Technology group Wärtsilä will provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion and storage systems for four new next-generation short-sea cargo vessels being built at the WuHu Shipyard in China. The ships have been ordered by Netherlands-based Wijnne & Barends Chartering, an affiliate of the Dutch Spliethoff Group.
“Our recognized leadership in LNG technologies is again shown with this order,” says Luuk Hijlkema, account manager, sales, Wärtsilä Marine. “Wärtsilä’s expertise in delivering fully integrated systems, and our emphasis on partnering with customers and other stakeholders to develop the optimal solution, can lead to state-of-the-art vessels, as is we have here.”
The ships will be among the first-ever of their type to be powered by LNG fuel.
Flagship trade fair for the shipping industry Nor-Shipping has issued a call for the maritime and ocean industries to rise to pressing environmental and business challenges and convey to all stakeholders, including society at large, that they are moving beyond words and ideas toward ambitious, impactful ocean action.
“This is not a criticism, this is not a complaint, this is a requirement for us, all of us, as an industry,” said Per Martin Tanggaard, director of Nor-Shipping. “Awareness of environmental issues, particularly those related to our ‘home’, the ocean, is growing exponentially. Society sees us using this invaluable resource but they don’t always see us taking the necessary action to protect it.”
Using the hashtag #ACTION, Nor-Shipping hopes to inspire the maritime and ocean industries into action before their next event in June 2021.
Corvus Energy has been selected again by CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering (CCCCSEE) and ZPMC to supply energy storage systems (ESS) for 25 new battery-hybrid rubber tire gantry (RTG) cranes.
The battery-hybrid RTG cranes will be deployed by the South Carolina Port Authority (SCPA), where they are expected to reduce fuel consumption (by up to 65% compared with conventional diesel electric port cranes) and operating costs, as well as lower GHG, particulate emissions and noise levels in the port and enhance crane performance and reliability.
“Corvus Energy has definitely shifted the economics and viability of converting diesel port equipment to battery-hybrid electric with their Orca Energy system,” said Gao Jianzhong, chief engineer at CCCCSEE.
The technology group Wärtsilä has been awarded Lloyds Register (LR) system-level cybersecurity certification for fully connected and integrated operational systems. It is one of the first times the certification has been awarded globally.
The LR’s ShipRight SAFE AL2 certification, which is with Wärtsilä’s Data Collection Unit (WDCU), gives approval-in-principle (AiP) for the entire Wärtsilä integrated system network, rather than for any individual component.
LR defines ‘cyber-enabled’ systems as those systems installed on board ships that have traditionally been controlled by the ship’s crew, but which nowadays include the capability to be monitored, or monitored and controlled, either remotely or autonomously with or without a crew on board.
Slowing the speeds of ships can have massive benefits for pollution and marine life, as well as fight against climate change.
Seas at Risk’s multi issue speed report – titled The multi-issue mitigation potential of reducing ship speeds – shows that a 20% reduction in speeds would reduce underwater noise pollution by 66%, the chance of a fatal collision between a ship and a whale by a massive 78%, and reduce CO2 emissions by 24%.
The report looks as the potential for slower speeds to reduce CO2, as well as black carbon, nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides and noise, which all contribute to damage to the marine environment and human health.
Viking Line is working in partnership with Swedish clean-tech firm Climeon on its new vessel Viking Glory, which will be one of the world’s most climate-smart vessels when it is launched in 2021.
Viking Line was the first shipping company in the world to invest in Climeon’s energy recovery system – which converts waste heat from the water used to cool the vessel’s engines into clean electricity – when it was installed on board Viking Grace. With the construction of Viking Glory, the decision was made to involve Climeon right from the start in the development work.
“Fuel is the second biggest expenditure for Viking Line, but being energy-efficient is not just about making savings,” said Kari Granberg, project manager for Viking Glory at Viking Line.
Corvus Energy is to receive funding of up to C$6m (US$4.6m) from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to support a research and development project creating the next generation of energy storage and digitization technologies for marine vessels.
“Funding from NRC IRAP and other Canadian government programs has been instrumental for Corvus, not only in assisting our product development over the years, but also in opening new markets and helping us attract our investment partners,” said Sean Puchalski, EVP of strategy and business planning for Corvus Energy.
“We have grown to be one of Canada’s leading clean-tech companies with expertise recognized throughout the global marine industry.
Technology group Wärtsilä will supply its Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) solution to two of France’s leading ports, Calais and Boulogne. Calais is the leading port in France for passenger traffic and the second largest port in Europe for ro-ro vessel traffic, while Boulogne-Sur-Mer is the leading fishing vessel port in France. The Wärtsilä VTS will effectively manage vessel traffic in these busy harbors to deliver greater operational efficiency and safety.
The system optimizes planning and traffic monitoring to reduce waiting time for vessels and allow just-in-time pilotage. It will be delivered during the ‘Calais Port 2015’ project deployment, which is one of the decade’s major French construction undertakings, and is the first maritime project within the European Union’s investment plan for priority infrastructures.