ABS to support the decarbonization of Pacific Carriers and PaxOcean
Having recently signed a joint development project (JDP) agreement, Pacific Carriers Limited (PCL) and PaxOcean Holdings (PaxOcean) will collaborate with ABS to decarbonize their respective operations.
The JDP will begin with methanol being studied as an alternative fuel for the PCL fleet of vessels. ABS will be responsible for evaluating a method for retrofitting a methanol-powered propulsion system on board PCL vessels to enable the use of the low-carbon fuel.
“PCL and PaxOcean are forward-looking companies, and as a leader in maritime decarbonization, ABS is proud to be able to use our deep insight to support their sustainability journeys,” explained John McDonald, executive vice president and COO, ABS.
Mahle Powertrain to develop sustainable and practical retrofit propulsion systems
A project led by Mahle Powertrain – carried out in collaboration with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the University of Nottingham and Clean Air Power – is set to work on the development of sustainable propulsion systems for retrofit to powerful vessels where battery or other electrified technologies may not be suitable.
Initially, the project will target search and rescue vessels, such as those used by the RNLI. Due to the low energy density and weight of some currently available battery solutions and the requirements for a fast turnaround time between operations, Mahle states that such vessels need an alternative, yet sustainable propulsion system.
Liquid Wind and Umeå Energi to establish maritime electrofuel facility in Umeå
A partnership between Liquid Wind and Umeå Energi has conducted a feasibility study which has confirmed the correct conditions for establishing an electrofuel facility for the maritime industry at the Dåva cogeneration plant in Umeå, Sweden. The facility will be the third of its kind in the country.
“We are looking forward to our partnership with Umeå Energi and their future-oriented vision which results in the possibility to jointly establish the first electrofuel facility in Region Västerbotten,” commented Claes Fredriksson, CEO and founder of Liquid Wind. “The Dåva facility will follow the Örnsköldsvik and Sundsvall facilities already being developed in Västernorrland.
ABS president outlines importance of LNG in maritime energy transition
During a keynote speech at the Liquefied Gas and Alternative Fuels Senior Executive Forum in Houston, Texas, Christopher Wiernicki, chairman, president and CEO of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), outlined to US Coast Guard (USCG) leaders the importance of LNG as a fuel to meet the decarbonization targets of the shipping sector.
“We are going to have to begin to balance what we’re facing today, which is, essentially, how do we handle energy security relative to the short-term energy security challenge and the longer-term energy transition? LNG is going to play a leading role in this,” said Wiernicki.
TA’ZIZ and Proman to co-develop methanol facility in the United Arab Emirates
Methanol producer Proman and the Abu Dhabi Chemicals Derivatives Company (TA’ZIZ) have signed a shareholders’ agreement to develop what is stated to be the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) first world-scale methanol production facility. The facility will be located at the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone in Al Ruways Industrial City in Abu Dhabi.
The companies estimate that the site will have the capacity to produce up to 1.8 million tons of methanol each year, to meet growing domestic and international demand for the chemical which has many uses, including as a low-emission fuel within the maritime sector (and other industries).
Neoline begins to build wind-propelled cargo ship
Having secured a budget of more than €60m (US$65m), Neoline has begun construction of the Neoliner. The 136m-long ro-ro vessel will use two 76m-high SolidSail folding carbon masts with a 3,000m2 sail area to deliver the majority of propulsion when weather patterns enable it.
As the designer of the wind-propelled solution, Chantiers de l’Atlantique will supply the Neoliner with its SolidSail rigging system. D-ICE Engineering will deliver the vessel’s advanced routing, navigation, piloting and monitoring systems, which have been adapted to suit the wind propulsion systems.
The sailing cargo vessel – which is being built by RMK Marine at its shipyard on the coast of the Marmara Sea in Turkey – will also be equipped with an auxiliary engine, marine gasoil desulfurized generators and three transverse thrusters to enable operations in ports and time-efficient service.
Houlder and Blue Sea Power collaborate on Greek gas-to-power projects
Houlder and Blue Sea Power are to develop three floating LNG-to-power barges (FSRPs) to provide non-interconnected Greek islands with clean, low-emission baseload and peak power.
Planned to be operational by 2025, the FSRP barges will deliver green power to the islands of Kos, Chios and Lesvos when the existing renewable infrastructure consisting of solar and wind energy can no longer meet demand. The newly developed vessels will replace the current diesel and heavy fuel oil power generation infrastructure while meeting the EU taxonomy and newly introduced Greek climate legislation.
To improve the vessels’ sustainability credentials, the engines will be hydrogen production blend ready.
Incat in consultation for zero-emission ferry project
Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania is in discussions to deliver what it claims will be the world’s first large, lightweight, zero-emissions ferry.
The 130m lightweight ferry, originally intended to be powered by LNG, will carry 2,100 passengers and 226 vehicles for Incat’s long-term South American customer, Buquebus. Following consultation with the customer, Incat has been asked to investigate the possibility of replacing the LNG powerplant with a battery-electric solution.
The ship is to be delivered in 2025. If it is fitted with a battery-electric propulsion system, it will be the world’s largest, lightweight, zero-emissions ferry operating on any route in the world.