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VINSSEN hydrogen fuel cell system to be installed on RoRo ship “Penguin Tenacity” in Singapore 

Firm successfully tested and delivered a hydrogen fuel cell system for a trial project involving key industry partners including Shell Singapore and Seatrium.

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VINSSEN hydrogen fuel cell system to be installed on RoRo ship “Penguin Tenacity” in Singapore

Maritime fuel cell technology provider VINSSEN Co., Ltd., on Monday (11 December) said it has successfully tested and delivered a hydrogen fuel cell system for a trial project involving several key industry partners.

The hydrogen fuel cell system has been delivered from Korea and will be installed on the RoRo vessel, Penguin Tenacity, in Singapore. 

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VINSSEN is collaborating with Shell Singapore Pte. Ltd. (Shell) as the project sponsor, Seatrium Limited as the project developer, Penguin International Limited as the owner and operator of the vessel, and Air Liquide Singapore Private Limited as the hydrogen supplier.

“This project is a pilot to test the use of hydrogen fuel cells in maritime applications, marking the first step in confirming feasibility of hydrogen as a marine fuel,” VINSSEN said in a statement. 

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VINSSEN signed a contract with Shell in 2022 to supply the hydrogen fuel cell for the project. A number of checks have been conducted, including HAZID (Hazard Identification), HAZOP (Hazard and Operability), and FMECA (Failure Mode and Effects, Criticality Analysis). Safety verification was performed for the installation of the hydrogen fuel cell system, and the project's hazard confirmation evaluation and roadmap check have also been completed.

The main components of the hydrogen fuel cell system delivered by VINSSEN comprise Fuel Cell Module (FCM), Integrated Converter Module (ICM), Lithium-Ion Battery (LIB), and Transformer (TR) for vessel auxiliary power generation. The system will be used for operations in Singapore for one year, commencing in 2024 and is a project to convert data from operations into real-time data to verify stability and performance.

VINSSEN plans to deploy manpower directly to the Singapore shipyard to install, integrate, and inspect the hydrogen fuel cell system. 

The Fuel Cell System has completed all drawing inspections and factory product tests to undergo classification inspection with Bureau Veritas (BV). An inspection report will be issued upon completion of final commissioning and testing onboard the vessel.

Related: Bureau Veritas, Vinssen, NTU Singapore in MOU to develop hydrogen-fuelled vessels
Related: VINSSEN launches hydrogen fuel cell vessel demonstration project in Korea

Photo credit: VINSSEN
Published: 14 December, 2023

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Wind-assisted

Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker

Firm signed a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard “Pacific Sentinel”.

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Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker

Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Thursday (22 February) said it signed a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard the Pacific Sentinel

The turnkey ‘suction sail’ technology, which drags air across an aerodynamic surface to generate exceptional propulsive efficiency, will be fitted later this year, helping the 183-metre, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker reduce overall energy consumption by approximately 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Suitable for both newbuilds and retrofit projects, the system delivers energy efficiency and cost savings for a broad range of vessels, regardless of their size and age.

Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker

José Miguel Bermudez, CEO and co-founder at bound4blue, said: “Signing an agreement with an industry player of the scale and reputation of EPS not only highlights the growing recognition of wind-assisted propulsion as a vital solution for maximising both environmental and commercial benefits, but also underscores the confidence industry leaders have in our proven technology.”

“It’s exciting to secure our first contract in Singapore, particularly with EPS, a company known for both its business success and its environmental commitment.”

“We see the company as a role model for shipping in that respect. As such this is a milestone development, one that we hope will pave the way for future installations across EPS’ fleet, further solidifying our presence in the region.”

Cyril Ducau, Chief Executive Officer at EPS, said: “EPS is committed to exploring and implementing innovative solutions that improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions across our fleet.” 

“Over the past six years, our investments in projects including dual fuel vessels, carbon capture, biofuels, voyage optimisation technology and more have allowed us to reduce our emissions intensity by 30% and achieve an Annual Efficiency Ratio (AER) of 3.6 CO2g/dwt-mile in 2023, outperforming our emission intensity targets ahead of schedule. The addition of the bound4blue groundbreaking wind assisted propulsion will enhance our efforts on this path to decarbonise.”

“With this project, we are confident that the emission reductions gained through eSAILs® on Pacific Sentinel will help us better evaluate the GHG reduction potential of wind assisted propulsion on our fleet in the long run.”

Pacific Sentinel will achieve a ‘wind assisted’ notation from class society ABS once the eSAILs® are installed. 

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 23 February, 2024

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Biofuel

VARO and Orim Energy to supply bio bunker fuels in ARA region

VARO will source, produce and blend various waste and advanced bio feedstocks to high quality bunker fuel specs; Orim will source fuel and gas oils for blending and deliver final biofuel blends to vessels.

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VARO and Orim Energy to supply bio bunker fuels in ARA region

VARO Energy (VARO) on Wednesday (21 February) said it is partnering with Orim Energy (Orim) to provide shipping customers in the Port of Rotterdam – and wider Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region - with biofuels. 

The agreement supports the decarbonisation of maritime transportation and inland shipping in Northern Europe. It also contributes to the wider targets set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to reduce the total annual GHG emissions from shipping by at least 20% by 2030 and at least 70% by 2050, compared with 2008 levels.

Current demand for Fuel Oil in ARA , Europe’s largest bunkering hub, is approximately 14 million tonnes per year. Supported by new EU regulations, the market for B30, a blend of 70% Fuel Oil and 30% biofuels, is expected to grow rapidly to the end of the decade. As a result of this joint initiative, VARO and Orim will be well positioned to meet this increased demand and support the decarbonisation plans of their shipping customers.

VARO’s biofuels trading capabilities and growing biofuel manufacturing asset base will complement Orim’s extensive distribution, storage and bunkering capabilities in ARA. Under the agreement, VARO will source, produce and blend various waste and advanced bio feedstocks to high quality bunker specifications. Orim will source the fuel and gas oils for blending and deliver the final biofuel blends to customers’ vessels.

VARO has a long track record of providing biofuels for maritime logistics. Since 2018, the company has supplied the Port of Rotterdam with HVO100 (100% Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil “HVO”) for use with the Port’s service fleet. In 2023 VARO signed an agreement with Höegh Autoliners to supply the company with 100% advanced biofuels for its shipping fleet.

The partnership is aligned with VARO’s strategy to become the partner of choice for customers in the energy transition by providing them with the low-carbon energy solutions they need to decarbonise.

Dev Sanyal, CEO of VARO, said: “Meeting rising demand for blended biofuels is critical to achieving the EU and IMO’s decarbonisation targets for shipping. Our experience in biofuels, combined with Orim’s logistics and bunkering operations, will help meet this demand at Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port facility. I am delighted to be entering into a strategic partnership with Orim and to further build on VARO’s long-established presence in Rotterdam. This is another step in our journey to enable the decarbonisation of the maritime sector.

Edwin Coppens, Managing Director of Orim, said: “Upcoming EU and IMO regulations drive the need to scale up with biofuels and ensure quality assurance going forward. Partnering with VARO allows us to do just that, using each other’s strengths to optimize our blending expertise and network. We will benefit from VARO’s extensive experience with biofuels, which includes joint testing with leading ship engine suppliers. Together, we can increase our sourcing and supply capabilities, extending our reach and further strengthening our position in the ARA region.”

 

Photo credit: VARO Energy
Published: 23 February, 2024

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Alternative Fuels

MOL and 123Carbon complete biomethanol-based insetting pilot

Pilot allowed MOL to allocate GHG emission reductions from use of biomethanol as a bunker fuel to customers considering Scope 3 reductions from maritime transport services.

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MOL and 123Carbon complete biomethanol-based insetting pilot

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) on Thursday (15 February) announced that it has completed an insetting pilot with climate tech firm 123Carbon B.V. by tokenising the GHG emission reductions from the net-zero voyage which was conducted jointly with Methanex Corporation in February 2023. 

This allowed MOL to allocate the GHG emission reductions from the use of biomethanol as a bunker fuel to customers considering Scope 3 reductions from maritime transport services, based on the Market Based Measures Accounting Framework published by the Smart Freight Centre, a global non-profit organisation for climate action in the freight sector.

“MOL will build on this foundation to develop services to further help customers achieve their Scope 3 reduction targets,” the firm said in a statement. 

MOL, with the cooperation of Methanex, underwent third-party verification of GHG emission reduction-related documents to confirm their accuracy and MOL’s ownership of the associated Scope 3 GHG reductions from the use of biomethanol as a bunker fuel. 

“The digital certificates issued after verification are managed by blockchain technology, recording the transaction history,” MOL added.

“Customers that have been allocated tokens can claim the GHG emission reductions and have access to the reduction-related data (vessel names, reduction methods, bunker date of low emission fuel, emission factors used in reduction calculations, name of third-party verifier, etc.) on the platform.”

“These mechanisms, which 123Carbon provides the tools to ensure the reliability and transparency of the GHG emission reductions allocated to customers.”

Christoph Wolff, Chief Executive Officer of Smart Freight Centre, said: "This initiative is categorised to be carbon insetting, which promotes decarbonization within the supply chain.”

“The Market Based Measures Accounting Framework provides a standard framework for companies to rely on when expanding their insetting programs, in response to growing demand for insetting in the transport sector, including shipping.”

“MOL, which has one of the world's largest fleet, starting its carbon insetting initiative is a significant step forward towards achieving the net zero target in the shipping industry.”

 

Photo credit: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Published: 16 February, 2024

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