Posted by: cesmiconference | May 1, 2015

Cesmi Forum 2015 Day 2

Another great day at the Cesmi 2015 Conference:

Co-Chairs of CESMI 2015 Knut Oxnevad and Francis Mohajerin with Morten Høglund, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Foreign Minister:

Co-Chairs of CESMI 2015 Knut Oxnevad and Francis Mohajerin with Morten Høglund, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Foreign Minister

Representatives from the Ports of Long Beach, Hueneme, and Los Angeles having a panel discussion on development of the sustainable port:


Interesting panel discussion on ballast water and invasive species:


Posted by: cesmiconference | May 1, 2015

UASC Names First LNG-Ready Super Containership

UASC Barzan containership

The first of United Arab Shipping Company’s (UASC) 18,800 TEU containerships under construction at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) was named M/V Barzan in a ceremony at the shipyard today.

The DNVGL-classed vessel is the lead-off ship in a massive newbuild order of six 18,800 TEU vessels and eleven 15,000 TEU ships and is features a 2-stroke, 11-cylinder MAN B&W S90 ME/C powerplant that is LNG-ready.

UASC says this ship, based on preliminary calculations, will have an EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) value that is close to 50 percent below the 2025 limit set by IMO and a CO2 output per TEU that is more than 60 percent below the levels seen by 13,500 TEU vessels delivered just three years ago.

“We understand that providing environmentally friendly transport solutions and recognizing environmental initiatives around the globe are no longer a choice; they are a necessity for both our organization and our customers,” said Jørn Hinge, President and Chief Executive Officer of UASC. M/V Barzan and the 18,800 TEU fleet will complement the 15,000 TEU fleet, being gradually delivered since November 2014 and operating on the Asia-Europe trades as part of the Ocean 3 services.”

Besides an LNG-ready main engine, successful fuel consumption and CO2 reduction technologies previously used by UASC have been applied to this ship including shore-to-ship power supply solution for zero emissions at berth and energy efficient integrated system to monitor and optimize propulsion systems, machinery operations and navigation decision-making amongst others.

UASC’s 17-ship newbuild order is scheduled to be fully delivered by 2016, with 10 new vessels planned for delivery in 2015

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Posted by: cesmiconference | April 30, 2015

A Great Start of the CESMI Forum Conference 2015!

We are half-way through the first day of the CESMI Forum Conference, and here are some pictures from the day.






Questions by Knut Oxnevad (Simtano) to Heather Arias and Peggy Tarrico (Air Resources Board)


Engaged participants

Photo: IMO

The European Parliament on Tuesday approved new rules requiring ship owners using EU ports to report CO2 emissions regardless of the country in which they are registered, a decision the shipping industry calls “disappointing”.

The European Parliament voted to adopt the EU-wide system for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas emissions from individual ships, which the European Parliament says will improve the information about ship efficiency and emissions and encourage reducing emissions and fuel consumption.

“What we are looking at today is a first step to reduce emissions. If nothing is done, shipping emissions will go up by about 50% by 2030”, said José Inácio Faria (ALDE, PT), who drafted the second reading recommendation that was approved on Tuesday.

“This legislation is applicable to all ships using European ports, and will be an opportunity to influence negotiations within the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). We need to make sure that cooperation with our international partners is kept to, and make sure these steps give rise to an ambitious international agreement”, he added.

The EU rule will apply from 2018 on to all ships over 5,000 gross tons that call at EU ports, regardless of flag state.

In a joint statement by the shipping associations International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), BIMCO and Intercargo, the associations said they are not surprised by Tuesday’s vote, as it was based on the political agreement reached between the EU institutions at the end of last year. Still, the statement expressed disappointment as the decision preempts the IMO’s decision on a global data collection system on shipping’s CO2 emissions, which are being negotiated now.

“Until now, with the industry’s support, the IMO negotiations have been progressing well,” the joint statement said. “But there is a danger that the EU initiative will be seen by non-EU nations as an attempt to present them with afait accompli. The EU Regulation includes controversial elements, such as the publication of commercially sensitive data on individual ships, an idea which had previously been rejected by the majority of IMO governments during a meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee in October 2014.

“At the IMO, negotiations on additional measures to help reduce CO2 continue at the MEPC in two weeks’ time. It will be vital for EU Member States to explain how the new EU Regulation can be implemented in a way which is fully compatible with whatever might be agreed by IMO for global application, in the interests of avoiding the unhelpful complication of a separate regional regime,” the statement added.

In closing their statement, the shipping industry associations reiterated that the latest IMO Green House Gas Study, published in 2014, found that international shipping had reduced its total CO2 emissions by more than 10% between 2007 and 2012, despite an increase in maritime trade.

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APM Terminals Maasvlakte II Rotterdam facility. Photo: Maersk/Facebook

APM Terminals has opened its new Maasvlakte II container terminal at the Port of Rotterdam, said to be the most technologically advanced and environmentally sustainable facility of its type anywhere in the world.

The APM Terminals Maasvlakte II Rotterdam facility is constructed on land entirely reclaimed from the North Sea and designed as a zero-emissions multi-modal hub to reduce truck traffic in favor of barge and rail connections to inland locations.

The facility is the first to use remotely-controlled STS gantry cranes, moving containers between vessels and the landside fleet of 62 battery-powered Lift-Automated Guided Vehicles (Lift-AGVs), which transport containers between the quay and the container yard, including barge and on-dock rail facilities. The Lift-AGV’s also represent the world’s first series of AGV’s that can actually lift and stack a container. A fleet of 54 Automated Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMGs) then positions containers in the yard in a high-density stacking system.

The terminal utilizes wind-generated electricity to power its operations, producing zero CO2, emissions or pollutants, and is also considerably quieter than conventional diesel-powered facilities.

The terminal was officially opened on Friday during a ceremony attended by The Netherlands’ Monarch King Willem-Alexander, and 500 senior representatives from the global shipping industry and world governments.

APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer said: “We are honored to officially dedicate our new terminal with you today. APM Terminals Maasvlakte II is clearly a game-changer port in the shipping industry designed to exceed our customers’ expectations. It is significantly safer for our people and all users of the port. It runs on a zero emissions, sustainable business model using renewable energy, benefitting the people of Rotterdam and Europe. And, equally important, our shipping line customers will experience 40% higher productivity – thanks to automation.”

Construction of Maasvlakte II began in May 2012, with the first commercial vessel call in December 2014. Successful systems testing and ramp-up have been completed to bring the first phase of APM Terminals Maasvlakte II into full operational status.

The 86 hectare (212 acre) deep-water terminal features 1,000 meters of quay, on-dock rail, and eight fully-automated electric-powered Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes, with an annual throughput capacity of 2.7 million TEUs, representing an APM Terminals investment of EUR 500 million. At planned full build-out, the terminal will cover 180 hectares (445 acres) and offer 2,800 meters of deep-sea quay (19.65 meters/64.5 feet depth), with an annual throughput capacity of 4.5 million TEUs.

“The future of terminal operations is safer, high-volume, high-productivity performance” added Mr. Fejfer, adding “We are pleased to welcome that future here today.”

The existing APM Terminals Maasvlakte I Rotterdam container terminal, which will remain in service, handled 2.46 million TEUs in 2014.

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Posted by: cesmiconference | April 26, 2015

Ballast Water Treatment Spending Set to ‘Explode’

Photo: IMO

By Randall Hackley

(Bloomberg) — Investments in ballast water treatment are set to surge on the ratification of global environmental legislation that would help regulate vessels’ water discharges, according to a new report by Global Water Intelligence.

Spending may “explode” with an estimated $45.6 billion in investments over the next five years, the Oxford, U.K.-based water researcher said, outlining the opportunities for technologies to cleanse ship ballast water of invasive species and disease-causing bacteria.

Any regulatory enforcement will prompt the adoption of ballast water-treatment systems, or BWTS, in the marine shipping industry, from fishing boats and cruise ships to oil tankers and container vessels. Companies are developing on-board cleansing systems that include filtration and ultraviolet disinfection.

Ballast water helps stabilize tankers and cargo ships in rough seas yet is believed to have resulted in the introduction of such invasive species as zebra mussels and foreign pathogens to U.S. coastal waters, the Great Lakes and elsewhere.

Once in force, the International Maritime Organization, or IMO, Ballast Water Management Convention would require larger vessels to install ballast water-treatment systems.

The IMO convention “has not yet been fully ratified whilst the U.S. Coast Guard is yet to make its first full type approval for a BWTS, causing delays in the uptake of BWTS and confusion as to when to install such systems and which to select,” GWI publisher Christopher Gasson said.

Nonetheless, “it’s expected at least one of these events will take place within the next year after which the demand for and uptake of BWTS will increase significantly,” Gasson said.

The peak of capital expenditures anticipated for BWTS is expected to be in 2019, largely from the volume of retrofits needed to comply legally with the regulations, GWI said.

Cargo ships, including bulk carriers, oil tankers and container ships, will drive most of the demand, said GWI, which is hosting a water-industry event starting Sunday in Athens that ends April 28.

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Posted by: cesmiconference | April 24, 2015

MARAD Has $900,000 Available for LNG Conversion Project

The world's first LNG-powered containership launched at the NASSCO shipyard, April 18, 2015. Photo: Department of Transportation

The U.S. Maritime Administration says it has $900,000 in federal funding available to support the conversion of existing U.S. flag vessels to liquified natural gas propulsion.

The administration says it is accepting proposals from U.S. ship owners, operators and public sponsors through May 7, 2015.

Recipients of the funding will help drive research and assess the public benefit of possible incentives to encourage adoption of emission reducing technologies, specifically the use of LNG as an alternative fuel.

On Sunday, General Dynamics NASSCO launched the world’s first LNG-powered containership, Isla Bella, being built for TOTE Inc. In September 2014, TOTE received $324.6 million Title XI loan guarantee from MARAD to help fund the Isla Bella and its Marlin class sister ship. Delivery of the vessels are expected for Q4 2015 and Q1 2016. TOTE is also converting two of its existing Orca-class diesel-electric cargo ships to LNG propulsion.

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Posted by: cesmiconference | April 23, 2015

Happy Earth Day 2015!

Over the last 45 years, Earth Day Network (EDN) has executed successful environmental campaigns on issues ranging from climate change and drinking water to voter registration and saving the whale. EDN is a recognized leader in creating civically–oriented innovative programs with partners outside of the environmental movement to tackle new challenges.

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Posted by: cesmiconference | April 21, 2015

Profit Rises at Qatari LNG Shipper Nakilat

nakilat mozah q-max lng carrier

reuters_logo1DUBAI, April 19 (Reuters) – Qatar Gas Transport Co (Nakilat), one of the world’s largest shippers of liquefied natural gas, posted a 7.7 percent rise in first-quarter net profit on Sunday.

The company made a net profit of 222.4 million riyals ($61.1 million), it said in a statement. This is up from 206.5 million riyals a year earlier.

QNB Financial Services forecast Nakilat would make a quarterly net profit of 233.5 million riyals.

Nakilat’s quarterly revenue was 873.2 million riyals, up from 860.2 million riyals in the corresponding period in 2014. ($1 = 3.6412 Qatar riyals) (Reporting by Nadia Saleem; Editing by Olzhas Auyezov)

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Photo courtesy NASSCO

San Diego shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO on Saturday celebrated the launch of the Isla Bella, the world’s first LNG-powered containership.

More than 3,400 were in attendance at the launch ceremony, including the shipbuilders, their families, industry stakeholders and the public. The name of the vessel was also revealed during the ceremony.

The ship’s name, Isla Bella, was selected from a contest hosted in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico. Isla Bella translates to beautiful island in English and will serve as a reminder of the cultural and economic significance of the ships.

The ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Sophie Sacco, wife of Michael Sacco, president of the Seafarers International Union of North America, AFL-CIO, had the honor of christening the ship with the traditional champagne bottle break over the hull.

The containership is part of a two-ship contract with TOTE, Inc., a leading logistics and transportation company based in Jacksonville, Florida. The new ships, known as the Marlin Class, will be the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered containerships in the world and will provide Jones Act shipping services from Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The 3,100 TEU ship’s are designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea. The design is based on proven containership-design standards and include DSME’s patented LNG fuel-gas system and a single MAN B&W 8L70ME-GI dual-fuel gas-powered engine. The ME-GI engine will primarily operate on LNG, which will help the make the vessels among the most environmentally friendly containerships in the world. The engine itself is also significant because it marked the first commercial installation of the new ME-GI engine – a dual-fuel, low-speed two stroke from MAN Diesel and Turbo.

The ships are each equipped with two 900 cubic meter cryogenic tanks weighing 380 tons each, which will be used to store the LNG fuel onboard the ships.

By switching to LNG, TOTE is reducing NOx emissions by 98 percent, SOx by 97 percent, carbon dioxide by 72 and particulate matter by 60 percent in the Puerto Rico trade.

Full Coverage: TOTE’s Marlin-Class

Delivery of the Isla Bella is expected for the Q4 2015, followed by the second ship in the Q1 2016. The vessels will operate under charter agreements with Sea Star Line LLC.

The launch of the Isla Bella also marked the 100th ship launch for NASSCO.

TOTE’s contract with NASSCO includes options for up to three additional ships.

Photo courtesy NASSCO

An illustration of TOTE's Marlin-class. Image (c) TOTE

The 8L70ME-C8.2GI engine was built under license from Doosan Engine in South Korea and delivered to the shipyard in July.

Marlin class propulsion system configuration. Photo: TOTE

LNG fuel tank configuration.


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