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Titan LNG predicts rise of natural gas powered newbuilds into 2018
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Titan LNG predicts rise of natural gas powered newbuilds into 2018

Titan LNG predicts a continued rise of newbuild liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered ships heading into 2018. According to the company, 2017 saw significant uptake in LNG as a marine fuel. The order book grew substantially and LNG bunkering infrastructure matured, while the price of LNG has become structurally competitive compared with marine gas oil...

All ports in three Chinese ECAs now subject to 0.5% sulphur cap
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All ports in three Chinese ECAs now subject to 0.5% sulphur cap

The Zhejiang Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) and the Jiangsu MSA have published notices to remind shipowners and operators of a new sulphur cap for ships visiting the provinces’ respective Emission Control Areas (ECAs) from January 1, 2018. This means that all ships visiting ports within the Pearl River Delta, the Yangtze River Delta, and the...

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Irish Continental invests €165.2m in fuel efficient cruise ferry

Irish Continental Group has invested EUR 162.2m to build a new eco-friendly cruise ferry for Irish Ferries Dublin that promises to deliver optimal fuel consumption. The ferry will operate along the Dublin-Holyhead route, carrying 1,800 passengers and crew. It will have a capacity for 5,610 freight lane metres, providing the capability to carry 330 freight...

The Switch calls for industry to combine advancing technologies for true sustainability
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The Switch calls for industry to combine advancing technologies for true sustainability

The maritime industry needs to adopt a realistic approach and utilise a range of technological advancements to meet the challenges of sustainable shipping, says The Switch, a Finnish headquartered firm that works with electrical drive train technology for renewable and industrial applications. While there are many ways to increase the sustainability of shipping, there is...

Wärtsilä and MHI-MME develop energy saving propulsion solution
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Wärtsilä and MHI-MME develop energy saving propulsion solution

Wärtsilä and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment (MHI-MME) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the commercial marketing of a new energy solution to increase power generation capacity and propulsion from ships. The solution combines MHI-MME’s waste heat recovery and energy saving power generation system (WHRS) with Wärtsilä’s operational control technology for...

Transitioning into EU MRV
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Transitioning into EU MRV

Mr. Vijay Arora, Joint Managing Director of IRClass. The European Union’s Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (EU MRV) regulation 2015/757 entered into force on July 1, 2015 as part of the European Commission’s (EC’s) effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping within the EU. The EU MRV Shipping Regulation applies to ships above...

ABB opens collaboration centre in China
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ABB opens collaboration centre in China

ABB has selected Shanghai, China, as a location for one of its ABB Ability Collaborative Operation Centres. The centres work to enhance collaboration in the industry, drive digitalisation and make shipping operations more efficient and safer. The new Shanghai centre will monitor data gathered by sensors onboard ships and sent to shore via satellites. ABB...

ABB’s Azipod propulsion unit surpasses performance expectations
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ABB’s Azipod propulsion unit surpasses performance expectations

A rescue tug fitted with ABB’s Azipod D electric propulsion system has demonstrated energy savings beyond expectations. Prior to delivery to Guangzhou Salvage Bureau, the tug underwent sea trials to test its performance with the propulsion system. The trials showed the 8,000kW tug was able to operate with less power for given functions than expected....

China unveils first fully-electric ship
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China unveils first fully-electric ship

China has launched an all-electric cargo ship that is powered completely by a lithium-ion battery. The 2,000 metric tonne vessel manufactured by Guangzhou Shipyard International Company was launched in Guangzhou, China. According to the shipyard, the vessel can run for 80 kilometers on a full charge, which takes just two hours. China Daily reports that...

DNV GL awards GTT and TECHNOLOG with GASA for exoskeleton LNG tanks
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DNV GL awards GTT and TECHNOLOG with GASA for exoskeleton LNG tanks

Classification society DNV GL has presented GTT and its partner TECHNOLOG a General Approval for Ship Application (GASA) statement for the retrofit of a vessel with an exsoskeleton membrane liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank to utilise space on-board more efficiently and reduce dry-docking downtime. The purpose of an LNG membrane tank is to provide more...

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Wärtsilä launches new propeller shaft bearing design

Wärtsilä has launched its Linesafe propeller shaft solution to aid the performance of intermediate shaft bearing solutions on ships. Linesafe is a hydrodynamic bearing made from cast iron and based on a new, simple design that aims to make installation more flexible, give short lead times, and retain low lifecycle costs. The new design allows...

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STM project to improve traffic flow efficiency given the go-ahead

A new Sea Traffic Management (STM) project to improve traffic flow between Sweden and Finland has been confirmed. The EfficientFlow project will receive EUR 4.5m EU funding from the Interreg Central Baltic Programme to help manage traffic more efficiently in the ports of Rauma, Finland and Gävle, Sweden. STM is a concept that aims to...