For the global shipping industry, fundamental changes are about to occur. New regulations, greater demands from increasingly environmentally conscious customers and higher fuel prices mean that being competitive and maintaining a financially and environmentally sustainable business is a bigger challenge than ever before, argues Mikael Laurin, CEO, Lean Marine
Norsepower Oy Ltd., along with project partners Maersk Tankers, Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd., announced successful trial results of two Norsepower Rotor Sails onboard the Maersk Tankers product tanker, Maersk Pelican.
Chinese shipbuilding group Hudong-Zhonghua, part of China State Shipbuilding Company (CSSC) signed a MoU with air lubrication manufacturer Silverstream Technologies, to integrate Silverstream’s fuel-saving air lubrication technology in its future LNG carriers.
Wärtsilä, technology group, MARIN, Netherlands based Maritime Research Institute, and Grimaldi, Italian ship owner, designed an Energy Saving Device (ESD), suitable for use by ships with Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPPs).
Norsepower Oy Ltd. announced that independent test results showed that Norsepower’s Rotor Sail technology has the potential to deliver savings on the Viking Line-owned and operated M/S Viking Grace. Long term LNG marine fuel savings is expected to be up to about 300 tonnes on annual basis.
Danish offshore shipping company Maersk Supply Service (MSS) has signed a contract with Eniram, a Wärtsilä company, to install an Energy Advisory System on its vessels. The system will use high quality data in order to optimise operations and in the meantime save fuel.
Digitalization is rapidly transforming the business of international shipping. Efforts to enhance ship efficiency and sharpen commercial focus on fleet performance and profitability are being buoyed by the use of smart technology and the application of big data, argues Beat Guettinger, Head of Tekomar for ABB Turbocharging.
LR approved the structure and the risk-assessment related to the installation of a rotor sail on the LNG-fuelled Viking Grace, in line with its Guidance Notes for Flettner Rotor Approval. The approvals aim to ensure that the rotor would not have a negative impact on the safe operation of the ship or the safety of the crew.
The M/S Viking Grace will start her first voyage as the only passenger ship in the world equipped with a Rotor Sail to use wind power for propulsion. Rotol Sail is developed by the Finnish clean technology and engineering company Norsepower Oy, and can reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by up to 900 tonnes annually.
The Port of Long Beach’s Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility, greenlighting a project that will move cargo faster, with fewer environmental impacts. The project is part of the port’s plan to stay competitive and minimize truck trips generated by anticipated cargo growth.
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