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BIO-UV selects Rivertrace to represent its BWTS across Asia
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BIO-UV selects Rivertrace to represent its BWTS across Asia

Ballast water treatment system (BWTS) manufacturer, BIO-UV, has signed an agreement with water monitoring company, Rivertrace, to represent its BWTS, BIO-SEA, in Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam. BIO-SEA combines mechanical filtration and high dose ultraviolet disinfection to eliminate the transfer of aquatic microorganisms from one region to another where they have the potential to...

LR-led research suggests biofuel may be the best option for zero-emissions shipping
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LR-led research suggests biofuel may be the best option for zero-emissions shipping

Biofuels may be the most feasible low-cost zero-emission fuel for some shipowners and operators in a post-2030 shipping industry, finds latest research. In a report prepared by Lloyd’s Register (LR) and the University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS) for the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), the most likely cost-effective alternatives to fossil fuels including hydrogen fuel cells,...

24Vision.Solutions installs voyage optimisation software
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24Vision.Solutions installs voyage optimisation software

24Vision.Solutions has selected COACH Solutions to deliver weather routing and noon reporting to its fleet of bulk carriers. COACH Solutions’ Voyage Optimisation system will be installed on board the vessels. It is a cloud-based weather routing service that enables users to generate optimised routes directly in the browser. Vessels are constantly monitored and alerts are...

Cyprus, Greece, and Israel sign oil pollution prevention plan
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Cyprus, Greece, and Israel sign oil pollution prevention plan

Cyprus, Greece, and Israel have signed an Implementation Agreement on the Sub-Regional Marine Oil Pollution Contingency Plan to provide effective reaction to spill and facilitate cooperation among the countries in the field of oil pollution preparedness and response. Prior to the agreement, the three countries have worked to strengthen the regional response mechanism ‘Regional Marine...

Total and Oman sign MoU to accelerate LNG bunkering
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Total and Oman sign MoU to accelerate LNG bunkering

Total has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Oman to develop natural gas resources in Oman. The MoU covers both upstream and downstream businesses. Total and operator Shell will develop natural gas discoveries located in the Greater Barik area on onshore Block 6 with respective shares of 25% and 75%. The...

LR online tool evaluates 2020 sulphur cap compliance options
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LR online tool evaluates 2020 sulphur cap compliance options

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has launched a Sulphur 2020 – Options Evaluator to help the industry identify the best strategy for compliance with the global sulphur in fuel oil limit of 0.5 per cent m/m, which comes into effect on January 1, 2020. The Options Evaluator clarifies potential cost and investment implications tied to various compliance...

Blending-on-board system-oil solution gives engine efficiency a boost
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Blending-on-board system-oil solution gives engine efficiency a boost

Engines can be made more efficient and fuel consumption can be reduced by using a Blending-on-Board (BOB) technique for system oil on board ships, claims Maersk Fluid Technology (MFT). A white paper published by MFT shows how a consistent replenishment of system oil without oil losses can improve engine performance, lower maintenance intervals, and reduce...

Japanese shipping company fined $1m for oil pollution crimes
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Japanese shipping company fined $1m for oil pollution crimes

Japanese shipping company, Higdon Jr. Nitta Kisen Kaisha (Nitta), has been convicted and sentenced for obstruction of justice and falsification of an Oil Record Book, which covered up intentional oil pollution from the Atlantic Oasis. The prior Chief Engineer had previously been convicted and sentenced for falsification of the vessel’s Oil Record Book. Reportedly, the...

MeteoGroup upgrades Ship Performance Optimisation System
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MeteoGroup upgrades Ship Performance Optimisation System

MeteoGroup has launched a new version of its Ship Performance Optimisation System (SPOS) that ensures safe and fuel efficient navigation by calculating and recalculating optimum routes based on anticipated weather and sea conditions. The new version of the weather routing solution, SPOS9, calculates the optimum route using a variable speed routing algorithm that takes into...

The importance of crew in energy efficient shipping
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The importance of crew in energy efficient shipping

“The most important aspect of saving fuel and energy on board a vessel, is the crew,” Peter Knudsen, managing director at Blueflow Energy Management told VPO Global. The maritime industry has taken huge strides to improve the performance of the global fleet with the development of new technologies, increasing quantities of data, and improved connectivity...

Time is fast running out for global sulphur cap, says ICS Chairman
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Time is fast running out for global sulphur cap, says ICS Chairman

“Time is fast running out” for implementation by IMO Member States of the 0.5 per cent global sulphur cap by January 1, 2020, says Esben Poulsson, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). ICS supports the objectives of the global sulphur cap but believes this “regulatory game-changer” will have “enormous implications for ship operations”...

Japanese companies launch LNG bunkering business
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Japanese companies launch LNG bunkering business

“K” Line, Chubu Electric Power, Toyota Tsusho, and NYK Line have announced a joint liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering business in Japan. The companies have established two joint ventures as the first part of developing the LNG bunkering business, which will be focused in the Chubu (central region) of Japan. Venture 1, the bunkering business,...