• 2018 March 20 16:40

    SMM 2018: green shipping makes headway

    Bringing effective ballast water management and a lower sulphur limit for ship fuels, new, stricter environmental regulations are forcing the shipping industry to take action. At SMM 2018, exhibitors will present future-proof technologies. At the concurrent environmental conference Global Maritime Environmental Congress (gmec), experts will discuss challenges and opportunities facing the industry. A new theme route will guide fair visitors to cruise-related exhibition highlights.

    The countdown is on: The new 0.5 per cent sulphur limit for ship fuels will take effect on 1 January 2020. “There is no turning back. The lower sulphur limit will have a significant positive impact on the environment and on human health, especially for people living in port cities and coastal regions,” said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim on occasion of the meeting of the IMO’s Sub-committee on Pollution Prevention and Response in early February. LNG is one possible way to comply with this regulation: According to the SMM Maritime Industry Report (MIR), as many as 44 per cent of shipowners are considering liquefied natural gas propulsion for their newbuilds. At SMM 2018, the leading international maritime trade fair in Hamburg, industry stakeholders will be able to discuss other compliance options, as well.

    Around the world shipowners are facing the challenge of having to make far-reaching decisions: Will low-sulphur fuel be available in sufficient quantities at reasonable prices? Are exhaust gas scrubbers a smart investment? Or would it be better to opt for LNG right away? Questions like these will be discussed at the Global Maritime Environmental Congress (gmec) which is held on 5 September as part of the SMM conference programme. Speakers such as Katharine Palmer, Global Sustainability Manager at the classification society Lloyd’s Register, will advise the industry on how to best comply with current regulations and prepare for future ones. In exhibition hall A5, which will be dedicated to the Green Propulsion theme with a special focus on LNG, decision-makers will be able to meet up with experts to get advice and study technical solutions hands-on.

    As for ballast water management (BWM), the IMO is granting shipowners a transitional period before they must comply fully. Meanwhile the industry is working full speed on implementing the BWM Convention which took effect in 2017. This necessitates investments in the order of billions. In a study of the global ballast water management market between now and the year 2026, the US market research firm Stratistics MRC forecasts a growth rate of nearly 40 per cent – per year.

    Understanding which types of BWM system are suitable for a specific ship type, and which of these systems meet both the IMO rules and the stricter requirements of the US Coast Guard is challenging. A gmec expert panel including Debra DiCianna of the US consulting firm Choice Ballast Systems, Tim Wilkins, Environment Director at Intertanko, the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners, Stamatis Fradelos, Principal Engineer, Operational Environmental Performance (OEP) Team, ABS and others will provide valuable insights. SMM visitors will be able to familiarise themselves first-hand with the technologies offered by relevant manufacturers from around the world. “Numerous manufacturers are reporting record numbers of incoming orders,” says Claus Ulrich Selbach, Business Unit Director – Maritime and Technology Fairs & Exhibitions at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.

    This year’s fair will again feature various theme-based routes to help visitors find the exhibition highlights they are looking for. “We have added a Cruise & Ferry Route to our programme,” says Selbach. “From the engine room to the bridge through to passenger cabins, this route spreads out the entire value chain before our visitors.”

    When it comes to eco-friendly ship operation, the cruise industry is one step ahead of most other shipping segments, not only in response to increased environmental awareness among passengers but also because the many highly sensitive waters visited by these ships must be protected. It is the segment’s explicit goal to minimise the effects of every trip on the marine environment and on coastal regions. Here again, LNG ship fuel plays a key role. For example, AIDA Cruises ordered their third LNG-ready cruise vessel from Meyer Werft just a few weeks ago. The Japanese NGO Peace Boat’s Ecoship concept likewise favours LNG power. Apart from its dual-fuel engine, the vessel will feature ten retractable, rigid sails doubling as photovoltaic panels as well as wind turbines, and an additional 6,000 square metres of on-deck solar panels. Further information on what may will be the ‘greenest’ cruise ship yet will be available in Hall A5.

    Under the chairmanship of Andreas Chrysostomou, acting Secretary General of the European chapter of CLIA, the Cruise Lines International Association, a gmec expert panel will focus on the cruise industry’s pioneering role in environment protection. The panel will include Bud Darr, Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs at MSC Cruises; Lex Nijsen, Vice President and Head of Four-Stroke Marine, MAN Diesel & Turbo; Rolf Sandvik, CEO, The Fjords and Jan-Erik Rasanen, Head of New Technologies at the Finnish engineering firm Foreship, among other experts.

    This year’s gmec conference will take place on 5 September. The conference team will again be supported by its cooperation partner Seatrade. “Once again we have been able to recruit some top-level experts from all around the world for SMM,” says Mary Bond, Managing Director Publishing and Content at Seatrade. “Attendees can expect a series of fascinating discussions and an array of innovative solutions that will make shipping cleaner step by step.”

    For further information about the green shipping conference please go to: http://www.smm-hamburg.com/en/conferences/gmec/

    About SMM: The leading international maritime trade fair takes place in Hamburg every two years. More than 2.200 exhibitors and roughly 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the trade fair in the famous port city from 4 to 7 September 2018. SMM covers the entire maritime value chain, bringing together decision-makers from around the world and highlighting innovative technology.

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2018 April 27

09:43 APL honoured with “Ship Operator Award” at Seatrade Maritime Awards Asia 2018
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,375 points

2018 April 26

18:35 British Ports Association elects Alec Don as new Chairman
18:05 AIDA launches 2018 cruise season in Rostock
17:35 Cruise season begins in Stockholm
17:05 Royal IHC delivers 4000 tonnes crane vessel GULLIVER to Scaldis
16:49 Tallink launches virtual customer services assistant Nemo
16:34 IMO meeting in July to continue 2020 preparations
16:05 Aker Solutions upgrades Aberdeen site to target growing subsea services market
15:50 Cruise season in Tallinn starts on April 26 with this year’s first cruise vessel Viking Sea calling the Old City Harbour
15:35 New report of Intrernational Transport Forum assesses Japan’s ambition to become an international bunkering hub for LNG
15:34 MEPC 72: ISO confirms plans to develop interim guidance for 0.50%S bunker fuel
15:33 Hamburg newly elected Board Member for Cruise Europe Association
15:19 50 percent Co2 cut by 2050 – governments must acknowledge enormity of what IMO has agreed - ICS
14:49 IMO takes first step toward Arctic HFO ban, but first needs to define ‘HFO’
14:10 Highway section of Crimea Bridge passed acceptance tests (photo)
13:02 The newly established Klaveness Combination Carriers AS to form part of the solution to the ambitious climate strategy passed on by IMO
12:24 IPCSA is new honorary partner for Ports 4.0 Conference in Tallinn
12:22 Revenue at port of Amsterdam grows in 2017
12:01 GTT and Sembcorp Marine sign a license agreement for the design and construction of membrane tank solutions
11:48 Boskalis towage joint venture Keppel Smit Towage names first LNG powered harbor tug in South East Asia
11:39 2,258 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland this winter navigation season
11:39 DP World reports 7.3 % gross volume growth in first quarter of 2018
11:13 Bunker prices are slightly down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:42 Klaipėdos nafta starts allocation of LNG terminal capacities for new gas year
10:15 Brent Crude futures price up 0.61% to $74.45, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.48% to $68.38
09:54 IMO reaffirmed support for its African Member States
09:32 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company’s shipyard repaired ferry vessel owned by Sea Trade Fleet of Turkmenistan
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,376 points

2018 April 25

18:31 Westcon appeals the court judgement regarding the TSV Safe Scandinavia conversion
18:18 Three-day event held in Papua New Guinea focused on safety of domestic ferries
18:16 Fast ferry for Angolan Transport Ministry launched at Damen Shipyards Singapore
18:12 DNV GL develops offshore safety guidance for Greek Regulator
17:56 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard launches yet another minesweeper of Project 12700
17:29 Qatargas delivers its first LNG cargo to Bangladesh as part of agreement with Petrobangla
17:02 Russian Railways announces 2017 Consolidated Results under IFRS
16:37 Polskie LNG CEO Paweł Jakubowski: LNG terminal extension program is speeding up
16:05 Wärtsilä partners with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore to promote maritime technologies
15:48 Profit attributable to shareholders of NOVATEK decreased by 39.3% to RUB 43.1 billion
15:30 Volga Shipping Company opens navigation on the Upper Volga river
15:14 MOL expands its NVOCC business with the unified brand "MOL Worldwide Logistics"
15:06 BWMS manufacturers and stakeholders set up new association BEMA
14:55 Innovative Damen RSD Tug 2513 kicks-off introduction tour in Italy
14:09 Ilari Kallio appointed Chief Digital Officer at Konecranes
13:20 Nakilat records 13% increased profits for the first quarter of 2018
12:59 Philippines accedes to air pollution and energy efficiency rules
12:33 Cruise season begins at the Port of Gdansk
12:09 HELCOM progresses firmly towards reducing input of pollutants into the Baltic Sea
11:51 8,791 ships are fitted out with the GLONASS navigation equipment - Dmitry Rogozin
11:28 All seaports in Crimea will be fully equipped with GLONASS system in 2018 - Dmitry Rogozin (photo)
11:09 Keppel Offshore & Marine signs MOU with MPA and TCOMS to jointly develop autonomous vessels
10:50 LUKOIL BoD recommends dividend distribution for 2017 in the amount of RUB 215 per ordinary share
10:26 Brent Crude futures price up 0.08% to $73.8, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.13% to $67.61
10:09 WinGD wins marine propulsion Emissions Reduction Award
09:45 Bunker prices are going up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:20 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,306 points
09:08 The Port of Rotterdam welcomes IMO’s first step in reducing CO2 from shipping
08:17 Keppel on track to deliver South East Asia’s first LNG powered tug

2018 April 24

18:43 GAC South Africa expands into Port Elizabeth
18:29 Summa Group and Rosneft denied holding negotiations on Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port