GL: ECO-Ships Are Here To Stay

first_imgAt a press conference at Nor-Shipping 2013, classification society Germanischer Lloyd (GL) said that the trend toward building and operating so called ECO-Ships, or highly energy efficient vessels, was irreversible, given the potential cost savings for the maritime industry.The rise of the ECO-Ship has been questioned, with some suggesting that this focus on efficiency would fade if bunker prices fell.In a presentation held at the press conference Christian von Oldershausen, GL’s Chief Commercial Officer, demonstrated how ECO-ships have substantial cost advantages over existing vessels, which has been borne out in a number of container vessel optimisation projects undertaken throughout the world by GL. These advantages are found primarily at the concept design stage by targeting a vessel’s real operating profile, wider beam and increased capacity. Another major driver lies in design optimisation which focuses on hull lines, propulsion, onboard systems and next generation engines.“Alongside lower yard prices, bunker will be a significant driver for cost savings in new vessels,” said Mr von Oldershausen after analysing the composition of slot costs, made up of capital, operating, port/canal and bunker costs.With fully optimized designs, savings are also stable across a whole range of operating speeds. Additionally, the new designs still generate substantial savings even setting aside the capital cost of an existing vessel. This meant that ECO container-ships offer benefits large enough to justify orders beyond that expected from the tonnage balance in the market.“We believe that ECO-ships are now the norm both today and for the future. With owners seeing the benefits from new tonnage being up to a third more efficient than average existing vessels and customers insisting on better performance, we won’t see many ships built that are not designed to minimise their fuel consumption and ecological impact,” said Mr von Oldershausen.[mappress]Press Release, June 5, 2013last_img read more

Greenpeace International: Deep Seabed Mining Could Have Impact on Environment

first_imgA new report from Greenpeace International has found that deep seabed mining could have a serious impact on the ocean environment and on the livelihood of coastal communities.In a Report just released it calls for a suspension in the granting of deep seabed mining licenses.Ms Seni Nabou, the political advisor for Greenpeace, told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat that a license had already been granted for deep seabed mining in Papua New Guinean waters, but a lot more work needed to be done to protect the world’s oceans before companies should be allowed to start operating.“We don’t believe that seabed mining applications should be granted,” Ms Nabou said.“No exploration or exploitation should take place unless or until the full range of marine habitats, biodiversity and ecosystem functions are adequately protected.”Ms Nabou says many of the habitats on the deep sea floor are yet to be studied by scientists.“The habitats are dark, previously thought to be lifeless by scientists, but we know now that this is not true,” she said.“There are still too many unknowns out there, which is why we are joining the Pacific Conference of Churches…in calling for a moratorium on these applications until we know more.”“We particularly want to see rules to ensure that environmental and cumulative impacts of seabed mining as well as potential impacts, alternative uses and livelihoods have been thoroughly assessed,” she said.[mappress]Press Release, July 18, 2013last_img read more

VIDEO: Damen Delivers ‘World Peridot’ PSV to WWS

first_imgDamen Shipyards Galati has handed over the second Platform Supply Vessel in a series order heralding a new era in offshore construction for Damen Shipyards Group.World Peridot, built to Damen’s innovative PSV 3300 design, has been delivered to World Wide Supply as part of the Norwegian owner’s latest commitment to cutting edge, modern tonnage. Delivery comes just seven weeks after the handover of the first of class PSV 3300, World Diamond, and is part of a rolling six-ship handover schedule from Damen for WWS.Steinar Kulen, representing owner WWS, confirmed that the worldwide-capable PSV had been delivered on schedule and would join sistership World Diamond on the North Sea spot charter market.“The collaboration with Damen in developing and building this series of PSV has been very good, resulting in a high quality and competitive vessel,” said  Kulen. The remaining ships in the series have already secured long term charters offshore Brazil.The PSV 3300 features a radical design rethink, with a wave piercing bow, slender hull lines and diesel electric propulsion with azimuth stern drives combining to optimise seakeeping and fuel efficiency. The 80.1m length, 1500-tonne deck capacity vessel features DP2 capability, and has been designed to Damen’s ‘E3’ principles – Environmentally friendly, Efficient in operation and Economically viable.It is one of five PSV types available from Damen ranging from 1,500 dwt to 6,500 dwt. The group’s expanding offshore portfolio includes completely new designs for Fast Crew Suppliers, Anchor Handling Tug Suppliers, a Heavy Lift Vessel, a ‘Ro-Ro Deep Dredge’ vessel, and the powerful new Damen Offshore Carrier 7500.“Our strategy is to deliver an entire range of high-tech vessels for offshore customers that are built on principles defined by reduced Total Cost of Ownership,” said Jan van Os, Damen Director Offshore.[mappress]Press Release, August 29, 2013last_img read more

Zamakona Launches Tuna Freezer IZARO, Spain

first_imgOn Saturday, September 7 , the launching of IZARO was held at the premises of Zamakona Yards in Bilbao. This vessel is a tuna freezer of 1,900 m3 and belongs to the Echebastar Group. The investment is worth Euro 30 million and the delivery is scheduled for January 2014.This is the first ship of a new generation of tuna fishers, designed and developed by the Naval Engineering Department. Cintranaval – Defcar SL in cooperation with Echebastar. The ship is designed for tuna fishing by the system to purse seine of fishing grounds in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific ocean. The vessel has a single controllable propeller and 20 tanks for freezing and conservation of tuna. Four of them will be used for ultra freezing.Fish will be held in tanks and by a system of immersion in brine, the tuna will subsequently be preserved dry frozen in the same tank. To facilitate fishing operations an onboard passive stabilization system is installed. The vessel will have accommodations for 40 people as indicated on the General Arrangement Plan. It will also have nursing for three.“The construction of this ship is to Zamakona Yards a transcendent fact in the history of the shipyard. We thank Echebastar Board for putting their confidence in our yard and we insurance that we will meet and exceed all expectations for this project.” said the President of Zamakona Yards D. Peter Garaygordobil.Currently, in addition to this ship, Zamakona Yards is involved in the development of various construction projects including:Polaris Ronja, transportation ship and treatment of live fish for the company Sølvtrans ASOsprey Ocean, offshore vessel for the ship owner Atlantic Offshore AS NorwegianLjubica, tuna fisher for the company Hartswater LtdZamakona Yards has an extensive list of references regarding fishing vessels, offshore, cruisers, etc. . , positioning itself at the forefront of European shipbuilding.[mappress]Press Release, September 11, 2013last_img read more

Aibel Wins Ivar Aasen Platform Hook-Up Job

first_imgAibel has been awarded the contract for the hook-up of the Ivar Aasen platform in the North Sea.In addition, Det norske, as operator for the Ivar Aasen development, intends to award Aibel the contract for maintenance and modification tasks and operational support for Ivar Aasen. The combined value is approx. NOK 660 million.The Ivar Aasen platform is currently under construction at SMOE in Singapore and will be installed at the field in 2016.“We are very satisfied with this contract. For us it means that Det norske recognizes our expertise as a supplier, also with regard to services beyond maintenance and modification,” says Jan Skogseth, President and CEO of Aibel.Hook-up activitiesThe contract is divided into several stages, where work starts immediately at the EPC supplier (engineering, procurement and construction). This will continue for around a year and a half, primarily in Singapore and London.Planning and preparation for hook-up at the field will start in mya 2015. The actual offshore hook-up will start in the summer of 2016.Management, administration, planning and prefabrication will take place in Haugesund. At the most, the contract will be staffed by around 300 people. The contract is worth about NOK 390 million.Letter of intentDet norske also intends to award Aibel a contract for maintenance and modification tasks, as well as operational support for Ivar Aasen. This contract will have a duration of 6 years, with two option periods of two years each. The contract is worth about NOK 270 million.[mappress]Press Release, November 29, 2013last_img read more

Rosneft, China Consider Expansion of East Siberia Cooperation

first_imgAs part of the preparations for the visit of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to China, Rosneft President, Chairman of the Management Board Igor Sechin held a meeting with Zhou Jipng, General Director of China National Natural Gas and Petroleum Corporation on the 15th of May.The parties discussed a wide range of questions, in particular, the expansion of cooperation in upstream projects in East Siberia. Moreover during the talks Igor Sechin and Zhou Jipng discussed the realization of projects in the refinery field and construction of the relevant infrastructure. Zhou Jipng underlined the importance of the project for the economy of China and expressed content that CNPC’s partner in its realization is Rosneft.[mappress]Press Release, May 16, 2014last_img read more

JV Established for Methane Gas Production in Japan

first_imgThe Japan Methane Hydrate Operating Co., Ltd. (JMH) was established today (October 1, 2014) with the aim to participate in the Medium to Long-term Offshore Production Test from pore-filling type methane hydrate which will be conducted by the Japanese government.A substantial quantity of methane hydrate is estimated in the offshore areas around Japan. Serving as a new domestic energy source, with the potential to make a major contribution to a stable national energy supply for Japan, technological development is expected for its commercialization including establishment of production technologies.At the end of the fiscal year 2012, the Japanese Government carried out the first offshore production test and succeeded in the world’s first production of gas from methane hydrate under the seabed.At the end of 2013, the Japanese government announced the latest version of the “Plan for the Development of Marine Energy and Mineral Resources”, in which the Medium to Long-term Offshore Production Test is planned.JMH has been formed with agreement and capital participation of 11 companies engaging in oil and natural gas development and in plant engineering. The companies include: Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (JAPEX) 33%, Japan Drilling Co., Ltd. (JDC) 18%, INPEX CORPORATION (INPEX) 13%, Idemitsu Oil & Gas Co., Ltd. 5%, JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation 5%, NIPPON STEEL & SUMIKIN ENGINEERING CO., LTD. (NSENGI) 5%, Chiyoda Corporation (Chiyoda) 5%, Toyo Engineering Corporation (Toyo) 5%, JGC CORPORATION 5%, Mitsui Oil Exploration Co.,Ltd. (MOECO) 5% and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. (MGC) 1%.JMH aims to provide contract services efficiently, effectively and smoothly on field operations in the offshore production test of pore-filling type methane hydrate in “all-Japan” structure, and to share its findings among private-sector in Japan.Optimizing this structure, participating companies will proactively offer their technologies and knowledge to the Japan’s research and development of pore-filling type methane hydrate toward its commercialization.Related:Japan: ANRE in Methane Hydrate Drilling SurveyPress Release, October 01, 2014; Image: ANRElast_img read more

Stonehenge Metals speeds-up commercialization efforts

first_imgStonehenge Metals has appointed San Marino Venture Group (SMVG) to support the commercialization of the Protean wave energy conversion technology in US.California-based SMVG originates and manages deal flow with an emphasis on emerging technologies, sustainable energy, real estate and infrastructure revitalisation.The appointment of the advisory group is part of Stonehege Metals’ global commercialization strategy.Bruce Lane, Stonehenge’s Managing Director, said : “The SMVG team’s market connections with key customer segments like ports, oil companies, and power and water utilities in the US combined with their ability to access both public and private venture and infrastructure funding partners make them an ideal partner for Stonehenge.SMVG’s capabilities will be a great complement to those of Bill Toman, recently appointed as President of our US subsidiary (Protean Wave Energy Inc.), specifically in the areas of access to funding, connections to major Californian ports and their deep experience of environmental planning and infrastructure permitting in California.”Protean Wave Energy aims to become the first active wave farm developer off the coast of California. The company is confident that SMVG’s skills, experience, and contacts will add significant credibility to the Company’s U.S. commercialization effort, Stonehenge Metal’s press release reads.Eric Miller, Vice President, Finance of SMVG commented: “SMVG is excited to be joining forces with Stonehenge so that we can help drive the US commercialization program for the Protean WEC. The state of California has been searching for years to find a viable system that will convert wave energy into electricity & water supply and I believe that the Protean wave energy technology is favourably positioned to succeed in California.”Stonehenge Metals has entered into into a binding agreement with Protean Energy Limited to acquire Protean Energy Australia Pty, which holds the intellectual property titles, rights and licenses to the Protean Wave Energy converter technology.[mappress mapid=”314″]Image: Protean Wave Energylast_img read more

Venture Global LNG selects duo for Calcasieu Pass job

first_imgVenture Global LNG said that it has engaged two manufacturing and engineering companies for its Calcasieu Pass project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.Chart Energy & Chemicals, a Chart Industries unit, will provide its mid-scale modular technology, and Tecnicas Reunidas will provide the engineering design for the gas liquefaction and export facility project, the company said in a statement.The scope of work includes designing a multi-train liquefaction plant with a total LNG capacity of 10.0 MMTPA; two full containment LNG tanks, each with a capacity of 200,000 m3; a 600 MW combined cycle power plant and marine facilities, which will include two LNG ships’ berths up to 185,000 m3.The FEED work for the Calcasieu Pass project commenced in August 2014 and is expected to be completed by mid-2015.[mappress mapid=”17102″]Image: Venture Global LNGlast_img read more

APPEA gives environment award to Woodside

first_imgLNG player Woodside Energy has won the Environment Excellence Award at APPEA 2015 Conference Dinner in Melbourne.While presenting the award, APPEA Board member and Buru Energy Executive Chairman, Eric Streitberg, said the judges found that Woodside had shown consistent excellence in environmental management. This included strategic planning, risk management, monitoring and evaluation.“Woodside has also shown a strong commitment to environmental research, particularly in marine science,” Streitberg said.Its marine research projects have involved collaboration with a range of organisations, including: universities, CSIRO, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the Western Australian Museum, and the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife, APPEA noted in its statement. Image: Woodsidelast_img read more