• 2017 January 12 11:58

    Japanese SOx Scrubber System for ships acquires first certification from country of ship registration

    For almost a year Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd. (MKK) have been undertaking test operations aboard an actual ship of a newly-developed "Hybrid SOx Scrubber System" for removing sulfur oxides (SOx) from the exhaust gas emitted by marine diesel engines. The testing results have now verified that the system's effectiveness in curbing emissions of air pollutants complies with international regulations, and the system has been officially approved by the Republic of Panama, the country where the test ship is registered, MHI said in its press release.

    The test unit of the Hybrid SOx Scrubber System is the first installation of a system jointly developed by MHI and MKK specifically for marine applications. It is installed on "K" Line's "DRIVE GREEN HIGHWAY," the large-scale car carrier with capacity for 7,500 -units 1. The system had been undergoing verification testing ever since the ship's delivery in February 2016 and the test results mark the first time Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK) has satisfied international guidelines for exhaust gas cleaning systems 2.

    In response, Panama approved that the "DRIVE GREEN HIGHWAY" is equipped with an exhaust gas cleaning system whose effectiveness has been substantiated, and on January 11 a certificate of compliance, the first awarded to a Panamanian ship as Japanese SOx Scrubber System, was conferred at the Embassy of Panama in Tokyo. The event has already been announced through the IMO website to its member nations.

    At a meeting of IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) held in October 2016, a decision was reached to tighten regulations on the sulfur content of marine fuels in all waters of the world except designated "emission control areas" (ECA), from the current 3.5% limit to less than 0.5% starting January 1, 2020. Under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), state parties to the convention are allowed, in lieu of using marine oil with sulfur content below 0.5%, to use marine fuel with a sulfur density of 3.5% on ships that are equipped with systems of equivalent efficiency as confirmed by the supervisory authority of the party to the convention.

    The Hybrid SOx Scrubber System is the first commercialized system in Japan to comply with the more stringent SOx emission regulations that took effect, starting with ECAs, in 2015. The system has two modes: an "open-loop" mode in which seawater intake is sprayed directly on the exhaust gas; and a "closed-loop" mode in which fresh water is used as the cleaning water, and after the exhaust gas is cleaned, it is then neutralized using sodium hydroxide (NaOH), after which water is then sprayed on the exhaust gas again. This hybrid system enables stable cleaning unaffected by the properties of the seawater in the area of navigation.

    Whereas equipment auxiliary to engines is normally installed within a ship, the core components of the Hybrid SOx Scrubber System can be contained in an ISO shipping container. This modular packaging means that the major system components can be installed on an open deck, for example, thereby not only allowing the space within the ship to be used efficiently but also helping to reduce installation time. Also, as the container package is relatively easy to remove and transfer to a different vessel, installation on aging ships is facilitated.

    Going forward, "K" Line, MHI and MKK will continue to pursue diverse environmental protection initiatives, including the development of measures to prevent air pollution, in order to help curb increasingly heavy environmental loads on a global scale.




2017 February 23

19:37 Global bunker market: No firm trend in bunker prices next week, expert says
13:19 Hapag-Lloyd announces FAK rates from Far East Westbound Middle East to Europe North Continent and Mediterranean
13:17 Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding delivers a 60,000 dwt type bulk carrier to ARIST MARITIME
13:16 IBIA raises awareness of sulphur compliance verification challenges at IMO
13:13 Fincantieri, CSSC and Carnival Corporation sign MOU for 2 cruise ships with an option for additional 4
13:07 Damen Shiprepair & Conversion announces a reorganisation at three Dutch yards

2017 February 22

19:11 Moody's changes the outlook on Sovcomflot from negative to stable
18:36 JV of Port of London Authority and Peel Ports London Medway buys new pilot boat
18:15 Ban of M/V "BEAM” with IMO number 8408258 has been lifted
18:07 Port of Brisbane hosts two mega cruise ships
17:55 Port of Ipswich receives 743 ships in 2016
17:36 ZIM to add a second Asia-Pacific North West service
17:05 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from North Europe to East Mediterranean
17:01 Ningbo Zhoushan Port receives world’s largest vessel
17:00 Bahri Dry Bulk signs a joint venture agreement with Koninklijke Bunge B.V.
16:40 APM Terminals increases Port Elizabeth investment plans to USD $200 million in preparation for ultra large container ships
16:38 Van Oord partner in PortXL innovation platform
16:35 Konecranes wins order in Paraguay for BOXHUNTER RTGs
16:05 Eimskip starts calling Helsingborg in Sweden
15:49 Exercise on the liberation of the captured vessel held in Saint-Petersburg
15:41 Maersk Line’s Margrethe Maersk becomes the largest vessel to call Vietnam
15:23 Yuriy Orekhov appointed to the position of the Head of the RS Branch Office in Spain
15:18 DAMEN launches the latest 70-metre yacht support vessel with helicopter hangar
14:51 Gazprom Neft reports net profit growth of 82.5 % y-o-y for its FY 2016 financial results
14:35 Gazprom Neft to drill first prospecting and appraisal well at the Ayashsky licence block in the Sea of Okhotsk
14:12 DEME’s subsidiary GeoSea to design, manufacture and install turbine foundations for EnBW offshore wind farm Hohe See in Germany
13:40 Yevgeny Dmitrakov elected as new Director General of Commercial Seaport Vanino OJSC
13:12 Six further shipping lines to call at Wilhelmshaven
12:52 The number of modernised warehouses and buildings at the Port of Gdansk is increasing
12:31 Marseille Fos posts 2016 results
12:26 NOVATEK says its profit in 2016 increased by more than three-fold to RR 257.8 billion
12:22 ICS releases latest Flag State Performance Table
12:01 New Times Shipbuilding announces delivery of product oil and chemical tanker
11:41 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport in January 2017 fell by 33.9% to 0.1 mln t
11:30 ICS releases latest Flag State Performance Table
11:18 HII authenticates keel for destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121)
11:00 DP World Australia progresses to RFP for Port of Townsville Berth 4 upgrade
10:55 MEYER WERFT starts construction of the world's first LNG cruise liner for ADIA Cruises
10:38 DryShips re-enters the tanker market, acquires two modern tankers
10:23 ABS issues industry’s first cyber safety notation
10:12 NYK completes winter safety campaign
10:09 Brent Crude futures price up 0.42% to $56.9, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.35% to $54.52
09:55 Onezhsky shipyard (Karelia) launches workboat of Project ST23WI-M, Yevgeny Vasilyev, built for FSUE Rosmorport (photo)
09:34 Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit Russia for first time in three years for ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ International Arctic Forum
09:15 Baltic Dry Index up to 778 points

2017 February 21

18:11 M/V “RINA” refused access to the Paris MoU region
17:20 'MOL Group Safety, Environmental and Social Report 2016' earns Award of Merit in Environmental Communication Awards
17:02 Kelvin Hughes to supply its SharpEye™ radar for Pakistan Navy submarine upgrades
16:20 Wan Hai Lines again tops the “Container Shipping Line of The Year - Far East Trade Lane” Award
15:41 Igor Ponomaryov appointed as Director General of Severnaya Verf shipyard
15:22 Forland Subsea enters into a time charter party with a major international contractor for the Lewek Inspector
14:51 Vyborg Shipyard to deliver second icebreaking support ship intended for Novy Port in May 2017
14:20 Port of London Authority to discuss 20 year growth plan for the Thames river
14:02 CMA CGM announces GRR from India to West Africa
13:41 Bunker prices go down in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:10 New Times Shipbuilding holds naming ceremony for two oil tankers and announces delivery of cargo lake ship
12:55 Yamal major landing ship of RF Navy's Black Sea Fleet returned to Sevastopol from the Mediterranean Sea (photo)
12:39 IAA PortNews offers a photo release from the 4th International Forum of Dredging Companies
12:23 KCA Deutag secures platform drilling contract with Sakhalin Energy
12:10 Intermodal Asia to launch the Industry Leaders Strategy Summit in Shanghai on 21st – 22nd March 2017