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    Green fuel scarcity could scupper decarbonisation


    A lack of alternative fuel availability may hinder marine decarbonisation, according to the latest whitepaper from P&O Maritime Logistics.

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    Japanese autonomous vessel project completes coastal round-trip


    A vessel operated by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has completed a demonstration operating on an autonomous navigation system as part of the Nippon Foundation’s MEGURI2040 project.

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    MAN ES Wins German Sustainability Award


    MAN Energy Solutions was awarded a prize in the ‘Mechanical and Plant Engineering’ company category in the the German Sustainability Awards held in Düsseldorf on 23 November.

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    Synthetic EALS Linked To Increase In Stern Tube Seal Failures: Report


    Gard, the Norwegian-headquartered marine insurance firm, has recently published research into propeller shaft aft seal damage, which noted a “significant increase” in failures following the 2013 introduction by the US EPA of new Vessel General Permit (VGP) rules.

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    French Operator Shows Green Commitment


    Testament to an extensive newbuild programme and fleet-wide technological initiatives, Brittany Ferries has secured Green Marine Certified Shipowner accreditation for the fourth year in a row.

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    Payback Promise From New Bulbous Bow


    Vehicle carrier and logistics specialist Wallenius Wilhelmsen has implemented a vessel upgrading project entailing the retrofit of a new form of bulbous bow. The scheme promises average fuel savings of at least 6% and a corresponding cut in the recipient ship’s CO2 emissions by 1,400t per annum.

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    German federal funding for low-emission coaster newbuildings


    Shipowner Gerdes Green, a joint venture between Reederei Gerdes and Over-C, has received a grant from Germany’s Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport towards the cost of investment in sustainable innovations for a pair of coastal vessels. The grant was awarded as part of the country’s Namkü directive to reduce emissions from the coastal fleet. 

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    Steerprop Bow Thrusters For Canada’s New Polar Icebreaker


    Steerprop, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance propulsion systems, has been chosen to supply advanced ice-classed bow thrusters to the Canadian Coast Guard’s new Polar Icebreaker. The ship will be designed and built by Seaspan Shipyards as part of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy. When completed, she will be one of the most powerful icebreakers in the world.

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    Malaysia offshore CCS project advances, FEED work to begin in 2024


    Japan’s Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (JAPEX), JGC Holdings Corporation (JGC HD,) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE) signed a Key Principles Agreement with Malaysian energy producer Petronas on 28 September 2023 in connection with plans to develop an offshore carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Malaysia’s waters by 2028.

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    Hanwha Ocean Collaboration with ABS to Support Shipbuilding Transformation


    ABS and Hanwha Ocean have signed a landmark strategic framework agreement to advance the digital transformation of shipbuilding. The agreement was signed at KORMARINE in Busan, Korea.

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    3D model-based class approval benefits validated by joint project


    Bureau Veritas (BV), the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) and NAPA, the maritime software and data services supplier, have completed the first phase of a Joint Development Project (JDP) to enable 3D model-based approvals for the classification of ships.

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    CMA CGM behind launch of AI lab start-up


    Kyutai is apparently the first European private-initiative laboratory dedicated to open research in AI

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    Improved Sensors Offer Offer Operations, Refit and Design Benefits


    Sensor technology and digital twins of ships are evolving and open new opportunities for owners and managers to improve the way how their ships are operated.

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    Wärtsilä launches first ammonia-fuelled 4-stroke engine for maritime market


    Wärtsilä has introduced the marine sector’s first commercially available 4-stroke engine-based solution for ammonia as a fuel. The ammonia solution is now commercially available as part of the Wärtsilä 25 engine platform, which was launched in September 2022.

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    CHEK project releases mid-term results of interaction between energy saving devices


    The EU-funded CHEK project is evaluating the interaction between multiple energy saving devices when installed on a bulk carrier and a cruise ship, and modelling as part of the project is now able to put some numbers on the gains that can be expected for the vessels.

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    US ports win record funding for improvements


    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced over US$653 million to fund 41 port improvement projects across the nation under the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).

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    $85m investment to expand yard capacity at Ancona


    Fincantieri has signed an agreement to develop the port of Ancona with the Port System Authority of the Central Adriatic Sea (ADSP).

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    IMO’s Calculation Challenge For GHG Regulation


    Engine emissions have been regulated by the IMO under MARPOL Annex VI since 2005 when the 1997 Protocol adding the annex came into effect.

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    World-Class Training Ship Raises US Profile


    Giving first form to a programme of considerable significance for the US maritime industries as a whole, the cadet training ship Empire State recently made her debut in New York. The $315m newbuild from Philly Shipyard marks a step change not only in design capability and engineering technology but also in the structure used for government shipbuilding contracts.

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    New Fuels Change Lifetime Equation For Equipment


    OEMs, like shipowners, are facing the increasing need to ensure the operational flexibility and fuel efficiency of their power and propulsion systems as expensive new fuels gradually take hold.