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SMW 2024: MTF seminar addresses safety aspect of green shipping corridors and green bunker fuels

Seminar addressed recent MTF reports on safety considerations for establishing green shipping corridors and a new industry guideline to develop and implement a SMS for alternative fuels on board ships.

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SMW 2024: MTF seminar addresses safety aspect of green shipping corridors and green bunker fuels

The Maritime Technologies Forum (MTF), whose members include ABS, DNV, Lloyd’s Register, ClassNK, Japan’s Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Norwegian Maritime Authority, the U.K.’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore, recently held a half-day seminar during the Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) 2024. 

The seminar, moderated by Dr Pierre Sames, DNV Strategic Development Director, addressed the topics of two recent MTF reports on safety considerations for establishing green shipping corridors and a new industry guideline to develop and implement a Safety Management System (SMS) for alternative fuels on board ships. 

It is the aim of MTF to bridge the gap between technological progress and regulatory process. With this, MTF encourages early testing of new technologies which in turn helps shape future requirements and regulations. 

Kicking off the session, Simen Diserud Mildal of the Norwegian Maritime Authority, who was the lead author of MTF’s green shipping corridors safety study, explained that the newly proposed safety checklist serves as a tool for stakeholders as they address safety aspects at the outset of establishing a green shipping corridor.

During the panel discussion, Mr. Prashanth Athipar, BHP’s Maritime Technical and Safety Principal, told the audience that the industry cannot take safety lightly when planning green corridors. He noted that the adoption of alternative fuels was a necessity. He stressed the importance of preparing all stakeholders – including seafarers and those handling fuels in ports – through comprehensive training programmes. 

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From the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Mr New Wei Siang, Director (Decarbonisation and Net Zero pathways), said in reference to green corridors and alternative fuels that while there are many unknowns, the industry needs to be nimble and flexible in dealing with the use and storage of fuels such as ammonia, which has been successfully trialled in Singapore, while continuing to prioritise safety.

It was also pointed out by Capt. Kamal Hossain, Hong Lam Marine, that the complexity in the implementation of alternative fuels should not be underestimated; and that sharing experiences from pilot projects and crew readiness will be key for accelerating. Early preparation and a safety checklist will greatly help moving forward and will surely accelerate the process, but we need to do it step by step. 

Other key takeaways from the panel debate included Lloyd’s Register’s Head of Regulatory Affairs, Andrew Sillitoe, suggesting that it is vital to consider safety at an early stage to avoid a possible incident and associated backlash against that choice of alternative fuel. Helping early adopters and fast followers to manage the risks in a well-planned green corridor allows demonstration of safe use from which wider applications can grow.

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The next session began with Yildiz Williams, Lead Marine Consultant, Lloyd's Register, and MTF project manager for the new industry guidelines on developing and implementing a safety management system (SMS) for alternative fuels on board ships, who presented the recommendations of the new guidelines. Following her presentation, assembled panellists underlined that the proposed guidelines are seen as very relevant for the industry. 

Panellist Captain Himanshu Chopra, Managing Director of Anglo-Eastern Maritime Services, stressed the importance of sharing knowledge – as outlined in MTF’s new guidelines – across the industry. "We need to work more closely together. Collaboration is absolutely essential. The industry certainly needs to be working together if the knowledge transfer is to take place from an engine manufacturer working in Norway or Denmark to a seafarer in the Philippines or India. Seafarers are the solution and not the problem for decarbonisation," he said.

BIMCO's Ashok Srinivasan mentioned during the seminar that shipping companies approach decarbonisation differently based on their financial ability, fleet focus, risk appetite, and technological experience. No two companies are the same for various reasons, and therefore, it is only fair that they take differing approaches.

MCA’s Asst. Director for Technical Services, Prasad Panicker, said, “It needs to be remembered that the shipping industry is adept at adapting to changes. Prior examples are the response to introduction of things like AIS, ECDIS, ISPS, MLC, etc. The ISM Code is deliberately generic in nature which allows companies to tailor their safety management systems to comply with new requirements. The Code already contains a requirement for carrying out risk assessments and the introduction of new fuels would require assessment of additional risks introduced by the same and initiate mitigative measures.”

Georgios Kasimatis, DNV's Director of Regulatory Affairs, stated that the safety management guidelines developed must be applied from the outset. "We all need to be fast learners. It is crucial to build on learnings from the introduction of LNG in the past and from near misses and incidents that may happen. In a future with multiple fuels, we need continuous awareness of all possible risks and excellence in safety culture.”

 

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Published: 30 April 2024

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Ammonia

Singapore: EMA, MPA shortlist two consortia for ammonia power generation and bunkering

Chosen consortia are Keppel’s Infrastructure Division and Sembcorp-SLNG, and the bunkering players in these consortia are Itochu Corporation, NYK Line and Sumitomo Corporation.

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The Energy Market Authority (EMA) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Thursday (25 July) said they have shortlisted two consortia that will proceed to the next round of evaluations of proposals to provide a low- or zero-carbon ammonia solution on Jurong Island for power generation and bunkering. 

The two consortia were selected from a total of six that were earlier shortlisted in 2023 to participate in a restricted Request for Proposal (RFP), following an Expression of Interest (EOI) called in 2022. The bids were assessed based on the technical, safety and commercial aspects of their proposals. 

The two consortium leads are Keppel’s Infrastructure Division and Sembcorp-SLNG, and the bunkering players in these consortia are Itochu Corporation, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and Sumitomo Corporation. The two consortia will proceed to conduct engineering, safety and emergency response studies for the proposed Project.

At the next phase, we will select one of the two bidders as the lead developer of the project. The lead developer will develop the end-to-end ammonia solution comprising (i) generating 55 to 65 MW of electricity from imported low- or zero-carbon ammonia via direct combustion in a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine; and (ii) facilitating ammonia bunkering at a capacity of at least 0.1 million tons per annum (MTPA), starting with shore-to-ship bunkering followed by ship-to-ship bunkering. 

Given the nascency of the technology and global supply chains, the Government will work closely with the appointed lead developer to implement the Project. We aim to announce the lead developer by Q1 2025.

The project is part of Singapore’s National Hydrogen Strategy launched in 2022, which outlines Singapore’s approach to develop low-carbon hydrogen as a major decarbonisation pathway as part of the nation’s commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

A key thrust of this strategy is to experiment with the use of advanced hydrogen technologies that are on the cusp of commercial readiness. Ammonia is currently one of the most technologically-ready hydrogen carriers with an established international supply chain for industrial use.

“If successful, the project will position Singapore as one of the first countries in the world to deploy a direct ammonia combustion power plant and support the development of ammonia bunkering for international shipping, EMA and MPA said.

“This will help to unlock the potential of low-carbon ammonia as a low-carbon fuel.”

 

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Published: 25 July 2024

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LNG Bunkering

China: River-sea LNG bunkering vessel named and delivered in Shanghai

The 14,000 cubic metre ship, “Huaihe Nengyuan Qihang”, was independently developed, designed and built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) for Huaihe Energy Holding Group.

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China: River-sea LNG bunkering vessel named and delivered in Shanghai

China’s river-to-sea LNG bunkering vessel, which was built locally, was named and delivered in Shanghai on Monday (19 July), according to the Shanghai Association of Shipbuilding Industry (SASIC). 

The 14,000 cubic metre (cbm) ship, Huaihe Nengyuan Qihang, was independently developed, designed and built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd for Huaihe Energy Holding Group as part of China’s "Gasification of the Yangtze River” project.

The ship is capable of travelling through the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge all year round and has been dubbed a “Customised Yangtze River” LNG refuelling and transportation ship.

The ship is equipped with the B-type LNG containment system independently developed by Hudong-Zhonghua and authorised by a national patent.

According to SASIC, this was the first time such a system has been applied to a domestic LNG  refuelling and transportation ship, marking a major breakthrough in the B-type LNG containment system developed by China with independent intellectual property rights.

Related: China’s first river-sea LNG bunkering ship completes inaugural bunkering operation

Disclaimer: The above article published by Manifold Times was sourced from China’s domestic market through a local correspondent. While considerable efforts have been taken to verify its accuracy through a professional translator and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty is made regarding the accuracy, completeness and reliability of any information.

 

Photo credit: Shanghai Shipbuilding Industry Association
Published: 25 July 2024

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Newbuilding

Singapore: EPS takes delivery of LNG dual-fuel bulker “Mount Ossa”

Firm said said the last vessel in its series of six 210,000 dwt DF LNG Newcastlemaxes chartered to Rio Tinto, was successfully delivered by New Times Shipbuilding.

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Singapore: EPS takes delivery of LNG dual-fuel bulker “Mount Ossa”

Singapore-based shipping firm Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (24 July) said the last vessel in its series of six 210,000 dwt dual-fuel LNG Newcastlemaxes chartered to Rio Tinto, was successfully delivered.

The delivery of Mount Ossa marked the 21st vessel being delivered by New Times Shipbuilding to EPS.

“Despite global challenges, Rio Tinto and EPS have shown unparalleled resilience and a strong commitment to decarbonize shipping,” it said in a social media post.

“Over the past three years, these LNG-powered vessels have proven to be a sustainable choice, emitting 30% less than their conventional counterparts. We have successfully completed over 200 LNG bunkering operations, significantly reducing emissions across our fleet.”

“We celebrate our strong partnership with New Times Shipbuilding on this 21st milestone delivery to the EPS fleet, grateful to have 43 world-class vessels built and delivered, including those on order from New Times, which means we are only halfway through our esteemed collaboration.”

 

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Published: 25 July 2024

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