The lines of a 9,000 TEU container ship series were significantly improved in a joint venture of the Chinese design office Maric and Germanischer Lloyd’s subsidiary FutureShip. Shipowners Schulte Group (Germany) and Costamare Inc. (Greece) had requested the design review in order to optimize the vessel’s efficiency.
DAIHATSU DIESEL MFG. CO., LTD has been working on developments of engines complying with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier-II standards, which will be applicable to the ships built in January 2011 and thereafter. We shipped the first lot of 6DK-20e, which is our first commercialized product (720rpm × 670kW), on June 23, before January 2011.
Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading solutions provider, has joined the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), a programme initiated by Forum for the Future. The initiative brings together the industry’s leading organizations to show what can – and must – be done for shipping to contribute to, and benefit from, a sustainable future.
IHI Marine United Inc. has developed a tanker and bulk carrier that emit 30% less carbon dioxide than its existing offerings, rounding out its eco-ship series.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has expressed serious concern about the online database of efficiency data for 60,000 individual merchant ships, published by Virgin Atlantic airlines’ boss Sir Richard Branson’s self styled ‘Carbon War Room’, ostensibly to allow customers to compare the carbon footprint of the ships they are using to move the 90% of world trade that is transported by sea.
According to the International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT), H2S content in liquid could produce an equivalent atmospheric concentration in the ratio of 1 (by weight) to 100 (by volume).
While IMO guidelines are observed on a ‘voluntary’ basis by the international shipping community, their adoption becomes mandatory for certain vessels when an Approved Method for complying with the regulations is available. MAN Diesel & Turbo has developed Approved Methods for a number of its engines, requiring some shipowners to retrofit engines to follow IMO emission limits.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has completed the conceptual design of the “MALS-14000CS,”*1 a New Panamax*2 size 14,000 TEU*3 (twenty-foot equivalent unit) container vessel that will contribute to the prevention of global warming. The MALS-14000CS adopts the company’s proprietary Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS), which reduces frictional resistance between the vessel hull and seawater using air bubbles at the vessel bottom produced by air. Incorporating the MALS, along with today’s most advanced high-efficiency ship hull design and propulsion system, the vessel will be capable of reducing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), a major greenhouse gas (GHG), by 35% compared with container carriers of conventional design.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced that the company has verified continuous operation of the main engine in all load ranges, by increasing the output of the engine’s auxiliary blower motor. Generally, the main engine of an ocean shipping vessel takes air into the combustion chamber using an auxiliary blower for…
GDF SUEZ considers Asia as a core development region for its LNG business, with strong growth prospects and new supply potential. GDF SUEZ is the only European utility with the flexibility in its natural gas portfolio to divert volumes to the Asian market, as accomplished with the CNOOC transaction.