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MSC confirms bunker surcharge from January 2019
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MSC confirms bunker surcharge from January 2019

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will introduce a bunker surcharge as of January 1, 2019 to improve environmental performance while coping with the rising price of fuels. The company released a statement that reads: “it is essential to segregate transparently the burden of fuel costs, in order for this cost to be passed on visibly throughout...

Scrubbers will best position us for 2020, say DHT CEOs
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Scrubbers will best position us for 2020, say DHT CEOs

DHT CEOs have confirmed the company is neither for nor against scrubbers but has taken the decision to retrofit two thirds of its VLCC fleet (16 vessels) with the technology as they feel this is the best way to position the company ahead of IMO 2020. Trygve P. Munthe and Svein Moxnes Harfjeld, Co-CEOs confirmed...

SEA Europe supports project to identify gaps in technology skills
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SEA Europe supports project to identify gaps in technology skills

The Shipyards’ and Maritime Equipment Association of Europe (SEA Europe) has welcomed the signing of the EU-funded project Futureproof Skills for the Maritime Transport Sector (SkillSea), which will develop strategies to identify and meet future skills’ requirements in maritime. SEA Europe will partner SkillSea, offering technological expertise and knowledge to identify and analyse gaps in...

Singapore scrubber ban a victory, says Tsakos CEO
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Singapore scrubber ban a victory, says Tsakos CEO

The ban of open-loop scrubbers in the port of Singapore is a victory, Mr Nikolas Tsakos, president and chief executive officer, Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) and INTERTANKO chairman has said. During a TEN Q3 2018 Earnings conference call, Mr Tsakos said that the 2020 sulphur cap is a refining problem, not a shipping one. He...

Finferries and Rolls-Royce complete autonomous ferry voyage
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Finferries and Rolls-Royce complete autonomous ferry voyage

Rolls-Royce and Finnish ferry operator Finferries have demonstrated full autonomous operation of a ferry in the archipelago south Turku, Finland. The car ferry Falco used a combination of Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence technologies to successfully navigate autonomously during its voyage between Parainen and Nauvo. The return journey was conducted under remote control. Using sensor fusion and...

Norden trials GoodFuels drop-in biofuel
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Norden trials GoodFuels drop-in biofuel

Tanker owner and operator, Norden, and GoodFuels Marine have completed trials of zero emission marine biofuel. The ‘drop-in’ heavy fuel oil (HFO)-equivalent marine biofuel has been developed following three years of research and development with partners Royal Dutch Boskalis and Wärtsilä. The biofuel delivers near zero emissions of carbon and sulphur oxides (SOx) without any...

Poor data representation limits fleet optimisation
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Poor data representation limits fleet optimisation

Data that are misreported and misinterpreted are leading to under-performing ships and inefficient fleets, says Mr Rajat Saxena, manager, performance & efficiency, Epic Gas. He told delegates of a Digital Ship Vessel Performance Optimisation (VPO) forum held in Singapore last month that when it comes to using data to improve fleet performance, garbage in = garbage...

Platts predicts scrubber peak at 6,000
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Platts predicts scrubber peak at 6,000

S&P Global Platts Analytics has estimated a peak of 6,000 scrubber installations after 2020 as economic incentives drop following the implementation of the IMO’s global sulphur cap. Scrubbers have an investment cost of around US $3-4 million but enable the burning of high-sulphur fuel, which is much cheaper than low-sulphur fuel. Analysts have predicted that...

Singapore bans open-loop scrubbers in port waters
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Singapore bans open-loop scrubbers in port waters

Singapore is banning the use of open-loop scrubbers in port waters from January 1, 2020. Ships visiting the port from January 2020 when the IMO’s global 0.5 per cent sulphur cap enters into force will be required to use low-sulphur compliant fuel. Ships operating hybrid scrubbers will have to switch to closed-loop mode for compliance....

Terntank bunkers LNG at Sweden’s new port facility
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Terntank bunkers LNG at Sweden’s new port facility

Shipping company Terntank has become the first operator to bunker liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biogas (LBG) at the Port of Gothenburg’s new facility with the help of Swedegas. Swedegas says the similarities between LNG and LBG make it easy for the facility to handle both these fuels and meet the transition of the...

SSB AND GPS sign $50m agreement to develop Southeast Asia LNG supply chain
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SSB AND GPS sign $50m agreement to develop Southeast Asia LNG supply chain

Gas World has reported that Singapore-based turnkey service provider and EPC company SSB Cryogenic Services (SSB) have announced a $50 million collaboration agreement with Global Petro Storage (GPS) Singapore to expand and develop small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply chain solutions in Southeast Asia. A push for cleaner energy and the global sulphur cap on...

Alfa Laval BWTS completes USCG testing
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Alfa Laval BWTS completes USCG testing

Alfa Laval has completed tests of its PureBallast 3 ballast water treatment system (BWTS) for United States Coast Guard (USCG) type approval. The technology company has finished additional tests at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) to verify the biological efficacy of its BWTS with zero holding time. If approved by the USCG, PureBallast...