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Ulstein introduces hydrogen-powered support vessel design


2019-11-15

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

 

 

 

 

Recently, DNV GL identified the five most promising alternative fuels for shipping, with hydrogen as the ultimate zero-emission solution. The first complete hydrogen fuelled prospect has been put together by Ulstein Design & Solutions BV and Nedstack fuel cell technology BV with the intent of reducing the environmental footprint of offshore projects.

The ULSTEIN SX190 Zero Emission DP2 construction support vessel is Ulstein's first hydrogen powered offshore vessel, featuring a Nedstack fuel cell power system. The DP2 vessel can cater for a large variety of offshore support operations.

This design uses proven and available technology, enabling clean shipping operations to reduce the environmental footprint of offshore projects. CO2, NOxand particle emissions are eliminated when using hydrogen fuel cells.

"The maritime industry needs to align and be ambitious in bringing green solutions forward for a sustainable future. With this hydrogen-fuelled vessel, we aim for future zero-emission operations of long endurance," says Tore Ulstein, deputy CEO, Ulstein Group.

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L'AFCDC, Chantier Davie Canada et Groupe CSL Inc. établissent un partenariat vert avec Innovation Maritime


2019-11-08

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

 

 

 

L'Association des fournisseurs de Chantier Davie Canada, Innovation Maritime, Chantier Davie Canada et Groupe CSL Inc. ont établi un partenariat vert pour le lancement officiel du projet de réduction de l'empreinte environnementale des navires opérant sur le Saint-Laurent (REVOS) lors d'un déjeuner d'affaires qui a eu lieu hier matin à Lévis.

Grâce à un financement majeur (2 millions $) accordé par le gouvernement du Canada par le biais du Programme Renforcement de l'Innovation (RI) du CRSNG, et l'implication d'une dizaine d'entreprises, notamment le Chantier Davie Canada pour un montant de 50 000 $, le projet REVOS va se déployer sur une période de 5 ans. L'objectif général du projet est de contribuer à la recherche de solutions pratiques, innovantes et abordables pour améliorer la performance environnementale des navires opérant sur le fleuve Saint-Laurent.

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BC Ferries awards contracts for four more hybrid electric vessels

BC Ferries attribue des contrats pour quatre autres navires électriques hybrides


2019-11-06

 

 

VICTORIA - BC Ferries has awarded Damen Shipyards Group of the Netherlands contracts to build four more battery electric-hybrid Island Class vessels scheduled to go into service in 2022. In the spring of 2017, BC Ferries awarded Damen contracts to build two "first in class" of these battery electric-hybrid vessels. These vessels have successfully completed sea trials and will arrive in Victoria, B.C. by January 2020.

With the extension of the partnership between BC Ferries and Damen now confirmed, Damen will extend its agreement with Point Hope Shipyards of Victoria, B.C. to provide technical and warranty support for the new vessels with their local staff.

"Our Clean Futures Plan spells out our strategy to reduce GHG emissions by replacing our legacy carbon intensive fossil fuelled vessels with ships using clean energy," said Captain Jamie Marshall, BC Ferries' Vice President, Business Development & Innovation. "These next four Island Class ships are a major step in our plan to progressively lower emissions across the fleet and be a leader in the energy transition to a lower carbon future."

The Island Class is a battery-powered ferry. When electric charging technology matures to make electricity available in the quantities required, BC Ferries will operate these new ships as all- electric ferries, using clean energy. In the interim, these ships will use an on board low sulphur diesel hybrid system.

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Prairie exports power cargo growth at Port of Thunder Bay

 

2019-11-06

 

 

The Port of Thunder Bay is reporting above-average cargo tonnage as of October 31.  Port terminals have handled 6.9 million metric tonnes of cargo so far this season.  This figure is 10% higher than last year and 5% higher than the 5-year average, noted Tim Heney, the port's President and CEO.

The month of October was notable for strong coal and potash movement.  Both commodities are mined on the Prairies and shipped in bulk from Thunder Bay to other Great Lakes / Seaway ports as well as international ports.  Coal and potash shipments for the month of October were twice- and three-times the normal levels, respectively.

Grain volumes held steady in October, maintaining a seasonal increase over last year mostly due to higher shipments of Manitoba canola to international ports.  At just under half a million metric tonnes, direct exports of canola from Thunder Bay by foreign-flagged saltie vessels are at an all-time high.

The first week of November has remained busy, particularly for salties departing the Port with grain.  
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has been projecting a strong fall harvest, however there is some uncertainty for the final two months of the shipping season as poor weather has led to harvesting delays and some crop downgrading on the Prairies. (photo TBPA)

 


 
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CMA CGM joins Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd in low-sulfur surcharge

CMA CGM rejoint Maersk et Hapag-Lloyd pour une surcharge faible teneur en soufre



2019-11-05

 

 

 

French carrier CMA CGM today became the third global shipping line to announce a low-sulfur charge effective December 1 for cargo moving on short-term contracts of up to three months. It joins Maersk Line and Hapag-Lloyd who sent similar "Environmental fuel fee" notifications last week to cover an increase in fuel-related costs determined by the implementation of the IMO 2020 regulation as of January.

The surcharge is calculated using the price difference between high-sulfur fuel and low-sulfur fuel average prices of October. Last week, the spread widened to 58 per cent.

According to the carrier's online tool (tariff value calculator), a Shanghai-Rotterdam shipment in December generates a low-sulfur fuel surcharge of $120 per TEU, or approximately 17 per cent of the current spot price per container. (photo HPA)

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