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NAPA strengthens vessel efficiency study with ‘major funding’

Shipowners may be wasting nearly $30 billion each year on unnecessary expenditure for bunkers.

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Finland-based maritime software, services and data analysis provider NAPA Thursday says it has received major funding from INTENS to further enhance its work improving technical and operational performance and lowering ships’ emissions.

INTENS is a VTT-coordinated Finnish research-industry collaborative consortium that was formed in early May.

The work enabled by the funding has already begun, the initial trial customers have been agreed, and NAPA expects to be able to publicly discuss the first delivered benefits by the end of 2018.

“Shipping remains the most environmentally friendly way to move cargoes globally, but it will be difficult to achieve significant emissions reductions without fundamental, practical changes to how it operates on a global basis,” comments Pekka Pakkanen, Director, Development, NAPA Shipping Solutions.

“Optimising operations of existing vessels is the fastest way to reduce carbon emissions and lower operating expenditure immediately.”

According to NAPA, bunker fuel comprises between 30% and 60% of all operating vessel expenses, and the total value of bunkers consumed each year is approximately $130 billion.

Numerous studies have shown that the vast majority of sea voyages are not optimally sailed in terms of fuel consumption. It estimates shipowners may be wasting nearly $30 billion each year of unnecessary expenditure on bunkers.

“The collaboration and funding from INTENS will further enhance our market-leading voyage planning services, such as NAPA Fleet Intelligence, that provide a rounded appraisal of a vessel’s performance characteristics and achieve better results,” continues Captain Risto Kariranta, Director, Services, NAPA Shipping Solutions.

“Through these services, we can help mitigate voyage inefficiencies such as ‘rush to wait’ or those caused by rough sea and weather conditions, and take practical and profitable steps to save both fuel and carbon emissions.”

Shipping’s share of global carbon emissions is currently 2-3%, a similar level to major developed countries like Japan and Germany. Under a business-as-usual scenario, the IMO estimates that carbon emissions from shipping could increase by 50%-250%in the coming decades.

Related: EUR 13 million Finnish shipping research group forms

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Published: 10 May, 2018

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Kongsberg Digital and Royston combine electronic marine fuel management systems

Combined solution allows customers to maximise investment in fuel sensors by extending their use across the full range of Vessel Insight’s applications.

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A partnership enabling ship owners to optimise fuel consumption, enhance transparency, and promote decarbonisation of vessel operations by combining Kongsberg Digital's Vessel Insight with enginei – Royston's Electronic Fuel Management System was started on Tuesday (27 February).

Royston, with over 40 years of experience in marine engineering, has established itself as a trusted service provider to blue-chip customers across various market sectors. With a global presence, enginei is used in more than 300 vessels worldwide. This modular and solution-oriented fuel management product incorporates advanced tools to provide valuable insights to ship crew and onshore operational staff.

enginei offers reliable data and dynamic reports, which are recorded and visually represented on a touchscreen bridge display and online dashboard. By reducing fuel consumption, enginei helps improve the carbon footprint and enhances the bottom line, enabling clients to remain competitive, compliant, and cost-efficient.

The combined solution of Vessel Insight, Kongsberg Digital's vessel-to-cloud infrastructure, and enginei exemplifies the power of industry collaboration. The combined solution allows customers to maximise their investment in fuel sensors by extending their use across the full range of Vessel Insight’s applications. As regulations and industry demand more accurate fuel consumption data, our combined solution delivers a reliable and centralised source of important information, fulfilling reporting needs and enabling data-driven decision-making.

"This partnership between Kongsberg Digital and Royston represents a significant milestone in the maritime industry's digital transformation journey. By harnessing the power of data and advanced technology together, we will help ship owners make more informed decisions, enhance efficiency, and contribute to lower carbon emissions in the maritime industry.", said Kim Evanger, Director of Ecosystem P&A at Kongsberg Digital,

"We are excited about the opportunities this partnership brings," said Sarah Wade, CEO of Royston Limited. "By leveraging our respective strengths and capabilities, we are well-positioned to deliver unparalleled value to our clients, enabling them to remain competitive and achieve sustainable growth in today's dynamic market."

"By working together, we are accelerating innovation, reducing carbon emissions, and equipping our clients to thrive in an increasingly digital environment. This collaboration is a prime example of our devotion to helping our clients succeed and our commitment to quality."

 

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Published: 1 March 2024

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Wärtsilä introduces ammonia bunker fuel supply system for vessels

AFSS is an innovative and reliable system that enables the use of ammonia as a marine fuel, says firm.

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Wärtsilä introduces ammonia bunker fuel supply system for vessels

Wärtsilä Gas Solutions, part of technology group Wärtsilä, on Tuesday (27 February) introduced an Ammonia Fuel Supply System (AFSS) for ships able to operate with ammonia as a bunker fuel. The system is available for both liquid and gaseous fuel.

The Wärtsilä AFSS is an innovative and reliable system that enables the use of ammonia as a marine fuel.

In line with shipping’s transition to decarbonised fuels, ammonia is widely seen as one of the most promising new fuel candidates.

It offers a huge reduction in CO2 emissions, almost zero sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions, and similar reductions in nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions.

“At Wärtsilä Gas Solutions we have more than 50 years’ experience in handling ammonia onboard ships,” said Stein Thoresen, Head of Sales Marine, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions.

“This experience, along with our deep understanding and development of high efficiency cargo handling systems in general, has led to the introduction of this system, which we see as a key enabler for decarbonised operations. The AFSS is designed to be robust and reliable, under even the most challenging sea conditions.”

The AFSS is suitable for both newbuilds and as a retrofit for existing vessels. It can be installed as an integrated cargo handling and fuel supply system on ships carrying liquified gas especially those able to trade ammonia as cargo, such as VLGC’s and MGC’s.

It can also be installed as a self-standing fuel supply system on IGF-coded vessels with either low or high-pressure systems, or a combination of both.

A system consisting of pumps and heat exchangers is used to supply the engine with a stable and reliable fuel flow, at the correct pressure and temperature.

The AFSS systems are equipped with proven components, including the necessary purge gas treatment system. Due to the need for high cleanness of the fuel, proper filtering is installed upstream and is embedded in the system.

The first Wärtsilä Ammonia Fuel Supply Systems will be installed on two new gas carriers being built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) in Korea for Exmar LPG. These Medium Gas Carrier newbuilds will be the first ever oceangoing vessels to be propelled by dual-fuel engines capable of operating with ammonia.

 

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Published: 29 February 2024

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BMT Bunker completes digital delivery using FuelBoss by DNV

BMT Bunker und Mineralöltransport GmbH completed a digital delivery of 1,254 metric tonnes of Neste Marine™ 0.5% using FuelBoss.

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BMT Bunker completes digital delivery using FuelBoss by DNV

Classification society DNV’s digital bunkering delivery platform FuelBoss on Monday (26 February) said German physical supplier BMT Bunker und Mineralöltransport GmbH completed a digital delivery of 1,254 metric tonnes of Neste Marine™ 0.5% using FuelBoss.

FuelBoss said the event marked an important milestone in our continued push to support all marine fuels.

Matthias Milz, Sales and Supply at BMT, said: "With the constant changes in marine fuels, leveraging tools like FuelBoss helps us maintain our edge." 

Leonard Haskamp, Sales, Supply and Biofuels at BMT, said: "It's not just about streamlining operations; it's about ensuring our customers are delighted with their fuel procurement and delivery experience."

According to FuelBoss, the following are considerations to take into account to utilise FuelBoss as solution for eBDN and Digital Delivery:

  • Time Efficiency: Save over 45 minutes per operation, boosting your operational efficiency significantly.
  • Advanced Insights & Transparency: Get a comprehensive overview of all operations, allowing real-time delivery updates, informed decision-making and optimisation.
  • Proven Expertise: With 2500+ successful operations across Europe, Asia and the Americas, our experience speaks volumes about our commitment and capability.

Martin Christian Wold, Head of Product at FuelBoss by DNV, said: “Everyone knows it is time to consider a solution for eBDN, and people are asking what the value and return of investment on digitalisation are, at FuelBoss we tell them that it is immediate.”

In an exclusive interview, FuelBoss told Manifold Times it recently expanded operations to include conventional bunker fuels.

To date, the independent platform has started facilitating conventional marine fuel deliveries in Europe and is in the process of being whitelisted by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

Related: DNV FuelBoss coverage expands to include conventional bunker fuels, whitelisting by MPA in process

 

Photo credit: FuelBoss
Published: 28 February, 2024

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