Global shipping accounts for about 3% of the world’s annual carbon emissions, and pressure is intensifying on the industry to reduce that pollution to contribute to the international goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Euronav NV announced yesterday a Joint Development Program (JDP) with the largest shipbuilder in the world, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and classification societies Lloyd’s Register and DNV, to help accelerate the development of dual fuel Ammonia (NH3) fitted VLCC and Suezmax vessels. The initial term of the JDP will be three years.
According to a recent statement, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), highlighted the findings of three independent reports released in 2019 suggesting that, when operated in open-loop mode, Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS), also known as scrubbers, have minimal impact on water and sediment quality.
As the next step in its efforts to enhance the sustainability of its shipping operations through the use of LNG technology, French shipping giant CMA CGM Group is joining in a project to develop France’s first BioLNG facility. The Coalition for the Energy of the Future announces the launch of the feasibility study for the first French project for BioLNG production within a large maritime port.
Following the news that the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee approved a ban on the transportation and use of heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters, joint venture partners Aker Clean Hydrogen and Varanger Kraft announced that they are exploring doubling the production capacities for their planned green ammonia and hydrogen production project. The companies are working on plans to build one of the first commercial production plants for green ammonia with production potentially starting in Northern Norway before the end of 2024.
French ro/pax ferry operator La Méridionale is launching a new (and possibly unprecedented) trial of exhaust gas cleaning technology aboard the vessel La Piana. It has signed a contract with Austrian manufacturer ANDRITZ to test out a combination of dry scrubber SOx and PM removal plus urea / catalyst based NOx removal - all in one unit.
Even before the first of the company’s new methanol-powered tankers has been launched, Proman announced the expansion of the project with the order for two additional tankers to be built in China for the global trade. The new orders are for sister ships to the tankers that Proman plans to operate as well as vessels built for a joint venture with Stena Bulk.
Faced with growing calls to improve the environment around major ports and with pending EU regulatory actions requiring ships to reduce emissions while in port, five of Northern Europe’s largest port authorities announced a joint effort focusing on increasing the use of onshore power supply for ships at berth. While the use of cold ironing has been increasing for some segments, such as passenger ships, harbor crafts, and inland vessels, the new memorandum of understanding among the ports focuses on expanding the use of shore power for large container ships. The ports are agreeing to equip all their container terminals for shore power by 2028.
Port of Antwerp is converting a tug to methanol propulsion – a world first. The ‘methatug’ is part of the European Union-funded Fastwater project, which aims to demonstrate the feasibility of methanol as a sustainable marine fuel. The European Commission approved the project this week, a decision that will help the Port of Antwerp take another important step in its transition to becoming a sustainable and CO2-neutral port.
Global efforts to reduce carbon emissions are accelerating and most industries are searching for new ways to reduce their carbon footprint in the years and decades to come. Shipping is also under scrutiny and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set a carbon intensity reduction target, proposing strict technical requirements that are scheduled to be approved this year and take effect from 2023. One of the effects of these new requirements is likely to involve slow-speeding – a reduction of the maximum cruising speed of deep-sea vessels in a bid to reduce emissions.
There are a number of examples of ports collaborating with multiple stakeholders to help de-risk projects to help meet 2050 ambitions.
A consortium led by ABS, CE Delft and Arcsilea will be completing a series ofd six studies on alternative fuels and decarbonization technology for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).
South Korean refiner Hyundai Oilbank will sell off a majority stake in its oil storage terminal in Ulsan, on the country’s southeast coast, to help fund its green energy projects, a company official told S&P Global Platts.
Two environmental groups have thrown down the gauntlet to 15 of the world’s most prominent companies, demanding they achieve emissions-free ocean shipping by 2030, contractually agree to ship their goods on zero-emission vessels, and reject “false solutions” like liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a sustainable way to get goods to market.
The Adani Group will offer a 50% discount on charges to liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled ships at Mundra, India’s largest commercial port, according to a notice seen by Reuters, as the country seeks to cut emissions under its green ports plan.
As the efforts continue toward introducing a new generation of zero-carbon emission engines, Wärtsilä is reporting that that has made significant progress in a testing program with its fuel-flexible combustion engines. The Finnish engine manufacturer now expects to have a marine engine capable of running on an ammonia blend available this year as it proceeds toward a pure ammonia-fueled engine for the marine market and a pure hydrogen power system for the energy market.
The first liquefied natural gas bunker vessel that will be deployed in a French homeport later this year is nearing completion at a shipyard in China. Built for the collaboration between TotalEnergies Marine Fuels and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, the vessel will be among the largest LNG bunker vessels and incorporate several refinements in the design versus the group’s first vessel that was placed into service last year.