Opinion – Page 6

  • The topics covered by The Motorship Propulsion and Future Fuels Conference 2019, held in Hamburg on 19-20 November, are highly topical.

    Operating with uncertainty: 2019 Motorship Propulsion and Future Fuels review


    This year’s Motorship Propulsion and Future Fuels Conference, held in Hamburg on 19-20 November 2019, was highly topical, coming shortly after the conclusion of the sixth intersessional meeting of the working group on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships at the IMO.

  • Jim Heath and Robin Townsend of Bureau Veritas’s ship recycling consultancy partner, Marprof Environmental.

    Looming ship recycling deadlines


    Robin Townsend of Bureau Veritas’s ship recycling consultancy partner, Marprof Environmental, warned that ship owners need to pay careful attention to ship recycling regulations.

  • Stefan Goranov, Program Manager – Hybridisation at engine designer WinGD.

    The appliance of data science to hybridisation


    WinGD will upgrade the second test engine in Winterthur to allow the testing and validation of a hybrid system in a “semi-physical” set-up.

  • Scott Poulter, Executive Director of Pacific Green Technologies

    Putting the science of scrubber discharge first


    In a world facing complex environmental challenges, the best legislative responses are always evidence-based. Whether it is a complex decision on transport infrastructure, where to build more houses or whether or not build a waste incinerator, we all hope that the big decisions which affect us, our families, our businesses ...

  • Captain Richard von Berlepsch shared his thoughts on the 'Sajir' LNG conversion project among other topics.

    A view from the mountaintop


    Captain Richard von Berlepsch, Managing Director of Hapag-Lloyd’s Fleet Management arm offered his thoughts to the Motorship in a wide-ranging interview at the shipping company’s Hamburg headquarters.

  • Olav Hansen, Senior Principal Consultant in Lloyd’s Register Risk Management Consulting, is a leading authority on the use of hydrogen and is involved in a number of hydrogen development projects. (Credit: Lloyd's Register)

    Taking the lead on hydrogen safety


    Lloyd’s Register is focusing on the safety of using hydrogen as a fuel

  • ICS, ASA and ECSA signed an MOU providing a framework for closer co-operation in Singapore in April. Credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)



    A delegation from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) expressed concern over recent increases in protectionist measures during a presentation at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva.

  • Kaj Portin noted existing Wärtsilä dual-fuel LNG engines could be retrofitted to run on 10-15% hydrogen "relatively quickly" (credit: Wärtsilä)

    Wärtsilä hydrogen research bears fruit


    Kaj Portin, Wärtsilä’s General Manager of Research & Technology Programs, Engines Technology, discussed progress in developing hybrid solutions to use hydrogen in gas or combustion engines.

  • MAN Energy Solutions’ promotion manager for dual-fuelled engines, René Sejer Laursen.

    MAN Energy Solutions to undertake ammonia study


    MAN Energy Solutions plans to embark on a risk assessment on the use of ammonia as a gaseous fuel for propulsion in conjunction with classification society DNV GL.

  • Fednav's Federal Bering is an example of Oshima-built bulker optimised for international trade via the St Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes system

    A shipping company for all seasons: Fednav


    Fednav is Canada’s largest ocean-going dry bulk shipowning and chartering group. As a ship owner and operator of 75 years standing, Fednav has weathered many previous market and regulatory changes.

  • The Kairos LNG bunker supply vessel will extend LNG bunkering capacity in Klaipeda in Lithuania

    LNG uptake to be steady not fast: Oxford Institute Energy Studies


    Demand for LNG fuel in Northern Europe is unlikely to accelerate rapidly over the coming years, as ship owners are likely to opt for LNG for newbuilds rather than retro-fitting their existing fleet, according to a new study from the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.

  • The newly-completed ‘Queen Elizabeth 2’, described as the flagship of the British merchant fleet

    Batteries, fuel cells and gas in 1969


    The January 1969 issue of ‘The Motor Ship’ opened, not with the customary look back over the year, but a look at technical prospects for 1969 and beyond.

  • ‘Manchester Challenge’ was the first British cellular container ship

    Glimpses of the future


    Reading the December 1968 issue of The Motor Ship, so much seems to belong to a later period that I had to look twice to see that I had the right date, writes Bill Thomson.

  • MUM in drill corer configuration.

    The ultimate MUM


    Mums multitask; we all know that. But this particular mum, or Modifiable Underwater Mothership (MUM), takes it to a whole new level, writes Stevie Knight.

  • Nylund at WinGD's RTX-5 test engine in Trieste (credit: WinGD)

    A false ceiling for engine design


    Modern ship engines are often significantly over-specified because they are optimised for unrealistic operating requirements, according to a leading engine designer.

  • Hybrid and digital solutions could make waiting at anchor for a berth a thing of the past (credit: IMO GloMEEP Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping)

    Electrification and the just-in-time jigsaw


    Digitalisation and hybrid propulsion are the enablers that will make just-in-time sailing and all its emissions and cost-cutting benefits possible, writes The Motorship editor Gavin Lipsith.

  • ‘Antilla Cape’, the largest European LPG carrier

    Crude, gas and containers


    The lead article in The Motor Ship, October 1968, concerned using crude oil as a ship fuel. The motivation came from some tanker owners, operating in isolated locations without normal bunkering facilities.

  • Methanol as a marine fuel, expected to gain full regulatory approval by 2023, should be in the scopes of far-sighted owners

    Methanol’s role in the future fuel mix


    The global fuel sulphur cap will be the start of the conversation about clean fuels, not its end, according to Chris Chatterton, chief operating officer, Methanol Institute. He argues that methanol should be a part of that discussion.

  • News

    Japan faces a crisis


    Once again, in The Motor Ship of June 1968, the Japanese shipbuilding industry was making headlines. Following its rapid rise, thanks to high levels of government investment, shipyards in Japan faced the prospect of a decline thanks to rising costs and a general slowdown in orders.

  • Transas' digital platform and software capability will help Wärtsilä to develop the smart marine ecosystem

    Digital vision drives transformational Transas deal


    The main deliverable from Wärtsilä’s acquisition of Transas will be the software development capability and digital platform needed to knit diverse elements into a cohesive smart ecosystem, writes Gavin Lipsith.