Australia Prepares for LNG Fueled Vessels

By Eric Haun at May 25, 2016 09:31
Filed Under: Fuels & Lubes, General, LNG fuel
Australia is well positioned to employ vessels fueled by LNG, experts say [More]

What fuel will ocean-going ships be burning 16 years down the road?

By George Backwell at March 14, 2014 22:23
Filed Under: Fuels & Lubes
Heavy fuel oil will remain the main fuel for deep sea shipping in year 2030 indicates new research from Lloyd’s Register and University College London’s Energy Institute. In a complex study involving many inter-related factors,  ‘Global Marine Fuel Trends 2030’ (GMFT 2030) limits itself to the container ship, bulk carrier/general cargo and tanker (crude & chemical/products) sectors which represent about 70% of the shipping industry’s fuel demand. VLCC: File photo Marine fuels considered: Ranged from liquid fuels used today (HFO, MDO/MGO) to their bio-alternatives (bio-diesel, straight vegetable oil) and from LNG and biogas to methanol and hydrogen (derived both from methane or wood biomass) were included in the study.Engine technologiesIncluded were 2 or 4-stroke diesels, diesel-electric, gas engines and fuel cell technology. Since the uptake of certain fuels is influenced by them, a wide range of energy efficiency technologies and abatement solu... [More]

World’s largest Bilobe-Liquid Gas Storage Tanks

Sinopacific builds cargo tanks for 9.686 cubic meter with BV-ClassThe future of the Natural Gas Shipping keeps a majority of the shipping industry busy. Again and again new equipment and machinery is developed. Such as in China. At present there arise the largest Bilobe-Liquid Gas Storage tanks.They are nearing completion at China’s Sinopacific yard and will be installed in a series of four 27,500 cu m semi-refrigerated LNG/Ethylene carriers building for Denmark’s Shipping Company Evergas. Each of the IMO Type C Bilobe tanks has a capacity of 9,686 cu m. Two of the tanks in each vessel will be supplemented by a third conical Type C cargo tank and a smaller LNG fuel tank on the deck of the vessels. International classification society Bureau Veritas is classing the world’s largest Bilobe-Gas Tanks. Normal 0 21 false false false DE X-NONE X-NONE ... [More]

New Shipbuiling Contract for Cassens-Shipyard in Emden

German shipping company Norden-Frisia has ordered a new diesel-electric ferry which will be built at Cassens Werft in Emden. The delivery is expected in summer 2015. According to the shipping company the new build with a modified exhaust after treatment system from Kurre Abgastechnik and with a diesel particle filter. Norden-Frisia says that the power plant will reduce emissions by up to 90% and very fine particulates by up to 99%, “…with this we will have almost the same emission values like with a natural gas driven ferry”. Same like the FRISIA VIII, which was the first German island ferry awarded with the German environmentally quality certificate “Blue Angel Ship Design”, also the new build is planned to receive this award.The vessel will be of identical dimensions to Norden-Frisia’s FRISIA IV, which features 70.7 m. It is planned to have the double ender’s Voith Schneider propellers in combinatory operation, a development which the owners... [More]

Reliability ensures order for Alfa Laval’s PureSOX

By Peter Pospiech at February 18, 2014 04:00
Filed Under: Company News, Fuels & Lubes, Scrubbers
Following a similar order from DFDS earlier in 2013, a repeat order for PureSOX was placed by Dutch ship owner Spliethoff near the end of the year. The order confirms not only the commercial viability of the exhaust gas cleaning system, but also customer confidence in the system’s performance within Emission Control Areas (ECAs). SOx Emission Control Areas (SECAs) Signed in November, the order from Spliethoff comprises PureSOX systems for five Con-Ro vessels. The vessels will be retrofitted between June and December of 2014 reports the company.PureSOX is a hybrid scrubber system, able to operate with either seawater or fresh water. And while the technology is relatively new, it has been demonstrated to reduce sulphur content in vessel exhaust by more than 98%.  An order based on real-world experienceSpliethoff, one of the largest ship owners in the Netherlands, has been operating with PureSOX aboard the M/V Plyca. Alfa Laval delivered the system in 2012, and it has been in ... [More]

No positive shifts on bunker claims

By Peter Pospiech at February 13, 2014 04:00
Filed Under: Fuels & Lubes, General
Damages’ risks due to unsatisfactory fuel quality expanding in leaps and bounds Jens Maul Jorgensen, Director for fuel and risk management at the Lübeck shipping company Oldendorff Carriers, warned on an event of the insurance company Skuld in Hamburg. Recent statistics of the from Oldendorff engaged test laboratory showed that the amount of negative checked fuel probes, on a worldwide basis, has been drastically increased during the last year from 21 to 23%.The situation “frightens me” warned Jorgensen, who is also President of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA). He expects that the bunker quality of the available bunker in the ports is going to be worse during the next years. Many factors are responsible for this. Of the one part more and more amounts of heavy fuel must be mixed respectively diluted to reduce the sulfur content which will be restricted during the next years, because of the upcoming international standards. Hereby increases the... [More]

DNV GL stamps Methanol powered Tanker

The worldwide first with Methanol powered vessels will navigate with DNV GL Class the classification society announced recently. The four 50.000 tdw tanker have been ordered by the Swedish shipping company Marinvest and the Norwegian company Westfal-Larsen at the Korean shipyard Hyundai Mipo Dockyards. The classification follows according the DNV GL regulation for fuels with low flashpoint. The very first tank ship shall be delivered by 2016.DNV GL says the sulfur free fuel with low flashpoint (Low Flashpoint, LFL) of about twelve degrees Celsius becomes more and more attractive for the maritime industry, because this fuel fulfills the upcoming SOx-limit values in the emission control areas.The vessels, which will carry the additional DNV GL mark LFL FUELLED, feature a secondary bunker system as well as an automatically leakage warning system with shot-off function and flame protection systems. Further building safety measures include the position of the tanks and fuel pipes. ... [More]

Keel Laying of the World’s First LNG Hybrid Barge in Komárno

By Peter Pospiech at January 30, 2014 04:00
Filed Under: Company News, Fuels & Lubes, Hybrid system, LNG fuel
The keel laying of the world’s first LNG Hybrid Barge took place at a ceremony held at the ”SAM Shipbuilding and Machinery“ shipyard in Komárno, Slovakia in the second week of the new year. In  the  presence  of  representatives  of  the  shipyard,  AIDA  Cruises,  Becker  Marine  Systems  and Hybrid Port Energy (a subsidiary of Becker Marine Systems and the barge shipping company), the laying of the keel was carried out following the tradition of placing a coin on the keel block prior to lowering the first section.The start of cooperation between Becker Marine Systems and AIDA Cruises preceded this keel laying  in  the  summer  of  2012,  with  the  aim  of  supplying  environmentally  friendly  electricity  to cruise ships during their layovers at port. The LNG Hybrid Barge currently under construction for this is equipped wit... [More]

Shipping companies will choose marine gas oil

By Peter Pospiech at January 23, 2014 04:00
Filed Under: Fuels & Lubes, General, LNG fuel, Scrubbers
A recent North European conducted survey of some of the biggest shipping companies in Europe shows that they  will choose the low-sulfur marine gas oil when the new emission regulations comes into force next year.Some of Europe's large shipping owners without doubts will choose to use the more expensive, low-sulfur marine gas oil once the environmental regulations aimed at reducing the sulfur content in ship fuel comes into effect on January 1st 2015 in the European SECA zone. The alternatives to switching to marine gas oil with a lower sulfur content include continuing to use the traditional high sulfur fuel and cleaning it with scrubber (exhaust cleaning system), or switching to natural gas (LNG). While a big number of shipping companies have announced intentions of switching to natural gas on the long term (there is no doubt: it will come), the survey shows that a majority of the carriers choose marine gas oil as the immediate solution, although it costs much more than fuel wit... [More]

A closer look inside the new Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre

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