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UK Space Agency funds satellite project to track shipping’s GHG emissions
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UK Space Agency funds satellite project to track shipping’s GHG emissions

The University of Leicester has received funding from the UK Space Agency to develop satellite analytics to track the greenhouse gas and pollution emissions of shipping fleets. As well as the University of Leicester, 4 other projects have received cash injections from the UK Space Agency to help develop space technology to make buildings more...

Iridium Edge Solar launches to provide solar-powered remote asset tracking
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Iridium Edge Solar launches to provide solar-powered remote asset tracking

Iridium Communications has announced commercial availability of the Iridium Edge Solar, a secure and maintenance-free solar-powered remote asset tracking and management device. The Iridium Edge Solar benefits from over-the-air configuration capabilities and is ideal for Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS), fisheries management, tracking of freight shipping containers, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) applications, monitoring of...

New research project aims to halve marine battery costs
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New research project aims to halve marine battery costs

Current Direct, a new research and innovation project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, is aiming to enable rapid adoption of marine battery systems by cutting the cost of electric drivetrains in half. By doing so, shipowners will have less financial burden on their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which Current...

MSC Cruises rated no.1 cruise company for environmental reporting
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MSC Cruises rated no.1 cruise company for environmental reporting

The Gilese Foundation has published its findings on cruise companies’ environmental reporting over the last year, placing MSC Cruises at the top.  MSC Cruises states in its sustainability report: “Our ultimate goal is to build zero emissions ships. We acknowledge that this will take time, and that climate change is an urgent issue. This is...

A.P. Møller invests EUR 20M in Green Hydrogen Systems
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A.P. Møller invests EUR 20M in Green Hydrogen Systems

A.P. Møller Holding has confirmed investment of EUR 20 million in Green Hydrogen Systems to help the company accelerate its electrolyzer capacity. Nordic Alpha Partners, the major shareholder of Green Hydrogen Systems, has also agreed to invest an additional EUR 7 million, while current shareholder Norlys Holding is investing a further EUR 1 million. The...

Emerson’s AVENTICS joystick system optimises vessel manoeuvring
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Emerson’s AVENTICS joystick system optimises vessel manoeuvring

Emerson Industrial Automation has modified its AVENTICS Marex 3D Joystick system for easy integration into existing vessels. The joystick enables single-handed operation of yachts, speedboats and pleasure craft, and provides the user with precision, for stress-free and safe manoeuvres. Optional dynamic positioning features are also included.  Docking vessels can be challenging. In narrow spaces, the...

“K” Line rolls out performance management system to chartered vessels
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“K” Line rolls out performance management system to chartered vessels

“K” Line has started the installation of the integrated ship operation and performance management system “Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions” on chartered vessels. The company’s owned ships are also being equipped. This system, released in 2016, has so far been installed on about 140 vessels, mainly those owned by “K” Line. It has a variety of...

Royston completes engine overhauls on Mainport vessel
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Royston completes engine overhauls on Mainport vessel

Marine engineering and propulsion specialist Royston has completed major overhauls on two Bergen KRM9 main diesel engines onboard the 66m length offshore support vessel Ocean Spey. The work was carried out as part of a planned maintenance programme of critical power systems. Completed by the Royston team while the vessel was docked in Cork dockyard,...

ClassNK releases guideline for LNG bunkering vessels
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ClassNK releases guideline for LNG bunkering vessels

ClassNK has released its Guideline for Survey and Facilities/Equipment of LNG Bunkering Ships, which outline the additional safety requirements of liquefied gas carriers that supply LNG fuel at sea. The number of LNG-fuelled ships has been increasing in recent years as their CO2, SOx, and NOx emissions have a lower environmental load compared to ships...

Improving port call efficiency through digital collaboration
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Improving port call efficiency through digital collaboration

A new digital collaborative platform by Port+ is facilitating more efficient digital communication between stakeholders involved in the “pitstop” of a tanker. Research by independent maritime information provider Port+ has found that a lot of time is wasted on pitstops, specifically for tankers. By enabling stakeholders to share digitally the operational and planning data involved...

Ammonia fuel cells for deep-sea shipping
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Ammonia fuel cells for deep-sea shipping

Interest in ammonia-powered fuel cells for the maritime sector is growing, but stakeholders have been hesitant to commit to investments in large-scale systems. Now the ShipFC project, granted funding from EU’s Research and Innovation program Horizon 2020 under its Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), is aiming to secure a place for ammonia...

UECC teams up with Gasum for first LNG-LBG ro-ro bunkering
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UECC teams up with Gasum for first LNG-LBG ro-ro bunkering

On December 16, the UECC PCTC M/V Auto Energy received the first ship-to-ship bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) blended with 10 per cent renewable Liquefied Biogas (LBG). Gasum’s LNG bunker vessel Coralius performed the bunkering operation at anchorage outside the port of Gothenburg, Sweden. “With this delivery, UECC strengthens our position in front of...