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Naming ceremony held for two vessels set to ship LNG from Angola

LNG vessels being built for NYK On August 17, a naming ceremony was held at the Geoje Island shipyard of Samsung Heavy Industries , Ltd.(Samsung) in Korea for two LNG vessels being built for joint owners NYK LNG (Atlantic) Ltd. (headquarters: London, UK), a wholly owned subsidiary of NYK; Mitsui & Co. Ltd. (headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo); and Teekay Corporation (headquarters: Vancouver, Canada) to ship LNG. The vessels are chartered by Angola LNG Supply Services (ALSS; headquarters: Houston, U.S) and will ship the LNG produced by Angola LNG Ltd.H.E José Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos, petroleum minister of the Republic of Angola; Ichizo Kobayashi, managing officer and COO of the Marine & Aerospace Business Unit at Mitsui; David Glendinning, president of Teekay Gas Services; In-Sik Roh, president and CEO of Samsung; and NYK representative director and senior managing corporate officer Masahiro Kato were in attendance. Mr. Kobayashi's wife named one vessel Soyo, and the other vessel was named Malanje by Mr. Glendinning's wife before the ceremonial rope holding the vessels in place was cut by the two women and Mr. Kato's wife.Soyo and Malanje are jointly owned by NYK LNG (Atlantic) (33%), Mitsui (34%), and Teekay (33%). Soyo will be completed by ...

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Solar power assisted car carrier to test hybrid power system

Aiming to cut CO2 emissions NYK Line's solar-power-assisted car carrier Auriga Leader (60,213 gross tons) will in June be used for shipboard tests of a newly developed hybrid power supply. The car carrier will also be fitted with a ballast-water management system and adapted to use low-sulfur fuel.The power generation and endurance of the photovoltaic panels on Auriga Leader have been undergoing shipboard tests since the completion of the vessel on December 19, 2008. The tests have shown that providing a stable power supply from the photovoltaic panels is difficult because even a slight change in the weather has a significant influence on the amount of power generated.It was also found that attempting to make the solar power system bigger to gain more output and to increase its dependibilty could present problems with regard to stable operations because of fluctuations in the power supply.The hybrid power supply system which is mow being installed has been studied since fiscal 2009. It has been jointly developed by NYK Line, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., the Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI) and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) and was was selected as a subsidized project by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) under ...

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HHI will build five shuttle tankers for Knutsen NYK

The order was worth around $500 million South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries Co has won a combined order to build up to five shuttle tankers for Norway-based Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers, sources said on Wednesday, Reuters reports.Sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters that the deal included an option for three additional vessels. Local media reported that the order was worth around $500 million.Source: Portnews

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EU allows Maritime Pollution until 2050

Of all industries in the EU economy the transport sector is the only one to have steadily increased its Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions since the reference year of 1990. Transport comprises of three modes, inland (road, rail and waterways), sea and air. Emissions from inland transport (mainly road) are the most important followed by maritime while aviation comes third. The greatest share of CO2 reductions has been achieved by land based emissions sources such as industrial plants and road transport. Regarding the maritime sector, it has to be said that historically it has not been addressed properly, if at all, as compared to all other transport modes. Such a privileged lack of regulation implies that currently, the cost of reducing emissions from ships would be much lower than for same results from land-based polluters. The shipping industry claims that by improving marine fuel oil quality and by reducing the sulphur content, as agreed in the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) under the MARPOL Convention, it will contribute to CO2 emissions reduction. This is incorrect and misleading. Improved marine fuel quality is totally unrelated to CO2 emissions. A better and cleaner fuel does not reduce CO2 emissions responsible for the global warming ...

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