Australia is well positioned to employ vessels fueled by LNG, experts say [More]
Finland’s new icebreaker Polaris is the world’s first to feature dual fuel LNG and diesel propulsion [More]
A state-of-the-art dual-fuel, diesel-electric propulsion system will drive Russia’s newest massive LNG Carrier. [More]
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.
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]
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]
France’s Brittany Ferries has ordered a huge 210-m long, 52,000 gt, almost 2,500 passenger capacity, dual-fuel cruise ferry that they claim will be the first in UK waters to use natural gas to power its engines. At the same time they claim it will be first in the world to employ technology that allows the fuel to be carried on board at close to atmospheric pressure.
Dual-fuel cruise ferry PEGASIS: Rendering courtesy of STX France
STX France explains that the ship bears the self-explanatory code name PEGASIS (Power Efficient Gas Innovative Ship) and is one of 34 projects engaged in the ‘New Industrial France’ programme. According to Brittany Ferries four dual-fuel engines (natural gas and marine diesel oil) will be installed (they do not choose to name the engine builders at this stage) with a total installed power of 45 MW and LNG bunker capacity of 1,300 cu.m.Clearly, much forward bunker safety and logistical planning was needed, and Brittany Ferries say that t... [More]
SMIT, a member of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., says that their harbor tug “Smit Elbe”, which works in the Port of Rotterdam, has become the first tugboat in the Netherlands which runs with GTL (Gas-to-Liquid).
GTL fuel is a synthetic fuel, produced from natural gas by chemical transformation. GTL fuel is clean: it is non-toxic, biodegradable, and does not contain nitrogen or sulfur.
GTL Diesel is pollution free with no sulfur, aromatics, or toxic ingredients -- so pure that one can even drink it; simply hydrogen and carbon.
Blending just 20 percent GTL diesel with conventional diesel results in a fuel that exceeds nearly all international environmental standards for 2015.
SMIT ELBE runs on GTL
The tug will run on GTL for about six months to determine whether the fuel is able to effect a remarkable reduction in emissions without the engines being adapted.
The drive line of the tug consist of two fixed pitch ASD propellers driven by two Caterpillar 3516B TA HD/C engines,... [More]
Again: Norwegian shipping companies taking the lead in propulsion innovationMS Stavangerfjord is worldwide the first large cruise ferry powered exclusively by natural gas (using "single fuelled gas engines"). For this reason, this ship is the most environmentally friendly in their class with significant environmental benefits compared to ships powered by traditional heavy fuel oil. Emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) are reduced by 92 percent. Emissions of sulfur are eliminated completely, while particulate emissions are reduced by 98 percent. Last but not least, the technology the shipping company Fjord Line uses reduces emissions of greenhouse gases (CO2) by 23 percent. Stavangerfjord has been set in service in mid of July 2013 and runs, as expected, fully satisfactory for its owner.The used “green motor technology from Rolls Royce” is well-proven on a number of ferries and ships used in the offshore industry. In addition to reducing emissions to a minimum, the ships will ... [More]
NYK to Build Japan's First Natural Gas-Fueled TugNYK will build a tugboat featuring a dual fuel engine that can be powered by either Natural Gas, which will be stored as LNG, or heavy fuel oil. Other than LNG carriers, this tugboat will be the first building in Japan of a Natural Gas-fueled vessel.
NYK has enhanced its initiatives to mitigate environmental loads through the practical realization of environment-responsive technologies such as solar-powered systems and air-lubrication systems. In 2011, NYK established a team in the company’s Fuel Group to research next-generation fuel alternatives to heavy oil, and looked into building a Natural Gas-fueled vessel with the cooperation of Nippon Kaiji Kyokai and others, based on the results of a survey conducted by the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency. Natural Gas received attention as a possible alternative to heavy oil because NG does not emit any SOX and produces far less CO2 and NOX compared to heavy ... [More]