Mrs. Diane Gilpin, Founder & CEO of Smart Green Shipping Alliance, explains how renewable energy can break into shipping’s mainstream and improve energy efficiency. The emerging climate and resource challenges offer a massive commercial opportunity that we need to grab, she concludes.
Mr. Salvatore d’Amico, Fleet Director of d’Amico Group, notes that there is still a large gap in the required standards on board dry cargo ships compared to oil tankers. Therefore, operators need to go beyond compliance with industry’s standards regardless the type of vessel and at the same the shipping industry itself needs to raise the bar.
The Republic of Marshall islands issued a notice to remind that the 31st December 2018 is the SEEMP Part II deadline under MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 22.2. The Administrator encourages RMI-flagged ships subject to this requirement to submit their SEEMP Part II to their ROs as soon as possible before the year-end deadline to avoid non-compliance.
Experts from the five Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres in the GMN network met for their second annual meeting, on 22-26 October, in London, UK, to promote ship energy-efficiency measures and technology transfer, under the GMN project, funded by the European Union and run by IMO.
Digitalization is rapidly transforming the business of international shipping. Efforts to enhance ship efficiency and sharpen commercial focus on fleet performance and profitability are being buoyed by the use of smart technology and the application of big data, argues Beat Guettinger, Head of Tekomar for ABB Turbocharging.
Spanish ferry operator Baleària announced construction of the world’s first fast passenger and cargo ferry powered by dual-LNG engines, being built in the Armon de Gijón shipyard. With a length of 125 meters and a beam of 28 meters, the new catamaran will have capacity for 1,200 passengers and 500 cars, which also makes it ‘the longest and highest-capacity fast ferry catamaran’.
MEPC 73 tightened EEDI requirements for certain ship types, but confirmed that ferries would be among the categories where it is appropriate to retain the original timeline and reduction rates. These had been set in three phases, requiring improvements of 10% by 2015, 20% by 2020 and 30% by 2025.
MOL will retrofit 80 of its operated bulkcarriers with a new service called NAPA Fleet Intelligence with Noon Report developed by NAPA Ltd. NAPA FI uses information from the vessel’s logs and AIS, to analyze propulsion performance. NAPA FI verifies the effects of measures to limit GHG emissions from MOL-operated vessels.
The Project Forward initiative led by Athens-Based Arista Shipping, with Finnish Wärtsilä as one of the participants, demonstrates that with LNG as fuel, an advanced hull design, and highly efficient propulsion machinery, it will be possible to meet the IMO’s target for a 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030.
During its latest Annual Summit in Hong Kong on 3-4 October 2018, the Global Maritime Forum presented its Global Maritime Issues Monitor 2018 report, in which maritime leaders ranked ‘energy efficiency’ and ‘choice of emissions reduction strategies’ as most likely to influence the sector in the next 10 years.
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