South Korea is about to place the first order for LNG fueled vessels by August, in an attempt to develop green shipping and support associated industries, the oceans ministry informed earlier this week. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries will order two 200,000-ton class bulk carriers, to sail between South Korea and Australia.
Norwegian shipbuilder Havyard delivered the first of thirteen battery-powered ferries with automatic fjord crossing functionality at Norwegian transport conglomerate Fjord 1. The ferry ‘Bnr 132 MF Husavik’ was christened on 14 May in a ceremony at the yard in Leirvik in Sogn.
In Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque the work started on the conversion of the trailing suction hopper dredger “Samuel de Champlain” from diesel-electric propulsion to dual-fuel capability combining MGO and LNG. The vessel is expected to be operational by December 2018, and is supported by the EU.
Fincantieri announced the float out of the ocean cruise ship “Viking Jupiter”, which was built for Viking. The cruise ship is equipped with scrubbers and has energy efficient engines to meet with strict environmental regulations. The ship will have a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons, 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers.
Mr. Panayiotis Mitrou, Marine & Offshore Technology & Innovation Manager, LR, presented on the risks and opportunities arising from scrubbers during the 2018 GREEN4SEA Conference. The intention of this was to focus more on the deriving opportunity and the risk arising from the use of scrubbers in the context of the 2020 sulphur cap
The Elican wind turbine, which is self-installing, is currently undergoing the final tests in the Spanish port of Arinaga in Gran Canaria, before it can be able to be towed to the installation site. This will probably happen at the end of May. An auxiliary flotation system and the installation of the turbine was successfully were attached to the unit.
After the IMO announced its decision to reduce shipping emissions by at least 50%, the Korean shipbuilders welcomed this decision, as they are already starting to take action to adapt to the new era. They said that the stricter rules will set up a new norm in shipbuilding that will create demand for more ships.
The Diesel Technology Forum and the Environmental Defense Fund released a report highlighting the emission reduction benefits that can be offered by the latest clean diesel models. The joint research estimates that replacing older engines in a tug boat with the latest clean diesel model that meets the latest emissions milestones can reduce on average 14.9 tons of NOx emissions per year.
Spanish ferry operator Baleària has put into service the ‘Eco Lux’ to the Eivissa-Formentera route, the second eco-fast ferry in the series of four that are destined to cover this line. Compared with the ships of the Maverick series, operating this line until recently, the ‘Eco Aqua’ reduces CO2 emissions by around 35%.
US-based shipping company Dorian LPG announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Hyundai Global Service, seeking to upgrade the main engines of up to 10 of the company’s VLGCs to dual fuel technology, utilizing LPG as a fuel, in line with the upcoming 0,5% sulphur cap.
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