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Pacific Environment: Port of Long Beach’s support of LNG-fuelled ships is ‘irresponsible and inexcusable’

Leaders celebrating “MV Janet Marie” arrival to port, ‘overlooked the fact that this decision will lock Long Beach into decades of additional fossil-fuel pollution during a dire moment of climate emergency,’ says group.

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Environmental organisation Pacific Environment on Monday (31 July) has voiced their opposition towards LNG-fuelled ships being welcomed at the Port of Long Beach, particularly Pasha Hawaii welcoming its LNG-powered container ship MV Janet Marie at the port. 

Pasha Hawaii recently welcomed the newest member to its container ship fleet with the arrival of MV Janet Marie at the Port of Long Beach in California, where it will begin its maiden voyage to Honolulu, Hawaii. 

“Leaders celebrated this ship, overlooking the fact that this decision will lock Long Beach into decades of additional fossil-fuel pollution during a dire moment of climate emergency,” it said in a statement. 

The group said fossil-fuelled cargo ships are the largest source of life-shortening air quality pollution and climate-heating emissions at the San Pedro Bay Ports. 

“By welcoming LNG-powered vessels like the Pasha Hawaii LNG containership, the Port of Long Beach sends a message that fossil fuels are welcome to continue polluting communities and our planet for decades to come.,” it said. 

“Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a climate super-disrupting fossil fuel comprised of 90% methane, a heat-trapping greenhouse gas which has 86 times the global warming potency as carbon dioxide on a shorter timescale of 20 years. Methane is the primary contributor to the formation of ground-level ozone, an air pollutant responsible for 1 million premature deaths around the world every year.” 

Dawny’all Heydari, Climate Campaign Manager of Advocacy of Pacific Environment, said: “By welcoming a new LNG fossil fuel ship during the hottest month recorded in global history, July 2023, the Port of Long Beach endangers our collective ability to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius in alignment (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) with the Paris Agreement.”

“If humankind surpasses this planetary boundary, we will set off an irreversible chain of disruption to climate and ecological systems. We cannot afford LNG during this historic moment of climate and ecological crisis, and the Port's support of these ships is irresponsible and inexcusable.”

Manifold Times previously reported Pacific Environment taking Port of Long Beach (POLB) to task after it proposed to expand permissibility for bunkering LNG at the port and has launched a campaign for the port to reject LNG.

Related: Pacific Environment: ‘Rescind support for LNG’, Port of Long Beach
Related: Port of Long Beach policy move towards LNG bunkering may ‘escalate’ global warming
Related: Port of Long Beach celebrates inaugural LNG bunkering op with Pasha Hawaii “MV George III”

 

Photo credit: Kinsey W on Unsplash
Published: 1 August, 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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Editor's note: The following article was edited on 4 March 2023 to correct PTP press release's description of CMA CGM Monaco.

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 a 2024-built vehicle carrier 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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