LNG is Prime Contender for Newbuilds: DNV GL Alt-Fuels White Paper

| Norway, Høvik
Searoad Mersey II

Searoad Mersey II

Classification society DNV GL has issued a new white paper which assesses a range of alternative fuels and technologies. Entitled Alternative fuels and technologies for greener shipping, the paper examines the price, availability, regulatory challenges and environmental benefits of alternative fuels and technologies, including LNG, LPG, hydrogen, fuel cells, and hybrid and battery technologies, and comparing them to the use of conventional fuel with scrubbers and new low sulphur alternatives. Read more »

WinGD X-DF NG-VOC Capability a Greener Solution for Shipping

| Italy: Trieste

WinGD-wartsila dual-fuel engineWinterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has moved into a new category of environmental compatibility following the successful testing of a NG-VOC (Natural Gas – Volatile Organic Compounds) fuel mix for the WinGD X-DF engine. The engine uses a VOC recovery system developed by Wärtsilä Gas Systems. The engines will power two 125 000 dwt Shuttle Tankers for AET. Read more »

LNG-Powered Viking Grace Adds Rotor Sail

| Finland: Åland

MS Viking Grace fitted with rotor sail by NorsepowerThe M/S Viking Grace, part of Finland’s Viking Line, is the first passenger ship in the world equipped with a rotor sail for the utilisation of wind power. Delivered at the start of 2013 as the first vessel of its type to use Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the ship is now capable of even cleaner operations with the addition of a 24 metre cylindrical sail. Read more »

LNG-fueled Bulk Carrier R&D Plan Approved by Japan’s MLIT

| Japan: Tokyo

Post-Panamax ship (image DSME)An R&D plan jointly presented by NYK and Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. has been approved by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) in its effort to support the introduction of cutting-edge vessels. The selected plan concerns R&D to fuel a post-panamax* bulk carrier with liquefied natural gas (LNG). MLIT’s approval is expected to accelerate the practical application of the plan. Read more »

HHI Receives AiP from LR for LNG-fuelled 250,000 dwt VLOC

| United Kingdom: London

HHi_LNG fuel tank locationHyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has received approval in principle (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register (LR) for a Liquefied Natural gas (LNG)-fuelled 250,000 dwt class very large ore carrier (VLOC). HHI has been focusing its efforts on LNG-fuelled ships as part of its plans to meet the market’s needs for environmentally friendly shipping. Read more »

ENGIE Sails Into H2 Waters with Energy Observer

| France, Paris

Energy ObserverENGIE, a France-based international provider of power, natural gas, energy services, has become one of the main partners of the first ship in the world powered by hydrogen and renewable energies only, an experimental laboratory aimed at energy autonomy, without emissions of greenhouse gases or fine particles. Read more »

Wärtsilä Introduces LNG-with-VOC Recovery for Cleaner Tankers

| Finland, Helsinki

Wartsila VOC Recovery SystemFinnish engineering group Wärtsilä will use ground-breaking technology for two new shuttle tankers being built for Singapore based AET Tankers at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea. The system creates a fuel mix of LNG and recovered volatile organic compounds (VOC), the gas evaporating from the oil cargo tanks. Read more »

MAN Diesel & Turbo and Hyundai to Build Engine Test Facility in Korea

| Denmark: Copenhagen

ME-GI Pump Vaporizer UnitMAN Diesel & Turbo is to build a new test-engine facility in collaboration with its two-stroke licensee, HHI-EMD, the engine and machinery division of Hyundai Heavy Industries. The new venture aims to expand MAN Diesel & Turbo’s R&D test capacity, in the process strengthening its development of dual-fuel gas engines. Read more »

GTT’s LNG Brick Bunker Tank Testing Completed

| France: Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse

GTT LNG BrickWith the rise in the use of LNG as a fuel, the marine industry requires new cryogenic storage solutions which are both compact and easy to install. To meet this requirement, GTT has developed the LNG Brick® technology and announces the end of its test campaign. Read more »