The European Commission sent a reasoned opinion to Greece, Ireland, Malta, Romania, Slovenia and the United Kingdom, requesting them to notify their national policy framework under EU rules on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure.
In view of the shipping industry's need for an environmentally friendly fuel, Swedegas is investing in a new LNG infrastructure at the Port of Gothenburg, expected to be fully operational in 2018. This is the first LNG facility in Gothenburg, making it possible for vessels to bunker LNG at the quayside, while loading and unloading.
PitPoint.LNG announced that it will build Germany’s first liquefied natural gas bunkering station in the harbor of Cologne. The new station will facilitate the bunkering of LNG powered inland waterways vessels that sail on Europe’s busiest transport waterway, the Rhine.
Galen Hon, Principal at the PoliSea Group, provides forecast about the future of energy in shipping taking into account the disruptive changes that have started to affect industry as well. High technology shows the path towards a decarbonized future offering many options such as hydrogen power. Mr. Hon believes that we are not far away from the transition to the hydrogen era and he emphasizes that flexibility in design is needed more than ever for a successful energy evolution.
The bunkering vessel ENGIE Zeebrugge performed in the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium, its first deliveries of LNG as a marine fuel to two new gas-propelled pure car and truck carriers of UECC. The LNG bunkering operations were conducted at the same time that the cargo operations for the carriers were taking place.
Heineken, Nedcargo and GoodFuels announced the launch of a joint pilot initiative, aiming to demonstrate the advantages of operating inland transport barges, using sustainable drop-in marine fuel. Under the project, the 104 TEU inland barge ‘For Ever’ will transport Heineken beer from Zoeterwoude to Rotterdam, fueled with 30% biofuel.
Dutch sustainable biofuel company GoodFuels Marine and dredging company Boskalis have successfully concluded extensive testing of UPM BioVerno wood-based renewable diesel, on a vessel working on the Dutch “Marker Wadden” nature restoration project, in the middle of the Markermeer lake.
Shell Marine has unveiled next generation of its trunk piston oils for the medium-speed engine market, in order to help operators to meet compliance with environmental regulations. Exhaustive in-engine trials confirm them as oils that avoid sludge formation, improve piston and crankcase cleanliness, and thus block deposit formation.
The European Commission has asked Cyprus, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Portugal and Slovenia to fully transpose EU rules on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure (Directive 2014/94/EU). The main purpose of the Directive is to establish a common framework for the large-scale roll-out of alternative fuels infrastructure in Europe.
The Port of Liverpool is said to become the first in the UK to offer a cleaner alternative to conventional diesel fuel, provided by Shell GTL Fuel. The fuel is currently being trialed with hauliers at Certas Energy’s huge new 24-hour HGV refuelling station, which opened earlier this year.