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Singapore: SMF announces winning teams of MaritimeONE Digital Challenge 2023

Students from Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University were crowned champions of the third edition of the case competition.

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The Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) on Thursday (9 November) announced the winning teams of the MaritimeONE Digital Challenge 2023 at an awards ceremony.

Organised by SMF in collaboration with industry partners, the annual case competition invites students from Singapore’s universities and polytechnics to respond to challenge statements at the intersection of maritime and technology. This year’s edition is sponsored by leading multinationals Eastern Pacific Shipping, IMC Shipping and Pacific International Lines.

From an initial 190 students across 60 registered teams, the nine finalist teams comprise students coming from a diverse range of disciplines including maritime studies, supply chain management, business, economics, computer science, and data analytics.

The winners were Team NE who represented Singapore Management University, Team GRQ who represented Singapore Management University and Team MarinaBytes who represented Nanyang Technological University. 

Eastern Pacific Shipping's challenge statement, tasked to Team NE, was to devise novel concepts towards an emissions digital tool that allows shipping organisations to visualise and compare vessel emissions across fleet and industry, forecast voyage emissions based on port-to-port data, account for various bunker fuel types and obtain a measure of fuel selection cost.

Brandon Sia, a Year 3 business management student from the Singapore Management University, and team leader of Team NE, champion for Eastern Pacific Shipping’s challenge statement, said: “Through our internship experiences, we understand the struggles and the importance of visualising carbon emissions in an automated and reliable manner. Having an emissions dashboard as a tracking system allows a company to know it’s on the right track of decarbonisation by telling the ‘how’s and ‘why’s’ to decarbonise.”

“With tightening regulations, emissions reporting must be more frequent and accurate, such that the industry can work on a concrete database to decarbonise efficiently. The EPS Challenge strikes the best balance for the skillsets of our team — with members with maritime knowledge, and others with data science skills; such that we synergise well to come up with a quality digital tool.”

Note: The full challenge synopsis of each team and full statement by SMF can be read here.

Photo credit: Singapore Maritime Foundation
Published: 10 November, 2023

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VPS and Normec Verifavia to offer data-driven and verified emissions data

Both firms signed a partnership agreement with Normec Verifavia to support improved vessel data for MRV / EU ETS reporting and beyond.

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VPS and Normec Verifavia to offer data-driven and verified emissions data

Marine fuels testing company VPS on Monday (17 June) said it has signed a partnership agreement with Normec Verifavia to support improved vessel data for MRV / EU ETS reporting and beyond. 

In the face of tightening regulations and focus, VPS said large parts of the maritime industry are in the midst of stepping up their efforts to collect high-quality emissions data from vessel operations. 

“To meet this demand, VPS and Normec Verifavia will offer vessel owners and the wider maritime ecosystem to have indisputable emission numbers produced in a data-driven way,” the firm said.

“For vessel owners, this ensures compliance with upcoming MRV and EU ETS requirements where reported emission numbers need to be verified by a certified verification body.”

The partnership will combine the strengths that VPS have in data-driven decarb and Normec Verifavia´s position as an agile and independent third-party data verifier. The two companies offer a plug-and-play setup, where the vessel owner can experience a seamless and integrated experience in the handling and verification of fleet fuel- and emission numbers. 

 The first step of the partnership is to offer verification for VPS customers using the Maress system for data-driven decarbonisation. Maress is a leading tool in the offshore industry, handling the complexities around fuels- and emissions optimization and assisting crew and onshore personnel in making informed decisions on how to reduce vessel and fleet footprint. Maress is used by a diverse set of stakeholders in the offshore sector, such as vessel owners, contractors, management companies, charterers and more.  

Further, VPS also offers the Emsys technology for precise and real-time measurement of the emissions going through the vessel smokestack. This data can be fed directly to Maress and subsequently verified by Normec Verifavia to provide full control of all aspects of the fuels- and emissions related to vessel operations.

Jan Wilhelmsson, COO, Digital & Decarbonisation of VPS

Jan Wilhelmsson, COO, Digital & Decarbonisation of VPS

Jan Wilhelmsson, COO, Digital & Decarbonisation of VPS, said, "We see a rapid development where the market is no longer willing to take the risk of not knowing -precisely- what the emissions from operations are. We are excited about the fact that the partnership with Normec Verifavia enables all Maress users to get their emission numbers verified. It will literally be a one stop shop for data collection, analytics, collaboration and verified emission reporting."

Yuvraj Thakur, Managing Director & VP Commercial, Normec Verifavia, said: “The maritime industry faces a crucial challenge: achieving transparency and driving progress towards a decarbonised future. Normec Verifavia's collaboration with VPS represents a significant step forward in this direction.”

“By leveraging their expertise in data-driven decarbonization tools like Maress, we can empower asset owners to streamline the entire emissions data lifecycle. This will not only enhance the accuracy of reported data but also significantly reduce the administrative complexities faced by many stakeholders. This collaborative effort strengthens the foundation for a more sustainable maritime industry.”

The ability for Maress customers to verify emission numbers will be immediately commercially available.

Photo credit: VPS
Published: 20 June, 2024

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VPS launches Emsys ShoreLink to help shipowners comply with EU ETS

Vessel owners will now have ability to get direct, real-time emissions readings sent to shore, allowing vessel owners to do operations optimisation to minimise emissions footprint including methane.

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VPS launches Emsys ShoreLink to help shipowners comply with EU ETS

Marine fuels testing company VPS on Tuesday (4 June) launched Emsys ShoreLink to provide MRV/EU ETS-ready off-ship data capability to meet evolving market requirements.

Vessel owners will now have the ability to get direct, real-time emissions readings sent to shore. This allows vessel owners to do operations optimisation to minimise emissions footprint - in a market where owners are required to manage not only CO2, but also even more potent climate gases such as methane.  

The existing VPS Emsys solution offers an accurate emissions measurement, designed to help the maritime industry precisely measure and manage emissions from vessel smokestacks. 

With the added value of Emsys ShoreLink, the data can be sent directly to other systems for further analytics and direct EU ETS reporting.  

“Shipowners and operators are required to monitor and report their CO2 emissions. Traditional methods relying on standard emission factors often result in inaccuracies, leading to wrong decision-making and potential environmental and financial damage,” said VPS.

“Emsys stands as a market leader in providing the class-approved technology capable of providing full-range methane slip measurements up to 20,000ppm, a critical component for compliance with stringent EU regulations.”

Analysis of emission performance in relation to operational pattern and engine load enables taking the right decisions to reduce GHG emissions and methane slip. In terms of MRV reporting, which is fundamental for the ETS, the latest EU regulation amendment introduces the option of direct measurement of greenhouse gas emissions.  

VPS said Emsys now offered both standalone systems and holistic solutions, ensuring end-to-end management of methane slip and greenhouse gases (GHG) with unmatched accuracy and reliability. 

“The real-time monitoring and data analysis capabilities enable shipowners to make informed decisions to reduce GHG emissions and methane slip effectively, and the system is used on more than 200 vessels today.,” the firm added. 

Emsys is a hardware-based emission measurement system providing on-ship data in PDF or CSV format, suitable for printing or emailing. Emsys ShoreLink facilitates a live data export, enabling off-ship data transfer through most commonly used IAS and IOT systems. 

VPS said bringing Emsys data to shore opens new opportunities for real-time monitoring of emissions performance for the fleet.  

Simon Brown, VP Emissions Measurement VPS, stated: “Emsys ShoreLink represents a significant advancement in emissions measurement technology, offering shipowners and operators the tools they need for precise and reliable emissions management.”

“By integrating real-time data transfer and analysis capabilities, we empower our clients to make informed decisions that enhance both environmental compliance and operational efficiency."

Note: For more information on VPS Emsys, contact [email protected].

 

Photo credit: VPS
Published: 5 June 2024

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RightShip and ZeroNorth to integrate platforms to provide emission management solution

Users of either platform will be able to utilise RightShip’s GHG 2.0 Rating, along with RightShips’s Safety Score, and ZeroNorth’s advanced CII Emissions Analytics solution.

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RightShip, a global environmental, social, and governance (ESG) focused digital maritime platform, has partnered with technology company ZeroNorth to integrate RightShip’s GHG 2.0 Rating and Safety Score with ZeroNorth's CII Emissions Analytics solution.

Users of either platform will be able to utilise RightShip's GHG 2.0 Rating, along with RightShips’s Safety Score, and ZeroNorth's advanced CII Emissions Analytics solution. 

The collaboration will ensure users are provided with a comprehensive view of their performance to enable enhanced decision making aimed at driving zero harm outcomes as efficiently and effectively as possible.

ZeroNorth’s CII Emissions Analytics solution is designed to help shipping companies optimise their operations in line with CII requirements whilst maintaining a focus on commercial performance. It provides customers with full insight into both fleet and vessel CII performance and will proactively alert an operator or manager when a vessel is at risk of becoming non-compliant in the future.

RightShip’s GHG 2.0 Rating rates the emissions output of commercial vessels on a scale from A, most efficient, to E, least efficient. Used as an industry standard, it is the first rating to incorporate EEXI values alongside EVDI and EEDI by calculating and comparing a vessel’s designed efficiency against peer vessels of similar size and type using a speed-corrected methodology.

International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulations require that ship owners cut their carbon emissions such that international shipping reaches net zero by, or around, 2050 and the introduction of the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme for maritime operators means that effective management and reduction of emissions is one of the key challenges facing the sector in 2024.

Steen Lund, CEO at RightShip, said: “By integrating ZeroNorth's CII insights with RightShip's GHG rating, we are ensuring that the RightShip platform provides our users with the most comprehensive risk and environmental management solution available for the maritime industry.”

“Collaboration will be essential in ensuring we can achieve a decarbonised future for the sector, and this partnership is going to support our customers in improving their environmental performance, ensuring that the key tools in driving maritime decarbonisation aren’t being used in isolation.”

Nicolai Bendixen, Managing Director of Charter at ZeroNorth, said: “Together, we are empowering charters, owners, and all stakeholders in the maritime value chain with immediate, actionable insights into the emission profiles of vessels.”

“This integration ensures not just compliance with evolving environmental regulations but also equips our customers to quickly make informed decisions that align with their sustainability goals. At ZeroNorth, we are proud to stand at the forefront of this transformative journey, alongside RightShip, as we navigate towards a greener, more sustainable maritime future.”    

 

Photo credit: Chris Pagan on Unsplash
Published: 5 June 2024

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