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VPS wins OSJ Annual Environment Award 2024 for Maress Summer Campaign

Campaign exemplifies collaborative excellence, engaging eight vessel owners and 133 vessels in a concerted effort that resulted in savings of an impressive 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, says VPS.

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VPS wins OSJ Annual Environment Award 2024 for Maress Summer Campaign

Marine fuels testing company VPS on Thursday (8 February) announced its victory in the prestigious OSJ Annual Environmental Award 2024, presented by Riviera Maritime Media Ltd and The Offshore Support Journal Community.

VPS said the award recognises its role in initiating and coordinating the Maress Summer Campaign.

“The Maress Summer Campaign exemplifies collaborative excellence, engaging eight vessel owners and 133 vessels in a concerted effort that resulted in savings of an impressive 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions,” it said in a statement.

“This remarkable feat underscores the commitment of vessel crews and the collective action taken by participating companies.”

Malcolm Cooper, VPS CEO, said: "The amount of savings achieved by the vessels in this campaign is just staggering and inspirational. My congratulations to everyone that participated. For us in VPS it is a key part of our strategy to help the industry decarbonise by leveraging the unique data access that we as a company have on maritime fuels and emissions.”

“All the vessels in this campaign are using our data-driven decarb software Maress, and creating collective action and results for our customers - such as in this campaign - is something that we will aspire to do more of.”

VPS said it was looking forward to the 2024 version of the Maress Summer Campaign and hoped that the number of participating vessels and total savings this year will be even larger than in the 2023 campaign. 

On 4 January, Manifold Times reported VPS announcing it was shortlisted for Annual Environmental Award 2024, which is part of the Offshore Support Journey 2024 Awards.

Related: VPS announces nomination for OSJ Annual Environmental Award 2024
Related: VPS bags Marine Fuel Testing and Inspection Excellence Award in Singapore
Related: VPS records 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emission cut from campaign with top OSV players
Related: VPS Decarbonisation to kickstart summer campaign to reduce shipping emissions

 

Photo credit: VPS
Published: 13 February, 2024

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Singapore: EPS takes delivery of LNG dual-fuel bulker “Mount Ossa”

Firm said said the last vessel in its series of six 210,000 dwt DF LNG Newcastlemaxes chartered to Rio Tinto, was successfully delivered by New Times Shipbuilding.

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Singapore: EPS takes delivery of LNG dual-fuel bulker “Mount Ossa”

Singapore-based shipping firm Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (24 July) said the last vessel in its series of six 210,000 dwt dual-fuel LNG Newcastlemaxes chartered to Rio Tinto, was successfully delivered.

The delivery of Mount Ossa marked the 21st vessel being delivered by New Times Shipbuilding to EPS.

“Despite global challenges, Rio Tinto and EPS have shown unparalleled resilience and a strong commitment to decarbonize shipping,” it said in a social media post.

“Over the past three years, these LNG-powered vessels have proven to be a sustainable choice, emitting 30% less than their conventional counterparts. We have successfully completed over 200 LNG bunkering operations, significantly reducing emissions across our fleet.”

“We celebrate our strong partnership with New Times Shipbuilding on this 21st milestone delivery to the EPS fleet, grateful to have 43 world-class vessels built and delivered, including those on order from New Times, which means we are only halfway through our esteemed collaboration.”

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 25 July 2024

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LNG Bunkering

Port Canaveral achieves first double LNG bunkering ops in North America

“Clean Canaveral” and “Clean Everglades” provided LNG bunker fuel to cruise ships “Disney Wish” and Royal Caribbean’s “Utopia of the Seas” respectively.

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Port Canaveral achieves first double LNG bunkering ops in North America

Two ATB tug-barges provided ship-to-ship LNG bunkering of two LNG-powered homeported cruise ships at Port Canaveral, a first for in North America, according to Canaveral Port Authority on Tuesday (23 July).

The sister vessels Clean Canaveral and Clean Everglades provided LNG bunker fuel to Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wish and Royal Caribbean's Utopia of the Seas respectively while each vessel was alongside their cruise terminals.

In a social media post, Canaveral Port Authority said JAX LNG, a joint venture between Pivotal LNG and Seaside LNG, was the fuel supplier.

“Port Canaveral made history in early 2021 as America's first cruise port capable of handling cleaner burning LNG fuel operations for cruise ships with the LNG bunkering for Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras,” the port authority said. 

 

Photo credit: Canaveral Port Authority
Published: 25 July 2024

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Wind-assisted

NYK installs wind-assisted ship propulsion system on bulker “NBA Magritte”

NYK Bulkship (Atlantic) installed two wind-assisted ship-propulsion units on Cargill-chartered bulk carrier on 8 July at the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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NYK installs wind-assisted ship propulsion system on bulker “NBA Magritte”

NYK Line on Tuesday (23 July) said NYK Bulkship (Atlantic) N.V. (NBAtlantic) has installed two wind-assisted ship-propulsion units on the bulk carrier NBA Magritte on 8 July at the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The bulk carrier is engaged in a long-term charter contract with Cargill (USA). 

“This is the first time a unit of this type has been installed on an NYK Group vessel,” NYK said on its website. 

Sitting on a 20-foot-long (approximately 6-metre) flat rack container with no walls, VentoFoil has a 16-metre vertical wing that acts as suction sail which expects about 5 times as much force compared to no-suction versions.

Features of VentoFoil

・VentoFoil creates propulsion with the pressure difference on both sides of the wing and is expected to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during vessel navigation.

・It takes in wind through its suction port and obtains greater propulsion by amplifying the pressure difference.

・The system can be easily activated and deactivated through a touch panel installed on the bridge, enabling operation without increasing the crew’s workload.

・It is smaller than similar wind equipment, making it easy to install and relocate.

・It can be folded in about 5 to 6 minutes, keeping it out of the way of cargo handling. (See video below.)

NBAtlantic will collect data on the propulsion generated by this equipment, as well as meteorological and ocean conditions during navigation, and measure the unit’s effectiveness in collaboration with Cargill International Inc. and NYK R&D subsidiary MTI Co., Ltd.

This initiative is part of NYK’s long-term target of net-zero emissions of GHGs by 2050 for the NYK Group's oceangoing businesses. The NYK Group will utilise the knowledge gained in this research and development to promote initiatives related to various energy-saving technologies, including the use of wind power.

 

Photo credit: NYK Line
Published: 24 July 2024

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