• 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 May 25

11:39 Сore functions of London Protocol to participants at workshop in Accra, Ghana
10:55 Arctia strengthens its customer relations team
10:17 Gazprom Neft reports record net income for Q1 2017
09:46 Brent Crude futures price up 0.80% to $54.39, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.76% to $51.75
09:28 Baltic Dry Index down to 934 points
09:12 Keppel secures contract to build LNG carriers worth over S$100m
08:39 Nor Lines and Rolls-Royce sign landmark Power-by-the-hour service agreement
08:14 Wärtsilä propellers and shaft generator system chosen for two new RoRo vessels

2017 May 24

18:01 Finnish Business Community took over AEC Chairmanship at AEC Annual Meeting
17:55 Port of Hamburg’s total throughput up by 1.7 percent at 35.4 million tons in the first quarter of 2017
17:44 RAO/CIS Offshore to be held on 12 - 15 September 2017 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia
17:41 Piraeus Port Authority investment plans tabled at 4th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum
17:37 Greece is open for cruise industry business says Greek minister at Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum
17:00 Hapag-Lloyd and UASC complete merger
16:26 Throughput of NCSP Group up 1.4% to 50.6 mln t in 4M’17
16:02 MOL starts initiative to develop enhanced operational support tool
15:37 VSM reports record number of merchant vessel orders received by German yards
15:02 Australia develops new blockchain security architecture TBSx3
14:35 Stolt-Nielsen Gas orders two small-scale LNG carriers, with options for three additional ships
14:02 Port of Oakland vessel calls to Southeast Asia up 50 percent
13:44 Port of Hamburg’s total throughput in QI’2017 was up 1.7% at 35.4 mln t
13:23 Vympel Shipyard launches fast patrol boat of Project 12150 Mangust for Sakhalin Border Department of Russia’s FSB (photo)
13:02 ABS launches new and completely mobile application from ABS Nautical Systems
12:31 Pharma logistics services expanding strongly in Antwerp
12:14 “K” Line announces delivery of woodchip carrier “FORESTAL GAIA”
11:49 OSC launches its VLCCs commercial chartering desk
11:17 World’s first LPG-fueled ferry design using GE gas turbine completes HAZID meetings
10:51 BC Ferries will take final acceptance and ownership of its newest vessel, Salish Raven, upon final inspection once the vessel arrives in B.C.
10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 0.22% to $54.27, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.17% to $51.56
09:58 Russian Railways set to facilitate implementation of BAM, Transsib and NLR projects
09:33 Indicative bunker prices go up at the port of Saint-Petersburg (graph)
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 949 points

2017 May 23

18:10 Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg welcomes maiden call of Mein Schiff 3
17:51 Spliethoff further extends its Medliner service to Sagunto, Spain
17:27 RF Navy's Black Sea Fleet practiced rescuing a crew of conditionally distressed submarine
17:06 Wagenborg installed the Bøkfjord bridge in Kirkenes (Norway)
16:44 Sovcomflot demonstrated TCE revenues of USD 274.4 million in Q1’17 amid tanker market slowdown
16:35 Keppel to build two additional dredgers worth S$120 million for Jan De Nul
16:22 CMA CGM launches service between the west coast ports of North, Central and South America
16:13 Severomorsk major landing ship of RF Navy’s Northern fleet finished completing tasks in the Mediterranean and entered the Atlantic Ocean (photo)
15:50 Ukraine’s water transport carried 3,000 passengers in Jan-April'17, down 3.3%, Y-o-Y
15:25 Accra, Ghana will host the Ports and Intermodal West Africa Conference on 17-19 July 2017
15:04 Vallianz scores new charter contracts worth up to US$ 115 million for 4 vessels
14:49 TTS Group signs new contract for naval vessels
14:21 Design of nuclear-powered icebreaker-leader discussed at the Krylov Centre
13:56 Igor Ponomarev elected as Director General of Severnaya Verf shipyard (photo)
13:29 Okskaya shipyard sent fourteenth tanker of Project RST27, Balt Flot 15, for sea trials (photo)
13:02 Essar Shipping acquires a Panamax vessel of 74,005 DWT
12:43 MOL sets sights on construction of LNG-fueled tugboat
12:07 Rashid Sharipov elected as Chairman of NCSP BoD (photo)
11:42 Bunker prices show no considerable changes at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:18 Ultra-modern 5,800 cbm LNG bunker vessel Coralius named in ceremony
10:59 National maritime transport policy training held in Antigua and Barbuda
10:23 Brent Crude futures price down 0.91% to $53.38, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.92% to $50.66
10:04 Kalmar delivers five RTG to Evergreen in Taiwan
09:46 Tender on construction of terminal in Pionersky (Kaliningrad Region) declared void
09:25 Baltic Dry Index up to 954 points
09:04 One Sea - Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem introduced roadmaps to autonomous shipping
08:40 Rolls-Royce uses MTU propulsion for biggest High-Speed Catamaran in the Mediterranean
08:37 Svitzer places order for four additional tugs from Sanmar Shipyards