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Shell launches lubricant to support IMO 2020
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Shell launches lubricant to support IMO 2020

Shell Marine is introducing a new two-stroke engine cylinder oil designed specifically for use with engines running on 0.5 per cent sulphur content very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO). The lubricant, Shell Alexia 40, has a Base Number (BN) of 40, and has been developed to optimise equipment performance and condition as shipowners and charterers...

Unique Group invests in Kamelia Cleantech to offer scrubber technology
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Unique Group invests in Kamelia Cleantech to offer scrubber technology

  Marine and subsea solution provider Unique Group has become a major shareholder in Kamelia Cleantech, a company that manufacturers scrubbers. The partnership will offer a full range of end-to-end integrated scrubber solutions for removing sulphur dioxide (SOx) emissions from vessel exhausts. Kamelia Cleantech will combine its technical knowledge with Unique Group’s global presence to...

Fymak Marine trials FUELTRAX fuel management system
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Fymak Marine trials FUELTRAX fuel management system

Nigerian oil service support providers Fymak Marine has completed a six-month trial of FUELTRAX Vision onboard its five Fast Support Vessels (FSVs). FUELTRAX is a smart, self-contained, marine fuel management solution, which protects assets and ensures security of fuel, compliance, and optimised vessel performance. FUELTRAX Vision is the latest expansion of remote monitoring and reporting...

A consultant’s environmental view on scrubber technology
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A consultant’s environmental view on scrubber technology

It is a universal truth that sulphur emissions cause severe health problems to humans which result in premature deaths; let alone the effects of acid rain on the marine environment and land areas. I hope most environmental scientists, if not all, will not dispute the following argument: there is no point in using open loop...

ABS launches global sustainability centre to support shipping’s decarbonisation
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ABS launches global sustainability centre to support shipping’s decarbonisation

ABS has launched the ABS Global Sustainability Centre in Singapore with a mission to help maritime decarbonise and transition to a sustainable, lower emissions industry. The Centre brings together industry leading ABS sustainability projects with a focus on: – Studying the viability of alternative fuels and new energy sources in different shipping sectors – Analysing...

The final countdown…the 2020 sulphur cap
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The final countdown…the 2020 sulphur cap

Marine insurance firm Gard has published an article on meeting the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap and how owners and charterers can work with their counterparties to manage the transition to low sulphur fuels. The article published below was written by Sammy Christopher Smallbone, Lawyer, Tokyo.  The cap means that the sulphur content of fuel oil used on...

ICS and shipowner trade associations agree to enhance cooperation
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ICS and shipowner trade associations agree to enhance cooperation

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) have signed a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) to codify the extensive level of co-operation that already exists between these associations and provide a framework for their closer co-operation. The MOU confirms the roles of ICS, ASA...

Carnival and NAPA extend service and product agreement
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Carnival and NAPA extend service and product agreement

Carnival Corporation and NAPA have announced a comprehensive service and product agreement extension covering Onboard NAPA Loading Computers, training certification for Carnival’s CSMART training facility, and a framework agreement for future deployments of NAPA solutions. Carnival has already adopted many of NAPA’s solutions such as electronic logbooks, voyage reporting, and flooding decision support systems, which...

Autonomous shipping momentum heads towards One Sea
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Autonomous shipping momentum heads towards One Sea

Joined up thinking on technology standards and shipping rules critical if autonomous shipping is to prove seaworthy says Päivi Haikkola, One Sea Ecosystem Lead. A series of vessel trials in Finnish waters at the turn of the year highlighted significant progress from some of the industry’s leading ship technology companies in converting abstract ideas on...

Microsoft backs $11m Nautilus AI platform
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Microsoft backs $11m Nautilus AI platform

Microsoft is supporting the development of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve fuel efficiency on ships with a US $11 million in Series A funding for Nautilus Labs. The funding will be used to develop Nautilus Labs’ platform that helps shipping companies to reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent in a single voyage...

New system offers precise vessel positioning
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New system offers precise vessel positioning

Southampton marine technology firm Azurtane is developing an advanced vessel positioning system that will be capable of positioning vessels within 4cm of a given location. Working in conjunction with Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight ferry company, first trials are set to begin on the ferry operator’s high-speed craft RedJet7 in late April 2019. Azurtane...

MOL Nordic Tankers extends trial of bunker optimisation solution
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MOL Nordic Tankers extends trial of bunker optimisation solution

MOL Nordic Tankers is extending the trial of BunkerMetric’s fuel management and planning tool that it has been piloting on five of its vessels since the end of 2018. BunkerPlanner is a tool to help shipowners and operators make bunkering decisions and ensure they obtain compliant and cost-efficient fuel, based on the trade route of...