• 2018 September 20 10:55

    IMO takes important step to facilitate use of methanol

    IBIA says an IMO sub-committee has completed draft interim guidelines for the safety of ships using methyl/ethyl alcohol as fuel, setting them on course for formal approval by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) in 2020.

    The goal of these guidelines is to provide for safe and environmentally-friendly design, construction and operation of ships and in particular their installations of systems for propulsion machinery, auxiliary power generation machinery and/or other purpose machinery using methyl/ethyl alcohol as fuel.

    The draft guidelines were completed by the 5th session of the IMO’s sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 5) last week, finalising work that has been progressing in the Correspondence Group on Development of Technical Provisions for the Safety of Ships using Low-flashpoint Fuels, which IBIA participates in with input from members with specialist knowledge. IBIA was also a co-sponsor of a document seeking to clarify a few remaining issues submitted to CCC 5 by Norway, IACS, IBIA and ITF.

    Speaking at CCC 5 last week, IBIA urged the sub-Committee to give the utmost priority to finalising the draft technical provisions for the safety of ships using methyl/ethyl alcohol as fuel, given that there are already eight large ships trading internationally operating on methanol as fuel and at least four more expected to enter into service in 2019.

    Methanol is a clean-burning fuel that emits low levels of NOx and particulate matter and it is virtually sulphur-free. Studies also suggest that the use of renewable methanol has huge potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    While the ultimate goal is to add a new chapter on methyl/ethyl alcohol to the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), CCC 5 agreed that interim guidelines should be finalised urgently, with a commitment to add new part to IGF Code as soon as possible.

    A working group at CCC 5 completed the draft and on Friday September 14, CCC 5 agreed, in principle, to the draft interim guidelines for the safety of ships using methyl/ethyl alcohol as fuel and to invite MSC 100, which will meet in December, to endorse as an urgent matter referring safety topics requiring input from other technical  sub-committees for their consideration.

    These other technical sub-committees will then be able to inform CCC 6 which meets in September 2019. This means the interim guidelines should be ready for formal approval by MSC in the first half of 2020.

    The draft interim guidelines contain a definition of such fuels as follows: “Fuel means methyl/ethyl alcohol fuels, containing allowable additives or impurities, suitable for the safe operation on board ships, complying with an international standard.” Earlier this year, MSC 99 invited ISO to develop a fuel standard for methyl/ethyl alcohol fuels.

    The only legal framework for using fuels with a lower flashpoint is the IGF Code, which entered into force on January 1, 2017. It was developed to deal with LNG, but its general requirements nevertheless applies to all vessels above 500 gross tonnage that install low flash point fuel systems. Specific regulations for other low-flashpoint fuels can be added as new chapters to the Code, but in the meantime, ships installing fuel systems to operate on other types of low flashpoint fuels will need to individually demonstrate that their design meet the Code’s general requirements.

    The interim guidelines for methyl/ethyl alcohol should facilitate this process by making the requirements clearer.

     




2019 May 20

18:35 First MAN dual-fuel, diesel-mechanical propulsion package bound for LNG-powered ferry
18:24 Peel Ports expands logistics services with acquisition
18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
17:28 Less storm damage in the port of Rotterdam because of Windbreakers
17:14 HMM to launch new Corporate Identity
17:06 Access World Terminals expands premises and activities in North Sea Port
16:54 Arctic LNG 2 and TechnipFMC sign EPC Contract for LNG plant
16:31 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
16:05 Damen Shiprepair Brest completes rapid repairs to LNG Carrier Methane Princess
15:38 Scrubber washwater to be investigated
15:15 MEPC agrees on scrubber guidance
14:51 Finnlines’ Tapani Voionmaa elected to the BIMCO Board of Directors
14:26 Gazpromneft Marine Bunker’s sales in 1Q’19 grew by 25% YoY to 800,000 tonnes
14:02 Zeaborn places 100 ships with Verifavia Shipping & Korean Register for Inventory of Hazardous Material services
13:44 Ministry of Transport and Communication of Finland: Reforms related to ship safety nearing completion
13:23 IMO organized workshop for getting audit-ready in Cameroon
13:02 Wärtsilä and LUT University to collaborate on research for 100% renewable energy systems
12:37 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 19,363 in RF spot market
12:01 International shipping on track to meet 2030 CO2 reduction target following critical UN IMO meeting
11:45 SMS Towage calls on Damen for two ASD 2411 Tugs
11:34 Annual capacity of Russia’s Baltic ports can be increased by 32.5% to 478.9 million tonnes by 2025
11:12 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in Jan-Apr’2019 fell by 8% Y-o-Y to 15.78 million tonnes
10:50 Port of Singapore throughput in Jan-Apr’2019 fell by 1.1% Y-o-Y to 205.72 million tonnes
10:27 Throughput of port Shanghai (China) in Jan-Apr’19 remained flat at 178.59 million tonnes
10:05 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.27% to $73.13, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.18% to $63.66
09:46 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 7.6% to 5.99 million TEUs in Jan-Apr’2019
09:24 CLIA Conference and trade fair held in Southampton
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,040 points
08:59 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 20.

2019 May 19

16:51 Hamburg Süd strengthens its product portfolio on the Europe–Central America, Caribbean and South America West Coast trade
15:47 CMA CGM to implement FAK rates for Asia to the Middle East Gulf, Asia to Pakistan / India / Sri Lanka trades
14:12 NYK develops Japan’s first additive for fuel oil compliant with 2020 SOx regulation
13:32 Hapag-Lloyd to restructure its Service Portfolio to/from Caribbean, Central America and SAWC
12:14 CMA CGM announces new FAK rates on Asia - North Europe service
11:06 USCG rescues 3 from sinking sailboat off Hatteras Inlet
10:16 PSA’s BMCT and CITPL hold Hyderabad trade meet

2019 May 18

15:12 CMA CGM launches the Reefer Pharma division for the temperature-controlled transportation of pharmaceutical products
14:51 DNO completes USD 400M bond placement
13:02 AAL delivers from China four RTGs to Port of Felixstowe
12:31 USCG deploys containment, collection system at Mississippi Canyon 20 site
11:07 Kotug Smit performs naming ceremony for tug ‘Buffalo’

2019 May 17

18:22 Maersk launches new CLX service, optimized West Coast Latin America - NE network
17:49 Madrid, Spain to host the International Cruise Summit on 27-28 November 2019
17:14 Krasnoye Sormovo delivers Idel-1, sixth ship of Project RSD59 series ordered by STLC
16:40 MPC Capital AG announces key figures for the 1st quarter 2019
16:16 Vyborg Shipyard launches second serial trawler of Project KMT01 built for Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet
15:58 Leningrad Region presented layout of multimodal transport and logistics center at Bronka port
15:27 Nord Stream 2 AG submitted third permit application and EIA to DEA
15:04 Klaveness Combination Carriers ASA declares two options for the construction of the seventh and eight CLEANBU combination carrier with Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding
14:49 Marine Rescue Service takes delivery of Bakhtemir, lead ship in a series of four multifunctional salvage tugs of Project MPSV12
14:20 Net profit of Port Vanino for 1Q’19 calculated under RAS grew by 39.8% to RUB 562.34 million
14:03 Damen and De Beers Marine Namibia formalise new relationship, with Mangalia yard centre stage
13:58 IMO held national maritime transport policy training for Saint Kitts and Nevis
13:35 BC Ferries to implement fuel surcharge of 1.5 per cent on June 1 2019
13:21 Bunker prices started going up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
13:09 Grimaldi Group's ro/ro vessel Grande Europa was hit by a fire
12:52 PGNiG Group posts over one billion in net profit for the first quarter of 2019
12:30 Maersk Product Tankers completes sale and leaseback agreement
12:09 DEME Offshore awarded major Hornsea Two contract for foundation and turbine installation
11:43 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port handled 323,000 tonnes 1Q’2019