Japan Trio Begins Work on an Ammonia-Fueled Tugboat
As the marine industry works to find the ‘fuel of the future’ to address increasingly stringent emission regulations, an interesting development from a trio of marine powers in Japan seeks to develop the world’s first ammonia-fueled tugboat. The joint research and development agreement was signed by NYK, IHI Power Systems Co., Ltd., and ClassNK recently to put the world's first ammonia-fueled tugboat into practical use.With the entry into force of the Paris Agreement in 2016, global momentum for decarbonization has increased…
Mitsubishi Delivered First LNG FGSS Fueled PCC
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. has delivered the first LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) fuel supply system "FGSS (Fuel Gas Supply System)" for dual fuel marine engines. This system will be installed onboard the first LNG fueled pure car carrier (PCC) built in Japan, which is currently under construction at Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.The FGSS is an LNG fuel gas supply system developed by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding utilizing LNG and vaporized gas handling technology developed through its long experience on the construction of LNG carriers…
Hydrogen Hybrid Car Carrier Studied
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. and e5 Lab. concluded a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to conduct a joint study of a hybrid pure car carrier equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system and large-capacity batteries (hydrogen hybrid PCC). The companies aim to develop a hydrogen hybrid PCC, which do not emit carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx), or particulate matter (PM) while underway in coastal waters or in ports, in other words, achieving “zero emissions…
ClassNK Grants AIP on LPG Reformer for Marine Engines
Classification Society ClassNK granted an Approval in Principle (AIP) to Osaka Gas for their joint project with Daihatsu Diesel on an LPG Reformer for marine engines. This was the first AIP granted in Japan for such equipment.The LPG Reformer is designed to convert LPG into synthetic methane gas equivalent to the kind found in LNG. Due to being mainly composed of propane and butane, LPG is susceptible to knocking (abnormal combustion), making it difficult to use as a fuel for lean burn gas engines and dual fuel engines.
NYK Develops Onboard Sulfur-in-oil Analyzer
NYK and Nippon Yuka Kogyo Co., Ltd., an NYK Group company, have teamed with Horiba Ltd. to develop a new sulfur-in-oil analyzer for ships. The new device is based on an existing device used at onshore analysis centers.Using this new analyzer, NYK will be able to thoroughly comply with regulations limiting sulfur oxides (SOx) from vessels, as well as optimize the company’s use of low-sulfur fuel oil.Certain areas around Europe and North America have been designated as emission control areas (ECAs) to prevent air pollution…
New Fuel Rules Push Shipowners to Go Green with LNG
Tough new rules on marine fuel are forcing shipowners to explore liquefied natural gas as a cleaner alternative and ports such as Gibraltar are preparing to offer upgraded refueling facilities in the shipping industry's biggest shake-up in decades.From 2020, International Maritime Organization rules will ban ships from using fuels with a sulphur content above 0.5 percent, compared with 3.5 percent now, unless they are equipped to clean up sulphur emissions. This will be enforced…
MOL Adopts 'Common Rail Fuel Injection' System
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that its group company, Mitsui O.S.K. Kinkai, Ltd. will use a main engine equipped with the MAN Diesel & Turbo SE (MDT)-developed “common rail fuel injection system” on a newbuilding vessel. Shop test of the main engine was completed on January 29 and the vessel is slated for launching in 2018. After launched, Mitsui O.S.K. Kinkai, MDT and Makita Corporation(President: Yu Makita; headquarters: Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa Prefecture)will continue testing the system with support from MOL while the vessel is in service.
R.W. Fernstrum: Keeping Things Cool for 67 Years
Founded by Robert W. Fernstrum 67 years ago, R.W. Fernstrum & Company is currently run by its third generation of Fernstrum. This long-tenured maritime staple has seen its fair share of maritime cycles, and in today’s challenging market it is not standing still. The company is digging for, and finding, business in all four corners of the world, above water and below, as Sean Fernstrum, President & owner, and his team explain. “Diversify, diversify, diversify … always,” is the…
Rolls-Royce Unveils MTU Gas Marine Engine
MTU’s new gas engine for commercial marine applications – the first from Rolls-Royce – has undergone some 3,000 hours on the test bench and is now ready to enter series production as the first high-speed pure-gas marine engine. “We can now confirm that the engine meets both our requirements and those of our customers: its performance and its acceleration behavior are similar to the excellent characteristics of a diesel engine,” said Dr. Ulrich Dohle, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG.
ME Production Receives Two Scrubber Orders
ME Production subsidiary Marine Exhaust Technology has been awarded a new contract for the DFDS vessel Finlandia sailing on the route Rosyth-Zeebrugge. The scrubber contract includes design, engineering, manufacturing, and installation. Additionally, MET has signed a newbuilding contract with the shipyard Balenciaga S.A. in Spain for a new cargo vessel. The contract includes an Inline Hybrid scrubber system. The system is designed with an integrated silencer and does not require a bypass.
Naval Authorities Rely on OSE Separators from GEA
The trend of modernizing ships and fitting them with more efficient separator systems, which has been noticeable since 2014 particularly in Europe and North America, has continued seamlessly into the first quarter of 2015, GEA reported. More than 50 OSE separators from GEA from the Oelde site have been ordered since the start of the year for ship modernizations for U.S. and Canadian naval authorities alone. The objective of the retrofits is to make the shipping operations of the navy…
CROE to Supply Scrubbers to STENA RoRo
CR Ocean Engineering, L.L.C. (CROE) has recently been awarded the design and supply of two Open Loop exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbing systems) from STENA RoRo AB. The two systems will be installed to reduce SO2 from two main engines aboard the STENA Forefunner. The Stena Forerunner operates primarily in the European ECA where new low sulphur fuel regulations went into effect on January 1, 2015. The CROE scrubbing systems aboard the Forerunner are scheduled to be on line in the first half of 2015.
MAN to Display New Offerings at SMM
Inspired by the motto "The Power of Shipping", MAN Diesel & Turbo will showcase its products and services at the SMM international maritime trade fair in Hamburg next week. The company’s motto relates both to the importance and the consistent, innovative force of the shipping industry: "No other form of transport has transformed globalization and global trade as much as commercial shipping," said Dr. Stephan Timmermann, Executive Board Member at MAN Diesel & Turbo. "This was as true in the days of Christopher Columbus as it is now…
DNV GL Conducts HAZID for Methanol Carriers
DNV GL has conducted a risk assessment “hazard identification study (HAZID)” on a series of three methanol-fuelled tankers for owner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and shipyard Minami Nippon Shipbuilding in Japan. As these are the vessels with a flex fuelled low speed diesel engine using methanol and/or heavy fuel oil, DNV GL was asked to participate in the project for its expertise in the low flash point fuel including methanol and LNG. “We’re working closely with all parties to make design improvements and safety recommendations early in the design phase…
Fuel Injection Pioneers Celebrate CR Production Milestone
Rolls-Royce Power Systems inform that a total of 50,000 Common Rail injection pumps have come off the conveyor belt at L’Orange GmbH in Glatten since 1997. The manufacturer of injection systems for internal combustion engines is generally acknowledged to have pioneered the Common Rail - a technology that raised fuel combustion efficiency and lowered emissions. Back in 1997, L’Orange became the first supplier worldwide to develop a series-production Common Rail pump for diesel and heavy-oil engines.
Lukoil: Cylinder Oil to Reduce Wear, Consumption
Lukoil Marine Lubricants reports that it has expanded its sales in the 2012 business year by 74% to around $200m. Established in 2008, the subsidiary of Russian oil group Lukoil continues to grow rapidly. As for operative and technical expertise, since entering into the global lubricating oil business Lukoil has relied on its Hamburg site. “Here we are in close proximity to our customers, because Germany, and Hamburg in particular, remains one of the world’s most important shipping hubs.
Lukoil Develops Cylinder Oil Reducing Wear and Consumption
Maritime industry lubricant specialist Lukoil Marine Lubricants Ltd. reported that it expanded sales in the 2012 business year by 74% to around $200 million. Established in 2008, the subsidiary of Russian oil group Lukoil continues to grow rapidly. As for operative and technical expertise, since entering into the global lubricating oil business Lukoil has relied on its Hamburg site. “Here we are in close proximity to our customers, because Germany, and Hamburg in particular, remains one of the world’s most important shipping hubs.
Harvey Gulf’s Bold Vision: a Big Win for Everyone
Shane Guidry and Harvey Gulf team up with leading industry naval architects, engine suppliers, classification societies, regulatory bodies and a host of others to bring U.S. Gulf of Mexico offshore energy into the 21st Century – and beyond. Often out in front of the competition in many ways, Harvey Gulf International’s effort to build a new class of dual fueled LNG-powered offshore supply vessels (OSV’s) again raises the bar higher for those competing in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico offshore markets.