Friday, March 23, 2018

European Union News

LNG for the Maritime Sector Closer to Reality

The European Union will support with over €1.2 million from the TEN-T Program a study aimed at identifying and addressing the potential barriers to the construction and operation of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled vessels. The project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, will examine the technical requirements, regulations and environmental operation permits that need to be met in order to shift from traditionally fuelled engines to LNG. LNG is…

New Fuels for the Maritime Sector in Spain?

The European Union will support with over €1 million from the TEN-T Program a series of studies to assess the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a shipping fuel in the Port of Gijón in Spain. The project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, involves conducting studies to evaluate the feasibility and plan the necessary infrastructure adaptations for the use of LNG as a shipping fuel in the Port of Gijón. LNG is rapidly emerging as a more environmentally friendly fuel for the maritime sector and its uptake is encouraged by the European Union.

EU Funds LNG Bunkering Study

Studies on liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering infrastructure in Spain and France get EU grant. The European Union will support with just over €1 million from the TEN-T Programme a series of studies to analyse the potential introduction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure in Spain and France. The studies, selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call, aim at determining the feasibility of implementing LNG bunkering facilities in the Port of Roscoff (northwest France) and the Port of Santander (northern Spain).


Leisure Craft Warned to Keep Clear of Piracy Hotspots

European Union Naval Force Commander reminds yacht & leisure craft owners piracy still a danger in Gulf of Aden & Indian Ocean. Rear Admiral Potts who is the operation commander of the European Union’s counter piracy mission (EU NAVFOR) off the coast of Somalia reminds the yachting and leisure craft community that whilst pirate attacks have reduced off the Horn of Africa over the past year, the threat of piracy remains and owners should continue to avoid transiting the High Risk Area – the southern Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Western part of the Indian Ocean.

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.

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

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…

Study to Evaluate New Fuels

The European Union will support with almost €2 million from the TEN-T Program a study looking at the potential beneficial effects of using alternative fuels for port operations. The study, which will include pilots in Spain, Slovenia and Italy, will especially look at the ways to improve environmental performance of the participating ports’ container terminals. The project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, will study and test new technologies and alternative fuels in the ports of Valencia (Spain)…

ECSA Supports CO2 Monitoring with Bunker Record Books

The European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) supports a European Union initiative to monitor emissions. ECSA considers that the best way to collect the required data for monitoring compliance with exhaust gas emission regulations is by means of Bunker Delivery Notes (BDN). The EU said last year that it will pursue a system for monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas emissions starting early 2013, and ECSA said any system must be accurate, simple, cost-effective and exclusively based on the vessels fuel consumption.

John Deere’s Tier 3 Marine Engines

John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) will meet U.S. EPA Marine Tier 3 emissions regulations with a complete lineup of diesel engines from 74-559 kW (99-750 hp). New PowerTechTM 9.0L and 13.5L Tier 3 propulsion and generator-drive engines join the 4.5L and 6.8L Tier 3 models. JDPS Tier 3 marine engines meet current European Union emissions requirements for recreational engines and inland applications, and limits established by IMO MARPOL Annex VI. The PowerTech 6090AFM85, 6090SFM85, 6135AFM85 and 6135SFM85 propulsion and generator-drive engines are the latest additions to the JDPS Tier 3 lineup.

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…

Photo: Eric Norcross

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.

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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…

River Splendor Christening: Photo credit Vantage

New River Cruise Ship Christened in Antwerp

This launch is part of a $120 million fleet investment program by Vantage Deluxe World Travel. Vantage Deluxe World Travel christened the MS River Splendor in Antwerp, Belgium as the latest addition to its growing European river cruising fleet. 'Miss Belgium', Noemie Happart led the official naming ceremony as the ship's godmother. The new ship will make its inaugural passenger voyage on March 17th from Amsterdam. Measuring 442 feet/135 meters, the maximum length allowed by European Union regulations…

Ship Passengers Granted New Legal EU Rights

A new European Union regulation gives passengers travelling by water improved rights to assistance in cases of cancelled or delayed departures. Passengers travelling by water are set to enjoy improved rights to assistance in cases of cancelled or delayed departures as a new EU regulation on maritime passenger rights enters into force.. These passengers will now benefit from similar rights to those travelling by air and rail. The EU regulation, which will apply to most cruise and ferry services operating within the EU…

Wind Energy Generation Beats Gas Turbines

Ernst & Young conducted a study that presents an integrated analysis of the value creation potential of wind energy. The study was commissioned by Acciona and EDP Renováveis and compares two energy technologies, Combined Cycle Gas Turbines (CCGT) and wind, to analyze the impacts of microeconomic factors such as direct costs as well as macroeconomic factors including job creation, Gross Domestic Product contribution, energy security, grid integration costs, CO2 and the impact of wind power on electricity pool prices. Wind energy has a higher impact on tax revenues than other technologies.

EU Contributes to Sustainable Transport Initiative

The European Union will cofinance with a little over €6.4 million from the TEN-T Program a pilot project investigating a new propulsion system for vessels. The initiative also contributes to the realization of the “Motorways of the Sea” (TEN-T Priority Project 21) concept. The initiative, selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Multi-Annual Program, is a pilot action that aims to optimize bunker consumption and reduce exhaust gas emissions through the use of an innovative system…

EU Backs Study Methanol Marine Fuel Study

The European Union will support with €11.2 million from the TEN-T Program a study followed by real life trials to look at the use of methanol as a possible maritime fuel of the future. The initiative also contributes to the realization of the “Motorways of the Sea” (TEN-T Priority Project 21) concept. The study, selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Multi-Annual Program, will investigate how methanol could become a cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution for the maritime sector.