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Trio to test power system with solid oxide fuel cells for deep-sea shipping 

Alma Clean Power, Odfjell and DNV announced the system will be installed on a chemical tanker by 2024, aiming to demonstrate the potential for significantly lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

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Alma Clean Power, Odfjell and DNV on Friday (29 September) said a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system will be installed on a chemical tanker by the end of 2024, aiming to demonstrate the potential for significantly lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for deep-sea shipping.

The trip said fuel cells demonstrate a promising potential for scalable use for longer distances and larger energy needs in shipping as the maritime industry faces major challenges adjusting to zero emissions over the next decades. 

“It is therefore vital to start gathering practical onboard experience with fuel cells, without compromising on safety,” they said in a joint statement. 

Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) are fuel flexible, and can convert fuels like ammonia, LNG, methanol and hydrogen to electricity with a potentially higher energy efficiency than internal combustion engines. With a maritime solid oxide fuel cells solution, shipping companies will be able to reduce emissions short term and operate emission-free once alternative fuels become available.

The project partners intend to place an 80KW natural gas fuelled solid oxide fuel cell container on board one of Odfjell’s chemical tankers, to demonstrate SOFC as an efficient energy converter for deep-sea shipping. In January 2023, Alma Clean Power was awarded DNV’s Approval in Principle (AiP) for their design of a 1MW ammonia fuelled SOFC system.

Alma Clean Power and Odfjell have a long-term collaboration in joint development projects and are excited to start the marine demonstrator project together with DNV.

Bernt Skeie, CEO of Alma Clean Power, said: “We are very excited about this collaboration with Odfjell and DNV. Odfjell, for continued support through years of development and recognizing this project as a great opportunity for innovation and testing on board their vessel, and DNV for bringing in the broad expertise of a classification society, applying their rule framework and ensuring a thorough risk-based approach to the design, construction, installation and operation onboard the vessel.”

Harald Fotland, CEO of Odfjell, said: “We’ve been working structured and actively with energy-efficiency technologies and decarbonization for more than a decade, and this project represents another progressive step in energy efficiency-, fuel flexibility and zero emissions capability innovations. We look forward to continuing the collaboration with DNV and Alma Clean Power, and to document the impact this technology can deliver in our common quest to decarbonize deep-sea shipping.”

Tuva Flagstad-Andersen, DNV Regional Manager Maritime – North Europe, said: "This is an exciting project for DNV to be part of with two very forward-leaning partners. Identifying a suitable risk level and applying DNV’s existing rule framework will be key to managing the risks of the installation. At the same time, the project provides an ample opportunity to learn from the practical application to further improve our rules and guidelines and use this input to facilitate constructive dialogues with the applicable Flag Authorities.” 

Photo credit: Alma Clean Power
Published: 2 October, 2023

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UECC “Auto Achieve” receives first LNG bunker fuel delivery by barge in home country

Firm said it received the first ever supply of LNG by barge to their multi-fuel LNG battery hybrid car carrier in the Port of Drammen, Norway.

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UECC “Auto Achieve” receives first LNG bunker fuel delivery by barge in home country

Norwegian roll-on/roll-off shipping line United European Car Carriers (UECC) on Wednesday (10 July) said it received the first ever supply of LNG by barge to their multi-fuel LNG battery hybrid car carrier Auto Achieve in the Port of Drammen on 4 July.

The firm said this was the first time UECC received LNG by barge to any of their vessels in their home country Norway. 

“We also believe that it was the first time LNG was delivered by barge to any vessel in Drammen, and most likely the entire Oslofjord,” UECC said in a social media post.

The LNG was supplied by the Molgas Energy Holding vessel Pioneer Knutsen, owned by Knutsen Group OAS.

“UECC is very pleased to see the expansion of the LNG barge network in Norway,” it said. 

 

Photo credit: UECC
Published: 12 July, 2024

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Alternative Fuels

Waiver reinstated at Port of Gangavaram for vessels using green bunker fuels

Port will offer a 50% waiver on port dues only for vessels using green marine fuels such as LNG, ammonia, hydrogen or electrical power as their main propulsion source, according to GAC.

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Adani Ports and Logistics has reinstated a concession scheme for vessels using alternative bunker fuels at the port of Gangavaram in India, with effect from 1 July, according to GAC Hot Port News on Thursday (27 June). 

The port will offer a 50% waiver on port dues only for vessels using green fuels like LNG, ammonia, hydrogen or electrical power as their main propulsion source.

The waiver scheme is also applicable for all vessels which have dual fuel main ending and use LNG, ammonia, hydrogen or electrical power as their main propulsion source.

To qualify for the applicable waiver, the vessel must produce the IAPP ore similar objective evidence in certificate form prior to arrival at Gangavaram port limits and upon departure, which must indicate the specification of the vessel’s engine and fuel details.

All other vessel related charges will apply as per the Adani Gangavaram Port BPTS.

 

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Published: 28 June, 2024

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Crowley christens US first fully electric tugboat “eWolf” at Port of San Diego

eTug features a fully integrated electrical package for battery energy storage by ABB with advanced technology for mariner safety and will enter commercial service this week.

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Crowley christens US first fully electric tugboat “eWolf” at Port of San Diego

US-owned maritime, energy and logistics solutions company Crowley on Wednesday (26 June) said it christened the eWolf, America's first all-electric ship assist harbor tugboat. 

Built by Master Boat Builders in Coden, Ala., the 82-foot vessel delivers 70 tonnes of bollard pull – stronger than its conventional predecessor. 

The eTug also features a fully integrated electrical package for battery energy storage by ABB with advanced technology for mariner safety. The eTug will enter commercial service this week.

"The eWolf is a historic milestone in the maritime industry and Crowley's legacy, and underscores our company's commitment to serve as global sustainability leaders and innovators,” said Tom Crowley, Chairman and CEO.  

“The all-electric tugboat is the most technologically advanced vessel of its kind, and eWolf will help our customers and communities reach their decarbonisation goals while delivering capabilities that strengthen our vital supply chain.”

"We congratulate the people whose tireless dedication brought the eWolf to fruition with our partners at the federal, state and local government, setting a new standard not just in America, but globally."

“Crowley's first-of-its-kind electric tugboat is a game changer. It checks all the boxes by providing environmental, economic, and operational benefits for our communities and maritime industry,” said Frank Urtasun, Port of San Diego Chairman. 

“This is truly a story of teamwork and collaboration. We are proud to work with Crowley and our state and local partners on this and other electrification initiatives at and around our port, including electric cargo handling equipment like our all-electric mobile harbor cranes, our microgrid, vessel shore power, and more.”

eWolf is supported by a new microgrid shoreside charging station that enables the tug to operate at full performance daily on electricity.

Crowley was joined at the vessel christening by project partners including the Port of San Diego, San Diego County Air Pollution Control District, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Maritime Administration. The collaborative effort among federal, state and local partners to decarbonise the port furthers the shared goal of improving air quality for San Diego.

“SDAPCD is proud to have provided funding for the eWolf project, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at transitioning from traditional diesel-powered vessels to electric propulsion systems,” said Shu, City of La Mesa Councilmember and SDAPCD Governing Board Chair. 

“The eWolf exemplifies how collaboration between government and private partners can drive meaningful change, contributing significantly to a cleaner, healthier environment for everyone.”

The company chose eWolf's name in a nod to a tugboat in the company's initial fleet, the Sea Wolf, which operated more than a century ago in California.

 

Photo credit: Crowley
Published: 27 June, 2024

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