Saturday, May 15, 2021

Ireland News

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Samskip to Run Part of Its Fleet on Biofuel

Multimodal logistics company Samskip said it has reached a formal agreement with sustainable cargo initiative GoodShipping to run part of its vessel fleet on cleaner burning biofuels.According to Samskip, the initial usage of biofuels will enable a CO2 emissions reduction of up to 45%, with plans to scale up to a CO2 reduction of up to 80% for any given voyage later in 2021.The Samskip Endeavour, an 800TEU capacity containership which normally runs on traditional fuels, is the first of Samskip's vessels to have started using sustainable biofuels in its recent sailings.Two years ago…

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Tech File: Hybrid-Electric Propulsion for Crew-less Vessels

The move to autonomy on the world's waterways is undeniable, with the direction clear, the pace hazy. What is clear is the need for reliable, fuel efficient propulsion, and last month Torqueedo announced a deal to provide hybrid-electric propulsion systems to power XOCEAN’s XO-450 USV, a custom-designed composite wave-piercing catamaran about the length of a typical automobile.XOCEAN is embarked on a mission to to transform the way subsea data is collected, and the three-year…

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Shipping Sector Sets Course for Zero Carbon

Leading ports, banks, oil and shipping companies on Monday launched an initiative which aims to have ships and marine fuels with zero carbon emissions on the high seas by 2030, in another step by the maritime sector to reduce CO2.International shipping accounts for 2.2% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and the U.N.'s International Maritime Organization (IMO), has a long-term goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2008 levels by 2050.Achieving this target will…

The RNLI has also introduced a new launch and recovery tractor, designed in conjunction with high-mobility-vehicles specialist Supacat Ltd, specifically for use with the Shannon. It acts as a mobile slipway.  Pictured is the Hoylake, UK Shannon class lifeboat being recovered from the sea. (Photo: RNLI/Dave James)

Design: RNLI’s Shannon Class Lifeboat

The latest lifeboat to join the fleet of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the main sea rescue service in the UK and Ireland, is the waterjet-propelled Shannon class, which the organization says is its most agile and maneuverable all-weather lifeboat yet to be deployed. Designed entirely in-house by RNLI engineers, cutting-edge technology has been used in this new boat to meet modern-day rescue service demands following the lead taken with the RNLI’s introduction of the Shannon’s sister lifeboat class…

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Royston Appointed as Niigata Representative in Nigeria

Independent diesel engine service company Royston has been appointed service, sales and parts agent for Niigata diesel engines in Nigeria. Royston has been a long-standing representative for Niigata in the UK and Ireland, providing maintenance, spares and service support to the medium speed engine manufacturer for over 20 years. The appointment is supportive of Royston’s expanding fleet management offering to customers where all diesel engines in a fleet can be managed from a single source.

Berthon UK headquarters in Lymington (Photo: Cox Powertrain)

Berthon Named UK, Ireland Distributor for Cox Powertrain

British marine diesel innovator Cox Powertrain has announced Berthon as the sole U.K. and Ireland distributor for its high powered, low weight diesel outboard engines, the first of which, the CXO300, will be launched next year. From its Lymington base, Berthon will be responsible for sales of the engines in the Solent and along the south coast and will hold stock of new engines and spare parts at its warehouse. It will also provide servicing and technical support. A U.K. dealer network will be established by Berthon at strategic ports around the coasts of England…

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Stena Line Says Sustainability Goals Paying Off

“Our belief is that a reduced environmental impact is also essential for long-term profitability,” said Stena Line's CEO, Niclas Mårtensson. Stena Line, a ferry operator serving Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the U.K., said its increased strategic focus on sustainability and environmental improvements over recent years is paying off. Through the years Stena Line’s experience in investing in energy efficiency transport has been extensive. An example: the launch of the world's first methanol-powered ferry, Stena Germanica, in 2015.

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Wärtsilä to Power Norwegian Trawler Newbuild

Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to provide the propulsion machinery for a new purse seine fishing trawler ordered by Strand Senior AS, a subsidiary of Strand Havfiske AS based in Norway. The vessel will be built at the Karstensen Skibsvaerft shipyard in Denmark. The Wärtsilä order was booked in March 2017. In specifying that an innovative and highly efficient vessel was required, the owners specifically emphasized that the propulsion system should be centered on the Wärtsilä 31 engine.

El Coquí launched at the VT Halter Marine shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. (Photo: Crowley)

Jones Act LNG-powered ConRo Ship Launched

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s newest combination container/Roll on-Roll off (ConRo) ship has been launched at the VT Halter Marine shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. for the Crowley’s service between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Named El Coquí after a beloved frog native to Puerto Rico, the ConRo is one of the world’s first to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The ship will now proceed through the final topside construction and testing phase before beginning service in the U.S. Jones Act trade during the second half of 2017.

The new REINTJES branch office is located in the Robert Denholm House, together with other companies. (Photo: REINTJES)

REINTJES Opens UK Branch Office

Propulsion specialist REINTJES said it has opened a new branch office in the south of England to service markets in the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland. Opening of the REINTJES Britain & Ireland branch office follows on the cessation of trading by the former distributor European Marine and Machinery Agency in the middle of the year 2016. The business is guided by subsidiary REINTJES Benelux BVBA based in Antwerp, Belgium. In charge of the office management is Philip Martin who comes to the role with a large experience in the engine and propulsion sector…

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Gondan Launches first Dual Fuel Tug Built in Europe

Gondan Shipyard in Figueras launched the first Dual Fuel tug ever built in Europe – and the first of a series of three currently under construction for the Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi. Designed by Robert Allan, the new escort tug measures 40.2 x 16m, beam, and will provide tug services to Norwegian state-owned energy company Statoil, at the far-north terminal located at Melkøya. Built to withstand freezing cold, the vessel is shaped specifically to grant full operational…

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Emissions Levy Can Cut Ship NOx Emissions by 70% -Study

A levy on nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions with revenues earmarked to fund the uptake of NOx abatement measures is believed to be the most promising tool to reduce these ship emissions by up to 70 percent, as revealed by a new study by environmental consultancy IVL and CE Delft. The study, commissioned by Transport & Environment (T&E), identifies the policy options available at the EU level to regulate ship NOx emissions in the EU seas and compares them with the measures to be taken under the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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Second LNG-powered Cement Carrier Delivered

Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit has delivered the second LNG-powered cement carrier, MV Ireland, to owners JT Cement, a joint venture between Swedish shipping company Erik Thun AB and Norway’s KG Jebsen Cement. MV Ireland, along with sister vessel MV Greenland delivered in December 2015, are the first ever dry cargo vessels with an LNG fuelled propulsion system and LNG tanks integrated inside the hull, the builder said. The newbuild’s design incorporates a pressurized LNG tank positioned in the foreship.

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Lucion Awarded UK Bunker Testing Contract

Lucion Marine wins U.K. Hazardous material and risk management specialist Lucion Marine, part of the Lucion Services Group, has won a major contract with the U.K.’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to provide fuel oil sampling and testing services at ports across the U.K. and Northern Ireland. The contract runs until 2020 and involves the provision of a sampling and analysis service to test that fuel being used by vessels in U.K. waters does not exceed the maximum allowed sulphur content of 0.1 percent…

JT Cement's LNG-fuelled cement carried Greenland undergoing sea trials (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

LNG Bulker Cements Thordon's Green Future

Sea trials aboard Greenland, the world’s first LNG-fuelled short-sea dry bulk vessel, have validated the performance of Thordon Bearings COMPAC propeller shaft solution, indicating that seawater-lubricated bearing systems are applicable to all ship types and are definitely here to stay. "Erik Thun has truly raised the standard in sustainable shipping with this vessel, pushing the boundaries of environmental possibilities to a completely new level," said Tommy Holmgren, Sales Director with the Duwel Group, Thordon Bearings’ distributor in Sweden.

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Croatian Shipyard Wins RoRo Ship Orders

Making good on it's announcement in the autumn of 2015 to ambitiously expand its RoRo fleet, CLdN Ro-Ro SA confirms that two additional ships have been ordered, with options for another four, through the Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik. European short Sea RoRo specialist CLdN RoRo SA, which operates 24 modern RoRo vessels, offering in excess of 100 sailings per week between the ports of Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, London, Killingholme, Dublin, Gothenburg, Esbjerg and Porto had previously announced its intention to add 12 new vessels to its fleet over the coming years.

The new MV Strangford again relies on the VSP propulsion concept (Photo: Voith)

Voith Schneider Propellers for New Irish Ferry

The double-ended ferry MV Strangford has been in operation for more than 45 years, connecting the two towns of Portaferry and Strangford in the northern part of the Irish Sea. The Department for Regional Development Northern Ireland (DRDNI) responsible for the local ferry service now decided to replace the old double-ended ferry MV Strangford, which had been equipped with Voith Schneider Propellers (VSP), with a new one. The DRDNI again chose the VSP propulsion concept for the new double-ended ferry. The particular feature of this double-ended ferry is its docking at concrete ramps.

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MAN 32/44CR Engine for Trawler Newbuild

Voyager Fishing Company, Ltd., based in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland, has ordered a new trawler/purse seiner, designed by Salt Ship Design in Norway and to be built at Karstensens Skipsværft in Skagen, Denmark. The newbuilding will be powered by a propulsion package comprising a MAN 12V32/44CR main engine, a 4,400-mm ø MAN Alpha VBS 1100 propeller, a two-speed RENK Type RSVL1000 gearbox, and an Alphatronic AT3000 remote control system. Vessel delivery is scheduled for August 2017.