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'World's First' Zero Emission Marine Biofuel Test Successful

Le premier test au monde de biocarburants marins à zéro émission est un succès

2018-12-03

 

GoodFuels Marine, the world's first supplier of sustainable low carbon marine fuels, in conjunction with bulker and tanker owner and operator Norden A/S has successfully completed trials of the world's first zero emission, 'drop in' Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO)-equivalent marine biofuel - almost entirely reducing all carbon and sulphur emissions.

The culmination of three years extensive research and development with partners including Royal Dutch Boskalis and technology group Wärtsilä, GoodFuels' Bio-Fuel Oil (BFO) delivers near-zero carbon and Sulphur Oxide (SOx) emissions without any requirement for engine modifications. The trials - which saw hundreds of tonnes of 'drop in' BFO taken on board in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region - were conducted on the 37,000 dead weight tonne (dwt) Handysize product tanker vessel Nord Highlander as it ran in typical commercial operation in the North and Baltic Seas.

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Thailand turns to Torqeedo to create its first all-electric ferry

La Thaïlande se tourne vers Torqeedo pour créer son premier transbordeur entièrement électrique

2018-12-01

 

Thailand's first all-electric commuter ferry was recently placed into service by the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA), powered by Torqeedo. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha celebrated the launch, giving his symbolic approval to the city's efforts to ease congestion and improve air quality through investments in green transportation.

The Prime Minister commuted by sky train, subway and foot through Bangkok's crowded streets, before ending his mixed-mode commute with a trip aboard the emission-free passenger ferry.

The 47.5-ft fibreglass vessel was repowered by MariArt Shipyard, replacing the existing 205 hp diesel engine with twin Torqeedo Cruise 10 kW electric outboards, each with six lithium battery banks and two fast chargers. The 40-passenger vessel is part of a fleet of ferries operated by BMA's Enterprise Krungthep Thanakom Company and operates on a five-kilometre route daily between Hua Lampjong and Thewes Pier.

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Le traversier de la STQ Jos- Deschênes II est arrivé à Tadoussac.

STQ's Jos-Deschênes II has arrived in Tadoussac

2018-11-30

 

La Société des traversiers du Québec a annoncé le 30 novembre que le Nm Jos-Deschênes II, son plus récent navire, est arrivé à la traverse Tadoussac-Baie-Sainte-Catherine.

La période de rodage du navire commencera sous peu. À l'instar de son frère jumeau, le NM Armand-Imbeau II, la mise en service du NM Jos-Deschênes II sera graduelle. Si tout se déroule comme prévu, il devrait effectuer sa première traversée en service vers la fin de la semaine prochaine. Il pourrait être retiré du service à certains moments pendant la période de rodage, qui durera quelques semaines.

Le Armand-Imbeau II, qui est actuellement à Québec pour des ajustements, sera quant à lui de retour à Tadoussac dans quelques jours. Il est toujours prévu que les deux nouveaux navires soient officiellement en service au début de l'année 2019.

 

 

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Vancouver Fraser Port Authority completed shore power project

Achèvement du projet d'alimentation à quai de Administration portuaire Vancouver-Fraser

2018-11-30

 

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, joined Mr. Robin Silvester, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, at the Port of Vancouver to highlight the completion of a project supporting the Government of Canada's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and to embrace new technologies to improve Canadians' lives.

Through the Shore Power Technology for Ports program, the Government of Canada and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority have each contributed $3.5 million to the Centerm project, for a total investment of $7 million. The completed project reduces greenhouse gas emissions by enabling ships to shut down their diesel engines and connect to an electrical grid supplied by renewable energy sources.

For each large ship at berth for 60 hours, over 95 tonnes of air pollutants and greenhouse emissions will be eliminated from the port through the shore power facility. This amounts to taking 20 cars off the road for one year.
By providing ship operators with an alternative to running diesel auxiliary engines while docked, shore power technology also reduces noise associated with running engines, decreases ship owners' fuel costs, and increases the competitiveness of Canadian ports.

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Island Tug and Barge's new ATB push tug enters service in British Columbia

2018-11-28

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

Island Tug and Barge Ltd, (ITB) West Coast's largest bulk transporter of refined petroleum products, informed that its new ATB push tug the Island Raider has entered service on November 22 pushing the double hulled refined petroleum products barge, ITB Resolution.

The Island Raider is the first of two, twin Z-drive, ATB push tugs for service on the West Coast of North America. Constructed at ITB's Annacis Island Shipyard on the Fraser River, the Island Raider is connected by an articulating pin system to the ITB Resolution which was retrofitted with pin ladders and stern extensions for connecting to the new tug.

According to Robert Allen who designed the tug, ITB had a well-defined statement of requirements for the tug and a clear vision of the desired layout and accordingly the design was developed in close collaboration with ITB.

Partway through construction, ITB was acquired by Vancouver, Washington, based Tidewater Transportation and Terminals, with completion of the vessel falling under the direction of Tidewater's engineering department.

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