• 2019 March 13 14:48

    Retrofits and hybrids stake their claims on Nor-Shipping Next Generation Ship Award

    This year will see another vessel chosen by the Next Generation Ship Award Jury as the winner of the prestigious prize presented by the organisers of Nor-Shipping.

    Entry to the award is open to all vessels that have either been delivered or which have undergone major conversion since the 2017 Nor-Shipping Exhibition, or that are scheduled for delivery within three years of the 2019 event. Nor-Shipping’s expert jury will look to identify the project demonstrating the greatest advances and innovation in design, assessed with respect to energy efficiency, innovation, suitability and flexibility, technology utilisation, safety and security and environmental sustainability. All ship types will be given equal consideration, regardless of size or segment. The jury will soon begin drawing up its shortlist and will be meeting in April to decide the eventual winner.

    Ships are long term assets and in a fast moving world of technological innovation keeping ahead of the pack means either integrating the advances in newbuildings or giving existing ships a new edge by retrofit or conversion. ShipInsight is showcasing all of the entries for this year’s award in a series of articles. Here we present the first five that are a mix of newbuildings and conversions or retrofits. They are presented in the order of entry date and thus nothing about their chances of success in the awards should be inferred.

    Fehn Pollux is a 1996-built 4211dwt general cargo ship which has been retrofitted with the lightweight EcoFlettner rotor. In perfect wind conditions the EcoFlettner produces a maximum thrust in close to optimal wind conditions. The EcoFlettner produces a thrust equivalent to about 700 kW main engine power output. This is in the same range as the main engine power output under service conditions. That means for Fehn Pollux a saving of over a half tonne of MGO or in other words a fuel and emission reduction of about 15% on average under medium wind conditions.

    On Fehn Pollux understanding of how to get the best from the rotors is a combination of crew training and the application of a novel monitoring and control system which allows an automated rotor operation controlled by a tailor-made user interface installed on the bridge. The system is complemented by an advanced routing system developed in parallel within the MariGREEN project.

    The installation of a Wärtsilä battery hybrid propulsion solution on the 2012-built 4,699dwt general cargo ship will significantly enhance the ship’s environmental performance by reducing its emissions, fuel consumption, and noise. Included in the retrofit are a battery package, a shore power connection to provide power for loading/unloading operations and for battery charging, a new reduction gear with power take-off (PTO) and power take-in (PTI) technology, and a SCR NOx system. It is estimated that the total reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions after the retrofit could be as much as 80 to 90%, while overall fuel cost savings are expected to be in the range of 5 to 10 percent. The hybrid propulsion will allow port movement on battery power alone.

    The short sea trade has a large environmental impact for port cities around the world. Hagland Captain will thus set a new benchmark for this trade with hopes that more vessels will follow.

    A series of hybrid Suezmax shuttle tankers under construction at Samsung. Teekay’s new “E-Shuttle” tankers will operate on both LNG as the primary fuel, and a mixture of LNG and recovered volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as secondary fuel, with MGO as backup.

    VOCs are produced in a gaseous state from evaporation occurring in the oil cargo tanks. This mixture of VOC and LNG as fuel enables the new shuttle tankers to travel from the oil fields on their own waste gas rather than releasing it into the atmosphere. This will reduce both emissions and bunkering requirements considerably. In fact, by reusing those VOCs as a fuel, the annual emissions can be reduced by 42%. But the positive benefits don’t stop there. The new battery hybrid system also has a direct positive impact on the main machinery operation, resulting in fewer running hours and consequently lower maintenance time and costs. Further, safety is enhanced by the batteries assisting in DP mode thus allowing for immediate power when needed.

    Sajir is another conversion project and allows its owner Hapag-Lloyd to be the first company in the world to convert a large container ship to LNG propulsion. This pilot project paves the way for converting large ships to LNG. Using LNG in the shipping industry could potentially reduce CO2 emissions by 15 to 30% and sulphur dioxide and particulate matter by more than 90%.

    Hapag-Lloyd will retrofit its 15,000teu ship Sajir to operate main engine and auxiliary engine as well as the boiler on LNG. The Vessel will be fitted with a 6,500m3 LNG tank and be operated in the Far East Service. The contract for the retrofitting was signed in January 2019 with Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding. The conversion will be carried out in the Shanghai-based shipyard Huarun Dadong Dockyard Co., Ltd. During its time in the shipyard, the ship’s fuel system and its existing heavy fuel oil-burning engine will be converted into an LNG engine system.

    Wind of Change is a Salt 0193 design offshore wind service vessel being built by Cemre Shipyard in Turkey for French owner LDA.

    As well as state-of-the-art cranes and a heave compensated gangway, this DP-2 class vessel features a hybrid propulsion system and the ABB DC grid and MAN medium speed gen-sets. The approach of this diesel-electric system increases safety, cuts operational costs, improves lifecycle economics and decreases the environmental footprint. This is a next-generation propulsion system. When it comes to efficiency, there are also two batteries on board which provide instantaneous power as need to meet DP requirements. As a benefit of the batteries, the fuel consumption of the generators has been significantly reduced, in addition to energy efficiency, the exhaust emissions have been significantly reduced. In addition the diesel engines are prepared to install SCR in order to reduce the emission of NOx and Sox.




2019 August 24

15:44 Vattenfall inaugurates Scandinavia’s largest offshore wind farm
14:42 Eastern Shipbuilding delivers the CAPT. JIM McALLISTER with a USCG Sub-M COI to McAllister Towing
13:26 Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale yields more than $159m in high bids, continues Upward Trend Under Trump Administration USDoI
11:38 Grieg Star takes delivery Supramax vessel the Star Damon
10:58 DNV GL launches renewables certification operations in U.S.

2019 August 23

18:36 Bridge parts transported for second Theemsweg route bridge
18:06 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to East and South Africa, Indian Ocean
17:55 Onezhsky Shipyard launches TSHD Yury Maslyukov
17:36 First CLEANBU wet-dry cargo switch with significant positive environmental impact
17:20 Atomflot and Baltiysky Zavod sign agreement on construction of fourth and fifth nuclear-powered icebreakers of Project 22220
17:05 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
16:45 MPI Resolution started blade repair campaign in offshore wind farm
16:35 PIL’s fleet attains Environmental Ship Index (ESI) certification
16:05 Botlek becomes Vopak's styrene hub
15:44 First-of-a-kind floating nuclear power unit Akademik Lomonosov leaves Murmansk for Pevek
15:23 CMA CGM will not use the Northern Sea Route
15:17 Vessel powered by ABB Azipod® propulsion reaches North Pole for the first time in history
15:13 NOVATEK’s Board recommends 1H 2019 dividend
14:47 PGNiG Group posts more than PLN 22.6bn in revenue for H1 2019
14:16 BC Ferries supports whale research at Galiano Island
13:52 Marsden Point, New Zealand tops BIMCO Terminal Vetting Report
13:29 Missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov entered Mediterranean Sea
13:08 Boskalis half year result 2019 tainted by offshore projects
12:34 Sevastopol Sea Port to be subsidized with RUB 54 million by municipal government
12:08 Bibby HydroMap commences second UXO survey for Vattenfall
11:40 Tests of unique replenishment system of Akademik Pashin tanker successfully completed
11:08 DP World Liège Container Terminal boosts eco-efficiency with Konecranes
10:55 Eesti Energia to use Klaipėda LNG terminal services
10:26 Hamburg, Germany to host 15th Arctic Shipping Summit on 4-5 December 2019
10:07 Bridge parts transported for second Theemsweg route bridge
09:53 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.1% to $55.98, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.01% to $55.35
09:34 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 2,118 points
09:07 Damen wins UX Design Award for Human Machine Interface for Tugs
08:35 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning August, 23
08:07 World’s largest all-electric ferry completes its maiden trip

2019 August 22

18:04 Australian Maritime College and KONGSBERG eye potential for VR training with renewed support program
17:39 Nordic Engineering sponsors roundtable meeting “Import Substitution in Russian Shipbuilding: Ambition and Reality”
17:04 DOF Subsea issues Financial Report for 2nd quarter of 2019
16:47 Karelia proposed construction of deep-water freight and passenger port Kem’
16:25 Bunker prices go down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
16:04 Navios Acquisition reports results for H1 2019
15:53 PJSC TransContainer reports its Financial Results under IFRS for 6M'2019
15:12 ReCAAP ISC has released Guidance on Abduction of Crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and Waters off Eastern Sabah
15:04 Essar Ports expects to meet 60 MT target for FY20
14:31 Höegh LNG announces interim results for the quarter and half year ended 30 June 2019
14:14 Peel Ports takes important step towards being Brexit ready
13:56 Yamal LNG shipped twenty million tons
13:35 Arctic block of Far East Investment and Export Agency headed by Dmitry Fishkin
13:13 Sea Machines successfully deploys industry’s first autonomous spill-response vessel
12:28 Fire onboard MV Pyotr Tchaikovsky kills one in Saint-Petersburg
12:13 Frontera Offshore and DOF Subsea join forces for the Subsea Construction and IMR Mexican market
11:31 Kalmar to enhance STS crane capabilities at EUROGATE Tanger
11:21 HELCOM publishes report on noise sensitivity of animals in the Baltic Sea
10:59 HELCOM gets a new Executive Secretary
10:35 Caterpillar Eurasia and Admiral Makarov University agreed on establishing a brand new up-to-date training center
10:10 Steps towards new treaty to protect marine biodiversity
09:38 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.41% to $60.04, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $55.47
09:20 Hapag-Lloyd announces changes of North Europe Mediterranean Express Service
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is up to 2,061 points