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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

High Energy News

China's Tariffs on U.S. LNG Mean Nothing, Everything

China's decision to hike import duties on U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a move that means very little for the market in the short term, but it has the potential to deliver outsized consequences the longer the levies remain in place.As part of its latest round of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports, Beijing increased the duty on LNG shipments from 10 percent to 25 percent.This will make it even more uneconomic for Chinese buyers to purchase LNG cargoes from the United States.

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A Smarter Approach to Foam Fenders for the Cruise Industry

With cruise ships continuing to grow in size to accommodate the 27.2 million passengers expected to cruise across the globe throughout 2018, it is vital that both terminals and berthing vessels are sufficiently protected. Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched a new brochure designed to help port and terminal owners and operators specify highly versatile foam fenders to meet the needs of the modern cruise terminal.‘The Smarter Approach: Foam Fenders for the Cruise Industry’ details how Trelleborg’s foam fenders are an easy to use…

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DNV GL Type Approval for XPAND Battery System

U.S. manufacturer of lithium-ion cells and battery systems XALT Energy’s XPAND Battery system has been certified as acceptable for installation on all marine vessels classified by DNV GL. According to a press release from the company, XPAND Battery System has been demonstrated to comply with DNV GL rules for Classification of Ships, Offshore Units, and High Speed and Light Craft, and was therefore granted Type Approval Certificate TAE00002YC. The certification includes XALT Energy’s XMP71P-based systems, including XALT’s Battery Management System (BMS).

Image: Maersk Container Industry (MCI)

Maersk Container Launches Cold Chain Energy Meter

Maersk Container Industry is introducing an energy meter with its Star Cool refrigerated containers. Star Cool refrigerated containers are now fitted with a new embedded digital feature that offers visibility and precise knowledge of actual energy consumption. To provide transparency into actual energy consumption throughout the transportation window, over land and sea, Maersk Container Industry (MCI) is introducing an energy meter feature integrated into all new Star Cool refrigerated containers.

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Fjellstrand's Rolls Out Environmental Ferry

Norwegian ship yard Fjellstrand AS has signed a contract with Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1 for the building of a new ZeroCatTM 120 car ferry. Fjellstrand was also responsible for building the car ferry MF Ampere which wrote history in 2015 as the world’s first full electrical ferry. The yard had a central position in the introduction of new battery technology in the ferry market. The new ferry is a further development of the MF Ampere and will be equipped for higher speed and longer range.

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India’s Potential in Offshore Wind Power

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) launched a new report: “Supply Chain, Port Infrastructure and Logistics Study” for offshore wind development in the states of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu in India. This study is a significant step forward in preparing a roadmap for offshore wind power in India by the GWEC led FOWIND consortium. The key supply chain elements of the offshore wind sector are assessed along with a preliminary evaluation of companies entering the offshore wind sector.

Next Generation Marine Power: The Future Looks Bright

The Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion event was held in the Grand Harbour conference venue looking out over the Port of Southampton where cruise ships, oil tankers and the world's largest container vessels ply their global trade. The event brought together a broad and unique marine industry group from the UK, EU and US. A dynamic program, including three keynote speakers and 20 presenters, highlighted the latest technology and opportunities for the maritime sector worldwide – and the future for next generation marine power certainly looks bright.

Sergey Donskoy and Alexander Ishkov Photo Gazprom

Gazprom Wins Green Development – Evolution Awards

Gazprom was announced the winner of the All-Russian Green Development – Evolution Awards 2016 in the Best Green Tech Solution category. The award was presented by competition committee chairman Sergey Donskoy, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation. The Company was awarded for developing and introducing technologies that ensure high energy efficiency and reduce specific greenhouse gas emissions. These technologies include the use of mobile compressor stations without venting gas to the atmosphere from the gas pipeline section under repair.

High Performance Marine Batteries & Stored Energy Workshop

The High Performance Marine Batteries & Stored Energy Workshop set for April 28, 2016 in Southampton will bring together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to highlight the potential use of high performance marine battery systems and stored energy. The objective is to identify a range of genuine solutions for workboats, pilot boats, wind farm support vessels, survey vessels, scientific research craft, fishing vessels, superyachts, military craft and unmanned vessels.

Innovators and Record-breakers Headline Marine Power Conference

‘Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion’ is a fast moving networking event that focuses on viable solutions for vessels of all sizes. More than 20 expert speakers will highlight a range of unique opportunities. The program covers three phases; ‘Here and Now Technology’ - considers how the U.K. and global marine industry can utilize the latest engineering. ‘Next Generation Systems’ - are within a few years of commercial release. ‘Innovation and Future Possibilities’ - are pushing the boundaries far and wide. The event is being held at the Grand Harbour, Southampton from April 26-28, 2016.

Corvus Energy, LG Chem Partner

Corvus Energy (Corvus) announced a multi-year agreement with LG Chem Ltd. (LG Chem). Under this agreement, LG Chem, a manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries, will be a key supplier of lithium-ion pouch cells for Corvus’ next generation maritime energy storage systems (ESS). The agreement provides Corvus with the latest technology from the world’s dominant producer of cells for both transportation and grid applications (Navigant Research, 2015). As such, LG Chem has significant expertise in the development of safe…

Benjamin H. Scott (Photo: Webb Institute)

Webb Institute Adds Assistant Professor of Marine Engineering

Webb Institute has appointed Benjamin H. Scott as the Assistant Professor of Marine Engineering. Scott is a design engineer with over 30 years of experience in thermal and hydraulic analysis, heat exchanger design, thermal performance testing and fluid system design. Scott recently retired from Exelon Corporation as the senior manager of design engineering at their Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby, Md., where he oversaw a staff of 60 multidiscipline engineers responsible for all plant modifications and improvements…

Parker Harrison (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Promotes VP of Procurement

Parker Harrison has been promoted to vice president of procurement at Crowley Maritime Corporation, the company announced. Harrison, former director of claims within Crowley’s risk management group, will be responsible for corporate-wide procurement, managing teams in Florida, Washington, Alaska, Louisiana and New Jersey, with additional support provided by personnel in El Salvador. She will remain based in Jacksonville and report to John Calvin, senior vice president and controller.

Anthem of the Seas. Photo by Royal Caribbean

Anthem of The Seas Christened in Southampton

Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Anthem of the Seas, was named in Southampton, U.K.,  in a spectacular ceremony. U.K. travel agent godmother  Emma Wilby named the 4,180-passenger ship with the words: "I name this ship Anthem of the Seas. May God bless her and all who sail on her," before pressing the button to release a bottle of Perrier Jouet Champagne - which smashed. She sang Katy Perry's hit, 'Firework.' The ceremony opened with high-energy rock music, flashing lights and video, and a live performance of "We Will Rock You," part of an onboard show by that name devoted to the music of Queen.

100% Container Scanning in Ports: It is Possible

New technology, already in use by a major terminal operator, puts the requirement for 100% scanning of all inbound containers back on track. The breakthrough, however, represents so much more than that. In July 2007, U.S. legislators passed a law requiring 100% scanning of U.S. bound containers at their last foreign ports by the year 2012. That federal requirement nearly died a quick death recently but has received a reprieve of sorts. Originally scheduled to take effect July 1…

B.Delta Design Bulker: Photo credit Deltamarin

China Shipyards Get B.Delta Design Bulker Orders

The latest batch of orders for Deltamarin's B.Delta design bulk carriers comes from international shipowners, all to be built in China. The B.Delta43 order by the German ship owner HBC Hamburg Bulk Carriers at CSC Qingshan Shipyard and the B.Delta37 order by the Tunisian ship owner Transbulk at Yangfan shipyard are the latest additions to Deltamarin’s B.Delta series. On top of these new orders, China Navigation Company (CNCo) has exercised an option for another four B.Delta37 vessels at Chengxi Shipyard, d’Amico an option for one more B.Delta37 at Yangfan Shipyard, and M.T.

Princess Benedikte

Lithium Polymer Battery Powers 1,000-passenger Hybrid Ferry

A hybrid electric ferry using Corvus Energy's advanced lithium polymer battery solution was commissioned today in Copenhagen, Denmark by Scandline. The Princess Benedikte ferry refit represents the conversion of a former diesel electric ferry to a hybrid vessel and a major advance in green ferry transportation. Using 2.7MWh of Corvus’ industry-proven battery modules, the retrofitted ferry will provide enhanced technical reliability and efficiency, improve maintenance costs, consume less fuel…

Prototype Laser Weapon on US Warship: Photo credit USN

Northrop Get Navy 'Star Wars' Laser Contract

The U.S. Navy selects Northrop Grumman for the initial phase of the Solid State Laser Technology Maturation (SSL-TM) program. SSL-TM is a research and development project to mature solid-state, high-power laser weapon systems and components for ship defense. This selection is the first step in the development of a Prototype Laser Weapon System by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). This developmental effort will pave the way for a future Navy program that will integrate laser weapon systems on existing and future ships.

Image: Shock Mitigation

Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Workshop

In May 2015 U.K. based Shock Mitigation will bring together a group of experts armed with the latest knowledge that will assist the sub IMO professional sector to understand the possibilities of utilizing hybrid power and storage systems. The aim is to identify the potential of hybrid systems for specific sectors, starting with diesel / electric for wind farm support vessels, pilot boats, patrol craft, survey vessels and unmanned craft. The two day workshop, at the Grand Harbour Hotel Southampton UK…

MarPro Profile: Margaret Kaigh Doyle

An hour spent with Margaret Kaigh Doyle is a high energy event, punctuated by her enthusiasm for everything she undertakes on a daily basis. Getting her to sit down for an hour to reflect on what she’s accomplished and from where she has come, was therefore a tall order. And, her typical day involves plenty. That’s because Doyle currently serves on the U.S. Delegation to the Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW) at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and when she isn’t doing that, she chairs the U.S.

Power block at Gila River plant

UniSource Buys Gila River Power Station

UniSource Energy Services (UES), an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Fortis Inc., has strengthened its generating portfolio and reduced its reliance on the wholesale energy market through the purchase of a share of the efficient natural gas-fired Gila River Power Station in Gila Bend. Under the terms of the purchase, UES subsidiary UNS Electric, Inc. and sister company Tucson Electric Power (TEP) acquired the 550-megawatt (MW) Gila River Power Station Power Block 3 from Gila River Power LLC for US$219 million.

MSF evaporator

Wärtsilä's Desalination Systems for 7 Cruise Ships

The Meyer Werft Germany, Meyer Turku, STX France, and Fincantieri shipyards have all placed orders with Wärtsilä for the supply of fresh water generators to a total of seven cruise ships. The orders were placed between September and November 2014. Delivery of the Wärtsilä systems is scheduled to commence in May 2015 and will be completed by autumn 2017. Wärtsilä's delivery comprises a total of 10 large MSF distillation systems with unit capacities spanning from 115 tons/day to 900tons/day, and 4 Single Stage Desalination systems (SSD) with unit capacities of 30 tons/day.

Crowley’s “Commitment”

Crowley Maritime last year ordered two LNG-powered combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships with VT Halter Marine. The ships are designed to travel at speeds up to 22 knots and carry containers ranging in size from 20-ft. standard to 53-ft.-long, 102-in.-wide, high-capacity units, along with hundreds of vehicles in enclosed, weather-tight car decking. While LNG is the hot topic of the day, Tom Crowley, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Crowley Maritime, said that it was only a small part of the overall decision.

William P. Doyle, FMC Commissioner

Regulatory Profile: William P. Doyle, Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission

If the Federal Maritime Commission remains somewhat of an enigma to domestic maritime stakeholders, perhaps that’s because its scope of oversight reaches many sectors of maritime business; some more obscure than others. In February, we caught up with FMC commissioner William P. Doyle, who provided the perfect primer on this important agency. What does it take to become a Federal Maritime Commissioner? Doyle was sworn in on January 10, 2013 as Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission.

Scott Schmitz

Twin Disc Mid-Atlantic Announces the Hiring of Scott Schmitz

Mill Log Equipment Company DBA Twin Disc Mid-Atlantic (www.milllog.com), Twin Disc’s newest full service Distributor, has announced the hiring of Scott Schmitz as the Territory Manager for the Northern Mid-Atlantic States to include, Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Washington DC. Scott will operate out of the newly established sales office in the Pennsylvania region and will be an extension of the Chesapeake, Virginia location. Scott will work…

Engine as a Weapon Symposium

IMAREST Symposium – 'Delivering Military Effect: a holistic approach to combat & platform system integration' at University of Bristol, UK, July 2013. The 'Engine As A Weapon' symposium series provides a unique opportunity for experts in combat and platform system design to expose and explore the integration challenges faced, from energy management to open systems. EAAW V ‘Delivering Military Effect: A holistic approach to combat and platform systems integration’ will build…