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Researchers in Japan issue study on shipping CO2

Shuttle system beats the pipe Researchers in Japan have published a study on shipping CO2 to offshore storage sites, which could offer an attractive solution to industrialised nations which lack the appropriate geology, skills or infrastructure necessary to bury emissions.The work from Chiyoda Corporation, led by Professor Masahiko Ozaki of Japan's Department of Ocean Technology, Policy, and Environment, offers a technical prefeasibility study of CO2 transportation by ship, the design of ship equipment and injection methods suitable for offshore operations and their regulatory considerations.The argument is that offshore burial will bring into the fold those nations that do not have suitable local geology or the skills and infrastructure that come from having a domestic oil and gas industry, necessary to bury emissions. An offshore option could help accelerate the development and deployment of CCS and provide an economical alternative to lengthy seabed pipeline transportation.The only major offshore CCS project currently operating is Norway's Sleipner project which removes CO2 from natural gas and sequesters it in a sandstone repository at least 800 m below the sea bed. The Gorgon Gas project in Western Australia plans to also strip CO2 from the gas stream and bury it in a repository via a ...

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A global solution is still key to reducing shipping s carbon emissions

A response to the Committee on Climate Changes review of UK shipping emissions The Chamber of Shipping welcomes the publication of this important review from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and agrees that shipping should not be excluded from carbon targets in the future.The review makes clear, however, the significant difficulties in attempting to apportion emissions accurately to a single country in what is such a uniquely international trade. The Chamber has worked closely in recent months with the Committee on Climate Change to gain greater clarity on the level of emissions from the UK fleet and supports the recommendation that the UK Government should work closely with the EU to further refine this work.The report acknowledges that there is significant scope for emissions reduction through a range of technical and operational measures. The Chamber has also strongly welcomed the advances made by the International Maritime Organization to promote the reduction of shipping's carbon emissions through technical efficiencies but believes that it will prove necessary for the industry to go further - through the adoption of economic (or 'market-based') measures to meet governments' expectations and targets. To that end the Chamber has recently published papers outlining how two of ...

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Action urged on ships’ carbon emissions

UK is committed to cutting all its climate-changing emissions by 80%by 2050 Greenhouse gas emissions from shipping should be included in the UK's climate change budgets, the Committee on Climate Change has recommended.Under the Climate Change Act, the UK is committed to cutting all its climate-changing emissions by 80% - based on 1990 levels - by 2050.But international aviation and shipping emissions are not currently included.If the government agrees, it will mean tighter targets for other sectors such as motoring and electricity generation."Shipping could account for up to 10% of emissions allowed under the 2050 target, and that says this is a material issue," said Committee on Climate Change (CCC) chief executive David Kennedy.The CCC's report says there are many ways for shipping to curb its carbon footprint - by improving fuel efficiency, deploying kites or sails, or allocating vessels more efficiently.Some companies are already developing such techniques.Tight budgets The CCC has recommended - and the government has adopted - a series of carbon budgets setting down the maximum scale of greenhouse gas emissions that the UK can emit over successive five-year periods.They are designed as staging posts on the way to the 2050 target.If the government does agree to ...

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World’s first certificate of fitness for safe CO2 storage

DNV awards Shells Quest Carbon Capture and Storage project DNV has issued the world's first certificate of fitness for a carbon dioxide (CO2) storage development plan to Shell's Quest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project. The proposed Quest project will capture and permanently store underground more than one million tonnes of CO2 per year from its Scotford Upgrader, located near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.DNV, together with industry and governments, has recently developed recommended guidelines and best practices for CO2 geological storage selection and risk assessment, and were commissioned by Shell to coordinate a comprehensive review to assess the suitability of the Quest project's underground storage formation to safely and permanently store injected CO2. The review also assessed the project's measurement, monitoring and verification program to validate that it would provide the necessary rigor to demonstrate effective containment. DNV assembled a panel of seven CCS experts from academia and research institutions to perform the review over a two-week period."Through developing guidelines and standards for CCS in collaboration with governments and industry, DNV has taken an instrumental role towards paving the way for safe and cost-effective deployment of CCS," Jørg Aarnes, Principal Consultant, DNV says. "But while regulations, guidelines and standards may help ...

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Cambridge-Dubai CleanTech alliance is seeking to cut CO2 emissions from ships

Including emissions from Polarcus' fleet of 3D seismic vessels A Cambridge-Dubai CleanTech alliance is seeking to cut CO2 emissions from ships. Cambridge Carbon Capture in the UK and Polarcus, based in the UAE, have entered into the research collaboration.The alliance aims to leverage and further develop the Cambridge, UK company's carbon mineralisation technology. It could potentially be used to reduce CO2 emissions from ships, including emissions from Polarcus' fleet of 3D seismic vessels.As part of the agreement Polarcus and CCC have agreed to jointly fund a three-year Ph.D. research programme at the University of Sheffield. The programme will operate in association with the E-Futures Doctoral Training Centre scheme operated at the university.It is believed that the research project will make an important contribution to Polarcus' goal of becoming the most environmentally responsible towed marine seismic service provider in the industry.Dr Robin Francis, CEO of Cambridge Carbon Capture, said: "We are delighted to be working with Polarcus, an acknowledged leader in reducing emissions from marine vessels. The collaboration with help us to further develop our carbon capture technologies for use in the marine and other sectors."Polarcus is a pure play marine geophysical company with a pioneering environmental agenda, specializing in high-end ...

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ADM orders low-fuel consumption bulkers

Post-panamax ships to use Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System to achieve 25% CO2 emissions cut US-based grain processing company Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) says it has ordered three new 95,000 dwt post-panamax bulkers with advanced fuel consumption saving features from Japanese yard group Sumitomo, increasing the size of ADM's ocean-going fleet to 11 vessels.A company statement says: "ADM's three new ocean-going vessels will be built with technology that offers high performance while decreasing energy consumption to offer the best available environmental footprint for shipping large quantities of bulk commodities overseas."While the order is with Sumitomo the ships will be built by Oshima Shipbuilding to ClassNK rules. The Tokyo-based ship classification society ClassNK, ADM says, has provided project advisory assistance.Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will provide "green technology" to help the vessels achieve an approximately a 25 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions through superior hull form, propulsion systems and the Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS- illustrated) innovative technology which reduces frictional resistance between the vessel hull and seawater using air bubbles along the bottom of the vessels. Fleet Management of Hong Kong is providing project management."Adding three new ocean-going vessels to our global transportation network supports our strategy to increase the volume of ...

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Hapag-Lloyd announces New Emission Calculator EcoCalc

It allows to calculate the emissions of their container transport from the beginning to the end Hapag-Lloyd introduced EcoCalc, an online tool that allows to calculate the emissions of their container transport from the beginning to the end of its journey.As an environmentally committed company, Hapag-Lloyd places high priority on environmental issues in managing our business.The worldwide reduction of emissions like CO2 is one of the most important challenges of our time. Hapag-Lloyd strives to reduce emissions continuously throughout the entire transport chain and in particular on our ships. Therefore we are proud to introduce our new EcoCalc, an online tool that allows you to calculate the emissions of your container transport from the beginning to the end of its journey. It covers the whole transport chain including inland transportation and not only from port to port.EcoCalc supports your commitment to sustainability by providing more transparency and a smaller carbon footprint due to our modern, environmental friendly ships. Our latest new buildings consume 23% less fuel and therefore emit almost a quarter less CO2 than other container ships of this size operating worldwide.EcoCalc offers you a comprehensive overview of various types of emissions as follows:Carbon Dioxide (CO2)Nitrogen Oxide (NOx)Sulphur Dioxide ...

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NYK Adds CO2 E-calculator Tool to Its Group Websites

NYK Group CO2 e-calculator calculates the approximate amount of CO2 emitted An NYK Group CO2 e-calculator* has been developed with the cooperation of Yusen Logistics Co. Ltd. and made available on group websites** from October 17. The CO2 e-calculator, a first for a Japanese shipping company, calculates the approximate amount of CO2 emitted during cargo transport by a containership or airfreighter. The NYK Group CO2 e-calculator has also received third-party verification from LRQA Japan*** to certify its accuracy.NYK had previously responded individually to inquiries from customers regarding data, especially CO2 emissions, on the environmental impact of cargo transport. However, as more attention is given to carbon footprints,**** the group decided to develop a tool that could allow end users to easily conduct these calculations themselves.After studying approaches by other companies, an e-calculator interface was developed, and given that most inquiries come from outside Japan, the interface was created in English, thus allowing the group to now easily respond to queries from around the world. Moreover, by making the e-calculator available on group websites, a wide range of users can become more informed about the impact of cargo transport on their carbon footprints. In fact, the e-calculator is also equipped with ...

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2nd Safety4Sea Forum- Session1: Willem de Ruiter

Solutions to ship emissions problem Willem de Ruiter, Executive Director of EMSA , is giving a presentation regarding Solutions to ship emissions problem, during the 2nd Annual Safety4Sea Forum, Session 1The 2nd Safety4Sea Forum, a PRO BONO event, successfully completed on 5th of October 2011 in Athens, covering a wide range in QHSE issues.The event has been attended by over 340 delegates at the venue representing more than 170 companies, plus more than 100 persons watching live streaming. The event organized by IBS Marine Consulting Group and sponsored by Aspida Maritime Security, Dorian Hellas, Transmar Shipping and Lloyd's Register and supported by BIMCO, Intermanager, SaveOurSeafarers campaign, Steamship Mutual, Green Award, Cardiff University, ELNAVI, NAFTIKA XRONIKA, Tanker Operator, Shipmanagement International and Marintech NewsFor more information about the Forum visithttp://www.safety4sea.com/forum/2For more information about Safety4Sea visit the official site http://www.safety4sea.com

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Maersk chooses system for biofuel trials

WR Systems to supply with its emissions monitoring system the Maersk Kalmar WR Systems of the US says that it has been asked to supply its Emsys laser-based emissions monitoring system for the purpose of emission verification for fuel trials on-board the AP Moller-Maersk vessel 'Maersk Kalmar'.WR Systems is providing the system installation as part of a wider project between Maersk Line and the US Navy to test biofuels for their long-term suitability for maritime applications. Emsys was requested by Maersk following successful trial installations on two US-based Maersk container vessels. Previous trials were used to prove system efficacy and aid marine type approvals under the supervision of ABS.The Emsys system will collect comprehensive emissions and PM data. This information will be included in a comprehensive performance report to be prepared by Maersk and audited by Lloyds Register. Data collected will include NOx, SOx, CO2 and PM. Additionally the report will detail findings on the effects of biofuels on the engine's fuel system performance and normal wear and tear.The Emsys system uses quantum cascade laser (QCL) technology, which WR Systems claims provides high accuracy, stability, and is suitable for the harsh environment experienced in the vessel's upper funnel space. PM ...

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