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SMW 2023: EOI for ammonia power generation and bunkering closing by 30 April

MPA and agencies will work with shortlisted consortia/companies from EOI for ammonia bunkering to conduct further studies, table-top exercises and training programmes.




Accelerating Decarbonisation Conference 2

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Thursday (27 April) hosted its second edition of the ‘Accelerating Decarbonisation Conference’ at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. 

More than 400 industry leaders, academia and experts gathered to discuss efforts to accelerate global maritime decarbonisation, challenges, and opportunities that could be seized in the transition to use of low-carbon and carbon-free energy sources in the maritime sector.   

Mr Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive of MPA, delivered the opening remarks at the event, while Mr Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization (IMO), delivered the keynote address. In his address, Mr Kitack emphasised the urgency for shipping to decarbonise and reaffirmed IMO’s commitment and long-standing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping. 

Four expert panels were convened to discuss various issues related to the current state of the maritime sector’s transition to low and zero carbon fuels. In particular, panelists covered the potential of green shipping corridors and net-zero fuel pathways to support emissions reduction for the maritime sector, in line with the goals of IMO and countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). 

Exploring feasibility of Ammonia as Marine Fuel

MPA and the Energy Market Authority has called for an Expression of Interest (EOI) for ammonia power generation and bunkering, which will close by 30 April. Four presentations from research institutes and companies were done to share their initial findings from their studies on the safety and feasibility of ammonia as a marine fuel. MPA and agencies will work with shortlisted consortia/companies from the EOI to conduct further studies, table-top exercises and training programmes as part of a rigorous set of evaluation prior to the conduct of any ammonia-related trials in Singapore, or with Green and Digital Shipping Corridor partners. 

MaritimeSG LowCarbon50 Award Ceremony 

The MaritimeSG LowCarbon50 Award Ceremony, co-hosted by Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS), was also held at the conference for the second year running. The award was introduced by MPA as part of the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative’s Green Awareness Programme to recognize companies’ contributions to emission reduction.

Twenty companies took part in the second run of the Low Carbon Management workshop in 2022, and companies’ submissions for the award were evaluated by a panel comprising MPA, SSA and GCNS based on three main criteria of emission reduction, innovation and scalability. A total of six awards were given out to:

(i)  Executive Ship Management Pte Ltd,

(ii) Goodwood Ship Management Pte Ltd,

(iii) Hafnia Pools Pte Ltd,

(iv) Hong Lam Marine Pte Ltd,

(v) Ocean Network Express Singapore Pte Ltd, and

(iv) X-Press Feeders Pte Ltd.

Singapore-IMO NextGEN Connect Challenge Award Ceremony

The Singapore-IMO NextGEN Connect Challenge award ceremony was also held at the conference to recognise proposals to reduce GHG emissions on a global scale. Launched in April 2022, the award’s call for proposals received multiple high-quality submissions from around the world, proposing route-based action plans to reduce GHG emissions between specific points along shipping routes. 

A distinguished panel of international judges from IMO, MPA, the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment and the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Asia (MTCC-Asia) evaluated the submissions based on a set of criteria supporting IMO 2050 emissions reduction goals, taking into consideration implementation feasibility and inclusiveness. 

The winner of the inaugural award went to Lloyd’s Register Maritime Decarbonisation Hub (LR MDH), for their proposal on “Development of a Route-Based Action Plan Methodology based upon Silk Alliance”. The Silk Alliance is a green shipping corridor cluster project to trial decarbonisation strategy for container ships operating primarily in Asia to achieve significant emission-saving impact, based on LR MDH’s First Movers.

Charles Haskell, Director of the LR Maritime Decarbonisation Hub, said: "This endorsement by the Singapore-IMO NextGen’s Call for Proposals judging panel indicates that our methodology provides a clear focus in estimating the critical mass needed to drive much-needed infrastructure investments, such as port and fuel production infrastructure for alternative fuels, in preparation for shipping’s decarbonisation. By doing so, we not only aim to reduce emissions from the cargo trade in the region, but also incentivise the development of alternative fuel supply infrastructure in strategic positions, including those in the region’s developing countries.”

Accelerating Decarbonisation through Collaboration

MPA signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Wärtsilä to collaborate on the development of the next generation renewable fuels, digital port optimisation and talent development. This MoU expands on the scope of an earlier MoU signed with Wärtsilä Voyage in 2021.

MPA and Classification Societies to establish Standards and Notations

MPA signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with all eight recognised classification societies in Singapore, to explore collaboration on setting standards and technical references in support of maritime digitalisation and decarbonisation, including smart and autonomous shipping, cybersecurity, electrification, and zero & low-carbon fuels, and the corresponding manpower development. This collaboration will help accelerate the development of standards, technical references for digitalisation and decarbonisation in Singapore, as well as for global markets. 

Note: The list of speakers at the Accelerating Decarbonisation Conference can be viewed here under Annex A.

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Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 28 April, 2023

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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding receives orders for Japan’s first methanol-fuelled RoRo cargo ship duo

Two ships will be built at the Enoura Plant of MHI’s Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture, with scheduled completion and delivery by the end of fiscal 2027.





Mitsubishi Shipbuilding receives orders for Japan's first methanol-fuelled RoRo cargo ship duo

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, on Wednesday (19 June) said it has received orders from Toyofuji Shipping and Fukuju Shipping for Japan's first methanol-fueled roll-on/roll-off (RORO) cargo ships. 

The two ships will be built at the Enoura Plant of MHI's Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture, with scheduled completion and delivery by the end of fiscal 2027.

The ships will be approximately 169.9 meters in overall length and 30.2 meters in breadth, with 15,750 gross tonnage, and loading capacity for around 2,300 passenger vehicles.

A windscreen at the bow and a vertical stem are used to reduce propulsion resistance, while fuel efficiency is improved by employing MHI's proprietary energy-saving system technology combing high-efficiency propellers and high-performance rudders with reduced resistance. 

The main engine is a high-performance dual-fuel engine that can use both methanol and A heavy fuel oil, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 10% compared to ships with the same hull and powered by fuel oil, contributing to a reduced environmental impact. 

In the future, the use of green methanol(2) may lead to further reduction in CO2 emissions, including throughout the lifecycle of the fuel. Methanol-fueled RORO ships have already entered into service as ocean-going vessels around the world, but this is the first construction of coastal vessels for service in Japan.

In addition, the significant increase in vehicle loading capacity and transport capacity per voyage compared to conventional vessels will provide greater leeway in the ship allocation schedule, securing more holiday and rest time for the crew, thereby contributing to working style reforms.

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, to address the growing needs from the modal shift in marine transport against the backdrop of CO2 reductions in land transportation, labor shortages, and working style reforms, will continue to work with its business partners to provide solutions for a range of societal issues by building ferries and RORO vessels with excellent fuel efficiency and environmental performance that contribute to stable navigation for customers.


Photo credit: Mitsubishi Shipbuilding
Published: 20 June, 2024

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Maersk and Nike to christen methanol-fuelled boxship at Port of Los Angeles in August

Powered by methanol for its maiden voyage and capable of carrying more than 16,000 containers, the vessel will get its new name at a private ceremony at Port of Los Angeles Outer Harbor.






A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) on Wednesday (19 June) said it will be christening one of the world’s first methanol-enabled vessels when it arrives in Los Angeles this August.

The firm invited the public to go aboard the container ship in Los Angeles.

Powered by methanol for its maiden voyage and capable of carrying more than 16,000 containers (TEU), the vessel will get its new name at a private ceremony at the Port of Los Angeles Outer Harbor on Tuesday, August 27. 

Maersk’s CEO Vincent Clerc will be on hand, alongside special guest speakers from Nike and leading state and local officials. Nike is a partner in the name-giving event.

“Nike is committed to protecting the future of sport and we leverage science-based targets to guide us through our Move to Zero journey,” said Venkatesh Alagirisamy, Nike Chief Supply Chain Officer.

“Operating one of the largest supply chains in the world, we have a responsibility to advance the innovation and use of more sustainable methods that get us closer to zero carbon and zero waste. By working with suppliers like Maersk, who share our commitment to sustainability, we are scaling our use of biofuels in ocean transportation, our main first-mile delivery channel.”

“This event is not only an opportunity to celebrate a remarkable engineering achievement, but the chance to highlight that we can navigate towards more sustainable supply chains if we work together,” said Charles van der Steene, Regional President for Maersk North America.

On Wednesday, August 28, Maersk invites the public to tour the 350-meter-long vessel, which will be sailing from Asia. Visitors will be able to see the Sailors’ living quarters and even stand on the bridge from where the captain controls the vessel. Public tours will require visitors register for a free ticket via an online registration site that will be activated and announced in August.

This is the fifth container vessel in Maersk’s fleet that can sail on green methanol bunker fuel.


Photo credit: A.P. Moller – Maersk
Published: 20 June, 2024

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Methanol Institute: Innovative developments and strategic collaborations (Week 24, 10-16 June 2024)

This week highlights notable advancements in methanol fuel technology, strategic partnerships, and industry analyses, underscoring the maritime sector’s ongoing commitment to sustainable fuel solutions.





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The Methanol Institute, provides an exclusive weekly commentary on developments related to the adoption of methanol as a bunker fuel, including significant related events recorded during the week, for the readers of bunkering publication Manifold Times:

The past week saw further additions to the potential capacity for production of methanol with announcement of a new facility using waste biomass to create biomethanol for the maritime market. Elsewhere, plans for additional port storage was announced at key ports in China. Finally, analysis by Ship & bunker shows that almost half of the bunker capacity represented by the newbuilding orderbook will be powered by alternative fuels.

Methanol marine fuel related developments for Week 24 of 2024:

Norway to Develop Bio-e-Methanol Production Facility

Date: June 10, 2024

Key Points: Glocal Green and Norwegian Hydrogen are partnering to build a bio-e-methanol plant in Øyer, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway. The facility will produce 10,000 metric tonnes of bio-e-methanol annually, using hydrogen and CO2 from bio-waste and wood waste. The project aims to support the maritime sector's transition to green fuels, leveraging local renewable resources to create sustainable methanol, thus contributing to Norway's environmental goals and the broader global push for cleaner energy solutions.

Green Marine Fuels and Vopak Collaborate on Green Methanol Storage Facilities

Date: June 12, 2024

Key Points: Green Marine Fuels Trading and Vopak have announced a strategic partnership to develop green methanol storage facilities at key ports, including Shanghai Caojing and Tianjin Lingang in China. This collaboration aims to expand the infrastructure needed to support the growing demand for green methanol as a sustainable marine fuel. The facilities will enhance the supply chain for green methanol, aligning with global efforts to decarbonize the shipping industry and promote the use of alternative fuels.

Global Orderbook Analysis: Conventional vs. Alternative Bunker Fuel Demand

Date: June 13, 2024

Key Points: An analysis of the global newbuilding orderbook, conducted by Ship and Bunker, reveals that of a total 33.8 million tonnes (mt) of bunker demand, alternative fuelled ships represent 46% or 15.6mt of bunker demand.

Methanol accounts for 3.2 mt (10%) compared to 10.5mt (31%) for LNG, a figure skewed by the vast orderbook for LNG carriers which partly use their cargo as fuel.

The data from DNV Alternative Fuels Insight indicates a significant shift towards alternative fuels, driven by containerships and LNG carriers, reflecting the maritime industry's continuing focus on reducing carbon emissions and adopting greener fuel options.


Photo credit: Methanol Institute
Published: 20 June, 2024

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