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New blueprint offers structured approach to assess potential of green corridors

RMI and Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping released a free step-by-step blueprint including considerations on alternative bunker fuels.

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Independent nonprofit organisation RMI and independent research and development centre Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping have released a new, free step-by-step blueprint giving guidance on how to perform the initial pre-feasibility assessment of potential green corridors, according to the latter on Thursday (19 January). 

The framework is based on learnings from existing corridor projects and this tool provides a structured approach to collecting the necessary data and making the right analyses. 

The Pre-Feasibility Blueprint is created as a contribution to the Green Hydrogen Catapult initiative by RMI and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping.

The Blueprint kit consists of a seven-step framework that takes the initiator(s) through the required considerations around fuel supply readiness, port and infrastructure requirements, regulatory support, and cost calculations. Based on this data the blueprint offers selection criteria for potential green corridor projects that should be explored further.

Along with the framework comes a toolbox in excel with readymade, prepopulated tables and tools. This allows project owners to make calculations and overviews based on local data that will fast track decisions on how to proceed with the project.

“Green corridors are real climate action. They help break down the complexity of the transition into manageable projects and mature the solutions we need to establish green shipping on a global scale. It is a new way of collaborating across the value chain and with this blueprint we want to pass on our knowledge and best practice from existing projects to inform and inspire the creation of more green corridors,” said Johan Byskov Svendsen, Program Manager at the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping.

“Governments and industry are focusing on green shipping corridors to accelerate shipping decarbonization this decade. The challenge and opportunity is that we need to get 20 to 30 corridors around the world into active planning phase. The blueprint and materials developed by RMI and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon are a crucial tool for decision makers, so they can chose the right corridors to focus on and we can start seeing these projects built,” said Oleksiy Tatarenko, Senior Principal in RMI’s Climate-Aligned Industries Program.

The Green Hydrogen Catapult is a global initiative convened with the support of the UN High Level Champions for Global Climate Action and hosted by RMI. It was founded and is led by a group of leading global industrials aiming to accelerate green hydrogen adoption at scale. Members include ACWA Power, ArcelorMittal, CWP Global, Fortescue Future Industries, H2 Green Steel, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, Power-2-X, and Yara.

Note: The Pre-Feasibility Blueprint can be downloaded here.

 

Photo credit: RMI and Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
Published: 31 January, 2023

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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