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Port of Singapore welcomes recent visits of wind-powered vessels

Wind-propelled vessels that recently visited Singapore include “Berge Olympus” that made its maiden voyage to Singapore while on its way to Brazil from China and Singapore-flagged “Pyxis Ocean”.

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore on Tuesday (17 October) said the republic welcomed several wind-powered cargo ships recently. 

Last week, Berge Olympus, a 210,000 DWT dry bulk carrier, powered by wind-assisted propulsion, made its maiden voyage to Singapore while on its way to Brazil from China. 

“Owned by Berge Bulk, the wind-powered cargo ship was retrofitted with four giant rigid WindWings. These sails can be adjusted to optimise the ship’s aerodynamic performance and harness the power of wind to save fuel and reduce CO₂ emissions,” it said in a social media post. 

Another bulk carrier, Pyxis Ocean, the world’s first cargo ship to sail with WindWings, also visited Singapore last month. The Singapore-flagged vessel is owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and also uses wind-powered technology.

MPA Chief Executive Eng Dih Teo, in a separate social media post, added the Panama-flagged Sea Zhoushan that was fitted with Norsepower rotor sails also visited Singapore.

MPA said the future of sustainable shipping depends on innovative solutions like utilising wind-powered technology and alternative marine fuels. 

“With the shipping industry contributing to global emissions, it is crucial that we find ways to reduce its environmental impact. By combining traditional knowledge with modern technology, alternative technologies such as wind-assisted propulsion could be a step in the right direction in sustainability, and pave the way towards a greener, GHG emissions-free future for the shipping industry,” it added. 

Related: Berge Bulk launches bulker “Berge Olympus” with retrofitted WindWings 

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore / Eng Dih Teo
Published: 18 October, 2023

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Terntank exercises option to build fifth wind-assisted, methanol-ready tanker

Firm has exercised its option to build a fifth chemical and product tanker equipped with wind-assisted propulsion and dual-fuel engines capable of running on MGO, biofuels, and methanol bunker fuels.

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Terntank exercises option to build fifth wind-assisted, methanol-ready tanker

Chemical tankers owner and operator Terntank on Friday (5 July) announced the addition of a fifth vessel to its series of wind-assisted chemical and product tankers.

In March this year, the firm revealed its plans to order chemical and product tankers with a capacity of 15,000 dwt, equipped with wind-assisted propulsion and dual-fuel engines capable of running on MGO, biofuels, and methanol. 

“Today, we're pleased to share that we've exercised our option and ordered the fifth vessel from China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Yangzhou) Dingheng Co., Ltd,” it said in a social media post. 

The ship will be designed by Kongsberg and will be the 11th vessel the firm will build at the shipyard. 

The first ship in this series is under construction and will be delivered in March 2025, with the fifth expected in July 2027.

 

Photo credit: Terntank
Published: 8 July, 2024

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Exclusive: Rotor Sails and efficient port operations go hand-in-hand, says Anemoi

Bulk carrier owners are increasingly turning to Rotor Sails as a leading wind-assisted propulsion technology, highlighting its ability to enhance vessel efficiency while prioritising both cargo operations and environmental concerns.

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Exclusive: Rotor Sails and efficient port operations go hand-in-hand, says Anemoi

Anemoi Marine Technologies, a UK-based Rotor Sail developer, wrote an exclusive editorial contribution for Singapore-based bunkering publication Manifold Times focusing on how Rotor Sails are the system of choice for bulk carrier owners looking for a wind-propulsion system that ensures their vessel can operate effectively at ports without impacting cargo operations: 

Bulk carrier owners are increasingly adopting wind-assisted propulsion systems to enhance vessel efficiency and comply with greenhouse gas emissions regulations in the shipping sector.  Rotor Sails are leading this trend, offering a simple, cost-effective solution that reduces reliance on the main engine, cuts fuel use and emissions, while maintaining consistent vessel speed. 

Bulk carriers, with their ample deck space, stand to benefit the most, catching the attention of leading owners and charterers like Vale and Berge Bulk, both of which have announced partnerships with Anemoi Marine Technologies, the UK-based developer of Rotor Sails, to install wind-propulsion systems on their vessels to improve their efficiency and remain compliant with stringent emissions regulations, such as CII and EEXI/EEDI.

In November 2023, Vale announced plans to install five Anemoi Rotor Sails on the 400,000 dwt Sohar Max, the world’s largest ore carrier, aiming to save up to 3,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually and reduce fuel usage by 6%.  Similarly, the 82,000 dwt Kamsarmax bulk carrier TR Lady expects a 10% reduction in annual fuel consumption following the installation of three Rotor Sails in August 2023.

Berge Bulk, based in Singapore, is fitting  a 388,000 dwt Valemax with four Rotor Sails, combined with Anemoi’s bespoke folding deployment system.  This move aligns with their fleet decarbonisation strategy, aiming to deploy deep-sea zero-emission vessels by 2030 and saving between 1,200-1,500 tonnes of fuel annually for each vessel.

However, while bulk carrier owners see the benefits of wind-propulsion tech both financially and environmentally, they are wary about ensuring the onboard systems do not impact cargo operations at ports and access to narrower waterways. 

Luke McEwen, Technical Director at Anemoi

Luke McEwen, Technical Director at Anemoi

“Commercial operations are king for vessel owners,” said Luke McEwen, Technical Director at Anemoi. “If you’ve invested millions in a vessel, you want to see that return. If onboard technologies, such as wind-assisted propulsion systems, limit the amount of cargo you can take onboard or impact the speed at which you are able to load or unload the cargo, then that hits the vessel’s bottom line.

“This is where Rotor Sails have a crucial commercial advantage. They are relatively small in comparison to a standard vessel and can be moved either along or down the deck or even folded down to the horizontal to ensure that they do not interfere with cranes or other infrastructure during port operations at berth,” he added.

Real-world implications are vital to consider when deciding on a Rotor Sail configuration. “We have put a huge amount of work into understanding the different cargo operations for all kinds of bulk carriers to ensure the systems can work at as many ports and waterways as possible. We’ve worked with dozens of ports, looking at over 100 different berths to understand how the various configurations will impact port operations, including making sure cranes can still fully operate and how loading and unloading procedures could be affected.

“All of these questions make sure we know we’re designing the right product and we can advise the owner of the optimum number and configuration of Rotor Sails for a specific vessel,” he added.

Vessel owners must also consider the complexity of wind-propulsion technology installation and, once again, this is where the various options available on the market offer varying degrees of simplicity, with Rotor Sails proving the most viable option.

“The Rotor Sails we produce at Anemoi are relatively plug-and-play.  The sails are light and can be easily fixed to the deck with little or no under-deck strengthening, while minimal new cabling is required to connect the systems to the main switchboard and bridge.  Other wind-propulsion technologies that are much taller and heavier, requiring stronger foundations to secure them to the deck,” Luke noted.

“The reliability of the deployment systems is just as important as the Rotor Sails themselves, particularly for bulk carriers.  We want to ensure the Rotor Sails can be moved out of the way quickly and efficiently ahead of any cargo operation to ensure a vessel can carry out its daily functions without any concerns and then back to their seagoing position for the vessel’s next voyage.  This flexibility is crucial and another reason why our Rotor Sails have become so sought after,” he added.

Rotor Sails are hailed for their reliability in improving vessel efficiency and reducing fuel consumption. With a streamlined design and efficient infrastructure, they are emerging as the leading choice for bulk carrier owners seeking uninterrupted cargo operations and smooth daily vessel functions.

Related: Exclusive: Anemoi lays out financial and environmental benefits of Rotor Sails

 

Photo credit: Anemoi Marine Technologies
Published: 1 July, 2024

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Singapore: Smart Port Challenge 2024 aims to attract wider audience of global start-ups

Competition features 14 challenge statements covering areas such as maritime green technologies, including some related to the bunker fuel sector including on methanol and ammonia.

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Singapore: Smart Port Challenge 2024 aims to attract wider audience of global start-ups

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS), on Thursday (30 May) launched the Smart Port Challenge (SPC) 2024. 

The annual event to attract start-ups with innovative technology-driven solutions to help address the industry’s key challenges, was held during the InnovFest x Elevating Founders 2024, the official start-up event of Asia Tech x Singapore.

Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment launched SPC24 at the event attended by more than 200 international start-ups, venture capitalists, corporations, and participants. Please refer to Annex A for the SPC2024 launch programme.

Organised by PIER71™1 , SPC2024 will for the first time concurrently launch in Singapore and several overseas partner markets. PIER71™ will leverage the extensive network of BLOCK71 and MPA’s new regional offices and organise six international roadshows in key maritime hubs across Asia, Europe, and North America in June 2024, to attract a wider audience of global start-ups, innovators, and venture capitalists to participate in SPC. 

Apart from forging new networks and partnerships, the roadshows aim to create greater awareness of the vibrant technology and innovation ecosystem, and investment opportunities in Singapore. PIER71™ also hopes to encourage overseas start-ups to incubate and develop their cutting-edge technologies and solutions in Singapore.

Launch of Smart Port Challenge 2024

SPC2024 unveiled 14 challenge statements focusing on four key areas: maritime green technologies; smart shipping; next generation ports; and digitalisation, which includes artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and cloud technologies. These challenge statements reflect the key issues facing the global maritime industry and the diverse opportunities that start-ups can participate in to shape its future. 

Some of the bunker-related challenge statements include improving crew safety in handling methanol as a marine fuel, managing ammonia risk and enhancing charging and battery performance.

Shortlisted start-ups will undergo a 12-week PIER71™ Accelerate programme and may be eligible for MPA Maritime Innovation and Technology (MINT) grant funding of up to SGD 100,000 for proof-of-concept or pilot projects, and up to SGD 250,000 for new product development. They will also receive support through PIER71™’s global network of partners. The top three winners for SPC2024 will be awarded with cash prizes at the finals in November 2024. Start-ups interested in participating in SPC2024 can find more information and submit proposals through PIER71™’s website at https://pier71.sg. The deadline for submission is 8 July 2024.

Five Start-ups Awarded MINT Grants

At the event, MPA awarded five outstanding maritime technology (MarineTech) start-ups which participated in SPC2023, with grants totalling SGD 250,000 from the Maritime Innovation and Technology (MINT) Fund. The number of start-ups under PIER71™ has grown from 17 in 2018 when PIER71™ was launched, to more than 100 today. MPA will continue to work with its partners to reach the goal of 150 MarineTech start-ups in Singapore by 2025.

The grants will support the five start-ups in developing prototypes and solutions, including a platform for optimisation, evaluation and verification of biofuel blends, a mobile platform for real-time vessel activity monitoring in port, a cybersecurity solution for networks on board a vessel, a digital tool for enhanced ship inspection and auditing, and a digital twin for container depot operations. 

Mr Kenneth Lim, MPA’s Assistant Chief Executive (Industry & Transformation), said: “The PIER71™ Smart Port Challenge continued to be a relevant platform for innovation in the maritime sector.”

“By attracting diverse solutions from start-ups, SPC promotes innovation and helps accelerate the development of cutting-edge technologies through collaboration with the industry.”

“I am excited about the international roadshows for SPC2024 and look forward seeing more novel solutions to address the industry’s challenges.”

Professor Chen Tsuhan, NUS Deputy President (Innovation and Enterprise), said: “Our collaboration with MPA will further broaden the impact within the growing maritime innovation ecosystem in Singapore and beyond.”

“By leveraging NUS’ robust resources and talent, along with our extensive global BLOCK71 network, we are committed to nurturing an environment that supports start-ups and innovators from all over the world, whether they are establishing themselves in Singapore or expanding overseas.”

“With the support of MPA's regional directors worldwide, this partnership extends valuable resources and growth opportunities to maritime talents and start-ups, driving innovation and leaving a lasting impact on the maritime industry.”

Note: Annex B on the challenge statements and Annex C on the recipients of Maritime Innovation and Technology (MINT) Grant can be viewed here.

 

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 31 May 2024

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