Sunday, September 22, 2019

Us Maritime Administration News

A Thordon COMPAC installation (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Oil-to-water Conversions Success for Great Lakes Bulkers

The oil-to-water lubricated tailshaft conversion Thordon Bearings carried out last year to the 26,260dwt Great Lakes Fleet-managed bulk carrier SS John G. Munson has successfully completed its first season as a diesel-powered ship.The shaft conversion of the 1952-built self-unloader formed a key part of the mammoth 12-month power conversion project completed last year by Fincantieri’s Bay Shipbuilding yard, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.The vessel’s steam propulsion plant was replaced with an energy efficient medium-speed diesel arrangement.

Stakeholders Discuss Use of HFO in the Arctic

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) held a public listening session in Washington D.C. on September 27, 2016 to address ships’ use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in the Arctic, examining its risks and as well as potential mitigation strategies which can be taken to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The event was held in the Department of Transportation building, where Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, Sr., Maritime Administrator for the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), welcomed participants.

Midnight Sun will be converted to dual fuel LNG propulsion starting in December 2015 (Photo: TOTE)

MARAD to Fund Study on LNG Conversions

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it has entered a $900,000 cooperative agreement with Totem Ocean Trailer Express Inc. (TOTE) to study the costs and benefits of converting vessel to liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion. Under the agreement, TOTE who is to convert its containership MV Midnight Sun to operate on dual fuel LNG, will work with MARAD to obtain pre- and post-conversion air emissions data, as well as operational information. According to MARAD, the…

Photo: MARAD

Exhaust Gas Scrubber Guide Updated

An updated version of the “Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Selection Guide” is now available, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced today. Developed by the Ship Operations Cooperative Program with funding from MARAD’s Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance (META) Program, the guide provides ship owners and operators information on scrubber technology to assist the industry in meeting new sulfur emissions standards. Now in its fourth edition, the latest version includes guidance on regulatory requirements and compliance options…

US Funding for Air Emissions/Alternative Energy Projects

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that up to $1.3 million in Federal funding is now available through cooperative agreements for projects supporting vessel emissions reductions and alternative energy. The funding is being made available under two separate requests for applications – one focused on exhaust gas cleaning demonstration projects on U.S. Flag vessels that remove pollutants from the stacks of marine vessels and one focused on projects that demonstrate vessel emissions reductions through the use of alternative fuels or energy sources such as LNG or fuel cells…

Federal Funding for LNG Conversion Projects

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that $900,000 in federal funding is now available to support the conversion of existing U.S. flag vessels to liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion. MARAD said it intends to use the results/data of this demonstration project to support further work related to air emissions reduction/alternative fuels research and to assess the public benefit of possible incentives to encourage adoption of emissions reduction and alternative fuels in the marine sector.

U.S. Maritime Administrator Jaenichin (Photo: MARAD)

MARAD Offers Grants for LNG Conversion

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a request for proposals for projects focusing on vessel conversion to natural gas in an effort to measure changes in emissions before and after conversion. The total amount of funding available is $900,000. Eligible applicants include vessel owners, operators or sponsors of U.S.-flag vessels operating on inland, coastal waterways or the Great Lakes. Awardees will be expected to complete a natural gas conversion on an existing vessel and measure/document pre- and post-conversion emissions and other operational characteristics.

M/V Christopher M. Parsonage (Photo: Capt. Billy Smith)

MARAD Awards Grant for Green Tug Conversion

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has granted $450,000 to AEP River Operations of St. Louis, Missouri, to modify the Motor Vessel (M/V) Christopher Parsonage into a fuel-efficient hybrid vessel that conserves fuel and reduces emissions. The modification will provide the 180-foot tug boat, which operates along the lower Mississippi River, with a hybrid generator set attached to the main engine that will provide auxiliary power, which would normally be produced from the diesel generator.

Commissioner William P. Doyle: Photo credit FMC

LNG Marine Fuel Taking Hold in America: FMC Commissioner Speaks

In his speech at the LNG Export & Export & Infrastructure Conference Federal Maritime Commissioner Doyle gives insights on the consequences of the adoption of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a marine fuel in the United States. I am a Commissioner with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission. The Federal Maritime Commission is an independent regulatory agency responsible for regulating the nation’s international ocean transportation for the benefit of exporters, importers, and the American consumer.

Maitland Pinpoints Global Shipping's Woes, Solutions

Clay Maitland is a ubiquitous figure in the global shipping circuit, never shy to share his accrued maritime experience of more than 40 years, ask the tough questions or supply the blunt opinion. Set to celebrate his 70th birthday later this year but not slowing a step, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News caught up with Maitland in his Manhattan office late last month. Most anyone who has seen Clay Maitland address a crowd; watched him grill a conference panel; or taken him one-on-one in conversation to discuss some nuance of the industry…

Bio-fuel's Potential Shown by Marad Tests

The Maritime Administration has announced its analysis of a test conducted with algae-based biofuel on one of its large commercial-size vessels. This cutting-edge research used marine engines aboard the Great Lakes Maritime Academy training ship, the TS State of Michigan, to measure emissions reduction impacts. The project is part of a joint effort by the Departments of Defense and Transportation to reduce the nation’s dependence on petroleum. The fuel, which was provided by the Navy, was tested in one of the vessel’s engines for more than 400 hours.

MSC Reconfigures Tanker Fleet

The fleet of tankers operated by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command is being reconfigured to meet fuel requirements in support of U.S. forces worldwide. This seagoing force of government-owned and U.S.-flagged chartered ships is acquiring a new chartered ship, MT Empire State, as two government-owned ships complete their service to the command. The newly built, U.S.-flagged Empire State came under charter to MSC for up to five years today and will operate worldwide carrying refined petroleum products for DOD…