<span>Propulsion and future fuels</span>

Trafigura co-sponsors development of MAN ammonia engine
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Trafigura co-sponsors development of MAN ammonia engine

Trafigura Group, an independent commodity trading company, is co-sponsoring the development of MAN Energy Solutions ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels. The fuel-flexible, two-stroke ammonia engine is expected to be commercially available for large-scale ocean-going ships by 2024, followed by a retrofit package to make existing maritime vessels capable of running on ammonia by 2025. “Shipping...

IRClass completes biofuel sea trials
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IRClass completes biofuel sea trials

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has undertaken successful sea trials for two vessels towards use of biofuels in concurrence with the Indian flag administration. The two vessels – Ambuja Mukund and Ambuja Vaibhav, are owned by Ambuja Cements, which is a part of the global conglomerate Lafarge Holcim, a leader in building solutions. In a...

Industry consortium to develop ammonia-fuelled engine
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Industry consortium to develop ammonia-fuelled engine

MAN Energy Solutions has begun the ‘AmmoniaMot’ project. Initiated by MAN with partners from industry and research institutes, it aims to define the steps necessary to produce a dual-fuel, medium-speed engine capable of running on diesel-fuel and ammonia. Supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), and due to run for three...

CMA CGM invests in biomethane
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CMA CGM invests in biomethane

The CMA CGM Group is supporting the production of 12,000 tonnes of biomethane, which is equivalent to a year’s fuel consumption of two 1,400-TEU ships. The purchase of this quantity of methane will enable, from May 2021, the group’s customers to be able to select biomethane via the Act with CMA CGM+ range of services....

NAPA joins Finnish Clean Propulsion Technologies consortium
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NAPA joins Finnish Clean Propulsion Technologies consortium

NAPA has announced its participation in the Clean Propulsion Technologies project (CPT), a consortium led by the University of Vaasa that aims to develop radically new low-carbon solutions across global transport sectors. NAPA will apply its technical expertise to further enable methods to model and optimise total energy consumption on the two-year project. Funded by...

FuelOpt reaches 200-vessel milestone
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FuelOpt reaches 200-vessel milestone

Swedish propulsion optimisation expert Lean Marine has announced that its automated propulsion technology FuelOpt has now been installed onboard 200 vessels. Since introducing FuelOpt to the market in 2013, the automated propulsion optimisation technology has helped owners and operators to achieve real-time fuel savings, optimise control of speed and consumption, and reduce vessel emissions. FuelOpt...

World’s first hydrogen cargo vessel set for Paris debut
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World’s first hydrogen cargo vessel set for Paris debut

The European innovation project Flagships will deploy the world’s first commercial cargo transport vessel operating on hydrogen, plying the river Seine in Paris. Commercial operations are set to commence in 2021. The hydrogen cargo transport vessel will be owned by French inland shipowner Compagnie Fluvial de Transport (CFT), a subsidiary of the Sogestran Group. The...

Ship propulsion: transition is in the wind
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Ship propulsion: transition is in the wind

With a lot of attention and investment going into alternative, low emission fuel development, how does the return of wind propulsion avoid becoming an ‘also ran’ technology segment? Gavin Allwright, the secretary general of the International Windship Association (IWSA) answers a series of questions facing the uptake of this technology and what is behind a...

Shipping consortium to develop carbon-neutral transport with EUR 4.5M grant
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Shipping consortium to develop carbon-neutral transport with EUR 4.5M grant

Danish shipping company MHO-Co is heading a consortium that will spend EUR 4.5 million during the next three years on developing green solutions for the future of the maritime industry. Together with Aalborg University, among other organisations, and with grants from the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP), MHO-Co will test fuel cells and...

Wärtsilä tests Bio LNG with Finnish Border Guard
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Wärtsilä tests Bio LNG with Finnish Border Guard

Wärtsilä is cooperating with the Finnish Border Guard in the testing of Bio LNG as fuel for a Coastguard patrol vessel to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The 96 metre long vessel, the Turva, is fitted with Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines and has been supported with a Wärtsilä maintenance agreement since its launch in 2014. The...

Clean Planet Energy unveils marine fuels made from non-recyclable plastic waste
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Clean Planet Energy unveils marine fuels made from non-recyclable plastic waste

Clean Planet Energy has released details of two new ultra-clean fuels manufactured for all vessel types.  The products branded under the banner of Clean Planet Oceans are reportedly able to provide CO2e reductions of over 75 per cent, and significantly reduce harmful air-pollutants by up to 1,500x. Both fuels are produced using non-recyclable waste plastics...

MOL and Kyushu Electric Power sign LNG fuel supply agreement
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MOL and Kyushu Electric Power sign LNG fuel supply agreement

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Kyushu Electric Power have concluded a basic agreement for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to two LNG-fuelled ferries operated by MOL Group company Ferry Sunflower – the Sunflower Kurenai and the Sunflower Murasaki. LNG fuel supply is slated to begin around the end of 2022 upon the delivery of the ferries,...