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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.




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

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Published: 14 December, 2023

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Poland: ORLEN to strengthen position in bunker fuels sector with new oil terminal

With the terminal’s commissioning, the company plans to introduce a bunkering vessel to service the Tri-City ports with conventional marine fuels and biofuels.





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Polish multinational oil refiner ORLEN Group on Wednesday (12 June) said it is solidifying its presence in the marine fuels market with the construction of a new oil terminal that is scheduled for completion by the second half of 2025.

Construction of the Martwa Wisła terminal, located on the Martwa Wisła river, has already exceeded 70%.

The Martwa Wisła terminal will enhance the logistics capabilities of the Gdańsk refinery, allowing for the transshipment of approximately 2 million tonnes of fuel products annually.

The first four loading arms have already arrived at the construction site and the remaining four loading arms are slated for delivery by the end of June. The devices, with a throughput capacity of up to 500m³/h, will be used at transshipment points to load tankers.

With the terminal's commissioning, the company plans to introduce a bunkering vessel to service the Tri-City ports (Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot) with conventional fuels and biofuels.

For over 20 years, the Group has been supplying quality marine fuels to all Polish seaports. Its refinery product portfolio encompasses a wide range of fuels that guarantee quality and strict compliance with regulations, including MGO (DMA 0.1%S), ULSFO (RMD80 0.1% S) and LNG, which will in the near future be complemented with ‘green’ alternatives.

All marine fuels offered by ORLEN comply with the international ISO 8217:2017 standard and meet the requirements of the MARPOL Convention.


Photo credit: ORLEN Group
Published: 14 June 2024

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Wärtsilä partners with Gas and Heat and RINA for ammonia-fuelled bunkering vessel

Wärtsilä will support project through designing optimised integrated propulsion solution in which the core element will include its four-stroke engine-based solution for ammonia bunker fuel.





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Classification society RINA on Monday (3 June) said it partnered with technology group Wärtsilä and Italian firm specialising in cargo handling systems Gas and Heat for a project of an ammonia fueled bunkering vessel to deliver and operate on green ammonia fuel.

Within this agreement, Gas and Heat will develop the basic design of the cargo handling system, while Wärtsilä will support the project through designing an optimised integrated propulsion solution in which the core element will include its recently introduced 4-stroke engine-based solution for ammonia fuel, the Wärtsilä 25 engine ammonia engine; RINA will then carry out the compliance assessment of the design as part of the wider Approval in Principle process.

Giuseppe Zagaria, Marine South-West Technical Director at RINA, said: “RINA has long history of cooperation with Wärtsilä and we are very proud to work together once again, strengthening our project. Wärtsilä’s expertise will upgrade the technological content of our collaboration. Green ammonia has great potential to play an important role in the strategies set by IMO and EU, which will need innovative bunkering vessels to support the logistics and supply of green ammonia”.

“Green ammonia is one of the alternative fuels of the future. We are excited that Warstila as joined our partnership with RINA to collaborate in this ambitious project. Gas and Heat is proud to work with these high level companies to offer this innovative vessel to the market” says Claudio Evangelisti, CEO, Gas and Heat Italy.

“At Wärtsilä we are fully committed to supporting the industry with reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which is why we are proud to be partnering with RINA and Gas & Heat in this industry-leading project,” says Stefano De Marco, Business Development, Decarbonisation Services, Wärtsilä Marine.

“Sustainable ammonia is one of the leading candidates in shipping’s search for alternative sustainable fuels, and the delivery of our new Wärtsilä 25 Ammonia solution will deliver the project’s overarching goal of enabling the transition to greener fuels in shipping.”

Related: Gas and Heat, RINA partner to develop fuel gas system for ammonia-fuelled bunker vessel


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Published: 4 June 2024

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Bunker Holding, 123Carbon and BV launch carbon insetting solution

Bunker Holding has concluded its first blockchain-powered carbon insetting operation in a new partnership with 123Carbon and Bureau Veritas.





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Marine fuel supplier Bunker Holding on Thursday (16 May) said it has concluded its first blockchain-powered carbon insetting operation in a new partnership with carbon insetting experts 123Carbon and Bureau Veritas.

This insetting partnership allows for the additional cost delivery of lower carbon, alternative marine fuels – such as sustainable biofuel – to be shared by carriers, freight forwarders, and cargo owners within the same value chain; allocated based on a globally accepted book and claim methodology.

“We’re excited to work with 123Carbon and Bureau Veritas, as we believe in complete transparency of how insets are created and transferred. Insetting is not new, but one concern within the maritime sector is under what circumstances alternative fuels are supplied, and who owns the emissions reductions,” said Tobias Troye, Head of Carbon Solutions at Bunker Holding.

By combining its alternative fuel supply expertise, its global access to low-carbon fuels and extensive carrier network with 123Carbon’s secure platform, Bunker Holding said it can offer carriers, freight forwarders, and cargo owners complete transparency and assurance regarding how their insets reduce maritime emissions.

“We are delighted that Bunker Holding not only uses our advanced platform for the issuance of the certificates, but has also chosen a fully branded solution to deliver the certificates in a secure environment to its customers,” said Jeroen van Heiningen, Managing Director of 123Carbon.

Working with 123Carbon’s blockchain-based insetting platform, and Bureau Veritas as third-party assurance partner to verify the fuel intervention and all related documentation, ensures that all insets are issued according to Smart Freight Centre’s Book & Claim methodology and 123Carbon’s assurance protocol.

To facilitate the intervention, Bunker Holding connected three different parties: the cargo owner, who wishes to reduce their scope 3 emissions and is willing to pay the “green premium”, the ship operator, to decarbonise its vessels through the use of biofuels, and the biofuel supplier, to deliver safe, high-quality low-carbon fuels. Due to the commitment from the cargo owner to purchase scope 3 insets, Bunker Holding was able to offer the biofuel at a more competitive cost to the ship operator, enabling the carrier to use biofuels instead of conventional fossil fuels.

“As a group, we are operationalising our decarbonisation strategy, and one key component has been to develop our alternative marine fuel supply capabilities, among others by securing fully certified biofuel availability in more than 100 ports around the world. The relative higher cost of alternative fuels may still prevent carriers to bunker it. However, carbon insetting helps bridge that gap, as it enables cost sharing and also sends an important demand signal to alternative fuel producers to scale up production,” said Valerie Ahrens, Senior Director of New Fuels and Carbon Markets at Bunker Holding.


Photo credit: Bunker Holding
Published: 21 May 2024

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