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Hydrex: Correlation between corroded pipes and scrubber-equipped ships

“Corroded scrubber pipework and discharge outlets is a serious problem, and we’re seeing more and more of it,” says spokesman.

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Underwater ship repair and maintenance solutions provider Hydrex has noticed a correlation between repair jobs for scrubber-equipped ships.

“We have noted an increase in repairs to corroded pipework and outlets, which does appear to correspond with the increase in the number of ships fitted with scrubbers,” said Dave Bleyenberg, Hydrex production executive.

“These systems remove harmful sulphur oxide compounds from the exhaust gasses of marine diesel engines burning high-sulphur heavy fuel oils.

"However, the resulting residue removed from these gases can have a rapid and highly corrosive effect on the scrubbers’ internal pipework and outlets."

The company has attended to two similar cases on sister ships, one in Rotterdam and another in Denmark, where the scrubber cooling pipe outlet was corroded and had to be cut away and replaced with a highly chemical resistant coating.

"This meant that several of the frames around the pipe had to be removed before diver/technicians could cut away the corroded part of the old pipe," said Bleyenberg.

"While the shell plating was prepared for the installation of the replacement pipe, a new diffuser and flange were fabricated on site.

"The replacement pipe was then positioned and secured with a full penetration weld, and the new diffuser installed. The welding was inspected by an independent tester using NDT (non-destructive testing) techniques.

"Corroded scrubber pipework and discharge outlets is a serious problem, and we’re seeing more and more of it."

Photo credit: Hydrex
Published: 15 February 2018
 

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DNV explains how its Emissions Connect can help in navigating new EU ETS landscape

DNV released a report on its Emissions Connect service and how the shipping industry could benefit from it in view of the expansion of EU ETS into shipping in January this year.

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Classification society DNV on Thursday (16 November) released a Maritime Impact report on its Emissions Connect and how the shipping industry could benefit from it in view of the expansion of EU ETS into shipping in January this year: 

The introduction of the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) into shipping has brought significant changes, deeply impacting financial operations, day-to-day management and commercial transactions. Frontline, a global leader in tankers, explains how DNV’s Emissions Connect is helping them to navigate this complex environment.

Growing moves to decarbonize the maritime industry are being accompanied and advanced by its rapid digitalization. Following the expansion of the EU ETS into shipping in January 2024, the importance of accurate, reliable data has never been higher. DNV’s Emissions Connect offers a comprehensive solution that ensures accuracy and dependability in emissions verification, helping stakeholders manage costs effectively under the new regulatory framework.

The role of data in a changing maritime environment

“We’re in a whole new dimension now,” says Pål Lande, Digital Business Development Director at DNV. “A lot of work has been done in recent years, and new regulations have emerged, gradually raising the importance of emissions data. This started with the EU’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation, which mandates emissions reporting on an annual basis.

“While MRV reporting will continue to be a requirement in itself, since January 2024 companies also have to manage the costs of carbon credits through the expansion of the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme into shipping.”

Frontline’s digital journey

Although the implication of the EU ETS has changed the dynamics of emissions reporting, this has been on the horizon for some time. For some companies, this has been just another stage on their digitalization journey.

“We decided to embark on a journey about four years ago, together with DNV, to handle our digital transformation,” says Lars Pedersen, CTO at Frontline. “This started with data collection for ESG reporting and has since evolved into reporting for the EU’s MRV regulation and IMO’s Data Collection System.

“These were frontrunners to the EU ETS reporting and enabled a very smooth transition when this came into force in January 2024. This also means that we are well prepared for further regulations down the line, such as FuelEU Maritime.”

From annual to daily reporting

The implementation of the EU ETS in 2024 means that many shipowners now also need to report emissions data, and have it verified, as part of their day-to-day operations.

“Traditionally, decision-making in shipping has been informed by annual aggregated data, where deadlines were not urgent and the impacts from incorrectly inputted data were limited,” says Lande. “However, the introduction of the EU ETS has created a paradigm shift. While the ETS itself does not mandate daily reporting, the financial implications of emissions costs necessitate daily management of emissions data.

“Effective management of this data is now crucial, influencing everything from compliance and certification to financial accounting. It also profoundly affects how shipping companies interact with their commercial partners.”

Impact of EU ETS on commercial transactions

Under the EU ETS scheme, the shipowner is responsible for the reporting of data and the purchasing and surrendering of carbon credits, a change from previous regulations where the ship manager was responsible. Nonetheless, the complexity of commercial relationships means that clarity over emissions – and who will pay for them – is now a fundamental part of many transactions.

“Carbon costs and other liabilities need to be handled throughout the value chain. How this is done will depend on a range of factors, such as segment, geography and agreements between key stakeholders like owners, managers and charterers,” says Lande.

“For all of this to function correctly, it is vital that there is a high degree of trust in data related to emissions, and other things like ship performance. Failure to do this correctly could lead to a lot of disputes.”

The value of verification

Frontline operates one of the largest tanker fleets in the industry, dealing with commercial transactions across the value chain on a daily basis.

“Every voyage involves a commercial settlement between owners and charterers,” says Pedersen. “Before, this was limited to the hiring of the vessel, but now it also includes the settlement of emissions.”

For this to function correctly, it is crucial that the data is both accurate and reinforced by a stamp of approval from a trusted third party.

“Having accurate, trusted data, delivered in a timely and cost-efficient way, and verified by a recognized classification society like DNV, provides it with a level of trust and security. This generates confidence throughout our own operations and helps a lot in commercial settlements.”

Note: The full Maritime Impact by DNV can be found here

 

Photo credit: Frontline Management
Published: 21 June, 2024

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VPS and Normec Verifavia to offer data-driven and verified emissions data

Both firms signed a partnership agreement with Normec Verifavia to support improved vessel data for MRV / EU ETS reporting and beyond.

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Marine fuels testing company VPS on Monday (17 June) said it has signed a partnership agreement with Normec Verifavia to support improved vessel data for MRV / EU ETS reporting and beyond. 

In the face of tightening regulations and focus, VPS said large parts of the maritime industry are in the midst of stepping up their efforts to collect high-quality emissions data from vessel operations. 

“To meet this demand, VPS and Normec Verifavia will offer vessel owners and the wider maritime ecosystem to have indisputable emission numbers produced in a data-driven way,” the firm said.

“For vessel owners, this ensures compliance with upcoming MRV and EU ETS requirements where reported emission numbers need to be verified by a certified verification body.”

The partnership will combine the strengths that VPS have in data-driven decarb and Normec Verifavia´s position as an agile and independent third-party data verifier. The two companies offer a plug-and-play setup, where the vessel owner can experience a seamless and integrated experience in the handling and verification of fleet fuel- and emission numbers. 

 The first step of the partnership is to offer verification for VPS customers using the Maress system for data-driven decarbonisation. Maress is a leading tool in the offshore industry, handling the complexities around fuels- and emissions optimization and assisting crew and onshore personnel in making informed decisions on how to reduce vessel and fleet footprint. Maress is used by a diverse set of stakeholders in the offshore sector, such as vessel owners, contractors, management companies, charterers and more.  

Further, VPS also offers the Emsys technology for precise and real-time measurement of the emissions going through the vessel smokestack. This data can be fed directly to Maress and subsequently verified by Normec Verifavia to provide full control of all aspects of the fuels- and emissions related to vessel operations.

Jan Wilhelmsson, COO, Digital & Decarbonisation of VPS

Jan Wilhelmsson, COO, Digital & Decarbonisation of VPS

Jan Wilhelmsson, COO, Digital & Decarbonisation of VPS, said, "We see a rapid development where the market is no longer willing to take the risk of not knowing -precisely- what the emissions from operations are. We are excited about the fact that the partnership with Normec Verifavia enables all Maress users to get their emission numbers verified. It will literally be a one stop shop for data collection, analytics, collaboration and verified emission reporting."

Yuvraj Thakur, Managing Director & VP Commercial, Normec Verifavia, said: “The maritime industry faces a crucial challenge: achieving transparency and driving progress towards a decarbonised future. Normec Verifavia's collaboration with VPS represents a significant step forward in this direction.”

“By leveraging their expertise in data-driven decarbonization tools like Maress, we can empower asset owners to streamline the entire emissions data lifecycle. This will not only enhance the accuracy of reported data but also significantly reduce the administrative complexities faced by many stakeholders. This collaborative effort strengthens the foundation for a more sustainable maritime industry.”

The ability for Maress customers to verify emission numbers will be immediately commercially available.

Photo credit: VPS
Published: 20 June, 2024

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2050 Marine Energy Owner Adrian Tolson to discuss global MFM adoption in webinar

BIMCO’s 30-minute webinar, titled ‘Getting what you pay for – a novel concept in bunkering?’ will begin at 12:00 UTC on 12 June.

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2050 Marine Energy Owner Adrian Tolson to discuss global MFM adoption in webinar

International shipping association BIMCO will be organising a 15+15 webinar featuring 2050 Marine Energy Owner Adrian Tolson on Wednesday (12 June).

Early in 2024, Tolson published a White Paper arguing for the global adoption of calibrated mass flow meters (MFMs) in the bunkering industry. 

He argued that this progress will bring much-needed transparency to bunkering by generating accurate, real-time data for all stakeholders along the marine fuel supply chain. 

Describing the problems for the industry caused by inaccurate quantity measurement he sets out a number of remedial actions.

The paper recognises the success of Singapore’s MFM based bunker licensing system and proposes this as a template for regulators in other regions across the world. 

It calls on all supply chain participants to actively support MFM-based deliveries, promote transparency and encourage digitalisation in the long-term interests of the bunker industry and to help further the decarbonisation goals of the shipping industry. 

“This 15+15 will explore these ideas and assess if there is a chance for real progress,” BIMCO said on its website.

The 30-minute webinar, titled Getting what you pay for – a novel concept in bunkering? begins at 12:00 UTC.

The 15+15 weekly webinars are a 30-minute webinar which includes a 15-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A.

Note: Those who are interested in attending the online event, can register here

 

Photo credit: BIMCO
Published: 11 June, 2024

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