Connect with us

Alternative Fuels

Vitol, Peabody Energy, Arq to produce alternative bunker fuel

Develops low-cost mechanical process for blending micro-particle coal into as much as 25% of fuel oil.

Admin

Published

on

5b503934b0d67 1531984180

A new alternative bunker fuel is being developed by energy and commodities trading firm Vitol, coal mining firm Peabody Energy and London-based technology start-up Arq.

The trio entered an agreement on Wednesday to develop a low-cost mechanical process for treating coal as a micro-particle system to produce Arq Fuel that can be blended directly into oil products without the need for expensive liquefaction.

Vitol will blend Arq Fuel into fuel oil and crude oil and work to position the product as a low-cost blending component with specific customers by targeting consumers of fuel oil such as the shipping industry, while distributing the product globally.

The development saw Arq raise over $50 million of new equity at a valuation of over a half-billion dollars (US), including an initial investment of $10 million from each of Vitol and Peabody; the agreements envisage Vitol and Peabody investing further in Arq over the next three years.

“Arq fuels will be pure hydrocarbons – combining them with fuel or potentially with crude provides the opportunity for refiners and fuel customers alike to diversify into a new and cost-effective source of supply, whilst the production of Arq fuels also has a beneficial environmental impact,” said Mike Muller of Vitol.

“We are pleased to be able to exclusively offer our customers the option of accessing an innovative new fuel component which has the potential to materially improve their competitiveness.”

“It is an interesting technology with good potential. We’ll offer a range of solutions to help our customers comply with IMO 2020. There are many factors which will dictate which method of compliance is adopted,” Muller told Reuters in a report.

It noted Arq CEO Julian McIntyre indicating the new fuel will be able to help the shipping industry to cut costs.

He noted the new fuel will be produced and delivered at less than $10 a barrel of oil equivalent, and could take up for as much as 20 to 25% volume when blended into a barrel of fuel oil.

Photo credit: Peabody Energy
Published: 19 July, 2018

 

Continue Reading

Newbuilding

Singapore: EPS orders ammonia, LNG dual-fuel vessels from China

EPS signed one contract for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International.

Admin

Published

on

By

300

Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (28 February) said it signed two new contract orders in a signing ceremony in Shanghai, one for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International. 

The contracts signed cover four 210,000 dwt ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers and two 111,000 dwt LNG dual-fuel LR2 oil tankers, expanding our fleet of green vessels on water. 

“These are pivotal for EPS, testament to our continued commitment towards the decarbonisation of shipping,” EPS said in a social media post.

Manifold Times recently reported EPS signing 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.

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

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 1 March 2024

Continue Reading

LNG Bunkering

Malaysia: Port of Tanjung Pelepas completes first LNG bunkering operation

Landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs containership operated by French shipping giant CMA CGM.

Admin

Published

on

By

299

Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a joint venture between MMC Group and APM Terminals, on Wednesday (28 February) announced a significant milestone with the successful completion of its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operation. 

The landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity containership operated by French shipping giant, CMA CGM.

Tan Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Chairman of PTP in a statement remarked this latest milestone demonstrates PTP’s commitment to continuously enhance its competitive advantages in an increasingly competitive global market.

“The successful completion of our first LNG bunkering operation also underscores our unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership. We are proud to partner with Petronas Trading Corporation Sendirian Berhad (PETCO) and CMA CGM on this initiative and showcase PTP’s capabilities as a leading facilitator of clean and efficient maritime operations.”

“This milestone paves the way for further growth in LNG bunkering at PTP, contributing significantly to the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.”

Commenting on this achievement, Mark Hardiman, Chief Executive Officer of PTP stated this latest milestone further highlights PTP’s position as the largest transshipment hub terminal in Malaysia.

“In preparation for the LNG bunkering operation, PTP worked closely since March 2022 with PETCO and CMA CGM, as well as with various other related government agencies to organise table-top exercises (TTX) and workshops, before carrying out the deployment exercise.”

“The success of the bunkering operation is a result of the seamless collaboration and preparations involving rigorous safety procedures through in-depth operational and risk assessments, modelling, and validation. We thank PETCO, CMA CGM all other involved parties for their joint efforts in operationalising the bunkering capability and we welcome partners to work with us to accelerate maritime decarbonisation,” said Hardiman.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is Malaysia’s largest transshipment hub with the capacity to handle 13 million TEUs annually. The port delivers reliable, efficient, and advanced services to major shipping lines and box operators, providing shippers in Malaysia and abroad with extensive connectivity to the global market. PTP is currently ranked 15th among the world top container ports.

 

Photo credit: Port of Tanjung Pelepas
Published: 1 March 2024

Continue Reading

Alternative Fuels

Wallenius Wilhelmsen to order four additional methanol DF PCTCs

Newbuilds will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

Admin

Published

on

By

Wallenius Wilhelmsen PCTC order

Roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen on Tuesday (27 February) declared options to build four additional next-generation Shaper Class pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels.

The 9,300 CEU methanol dual fuel vessels can utilise alternative fuel sources, such as methanol, upon delivery. They will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

“Together with our customers we are committed to further shaping our industry and accelerating towards net zero. These new vessels are a vital part of that journey,” says Xavier Leroi, EVP & COO Shipping Services.

This latest commitment brings the total number of Shaper Class vessels currently on order with Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu) to eight. Wallenius Wilhelmsen also retains further options.

The first of the Shaper Class vessels already ordered are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2026. The four additional vessels under the declared options will be delivered between May and November 2027.

 

Photo credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Published: 1 March 2024

Continue Reading
Advertisement
  • Consort advertisement v2
  • Aderco advert 400x330 1
  • v4Helmsman Gif Banner 01
  • EMF banner 400x330 slogan
  • RE 05 Lighthouse GIF
  • SBF2

OUR INDUSTRY PARTNERS

  • Singfar advertisement final
  • Triton Bunkering advertisement v2
  • 102Meth Logo GIF copy
  • HL 2022 adv v1


  • MFA logo v2
  • metcore
  • Innospec logo v6
  • Kenoil
  • E Marine logo
  • pro liquid
  • Cathay Marine Fuel Oil Trading logo
  • CNC Logo Rev Manifold Times
  • Golden Island logo square
  • Uni Fuels logo advertisement white background
  • 400x330 v2 copy
  • Headway Manifold
  • VPS 2021 advertisement
  • Advert Shipping Manifold resized1

Trending