Tuesday, June 19, 2018

European Union News

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MTU Engines for Turkish SAR Vessels

Rolls-Royce will supply MTU diesel engines for six new search and rescue vessels to be built by Damen Shipyards and operated by the Turkish Coastguard. Damen Shipyards has been awarded a contract by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Ankara to build the vessels which will each feature two 8-cylinder MTU Series 2000 engines. The boats will support ongoing operations to rescue migrants and refugees from crisis areas along the Turkish coast. They are designed to be self-righting…

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LNG Ferry Megastar Delivered to Tallink

Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku Shipyard delivered the state-of-the-art LNG fast ferry Megastar to owner Tallink on January 24. The newly built ferry will begin plying the Helsinki-Tallinn route on January 29 as the most technologically advanced fast ferry in the Baltic Sea. The 212-meter-long Megastar uses liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel, but is also able to run on marine diesel. With LNG, the vessel will create no sulphur or soot particles and decreasing the nitrogen and CO2 emissions.

The recently launched Torductor Marine will increase the efficiency of the vessels. Photo ABB PR

ABB’s OCTOPUS for Torvald Klaveness vessels

ABB’s OCTOPUS marine software will be installed on three new Torvald Klaveness vessels to help them meet incoming emissions regulations. The OCTOPUS reporting software is compliant with the IMO Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) and supports future European Union Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) rules. OCTOPUS gathers information from onboard sensors and gives insight into key performance parameters, such as fuel efficiency, allowing Klaveness to optimize fleet-wide performance.

Patrick Le Dily (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Bureau Veritas Gains EU Maritime MRV Accreditation

Bureau Veritas has gained accreditation from United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS), in their pilot scheme, to carry out assessments and verifications for compliance with the European Union’s Maritime Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (EU MRV) regulation. The regulation, part of the EU’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, requires operators to monitor and report on CO2 emissions based on ship fuel consumption. It applies to all merchant ships of 5,000 GT or above on journeys that call at an EU port.

FuelTrax Obtains European Union Patent Protection

Nautical Control Solutions, LP (NCS) announced that its FuelTrax Marine Fuel Management system has been granted patent protection by the European Patent Office (EPO). The EPO is a member of the Trilateral Cooperation established in 1983 between the European, Japanese, and United States patent offices. The FuelTrax EU patent includes these countries: United Kingdom, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Greece. Mr.

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Oldendorff Taps Verifavia for EU MRV Compliance

Dry bulk vessel owner and operator Oldendorff Carriers said it has appointed emissions verification company Verifavia to verify its fleet of vessels in line with the European Union’s new environmental Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (EU MRV) regulation. Verifavia will ensure that all Oldendorff vessels are in compliance with the new requirements mandated by the EU MRV regulation coming into force in August 2017. As a first step towardscutting greenhouse gas emissions from maritime transport…

Veson Nautical Solution Earns EU’s MRV Certification

Commercial maritime software and services provider Veson Nautical announced that Verifavia, the emissions verification company for the aviation and shipping sectors, officially certified its Veslink Voyage Reporting system as a solution for the European Union’s (EU) upcoming Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) regulation. Veslink Voyage Reporting streamlines data collection and distribution from vessels, operators, agents and counterparties, and is used by more than 100 of the top shipping organizations worldwide, managing over 5,000 vessels.

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IMO Project Seeks Maritime Technology Participants

The GMN maritime technology project, run by International Maritime Organization (IMO) and funded by the European Union, has issued a call for expressions of interest from individuals within specified organizations to become members of the GMN Project’s Global Stakeholder Committee (GSC). The GMN project has established a network of five regional Maritime Technologies Cooperation Centres (MTCCs). Together, they are promoting technologies and operations to improve energy efficiency in the maritime sector and help navigate shipping into a low-carbon future.

StormGeo Receives EU MRV Certification

StormGeo’s shipping division (formerly AWT) has received its certification as an EU MRV supplier by Verifavia Shipping. The European Union’s decision to monitor CO2 emissions for most vessels in excess of 5000 gross tons affects owners or vessel managers with ships that are calling on ports in EU member states. The EU requires ship-specific monitoring plans to be in place by August 31, 2017, including being MRV compliant for Monitoring, Reporting and Verification. StormGeo's shipping division (formerly AWT) has been collecting data…

Bahri Ship Management Complies with EU MRV

Bahri Ship Management, one of the six business units within transportation and logistics company Bahri, said it is in compliance with the submission of EU MRV (Monitoring, Reporting, Verification) plans for the full fleet, ahead of the deadline. At present, Bahri Ship Management operates 39 VLCCs, 23 chemical tankers, 10 product tankers, fivebulk carriers and six ROCONs. Seven further VLCCs are on order, with deliveries expected to be completed by May 2018. To comply with the EU MRV Regulation…

MAN D&T: 20M Euro Pledge for 10 LNG Retrofits

At the Our Ocean 2017 Conference recently concluded in Malta, MAN Diesel and Turbo made a unique pledge that to furthering the use of LNG as fuel onboard commercial ships. “We clearly recognize that our interests are best served by ensuring that the world’s oceans remain in robust, good health," said Wayne Jones, OBE, Chief Sales Officer of MAN Diesel & Turbo. "MAN Diesel & Turbo believes that it is time for what we call a ‘Maritime Energy Transition’ to find clean solutions for seaborne trade and transportation.

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Rolls-Royce Debuts Cloud-based Energy Management Module

Rolls-Royce has unveiled a ‘cloud-based’ fuel consumption and carbon dioxide monitoring module designed to help ship owners meet the European Union’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation. Starting January 1, 2018, collection and reporting of voyage data will become a mandatory, as owners of vessels over 5,000 gross metric tons that call at European Union ports will be required to monitor, report and verify their fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. China, too…

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Cummins Marine Engines RCD 2 Certified

Cummins Inc. has announced that its QSB6.7, QSC8.3, QSL9 and QSM11 marine engines have been certified to the new Recreational Craft Directive 2013/53/EU (RCD 2) emissions regulation. RCD 2 applies to any recreational watercraft with a hull length between 2.5 meters and 24 meters. Certification comes ahead of the Jan. 18, 2017, mandatory implementation date for RCD 2, making Cummins one of the first marine diesel manufacturers to have its products certified. All Quantum Series propulsion ratings previously available with RCD 1 certification are now certified to the stricter RCD 2 standard.

OPV P61 was delivered to the Armed Forces of Malta with a new main propulsion plant and other machinery and equipment (Photo: Fincantieri)

Upgraded OPV Delivered to Malta

Having undergone six months of upgrading activities at Fincantieri’s Genoa drydocking facility, Offshore Patrol Vessel P61 has been delivered to the Armed Forces of Malta. The upgrade, which aimed to improve the vessel’s reaction capability, included the installation of a new main propulsion plant, other machinery and equipment as well as the overhaul of most of the ship’s onboard systems. The project was co-financed by the European Union Internal Security Fund. Offshore Patrol…

Taking the project name of FF8000, the design will be for a dry cargo ship with 8,000 ton deadweight. Although based on the existing FF4500 design, the new design will include numerous modifications.

C-Job Designs Flettner Freighter for Switijnk

Revolutionary Wind Assisted Propulsion design will be applied to 8,000 DWT General Cargo vessel. The Dutch shipping company family Switijnk has contracted C-Job Naval Architects to develop a Rotor Sail-equipped design to meet their specific loading and sailing profile. The contract follows the substantial media attention for the 4,500 DWT Flettner Freighter (the FF4500) which C-Job Naval Architects developed as part of the European Union Interreg project SAIL. Taking the project name of FF8000, the design will be for a dry cargo ship with 8,000 ton deadweight.

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Shippers Brace for IMO's New SOx Rules

IMO to decide whether to introduce rules in 2020, or 2025; EU, China already pushing for stricter regulation. The global shipping industry is bracing for a key regulatory decision that could mark a milestone in reducing maritime pollution, but which could nearly double fuel costs in a sector already reeling from its worst downturn in decades. The shipping industry is by far the world's biggest emitter of sulphur, with the SOx content in heavy fuel oil up to 3,500 times higher than the latest European diesel standards for vehicles.

A Norsepower rotor sail was installed on board the passenger vessel Viking Grace (Photo: Norsepower)

Rotor Sail Installed Aboard Viking Grace

Cruise ferry M/S Viking Grace has become the world’s first passenger ship equipped with a rotor sail to harness wind power for propulsion. The rotor sail, developed by Finnish engineering company Norsepower Oy Ltd., is a modernized version of the Flettner rotor: a vertical spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to propel a ship. When wind meets the spinning rotor sail, the air flow accelerates on one side of the rotor and decelerates on the opposite side.

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IMO Reaches Deal to Cut CO2 Emissions

The United Nations shipping agency reached an agreement on Friday to cut carbon emissions, following years of slow progress. The compromise plan, which will cut emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 compared with 2008 levels, fell short of more ambitious targets. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), said the adoption of the strategy "would allow future IMO work on climate change to be rooted in a solid basis". The IMO said it would also be pursuing efforts towards phasing out CO2 emissions entirely.