• 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 June 27

18:36 Hapag-Lloyd to implement new GRI for all dry, reefer, flat rack and open top containers from East Asia to US and Canada
18:06 JAXPORT Board of Directors unanimously approves start of Jacksonville Harbor Deepening
17:52 Vympel Shipyard launches fourth Grachonok-class boat of Project 21980
17:36 DNV GL updates the widely used recommended practice for free spanning pipelines
17:24 Vyborg Shipyard hosted meeting focused on localization of ship equipment production in the Russian Federation
17:06 DOF Subsea contract awards in the North Sea and in Canada
16:43 Panama Canal commemorates one-year anniversary of expanded Canal
16:40 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 11 mln t milestone this year (photo)
16:19 Wood Group secures FEED for Alexandroupolis LNG project in Northern Greece
16:12 Port of Helsinki publishes instructions for the safe LNG bunkering of ships
15:55 Insolvency administrator and representatives of Port Equipment LLC shut off from company assets at the port of Vyborg
15:47 Damen Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel arrives in home port of Sydney, Australia
14:44 Krylov State Research Center announces opening of its 40-MW electrical test unit on 28 June 2017
14:26 NYK selected for FTSE4Good Index for the 15th straight year
14:22 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approves construction of utilities for sea terminal in Pionersky (Kaliningrad region)
14:03 Norway to implement maritime broadband communication on ships and planes in public service
13:47 Glosten completes design of 150-passenger hybrid electric ferry for Kitsap Transit
13:30 Wan Hai Lines enhances China - Southeast Asia service network
13:23 Goodman increases warehouse space at its logistics centre at the Port of Gdansk
13:17 DFDS Logistics uses biofuel for trucks in Gothenburg
12:58 Bunker prices go up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:07 RF Navy’s missile ships practiced interaction in the Baltic Sea
11:39 Arctic Economic Council welcomes Statoil as Northern Partner
11:15 NIBULON launches the last tugboat in a series of three vessels of Project 121M
10:48 Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine appoints new Head of USPA's Nikolaev branch
10:16 New Skangas Board member appointed
09:52 Brent Crude futures price up 0.28% to $46.17, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.23% to $43.48
09:35 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg welcomed 19 cruise ships last week
09:13 Baltic Dry Index up to 884 points

2017 June 26

18:04 2 MOL-operated / managed vessels selected as 2016 'Best Quality Ships Award'
17:51 Gas from Lithuanian LNG terminal will be stored in the Latvian Inčukalns storage facility for the first time
17:34 EUROGATE publishes first sustainability report
17:04 Diving support vessel Redsborg from the Wagenborg Offshore sets direction to St. Eustatius
16:48 Murmansk Region and Gazprom Geologorazvedka sign agreement on social and economic development
16:34 ZIM deploys an 11,000 TEU vessel in the Asia-ECSA Trade
16:04 Upcoming State of the Baltic Sea report to be in focus in the 2018 HELCOM Ministerial Meeting
15:50 Baltic Sea Tug Agency provided towing and mooring services to the largest bulk carrier welcomed by the port of Ust-Luga (photo)
15:34 Aker Solutions to supply umbilicals for Mozambique's first offshore field development
15:04 DEME’s subsidiary GeoSea to install offshore foundations for EnBW offshore wind farm Albatros in Germany
14:38 Nevsky Shipyard will launch dry cargo vessel of Project RSD 49 on 29 June 2017 (photo)
14:19 Damen prepares Columbus for summer cruise season
14:15 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 9,573 in RF spot market
13:49 Rosterminalugol welcomed the largest bulker in the history of Ust-Luga port (photo)
12:56 Upcoming State of the Baltic Sea report to be in focus in the 2018 HELCOM Ministerial Meeting
12:03 New City Terminal entrance improves accessibility of Rotterdam’s city and port
11:34 Port of Rotterdam Authority contracts four PortXL start-ups
11:11 Baltic Sea Tug Agency LLC assisted floating crane involved in lifting of sunken barge (photo)
10:48 Decade-old Betuwe Route crucial for sustainable growth of port of Rotterdam
10:25 Seafarer abandonment was the subject of a seminar held at IMO Headquarters
10:00 Brent Crude futures price up 0.98% to $46.22, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.09% to $43.48
09:37 Nevsky Shipyard starts mooring trials of salvage tug Kalas
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up to 870 points

2017 June 25

14:10 NYK Rumina receives Japanese Pilots' Best Quality Ship Award
14:08 JAXPORT welcomes largest containership to ever call a Florida port

2017 June 24

08:22 Viking Cruises christens Viking Sky in Tromsø, Norway
08:20 Atlas Maritime join the V8 Pool
08:08 Van Oord starts collaboration with start-up acceleration platform PortXL
08:06 Day of the Seafarer is on 25 June

2017 June 23

18:04 CMA CGM announces PSS from Asia to North Europe
17:50 Severnaya Verf will launch the Gremyashchy, corvette of Project 20385, on 30 June 2017