The maritime industry’s response to the call for tighter environmental regulations combined with the 2020 sulphur cap is steadily driving the industry towards dual fuel solutions, said marine technology company WinGD, announcing its financial results for the first quarter of 2019.
Finnish technology group Wärtsilä announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), for the study of the development of a business case for the use of alternative fuels with Wärtsilä generating sets. The MoU was signed on 13 November.
Marine lubricant choices to address IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap must be based on verifiable cylinder oil performance data and engine testing to cover all operating conditions, argued the new General Manager of Shell Marine, Joris Van Brussel.
Contaminated IFO 380 bunkers in the US Gulf have resulted in a significant number of vessels experiencing system clogging and, in more extreme cases, engine damage, North Club warned. The contamination has been linked to the use of fuel oil cutter stock, a product added to residual fuels to reduce viscosity.
The US Energy Department’s Vehicle Technologies Office released a multi-topic funding opportunity announcement (FOA). The funding, which will be $12 million, regards the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines. The funding will have two topics: Multi-Mode Optimized Fuel/Engine System Development; Bioblendstocks to Optimize Mixing Controlled Compression Ignition Engines.
The Port of Barcelona announced that the first vessel has connected to an LNG-fueled engine at its port. This is part of Port of Barcelona’s attempt to reduce shipping emissions in the port, by replacing the operation of the vessel’s auxiliary engines.
Wärtsilä has signed a maintenance agreement with Monaco-based GasLog LNG Services, covering eight LNG carriers operating on Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines. The agreement covers Dynamic Maintenance Planning, technical support and technical personnel as well as constant performance monitoring.
Doosan Infracore signed a memorandum of understanding on their cooperation for the development of LNG engines for small vessels with KOGAS and Samjin Yard. This MOU was concluded with a recent increase in demand for converting small domestic ships with diesel engines to LNG-powered ships.
After a period of negotiation, Korean shipowner, ILSHIN and HMD have signed a shipbuilding contract for a 50,000 dwt bulk carrier. As a world first for the segment, the vessel will be powered by an MAN B&W 6G50ME-C9.5-GI engine, to be built by HHI-EMD who will also supply the ME-GI and fuel gas supply system.
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