Wärtsilä Slow Steaming Upgrade Kits
Wärtsilä has signed a contract with the German shipowner Jüngerhans, located in Haren (Ems), Germany, to refit two of its vessels with Wärtsilä Slow Steaming Upgrade Kits to cut fuel costs. The 1997-built vessels are equipped with 7-cylinder Wärtsilä RTA62U main engines. In response to over-capacity in the market and a desire to cut overall fuel consumption, during recent months charterers have adjusted both their services and the speed of their ships. Slow steaming has become a way of operating vessels, particularly in the container segment. Slow steaming offers benefits for charterers in terms of substantially reduced fuel consumption and considerable savings in overall ship operation costs.
Big Ship Slow Steaming: How Prevalent is It?
Much has been heard, said and read regarding the advent of Slow Steaming in the global maritime industry. But in reality, how prevalent is the practice? MAN PrimeServ set out recently to find some answers. Being a market leader with the lion’s share of big ship main propulsion installations has its benefits, particularly when seeking answers on operational trends from the world’s leading vessel owners and operators. The engines in the world fleet today were built to run constantly at full load…
Alfa Laval Introduces EPC 60 Retrofit
Alfa Laval introduced the EPC 60 Retrofit, a new upgrade kit intended to enhance older control systems of previous generations of Alfa Laval centrifugal separators with the modern EPC 60 control unit. The retrofit kit provides a viable alternative for owners of 30-year-old Alfa Laval centrifuges to modernize the entire separation system with a marine-approved PLC system with modular I/O cards. Upgrading an aging control system delivers significant financial gains in the form of improved system reliability, a secure spare parts supply and more uptime.
Upgrading Of Senoko Waste-To-Energy Plant
Keppel Infrastructure Trust (KIT), through its wholly owned subsidiary1, has entered into an agreement with the National Environment Agency (NEA) to provide additional incineration capacity to the Senoko Waste-to-Energy (WTE) plant, one of the three facilities under KIT's current portfolio. To increase its capacity while maintaining its land use footprint, the Senoko WTE plant will undergo upgrading, currently planned to take place between 3Q 2015 and 3Q 2016. The upgrade will progressively increase the plant's capacity to treat additional waste volumes.
Pull the Handle Down...
One of the most effective and easiest fuel reduction operations is reducing the engine power by reducing the speed of a vessel. Out of the total operational costs of a vessel, fuel costs account for, by far, the highest proportion. When fuel prices soared, the technical experts of one of the world’s biggest shipping companies set about to solve the problem, and slowing down was the solution they devised. By 2009 significant fuel savings resulted from sailing its ships at 12 knots instead of 24, and ”Slow Steaming” officially became the standard operating procedure in their fleet.
Getting the Best from Bunkers: WSS Advise
Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) apprises that it has responded to changes in the marine bunker market with a campaign that aims to help shipowners get the best from their residual and distillate fuels. A consistent reduction in the quality of fuels available to shipowners, the need to comply with IMO and EU regulations on sulfur content and the adoption of slow steaming have created a ‘perfect storm’ of operational and compliance requirements, according to Jonas Östlund, Product Marketing Manager, Marine Chemicals, WSS.
Fairbanks Morse Engine Secures Funding
Fairbanks Morse Engine, an EnPro Industries company, will install low load upgrade kits on the LSD - 41/49 class of U.S. Navy ships following a $4 million federal spending plan secured by Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin. The decision to upgrade the engines is based on a successful proof-of-concept trial of low load upgrade kits on the U.S.S. Oak Hill (LSD-51) for its Fairbanks Morse Opposed Piston (OP) engines that provide ship electrical service. Bay (WTGB 107). The upgrade kit extends the service life of the engines, while at the same time reducing emissions and lowering lube oil and fuel consumption rates. This technology will result in substantial cost savings and increased reliability for the U.S. Navy.
Castrol Goes Further on Cylinder Lubricant Choice
Drawing on OEM reports and its own engine performance tests, Castrol Marine has strengthened its conviction that optimum performance, when slow steaming, can only be achieved by having a range of cylinder oils available for the customer. content and low feed-rates. to those vessels regularly slow steaming, to ensure piston ring packs and liners remain in excellent condition. “The idea of a single, mid range cylinder oil solution for all vessels as sulphur limits are reduced may be seductive…
Castrol Marine Extends Cyltech 80 AW Availability
”We have responded to increasing demand from our customers for wider availability of our Cyltech 80 AW cylinder oil by expanding the supply network from five to 35 ports in key regions,” said David Goosey, Castrol Marine’s Chief Executive and Sales Director. Ports where customers will be able to book supplies will now take in major trading centers, including Antwerp, Rotterdam, Le Havre, Marseille, Hamburg, Bremen, Kiel, Singapore, Port Klang, Busan, Ulsan, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Fujairah, Dubai, Jebel Ali and Khor Fakkan. Castrol’s recommendation that owners adopt Cyltech 80 AW was initially prompted to address the implementation of slow steaming practices by operators of large containerships fitted with large bore 2-stroke crosshead main engines.
Castrol Marine Extends Cylinder Oil Range
Castrol Marine has extended its cylinder oil range to address concerns about engine damage and performance as slow steaming and fuel sulphur content restrictions bite. The specialized marine lubricant supplier has launched Cyltech 80 AW, an 80 BN (base number) cylinder oil. The Cyltech range has been developed for optimum engine protection in 2-stroke crosshead engines and specifically to match engine performance with the demands of varying sulphur fuels and the impact of slow steaming.
Slow Steaming Brings Fuels, Lubes into Spotlight
As shipping companies increasingly employ slow steaming to help reduce costs and control emissions, the process and challenge of procuring marine lubricants has taken on greater complexity and significance, according to Total Lubmarine. The North American Emissions Control Area (ECA), effective from 2012, will impact 50% of maritime traffic, forcing ship owners and operators not typically operating in ECA’s to begin use of lower basicity cylinder lubricants required for lower sulfur fuels. This increasing trend is likely to pose challenges for ship owners and operators when leaving ECA’s, as lower base number (BN) lubricants are not best suited to operation with higher sulfur fuels permissible for use outside ECA boundaries.
Wärtsilä Advice Confirms Castrol Concerns on Single Oils
Castrol Marine said it has welcomed new guidance from Wärtsilä that undermines claims that mid-range base number (BN) oils represent a single cylinder oil solution for marine two-stroke engines. The advice confirms Castrol’s long-held concerns that using mid-range BN cylinder oils with higher sulphur fuels when slow steaming could lead to cold corrosion. The engine major has withdrawn approval for mid-range (50-60BN) cylinder oils when used with many marine engines running on Heavy Fuel Oil of above 2.5% sulphur content. New ‘letters of no objection’ to suppliers limit use of mid-range BN oils on all “Wärtsilä RTA, RT-fl ex and W-X engines as well as Sulzer two-stroke engines” to HFO whose sulphur content is “in the range 0.5<S<2.5 mass %”.
Caterpillar, Peterson Repower Harley Tugboats
Replacing the prime engine in a seafaring vessel to meet modern emissions laws can be a major challenge. For many vessel owners, the option to retrofit existing engines is an attractive alternative to implement compliant power solutions into their operations. Recognizing the need to provide flexible, comprehensive solutions to help customers address the increasingly complex emissions regulations, Caterpillar unveiled the EPA certified Cat 3500 marine emissions kits. Bay Area tug and barge operator Harley Marine Services was eager to incorporate sustainable, efficient power solutions into their vessels and reached out to Cat Dealer Peterson to evaluate viable options for several vessels in their fleet.
APL: New Fuel Surcharge to Reflect Slow-steaming
Container shipping line APL has announced a new fuel surcharge formula in the Trans-Pacific Trade that reflects the financial impact of slow-steaming, the industry-wide practice of reducing vessel speed to reduce fuel consumption, control costs and reduce emissions. The new formula results in a somewhat lower bunker surcharge, effective July 1, 2011, than would have been assessed under the previous formula which was based on a guideline from the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement. The surcharge for a standard 40-foot standard container shipped from Asia to the U.S. West Coast drops to $538 from $568. The surcharge for a standard 40-foot standard container shipped to the U.S. East Coast drops to $1,049 from $1,107.
Slow-Steaming Through a Legal & Insurance Minefield
What’s the problem? On one side the owner has an obligation to follow the charterer’s slow-steaming instructions under the charterparty yet on the other the owner has the usually implied obligation under the Bill of Lading to proceed with due dispatch. Due dispatch means the most direct route at the fastest speed. There is legal authority that an unreasonable delay is a deviation. A deviation in this respect is a departure from the contractually agreed voyage that deprives the carrier of the defences and rights of limitation that are usually available under The Hague or Hague Visby Rules.
Cargo Sits Waiting a Fortnight in Asia: Analysts Seek Reasons
Jochen Gutschmidt, head of global transport procurement at Nestle, asked the Global Liner Shipping Conference in Hamburg last week: “Why is cargo waiting in Asia for two weeks?” Using data from Drewry’s latest 'Container Forecaster', just published, this week’s 'Container Insight Weekly' attempts to answer that question and quantify how much capacity has been taken out of the system by slow steaming and lay-ups. There was a time when vessel optimisation was achieved by simply deploying the biggest ships at full speed so to minimise the number of vessels required.
Cat 3500 Series Emissions Kits Get EPA Cert.
Caterpillar Marine Power Systems and Caterpillar Emissions Solutions announced that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has certified Cat 3500 Series Marine Emissions Kits according to EPA Rule 40 CFR Part 1042. This Marine Remanufacture Program applies to many commercial engines flagged or registered in the United States, and the requirements include a 25 percent particulate matter reduction at overhaul. By replacing the mechanical unit injector (MUI) system and other associated components on the engine, the upgrade kits offer vessel owners an in-hull solution that exceeds the requirements, and offers operational benefits.
Capesize Bunker Consumption: Baltic Exchange Issues Brokers Guidance
The Baltic Exchange advises panellists that with the prevalence of 'slow steaming' they should assume that if steaming at 12kts laden/13kts ballast, Capesize vessels will consume 44 tonnes per day (NDAS). The London market exchange has provided its shipbroker panel members with further guidance on the way in which they assess the capesize market. The move has followed extensive market consultation and reflects the need for greater precision on the slow steaming characteristics of the Baltic capesize vessel type. “This guidance does not imply any change to the index definition.
Hybrid Turbocharged Car Carrier Runs Sea Trials
The car carrier that mounts the world first Hybrid Turbocharger with Electric Assist function and Variable Turbine Inlet (VTI) ran its sea trial from April 17-22 and proved the world's first electric-assist turbocharger function on actual ship. The turbocharger was manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Engine Co., Ltd. (MHI-MME). By using the electric-assist function, the ship will be able to save energy consumption substantially at slow steaming by reducing the amount of time of auxiliary blower operation. The turbocharger combines the function of electric generation as a hybrid turbocharger and that of VTI in addition to the electric assist function. This ship is a car carrier built by Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co., Ltd.
LR: Flexible Ships Needed in Volatile Times
High or volatile oil prices and environmental concerns, point to the need for new designs capable of operating efficiently at different speeds. Lloyd’s Register warns that care needs to be taken when running at reduced power outputs. Most container ships trading today, and on order, were designed for a world of relatively low energy prices. With oil at recent high levels many owners have been implementing or considering slow steaming strategies. Slow steaming may also be seen at present as an answer to over-capacity.
New Heater Kits for Northern Sea Route Vessels
These heater kits will enable Marine Navigation Radar Turning Units to be operated in temperatures down below -55 degrees Celsius, in addition to keeping the S-Band and X-Band sensors in the turning units free from ice. Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine has designed them to be attached in the field at or after installation, and they are compatible with all VisionMaster FT (VMFT) radar sensors. "Ships operating in the Arctic environments are exposed to a number of unique risks and we recognize the need to ensure that our equipment is capable of functioning effectively under the challenges of polar operations," said Jeanne Usher, managing director, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine.
Danelec Marine's Conversion Kits for VDR Retrofits
Danelec Marine is now offering a comprehensive range of conversion kits to facilitate replacement of existing shipboard Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs). The company has created packages to replace more than 30 different models of VDRs and Simplified VDRs (S-VDRs) across all major existing and legacy brands, making it easy and less costly for shipowners to upgrade to the new technology. “Many ships are still equipped with VDRs and S-VDRs that were installed more than 10 years ago to meet the initial IMO carriage requirements…
US Navy Upgrades Mine Hunting Capabilities
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) delivered the first of three lots of mine hunting sonar upgrade kits to the U.S. Navy’s Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division. The ultimate end users will be the HM-12, -14 and -15 Mine Countermeasures Squadrons. The production contracts from the Navy’s PMS-495 are for upgrading 27 AQS-24A mine hunting systems into the more advanced AQS-24B system. The kits contain all the components necessary to upgrade the existing 27 AQS-24A mine hunting systems into the more advanced AQS-24B system. Work is being done in three production lots.