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ECSA: European shipowners welcome 40% production benchmark for clean bunker fuels in Europe

European shipowners welcome inclusion of clean marine fuels for shipping, including advanced biofuels and e-fuels, in list of net-zero technologies adopted under Net-Zero Industry Act, says ECSA.




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The European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) on Thursday (25 April) said it strongly welcomed the inclusion of low-carbon bunker fuels for shipping, including advanced biofuels and e-fuels, in the list of net-zero technologies adopted under the Net-Zero Industry Act.

It said the last plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg for this five-year term adopted earlier that day the new law, which aims to scale up industrial capacity for green technologies in Europe. 

The new law introduces a benchmark for the Commission and the EU Member States to match 40% of the deployment needs for clean fuels for shipping with production capacity. 

“This is a vital step to ensure that clean fuels for shipping are made available in the market at an affordable price, as a prerequisite for shipping to meet its target under the Fuel EU Maritime Regulation,” ECSA said on its website.

“Scaling up the production and uptake of clean fuels for shipping is a top priority for European shipping.”

Sotiris Raptis, ECSA’s Secretary General, said: “European shipowners have consistently requested for a mandate on the European fuel suppliers to scale up and make clean, affordable and safe fuels available in the market.”

“Matching European fuel industrial capacity with the EU targets under the FuelEU Maritime is essential.”

“We welcome the 40% benchmark for the production of clean fuels such as advanced biofuels and e-fuels as a stepping stone towards an international scale-up of alternative sustainable fuels for shipping. We will work closely with the Commission to ensure that the 40% benchmark is translated into immediate action.”


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Published: 29 April 2024

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IWSA invites maritime stakeholders to participate in small vessel wind propulsion survey

IWSA launched a new survey to understand why wind energy use is increasing in small vessel segments and to ascertain what barriers may be holding back further expansion in wind-powered vessels.





IWSA invites maritime stakeholders to participate in small vessel wind propulsion survey

The International Windship Association (IWSA) on Friday (3 May) announced the launching of a new survey to gather insight from the industry to understand why wind energy use is increasing in small vessel segments and to ascertain what barriers may be holding back further expansion in the number of wind-powered vessels.

IWSA said the number of small vessels sailing using wind as their primary energy source or using wind-assist wind propulsion technology has been increasing steadily in recent years. Over the last few months there has been a further uptick in interest and vessel launchings.

“IWSA’s aim in surveying the industry and disseminating gathered insights from vessel operators’ and cargo owners’ shared experience is to assist harbours/ports in better understanding the sector,” it said in a statement.

“In addition, seafarers interested in engaging in the sector will also be better informed, as will the vessel operators that employ and train them.”

Respondent feedback from small vessel owners operating vessels that use wind energy plus insights from other relevant stakeholders will be published by IWSA in a Small Wind Propulsion Vessel publication.

Gavin Allwright, Secretary General of IWSA, said: “The results of this survey will help inform IWSA’s future work around wind propulsion deployment in the small commercial vessel sector both in developed and lesser developed regions of the world where maritime transport can be absolutely critical.”

“The aim of the resulting Small Wind Propulsion Vessel publication will be to help to facilitate discussions and debate around the issues facing the sector helping to bring together the network further and identify areas that require collective action at an industry, market and policy/regulatory level.”

Stakeholders in any small vessel segments of the industry are invited to participate in the survey. In the survey, a “small vessel” has a fairly broad definition, with vessels under 1000GT included, though this classification issue is one of the questions also under consideration.

The deadline for survey submissions is Friday, 10 May 2024. 

Note: The Small Wind Propulsion Vessel Survey can be found here.


Photo credit: International Windship Association
Published: 6 May, 2024

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Methanol Institute and SEA-LNG unite against EU trade barriers to biomethane and biomethanol fuels

Both parties expressed their deep concerns following recent announcement by European Commission impacting the trade of biomethane and biomethane-based biofuels such as biomethanol bunker fuel.





Methanol Institute and SEA-LNG unite against EU trade barriers to biomethane and biomethanol fuels

The Methanol Institute (MI) and SEA-LNG, key representatives of the methanol and liquefied natural gas (LNG) industries respectively, on Wednesday (17 April) expressed their deep concerns following the recent announcement by the European Commission impacting the trade of biomethane and biomethane-based biofuels such as biomethanol. 

The Commission has noted the intention to exclude the automatic certification of biomethane and biomethanol-based fuels produced through mass balance chain of custody in third-party countries outside the EU gas grids within the Union Database (UDB), an IT system to trace the sustainability and origin of renewable fuels placed into service in the European market. 

“This exclusion will severely limit the use of these critical fuels in decarbonising intra-European and international maritime transport even if these fuels were produced in accordance with EU regulations under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED),” MI and SEA-LNG said in a statement. 

Methanol Institute, as the trade association representing the global interests of the methanol industry, and SEA-LNG, a multi-sector industry coalition promoting the benefits of LNG as a marine fuel, are particularly concerned about the potential impacts of these measures on competitiveness and international trade dynamics. 

“If this materialises, it will create a trade barrier that threatens to impede the importation of biomethane and biomethanol into the European Union, limiting the availability and increasing the costs of these fuels to the bunkering industry in Europe,” they said.

“Furthermore, it may also disqualify such fuels produced using a mass balance chain of custody from non-EU gas grids, when bunkered in non-European ports for use by vessels calling at European ports from being recognised under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). Consequently, these fuels may not be able to generate credits under EU ETS and FuelEU Maritime.”

In response to these challenges, MI and SEA-LNG call for the recognition of biomethane and biomethanol-based fuels produced using a mass balance chain of custody from non-EU gas grids under the UDB. 

“We propose an urgent meeting between our representatives and those of the European Commission to discuss necessary amendments to ensure a sustainable and competitive energy future for the European maritime sector,” they added.


Photo credit: Methanol Institute and SEA-LNG
Published: 18 April 2024

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Eleven global names launch new association to promote nuclear power for ships

NEMO’s inaugural members include HD KSOE, Lloyd’s Register, Onomichi Dockyard, Core Power, VARD Group and Bureau Veritas.





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A global group of leading companies with a common interest in developing nuclear energy solutions for the maritime sector recently announced the formation of the Nuclear Energy Maritime Organization (NEMO).

By bringing together stakeholders with relevant expertise, NEMO aims to assist nuclear and maritime regulators in the development of appropriate standards and rules for the deployment, operation and decommissioning of floating nuclear power.

“NEMO will provide expert guidance and promote the highest safety, security, and environmental standards in the development of this nascent industrial sector, fostering collaboration, knowledge sharing, and advocacy among its members and stakeholders,” according to the companies in NEMO’s website. 

Advanced nuclear technologies deployed at sea can reduce environmental impact, enhance social responsibility, and increase economic competitiveness. NEMO aims to provide a platform for its members to network and facilitate a functional connection between regulators to foster development and exchange best practices.

NEMO will be headquartered in London and will officially start its proceedings in 2Q 2024.

NEMOs inaugural members are:

  • HD KSOE, a Korean shipbuilding company with R&D and engineering capabilities in the marine industry including ship design and construction, and a subsidiary of HD Hyundai.
  • Lloyd’s Register, a UK-headquartered maritime classification society specializing in ship design, energy transition advisory, compliance, and consultancy services.
  • BWXT Advanced Technologies LLC, an American manufacturing and engineering company providing nuclear solutions for global security, clean energy, environmental restoration, nuclear medicine, and space exploration.
  • TerraPower, LLC., an American nuclear innovation company striving to improve the world through nuclear energy and science.
  • Onomichi Dockyard, a Japanese ship builder and ship repairer, founded in 1943 and still at the pinnacle of construction of marine assets to this day.
  • Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, an American nuclear reactor designer and vendor providing innovative new and conventional nuclear solutions and other clean power technologies and services globally.
  • Core Power (UK) Ltd., an Anglo-American maritime nuclear innovation company building a market for new nuclear in maritime and delivering marine- appropriate reactor plants for heavy industry and transport.
  • VARD Group AS, a pre-eminent global shipbuilder, ship designer and ship technology provider, delivering high-quality specialised vessels for the global market, part of Fincantieri S.p.A.
  • Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification services - and represented in NEMO by its Marine and Offshore Division, comprising classification and maritime consultancy services.
  • RINA, an inspection, certification, ship classification and engineering consultancy multinational active in the Energy, Marine, Certification, Infrastructure & Mobility, Real Estate and Industry sectors.
  • JEIL Partners Ltd., a Korean developer, consultant, and project manager with a history serving the nuclear supply chain in South Korea and overseas.

NEMOs inaugural chairman, Dr. Mamdouh el-Shanawany, former head of the IAEA Safety Assessment Section and Global Nuclear Director at Lloyd’s Register, said: "We are very excited to launch NEMO, which we believe will be a valuable and influential voice for floating nuclear power.”

“We invite all stakeholders who share our vision and values to join us and become part of this dynamic and forward-looking alliance.”

Membership of NEMO is open to companies with a bona-fide link to the floating nuclear power segment and who meet the organization's membership criteria, which include a commitment to sustainability, innovation, and excellence.

The organization plans to hold regular events, workshops, webinars, and publications for its members and the wider public. 

The organization also intends to collaborate with other industry associations, government bodies, academic institutions, and civil society organizations to advance the cause of floating nuclear power.


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Published: 9 April 2024

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