Operations

Wärtsilä BWMS completes USCG testing
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Wärtsilä BWMS completes USCG testing

Wärtsilä’s Aquarius UV ballast water management system (BWMS) has successfully completed all testing procedures required for United States Coastguard (USCG) type approval. Documentation for full USCG type approval is being finalised for submission and awaits final input from the USCG approved independent laboratory, DNV GL. The Aquarius BWMS uses a two-stage process involving filtration and...

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...

What does the future hold for the Maritime industry?
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What does the future hold for the Maritime industry?

By Bilal Ahmed, Business Consultant – Marine at Charlton Morris Shipping is a vital part of global trade. It has always, and continues to be, the most cost-effective way of transporting cargo around the world. Being such an integral part of global trade means that adoption of new technologies is not something the industry takes lightly....

ICS encouraged by progress on sulphur cap implementation
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ICS encouraged by progress on sulphur cap implementation

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has praised IMO Member States for their efforts in resolving some of the practical challenges associated with the implementation of the global 0.5 per cent sulphur in fuel oil cap. The cap on sulphur in marine fuel will enter into force on January 1, 2020 but there have been...

Hong Kong publishes air pollution regulation
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Hong Kong publishes air pollution regulation

Hong Kong has released its Air Pollution Control (Fuel for Vessels) Regulation that requires all ocean-going vessels to comply with the 0.5 per cent sulphur in fuel oil limit when visiting the port, from January 1, 2019. The regulation states that ships may use low sulphur marine fuel, liquefied natural gas (LNG), or another fuel...

OPEC producers to lead oil supply to 2040
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OPEC producers to lead oil supply to 2040

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will be the key oil supplier through to 2040, although output from non-OPEC producers will ensure adequate supply to 2030. This is according to global natural resources consultancy, Wood Mackenzie. In its Macro Oils Long-Term Outlook H1 2018, Wood Mackenzie states that it expects the US Lower...

Wärtsilä wins EUR 170m scrubber deal
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Wärtsilä wins EUR 170m scrubber deal

A European shipping company has signed a EUR 170m deal with Wärtsilä that will see the delivery and retrofit of Wärtsilä’s marine scrubbers to containerships. Wärtsilä will retrofit 50 MW, 60 MW and 70 MW hybrid scrubber systems to the vessels. The hybrid version of the scrubbers will allow the vessels to operate in closed...

Transas supplies Wilson with fleet operations solution
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Transas supplies Wilson with fleet operations solution

Norway-based fleet operator, Wilson has signed a contract with Transas, a Wärtsilä company, for the supply of a Fleet Operations Solution (FOS) to Wilson’s fleet. The FOS includes onboard navigation and communication components to enhance connectivity for business communications and crew services. It also provides access to fleet data from shore-based locations to enhance situational...

ESPO calls for stricter ‘polluter pays’ principle
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ESPO calls for stricter ‘polluter pays’ principle

The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has said that the ‘polluter pays’ principle needs to be strengthened in order to prevent ports having to bear the cost of unreasonable amounts of waste delivered by ships. The ‘polluter pays’ principle requires those causing environmental pollution to pay the cost of returning the environment to the state...

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...

ISO to develop standards for methanol as a marine fuel
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ISO to develop standards for methanol as a marine fuel

The IMO’s decision to invite the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to develop a standard for methyl/ethyl alcohol as a marine fuel reflects a growing interest in methanol as a marine fuel. The decision, which has received praised from the Methanol Institute, also includes an option for the ISO to develop a standard for methyl/ethyl...

Spliethoff opts for scrubbers for 2020 compliance
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Spliethoff opts for scrubbers for 2020 compliance

Spliethoff has outfitted its 24th vessel with a marine scrubber in preparation for the IMO’s 2020 global limit of 0.5 per cent sulphur in fuel. The company is using scrubbers to meet the regulation and reduce the emissions of its group-owned vessels. In the coming period, scrubbers will be installed on thirty more vessels of...