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World’s first zero-emissions, lightweight Ro-Pax ferry to use Zinus shore power solution

Battery modules and energy storage system on board are four times larger than those on any other electric or hybrid ship currently in operation.

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Autonomous shore power solutions manufacturer Zinus on Thursday (21 December) said it has won a contract to supply its Autonomous Charging Solution to the world’s first zero-emissions, lightweight Ro-Pax ferry.

The project is led by Incat Tasmania and commissioned by their South American customer, Buquebús.

The fully electric ferry has an overall length of 130 meters, making it the largest vessel of its kind. The battery modules and energy storage system on board are four times larger than those on any other electric or hybrid ship currently in operation.

The ferry will operate between Argentina and Uruguay, providing efficient and eco-friendly transportation services to as many as 2,100 passengers and 225 vehicles.

Zinus will be supplying their innovative Autonomous Charging Solution, which includes the SWC200 Onboard Unit and ZPP800 Charging Tower Solution. This technology will allow the vessel to connect seamlessly to the shore and charge its batteries efficiently.

“The significance of this project cannot be overstated,” said Ronny Olson, Sales Manager at Zinus.

“This Ro-Pax ferry represents a giant leap towards decarbonized maritime operations. We are thrilled to contribute our innovative charging solution to this groundbreaking initiative.”

Photo credit: Zinus
Published: 27 December 2023

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Steel cutting begins on Fratelli Cosulich methanol dual-fuel bunker tanker

Ceremony was held at Taizhou Maple Leaf Shipbuilding for the 7,990 dwt IMO Type II chemical vessel that will operate in Singapore; vessel will be able to carry both green methanol and biofuels.

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Steel cutting begins on Fratelli Cosulich methanol dual-fuel bunker tanker

Genoa-based international shipping and logistics company Fratelli Cosulich Group on Friday (19 July) said a steel cutting ceremony was held at Taizhou Maple Leaf Shipbuilding for its methanol dual-fuelled bunker tanker.

The 7,990 dwt IMO Type II chemical vessel has a capacity of over 8,000 m3 and will be able to carry both green methanol and biofuels. It will be equipped with three MAN GenSets designed for running on methanol.

The four-stroke engines will be part of a diesel-electric propulsion system, while an onboard battery storage system will optimize fuel consumption and reduce GHG emissions.

The vessel is scheduled for delivery during the last quarter of 2025 and will be located at the Port of Singapore under a contract with global commodities trader Trafigura.

“With the steel cutting of this state of the art bunkering vessel, we mark an additional important step in our Group’s journey to decarbonization”, said Guido Cardullo, Head of Marine Energy.

Manifold Times previously reported Fratelli Cosulich placing an order for its first methanol dual-fuelled chemical bunker tanker on 15 December which will operate in Singapore.

It will be deployed to deliver marine fuels for TFG Marine, Trafigura’s international marine fuel supply and procurement joint venture with shipowning companies Frontline Ltd and Golden Ocean Group Ltd.

Fratelli Cosulich Bunkers Singapore will oversee the technical management and operations of the vessel for TFG Marine. 

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Photo credit: Fratelli Cosulich
Published: 22 July 2024

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LNG Bunkering

Peninsula completes LNG bunkering op of “Thor Highway” in Gibraltar

Peninsula’s LNG bunker vessel “Levante LNG” successfully carried out the operation to deliver fuel to the car carrier, which is a newly built vessel chartered by “K” LINE.

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Peninsula completes LNG bunkering op of “Thor Highway” in Gibraltar

Marine fuel supplier Peninsula on Wednesday (17 July) announced the successful LNG bunkering of the car carrier Thor Highway by Peninsula’s LNG bunker vessel Levante LNG

The supply operation was carried out for its customer “K” LINE in Gibraltar.

The Thor Highway, operated by “K” LINE, is a newly built LNG dual-fuelled car carrier chartered by the company and was delivered this year. 

The vessel is part of “K” LINE’s continued commitment to lower carbon shipping solutions. Peninsula’s Tokyo office was integral in facilitating this deal through the strong relationship built with “K” LINE locally.

The smooth delivery also highlights Gibraltar and its Port Authority’s ambition in making their Port a key hub for LNG bunkering in the Mediterranean.

Peninsula’s Head of Sustainability and Alternative Fuels, Nacho de Miguel, said: “The LNG powered vessel order book is looking very healthy over the coming years. This further validates our decision to develop LNG bunkering solutions in the early stages of the marine fuel transition.

“Due to the ever-growing experience in supplies undertaken by our Alternative Fuels, Physical and Reselling desks, we are constantly increasing our ability to better service our customers. “K” LINE’s trust in Peninsula for supplying the Thor Highway is a testament to our growing presence in the LNG space and our ability to service customers from across the globe.”

Related: Peninsula sees ‘uplift’ interest in LNG bunker fuel among customers

 

Photo credit: Peninsula
Published: 18 July 2024

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Singapore-based X-Press Feeders launches Europe’s first green methanol feeder network

Industry milestone coincided with naming and christening ceremony in Rotterdam of X- Press Feeders’ first dual-fuel methanol-powered vessel, “Eco-Maestro”.

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Singapore-based X-Press Feeders launches Europe’s first green methanol feeder network

Singapore-based global maritime container shipping company X-Press Feeders on Tuesday (9 July) launched Europe’s first scheduled feeder network in which the vessels are powered by green methanol.

The firm said the industry milestone coincided with the naming and christening ceremony in Rotterdam of X- Press Feeders’ first dual-fuel methanol-powered vessel.

The newly christened vessel, named Eco-Maestro, is the first of 14 dual-fuel vessels X-Press Feeders has on order. X-Press Feeders plans to deploy these vessels mostly on routes in Europe, creating Europe’s first feeder network powered by green methanol.

The company recently celebrated the first simultaneous methanol bunkering and cargo operation (SIMOPS) of the 1,200 TEU capacity Eco Maestro in Singapore on 27 May; the containership is the first in a series of 14 newbuildings ordered from Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holdings and New Dayang shipyard.

The initiative coincides with the EU’s implementation this year of an emissions trading scheme (ETS) for maritime shipping, creating an impetus for shippers to use more sustainable shipping channels. Fuel EU Maritime regulations starting in January 2025 will also mandate the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensity on energy used on board ships.

Newly christened vessel, named Eco-Maestro, is the first of 14 dual-fuel vessels X-Press Feeders has on order.

Newly christened vessel, named Eco-Maestro, is the first of 14 dual-fuel vessels X-Press Feeders has on order.

X-Press Feeders first methanol-powered feeder network offers services:

  • Green Finland X-PRESS (GFX): Rotterdam > Antwerp Bruges > Helsinki > Tallinn > HaminaKotka > Rotterdam
  • Green Baltic X-PRESS (GBX): Rotterdam > Antwerp Bruges > Klaipeda > Riga > Rotterdam

The firm said green bio-methanol is a more sustainable fuel because it is a renewable energy source produced from the decomposition of organic matter, such as waste and residues.

X-Press Feeders is using green methanol that is independently certified in Europe under ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification).

The company chose the Port of Rotterdam as the base for Europe’s first feeder network powered by green methanol because Rotterdam is Europe’s largest port and is fully equipped to handle green methanol refuelling.

The milestone is also the result of the collaboration between X-Press Feeders and several other key partners, such as the ports of: Antwerp Bruges, HaminaKotka, Helsinki, Klaipeda, Riga, and Tallinn.

These partnerships are crucial in supporting the methanol-powered feeder network and ensuring seamless, sustainable logistics across the region.

“Today marks a significant milestone in sustainable shipping in Europe because companies here now have a regular scheduled network that can ship goods in a way that has less impact on the environment, helping companies to better achieve their sustainability goals,” said X-Press Feeders Chief Operating Officer, Francis Goh.

“X-Press Feeders chose northern Europe for the first routes in the network because we found that customers in this part of Europe were most receptive to our plans for sustainable shipping,” he said.

“We plan to steadily expand the green network across Europe as we take delivery of our dual-fuel vessels,” he added. Eco Maestro is the first to join the network while the second dual-fuel vessel will join by Q3 2024.

“X-Press Feeders is committed to playing a vital role in decarbonizing the maritime industry and being at the forefront of innovation and sustainability,” he added.

Related: First SIMOPS methanol bunkering operation completed in Singapore
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Related: Singapore-based X-Press Feeders takes delivery of methanol dual-fuel vessel
Related: Interview: Methanol marine fuel ‘favourable at the moment’ with X-Press Feeders, says COO

 

Photo credit: X-Press Feeders
Published: 10 July, 2024

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