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TotalEnergies and partners receive Bureau Veritas AiP for ammonia-ready, LNG-fuelled VLCC

AiP is result of successful cooperation between TotalEnergies, China Merchants Energy Shipping, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry, and GTT through their cooperation agreement signed in 2021.

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Classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) on Wednesday (28 September) said it has awarded an Approval in Principle (AiP) for a LNG dual fuelled and ammonia fuel prepared very large crude carrier (VLCC). The AiP was awarded at a JDP Delivery Ceremony held at DSIC in Dalian on 27 September 2022.

This AiP was the result of the successful cooperation between China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd. (CMES), TotalEnergies, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. (DSIC), and GTT, through their Jointly Design Project Cooperation Agreement signed in 2021. The project was evaluating the environmental, financial, technical and regulatory implications of a LNG dual fuelled VLCC design being prepared for a later conversion to an ammonia dual fuelled VLCC.

The new generation of VLCCs powered by LNG features an integrated GTT Mark III membrane containment technology. Engineers and designers achieved a breakthrough innovation by relocating the fuel tank under the main deck to avoid weather exposure, piracy risk and at the same time lower the propulsion systems’ centre of gravity.

Picture5The storage tank is compatible with liquid ammonia fuel, giving the owner and charterer greater operational flexibility.

Vessel’s tank capacity is flexible from 9,000 cbm to 14,000 cbm based on VLCC worldwide shipping routes and complies with the strength requirements of both LNG and ammonia fuels. Endurance with LNG fuel starts from 23,000 nm, while ammonia fuel starts from 17,000 nm at design condition.

The project has also received BV’s ‘LNG fuel dual fuel, AMMONIA-PREPARED’ notations. EEDI is more than 40% under baseline, NOX emissions meet the Tier III requirements, and estimated CII is projected to be rated A by 2030.

In order to speed up the shipping industry’s decarbonization, substantial efforts in R&D and innovative technologies implementation are needed. Among the various alternative fuels, carbon neutral LNG and e-ammonia are seen as credible pathways towards zero emission targets.

Mr. Wei Zheng, Technical Director, Vice President of DSIC, said: “The joint development project has successfully developed a LNG Dual Fuelled and Ammonia-Prepared VLCC with membrane type storage tank as LNG fuel tank and ammonia prepared by integrating resources of shipyard, energy industry, ship owner, core equipment suppliers and classification society. We look forward to further development to gain a breakthrough in the market as a good start of this project is leading to a deeper and broader cooperation. We look forward to strengthening communication and complementary advantages with TotalEnergies, China Merchant Energy Shipping, GTT and BV to achieve outstanding accomplishment.”

Alex Gregg-Smith, Senior Vice President & Chief Executive, BV North Asia Zone & China, said: “BV is very proud to have been a significant part in this LNG Dual Fuelled and Ammonia Prepared VLCC, and to support the project from its inception providing full plan approval and design, alongside DSIC, China Merchant Energy Shipping, TotalEnergies and GTT. I would like to thank all parties for their trust, and this project demonstrates that through collaboration we can achieve great goals and provide concrete solutions. Ultimately, our goal is to help marine stakeholders embrace decarbonization, and enable ship owners to transport goods safely and sustainably.”

Adnan Ezzarhouni, General Manager of GTT, said: “We are very proud to have developed this new generation of LNG and NH3 fuelled VLCCs thanks to the expertise of the market’s key players. This technology illustrates GTT’s ambition to support, with its innovation, the maritime industry in facing the challenges of energy transition. This concept of multi-fuel VLCC with enhanced endurance not only enables safer and more efficient operations, but also offers greater bunkering flexibility for ship owners and charterers towards a carbon-free future.”

Mr. Wu Jianyi, CMES Technical Director, said: “The achievement today is a milestone of CMES’ Path to zero-carbon shipping. It is showing our commitment to providing environment friendly energy transportation service for our worldwide customers. United as one, the joint team is building up not only a vessel  but also a greener future for our offspring. With all supports and trusts from our partners Total Energies, GTT, BV and DSIC shipyard, we are confident on making this latest generation VLCC come true soon.”

 

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Published: 29 September, 2022

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Singapore: Notice of intended dividend for An Hui Shipping, Nan Yi Maritime

Creditors of both companies will need to produce proofs of debt to liquidators of the companies by 21 June 2024 at 5pm, according to Government Gazette notices.

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Notices of intended dividend for An Hui Shipping Pte. Ltd and Nan Yi Maritime (Pte.) Ltd., that are being wound up voluntarily, were published on the Government Gazette on Friday (7 June).

The following are the details:

Name of Company : Nan Yi Maritime (Pte.) Ltd. (In Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation)
Unique Entity No. / Registration No. : 200814293G
Address of Registered Office : c/o Grant Thornton Singapore Private Limited 8 Marina View #40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1 Singapore 018960
Last Day for Receiving Proofs : 21 June 2024 at 5:00 pm by email to [email protected]
Name of Liquidators : Paresh Tribhovan Jotangia and Ho May Kee
Address : c/o Grant Thornton Singapore Private Limited, 8 Marina View, #40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1, Singapore 018960

 

Name of Company : An Hui Shipping Pte. Ltd. (In Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation)
Unique Entity No. / Registration No.: 201207031N
Address of Registered Office : c/o Grant Thornton Singapore Private Limited, 8 Marina View
#40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1, Singapore 018960
Last Day for Receiving Proofs : 21 June 2024 at 5:00 pm by email to [email protected]
Name of Liquidators : Paresh Tribhovan Jotangia and Ho May Kee
Address : c/o Grant Thornton Singapore Private Limited, 8 Marina View, #40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1, Singapore 018960

 

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Published: 10 June, 2024

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MHI and NGK to develop membrane dehydration systems for low cost e-methanol production

Both will develop a membrane dehydration system to lower the cost of e-methanol production and to optimise efficiency of manufacturing processes for e-methanol, a next-generation clean bunker fuel.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and NGK INSULATORS, LTD. (NGK) on Wednesday (22 May) said they will jointly develop a membrane dehydration system to lower the cost of e-methanol production and to optimise efficiency of manufacturing processes for e-methanol, a next-generation clean marine fuel, to meet expected demand growth for clean fuels and raw materials.

e-Methanol is gaining attention as a next-generation clean fuel, primarily for marine fuel, and is expected to grow as a market globally.

Apart from developing a membrane dehydration system for e-methanol production, both parties will also build such a system for bioethanol production - a raw material for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

The system will replace the dehydration process in the production of e-Methanol, which utilises hydrogen and CO2 as raw materials. By using a membrane separation system instead, the companies expect to significantly reduce energy consumption used in the manufacture of e-Methanol, which is capturing attention as a next-generation clean fuel.

To this project, MHI will contribute its significant global expertise delivering methanol plants and other chemical plants, in addition to its technologies for handling methanol and various other chemicals. 

NGK will contribute its deep knowledge of sub-nano ceramic membrane technology and unique film deposition technology developed in the fields of chemical processes and water purification. Notably, NGK has developed the world's largest ceramic membranes, which are known for their exceptional separation accuracy and durability. 

In the context of forecasted demand growth for both Bioethanol and e-Methanol as clean, raw materials and fuels, MHI and NGK will jointly drive forward the development of these systems achieve real-word deployment and establishment of a stable supply system.

 

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Published: 24 May 2024

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LR: Safety and supply crucial for widespread adoption of ammonia bunker fuel

New Lloyd’s Register report highlights that the safe use of ammonia and its surrounding regulatory framework remains a critical factor for its adoption as a marine fuel.

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LR: Safety and supply crucial for widespread adoption of ammonia bunker fuel

A new Lloyd’s Register report published on Thursday (21 March) has highlighted the need for industry-wide understanding of the operational and safety challenges surrounding the use of ammonia as a bunker fuel, for its adoption as part of the maritime energy transition.

Fuel for thought: Ammonia report found that although technology for ammonia as a marine fuel is developing rapidly, gaps in the regulatory framework around its use need to be addressed, alongside resolving the challenges for the production and supply of zero or near-zero emissions ammonia.

The report has identified that by taking steps to develop a framework today, the industry can avoid delays and build on the strong technology case for ammonia adoption. 

For the safe handling and infrastructure, the maritime industry can draw on the extensive experience of transporting ammonia as a cargo throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. There are, however, still concerns around ammonia’s toxicity, crew awareness and training and its overall impact on aquatic, human and environmental health.

The study also found that among the factors to consider for ammonia adoption, social acceptance and scalability are key.

The pricing of renewable electricity, green hydrogen and carbon capture will all impact ammonia’s affordability as a marine fuel. Clean ammonia producers, who are looking to upgrade production to create blue and green ammonia, see potential in increased demand from agriculture and other sectors, as well as shipping, all putting pressure on supply.

Liam Blackmore, Principal Specialist – Decarbonisation at Lloyd’s Register, said: “Fuel for thought: Ammonia, underlines the importance of addressing regulatory gaps, technology application and production hurdles in order to ensure the seamless integration of ammonia into the marine fuel landscape as part of the maritime energy transition.”

“By proactively developing a robust framework today, it is possible to accelerate the adoption of this, whilst mitigating potential risks and hazards. LR is committed to supporting first movers in ammonia and other alternative fuels, drawing upon our extensive experience and expertise in maritime safety and regulation to help deliver innovative solutions that prioritise safety and reliability.”

LR’s is supporting ammonia pioneers in delivering designs and processes that are safe and reliable. In addition to being a founding member of the Castor Initiative, a joint development project for two deep-sea ammonia propelled tankers, LR will class Exmar’s ammonia-fuelled gas carriers currently under design development by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.

LR has also issued approval in principle for ammonia-fuelled engine designs and technologies and has completed a risk assessment with Yara Marine Technologies and Pilbara Port Authority for ammonia supply and bunkering.

Note: The full ‘Fuel for thought: Ammonia’ report can be found here.

 

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Published: 22 March 2024

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