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ABS leads BlueBARGE project to develop offshore electrical power bunkering

ABS is leading the project involving 14 partners from 10 European countries to develop a comprehensive solution for offshore electrical power bunkering.

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ABS leads BlueBARGE project to develop offshore electrical power bunkering

Classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) on Monday (1 April) said it has joined the BlueBARGE Project, a programme funded by the Horizon Europe program and involving 14 partners from 10 European countries to develop a comprehensive solution for offshore electrical power bunkering.

ABS is leading the 36-month, EUR 11 million (USD 11.8 million) project and will support the consortium in safety, classification and regulatory compliance.

To limit local pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, BlueBARGE is developing and testing a new way for ships docked in port to plug into electrical power known as cold ironing. 

The BlueBARGE model will look at an offshore supply of electrical power to moored and anchored vessels. It will address challenges related to electrical integration, platform interfacing with ships, ports, and local networks, as well as operational safety and regulatory compliance aspects.

Konstantinos Voutzoulidis, ABS Business Development Manager and Head of Europe for Contracted Research and Development, said: “ABS is supporting cutting-edge electrification projects around the world for shipowners, shipyards and other stakeholders.”

“We are well-positioned to use our deep industry knowledge to advance electrification and power connection technologies and to understand the risks as vessels and infrastructure become increasingly electrified and connected.”

“ABS is excited to collaborate with such a great consortium in supporting the maritime industry to achieve the European Union and International electrification and decarbonisation goals.”

 

Photo credit: ABS
Published: 3 April 2024

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LR awards AiP to Seaspan Corporation for next-gen feeder ship design

Vessel, developed by Technolog, is future-proofed in its design and can be efficiently converted from LNG to ammonia propulsion during its lifetime.

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LR awards AiP to Seaspan Corporation for next-gen feeder ship design

Lloyd's Register (LR) on Wednesday (22 May) has awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) to Seaspan Corporation for its innovative Next Generation Feeder Ship Design. 

The vessel, measuring 198 m in length and developed by Technolog, is future-proofed in its design and can be efficiently converted from LNG to ammonia fuel during its lifetime.

Completion of the AiP process for the feeder ship design underscores Seaspan's commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions in support of its customers decarbonisation journeys. 

By collaborating with Technolog and LR, Seaspan has developed a solution that meets current market demands and anticipates future challenges and opportunities in the maritime industry.

The unique design of the Next Generation Feeder Ship showcases the direction that ship design may take in the future. By completing the AiP process, Seaspan, Technolog, and Lloyd's Register have laid the groundwork for future advancements in feeder vessel technology in this rapidly evolving space.

The project builds on the previous work LR has conducted with Seaspan Corporation. Seaspan is a founding partner of several LR Safety Tech Accelerator initiatives, including Methane Abatement in Maritime Innovation Initiative and Cargo Fire and Loss Innovation Initiative. Seaspan and LR are also collaborating on initiatives focusing on how the energy transition is affecting seafarer safety.  

LR, Seaspan and Technolog all look forward to beginning work on phase 2 of this project, which will be a DF Ammonia Feeder Vessel.

Andy McKeran, Chief Commercial Officer at Lloyd's Register, said: "We are very pleased to grant Approval in Principle to Seaspan for their innovative Next Generation Feeder Vessel Design.”

“This achievement highlights Seaspan's dedication to excellence and sustainability in maritime transportation and LR remains committed to supporting industry leaders like Seaspan in their pursuit of cutting-edge solutions that drive positive change and set new standards for the future of shipping."

Peter Jackson, SVP of Assets and Technology at Seaspan Corporation, said: “We are committed to providing creative solutions to our customers in support of their decarbonisation journey and the best way to do this is through partnerships and collaborations with industry leaders such as LR and Technolog.”

“Seaspan and LR have partnered to address important topics for many years, and this is an excellent result of one of those partnerships. Technolog’s input has also provided a creative solution and demonstrated their leadership in the ship design and Feeder Ship segment.”

 

Photo credit: Lloyd's Register
Published: 23 May 2024

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Singapore: Seatrium and ABS to develop and commercialise green retrofit products and services

This includes carbon capture, energy efficiency enhancement measures such as air lubrication systems and wind assisted propulsion as well as the integration of low/zero carbon energy sources.

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Seatrium and ABS to develop and commercialise green retrofit products and services

Singapore-headquartered marine engineering firm Seatrium on Wednesday (8 May) announced a three-year Technology Collaboration Agreement (TCA) with ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2024 in Houston, Texas. 

This agreement builds on the successful history of collaboration between the two organisations and aims to accelerate decarbonisation and energy transition in the maritime and offshore sectors.

The TCA with ABS, titled “Accelerating Decarbonisation & Energy Transition”, will focus on four key themes: Decarbonisation, Electrification, New Energies, and Digital Transformation. 

The goal is to develop and commercialise green retrofit products and services, including but not limited to carbon capture, energy efficiency enhancement measures such as air lubrication systems and wind assisted propulsion as well as the integration of low/zero carbon energy sources on offshore assets, electrification, and digital technologies.

Mr Chris Ong, CEO of Seatrium, said, “Seatrium is making significant strides in our visionary approach to engineering a sustainable, low-carbon energy future. This progress is achievable through pivotal industry collaborations with organisations like ABS. We are more than just partners; we are natural allies united by a shared mission and driven by a powerful vision for a sustainable future. ABS and Seatrium have achieved great successes through our previous collaborations, and we are committed to harnessing our distinct strengths and capabilities to push the boundaries and transform the way we approach decarbonisation, energy transition, and digital transformation.”

Dr Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman and CEO of ABS, said, “Together, ABS and Seatrium have a remarkable history of pioneering the technological frontiers in the marine and offshore industries. Our shared vision for the future, combined with our twin cultures of innovation and collaboration, mean we are well placed to safely deliver the rapid technological advance our industry needs if we are to meet emissions targets and capitalise on the opportunities offered by decarbonisation and digitalisation.”

 

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Published: 9 May 2024

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HD Hyundai, ABS partner to establish international standards for ships with electric propulsion

HD KSOE and HD Hyundai Heavy Industries partnered with ABS to develop a transmission and distribution system for ships with electric propulsion and establish related international standards.

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HD Hyundai, ABS partner to establish international standards for ships with electric propulsion

HD Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering Co. (HD KSOE) and HD Hyundai Heavy Industries, on Friday (3 May) said they partnered with classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) to develop a transmission and distribution system for ships with electric propulsion and establish related international standards.

HD Hyundai announced the development of a medium voltage direct current transmission and distribution system (MVDC) for ships. MVDC refers to a technology that transmits high-voltage electricity between 1.5kV and 100kV as direct current. It has the advantage of lower energy loss compared to AC transmission, attracting attention as a next-generation power supply method. 

In particular, when MVDC is applied to large electric propulsion ships, electrical energy integration efficiency can be improved by up to 20% compared to the existing AC power system.

However, although marine MVDC has the advantage of high energy efficiency, it is difficult to commercialise it as international standards have not been established. This has led to HD KSOE and HD Hyundai Heavy Industries signing an agreement with ABS to address these issues. 

Previously, HD KSOE built Korea's first DC-based hybrid electric propulsion ship Ulsan Taehwa by applying a low-voltage direct current (LVDC) transmission and distribution system. The Ulsan Taehwa is a medium-sized ship weighing 2,800 tonnes. 

“MVDC technology is not an option but a necessity for carbon-free large ships and next-generation electric propulsion ships,” said Kwon Byeong-hoon, head of HD KSOE’s Electrification Centre. 

“We plan to lead the large ship electric propulsion market by developing MVDC for ships and establishing international standards.” He said.

 

Photo credit: HD Hyundai
Published: 9 May 2024

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