The US Navy informed that it is developing a new ship coating that will reduce fuel and energy costs. Namely, the Office of Naval Research is sponsoring work by Dr. Anish Tuteja, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, to create an omniphobic coating. This coating is clear and can be applied to numerous surfaces.
ABS issued the ABS Advisory on Marine Fuel Oil, aiming to help the shipping industry prepare for IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap. The Advisory provides guidance on considerations and challenges regarding marine fuels which are likely to be used to meet the 2020 global sulphur cap requirements.
The US Energy Department’s Vehicle Technologies Office released a multi-topic funding opportunity announcement (FOA). The funding, which will be $12 million, regards the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines. The funding will have two topics: Multi-Mode Optimized Fuel/Engine System Development; Bioblendstocks to Optimize Mixing Controlled Compression Ignition Engines.
CMA CGM welcomed the adoption by the IMO, of the GHG Initial Strategy, aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 50% in 2050 in the maritime transport industry. The company announced that it has also set a new ambitious goal of improving its carbon efficiency by 30% between 2015 and 2025.
Using LNG as a fuel in ocean-going vessels will not be enough for operators, in order to comply with the emissions regulations that are coming into force. Shipping industry needs to find other ways of reducing emissions. Even if the entire shipping industry switched to LNG, it would still be far from its CO2 reduction targets.
A new paper addresses the impact of periodic hull cleaning on oil tankers concluding that periodic hull cleaning leads to a significant reduction in the daily fuel consumption and hull cleaning energy efficiency effect is greater when the vessel is sailing laden rather than in the ballast condition.
The US Department of Energy has announced up to $32.5 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development to advance solid oxide fuel cell technologies. SOFC R&D aims to create efficient, cost-effective electricity generation from domestic coal and natural gas resources, with minimal use of water and near-zero atmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide and pollutants.
The Energy Technology Institute launched a £1.8m project, the Vessel Technology Assessment System, aiming to assist financiers to understand and confidently quantify the benefits in investing in fuel efficient technologies for existing and future marine vessels.
The Netherlands-based towage company ALP Maritime has taken official delivery of towing vessel ‘ALP Keeper’ in Okayama, Japan. The vessel is part of the ALP Future Class, meaning it has a fuel capacity of 3400 m3 of IFO/MGO, sufficient for non-stop Trans-Atlantic/Indian, Pacific Ocean towing operations without fuel calls.
Norwegian Control Systems will deliver five automation systems including their Concept Bridge solution, with a large electro engineering package for Fjord1`s new ferries. Norwegian Control Systems will deliver automation systems to nine Fjord1 ferries in total.
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