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MMEA detains Malaysia & Mongolia registered tankers for anchoring illegally in Johor

First vessel was found 12.7 nautical miles east of Tanjung Lompat whereas the second vessel was discovered 10.6 nautical miles southwest of Tanjung Penawar.

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The Johor state division of Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Thursday (17 December) said it detained two tankers for anchoring illegally in eastern Johor waters on Wednesday morning.

Johor Maritime Director Nurul Hizam Zakaria said the vessels were discovered by the patrol team at around 10.40 am. The first vessel was found 12.7 nautical miles east of Tanjung Lompat whereas the second vessel was discovered 10.6 nautical miles southwest of Tanjung Penawar

Initial investigations revealed the first tanker to be Malaysia-registered with a Captain and 13 crew members onboard the vessel, all of whom are aged between 24 to 53 years old. Crew onboard were from Indonesia, Myanmar, China and Singapore.

The second tanker is a Mongolia-registered vessel with a Captain and ten crew onboard. The crew were all Indonesian nationals aged between 26 to 60 years old.

“All parties involved will be investigated under Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 for anchoring without a permit,” added Maritime Director Zakaria.

“If convicted, the owner of the vessel and the Captain could face a maximum fine of MYR 100,000 (USD 24,682) or a jail term of up to two years or both.”

Maritime Director Zakaria reminded all shipowners any activity in Malaysian waters requires the appropriate permits to be issued by the authorities in order to avoid legal action being taken and that the MMEA is being vigilant to safeguard security especially in eastern Johor waters.

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Published: 18 December, 2020

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MOL secures multiple loans to finance wind-assisted and LNG dual-fuel vessels

Loans will finance construction of two LNG dual-fueled ferries, a bulk carrier equipped with Wind Challenger, one LNG dual-fuel PCTC, LNG dual-fuel VLCC and LNG dual-fuel VLGC.

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MOL secures multiple loans to finance wind-assisted and LNG dual-fuel vessels

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) on Friday (26 January) announced it has multiple loan agreements following the establishment of a comprehensive Sustainable Finance Framework.

The firm completed the signing of three Transition Loans (TL) and one Transition Linked Loan (TLL) financing agreement and is scheduled to sign another TLL financing agreement as well. 

The loans will finance the construction of two LNG dual-fueled ferries, a bulk carrier equipped with Wind Challenger, LNG dual-fuel pure car and truck carrier, LNG dual-fueled very large crude carrier (VLCC) and LNG dual-fuel very large gas carrier (VLGC).

MOL has already obtained a second-party opinion from DNV dated December 22, 2023, to the effect that the framework's eligibility complies with the firm’s key principles and others, intending to ensure the eligibility and transparency of the framework and to improve its appeal to investors.

“The MOL can flexibly and continuously use this framework to raise funds through sustainable finance,” it said. 

 

Photo credit: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Published: 30 January, 2024

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SEA-LNG: Grey methanol, ammonia and hydrogen as bunker fuels are not viable solutions in short term

‘The use of grey methanol, grey ammonia and grey hydrogen as marine fuels will generate more GHG emissions than the traditional marine fuels they are looking to replace,’ says coalition.

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SEA-LNG: Grey methanol, ammonia and hydrogen as bunker fuels are not viable in short term

Global multi-sector industry coalition SEA-LNG on Thursday (18 January) shared its overview of LNG as a bunker fuel in 2023 to 2024. The View from the Bridge highlighted how the shipping industry has advanced along the LNG pathway to decarbonisation in 2023 and outlines the progress anticipated in 2024:

Decarbonisation challenge – reality closing in

The reality of the magnitude of the decarbonisation challenge has started to hit home for many in the maritime industry this year. From 1 Jan 2024, there remain only 312 months – 1,356 weeks or 9,497 days – until 2050, when shipping must achieve its net-zero target. Regulations such as the IMO’s CII (effective from 2023), the inclusion of shipping into EU ETS (2024) and FuelEU Maritime (2025) are putting immediate and growing pressure and added costs on ship owners and operators in relation to their GHG emissions. How to meet these goals with practical, realistic and safe solutions in 312 short months is a dilemma the industry must address in a concerted and coordinated manner.

SEA-LNG: Grey methanol, ammonia and hydrogen as bunker fuels are not viable in short term

Fuel pathways – highlighting grey areas

A View from the Bridge 2023-2024 will also shine a light on some of the grey areas from alternative fuel discussions in 2023 and important considerations for 2024. 

There is a growing awareness of the fact that all the alternative fuels being discussed today share the same generic pathway: from fossil to bio-derived fuels, (or blue fuels using carbon capture and storage) and eventually to electro-fuels produced from renewable electricity. There is also a recognition that all these fuels are currently fossil, also known as grey.

The use of grey methanol, grey ammonia and grey hydrogen as marine fuels will generate more GHG emissions than the traditional marine fuels they are looking to replace. This means they are not viable solutions for decarbonisation even in the short term. By contrast, grey LNG offers an immediate reduction in GHG emissions of up to 23%, after accounting for methane slip, for the two-stroke engines which are fitted to the vessels that move most of the world’s shipping tonnage.

Consequently, the methanol, ammonia and hydrogen used by shipping will need to be green, or at least a blend with large volumes of green fuels, simply to achieve parity with VLSFO (Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil) and comply with regulations such as FuelEU Maritime.

With scaling green fuel supply a clear barrier to decarbonisation, we must make efficient use of scarce resources. With practicality in mind, we must also recognise that fuel availability is linked to the scale of supply infrastructure. Acknowledging these truths, it is clear the LNG pathway from LNG to bio-LNG to e-LNG represents the practical and realistic pathway to net-zero shipping emissions.

Note: Read the full report of View from the Bridge 2023-2024 here.

 

Photo credit: SEA-LNG
Published: 23 January, 2024

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Photo essay: e-BDN trial of “One Truth” at Singapore port

Manifold Times was onboard the 20,182 TEU capacity One Truth to witness the latest e-BDN trial between ONE and Shell on 9 September.

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) launched a digital bunkering initiative on 1 November 2023, enabling Singapore to become the first port in the world to implement electronic bunker delivery notes (e-BDN).

To date, over 100 e-BDN trials involving more than 20 companies within the Singapore bunkering ecosystem have been conducted since January 2023.

Singapore-headquartered container shipping firm Ocean Network Express (ONE) earlier invited Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times onboard the 20,182 TEU capacity One Truth to witness its latest e-BDN trial with Shell.

In a rare glimpse, the following images were captured during the event on 9 September:

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Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 17 November 2023

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