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SNIC 2022: DNV shares independent view on maritime innovation pipeline and green bunker fuels

Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria of DNV recently shared on elements needed to achieve maritime decarbonisation, safety of crews with emergence of green fuels and maritime innovation examples involving DNV.




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The shipping industry requires a mix of solutions - supply chain optimisation, energy efficiency technology and green marine fuels - to achieve decarbonisation goals set out for it.  

This was one of the main highlights of Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria, VP, Regional Manager South East Asia, Pacific & India, Maritime at DNV, communicated during her presentation titled Maritime innovation pipeline: An independent view at the Singapore Norway Innovation Conference (SNIC) 2022 on Friday (18 November). 

“Obviously to achieve this, we cannot work alone in the industry. We need to make smart choices and that’s why the governments’ participation is important to keep moving forward,” she said. 

Cristina pointed out shipping decarbonisation is already underway and is currently accelerating. 

“We can see from the newbuilding order book that the number of new vessel contracts powered by alternative marine fuels have tripled from 2019 to 2022. This demonstrates shipowners are taking huge risks and making bold decisions which is a positive sign. The alternative bunker fuel mostly chosen by owners is LNG particularly for larger ships,” she added.

However, she emphasised it was important to differentiate between short sea shipping and deep sea shipping when it came to decarbonisation solutions. 

“The solutions are totally different. Having said that, short sea shipping is a good testbed for solutions for deep sea shipping in the future.”

Cristina also highlighted key fuel technologies will be important enablers in the decarbonisation pathway with these available in between three to eight years. 

“These include methanol, ammonia, hydrogen and CCS (carbon capture and storage). But we need to remind ourselves of our readiness for these technologies as safety is paramount. Should an accident happen, it would backfire the whole decarbonisation journey for the industry. Safety needs to be the foundation of it all.”

She then shared recent maritime innovation examples involving DNV in the green fuels arena.

These include:

  • X-Press Feeders ordering eight 1,100 TEU dual fuel methanol powered container ships, classed by DNV, that are going to be powered by methanol and green methanol. 
  • DNV signing a collaboration agreement with Shell, Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering, HyAxiom and Doosan to work on fuel cells for a gas carrier. 
  • Northern Xplorer choosing DNV to build the first zero emission cruise ship that is expected to be delivered in 2025/2026. 
  • DNV awarding an AiP for a green ammonia floating production unit developed by H2 Carrier

Cristina then ended her presentation by stressing that with new alternative bunker fuels and technology comes new safety risks for assets and crews. 

“We in DNV are also trying to put some emphasis on that including collaborating with key institutions here in Singapore such as SIT to ensure we adapt the programmes and create relevant content for crews working in shipping companies.

“This move ensures whatever marine fuel or new technology is implemented, we do it in a safe manner and create a safe workplace and industry for all of us,” she said. 

Related: HHI, Shell, Doosan Fuel Cell, HyAxiom, DNV in maritime demonstration project for fuel cell technology


Photo credit: Norwegian Business Association (Singapore)
Published: 12 December, 2022

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Bunker Fuel

SMW 2024: Singapore is preparing port for multi-fuel future, says Transport Minister.

‘Our industry has brought in new bunker tankers capable of bunkering higher blends of biofuel and methanol, paving the way for greater emissions reduction for vessels,’ says Chee Hong Tat.





SMW 2024: Singapore is preparing port for a multi-fuel future, says Transport Minister.

Singapore has moved decisively to ensure energy and fuel resilience as international shipping looks to alternative fuels to meet global decarbonisation targets, said Singapore’s Minister for Transport Mr Chee Hong Tat on Monday (15 April).

In his speech at the Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) 2024 opening ceremony, he said Singapore is preparing its port for a multi-fuel future.

“Our industry has brought in new bunker tankers capable of bunkering higher blends of biofuel and methanol, paving the way for greater emissions reduction for vessels,” he said.

“MPA has also issued Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the alternative fuels ammonia and methanol over this past year.

“For our ammonia EOI, we have shortlisted six consortiums, and are studying their comprehensive proposals for the supply of ammonia for bunkering and power generation in Singapore.”

Chee added reliability and resilience also mean that Singapore upholds the highest standards for safety, efficiency, and quality. 

“Enterprise Singapore, through the Singapore Standards Council, has been working closely with industry partners to introduce national standards to support the digitalisation of bunkering supply chain documentation, as well as on methanol and ammonia bunkering.”

“As a major maritime and bunkering hub, Singapore is committed to continue serving as a trusted node for international shipping.”

Chee said this when elaborating on Singapore’s focus to grow the republic as a hub for reliable and resilient maritime operations, one of three important areas the republic will prioritise on growing its maritime sector. 

The other two areas are to grow Maritime Singapore as a hub for maritime innovation and as a hub for maritime talent development.

“Looking ahead, we expect some turbulence along the way, but we are confident that the global maritime industry will continue to grow,” Chee said.

“And Singapore as a hub port and International Maritime Centre can benefit from this growth and the opportunities it brings, including in emerging areas like digitalisation and decarbonisation.”

However, Chee warned Singapore shouldn’t take its success for granted and to continue improving productivity and competitiveness while staying relevant to changing requirements to be able to meet the needs of local and international stakeholders. 

“But we must not rest on our laurels, or make the mistake of thinking that these positive outcomes will happen on auto-pilot. A rising tide can indeed lift all boats, but the boat and its crew can only benefit if they are well-prepared when the water level rises,” he said.

Related: SMW2024: 18th Singapore Maritime Week opens with ‘Actions meet Ambition’ theme
Related: SMW 2024: MPA to set up facility for maritime workforce to train in handling new bunker fuels
Related: SMW 2024: Singapore-Rotterdam Green and Digital Shipping Corridor partners to implement first-mover pilot projects
RelatedSMW 2023: EOI for ammonia power generation and bunkering closing by 30 April
Related: Singapore gets its first dedicated methanol bunkering tanker “MT MAPLE”
Related: Singapore: Vitol Bunkers takes delivery of specialised biofuel bunker barge “Marine Future”


Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 16 April 2024

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Banle Energy arranges B24 bunkering services for “YM Utility” in Yantian

Transaction supports the first B24 biofuel supply in Shenzhen and Yang Ming’s inaugural B24 biofuel bunkering supply in China, says firm.





Banle Energy arranges B24 bunkering services for “YM Utility” in Yantian

Banle Energy International Limited, a subsidiary of CBL International Limited, on Monday (15 April) announced the arrangement of B24 biofuel bunkering services for Yang Ming's vessel YM Utility at a port in Yantian, Shenzhen on 14 April.

“By providing Yang Ming with our B24 biofuel bunkering services, this transaction supports the first B24 biofuel supply in Shenzhen and Yang Ming's inaugural B24 biofuel bunkering supply in China,” the firm in a social media post. 

“As a company actively promoting the use of biofuels, we are making a significant contribution to the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from international shipping.”

“The B24 biofuel blend, as indicated by a study, is projected to reduce approximately 20% of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions when compared with conventional fuel oil.”

As the firm focuses on expanding its operations in Europe, the firm added it will continue to forge strategic partnerships and explore new opportunities to provide efficient and reliable solutions.


Photo credit: Banle Energy International Limited
Published: 16 April 2024

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Singapore bunker tanker to be equipped with MAN ES DF gensets

MAN Energy Solutions received an order for three MAN 6L21/31DF-M (Dual Fuel-Methanol) GenSets capable of running on methanol for a 7,990 dwt IMO Type II chemical bunker tanker.





Singapore bunker tanker to be equipped with MAN ES DF gensets

MAN Energy Solutions (MAN ES) on Monday (15 April) said it has received an order for three MAN 6L21/31DF-M (Dual Fuel-Methanol) GenSets capable of running on methanol in connection with the construction of a 7,990 dwt IMO Type II chemical bunker tanker.

The newbuild will operate at the port of Singapore under charter to deliver marine fuels. The port itself is reported as laying plans for the steady supply of methanol from 2025 onwards in order to meet future, anticipated bunkering requirements for methanol-fuelled vessels. 

The dual-fuel engines will form part of a diesel-electric propulsion system on board the vessel with electrical motors driving twin fixed-pitch propellers via gearboxes; an onboard battery-storage system will optimise the use of the dual-fuelled generators. 

MAN Energy Solutions’ licensee, CMP – an engine-manufacturing division of Chinese State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) – will build the engines in China and the vessel is scheduled for delivery during Q4, 2025.

Bjarne Foldager – Country Manager, Denmark – MAN Energy Solutions, said: “Seeing our trusted MAN L21/31 GenSets go into these ships as a methanol-fuelled version shows that maritime decarbonisation is a prominent consideration for shipowners in all vessel segments and sizes.”

“It also clearly illustrates, regardless of the market one serves as shipowner, that our broad, dual-fuel portfolio enables everyone to take part in the green transition.”

Thomas S. Hansen – Head of Sales and Promotion – MAN Energy Solutions, said: “The MAN L21/31 engine is well-established in the market having racked up some 2,750 sales.”

“The reliability of its cost-effective, port fuel-injection concept now prominently positions the 21/31DF-M as the preferred, medium-speed, small-bore engine for GenSet and diesel-electric propulsion solutions, while also meeting market demands to balance both CAPEX and OPEX.”

“With the shipping market currently experiencing an increased interest in methanol as marine fuel, and orders for methanol-fuelled ships steadily growing as part of many companies’ decarbonisation strategy, we feel that the introduction of this dual-fuel engine is timely.”


Photo credit: MAN Energy Solutions
Published: 16 April 2024

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