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Four maritime start-ups to watch out for in 2019
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Four maritime start-ups to watch out for in 2019

The 2020 global sulphur cap is less than a year away and fuel efficiency is high on the shipping industry’s agenda. Cutting fuel consumption and emissions is vital to meet regulation, remain competitive, and work towards a reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions. Here are four start-ups to watch out for in 2019 that have...

China bans open-loop scrubbers
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China bans open-loop scrubbers

China has officially banned the use of open-loop scrubbers in the country’s Emission Control Areas (ECAs) from January 1, 2019. The ban will prohibit vessels from using open-loop scrubbers that discharge wastewater. The ban does not apply to closed-loop scrubbers. Vessels installed with open-loop mode only scrubbers will have to switch to an alternative fuel...

Hurtigruten unveils plans for battery and biogas fuelled vessels
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Hurtigruten unveils plans for battery and biogas fuelled vessels

Daniel Skjeldam, CEO of Norwegian expedition cruise company Hurtigruten firmly believes that alternative fuels and clean propulsion technologies are the future of shipping. The company wants to ban heavy fuel oil (HFO) and is proving that sustainable low-emission shipping is possible by constructing the first hybrid expedition cruise vessels that will reduce fuel consumption and...

Automating propulsion for fuel performance gains
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Automating propulsion for fuel performance gains

Rising concerns around the environmental and health impacts of transport combined with increasing oil prices and international regulations means charterers are placing additional pressure on shipowners to be more efficient. Many vessels today are also running at speeds for which they were not designed for, exacerbating operational inefficiencies. Shippers are faced with a market of...

Singapore scrubber ban a victory, says Tsakos CEO
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Singapore scrubber ban a victory, says Tsakos CEO

The ban of open-loop scrubbers in the port of Singapore is a victory, Mr Nikolas Tsakos, president and chief executive officer, Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) and INTERTANKO chairman has said. During a TEN Q3 2018 Earnings conference call, Mr Tsakos said that the 2020 sulphur cap is a refining problem, not a shipping one. He...

Poor data representation limits fleet optimisation
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Poor data representation limits fleet optimisation

Data that are misreported and misinterpreted are leading to under-performing ships and inefficient fleets, says Mr Rajat Saxena, manager, performance & efficiency, Epic Gas. He told delegates of a Digital Ship Vessel Performance Optimisation (VPO) forum held in Singapore last month that when it comes to using data to improve fleet performance, garbage in = garbage...

Singapore bans open-loop scrubbers in port waters
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Singapore bans open-loop scrubbers in port waters

Singapore is banning the use of open-loop scrubbers in port waters from January 1, 2020. Ships visiting the port from January 2020 when the IMO’s global 0.5 per cent sulphur cap enters into force will be required to use low-sulphur compliant fuel. Ships operating hybrid scrubbers will have to switch to closed-loop mode for compliance....

Norwegian ferry completes autonomous voyage
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Norwegian ferry completes autonomous voyage

A Norled-owned ferry has completed a fully autonomous voyage using Wärtsilä’s automated dock-to-dock solution. The Folgefonn sailed between three ports, without any human intervention. To begin the voyage, the operator selected the next destination berth and set the system to ‘Sail’. This authorises the autonomous controller to take control of the vessel. The ferry left...

OSM launches scrubber assistance programme
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OSM launches scrubber assistance programme

OSM Ship Management has launched a customer assistance programme to help shipping companies retrofit scrubbers in time for the IMO’s 0.5 per cent global sulphur cap in 2020. OSM’s project engineer Ilias Soultanias said that while the 2020 deadline is fast approaching, the industry is still quite indecisive when it comes to choosing a method...

Decarbonisation by 2050 is possible, finds report
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Decarbonisation by 2050 is possible, finds report

CO2 emissions from transport including shipping could reach zero by 2050 without radical changes in technology, finds a new report by The Energy Transitions Commission (ETC). According to the report, Mission Possible, which draws upon a set of analyses carried out by Material Economics, McKinsey & Company, University Maritime Advisory Services and SYSTEMIQ, reducing demand...

The Fjords announces new zero emission vessel
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The Fjords announces new zero emission vessel

The Fjords is to add another all-electric, zero emission passenger vessel to its fleet. The Legacy of The Fjords is under construction at Brødrene Aa and will join the hybrid Vision of The Fjords and all-electric Future of The Fjords once complete. Legacy of The Fjords will employ a specially constructed Power Dock, an innovative,...