Heavy Duty Coolant Increases Fuel Economy, Reduces Emissions and Lowers TCO in Independent Testing. Evans Cooling Systems, Inc., developer of the only waterless engine coolant, reported that recent testing with Emisstar LLC, a nationally recognized emissions testing firm, showed a reduction of 3.6% in CO2 emissions and a 4% fuel economy improvement. Emisstar is a clean energy and emissions technology consulting firm that provides independent third party testing services for the development of sustainable transportation technology strategies.

Kuwait Signs LNG Import Deal With Shell

Photo: Shell

Kuwait Petroleum Corp. (KPC) has signed a 15-year liquefied natural gas import deal with Royal Dutch Shell Plc to help the oil exporting nation meet growing domestic energy demand. A report in Bloomberg said that the sales purchasing agreement with Shell International Trading Middle East Ltd. will start in 2020. The contract will cover 2 million to 3 million metric tons of LNG a year. The volumes delivered under the contract will be used to fire up KPC’s power stations. A press…

CARB: Comment on Modifications to Commercial Harborcraft

The Air Resources Board has posted the 15-Day Notice of Public Availability of Modified Text for the Regulations to Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines on Commercial Harbor Craft Operated Within California Waters and 24 Nautical Miles of the California Baseline. The document and the associated formal regulatory materials can be accessed from our website at the address: http://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2010/chc10/chc10.htm The modifications are open for public comment until October 18, 2010.  Please submit any comments here:  http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bclist.php

Teekay Orders Shuttle Tanker Newbuilds

(Image: Teekay)

 On July 27, 2017, Teekay Offshore (TOO) CEO Ingvild Sæther announced the contract signing for two Suezmax-size, DP2 shuttle tanker newbuildings, with options to order up to two additional vessels.   The vessels are scheduled to be delivered in 2019 and 2020 and provide shuttle tanker services in the North Sea in support of Statoil.   The newbuilds will be constructed based on TOO’s new Shuttle Spirit design which incorporates technologies to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions, including liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion.

Lloyd's Register Acquires Fuel Testing Arm

Photo: Lloyd's Register

Lloyd's Register announced it has acquired fuel testing service provider Guardian Marine Testing. The newly formed Lloyd's Register GMT Ltd combines Lloyd’s Register’s technical expertise with Guardian Marine Testing’s fuel testing operation to offer solutions to the challenges associated with the management of fuel quantity and quality. In addition to providing a range of marine testing services, Lloyd's Register GMT will provide access to a network of ship performance consultants striving to help users save fuel, reduce emissions and lower operational costs.

IMO Opens the Door to Reduce Shipping Emissions

Member states of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) agreed on a Resolution on technology cooperation, which was delaying the implementation of standards to improve the energy efficiency of new ships. The resolution had been in discussion for two years and was hindering any progress on other measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships. The resolution meets the concerns of developing and developed nations by recognizing the principles of non-discrimination in the IMO and common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) in the UN's Framework on Climate Change. Reacting to the IMO decision, Antoine Kedzierski, T&E clean shipping officer, said: "The lack of agreement on this resolution was holding up the discussion on tackling shipping emissions at the IMO for too long.

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