• 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 January 19

11:32 Odessa Sea Port Authority issues ice advisory
11:21 Bunker prices are still high in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:59 Connecting ships, ports and people theme launched by IMO Secretary-General
10:43 Yury Tsvetkov congratulates Novoship on its 50th anniversary
10:15 Sergey Frank congratulates Novoship on its 50th anniversary
09:55 Brent Crude futures price up 0.93% to $54.42, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.92% to $51.55
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up to 952 points

2017 January 18

18:07 Siem Offshore cancels shipbuilding contract with Remontowa Shipbuilding
17:56 Port of Gdansk throughput up 3.8% to 37 mln t in 2016
17:40 COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard delivers Salvage Lifting Vessel and bulk carrier
17:19 RF Navy’s Pacific Ocean Fleet ship detachment arrived in Busan
17:06 Höegh LNG signs new FSRU contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries
16:45 Acting Chairman of USPA calls upon strengthening of dialogue between industry leaders and ports’ society
16:32 The Port of Gothenburg want to reward the shipping companies for their green initiatives
16:30 IMO welcomes entry into force of financial security for seafarers
16:18 Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port handled 327,000 t of fish in 2016, up 6.3%, Y-o-Y
15:54 The new head of USPA criticized the management of Odessa port
15:23 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from India Sub-Continent to North Europe & Mediterranean
15:01 Production at LUKOIL’s Filanovsky field reached one million tons (photo)
14:39 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 2.5% to 19.58 mln TEUs in 2016
14:23 SHI wins KRW 270bn order for build FSRU
13:46 Murmansk hosts exhibition dedicated to Arctic convoy
13:23 OPC, CHEC ink deal for Puerto Cortes terminal expansion
12:57 Seaport of Azov expanded with a plot of land intended for construction of terminal for grain and general cargo exports
12:26 Port of Zeebrugge volume down 1.3% to 38 million tonnes in 2016
12:08 Successful cooperation for safe sea transport of oil told in new exhibition
11:40 Composit supports 4th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
11:11 Free Port Kamchatka company to build multi-functional transit cargo hub in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
10:33 Brent Crude futures price up 0.34% to $55.66, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.34% to $52.66
10:29 OSM & Forland Shipping extend cooperation to full technical management
10:14 Victor Olersky congratulates Novoship on its 50th anniversary
10:00 Rusal is set to invest over RUB 5 bln in construction of alumina terminal in Vanino Bay
09:54 Baltic Dry Index down to 922 points
09:38 TransContainer freight traffic rises 9% in 2016 to 1,500 TEUs
09:16 Indicative bunker prices slightly up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
08:25 Port of Antwerp freight volume up 2.7% to 214,057,529 tonnes in 2016
07:27 Ports of Stockholm sets new container record in 2016

2017 January 17

21:13 Cargo volume of a UCL Holding's stevedoring division in 2016 up 3% to 34,1 million tonnes
18:44 DNV GL certifies new prototype of Siemens’ 8 MW offshore wind turbine
18:42 Port of Kiel posts record cargo and passenger handling, up 5.3% and 3.4%, accordingly
18:23 Berge Bulk takes delivery of handy-size vessel Berge Rishiri
18:20 CMA CGM upgrades its SEAS1 and SEAS2 services
18:12 Euroseas announces delivery of newbuilding Ultramax drybulk carrier
17:54 Subsea 7 announces offer for Seaway Heavy Lifting
17:24 Russian crude exports via oil terminal Kozmino in 2016 rose 4.6% to 31.8 million tonnes
17:06 Castor Networks launches new worldwide one stop shop formula for maritime IT and communication after takeover Watum Solutions
16:11 Vyborg Shipyard and Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet ink an agreement for optional and modified ST series trawlers (photo)
16:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces new FAK rate from Far East WB - ISC to Europe North Continent & Med
15:28 Russia's Port of Nakhodka throughput in 2016 rose 9.4% to 23.3 million tonnes
15:14 Bunker prices at Far Eastern ports remain flat (graph)
14:24 Moldova-flagged dry bulk carrier refloated at Port of Azov
14:13 VARD signs Letter Of Intent with international cruise company
13:40 Cargo transportation by inland water ways of Russia down 2.9% to 117.9 mln t in 2016
13:02 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to Mexico, West Coast of South America (WCSA) & West Coast of Central America (WCCA)
12:21 Boskalis receives LOI for EUR 480 million port development project in Oman
12:12 TTS Group delivers TTS shipset to COSCO/Shanghai Shipyard
11:59 Peter Döhle turns to MacGregor for 70-ship service agreement deal
11:58 Throughput of port Olga (Primorsky Territory) up 13.4% to 1.529 mln t in 2016
11:01 Throughput of port Posiet (Primorsky Territory) up 26.6% to 8.202 mln t in 2016
10:40 Throughput of port Vostochny (Primorsky Territory) up 5.2% to 68.533 mln t in 2016