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Fuel expert hesitant to use hybrid fuels in immediate post-2020 environment
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Fuel expert hesitant to use hybrid fuels in immediate post-2020 environment

Hybrid fuels will be the long-term solution to the 2020 global sulphur cap, but conventional marine gas oil (MGO) with a 0.5 per cent sulphur content is the sensible approach in the immediate post-2020 environment due to increasing issues with the quality of distillate fuels, maintains Ian Crutchley, account manager, Veritas Petroleum Services. “Personally, I’d...

2020, monitoring, and performance management discussed at VPO London
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2020, monitoring, and performance management discussed at VPO London

Last month, Digital Ship held its Vessel Performance Optimisation forum in London. The forum discussed how different strategies and technologies could be applied to vessels to improve fuel efficiency and ship performance. While there are many solutions available to monitor and improve vessel efficiency, there is some hesitation from the industry when it comes to...

The cost of 2020 compliance
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The cost of 2020 compliance

As 2020 nears, the bunker scene is expected to experience significant change. Vessels will run on different fuel blends and crews will face additional pressures that come with operating even more technologically advanced equipment. All of this will incur further costs, but there is still uncertainty as to where these costs will lie, warns Tiejha...

Methanol can support sustainable shipping to 2050 and beyond
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Methanol can support sustainable shipping to 2050 and beyond

The maritime industry is already gaining experience with the new fuels it will need to deliver a step change in emissions reduction, says Chris Chatterton, Chief Operating Officer, The Methanol Institute. The ambitious goals for carbon emission reductions set by the IMO have prompted a surge of activity in the investment, research and development needed to...

426 detentions made by PSC in 2017, finds ClassNK
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426 detentions made by PSC in 2017, finds ClassNK

In 2017, there were 426 Port State Control (PSC) detentions reported, relating to 383 ships classed by ClassNK*. Ships detained by PSC were found to have deficiencies serious enough to jeopardise the ship’s seaworthiness, safety of the crew onboard, or presented a threat of harm to the environment. There were a total of 1,359 detainable...

Frank Coles: Shipping should not be a fragmented mish mash of individual solutions
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Frank Coles: Shipping should not be a fragmented mish mash of individual solutions

Misinformation and independent operation of individual solutions without connection to a fleet solution ashore is causing a fragmented mish mash of solutions and ship operations, said Frank Coles, Transas Leader at Wärtsilä Voyage Solutions during his keynote speech at Digital Ship’s VPO London forum this week. Mr Coles stated that very little in maritime is...

In the spotlight with Tobias Groeger, DNV GL
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In the spotlight with Tobias Groeger, DNV GL

Tobias Groeger, Senior Consultant Performance Solutions, DNV GL – Maritime has been working with DNV GL’s global fleet performance team for almost five years, helping the company to establish services in vessel efficiency and roll them out across the market. This week, VPO Global spoke with Mr Groeger to understand more about making shipping more efficient,...

Keeping a weather eye on vessel performance monitoring
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Keeping a weather eye on vessel performance monitoring

Combining a ‘digital twin’ with high resolution tide and current data has enabled We4Sea to generate the next generation of vessel performance data, says Penny Haire, managing director, Tidetech. Despite the lively industry conversation around digitalisation and new technology, many shipowners still rely on very analogue practices to accumulate vessel performance information: the noon report....