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Partners team up on engine optimisation project

As IMO 2020 sulphur regulation approaches, ExxonMobil and WingD partner to provide ship owners and operators an integrated system for engine optimisation. Both companies announced that details from their partnership will be leveraged to develop next-generation engines and lubrications solutions.

Shell Marine launches new lubricant ahead of IMO 2020

Shell Marine launched a new two-stroke engine cylinder oil specifically for use with engines running on 0.5% sulphur content very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) as IMO’s 2020 sulphur regulation is approaching. The ‘Shell Alexia 40’ will be available for use in Singapore from June 1, 2019.

China Dynamics, CSIC to develop next generation electric ships

China Dynamics signed a cooperation agreement with four business units under China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC). The parties will develop new generation electric ships and new electric ferryboats, with the technology being applied in other suitable vessel types and promoted in Hong Kong and markets globally. 

Port of Oakland’s cranes go hybrid for a cleaner air

Port of Oakland announced its plans for a greener containerized cargo handling. The port stated that its largest marine terminal is converting 13 diesel-powered yard cranes to hybrid power. The result is expected to be an annual 45-ton reduction in diesel-related air pollutants.

Order made for world’s first mega-container ship retrofit to LNG

Hapag-Lloyd ordered the world’s first mega-container vessel, MV SAJIR, retrofit to LNG from MAN Energy Solutions. The pilot project will include the conversion of the current HFO-burning engine to a dual-fuel prime mover capable of running on HFO and LNG. The retrofit of MV SAJIR will be done at the Chinese Hudong/HRDD shipyard.

Joint Industry Project to tackle wind turbine blade erosion

DNV GL launched a Joint Industry Project with ten commercial partners to develop a Comprehensive methodology for Blade Rain erosion Analysis (COBRA). The project aspires to get an insight into the damage caused to leading edge wind turbine blades from the high-speed impacts of foreign objects, such as raindrops, and identify how best to develop protection systems.

LNG-powered survey vessel floated out by German shipyard

The first LNG-fueled survey vessel ‘ATAIR’ was floated in Kiel after being built for 16 months. The vessel was built for the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency. The survey vessel will be used for wreck search and underwater surveying. The new built is expected to be delivered to the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency in spring 2020.

Watch: The first frames of CEIBA presented

El AstilleroVerde – SAILCARGO Inc based on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica made the first frame of their vessel, the 148-foot (45-meter) long tallship, Ceiba, completely by hand. This highlights the beginning of the construction of the three masted square-topsail schooner, which is designed to carry cargo along the west coast of the Americas.

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