<span>Propulsion and future fuels</span>

ABS to class two new VLCCs for Greek shipping company
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ABS to class two new VLCCs for Greek shipping company

ABS has been chosen by Greece’s Kyklades Maritime Corporation (KMC) to class two very large crude carriers (VLCC). The two 330m long 319,000 DWT vessels will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Korea and are expected for delivery in 2020. This order takes the number of KMC VLCC vessels classed by ABS to...

Future of the Fjords all-electric vessel launched in Norway
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Future of the Fjords all-electric vessel launched in Norway

A fully electric zero-emission passenger vessel, Future of the Fjords, has been launched in Norway. It is the result of a collaboration between several industry partners that wanted to develop an environmentally conscious, no emissions vessel. Comprising an electric propulsion system and a Power Dock floating charging station that can take on grey and black...

Baleària operates eco-fast ferry on Eivissa-Formentera route
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Baleària operates eco-fast ferry on Eivissa-Formentera route

Spanish ferry operator, Baleària, has begun operating its Eco Lux fast ferry on the Eivissa-Formentera route, which has been fitted with the latest generation diesel engines, solar panels, and a polyester hull that does not require additional paints or coatings. The energy-efficient ferry emits less CO2 than Baleària’s Maverick class by around 35 per cent...

MOL and Kawasaki working on energy-saving steering gear project
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MOL and Kawasaki working on energy-saving steering gear project

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced an agreement with Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) for the joint development of a project that will examine how vessel steering gear with new sensing capability and big data analysis can contribute to energy efficient operations. The project will explore how KHI-developed steering gear equipped with sensors to monitor pressure,...

Shell Marine expands distribution network
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Shell Marine expands distribution network

Shell Marine has expanded its distribution network of lubricants logistics into New Zealand, as well as adding Indonesia, Spain, and Chile to its delivery options. The expansion into New Zealand means that customers in the region will benefit from 24/7 international delivery and formal guidance on arrival lead times in each location, says Marcus Schaerer,...

Electric ferries for River Thames on schedule for 2018 delivery
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Electric ferries for River Thames on schedule for 2018 delivery

Two new ferries with Norwegian electric propulsion systems are on schedule for delivery to the UK for the end of 2018. The ferries are currently being built at the Remontowa Shipbuilding, Gdansk. Norwegian Electric Systems is supplying the hybrid electric propulsion to power four high efficient thrusters to ensure flexible manoeuvrability of the vessels. The...

Finnlines invests EUR 200m in ro-ro newbuilds
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Finnlines invests EUR 200m in ro-ro newbuilds

Finnlines has invested over EUR 200m in three new ro-ro vessels designed alongside Nordic marine designer, Knud E. Hansen. The vessels will be equipped with the latest generation of engines to keep fuel consumption low and significantly cut CO2 emissions. The ro-ro ships will use standard bunker fuel during sailing alongside scrubbers, which will be...

LR to class first FSRU for Indian waters
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LR to class first FSRU for Indian waters

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has signed a contract to class the first ever floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) for Indian waters, helping to meet demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the region. The FSRU will be stationed at Jafrabad port and will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The purpose of an...

Alternative fuels and technologies in maritime applications
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Alternative fuels and technologies in maritime applications

LNG, LPG, methanol, biofuel and hydrogen have been highlighted by DNV GL as the most promising alternative fuels to meet present and future environmental regulations, lower fuel consumption and emissions, and drive sustainable shipping. In a new White Paper, the classification society considers these fuels alongside wind-assisted propulsion, batteries, and fuel cell systems to have...

Alfa Laval HCO filter approved by MAN Diesel & Turbo
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Alfa Laval HCO filter approved by MAN Diesel & Turbo

Alfa Laval’s Moatti 290 filter for hydraulic control oil (HCO) has received approval from MAN Diesel & Turbo on its modern two-stroke engines. The Moatti 290 filter is specifically suited for new generation MAN Diesel & Turbo two-stroke engines that have hydraulic control systems in replace of traditional camshafts. These systems have valves that are...

Automation, machine learning, and AI in vessel performance
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Automation, machine learning, and AI in vessel performance

Automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence can not only be used to make operations smoother, more efficient, and less costly, but they can also help shipping generate a lower environmental footprint and create a higher quality of life for seafarers. However, additional sensors and equipment to measure the efficiency of operations, promotes the big question...