Gasum teamed up with ship design company Deltamarin and Wärtsilä, a leader in maritime technologies, for cleaner maritime transport, following the global sustainability goals for a greener shipping. The global sustainability goals call the shipping industry to reduce sulphur emissions, according to the 2020 sulphur cap regulation issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which came into force in January 1, 2020.
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Japan Marine United informed that it delivered the next-generation energy-saving bulk carrier, Emperor Pampero, on August 29, built at the Tsu Works. The ship is equipped with a scrubber. It also features an optimal hull form, in order to achieve low resistance and high efficiency, while also significantly improving fuel efficiency. The latter will be done through the use of energy saving devices.
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 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.
Based on IMO’s strict sulphur regulations, the shipping industry is looking for ways to take its shipping in a greener and more sustainable path by innovating in the technological fields. As IMO has demanded, the shipping industry’s sulphur emissions should not exceed the 0.50% m/m of sulphur, by 2020 unless the ships are equipped with scrubbers or get along with other options available.
In a world’s first, Singapore-based BW LPG announced that it has signed contracts including future options for the delivery and retrofitting of four LPG-propelled dual-fuel engines in its fleet, as part of its efforts to prepare for the 2020 sulphur cap.
Hyundai Merchant Marine signed a memorandum of understanding with Hyundai Global Services to install scrubbers on an undisclosed number of vessels. According to the MoU, Hyundai Heavy Industries Group will supply ‘Ship Desulfurization Facility’ to Hyundai Merchant Marine, while Hyundai Global Service will design work the desulphurization systems.
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
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.
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