In line with its vision for an emission-neutral cruising, AIDA Cruises, the German brand of Carnival Corporation, is planning the first practical trial of fuel cells aboard an AIDA ship by 2021, the company said in its sustainability report released Monday.
LNG fueled vessels
SEA\LNG released a study presenting that LNG as a marine fuel is able to deliver the best return on investment. The report says that the fuel is a competitive option for newbuild Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTC) on Pacific and Atlantic trade lanes.
One year after taking delivery of its first ‘Green Funnel’ LNG-fueled Aframax crude oil tanker, Russian shipping company PAO Sovcomflot revealed that using LNG as a primary fuel for these large-capacity tankers enabled a 30% reduction of CO2 emissions compared with similar vessels powered by HFO.
For the first time, a ship bunkered LNG in Europe during loading and unloading procedures. The bunkering took place at the RST terminal at the Prins Willem Alexanderhaven in Rotterdam. The LNG was supplied by Shell. The Port of Rotterdam Authority, who made the simultaneous bunkering possible, said that the operation fits in with its aim for the energy transition in shipping, from fuel oil to LNG.
Hamburg-based Containerships, a subsidiary of the French CMA CGM, announced it took delivery of its second LNG-powered ship, ‘Containerships Polar’, to operate in Northern Europe. The ship will be phased into the redesigned BALT 2 service in the Port of Rotterdam on 23 June.
Malta Freeport Terminals welcomed the first ever LNG-fueled container ship to visit Malta during the course of the vessel’s maiden voyage from Asia to Rotterdam. The ‘Containerships Polar’ discharged more than 560 containers during its call to Malta.
The United European Car Carriers, jointly owned by NYK and Wallenius Lines, informed of a new contract to construct two new generation hybrid-powered PCTCs (Pure car truck carriers), expected to achieve 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030.
The continuous increase in the number of LNG-fueled ships are assisting the rise of several bunkering infrastructure along Europe. However, the English Channel will not see its first gas-fueled ship soon, as Brittany Ferries’ ‘Honfleur’, which was to be delivered in June, will now arrive later in 2019, as the yard experiences financial fines.
Bangladesh has employed its second LNG terminal with the beginning of operations of FSRU ‘Summit LNG’ offshore Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal. As reported by Excelerate Energy the FSRU completed the commissioning on April 29, 2019.
Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) announced that it has successfully built its first LNG-fueled vessels using its own technology. The company had announced on April 29, that the two LNG-fueled 113,000 dwt oil tankers delivered to an Asian shipowner earlier this year completed the first bunkering at the port of Rotterdam and now begin their operation as eco-friendly vessels.
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