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ABS selects Singapore for centre to support electrification of marine vessels

Centre, comprising of ABS engineers and technical specialists, will support electrification projects for shipowners and shipyards across the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

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Classification society ABS on Monday (11 September) said it is launching a global ABS Electrification Center to support maritime decarbonisation projects.

Comprised of ABS engineers and technical specialists, ABS said the centre will support a range of electrification projects for shipowners, shipyards and other stakeholders across the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

The centre will also provide support for the electrification of harbour and coastal craft aligned to the initiatives from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Other projects specific to electrification will include research and development, design review, Rule development, and new construction and retrofit projects. The centre will use the latest technologies, including ABS’ extensive experience in simulation and modelling.

“While many in the shipping industry will be equipped to use alternative fuels, additional alternative energy options, particularly electrification, are needed to help the industry achieve net zero by 2050. ABS is proud to invest in this new centre and use our deep industry knowledge to enable research to improve emerging battery technologies, fuel cells and shore power connection technologies to understand the risks of electrified vessels and to support infrastructure planning as ports become increasingly electrified and connected,” said John McDonald, ABS President and Chief Operating Officer.

“We welcome the set-up of the ABS Electrification Centre in Singapore. This complements our efforts to electrify the domestic craft sector, adding to the local knowledge and expertise on evolving electrification technologies and standards. ABS’ contribution will help to increase the vibrancy of our marine electrification ecosystem and community serving the needs of Singapore and our region,” said Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive, MPA.

ABS and major industry players are already collaborating on a number of advanced electrification initiatives including Seatrium’s Floating Living Lab project and its proposals for a battery-powered fleet of hybrid tugs. The centre is also supporting Wartsila with a JDP to design a hybrid electric LNG carrier; Greenbay Marine and Sea Forrest on a fully electric container vessel and PSA Marine with evaluation of the energy efficiency of a new hybrid design for pilot launch boats.

The ABS office in Singapore is home to one of the five global ABS Sustainability Centers, supporting marine and offshore clients with comprehensive decarbonization and sustainability solutions. It is also the home of the ABS Global Simulation Center that provides clients with a virtual representation of an asset that ABS engineers use to analyse, configure and test in a safe and cost-effective way. 

Manifold Times recently reported MPA issuing a call for proposal (CFP) to develop, commission, maintain, and operate electric harbour craft (e-HC) charging points at certain locations. 

Singapore has set a target for the full decarbonisation of harbour craft, pleasurecraft and tugboats by 2050, with the electrification, the use of 100% Biofuel (B100) and other green fuels from 2030 for all new harbour craft.

Manifold Times also previously reported MPA issuing an Expression of Interest (EOI) to invite interested parties to submit proposals to design and promote adoption of full-electric harbour craft (e-HC) in Singapore.

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Photo credit: ABS
Published: 12 September, 2023

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UECC “Auto Achieve” receives first LNG bunker fuel delivery by barge in home country

Firm said it received the first ever supply of LNG by barge to their multi-fuel LNG battery hybrid car carrier in the Port of Drammen, Norway.

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UECC “Auto Achieve” receives first LNG bunker fuel delivery by barge in home country

Norwegian roll-on/roll-off shipping line United European Car Carriers (UECC) on Wednesday (10 July) said it received the first ever supply of LNG by barge to their multi-fuel LNG battery hybrid car carrier Auto Achieve in the Port of Drammen on 4 July.

The firm said this was the first time UECC received LNG by barge to any of their vessels in their home country Norway. 

“We also believe that it was the first time LNG was delivered by barge to any vessel in Drammen, and most likely the entire Oslofjord,” UECC said in a social media post.

The LNG was supplied by the Molgas Energy Holding vessel Pioneer Knutsen, owned by Knutsen Group OAS.

“UECC is very pleased to see the expansion of the LNG barge network in Norway,” it said. 

 

Photo credit: UECC
Published: 12 July, 2024

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Waiver reinstated at Port of Gangavaram for vessels using green bunker fuels

Port will offer a 50% waiver on port dues only for vessels using green marine fuels such as LNG, ammonia, hydrogen or electrical power as their main propulsion source, according to GAC.

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Adani Ports and Logistics has reinstated a concession scheme for vessels using alternative bunker fuels at the port of Gangavaram in India, with effect from 1 July, according to GAC Hot Port News on Thursday (27 June). 

The port will offer a 50% waiver on port dues only for vessels using green fuels like LNG, ammonia, hydrogen or electrical power as their main propulsion source.

The waiver scheme is also applicable for all vessels which have dual fuel main ending and use LNG, ammonia, hydrogen or electrical power as their main propulsion source.

To qualify for the applicable waiver, the vessel must produce the IAPP ore similar objective evidence in certificate form prior to arrival at Gangavaram port limits and upon departure, which must indicate the specification of the vessel’s engine and fuel details.

All other vessel related charges will apply as per the Adani Gangavaram Port BPTS.

 

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Published: 28 June, 2024

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Crowley christens US first fully electric tugboat “eWolf” at Port of San Diego

eTug features a fully integrated electrical package for battery energy storage by ABB with advanced technology for mariner safety and will enter commercial service this week.

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Crowley christens US first fully electric tugboat “eWolf” at Port of San Diego

US-owned maritime, energy and logistics solutions company Crowley on Wednesday (26 June) said it christened the eWolf, America's first all-electric ship assist harbor tugboat. 

Built by Master Boat Builders in Coden, Ala., the 82-foot vessel delivers 70 tonnes of bollard pull – stronger than its conventional predecessor. 

The eTug also features a fully integrated electrical package for battery energy storage by ABB with advanced technology for mariner safety. The eTug will enter commercial service this week.

"The eWolf is a historic milestone in the maritime industry and Crowley's legacy, and underscores our company's commitment to serve as global sustainability leaders and innovators,” said Tom Crowley, Chairman and CEO.  

“The all-electric tugboat is the most technologically advanced vessel of its kind, and eWolf will help our customers and communities reach their decarbonisation goals while delivering capabilities that strengthen our vital supply chain.”

"We congratulate the people whose tireless dedication brought the eWolf to fruition with our partners at the federal, state and local government, setting a new standard not just in America, but globally."

“Crowley's first-of-its-kind electric tugboat is a game changer. It checks all the boxes by providing environmental, economic, and operational benefits for our communities and maritime industry,” said Frank Urtasun, Port of San Diego Chairman. 

“This is truly a story of teamwork and collaboration. We are proud to work with Crowley and our state and local partners on this and other electrification initiatives at and around our port, including electric cargo handling equipment like our all-electric mobile harbor cranes, our microgrid, vessel shore power, and more.”

eWolf is supported by a new microgrid shoreside charging station that enables the tug to operate at full performance daily on electricity.

Crowley was joined at the vessel christening by project partners including the Port of San Diego, San Diego County Air Pollution Control District, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Maritime Administration. The collaborative effort among federal, state and local partners to decarbonise the port furthers the shared goal of improving air quality for San Diego.

“SDAPCD is proud to have provided funding for the eWolf project, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at transitioning from traditional diesel-powered vessels to electric propulsion systems,” said Shu, City of La Mesa Councilmember and SDAPCD Governing Board Chair. 

“The eWolf exemplifies how collaboration between government and private partners can drive meaningful change, contributing significantly to a cleaner, healthier environment for everyone.”

The company chose eWolf's name in a nod to a tugboat in the company's initial fleet, the Sea Wolf, which operated more than a century ago in California.

 

Photo credit: Crowley
Published: 27 June, 2024

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