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Titan LNG rebrands as Titan to reflect commitment for decarbonisation

New name better reflects Titan’s commitment to delivering all bunker fuels that decarbonise the shipping industry such as LBM and any hydrogen-derived green fuel in the future.

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Independent bunker fuel supplier to the marine industry Titan LNG on Wednesday (15 June) announced it has rebranded as Titan. 

The new name better reflects Titan’s commitment to delivering all the fuels that decarbonise the shipping industry in a substantial way, such as liquefied biomethane (LBM), and any hydrogen-derived green fuel in the future, says the firm. 

Titan specialises in providing shipping and industrial customers with end-to-end clean bunker fuel solutions. This includes project planning, physical supply and delivery, as well as risk management and hedging services to mitigate price fluctuations.

As an independent clean fuel company, Titan is not locked into conventional liquefied natural gas (LNG) long-term and can work with other suppliers of low carbon and carbon neutral fuels to enable reliable availability and supply anywhere in the world, the company explains. 

“As one of the first companies in Europe to provide safe delivery of LNG and LBM, we have proven ourselves to be pioneers in the market and continue to expand our services globally. Dropping the single product focus from our name reflects how we will use our expertise for other fuels that will emerge after LNG. Our extensive investment program for the immediate and long-term future is 100% dedicated to carbon neutral fuel infrastructure, such as LBM production plants and LBM bunker vessels,” said Niels den Nijs, CEO, Titan.

“Today, LBM is the fuel of choice for many shipowners which provides a clear pathway into a carbon neutral future with the possibility to blend in hydrogen-derived e-methane when available. However, we recognise that decarbonization will require a range of solutions, and when other alternative fuels become available at scale, we are ready to add them into our supply portfolio.”

Titan collaborates with various shipowners to create clean fuel delivery programs that are tailored, safe, and cost-effective. It currently operates four LNG and LBM supply vessels across Europe; two FlexFuelers, the Green Zeebrugge, plus regularly chartered vessels. The newbuild program, that consists of the Krios and Hyperion series, will join Titan’s expanding infrastructure in late 2024 on the back of the long-term contracts in place. 

Titan will only produce, source, and supply carbon neutral products that originate from second generation residues or renewable electricity to produce hydrogen from electrolysis, e-fuels, including hydrogen-derived e-methane, green methanol, and green ammonia. 

Engine manufacturers are designing and building dual or multi-fuel engines that are, or will be, capable of using many of the future fuels being considered. This protects the capital investments made by vessel owners today and reduces future fuel risks, regardless of whether technologies change or not. 

Niels den Nijs concluded: “The name change represents the natural evolution of our company, the conversations we are having with current and future clients, together with the various EU fundings we have received for LBM production plants and hydrogen-derived e-methane projects. We are excited about the future and believe that Titan is perfectly placed to support shipowners and the industry as it transitions to a net zero carbon future.”

The Titan rebrand follows the news that, in partnership with Attero and Nordsol, Titan has recently been awarded €4.3m in funding for a LBM production plant in Wilp, the Netherlands. 

The FirstBio2Shipping project, set to be completed in 2023, will achieve a decentralised production of LBM designated for use in the maritime industry. More LBM projects are underway, as well as hydrogen derived e-methane projects that are nearing final investment decisions. 

Related: Titan, Attero and Nordsol receive USD 4.8 million funding for bio-LNG marine fuel production plant
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Related: Titan LNG enters partnership for bunker fuel supply to Brittany Ferries’ newbuild hybrids
Related: Titan joins SEA-LNG to share knowledge and expertise on LNG as a bunker fuel
Related: France: Titan LNG collaborates with Corsica Linea on delivery of LNG and bioLNG bunker fuel

 

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Published: 16 June, 2022

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VPS launches Maress Summer Campaign Dashboard to track progress of vessels

Dashboard will enable the maritime industry to follow the development of its maritime emissions saving campaign, Maress Summer Campaign 2024, which is aimed at saving 15,000 tons of CO2.

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VPS launches Maress Summer Campaign Dashboard to track progress of vessels

Marine fuels testing company VPS on Thursday (20 June) said it launched its Maress Campaign Dashboard to enable the maritime industry to follow the development of its maritime emissions saving campaign for this year.

It said the Maress Summer Campaign 2024, which started on 1 June and will run for 90 days, is ongoing and is aimed at achieving the goal of saving 15,000 tons of CO2.

“Since our last update, the number of participating vessels has increased from 278 to 303. This is more than doubling of the vessels that participated in the campaign last year,” VPS said in a social media post.

“The industry-wide effort to drive decarbonisation is showing fantastic results, with innovative initiatives and remarkable engagement from vessels across the board.”

It added the main purpose of the campaign is to create collaboration and awareness around emission reductions. 

“This industry-first tool is now open for everyone in the industry to track the collective progress. Updated daily, it provides a transparent and exciting view of the leaders in each category, showcasing the close race towards efficiency gains,” VPS said on the dashboard.

Note: The new dashboard by VPS for the Maress Summer Campaign 2024 can be found here.

Related: VPS to organise Maress Decarbonisation Campaign in 2024
Related: VPS wins OSJ Annual Environment Award 2024 for Maress Summer Campaign
Related: VPS records 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emission cut from campaign with top OSV players
Related: VPS Decarbonisation to kickstart summer campaign to reduce shipping emissions

 

Photo credit: VPS
Published: 21 June, 2024

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UECC reduces emissions in 2023 by more than doubling bio bunker fuel use

UECC boosted the use of ISCC-certified sustainable biofuel B100 on both owned and time-chartered ships to 14,000 mt last year, up from 6,500 mt in 2022.

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United European Car Carriers (UECC) recently announced its progress of using alternative bunker fuels and said it was on track to exceed its goal of a 45% emissions reduction by 2030 after more than doubling biofuel usage across its fleet last year.

UECC boosted the use of ISCC-certified sustainable biofuel B100 on both owned and time-chartered ships to 14,000 metric tonnes (mt) last year, up from 6,500 mt in 2022.

The company achieved a total tank-to-wake emissions reduction of over 60,000 tonnes across its 14-vessel fleet in 2023, of which it is estimated increased biofuel use accounted for 40,000 tonnes, with the remainder coming from LNG. This was a near-250% increase on the emissions cut of 24,200 tonnes achieved in 2022.

TheEuropean sustainable shortsea carrier said it has made significant strides in decarbonisation of its fleet of pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) with the addition of five LNG-fuelled newbuilds and the increased rollout of biofuels in recent years - and this is now showing commercial payback for clients in the light of new green regulations, according to Energy and Sustainability Manager Daniel Gent.

“Consequently, we are well on the way to reach or exceed our 45% emissions reduction target by 2030. This clearly has a positive impact for those bio-supportive cargo owners in terms of reducing costs related to the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS),” Gent said.

“Furthermore, 85% of the vessels in our fleet achieved a C-rating last year with the IMO’s Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) and this year we expect all our ships to achieve this rating or above.”

Gent also pointed out the UECC fleet is already in surplus in relation to the requirement for an average 14.5% reduction in GHG intensity by 2035 under the FuelEU Maritime regulation due to be implemented next year.

The environmental performance of UECC’s current fleet of nine owned and five time-chartered PCTCs has been enhanced through delivery over the past seven years of five eco-friendly newbuilds - a pair of dual-fuelled LNG vessels and trio of multi-fuel LNG battery hybrid units.

The use of LNG reduces emissions of CO2 by around 25%, SOx and particulate matter by 90% and NOx by 85%, while the latest battery hybrid newbuilds exceed the IMO target to reduce carbon intensity by at least 40% from 2008 levels by 2030.

UECC is now looking at sourcing alternative carbon-neutral fuels such as bio-LNG and e-LNG for these vessels to further improve their green performance, according to Gent.

UECC’s adoption of alternative fuels has expanded exponentially since the programme was launched in 2020 with piloting the use of biofuel on its vessel Autosky, bolstered by valuable support from owners of its time-chartered vessels, clients such as BMW, fuel suppliers like GoodFuels, industry partners, and parent companies NYK and Wallenius Lines.

“We are now in the fifth year of running our biofuels programme and it has gone from strength to strength. UECC has sought to take a leading role through early-stage analysis of new biofuels to evaluate their potential in terms of technical suitability, sustainability and commercial viability, both  to deliver the best solution for our customers and give the sector a blueprint for assessment and adoption of such fuels based on these three pillars,” Gent explained.

He added that, in terms of sustainability criteria, the company looks for biofuels with the biggest environmental impact, with a typical minimum 90% reduction in GHG intensity from well-to-wake compared with conventional marine fuels. 

UECC has steadily expanded the use of green fuels to cover 30% of its fleet in 2023, up from 18% in 2022, and is on track to achieve 50% coverage this year towards the goal of 80% by 2030, though Gent is confident of surpassing this figure.

He said being proactive in trialling new alternative fuels has also promoted engagement with fuel providers, which has led to UECC’s latest initiative together with biofuel supplier ACT Group as part of an industry collaboration to test the Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL)-based biofuel FS.100 that he believes has “great potential for sustainable shipping”.

“Increasing the pool of sustainable drop-in fuels offers a pathway for shipping to achieve rapid emissions cuts on existing vessels. Combining alternative fuels with energy efficiency measures such as hull cleaning and electrification with shore power can further accelerate decarbonisation,” Gent said.

“By progressively advancing the use of alternative fuels, we are reducing emissions exposure for our clients and securing regulatory compliance long into the future, while also promoting industry efforts to reach the net-zero goal,” he concluded.

 

Photo credit: United European Car Carriers
Published: 21 June, 2024

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CMA CGM takes delivery of fourth LNG-fuelled containership

Naming ceremony and delivery of vessel, organised at HD Hyundai Mipo in Ulsan, South Korea, marked entry of the fourth vessel in a series of ten specially designed for Northern Europe feeder services.

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CMA CGM takes delivery of fourth LNG-fuelled containership

French shipping giant on Wednesday (19 June) said it celebrated the naming ceremony and delivery of its fourth LNG-fuelled container ship, CMA CGM Tivoli.

Organised at HD Hyundai Mipo in Ulsan, South Korea, on 16 June, the event marked the official entry of the fourth vessel in a series of ten specially designed for Northern Europe feeder services.

“Featuring optimised features for 45-foot containers, increased capacity for refrigerated containers, and innovative forward accommodation to enhance cargo loading and aerodynamics, CMA CGM Tivoli distinguishes itself with a high ‘length to beam" ratio to maximise hydrodynamic efficiency,” the firm said in a social media post. 

“She departed the shipyard on June 15th, 2024, bound for Busan. We wish fair winds and smooth seas to Captain Artur Dumbrov and his crew.” 

 

Photo credit: CMA CGM
Published: 21 June, 2024

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