Wärtsilä to Supply Scrubbers to NCL
European technology giant Wärtsilä will be supplying hybrid scrubber system packages for Norwegian Cruise Line's (NCL) Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway.According to a press note from Wärtsilä, the scrubber systems have been ‘specially customized to meet the specific needs’ of the two cruise ships – which included adapting ‘to meet the ships’ restricted space availability’.The scrubber systems will enable the 325 meters long cruise vessels to be in compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) sulfur restriction legislation while operating on heavy fuel oil (HFO).
Star Bulk Sells Two Supramax Vessels
Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has agreed to sell the Star Cosmo, a 2005 built Supramax vessel and the Star Epsilon, a 2001 built Supramax vessel."We expect to deliver both vessels to their new owners by the end of this month (November)," the Greece-based shipping company said in a statement.The proceeds from these sales, after prepayment of the debt related to the two vessels, are expected…
CSA 2020 Applauds DFDS on EGCS Drive
The international organization to promote Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS), Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) 2020 has congratulated Danish ferry operator DFDS A/S for ten years of successful scrubber operation, with EGCS onboard the 37,939gt roro Ficaria Seaways achieving more than 50, 000 running hours since 2009.Ficaria Seaways, one of the first ro-ro vessels to be fitted with an Alfa Laval PureSOx system, operates inside the stringent European Sulfur Emission Control Area (SECA)…
Clean Marine, FMSI to Merge
Scrubber manufacturers and suppliers Clean Marine and FMSI have unveiled their intention to merge in order to create a bigger market share in the exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) segment.The combined entity, which will operate under the name Clean Marine, will provide a fully integrated offering, including Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) expertise, significant capacity, fast production times, project management and global after-sales services.Further announcements will…
2020 Bulkers Fixes with Glencore
Norway-based shipowner 2020 Bulkers has entered into a time charter agreement for its newcastlemax newbuilding Bulk Shanghai with a subsidiary of Glencore.The vessel will commence a 11-13 month time charter upon delivery from New Times Shipyard in early November 2019 and will earn an index linked rate, reflecting a significant premium to the Baltic 5TC index, said a press note from Bermuda-based new bulk carrier company.The time charter also includes a profit sharing of any economic benefit derived from operating the vessel´s scrubber…
Hudson Shipping Joins Trident Alliance
United States based commodities trader Hudson Shipping Lines (HSL) became a member of the Trident Alliance as part of the company’s ongoing ‘green’ initiatives.The shipping company is increasing its commitment to cleaning up the shipping industry in conjunction with two environmental organizations. Hudson has recently joined the Trident Alliance as a member.“The shipping industry has a tremendous opportunity to improve its impact upon the world with the IMO 2020 sulfur cap. Hudson…
Valmet Scubbers for 10 COSCO Boxships
Valmet will supply exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubber system) for ten container vessels of COSCO Shipping Lines Co., Ltd. The scrubber systems will be installed in existing vessels in China in 2019.The project is executed in co-operation with Health Lead Development Ltd.The order was included in Valmet's orders received of the fourth quarter 2018 and second quarter 2019. The value of the order will not be disclosed.Details about Valmet's deliveriesThe scrubber system delivery…
New Scrubber Service Station at Portland Port
Intermarine UK struck an agreement with a Chinese manufacturer to make the Port of Portland one of the UK’s centers for scrubber installation.Intermarine President Slawomir Kalicki signed the agreement at Norshipping in Oslo with counterpart DB Wang deputy general manager of the Shandong Pure Ocean Technology based in Renhe Town in the Shandong province. The deal will see Intermarine act as an agent to Shandong and offer to install its scrubber systems to a wide variety of vessels to help them meet tough new environmental regulations.
OSM Inks Deal for VLCC Fleet
OSM Maritime has secured a contract for the full technical management of Hunter Group’s fleet of ECO design SMART VLCCs, currently under construction at DSME in Korea. Hunter Group has eight identical 336m vessels, set to be delivered towards the end of 2019 and into 2020. The Hunter vessels will be managed from OSM’s base in Arendal, Norway, which offers an established strength in specialist tanker services.“This is the beginning of a strong strategic alliance between two Norwegian headquartered companies with clear global ambitions,” comments Hunter Group CEO Erik A. S. Frydendal.
HMM Intros Scrubber Installation Fund
South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a win-win fund for scrubber installation in preparation for IMO 2020 and to seek cooperation in the shipping-related industries.The total investment amount will be KRW 153.3 billion (USD 135.8 million) which consists of HMM’s investment of KRW 46 billion and the rest of the amount of KRW 107.3 billion (including Korea Ocean Business Corporation’s…
NYK Bags Environment Award
Tokyo-headquartered shipping and logistics company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has received the Ministry of Environment Award in the Japan Green Innovation Department at the Japan Green Bond Awards sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, which is promoting green bond to address environmental issues.A ceremony was held on March 1 and attended by Katsuya Nakano, general manager of NYK’s Finance Group, said a release from the global transportation company.The Japan Green Bond Awards recognize outstanding initiatives in the issuance of green bonds…
NYK Introduces Its Green Bond Initiatives
Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), the first company in the global shipping industry to issue labelled green bonds, presented its initiatives at a seminar conducted by Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co. Ltd. in Tokyo.A green bond is one in which the proceeds are used solely for the purpose of funding environment-friendly projects.The importance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives is getting a lot of attention in capital markets…
MPC Container Ships Plans Huge Investment in Scrubbers
The Oslo-based feeder tonnage owner MPC Container Ships has committed to buy exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) for five of its ships, with an option to buy ten times as many additional scrubber systems.Under the agreement, the scrubbers would be retrofitted on five selected vessels within the company’s fleet prior to the January 1, 2020 implementation date of the new sulphur emission cap regulation, as set forth by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).Norwegian…
Breaking Down IMO’s 0.5% Bunker Sulfur Cap
Breaking down the challenges of the 2020 sulfur cap can be confusing. Matti Bargfried provides a primer. What has happened so far? The IMO this October voted in its 70th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee to globally cap the maximum amount of sulfur allowed to 0.5 percent. HFO will be further allowed (there is no mandate to disallow usage) provided it meets the set standards. Alternative measurements like scrubbers are also accepted to reduce the ship emissions.
Eimskip, RAL Order Containerships from China
Iceland’s Eimskip and Greenland’s Royal Arctic Line (RAL) have signed an agreement to share capacity, and together ordered three new ice-class containerships to be built in China. Eimskip said it has finalized contracts with China Shipbuilding Trading Company Limited and Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Co. Ltd. for the construction of two 2,150 TEU container vessels, and RAL also signed a contract for one vessel of the same type from the same shipyard. With a length of 180 meters and breadth of 31 meters…
Scrubbers Installed on Another Great Lakes Bulker
The Interlake Steamship Company’s M/V Lee A. Tregurtha sailed today from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., becoming the shipper’s third self-unloading bulk carrier to be outfitted with exhaust gas scrubbers. Interlake became the first U.S.-flag fleet to test scrubbers on the Great Lakes in April 2015 after pioneering the emission-reduction technology on its M/V Hon. James L. Oberstar. Earlier this month, the M/V James R. Barker sailed as the fleet’s first 1,000-footer with scrubbers. “With the Lee A.
MOL Launches Scrubber Technology Study
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. announced that it has entered into a joint study to equip in-service vessels with SOX scrubber system, to ensure compliance with upcoming international environmental regulations. The scrubbers eliminate sulfur dioxide (SOX) from exhaust gas, allowing vessels to meet international treaty standards for SOX emissions without using low-sulfur fuel. Also participating in the project are Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. , Sanwa Dock Co. Ltd., and Wärtsilä Japan Ltd.
Green Shipping: Wessels Reederei Takes the Lead
International trade relies on transportation by sea, as about 85 percent of the freight volumes are shipped globally by vessels. But while maritime is widely regarded as the most environmentally benign of any transport system, maritime transport can cause a diverse environmental burden: It includes, beside the potential for damages and leaks, the inflow of waste water and, in particular, the emissions of air pollutants. Furthermore the improper cleaning of oil sludge, as well as the transfer of organisms into foreign ecosystems within ballast water.
Scrubber Ready: New DNV GL Class Notation
A new class notation from DNV GL aims to help shipowners prepare newbuilds for scrubber installations. SCRUBBER READY ensures that the necessary preparations are in place for a smooth and cost-efficient scrubber retrofit at a later stage, the classification society said. “There is no doubt that stricter emissions regulations for sulphur oxides are here to stay,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO at DNV GL – Maritime. “Ship managers have to factor in many considerations when planning for a potential future scrubber installation…
ABS Guide for SOx Scrubber Ready Vessels Released
New class notation recognizes vessels designed with SOx Scrubber ready features to facilitate cost-effective and time-efficient retrofit. (Houston) ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industry, has published the ABS Guide for SOx Scrubber Ready Vessels to support members and clients in preparing newbuilds for future outfitting with a SOx exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS). Supporting the world’s first classification notation for SOx Scrubber Ready Vessels…
Interlake Steamship to Install Scrubbers on 2 More Ships
Following the implementation of exhaust gas scrubbers on its self-unloading bulk carrier M/V Hon. James L. Oberstar, the Interlake Steamship Company has announced its plans to expand its emission-reduction efforts to one-third of its fleet by installing similar scrubber systems on the M/V Lee A. Tregurtha and M/V James R. Barker early next year. In April 2015, Interlake became the first U.S.-flag fleet to test freshwater scrubbers on the Great Lakes when the system became operational on the 806-foot Oberstar.
Matson Pumps $30 Million into Alaska Operations
Ocean cargo shipper Matson, Inc. said it is moving quickly to fund improvements in its new Alaska operations following its May 29 acquisition of Horizon Lines' Alaska services. The company expects to invest more than $30 million in new equipment planned by Horizon prior to its acquisition. According to the shipper, equipment upgrades to be made over the next three months include 2,000 new standard 40-foot dry containers for general cargo, a new 65-ton gantry crane for Kodiak Terminal…
Wärtsilä Hybrid Scrubbers for 3 Box Ships
Wärtsilä has received an order for Hybrid Scrubber Systems to clean the exhaust emissions from three 2,500 TEU container vessels. The installation has been ordered by a major European owner and operator and will be carried out at the Jinhai Heavy Industry Co., Ltd in China. The contract was signed in March 2015 and the systems are scheduled for delivery in December 2015. The scrubber system, which comprises two scrubber units, will be installed to clean the exhaust from both the main and auxiliary engines.
Wärtsilä, CME Offer ‘Scrubber Finance’
In a move intended to help ease the financial burden on shipowners seeking to install scrubber systems to meet sulphur emissions legislation, Wärtsilä and Clean Marine Energy (Europe) Ltd. (CME) have signed a collaboration agreement that will provide a funding solution to drive the uptake of exhaust gas cleaning technology. The financing solution, similar to those in the building environment space, enables a shipowner to repay the cost of the scrubber system installation via a fuel adder, i.e.
Yara Marine to Deliver 6 Scrubbers for LPG Carriers
Yara Marine Technologies (former Green Tech Marine) – a world leading scrubber supplier – has won a contract to deliver 6 exhaust gas cleaning systems (“scrubbers”) to an undisclosed ship-owner in 2015. The vessels are currently under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Korea, and will be supplied to the owner in 2016. The vessels will be trading mainly in the North European ECAs (North Sea and Baltics). By using the Green Tech Marine® scrubbers, ship owners can continue to operate on heavy fuel oil instead of more costly marine gas oil…
EPA, USCG Extend Agreement with Royal Caribbean
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) authorized formal exemptions by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines that allow for the enlargement of the cruise line’s research program to develop and install exhaust gas scrubber systems on its cruise ships. Under the exemption, as articulated in MARPOL, Royal Caribbean will expand the program from six to 19 ships. This emission control technology will be used in waters surrounding U.S. coasts, known as Emission Control Areas (ECAs). Because emissions from oceangoing vessels can harm air quality on land, the U.S.