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IMarEST investigating 'Green Ship Technologies' in Asia

Despite ships being by far the most efficient form of transport, there is growing concern about climate change, the environmental state of the world's oceans and the air quality close to major shipping routes and ports which has led to ever more stringent legislation on emissions to both sea and air. As such, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) together with the UK Science & Innovation Network (SIN) Southeast Asia are seeking opinions to investigate 'Green Ship Technologies' within Asia. To assist with this, all those involved in the shipping industry are invited to complete a survey accessed by clicking here. The survey should take no longer than three minutes to complete, and is aimed at gauging views on the "Green Agenda" from across the maritime sector. "The 'Green Agenda' attempts to address environmental issues by introducing ship designs, equipment, products and operating procedures that reduce harmful emissions, but these measures often come at a cost to ship owners, operators and ultimately the end users of the goods carried by sea. However, there are also financial incentives introduced by Administrations, such as Singapore, to encourage a positive environmental response" says Dr Bev MacKenzie, Technical and Policy Director ...

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New bunker monitoring tool launched

A new and innovative approach to marine engine fuel usage measurement has been launched by  CMR Group. The Fuel Monitoring System (FMS) features a new hardware configuration to accurately calculate actual diesel consumption levels using a combination of fuel pressure and temperature sensors located on the engine. Usage curves plotted on CMR’s Smart Innovative Monitoring System (SIMS) are compensated through various pre-programmed factors, including the variation of diesel oil density. This innovative approach to computing fuel consumption as a function of fuel pressure and temperature enables the engine manufacturer to avoid the use of expensive fuel consumption measurement systems based on fuel mass flow meters. At the heart of this approach is the CMR SIMS unit, which can be connected to a marine vessel’s Automatic Supervision System (AMS) through a secure Ethernet or TCP/IP communication link. This is in turn linked to CMR’s Smart Connecting Modules (SCM’s), contained in small cabinets mounted near or onto the engine, which perform the data acquisition function. CMR’s SCM units feature four channel 20mA analogue input cards connected to the engine’s fuel pressure and temperature sensors. A dditional sensors can then be added, if required, via a spare module. Up to six inputs from ...

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BIMCO says fall in bunker prices reduce fuel costs

According to BIMCO analysis, the fall in bunker prices results  in significant fuel costs reduction. For a ship that burns 24 tonnes of fuel per day while steaming, fuel costs will be reduced by as much as USD 1 million a year if current price levels stay put. Assuming a difference from the average of the first half of 2014 at USD 578 for 380 cSt, High Sulphur Fuel Oil (HSFO) in Rotterdam, to a new level of USD 412, and a sailing time of 70%. On an industry-wide scale, the drop has reduced the entire international shipping industry’s daily bunker costs by USD 117 million per day, assuming an annual market for bunker fuels of 257 million tons bought at spot price and a drop in prices by USD 166 per mt on HSFO. Actually, it may be even slightly higher, as prices for Marine Gas Oil (MGO) have slid USD 215 per mt, but no adjustment made for that.  Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO, Peter Sand, said:  “The drop in oil prices mirrors the disappointing development in global GDP growth figures, where we have seen one downward revision followed by another this year.Despite the lower prices, bunkers remain the single most ...

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EU Sulphur Directive to innovate fuel saving technologies

With most ship owners switching to Marine Gas Oil inside designated Emission Control Areas as of January 1st 2015, the cost of fuel could rise by up to 50%, so all measures to reduce fuel consumption are vital. Research and field testing has shown that the latest developments in engine lubrication and unique marine energy management systems can add more than a 15% improvement in fuel efficiency, proving that even the smallest modification at the right time can add up to big savings. The pro’s and con’s of the three options for the shipping industry to comply with the new Sulphur Directive (1. Converting to Marine Gas Oil, 2. Installing an exhaust cleaning system onboard or 3. Retrofit to LNG usage) have been debated at large, but one consensus is that whichever method is chosen, there will be significant costs involved. Thomas Franck, past Chairman of the Finnish Shipowners’ Association, former CEO of Bore Ltd. and Board Member of Nanol Technologies says: “It’s a given that the majority of vessels that will travel in the new Emission Control Areas will switch from Heavy Fuel Oil to Marine Gas Oil, so identifying the most practical and cost effective way to operate within the ...

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ClassNK develops new ship paint to reduce fuel consumption

ClassNK is working on a project to develop a low-friction paint designed by tune skin which may reduce ship's fuel consumption by 7% During a shipping conference in China this week,  solutions considered for energy efficiency. Among the more inventive ideas is the paint inspired by tuna skin that ClassNK in collaboration with Nippon Paint Holdings Co. will develop. The membrane will be able to attract water into its microscopic indents, making it extremely slipper. Infused with hydro-gel, the paint can reduce as ship's fuel consumption by approx 6-7 per cent.  Britain's Lloyd's Register, is looking to fit a ship's hull with fans that blow a layer of bubbles to the vessel's bottom, helping it glide more easily through the water, thereby burning less fuel. Nippon Yusen Kaisha already operates vessels that have a similar air-lubrication system, which it says could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 10 percent. Also, other innovative ideas discussed such as the use of 3D printing for making parts which can cut the use of raw materials and allow cheaper localized manufacturing. Danish shipper Maersk Line has already invested in one such project.    In the onset, I was outspoken with you propecia before and after has changed my subsistence. ...

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Air Pollution Developments in MEPC 67

The IMO Committee on Protection of the Marine Environment (MEPC) held its 67th Session from Monday 13 through Friday 17 October 2014 in IMO Headquarters in London. Among the many issues discussed by the Committee, developments on the air pollution were on the agenda. IMO MEPC 67 concluded the following: Air Pollution from ships Impact on the Arctic of emissions of Black Carbon from International shipping It was felt premature for the Committee to single out a particular contender for  an agreed definition of Black Carbon thus the matter will be sent back to PPR at its second (next) session with a view to them making a clear and definitive recommendation. Fuel Oil Quality The Committee noted the outcome of MSC 93’s consideration of fuel oil quality and its possible impact on crew health, ship safety and environmental protection.  Proposals were invited to MSC94, for consideration in conjunction with the outcome of MEPC 67, urging Member Governments, in the meantime, to strengthen their oversight capacity of bunker fuel suppliers.   In the ensuing discussion, the majority of Member States expressed a view supporting the development of non-mandatory guidance whilst a significant minority of Member States supported mandatory measures.  (Of note, had the NGO vote ...

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New Sulphur Rules Force Changes at Stena Line

The new sulphur directive for shipping traffic within the North European SECA area, which comes into force on 1 January 2015, is good for the environment but has a significant economic impact on Stena Line's business. The whole of the change programme that begun in 2013, and which is to produce an earnings improvement of 1 billion SEK, is to a major part an effect of the new rules. The reduction from two vessels to one on the Trelleborg-Sassnitz route is a current example of these measures. Another example is that Stena Line is now being forced to increase freight prices as a direct result of increased fuel costs.  "From an economic perspective, this is one of the largest negative political decisions since tax-free was discontinued. We have a positive attitude to environmental improvement rules as long as they are the same for everyone and are implemented at a rate that we and our customers can handle - but this isn't the case with the new sulphur rules.  Ultimately, the increasing fuel costs affect the North European export and import industry negatively because a significant share of transports are done by sea," says Stena Line's CEO Carl-Johan Hagman. For Stena ...

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Deltamarin improves B.Delta bulk carrier

Deltamarin announced the new improved B.Delta37 Mark II version cargo ship. The ship will feature a further 7% reduction in fuel consumption, while maintaining a maximized cargo carrying capacity. The versatile handymax cargo ship will satisfy even the EEDI Phase 3 requirements (2025 level), and it can be running on LNG as fuel or HFO through scrubber on board. The new further enhanced and efficient B.Delta37 Mark II design will be available after the SMM exhibition in September 2014. Deltamarin expects - after the experience of more than 80 B.Delta37 ships - to set a new trend and attract the majority of the shipping interest to its new design. B.Delta's design has been recognised in many ways, the latest being the nomination for the Energy Efficiency Solution Award 2014. The B.Delta - a new generation cargo vessel design of Deltamarin is one of the five nominees selected by the jury Ship Efficiency: The Event 2014 in London. All the new features will be presented in more detail at the SMM 2014 exhibition in Hamburg on September 9th-12th. Source and Image Credit: Deltamarin  In the start, I was outspoken with you propecia before and after has changed my life. It has ...

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BV launches Maritime Pilot Phase for its Single Window for Foreign Trade in Togo

Bureau Veritas Group, with their partner Soget, have launched the pilot phase of the Single Window concession for maritime imports into Togo. The pilot phase allows the testing of the electronic platform for its technical and organizational dimensions and will permit the assessment of user acceptance. The arrival of ships at the port of Lomé will determine which players will be selected to participate in the Pilot Phase. All other players in the import trading community traffic will then be gradually merged into the scheme based upon the scalability over the next few weeks. The pilot phase will reduce the medium term optimal deployment of Single Window for different types of transport and all other logistical industries of Togo. This trade facilitation platform is available 24h/7 in a simplified but secure environment for each stage of the supply chain. According to Olivier LEDERER, Managing Director of SEGUCE Togo, "this innovative solution meets the requirements of trade facilitation. It reduces the time and costs related to commercial transactions and related logistic operations simplifying procedures for import, export and transit, and to improve transparency in relations between business community and the authorities." Source & Image Credit: Bureau VeritasIn the outbreak, I was ...

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MHI completes high efficiency commercial engine

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Engine (MHI-MME) will carry out a full-scale operation UEC35LSE and UEC33LSE which are the MHI-MME's most-advanced low speed marine diesel engines. Based on MHI-MME's market reserch, UEC35LSE and UEC33LSE engines are designed to provide the best suited output and rotation speed for a wide range of ships which are less than 30,000GT. The ships include bulker, chemical tankers, cement carriers and domestic vessels. Like the UE diesel engine, their high performance was confirmed by the onshore test, and also it has proved their fuel consumption exceeds competitor engines'. UEC35LSE was co-developed with Wartsila Corporation and UEC-35LSHthe engine has improved the reliability with the utilization of Wartsila's abundant know-how. UEC33LSE is the engine which has successfully improved the propellers propulsion efficiency by both long stroke and low speed engine, and it satisfies customers' needs of fuel savings. This UEC33LSE was downsized based on UEC35LSE to reduce the development period. The first UEC35LSE was consigned the manufactured to Kobe Diesel Co., Ltd, a licensee of UE engine, on August 2013. The engine was mounted on the cargo passenger ship named "Tachibana-Maru" built by the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries-Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works. This ship which is owned ...

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