Japanese shipbuilder Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. inked a deal with shipowner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) for the construction of two LNG-fueled ferries, representing the first project of this kind ever made in Japan.
LNG fueled vessels
Brittany Ferries confirmed the names for its next two ships. The first one is Kerry, an one-year charter vessel that is expected to arrive in November 2019. The second one is Santoña, chosen for the company’s third E-Flexer class ship.
In the past, the Luxembourg-based company CLdN Ro-Ro, decided to build the world’s biggest short-sea ro-ro vessels. Celine, after one year of operating, has fully met her owner’s expectations. The former, along with sister-vessel Delphine, incorporate high technology from other vessel types and are LNG-ready.
The Panama Canal Authority hosted executives from US LNG exporter Cheniere Energy, with the aim to discuss the canal’s increasing LNG vessel segment and opportunities for future growth. The LNG transit days have become more, because of the optimization achieved by traffic scheduling.
As we are heading towards the end of 2017, we take a look back at the significant developments for the protection of the marine environment. The entry into force of the BWM Convention, the exclusion of shipping in the EU ETS, the initiatives towards electrification and decarbonization compile the scenery of a challenging year for shipping.
The European Investment Bank, Societe Generale and Brittany Ferries announced that they have signed the first green maritime financing under EIB’s EUR 750m Green Shipping Guarantee programme, which started last year by the EIB and Societe Generale.
Aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by 40% in 2030 compared to 1990, the Norwegian government has implemented several measures and funding programs. The Norwegian local maritime industry currently contributes 9% of the country’s total emissions.
Rolls-Royce Power Systems and the Constance public utility have signed a cooperation agreement which covers a two-year trial on Lake Constance of the propulsion system of the ‘Europe’s first inland waterway’ passenger vessel. The ferry is fuelled with LNG and scheduled for service from 2019.
At the Nor-Shipping event in Oslo, on May 31st, project partners ABB, OMT, GTT, Caterpillar’s Solar Turbines, CMA CGM, its subsidiary CMA Ships, and DNV GL, presented the results of phase II of the PERFECt joint industry project. Phase II of the project looked to validate the phase I results and develop the concept to a “ready to order” stage.
BC Ferries announced that its Salish Raven, the third and final Salish Class vessel departed Gdansk, Poland on April 28th, for a 10,440 nautical mile journey bound for its new home in British Columbia. The Transatlantic voyage is expected to last 45 to 55 days, depending on weather.
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