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Maersk line report outlines bunker, emissions strategy

The shipping firm reveals its fuel oil consumption data in 2017, explains why it decides not to pursue scrubbers, and more.




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The 2017 sustainability and financial reports of A.P. Moller - Maersk, the parent company of box shipping giant Maersk Line, has outlined the company's environmental performance in the shipping sector for the year.

Maersk Line consumed 10.2 million metric tonnes (mt) of fuel oil in 2017 marginally higher when compared to the 9.5 million mt of similar product in 2016; the company spent $3.26 billion on fuel in 2017 compared to $2.12 billion in 2016.

It expects fuel consumption to reduce 0.5% every year over five years (2018 to 2022) due to various initiatives, such as the Connected Vessels project that upgrades data collection and reporting systems on its vessels and the replacement of fuel efficient newbuilds.

The firm also notes its Mumbai-based Global Vessel Performance Centre, which will be integrated with the Connected Vessels project, helping it save at least 400,000 mt of fuel and $250 million since the start of operations in 2012.

"With the roll-out of the Connected Vessel project, the input from vessels and the analytics available will increase enormously, and in turn the potential for savings," it states.

Meanwhile, A.P. Moller - Maersk says it has developed a strategy to operate in compliance with the new 0.50% marine fuel sulphur cap taking effect from 2020.

"From a sustainability point of view, the initiative is welcomed, but there are risks associated with the introduction of the new global standards," it explains.

"Sub-par enforcement mechanisms may skew the playing field, leaving those complying with the new legislation at a disadvantage, as the price of compliant fuel is likely to exceed that of the heavy fuel oil currently in use.

"At this stage, a deliberate choice has been made not to invest in the instalment of scrubbers on vessels (to enable the continued use of heavy fuel oil), and to maintain a dialogue with refineries to secure a sufficient supply of compliant fuel by the time the regulations come into force."

Further, tests by A.P. Moller - Maersk have concluded that the installation, operation and maintenance costs of scrubbers will not be offset by the level of cleanliness of emissions that can be achieved through simply using compliant bunker fuel; furthermore, tests reveal scrubbers reducing vessel fuel efficiency by as much as 2%.

Maersk Line registered two bunker non-compliances over 50,000 port calls during 2017.

In March 2017, a non-compliance was determined on a Maersk Line vessel calling at Long Beach in California where fuel in the ship's sulphur content was at nearly 0.2% when travelling in the emission control area (ECA) where the sulphur cap is 0.1%. The internal investigation confirmed that the vessel carried compliant fuel, and that the contamination was due to a human error in the switchover procedure.

In July 2017, another Maersk Line vessel was in breach of the fuel sulphur limit of 0.1% while in the port of Antwerp, Belgium. The company's internal investigation found that the vessel’s low sulphur fuel tank had been contaminated due to another human error in operating two butterfly valves between the ship’s high sulphur and low sulphur fuel tanks. The contamination raised the sulphur level in the low sulphur fuel tank to around 0.2%.

"We carried out a complete cleaning of the low-sulphur tanks and the onboard systems, have implemented specific procedures to avoid this kind of contamination on all relevant vessels."

Photo credit: A.P. Moller - Maersk
Published: 15 February 2018

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Singapore: EPS orders ammonia, LNG dual-fuel vessels from China

EPS signed one contract for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International.






Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (28 February) said it signed two new contract orders in a signing ceremony in Shanghai, one for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International. 

The contracts signed cover four 210,000 dwt ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers and two 111,000 dwt LNG dual-fuel LR2 oil tankers, expanding our fleet of green vessels on water. 

“These are pivotal for EPS, testament to our continued commitment towards the decarbonisation of shipping,” EPS said in a social media post.

Manifold Times recently reported EPS signing a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard the Pacific Sentinel

The turnkey ‘suction sail’ technology, which drags air across an aerodynamic surface to generate exceptional propulsive efficiency, will be fitted later this year, helping the 183-metre, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker reduce overall energy consumption by approximately 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Related: Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker


Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 1 March 2024

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LNG Bunkering

Malaysia: Port of Tanjung Pelepas completes first LNG bunkering operation

Landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs containership operated by French shipping giant CMA CGM.






Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a joint venture between MMC Group and APM Terminals, on Wednesday (28 February) announced a significant milestone with the successful completion of its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operation. 

The landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity containership operated by French shipping giant, CMA CGM.

Tan Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Chairman of PTP in a statement remarked this latest milestone demonstrates PTP’s commitment to continuously enhance its competitive advantages in an increasingly competitive global market.

“The successful completion of our first LNG bunkering operation also underscores our unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership. We are proud to partner with Petronas Trading Corporation Sendirian Berhad (PETCO) and CMA CGM on this initiative and showcase PTP’s capabilities as a leading facilitator of clean and efficient maritime operations.”

“This milestone paves the way for further growth in LNG bunkering at PTP, contributing significantly to the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.”

Commenting on this achievement, Mark Hardiman, Chief Executive Officer of PTP stated this latest milestone further highlights PTP’s position as the largest transshipment hub terminal in Malaysia.

“In preparation for the LNG bunkering operation, PTP worked closely since March 2022 with PETCO and CMA CGM, as well as with various other related government agencies to organise table-top exercises (TTX) and workshops, before carrying out the deployment exercise.”

“The success of the bunkering operation is a result of the seamless collaboration and preparations involving rigorous safety procedures through in-depth operational and risk assessments, modelling, and validation. We thank PETCO, CMA CGM all other involved parties for their joint efforts in operationalising the bunkering capability and we welcome partners to work with us to accelerate maritime decarbonisation,” said Hardiman.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is Malaysia’s largest transshipment hub with the capacity to handle 13 million TEUs annually. The port delivers reliable, efficient, and advanced services to major shipping lines and box operators, providing shippers in Malaysia and abroad with extensive connectivity to the global market. PTP is currently ranked 15th among the world top container ports.


Photo credit: Port of Tanjung Pelepas
Published: 1 March 2024

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Alternative Fuels

Wallenius Wilhelmsen to order four additional methanol DF PCTCs

Newbuilds will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.





Wallenius Wilhelmsen PCTC order

Roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen on Tuesday (27 February) declared options to build four additional next-generation Shaper Class pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels.

The 9,300 CEU methanol dual fuel vessels can utilise alternative fuel sources, such as methanol, upon delivery. They will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

“Together with our customers we are committed to further shaping our industry and accelerating towards net zero. These new vessels are a vital part of that journey,” says Xavier Leroi, EVP & COO Shipping Services.

This latest commitment brings the total number of Shaper Class vessels currently on order with Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu) to eight. Wallenius Wilhelmsen also retains further options.

The first of the Shaper Class vessels already ordered are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2026. The four additional vessels under the declared options will be delivered between May and November 2027.


Photo credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Published: 1 March 2024

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