First Rolls-Royce low emission Environship delivered

By Peter Pospiech at June 06, 2013 04:31
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, General, LNG fuel
Rolls-Royce Plc has delivered the first of a revolutionary new design of cargo ship which will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 40 per cent, thanks to a combination of cutting edge marine technology, including a wave-piercing bow and an engine powered by natural gas, whereby the gas is stored as liquefied natural gas (LNG). The first Rolls-Royce Environship, of NVC 401 LNG design, the Eidsvaag Pioner, has been delivered to Norwegian company Eidsvaag AS this week, and will soon enter service on a year-round schedule delivering feed to numerous fish farms around the Norwegian coast. The Environship, which can be adapted for different ship types, incorporates a range of Rolls-Royce technologies to deliver efficiency savings for ship owners. When compared to similar sized diesel powered ships, the CO2 reduction can be up to 40 per cent. Neil Gilliver, Rolls-Royce, President - Merchant, said: "The Environship has now moved from concept to reality with the successful delivery of the first ship... [More]

Being “LNG-Ready” could be the best option for many ships

By Peter Pospiech at April 25, 2013 12:48
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, General, LNG fuel
DNV (Det Norske Veritas) classification society now offers shipowners the support they need to make newbuilds and existing vessels ‘LNG ready’ with class approved designs, ready for later, simple retrofit of LNG technology. The service enables shipowners to make smart choices and minimal investments now in readiness for when LNG bunkering becomes widely available.  Shipowners are supported through all stages of the decision-making process as they prepare to meet the IMO air emission regulations entering into force from 2015. There are three obvious technology options for meeting Emission Control Area (ECA) requirements: installing a scrubber, switching to low sulphur fuel oil or to go for LNG as fuel and installing gas engines. Alternative fuels such as methanol and biofuels are also being developed.  “Each option has different uncertainties, for example the relative immaturity of some technologies and the effect market forces will have on the price of the d... [More]

Offshore Platform Supply Vessel Opportunities Seized By Wärtsilä

By George Backwell at April 13, 2013 04:16
Filed Under: LNG fuel, Marine Diesel Engines, Offshore
News in the past week boosted diesel engine manufacturer Wärtsilä's business in the offshore platform supply vessel sector: First a major contract to design and power a series of four multi-purpose platform support vessels (MPSVs) for Malaysian-based international offshore oilfield services provider Bumi Armada Berhad. Then, from the other side of the world, came word that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had certified the company’s 34DF engine (soon to be installed in a new series of  Gulf of Mexico US-flag platform support vessels) as emission standard compliant.Malaysia MPSV OrderWärtsilä will supply a comprehensive design and propulsion package for each of the four vessels to be built by a subsidiary of Nam Cheong Limited, in one of its subcontracted yards, Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd, in China. Platform Supply Vessls WSD 1000 Design: Image credit Wärtsilä The contract comprises the basic customised design, the main ... [More]

Wärtsilä Gas Engines to Harness Methane to Disarm a Lethal Lake

By Peter Pospiech at April 05, 2013 08:32
Filed Under: drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel, Research & Development
The deep water of Lake Kivu on the Congolese-Ruanda border contains large quantities of methane and carbon dioxide. The reserves of methane are estimated to be 65 km3 (65 billion cubic metres) and carbon dioxide reserve 255 km3.  The methane is considered to be partly magmatic in origin, produced by microbial reduction of the volcanic carbon dioxide, and partly biogenic through the anaerobic reduction of dead algae and fish on the lake floor.  In the past the lake has erupted at irregular intervals, belching out these deadly gases. In 1986 a similar eruption at Lake Nyos in Cameroon killed 1.800 people – including some living as far as 25 km from the lake. With two million people living in the basin of the much larger Lake Kivu, this represents a mega-disaster waiting to happen. But the methane gas also provides an accessible and renewable energy resource to the Kivu region, valued at tens of billions of dollars. In collaboration with the US energy company Contour Glo... [More]

Rolls-Royce Environship Wins International Green Technology Award

By Peter Pospiech at March 28, 2013 05:51
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, General, LNG fuel, Shipyards
Rolls-Royce plc has received the Green Ship Technology Award for its Environship concept - a revolutionary design and system solution for cargo ships that reduces CO2 emissions by up to 40 per cent compared to similar diesel powered vessels.The Environship, which can be adapted for different ship types, incorporates a range of Rolls-Royce technologies to deliver efficiency savings for ship owners. These include a Bergen engine powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the Promas combined rudder and propeller, a hybrid shaft generator to optimise use of electrical power and an innovative wave-piercing hull design. The accolade was awarded at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, in connection with the annual Green Ship Technology Conference.Tony Wood, Rolls-Royce, President - Marine said: "We’re delighted to receive this award for our Environship concept, another endorsement for our belief that only a combination of technologies will maximise environmental and efficiency gains. With a nu... [More]

Seagas – the world’s first fuelling vessel for LNG named in Stockholm

By Peter Pospiech at March 27, 2013 10:43
Filed Under: Company News, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel, Ports, Workboats
Yesterday, the world’s first fuelling vessel for LNG (liquefied natural gas) was christened in a traditional christening ceremony in Stockholm, by Helena Bonnier, the chairman of Ports of Stockholm (Stockholms Hamnar), in the presence of the Minister of Infrastructure, Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, among others. In spring of 2012, the Swedish government decided to support what was then a TEN-T request about a LNG fuelling vessel. One year later, the ship is christened and constitutes as an additional component in a competitive maritime shipping with quality, safety and a strong environmental profile, says the Swedish Minister of Infrastructure, Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd. The LNG fuelling vessel, Seagas, is the first ship in the world of its kind, and is classified under the same regulations that apply to oceangoing LNG-tankers. The fuelling vessel will on a daily basis, supply 60-70 tons of LNG to M/S Viking Grace, the new cruise-ship of Viking Line, when the ship ... [More]

Norway is Forerunner in Innovative Ships Propulsion Technologies

By Peter Pospiech at February 07, 2013 06:22
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel
The Norwegian shipping industry is teaming up and has taken a leading role in developing battery-powered ships. The first four hybrid vessels will start to sail in 2013/14. In 2015, they will be followed by the world largest fully electric ferry, which will regularly cross Norway’s largest fjord. Some 120 managers representing the entire maritime cluster were gathered at a DNV seminar last week. “15 years ago, the Norwegian cluster was looking into opportunities for gas-fuelled ships. Today, Norway is the pioneer when it comes to LNG-fuelled ships. Electricity stored in batteries on board ships is another opportunity in the future energy mix and another technology race which has started. We have been running that track for a while already,” says Narve Mjøs, Director of Battery Projects in DNV and in charge of the seminar. “International shipping is facing a tough time with escalating fuel prices, stricter environmental regulations and very low day rates ... [More]

Together with DNV Washington State Ferries (WSF) explores LNG as fuel

By Peter Pospiech at February 05, 2013 08:18
Filed Under: Company News, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel
“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 for WSF. 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, a risk management company with extensive experience of LNG fuelled ships and the infrastructure they demand. MV KALEETAN might be operated with LNG in the future DNV has taken the leading role in making LNG as a fuel safe and viable. 35 out of 37 LNG fueled vessels in the world, including the very first in 2000, have been built to DNV’s standards. Of these, 16 are car/passenge... [More]

New MAN Lean-burn Gas Engine Introduced

By Peter Pospiech at January 31, 2013 05:34
Filed Under: Company News, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel, MAN Diesel&Turbo
MAN Diesel & Turbo recently showcased its new range of gas engines and turbines at its Augsburg facility, including the 35/44G engine, the latest addition to its four-stroke power portfolio. The newly developed Otto gas engine has an electrical efficiency of 47.2%, and is available for combined heat and power (CHP) and/or jointly with an MAN steam turbine of the MARC series. It features a single-stage turbocharger with variable turbine area (VTA) technology and many innovative technological elements, the engine manufacturer said. The spark-ignited unit, which is said to be ideal for combined cycle and combined-heat and power configuration with waste-heat utilisation, has been developed to comply with all current emission limits solely by in-engine measures.  The 20V35/44G engine on a MAN Diesel&Turbo test bed in Augsburg, Germany Power density The 35/44G is offered in a V-type version with 20 cylinders and an output of 10,600 kW (10,200 kW). Its rated outputs – 530... [More]

Wärtsilä's powered FPSO successfully completes full load tests

By Peter Pospiech at January 21, 2013 08:57
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, LNG fuel, Shipyards
The new Petrobras-63 Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, NISA, featuring Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines, the first such ship to utilize gas engines to produce more than 100 MWe of power, has successfully completed all the required full 100% load tests. The tests were carried out at the Cosco shipyard in Dalian, China and the vessel will commence operations in Brazil’s offshore oil fields in 2013. The vessel is 342 metres in length, with a moulded breadth of 57.36 metres and a moulded depth of 28.5 metres. It was converted from a 320 000-dwt ULCC, built in 1983. NISA has a daily production capacity of 140,000 barrels of oil (bopd) and 35 million cubic metres of gas. The storage capacity by design is 1.4 million barrels and the operating depth is 1,200 metres. Classified by ABS, NISA is equipped with a spread mooring system and is designed to work for 25 years successively without docking work.     FPSO NISA With this validation of NISA&r... [More]

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