Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Transportation News

The first of Hurtigruten’s new hybrid powered expedition cruise vessels, the MS Roald Amundsen, under construction at the Kleven Yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway: delivery is expected in May 2019. (Photo: Tom Mulligan)

Shipbuilding: Hurtigruten Hybrid Construction Forges Ahead

Norwegian company Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, is continuing to push the boundaries when it comes to green travel with its order for three hybrid-powered vessels nearing completion, the first ship being due for delivery in May 2019.Two of these revolutionary ships are currently under construction at the Kleven Yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway, the MS Roald Amundsen and its sister ship, the MS Fritjof Nansen, both of which are custom-designed to cope with some of the most extreme conditions seen on our planet, each having a specially-designed, ice-strengthened hull.

"I think this investment sends a strong signal on the types of technologies that will come to define the maritime industry in the future," said P. Michael A. Rodey, senior manager, A.P. Moller-Maersk. In the first quarter Sea Machines will initiate testing of its perception and situational awareness technology aboard one of A.P. Moller-Maersk's new-build ice-class container ships. Image: Sea Machines

Maritime Autonomy: Sea Machines Gets a $10M Investment

While there remains much debate as to what an autonomous future looks like in the maritime sector, one company, Sea Machines, is helping to pace the field with product development, partnerships and investment.Sea Machines Robotics announced today that it had closed a $10 million Series A investment led by Accomplice VC, with participation from several corporate titans including Toyota AI Ventures; Brunswick Corp., through investment partner TechNexus Venture Collaborative; Eniac Ventures…

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Quantum Pacific: $40m 'Green Loan' for Scrubbers

Singapore-based Quantum Pacific Shipping (QPS) has received a loan from BNP Paribas to finance the purchase and installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems on its vessels.The loan up to $40 million is arranged on Quantum Pacific’s behalf by its management company Eastern Pacific."BNP Paribas is the lender, agent and security trustee for the Green Loan, which finances the cost of purchasing and installing marine exhaust gas cleaning systems (Scrubbers) for 16 vessels under the QPS fleet…

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Ardmore Shipping Refinances Three Vessels

Bermuda-based product and chemical tankers owner Ardmore Shipping Corporation announced that it has signed binding agreements for the refinancing of three vessels.The provider of seaborne transportation of petroleum products and chemicals worldwide to oil majors has signed agreements for the sale and leaseback, under a finance lease arrangement, of the Ardmore Exporter and Ardmore Seavanguard, two 2014-built 50,000 Dwt Eco-design MR tankers, with a high-quality financier in China.The lease agreements are for a period of seven years…

Based on the success of the SXL retrofits, Salinor/Navenor approached Thortech to supply a complete bearing and seal package for the shallow draught bulker Comandante Paschoal (Photo courtesy of Thordon Bearings)

Navenor's Opts for Thordon Bearing

Thordon Bearings has completed a range of water-lubricated and grease-free bearing installations to a third salt lugger in the Salinor/Navenor fleet, following the successful retrofitting of bearings to problematic newbuilds.The Brazilian owner opted for the Thordon package following the failure of the bearings on two newbuilds at the Manaus Shipyard delivered in 2015.The salt carrier Nossa Sra. das Das Vitorias was retrofitted with Thordon’s SXL propeller shaft bearings after just three weeks of operation…

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Torqeedo Powers Thailand's First All-Electric Passenger Ferry

Thailand’s first all-electric commuter ferry was recently placed into service by the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA), powered by Torqeedo. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha celebrated the launch, giving his symbolic approval to the city’s efforts to ease congestion and improve air quality through investments in green transportation. The Prime Minister commuted by skytrain, subway and foot through Bangkok’s crowded streets, before ending his mixed-mode commute with a trip aboard the emission-free passenger ferry.The 47.5-ft fiberglass vessel was repowered by MariArt Shipyard…

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ExxonMobil Rolls-out New Antwerp Unit to Produce Marine Fuel

ExxonMobil has started operations of a new unit at its Antwerp refinery in Belgium to convert heavy, higher-sulfur residual oils into high-value transportation fuels such as marine gasoil and diesel.The new 50,000 barrel-per-day unit expands the refinery’s capacity to meet demand for cleaner transportation fuels throughout northwest Europe. The company’s investment in the new coker will also help meet anticipated demand for lower-sulfur fuel oil to comply with new standards to…

Lomonosov Prospect. Photo: PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group)

Sovcomflot's Lomonosov Prospect Transists Northern Sea Route on LNG

PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group)'s large-capacity  LNG-fueled Aframax tanker Lomonosov Prospect has successfully completed its first commercial voyage along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) to deliver a cargo of petroleum products from the Republic of Korea to Northern Europe.The high-latitude voyage from Cape Dezhnev at Chukotka to Cape Zhelaniya of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago took the Arc4 vessel 7.8 days to complete, during which the tanker covered a distance of 2194 nautical miles.During the voyage…

The Amherst Island (CREDIT: Schottel)

Fully-electric Schottel Propelled Vessels to Operate in Canada

SCHOTTEL has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards to equip the first fully-electric vessels to operate in Canada.The new Amherst Island and Wolfe Island ferries will be propelled by four SCHOTTEL Twin Propellers STP 260 FP, each with an input power of up to 550 kW. The main propulsion is provided by batteries with a diesel engine as backup to ensure mobility. The propulsion concept implies a power intake increase up to 650 kW due to an enhanced draught provided by the batteries. In accordance with their field of operation in the Lake Ontario/St.

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Baleària Builds World's First Gas Engine-Powered High-Speed Catamaran

The shipping line Baleària, a pioneer in the application of liquefied natural gas in sea transportation, has marked another milestone with the construction of the world's first passenger and cargo fast ferry powered by dual LNG engines. The fast ferry is being built at the Armon shipyard in Gijón, as announced yesterday by Baleària President Adolfo Utor at the inaugural conference of the 57th Naval Engineering and Maritime Industry Congress currently being held in Valencia.Capacity and investmentWith a length of 125 meters and a beam of 28 meters…

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Rolls-Royce Power for Havyard Ro-Pax Vessels

The Norwegian ship owning company Havila Kystruten AS, has ordered four new build Ro-Pax vessels of Havyard 923 design. Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine will provide power and propulsion for all four ships.From January 2021, Havila Kystruten will operate four ships on the coastal route between the cities of Bergen in south western, and Kirkenes in northern, Norway. The company has contracted Spain’s Astillero Hijos de J. Barreras shipyard to build two of the cruise ferries and Turkey’s…

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Decarbonization: 34 Maritime CEOs Call for Action

A who’s who list of maritime industry executives have signed on to voice their support for a zero-carbon future in shipping.The not-for-profit foundation the Global Maritime Forum brought together a group of 34 CEOs and industry leaders from across the global maritime sector to sign a call for action and lead the industry in a transition toward decarbonization.To achieve this, these leaders believe the maritime industry needs to accelerate both technological and business model innovation…

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Hydrogen on the High Seas

George Skinner, a safety expert with Ballard Power Systems, based in Vancouver, Canada, discusses why hydrogen makes sense as a marine fuel.As a global provider of innovative clean energy solutions, Ballard Power Systems has years of experience in the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell systems for land-based use, with the first developments dating back to 1983. Ballard’s work with marine hydrogen as a fuel goes back to their role as advisors to the Canadian military.“The Canadian Navy has had fuel cells in their submarines since 1993,” George Skinner says.

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Boskalis is Exploring Biofuels

Dutch dredging and offshore contractor Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. said it will run its vessels on a biofuel blend while working on a project to install the export cable to the Borssele offshore wind farm.The Borssele Alpha project is being executed on behalf of TenneT and is aimed at connecting the Borssele offshore grid with the Dutch high-voltage grid.During this project, Boskalis will run its vessels on a biofuel blend of up to 30 percent. As of last week, the large trailing suction hopper dredger Prins der Nederlanden is powered by a biofuel blend…

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PPG, MTU Power Bay Area's New Ferries

San Francisco Bay Area ferry operator Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) is expanding its fleet with new vessels in order to meet large ridership increases. By 2035, WETA expects to add a total of 44 new vessels to meet anticipated demand, which is expected to increase by as much as 900 percent.As part of its larger fleet expansion strategy, WETA currently has three new ferries on order at the Dakota Creek Industries shipyard in Anacortes, Wash. that are due to enter service next year.

Exmar’s new very large gas carriers will feature Wärtsilä technology that enables them to operate on LPG fuel. (Photo: Exmar)

Wärtsilä Wins First ‘LPG as Fuel’ Order for New Gas Carriers

Wärtsilä will provide an integrated cargo handling and fuel gas system for two new liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers for Belgium-based owner Exmar. The 80,000m³ very large gas carriers are being built at HHIC-Philippines (Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Philippines) in Subic Bay, and will be the first vessels capable of running on LPG, according to Wärtsilä, who secured the order in July 2018.Wärtsilä, which offers ‘LPG as fuel’ as a fully integrated part of the cargo handling system…

Photo: Star Bulk

Star Bulk Carriers to Equip its Fleet with Scrubbers

Star Bulk Carriers announced  that it intends to equip its entire fleet with Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (scrubbers) before the January 1, 2020 implementation date of the new IMO sulfur emission cap regulation.The global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes said in a press release that it expects average cost, including installation, to be below $2.0 million per vessel. Star Bulk  has secured debt financing with an average margin of below 3.0% to…

Jumbo Mark II class ferry Wenatchee (Photo: Jim Culp / WSDOT)

Washington State Ferries Looks to Go Greener

Washington State Ferries has begun a project to transition the largest vessels in its fleet to cleaner hybrid-electric power.The three ferries in the operator's Jumbo Mark II class, the Tacoma, Wenatchee and Puyallup, were built from 1997 to 1999 at Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle. Each vessel can carry up to 2,499 passengers and 202 vehicles, making them the largest in the Washington State fleet.The 460 footers are also the fleet's biggest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions.