In Germany, a feasibility study has started under the name HySupply into the possibilities and conditions to develop the value chain for renewable hydrogen, in order to establish a global hydrogen market.
Port of Rotterdam
Bunkering of the CMA CGM Jacques Saade, the world’s largest LNG-powered container ship, took place in the Port of Rotterdam, Thursday, marking a milestone for the promotion of LNG bunkering as an environmentally friendly alternative for larger ships. CMA CGM named this as ‘the largest bunkering operation ever undertaken for a containership’.
Port of Rotterdam along with Landsvirkjun, the National Power Company of Iceland, shake their hands and inked MoU to develop a study focused on exporting green hydrogen from Iceland to Rotterdam.
The Future Fuels Network, a new collaboration announced during a maritime conference in Singapore, on 6 October, aims to develop a roadmap on the adoption of clean marine fuels in support of decarbonization.
French shipping major CMA CGM, technology giant Microsoft, Japanese player NYK Line and the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, are among the 11 new members to have joined The Hydrogen Council, a global CEO-led coalition working to enable the global energy transition through hydrogen.
Sleipnir, the world’s most powerful semi-submersible crane vessel owned by Dutch Heerema, received the largest LNG bunkering ever completed, on Thursday. The total amount of LNG delivered was almost 3,300 metric tons.
The demand for LNG, bio and low-sulphur bunkers has increased enormously in Rotterdam over the past year. In fact, overall sales in this largest European bunker port fell from 9.5 million m3 to 9 million m3.
The Europe’s largest biorefinery is located in the center of the Port of Rotterdam with Alco Energy Rotterdam converting corn into bioethanol fuel during a production process which brings zero waste.
As the 2020 sulphur cap entered into force, the shipping industry saw the introduction of Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oils (VLSFOs), which has been increasing since October 2019. However, VPS notes that a rise has been observed in fuel instability leading to sediment formation from these fuels.
The new low-sulphur bunker oil VLSFO has become extremely popular in Port of Rotterdam. In fact, half of all November bunker sales were for VLSFO, as seen from the bunkering notifications via the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s TimeToBunker App.
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