Wärtsilä Tests Bio LNG Fuel For GHG Emission Reduction With Finnish Border Guard

The ‘Turva’ seen here being fuelled with Bio LNG for the testing programme. © Finnish Border Guard

The technology group Wärtsilä is cooperating with the Finnish Border Guard in the testing of Bio LNG as fuel for a Coastguard patrol vessel. The aim is to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, thereby lessening the impact on global warming.

The 96 metre long vessel, the ‘Turva’, is fitted with Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines and has been supported with a Wärtsilä maintenance agreement since its launch in 2014. The Bio LNG fuel is supplied by Gasum, a Finnish state-owned biogas refiner.

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SHI Becomes First Shipbuilder To Receive AiP For Independent ECO-WTIV Model From Three Major Classification Societies

Samsung Heavy Industries

In order to keep pace with the growing offshore wind industry, Samsung Heavy Industries has ventured into the market by developing its own Wind Turbine Installation Vessel (WTIV) model with diverse green technologies adopted.

SHI announced on 8th April that it became the first shipbuilder to receive Approval in Principle (AiP) for its low carbon emission ECO-WTIV (LNG Fuel + SOFC) model named SLW-FUEL CELL from three major classification societies, American Shipping Bureau (ABS), DNV and Lloyd’s...


Suez Canal Blockage: Supply Chain Risks Assessed

Evergreen Lines Ever Given Grounded In Suez Canal -

Global supply chains already strained by the disruption caused by the pandemic have been further challenged recently by the blockage of the Suez Canal, an artery that carries 30% of the world’s container cargo each year. Happily, the Canal is now functioning normally again, but a reported 300 ships have been delayed awaiting transit, many others were re-routed via the longer passage around South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope.

In its advisory capacity as a mitigator of risk and loss in the supply...


Suez Canal Chief Hints At Captain’s Fault For MV Ever Given Grounding

Ever Given ran aground on 23 March and continues to block the Suez Canal.

As the battle to determine the cause of Ever Given’s grounding in the Suez Canal intensifies, the ship’s captain is at a crossfire. As per reports, the Suez Canal Authorities have suggested that the ship’s captain might have made a mistake that caused the accident.

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“Maybe the captain made a mistake in a specific (operation) request, such as the rudder or speed, which could have led to that,” Osama Rabie, the Suez Canal Chairman said at a press conference.



3 Important Aspects To Successful Maritime Digitalization


It’s talked about a lot in the maritime industry: how to digitize your business process. Should you simply just buy a software package from a well-known large international software vendor? If you want to do that, first read these tips to help you successfully digitize your business process to make it successful in a guaranteed way.

Maritime Industry: How to Digitize Your Business

Vision is often seen as a difficult subject. However, a vision on maritime digitalization is absolutely necessary to...


Port Of Rotterdam: Real-Time Digital Overview Accelerates Handling Of Delayed Suez Vessels

Real-time digital overview accelerates handling of delayed Suez vessels in port of Rotterdam

Many sea-going vessels have been delayed as a consequence of the Suez Canal obstruction. As delayed vessels are arriving in quick succession in Rotterdam, there are many scheduling changes. This has created a lot of confusion for market parties regarding their vessel’s estimated time of arrival.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority, subsidiary PortBase, and five deep-sea terminals* have developed a real-time digital overview of arrival times on to provide transporters, shippers and other market...


Greek Shipowner Ordered To Pay $17.38 Million In Compensation For Oil Spill In Sri Lanka

MT New Diamond Fire

A Greek cargo ship is in trouble after it caused an oil spill in Sri Lankan waters last year. The vessel in question, the New Diamond, was on its way to India from Kuwait. The ship had 270,000 tonnes of crude oil onboard when it caught fire while transiting along the east coast of Sri Lanka. The incident happened in September last year.

While the cargo wasn’t affected by the fire but the tanker fueled leaked out causing an oil spill in the area. The ship was up in flames as the engine room...


IRClass Undertakes Successful Sea Trials For Pioneer Batch Of Vessels In India To Use Biofuel

Ambuja Mukund

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has undertaken successful sea trials for two vessels towards the use of biofuels in concurrence with the Indian flag administration. The two vessels – Ambuja Mukund and Ambuja Vaibhav, are owned by Ambuja Cements Ltd., which is a part of the global conglomerate Lafarge Holcim, a leader in building solutions.

In a bid to move towards reducing Greenhouse Gases (GHGs), the trials were carried out and the emission levels for CO2 and NOx at both ballast and...


Dry Bulk Owners Break Out The Bubbles But Can They Avoid The Hangover?

bulk carrier

Dry bulk owners enjoying a welcome bounce in earnings and asset values should be prepared for pressure in the second half of the year as the impact of China stimulus wanes and port efficiency improves.

In its latest monthly HORIZON report, Maritime Strategies International reports a relatively positive short-term outlook but adds that belief in a post-COVID, stimulus-led dry bulk trade recovery only partly explains the strength of the market.

Dry bulk markets are exhibiting significant ‘froth’...


Carbon Emissions In Port Of Rotterdam Drop Swifter Than National Average

Rotterdam Port

In the period 2016-2020, the port of Rotterdam reduced its total carbon emissions by no less than 27%. Nationwide, the volume of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere fell by 14% in the same period. In 2020, Rotterdam achieved a 12% reduction in emissions, compared to 8% in the Netherlands as a whole. As a result of this swift decrease, companies in the port of Rotterdam are currently responsible for 13.5% of the Netherlands’ total carbon emissions: a share that several years ago was...


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