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  • Rotterdam and German steel companies explore...

    Two of Germany’s leading steel manufacturers are joining with the Port of Rotterdam to jointly investigate developing an international supply chain for hydrogen passing through the port as a replacement for the coal currently used in their manufacturing operations. The companies recognize that vast imports of hydrogen would be required if Europe and Germany want to reduce CO2 emissions by replacing current fuel sources and become climate-neutral by 2050 while maintaining its strong industrial backbone. 

     

  • Decarbonising shipping: Could ammonia be the fuel...

    By Charles Haskell, Decarbonisation Programme Manager, Lloyd’s Register (LR)

     

    Today 80 per cent of ammonia produced is used exclusively for the fertiliser industry. However, as pressure is placed on the shipping sector to decarbonise and shift away from reliance on fossil fuels, ammonia is looking like an attractive alternative. If 30 per cent of shipping switched to ammonia as a fuel, then the current production would have to nearly double

  • Wärtsilä to introduce engine plus emissions...

    The technology group Wärtsilä will introduce a combined engine plus selective catalytic reduction (SCR) packaged product aimed at complying with China’s Stage II marine engine emission standard that enters into force in July 2021. The standard will apply to inland waterway, coastal, river-sea, channel and fishing vessels operating in most rivers and around the country’s major harbour areas.

     

  • Large LNG-powered RoPax fast ferry enters service...

    One of only a few large, fast passenger ferries fueled by natural gas is due to enter service tomorrow sailing between Spain and the Balearic Islands. In addition to being an LNG-fueled vessel, Balearia’s new vessel, the Eleanor Roosevelt, expands the company’s capacity and becomes the longest fast ferry. It is also the first LNG-fueled fast ferry with reciprocating engines.

     

  • IMO’s GMN project extended to help developing...

    A key International Maritime Organization project — the Global MTCC Network, or GMN, which aims to improve energy efficiency in the maritime sector and support the reduction of GHG emissions from shipping in developing countries through regional maritime technology cooperation centers, has been extended by an additional nine-months to March 31, 2022.

     

  • Expanding biogas production to meet growing...

    The world’s largest biogas production plant is beginning the first of two expansions which when completed with nearly double its production capabilities. The plant is expanding to meet the needs of both the shipping and over road transportation industries and reflecting the growing demand for green fuel sources.

     

  • Long-term test of rotor sail on passenger ferry...

    The first long-term test of a rotor sail fitted on a passenger ferry is coming to an end after three years aboard Viking Line’s Viking Grace. According to both the line and the technology company, the tests provided important data demonstrating the benefits of the rotor sail concept and helping to advance the technology. The test was also the first aboard an LNG-fueled ship creating the first LNG-wind electric propulsion hybrid ship.

     

  • New hybrid Ro-Ro ferry launched in China for...

    The first of a new series of eco-sustainable hybrid ro-ro ferries was launched today in China. The Finneco I is part of Finnlines’ ongoing EUR 500-million newbuilding program, which includes two eco-efficient ro-pax vessels in addition to the three hybrid ro-ro vessels. 

     

  • UAE oil storage company said to be in talks to...

    UAE oil storage company BPGIC is in advanced talks to buy a green energy firm as it aims to diversify its business and contribute to the global push to fight climate change, an industry source close to the discussions told Reuters.

     

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Søren Skou calls for $450 per tonne bunker tax to cut shipping's CO2

Maersk CEO Søren Skou staked out one of the most ambitious decarbonization proposal in the shipping industry, calling for a carbon tax of at least $450 per ton of bunker fuel ($150 per tonne CO2-equivalent). The proposal is far more ambitious than ICS' $2 bunker levy or the Marshall Islands' $100 tax plan, though it is still substantially lower than Trafigura's estimate of $750-900 per tonne of bunkers ($250-300 per tonne CO2-equivalent) for an effective GHG tax.

 
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Long Beach Port increases incentives for carriers to use greener ships

With California preparing for the introduction of stricter environmental regulations for ships in port and an increased focus on the port’s role in improving air quality and the environment, the Port of Long Beach is increasing efforts to reward ocean carriers for deploying cleaner ships to the port. Expanding on an existing port program, ocean carriers earn financial incentives for bringing greener ships to the Port of Long Beach.

 
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Envision Digital continues its mission towards Net Zero with the Port of Antwerp to pioneer a green port

Envision Digital International Pte Ltd (“Envision Digital”), a global Net Zero partner and Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) technology leader, yesterday announced a collaboration with the Port of Antwerp by its local European entities in Netherlands and France, to develop green port solutions to reduce amongst others, greenhouse gases (GHG) in ports. The collaboration named: ‘Portable Innovation Open Network for Efficiency and Emissions Reduction Solutions (PIONEERS)’ represents leading ports, terminal and transport operators, forwarders, knowledge institutes, technology developers, innovators, and public entities.

 
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Decarbonisation and digitisation, common strategy of the European ports to boost economic transformation

Decarbonisation, digitalisation, use of alternative energies, intermodality and drivers of innovation are some of the common strategic axes in the port areas for economic and social transformation following COVID-19, along the lines set out by the European Union in the Green Pact to develop a sustainable economy. The European port system addressed these challenges at the Regatta 2021 Conference which opened this morning in the Clock building of the Port of València with the intervention of Aurelio Martínez, President of the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV), Annaleena Mäkilä, President of ESPO and Adina Vălea, European Union Commissioner for Transport.

 
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ADNOC to build world-scale Blue Ammonia Project

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced today that it will advance a world-scale “blue” ammonia production facility in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ADNOC is an early pioneer in the emerging hydrogen market, driving the UAE’s leadership in creating local and international hydrogen value chains, while contributing to economic growth and diversification in the UAE. The facility, which has moved to the design phase, will be developed at the new TA’ZIZ industrial ecosystem and chemicals hub in Ruwais.

 
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Scottish Port Seeks to Become Hub for Hydrogen in UK

Plans are advancing for the development of a hydrogen hub and transshipment port in northern Scotland. The terms of a memorandum of understanding between the Port of Cromarty Firth, located near Inverness, Scotland and Norwegian firm Gen2 Energy establish the groundwork to call for a commercial pathway to import green hydrogen from Norway into the UK energy market. The development of the hub is also seen as part of an effort to develop Scotland as a leader in renewable energy.

 
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