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The carriage of methanol in bulk onboard offshore vessels
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The carriage of methanol in bulk onboard offshore vessels

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has published a joint information paper The Carriage of Methanol in Bulk Onboard Offshore Vessels. The carriage of methanol in bulk is becoming common in the offshore oil and gas industry, and although there is technical documentation on methanol handling, guidance for offshore carriage by sea is limited....

Eidesvik rolls out Yxney Maritime’s data-driven decarbonisation solution
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Eidesvik rolls out Yxney Maritime’s data-driven decarbonisation solution

Norwegian shipowner Eidesvik has signed with Yxney Maritime to start using the Maress cloud-based system for data-driven decarbonisation of vessel operations. The initial agreement is for six of the fleet´s advanced offshore vessels. The Eidesvik fleet has actively been used to test technologies such as LNG, batteries, as well as the recent announcement to install...

New application from Kongsberg Digital gives greater insight into vessel performance
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New application from Kongsberg Digital gives greater insight into vessel performance

Kongsberg Digital has developed Vessel Insight Benchmark, a new application for Vessel Insight users. The application introduces a new data-driven approach for gaining insight into historical vessel performance, enabling fleet managers and maritime executives to access key metrics for their vessels and compare them against vessels in the same segment. Vessel Insight Benchmark provides dashboards...

Alfa Laval PureSOx Express scrubber eases compliance with SOx regulations
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Alfa Laval PureSOx Express scrubber eases compliance with SOx regulations

For smaller vessels like handymax bulkers or product tankers, the cost of installing a scrubber for compliance with regulations of sulphur oxides (SOx) emissions has sometimes outweighed the benefits. Alfa Laval says that its new PureSOx Express makes it simple for these vessels to continue using heavy fuel oil (HFO) and comply with regulations. The...

BMW Group joins UECC and GoodShipping in biofuel trial
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BMW Group joins UECC and GoodShipping in biofuel trial

Short sea shipowner UECC and the GoodShipping Program have partnered with car manufacturer BMW Group to continue to test marine Bio Fuel-Oil (BFO) on UECC’s ro-ro car carrying vessels. BMW Group joins UECC and the GoodShipping Program in the previously announced trial, where BFO is being tested on UECC’s 140m, 2,080-vehicle carrier M/V Autosky. By...

UN unveils initiative to tackle invasive species and reduce emissions
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UN unveils initiative to tackle invasive species and reduce emissions

A new Global Industry Alliance (GIA) has been launched to tackle two of the most pressing environmental issues – invasive species and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The GIA brings together stakeholders in the private sector and the GloFouling Partnerships, a project led by United Nations entities to address the transfer of harmful aquatic species through...

Equinor announces maritime climate ambitions
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Equinor announces maritime climate ambitions

Norwegian energy company Equinor has announced its decarbonisation ambitions that include halving maritime emissions in Norway by 2030 compared to 2005. The company’s decarbonisation goals are part of the company’s climate roadmap launched on 6 February 2020, which aims to ensure a competitive and resilient business model fit for long-term value creation and in line...

The future of bunker hedging
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The future of bunker hedging

Ishaan Hemnani, co-founder of BunkerEx gives his opinion on bunker hedging and why most small to mid-sized shipping companies choose not to hedge their bunker exposure despite increased market pressures caused by the virus. Last week the CEO of a large bunker trader wrote a great piece about how small and mid-sized shipping companies are not...

EPS and Techstars’ start-up accelerator opens applications for year 2
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EPS and Techstars’ start-up accelerator opens applications for year 2

The Eastern Pacific Accelerator Powered by Techstars has announced that applications are now open for the second round of the programme. Following a successful first year, the accelerator programme is welcoming applications for year 2 until 30 August, 2020.  The accelerator, which launched in April 2019, is a mentorship-based initiative formed by EPS and Techstars...

Aker BP rolls out digital management toolkit to boost fleet efficiency
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Aker BP rolls out digital management toolkit to boost fleet efficiency

Aker BP has signed an agreement with Norwegian maritime tech company Yxney Maritime for its Maress cloud-based software solution that provides insight into fuel consumption and emissions. Maress will enable Aker BP to gain better insight into the fuel performance of its fleet of offshore vessels operating on the Norwegian Shelf. The Maress software provides...

SGMF publish guidelines for safe dry docking of vessels powered by gas
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SGMF publish guidelines for safe dry docking of vessels powered by gas

The Society for Marine Gas as a Fuel (SGMF) has published new guidance on work practices for maintenance, repair and dry-dock operations for ships that use gas/LNG as fuel to help ensure the safe maintenance of gas-fuelled ships. In the future, an increasing number of ships will switch to using gas as a marine fuel,...

LUKOIL’s ECA-compliant cylinder oil retains approval from major OEMs
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LUKOIL’s ECA-compliant cylinder oil retains approval from major OEMs

LUKOIL’s NAVIGO MCL Ultra remains one of few low BN cylinder oils that still have a valid ‘No Objection Letter (NOL)’ with all major OEMs. Recently a leading OEM withdrew their approvals for almost all low BN oils in the market, while NAVIGO MCL Ultra has retained its status, and continues to be fully approved...