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Greek Shipowners back limit on main engine power for emissions reduction

In line with IMO’s Initial Strategy for decarbonization of shipping, Greece has come forward with a concrete proposal for a short-term, prescriptive measure to improve the operational energy efficiency of existing ships, to be considered at the forthcoming meeting of the IMO’s intersessional technical group in November.

New fuels, energy efficiency to be key in meeting IMO GHG goals

As part of its Energy Transition Outlook 2019, DNV GL provided an independent outlook on the maritime energy future examining how the energy transition will affect the industry. The report forecasts that new fuels, alongside energy efficiency, will play a key role on meeting the IMO greenhouse gas ambitions.

Unifeeder, GreenSteam team up on fuel efficiency

Machine learning solutions provider GreenSteam and short sea operator Unifeeder announced they are expanding their partnership to deploy digital technology for reducing fuel consumption, in line withe industry’s ambitious targets on GHG emissions reduction.

Fujitsu, Kongsberg launch AI fuel optimization service

Fujitsu and Kongsberg Digital have collaborated to tackle GHG emissions, using an AI Fuel Optimization Service. Namely, the new digital web service will allow shipping companies to reduce fuel costs for large ships and comply with new low sulphur fuel regulations, without needing complex ship re-engineering or major expenditure by ship owners and operators.

Microsoft to power its data centers with offshore wind power

On May 22, Microsoft announced a new wind energy agreement in the Netherlands. Microsoft will buy 90 MW from the 731.5 MW offshore wind project, Borssele III/IV, from Dutch sustainable energy company and wind farm developer Eneco. Eneco will provide Microsoft’s data centers with green power for 15 years beginning in 2022.

IMO strengthens energy efficiency targets for some ships

During the 74th session of its Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74), concluded Friday, IMO agreed stricter energy efficiency targets for certain types of ships, as part of its efforts to reduce shipping emissions. 

First hybrid rig for low emission drilling offshore Norway

Aiming to open route for low-emission drilling on conventionally powered offshore rigs, Maersk Drilling announced it is entering a series of upgrades to convert its jack-up rig ‘Maersk Intrepid’ to a hybrid rig with low levels of NOx emissions, adding data intelligence to further reduce energy consumption and CO2.

UK, US test naval power systems

The UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and UK-based aerospace technology supplier GKN have developed a system based on Le Mans motor-sport technologies, aiming to demonstrate an energy storage option for the Royal Navy’s most advanced ships.

The path to maximum hull efficiency

During the 2019 GREEN4SEA Conference, Mr. Tom H. Evensen, Sales Director for Jotun’s Hull Performance Solutions and Mr. Manolis Levantis, Analyst Manager, focused on hull performance for ships. Mr. Evensen and Mr. Levantis highlighted the major impact that such a feature has on a vessel’s efficiency. They also noted that in order to achieve the ideal hull efficiency, proper surface preparations are vital.

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