Maersk is to trial a containerised 600 kWh marine battery system on board Maersk Cape Town in December 2019. The vessel utilises a waste heat recovery system, which will be used to recharge the battery system. The system will allow the vessel to optimise the operation of its three auxiliary engines, while meeting the energy requirements of its 150 reefer capacity during voyages between West Africa and East Asia.
Houston-based American Ethane announced plans to order 17 very large ethane carriers at Gastech in Houston on 17 September. The 150,000 cbm capacity VLECs will be ordered from Chinese shipyards Hudong-Zhonghua and Jiangnan, both of which received approval in principle for VLEC designs earlier in 2019.
Classification society ABS attracted a high-profile panel to discuss the industry’s decarbonisation challenge at a London International Shipping Week event on Monday.
An ABS technical investigation, conducted at the request of a prominent Greek-based operator of LNG carriers, identified occasional, but infrequent, vibrations exceeding limits on a twin propeller LNG carrier fitted with super-efficient three-bladed propellers. The issue was resolved in conjunction with the vessel’s classification society, engine designer and the shipyard.
ABS and MARIN have launched a joint industry project (JIP) to investigate methods of assessing the performance of wind-assisted shipping propulsion technologies.
ABS and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on up to 14 new gas carriers. The agreement covers seven newbuild Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLEC) and up to seven newbuild LNG carriers designed to carry gas from the US to China and other global markets.
Classification society, ABS, and representatives from the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) are joining forces to develop recommendations aimed at helping mitigate risks posed from the stowage of dangerous goods on container ships.
Aditya Aggarwal, ABS Director, Global Gas Development, provides an overview of the global ethane market, and the opportunities it holds.
Classification society, ABS has released guidance to assist shipyards and barge operators in the design and construction of liquefied gas tank barges equipped with remote control and other degrees of automation.
ABS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute (KOMERI) to create a new facility dedicated to improving the safety of LNG as fuel.
Rolls-Royce has received approval in principle (AIP) from classification organisation ABS for its new hybrid propulsion system for tractor tugs.
The latest ABS Scrubber Advisory update addresses retrofitting existing vessels with an exhaust gas scrubber system.
ABS has signed a pioneering Joint Development Program (JDP) with probunkers to provide technical support as it embarks on designing a fleet of specialist LNG bunker vessels for key ports around the world.
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