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Selected Headlines on Alternative Fuels & Technologies 2023


BY INTERCARGO – December 2023



Oldendorff and Teck to fit bulker with rotor sails as part of decarbonization push

German bulk operator Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co. KG has entered into an agreement with Canada’s mining major Teck Resources Limited to use wind propulsion to reduce CO2 emissions in Teck’s supply chain. (Off-shore energy: click here)

MOL bolsters fleet with 5 LNG-fueled Capesize bulker newbuilds

Japanese shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) is expanding its fleet with five additional newbuilding LNG dual-fueled Capesize bulkers. (Off-shore energy: click here)

K Line’s new bulker to become world’s largest ship using only green steel

Japanese s company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has decided to employ JGreeX, the green steel product manufactured by JFE Steel Corporation, for one of its newbuild bulkers. (Off-shore energy: click here)

MAN ES ‘experiencing a wave of ME-LGIM orders’

Japan’s Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Co. has ordered three MAN B&W 7G50ME-C9.6-LGIM (-Liquid Gas Injection Methanol) main engines for three 81,200 DWT bulker carriers to be constructed for Danish shipping company, J. Lauritzen. (Ship Energy: click here)

World’s first fully electric battery vessel to revolutionize maritime sustainability

The CSL Group (CSL), announced a 20-year strategic partnership with Adelaide Brighton Cement Ltd. (Adbri) to build and operate the world’s first fully electric battery capable self-unloading vessel. (safety4sea: click here)

H-Line takes delivery of second 210K LNG dual-fuel bulker

CSSC Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), has delivered a 210,000 dwt LNG dual-fuel bulk carrier to South Korea’s shipping company H-Line Shipping. (Off-shore energy: click here)

NYK plots 2028 launch for green shipping corridor from Chile

Project aims to haul Chilean copper to the Far East in ammonia dual-fuel bulkers. (Tradewinds : click here)



Wärtsilä adds four new variants to broaden methanol engine portfolio

Wärtsilä has announced plans to introduce another four methanol engines to its portfolio, with the first deliveries of the new engines expected from 2025. (Motorship: click here)

Maersk signs MoU with City of Yokohama and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical on development of green methanol bunkering infrastructure

A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the City of Yokohama and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) focused on the development of green methanol bunkering infrastructure in Yokohama. (Green car congress: click here)

First methanol bunker vessel for Singapore handed over

The first dedicated methanol bunkering tanker that will operate in the port of Singapore has been handed to Stellar Shipmanagement Services Pte Ltd. (Motorship: click here)

COSCO to retrofit four vessels to dual-fuel methanol operation

COSCO Heavy Industry Shanghai Co. Ltd. has signed a contract with MAN Energy Solutions for the methanol retrofit of four main engines from COSCO Line’s ‘Camellia’ and ‘Virgo’ -class vessels—13,800 and 20,000 teu respectively. (Green car congress: click here)



Maersk Tankers confirms order for 10 giant ammonia carriers

Danish pool operator says newbuildings could go out on time charter after delivery from late 2026. (Tradewinds: click here)

MAN ES: World’s 1st SCR for ammonia engine tested

MAN Energy Solutions, in collaboration with Germany-based stainless-steel processor BUTTING, has revealed that the world’s first selective catalytic reduction (SCR) converter intended for an ammonia engine has passed its factory acceptance test. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Adnoc buys OCI out of green ammonia venture Fertigobe in $3.6bn deal

Abu Dhabi oil company takes majority control of sustainability pioneer. (Tradewinds: click here)



CMB.TECH Leads Effort to Build Four Hydrogen-Powered Shortsea Cargo Vessels

CMB.TECH and in a partnership with Belgian shipowner and operators of shortsea vessels Boeckmans, the Saverys will build four hydrogen-powered vessels. (maritime-executive: click here)

Global hydrogen project pipeline grows by 35% to $570B since January 2023

The global hydrogen economy is growing despite global headwinds resulting from rising interest rates and constrained supply chains, according to an analysis of more than 1,400 large hydrogen projects published by the Hydrogen Council. (Green car congress: click here)



Boosting biofuel products in Rotterdam

Impala Terminals is to buy the beleaguered HES Hartel Tank Terminal at the Port of Rotterdam. (Ports Strategy: click here)

US lawmakers propose biofuel bunkering subsidy

The bipartisan act aims to boost demand for biofuels in the US by expanding subsidies to the maritime sector. (Lloyds list: click here)

NYK charts course for full-scale biofuel trials in 2024

Starting in fiscal 2024, Japanese shipping company NYK plans to launch full-scale trials of the long-term use of biofuels in navigating its existing heavy oil-fired vessels. (Off-shore energy: click here)



Onboard carbon capture just a temporary measure, MAN says

German engine designer estimates onboard carbon capture will be costly for shipping even excluding storage and offloading costs. (Lloyds List: click here)

Americas: Crowley to Trial Carbon Ridge’s CCA solutions onboard Boxship

A pilot project to reduce emissions impacts using Crowley’s Storm containership. (Bunkerspot: click here)



World’s first’ 700 TEU pure battery-powered containerships are here

China’s shipping company COSCO Shipping Development has taken delivery of two 700 TEU electric containerships built by COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry (Yangzhou), part of COSCO Shipping Group. (Off-shore energy: click here)

New saltwater battery could ‘revolutionise’ green energy storage: Statkraft

Start-up Aquabattery gets backing of Norwegian power giant for novel long-duration system. (Recharge news: click here)

Stolt Tankers eyes 5-7% fuel savings from graphene coating

Tanker operator Stolt Tankers said that it has become the first shipping company in the world to apply graphene coating technology to the hull of one of its chemical tankers, Stolt Lotus. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Yale-based start-up converts captured CO2 into methanol

Yale-based start-up Oxylus Energy has converted captured carbon dioxide (CO2) into methanol using an electrolyzer at room temperature and pressure at a production-level scale. (Off-shore energy: click here)

LR, Zodiac, HD KSOE and KEPCO E&C ink nuclear propulsion JDP

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has joined forces with Zodiac Maritime, HD KSOE and KEPCO E&C in a joint development project for the research and development of nuclear-propelled ship designs, including bulk carriers and containerships, with the parties signing a MOU at Korea’s HD Hyundai Global R&D Center. (Ship Management: click here)

China reveals molten-salt nuclear reactor-driven 24,000-TEU box ship design

China State Shipbuilding Corporation’s (CSSC) Jiangnan Shipyards has unveiled the box ship design at the Marintec China maritime exhibition in Shanghai. (Riviera news: click here)



Report: Green Shipping Corridor Initiatives Doubled in 2023

Green shipping corridors are emerging as one of the promising approaches to accelerate climate action in shipping. (maritime-executive: click here)

COP28 agrees on the UAE Consensus to phase out fossil fuels

The COP28 summit concluded on 12th of December in Dubai, reaching -after a prolonged debate and much controversy- the UAE Consensus that plans to phase out fossil fuels. (safety4sea: click here)

Sea Cargo Charter expands its scope to include ship owners

The Sea Cargo Charter (SCC) is to revise its reporting framework, aligning its trajectory with IMO’s 2023 greenhouse gas (GHG) strategy and expanding its current scope to include ship owners. (safety4sea: click here)

Maersk to pour half a billion dollars into Southeast Asia infrastructure

Danish shipping giant A.P. Møller–Maersk has revealed its plans to invest more than $500 million to expand its supply chain infrastructure in Southeast Asia. (Off-shore energy: click here)

MOL to issue world’s first blue bonds in shipping

Japanese shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has decided to issue blue bonds through a public offering in Japan’s domestic market in January 2024. (Off-shore energy: click here)

BIMCO adopts four ETS clauses

BIMCO’s Documentary Committee has adopted a new Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) Allowances Clause for BIMCO’s ship management agreement, SHIPMAN, and three ETS clauses for Voyage Charter Parties. (Ship Energy: click here)

November 2023


BY INTERCARGO – November 2023



 KCC to equip new ship quartet with Silvestream’s air lubrication tech

It is expected the Silverstream solution will reduce emissions by an average of 5-7% on KCC’s vessels  (Off-shore energy: click here)

Vale to retrofit 35m Rotor Sails on board VLOC

Brazilian mining company, Vale, has announced a deal to install 35-metre Rotor Sails on board a 400,000 dwt very large ore carrier (VLOC). (Motorship: click here)

Wartsila reveals first ammonia four-stroke engine along with initial customer

Viridis Bulk Carriers signs up as pilot to take on pioneering engines (Tradewinds: click here)



First dual-fuel methanol-burning VLCC order confirmed

China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES), the Shanghai-listed shipping giant and daughter company of China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI), has ordered the world’s first methanol-fuelled very large crude carrier (VLCC). (Motorship: click here)

Dual-fuel methanol MAN 175D wil be available by end of 2026

MAN Energy Solutions states that the 175DF-M will be optimized for diesel-mechanical and diesel-electric propulsion to achieve the largest methanol share and best efficiency for various applications and load profiles. (Green car congress: click here)

MAN Adds SCR Options For ME-LGIM Engines For Tier III Compliance

Methanol dual-fuel two-stroke engines of the ME-LGIM series will now be offered with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology. (Motorship: click here)

Space saving concept for methanol-fuelled vessels developed

Lloyd’s Register (LR), in collaboration with SDC Ship Design and Consult, has developed a new concept for the use of ballast water tanks in place of cofferdams around methanol tanks, allowing ship operators more space for methanol fuel technology. (Motorship: click here)

European Energy and Petrobras explore partnership for e-methanol facility in Brazil

An agreement has been signed between European Energy and Petrobras to evaluate potential opportunities for the installation of an e-methanol production facility in Brazil. (safety4sea: click here)

Wärtsilä receives CCS’ type approval for methanol engine

China Classification Society (CCS) has issued a type approval certificate for methanol engine developed by Finnish technology group Wärtsilä. (Off-shore energy: click here)

NYK, CODELCO developing zero CO2 ammonia-powered handymax bulker

This vessel will be the first of a fleet of 10 to 15 vessels dedicated to the transport of copper products that NBP will operate from Chile to Asia. (Splash247: click here)

CMA CGM eyes switch to LNG from methanol for dual-fuel container ship newbuildings

Shipowners are considering the costs and availability of green alternative fuels. (Tradewinds: click here)



World’s first ammonia-powered boxship set to deliver in 2026

Yara Clean Ammonia, part of Norwegian ammonia and fertilizer manufacturer Yara, and fellow liner operator North Sea Container Line have joined forces to deliver the world’s first containership that will use pure ammonia as fuel. (Splash247: click here)

Pilbara potential for ammonia as clean iron ore carriers fuel

A groundbreaking feasibility study has highlighted the potential for using clean ammonia to refuel ships, particularly iron ore carriers, visiting the Pilbara region of Western Australia. (Ibj: click here)



LR awards Type Approval to BeHydro for its hydrogen dual-fuel engine

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has awarded Type Approval to BeHydro, a joint venture between CMB.TECH and Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC), for its hydrogen-powered dual-fuel engine. (Green car congress: click here)

World’s first newbuild hydrogen-powered inland shipping vessel now in operation

The Antoine, ordered at Concordia Damen by Dutch owner Lenten Scheepvaart, has been put into operation following successful sea trials. (Splash247: click here)

HiMSEN confirms 2025 pure-hydrogen engine launch plans

HD Hyundai Heavy Industries Engine & Machinery Division (HHI-EMD) has announced that it plans to commercialise a pure-gas four-stroke hydrogen-fuelled marine engine concept and that it anticipates a 2025 market launch for the engine. (Motorship: click here)



Oldendorff study flags up degradation issues with biofuel blends

Oldendorff Carriers has reported that a study that it has been working on with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has indicated that ‘low-level’ fuel degradation was observed in biofuel blend samples after one month of storage and microbial contamination ‘increased over time’. (Ship Energy: click here)

Neste partners with PTL Marine to supply renewable diesel to marine customers across California

Neste now has an annual production capacity of 1.14 billion gallons (3.3 million tons) of renewable products globally.(Green car congress: click here)



Occidental and BlackRock form JV to develop world’s largest direct air capture plant; $550M investment, 500,000 tonnes of CO2 per year

Construction activities for STRATOS are approximately 30% complete and the facility is expected to be commercially operational in mid-2025. (Green car congress: click here)

Milestone Dutch carbon capture project

Allseas has been selected to play a key role in a carbon capture and storage project in the Port of Rotterdam, the first development of its kind in the Netherlands. (Ports Strategy: click here)

KR awards AiP to Hanwha Ocean’s Onboard CO2 Capture System

KR, in collaboration with the Marshall Islands Registry, is pleased to announce the granting of an Approval in Principle (AiP) for an Onboard CO2 Capture System (OCCS) developed by Hanwha Ocean. (Ship Management: click here)

IEA warns of carbon capture pitfall

Oil and gas industry warned carbon capture and storage is not a way to retain the status quo. (Lloyd’s List Intelligence: click here)

Onboard carbon capture just a temporary measure, MAN says

German engine designer estimates onboard carbon capture will be costly for shipping even excluding storage and offloading costs. MAN found two-stroke ammonia engines would offer the highest emission reductions for the cost, followed by two-stroke methanol engines. (Lloyd’s List Intelligence: click here)

Huge increase in planned carbon capture projects as shipping rushes to respond topotential demand

There has been a 57% increase in the capacity of planned carbon capture and storage projects, according to a new report, bringing the total operational and planned storage capacity to well over 300m tonnes per annum, compared to under 200 mtpa a year ago. (Tradewinds: click here)



Ten energy storage technologies that want to change the world

As COP28 calls for a tripling of renewable energy, storage technologies beyond the lithium-ion battery will play key roles. Recharge rounds up 10 of the most innovative recently in the headlines. (Recharge: click here)

Wärtsilä introduces new 31DF ultra low emission variant

A new ultra low emission version of Wärtsilä’s 310-bore dual-fuel engine claims to reduce methane slip by up to 41% compared with the previous Wärtsilä 31DF engine. (Motorship: click here)

Singapore welcomes first fully electric cargo vessel

18-m Hydromover was developed for Yinson GreenTech’s (YGT) marinEV brand, features swappable batteries and is capable of carrying up to 25 tonnes of cargo. (Riviera news: click here)

Japan celebrates delivery of a liquefied CO2 carrier

The 1,450 cu m ship is 72 m long. It will be used to verify the techniques for transporting and handling liquefied CO2 in tanks under different transport conditions, with the aim of establishing optimal CO2 marine transport technology in terms of the environment, safety, and economic efficiency. (Splash247: click here)

New MAN project aims to reduce four-stroke methane slip significantly; IMOKAT II oxidation-catalyst

MAN Energy Solutions is developing an oxidation catalyst for four-stroke engines that will significantly reduce methane slip. (Green car congress: click here)

Prototype nuclear reactor for ports

A maritime nuclear power specialist has raised US$100 million to help build a prototype proof-of-concept reactor for ports. (Ports Strategy: click here)

WinGD debuts VCR technology on NYK Line newbuilds

WinGD has announced that the first commercial installations of its new variable compression ratio (VCR) technology will be carried out on two new dual-fuel LNG powered vessels being built for NYK Line. (Motorship: click here)

Wind propulsion leasing offer launched

Finnish wind propulsion specialist Norsepower has teamed with Japanese shipowner Iino Kaiun Kaisha and compatriot Mizuho Leasing to launch a leasing initiative for the Scandinavian firm’s increasingly popular Rotor Sail. (Splash247: click here)



Woodrow: ESG concerns drive 60% of investors to consider divestment from maritime sector

The study offers insights into how ESG considerations are impacting decisions in capital markets. (safety4sea: click here)

RWE to spend $60bn on 30GW of new green projects by 2030

German energy giant to boost offshore and onshore wind, solar, storage and hydrogen capacities as part of updated strategic plan that is slated to bring overall ‘green’ capacity to 65GW. (Recharge: click here)

South Korea Will Invest $534M to Advance Next-Generation Shipbuilding

The plan calls for an investment of $534 million over five years focusing on furthering the efforts in new technologies and alternative fuels as well as enhancing the manufacturing capabilities. (maritime-executive: click here)

Tool developed to help shipping stakeholders identify best ports for sustainable first mover initiatives

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Lloyd’s Register (LR) Maritime Decarbonisation Hub, in collaboration with Arup, have introduced the Sustainable First Movers Initiative Identification Tool, a system to help shipping stakeholders align investment decisions that support the maritime energy transition away from fossil fuels. (Splash247: click here)

ExxonMobil: We have the tools to bend the curve on methane emissions

ExxonMobil’s Chief Environmental Scientist Matt Kolesar says that the energy giant has ‘the tools – the skills, the size, the intellectual and financial resources – to bend the curve on [methane] emissions’. (Ship Energy: click here)

UNCTAD: A levy on fuels or a carbon price vital to support the green transition

UNCTAD published a new policy brief focusing on the twenty-eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change provides an opportunity to assess progress in decarbonization efforts in the shipping sector and adds further momentum to carbon reduction actions. (safety4sea: click here)

October 2023


  BY INTERCARGO – October 2023



ABS and AL Group to Study Ultramax Bulker Methanol Fuel Conversion

ABS and Asiatic Lloyd Maritime LLP, member of the AL Group, have signed a joint development project (JDP) to study the feasibility of converting the fuel system of an ultramax bulk carrier, from conventional diesel to methanol. (Nafsgreen: click here)

Grieg Star invests in dry cargo ships prepared for ammonia use

Grieg Star is preparing to tackle the green energy transition by making its newbuilding ships ready to adopt ammonia. (Riviera news: click here)

 Safe Bulkers breaks into dual-fuel methanol with firm kamsarmax orders

US-listed owner steps up its bulker newbuilding campaign by booking its first dual-fuel vessels. (Tradewinds: click here)

 Berge Bulk unveils the world’s most powerful sailing cargo ship

James   Marshall-led Berge Bulk has shown off its retrofitted newcastlemax bulker, Berge Olympus, which now houses four BARTech WindWings by Yara Marine Technologies. (Splash247: click here)

Pacific Basin expects limited dual-fuel methanol bulker orders for 2024

Hong Kong-based dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin anticipates limited orders for dual-fuel methanol-enabled mid-size dry bulk vessels in 2024. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Bulk carriers and containerships moving at slowest speeds on record this year

Two of the main shipping segments which have disappointed the most earnings-wise this year have resorted to slowing their ships down considerably this year. (Splash247: click here)

LR JDP with NACKS yields efficient MeOH-ready bulker design

A Joint Development Project between Lloyd’s Register (LR), Cargill International, Minerva Dry Inc. and Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co Ltd (NACKS) has culminated in a highly efficient methanol-ready bulk carrier design. (Motorship: click here)



thyssenkrupp Uhde to supply a green methanol and methanol-to-gasoline demo plant for ENOWA in Saudi Arabia

The plant will produce 12 tons of methanol and 35 barrels of gasoline per day. (Green car congress: click here)

MOL, HY2GEN Deutschland sign e-methanol bunker deal

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with HY2GEN Deutschland GmbH regarding the use of e-methanol. (safety4sea: click here)

Wallenius Wilhelmsen confirms 4+8 MeOH-fuelled PCTC order

Wallenius Wilhelmsen has confirmed the order for four 9,300 car equivalent unit (ceu) vessels from Jinling Shipyard in China. (Motorship: click here)

China presents country’s first marine methanol fuel bunkering standards

China Petroleum Circulation Association (CPCA) and the China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association (CIQA) have officially released China’s first group standards for methanol refuelling operations and quality control. (Off-shore energy: click here)

VPS experience of methanol as a marine fuel

As the number of vessels operating on methanol as a fuel has steadily increased in recent years, VPS has deepened its experience of methanol as a marine fuel.  (Motorship: click here)

JP Morgan confirms deal for methanol-powered chemical tankers

J.P. Morgan Global Alternative’s Global Transportation Group (JPMGTG) has confirmed a deal for the construction of two dual-fuel methanol chemical IMOII medium-range (MR) newbuilds. (Off-shore energy: click here)

CMES books methanol gensets for newbuilds

A new pair of car carriers for China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) will sport methanol generator sets. (Riviera news: click here)

Tsuneishi wins landmark order for methanol-fuelled boxships

Japan’s Tsuneishi Shipbuilding is expanding its project portfolio of methanol-powered ships with its first containership order. (Splash247: click here)

Chinese shipyard Zhoushan Xinya to convert Maersk’s first containership to using methanol as fuel

Maersk Halifax is part of the 11-ship fleet to be converted in a joint project between Maersk and engine maker MAN. (Lloyd’s List Intelligence: click here)

Unifeeder invests in four new methanol powered vessels

Unifeeder Group has signed a long-term time-charter agreement for two new methanol-capable container feeder vessels and has an option for additional two similar vessels. (Ship Management: click here)

LR awards AiP for space-efficient methanol storage solution

The solution limits the space penalties associated with retrofitting existing vessels’ fuel tanks for operation on methanol by avoiding the requirement for cofferdams. (Motorship: click here)

Methanol Orderbook Grows with Landmark Deals in Japan and China

The recent batches of smaller vessels join the approximately 150 methanol-fueled containerships scheduled to be delivered in the next five years. (maritime-executive: click here)



Lloyd’s Register AiP a first for two-stroke ammonia engine

Swiss engine maker WinGD has secured the first approval in principle (AiP) for a two-stroke engines fuelled with ammonia, giving shipowners a boost in the search for a viable new-generation technology. (Riviera news: click here)

EMSA: Potential of Ammonia as Fuel in Shipping [updated]

This study has identified the key challenges for adopting ammonia as fuel.  (EMSA: click here)



ClassNK awards world’s first AiP for H2-fuelled 2-stroke vessel design

ClassNK has issued an Approval in Principle (AiP) for a hydrogen-fuelled multi-purpose vessel using Japan Engine’s large low-speed two-stroke hydrogen-fuelled engine as a main mover. (Motorship: click here)

The US hydrogen hubs – where is shipping?

The US government has moved forward this month on its Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs Program but, as Mark William points out, the shipping industry is conspicuously absent from funding plans. (Ship Energy: click here)

CMB.TECH wins first orders for marine DF hydrogen-fuelled genset

CMB.TECH, the Belgium-based engine developer, has announced that it has received the first order for the world’s first dual-fuel hydrogen gensets for marine applications. (Motorship: click here)

MOL lands first AiP for low-speed, two-stroke, hydrogen-fuelled main engine

A consortium of Japanese firms led by Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and backed by the Japanese government is aiming to install a hydrogen-fuelled engine on an MOL bulker by 2026, with demonstrations from 2027. (Riviera news: click here)



Biofuel now in 80 ports globally

Marine fuel supplier, Bunker Holding, is now supplying biofuel in more than 80 ports around the world.(Ports Strategy: click here)

EMSA: Update on Potential of Biofuels for Shipping 

This report provides an update on a previous study developed by EMSA on biofuels, examining the full range of biofuels, both liquid and gaseous, from the perspective of current production capacity, storage-and-distribution infrastructure and power-generation technologies.(EMSA: click here)



Trio of shipboard carbon capture technologies readied for launch

Shipowners looking to retrofit onboard carbon capture technology to reduce their CO2 emissions will have a choice of three different types of systems from Italian environmental engineering company Ecospray. (Riviera news: click here)

Carbon Clean and Samsung Engineering forge alliance on onboard carbon capture solutions

London-based carbon capture company Carbon Clean has joined forces with Korean construction and project management company Samsung Engineering Co. (SECL) to explore opportunities for onboard carbon capture solutions projects. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Aramco, ENOWA to develop e-fuel demonstration plant

Aramco and ENOWA, have signed a joint development agreement to construct and establish a first-of-its-kind synthetic electro fuel (e-fuel) demonstration plant. (safety4sea: click here)



Odfjell plans methane-fuelled SOFC retrofit trial on chemical tanker

Norwegian shipowner Odfjell and classification society DNV have announced plans to collaborate on the installation of a small-size solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) on board a chemical tanker by the end of 2024. (Motorship: click here)

Material Choice for Alternative Fuel Containment Systems

Various aspects of fuel storage system sand their impact on transitioning to alternative fuels to meet decarbonization needs in the shipping industry. (KR: click here)

Louis Dreyfus Armateurs to build three wind-assisted RoRos for Airbus

European aerospace giant Airbus has selected French maritime firm Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) to renew its fleet of chartered vessels with three low-emission roll-on /roll-off vessels supported by wind-assisted propulsion. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Molten-salt nuclear reactor development begins operational testing phase

Nuclear use for vessels took another step towards commercial reality this week with the beginning of pumped-salt operations in the integrated effects test (IET) – part of the development of molten salt reactor (MSR) technology for maritime applications. (Riviera news: click here)

thyssenkrupp, Wilhelmsen partner on 3D printing for shipping industry

German company thyssenkrupp and Norwegian maritime group Wilhelmsen have founded a joint venture, Pelagus 3D, which will offer spare parts for the maritime industry worldwide via a digital platform and 3D printing. (Off-shore energy: click here)



CE Delft: It is achievable to reduce shipping emissions 28 to 47% by 2030

According to a new CE Delft study, the global shipping industry can cut emissions by nearly half by the end of the decade. (safety4sea: click here)

BIMCO adopts new CII clause for Voyage Charter Parties

To support the industry, BIMCO has developed a new CII Clause for Voyage Charter Parties. (Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide: click here)

Port of Rotterdam backs ZEMBA with incentive for sustainable shipping fuels

The Port of Rotterdam has announced a port fee reduction for ships that bunker sustainable fuels in Rotterdam, supporting the Zero Emissions Maritime Buyers Alliance (ZEMBA). (Off-shore energy: click here)

Newer engines are emitting more air pollution than older engines, study claims

A new study from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has found newer Tier II engines have significantly higher nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission rates than older Tier I engines. (Splash247: click here)

September 2023


  BY INTERCARGO – September 2023



First ammonia-powered zero-emissions vessels to be delivered 2026

TECO 2030 and Pherousa Green Shipping AS (PGS) have signed a groundbreaking agreement to supply up to six state-of-the-art, zero-emissions Ultramax dry bulk carriers, each with a capacity of approximately 63,000 dwt. (Riviera news: click here)

MOL ties up methanol-powered bulker to cut emissions

Newbuild is designed to burn bio-methanol or e-methanol to reduce greenhouse gas footprint.(Loyds List: click here)

EPS reported to place 3+3 dual-fuel NH3 Newcastlemax order

Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) is reported to have placed an order for three Newcastlemax bulk carriers with Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry, with an option for a further three vessels. (Motorship: click here)

Belgium’s CMB lifts option for ammonia-powered Capesize duo

Belgium-based shipping company Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) has exercised an option for the construction of two 210,000 dwt bulkers at China’s Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Kambara Kisen orders methanol-powered bulker, inks charter deal with MOL

Japanese company Kambara Kisen has ordered a methanol-powered bulk carrier and signed a time charter deal for the vessel with MOL’s subsidiary MOL Drybulk. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Bulk carrier design aims for 40-year lifetime

ÈTA Shipping and global commodity group Mercuria are collaborating on a series of shortsea bulk carriers that will be diesel electric in their initial configuration, but with containerised gensets on deck, they will be readily adaptable to new fuels and new technologies over their lifetime. (Motorship: click here)

Diana Shipping dives into methanol-fuelled bulkers with $92m order for two kamsarmaxes

The New York-listed shipowner has signed a letter of intent to order the two 81,200-dwt bulkers through Japanese trading house Marubeni for $46m per ship. (Tradewinds : click here)



OCI Global secures green methanol bunkering permit in Egypt

OCI Global, a producer and distributor of hydrogen-based products, has secured its first green methanol bunkering permit in Egypt’s East Port Said and West Port Said. (Off-shore energy: click here)

New Small-Bore Methanol Genset

MAN Energy Solutions is to augment its genset portfolio with a methanol-capable, auxiliary engine. (Motorship: click here)

Methanol narrows the gap with LNG as fuel of choice for box ships

According to DNV’s Alternative Fuel Insights, 55 LNG dual-fuel container ships are operating and 196 are under construction, while there is one methanol dual-fuel vessel – Maersk’s feeder ship due to be named this month – in service and 142 on order. (Riviera news: click here)

Maersk invests in green methanol production company

2X is planning to develop large-scale green methanol projects near the Suez Canal in Egypt and the port of Huelva in Spain. (Motorship: click here)



Seaspan and Maersk Zero Carbon Center unveil huge ammonia container ship project

Work has been taking place on developing a 15,000-teu design for potential commercialisation. (Tradewinds: click here)

Order for 4 x 88,000cbm NH3 carriers includes NH3 DF option

Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) and Capital Gas Ship Management Corp have placed orders for four 88,000cbm very large ammonia carriers (VLACs) with HD Hyundai Heavy Industries. (Motorship: click here)

Ammonia-fuelled gas turbine planned for LNG carrier

A new zero-carbon emissions LNG carrier design includes an ammonia-fuelled gas turbine and a heat recovery system using supercritical CO2. (Motorship: click here)

LR awards AiP to WinGD for two stroke, ammonia engine

WinGD has secured an approval in principle (AiP) by Lloyd’s Register for ammonia two-stroke engines applicable to a range of vessels. (Safety4sea: click here)



Japan’s first Hydrogen and Bio Fuel Hybrid Passenger Ship Named ‘HANARIA’-Start servicing from April 2024

The ship will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 53%-100% compared to conventional fossil fuels vessels. (Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide: click here)

Green hydrogen terminal project advances in Sri Lanka

The Adani Group is planning a green hydrogen plant as part of the new container development it is constructing at Sri Lanka’s Port of Colombo West. (Motorship: click here)

MOL, NYK and K Line join forces to develop hydrogen carriers

Japan’s three largest shipowners are joining forces with Kawasaki Heavy Industries and industrial gas firm Iwatani Corporation to develop hydrogen carriers together. (Splash247: click here)

China leading global clean hydrogen capacity: IEA

China’s installed clean hydrogen capacity is expected to exceed 1 GW by the end of 2023, says International Energy Agency (Lloyd’s List Intelligence: click here)



Maersk and Amazon shake hands on green biofuel shipping

Maersk and Amazon have finalized a 2023-2024 agreement for the transport of 20,000 Forty Foot container Equivalent unit (FFE) containers using green biofuel. (safety4sea: click here)

 Pertamina, Pelindo to develop green terminal in North Jakarta

Pertamina, through its subsidiary PT Pertamina International Shipping, and PT Pelindo have signed a cooperation agreement for the development of the Jakarta Integrated Green Terminal (JIGT) in Kalibaru, North Jakarta. (Off-shore energy: click here)



Höegh LNG and Aker BP link up on carbon capture and storage

Norway’s Höegh LNG and Kjell Inge Rokke’s oil and gas producer Aker BP have entered into a strategic partnership to develop shipping and storage solutions within the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), for carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from industrial emitters in North-West Europe. (Splash247: click here)

 BV Study Quantifies CCS CII Benefit For Bulker Vessels

Bureau Veritas (BV) participated in a project that aims to support the future commercial application of CCS technology, especially for older vessels in operation, and demonstrated the potential CII benefits. (Motorship: click here)

ClassNK AiP for Chinese Onboard CCS System

ClassNK has issued an Approval in Principle (AiP) for an onboard CO2 capture and storage (OCCS) system developed by China Shipbuilding Power Engineering Institute Co., Ltd. (Motorship: click here)



Catalyst-free methane slip reduction trial on Angelicoussis Group LNGC

The first onboard trial of a catalyst-free methane slip reduction technology system on board a LNG gas carrier is expected to occur after a agreement was signed at Gastech in Singapore last week. (Motorship: click here)



African nations back carbon levy on shipping

A coalition of 20 African nations has thrown their weight behind the Nairobi Declaration, advocating for a global carbon levy on shipping. (Off-shore energy: click here)

August 2023


  BY INTERCARGO – August 2023



Bulker equipped with rigid wing sails begins first voyage

BAR Technologies and Cargill Ocean Transportation have announced that the retrofit installation of BAR Tech’s wind propulsion technology WindWings on Mitsubishi Corporation’s Pyxis Ocean has been completed successfully. (Motorship: click here)

Initial rotor sail results suggest Kamsarmax will achieve 10% fuel efficiencies

A bulk carrier vessel equipped with Anemoi Marine Technologies’ rotor sails has concluded its first voyage from China to Western Australia, following the successful installation of the rotor sails in Chengxi Shipyard, China, in June 2023. (Motorship: click here)

Pherousa teams up with OSM Thome on ammonia-powered Ultramax newbuilds

Norwegian companies OSM Thome and Pherousa Green Shipping have signed a Letter of Intent outlining their collaboration on a series of 63,000 dwt Ultramax vessels about to be ordered by Pherousa. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Eastern Pacific poised to order ‘world’s first’ ammonia bulkers

The deal for six ammonia dual-fuelled 210,000-dwt newcastlemaxes, which is close to being finalised, is valued at about $480m in total. BHP and Rio Tinto could charter the vessels, which will be powered by MAN ES engine. (Tradewinds: click here)

Three companies complete ship-to-ship biofuel bunkering at port of Kobe

The vessel was supplied with biofuel by Toyota Tsusho Marine Fuels Corporation and consumed biofuel on its route to the port of Newcastle, Australia. (safety4sea: click here)



Hafnia orders dual-fuel methanol chemical IMOII newbuilds

Hafnia announced that it ordered four 49,800 deadweight dual-fuel Methanol Chemical IMOII Medium-Range (MR) Newbuilds, constructed out of Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI), in China. (safety4sea: click here)

Shipowners, port operators ramp up methanol-fuelling projects

A list of upcoming methanol bunkering-related projects by companies and ports. (Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide: click here)

JP Morgan signs for more methanol dual-fuel tankers in China

JP Morgan has added to its methanol-powered product carrier orderbook in China with two more ships at Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI), according to broking reports. (Splash247: click here)

CMES to order methanol-fuelled VLCC

China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) is planning to place an order with Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co for a dual-fuel methanol-powered very large crude carrier (VLCC). (Motorship: click here)

Wallenius Wilhelmsen orders 4+8 methanol-fuelled PCTCs

Wallenius Wilhelmsen has ordered four 9,350 car equivalent unit (ceu) vessels from Jinling Shipyard in Jiangsu province, China. (Motorship: click here)

Montauk Renewables signs LOI with European Energy to provide CO2 for e-methanol production in Texas

The e-methanol would then be used to fuel vessels for maritime shipping operations. (Green car congress: click here)



ClassNK issues AiP for ammonia fuel supply system for oil tanker and container ship developed by SHI

ClassNK has issued an Approval in Principle (AiP) for an ammonia fuel supply system for oil tanker and container ship developed by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). (Ship Management: click here)

thyssenkrupp Uhde to deliver feasibility study for major power-to-ammonia project

The project seeks to build a green energy supply chain exporting up to 1.8 million tonnes of green ammonia per annum from Australia to the Republic of Korea (ROK) by 2030. (Green car congress: click here)

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding testing ammonia handling system for ships

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, has revealed it is developing an ammonia handling system to support the utilization of ammonia as a marine fuel. (Off-shore energy: click here)

 NYK to collaborate in NH3 bunker boom project

B Global Technologies Ltd. (TBG), the Japanese cargo handling equipment specialist, has signed an agreement with NYK to jointly develop Japan’s first bunkering boom for ammonia, a device used to supply ammonia fuel between ships. (Motorship: click here)



NETL publishes review of safety challenges of production, transportation and storage of hydrogen

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has published The Hydrogen Safety Review for Gas Turbines, SOFC, and High Temperature Hydrogen Production to review and summarize the unique safety challenges involved with the production, transportation and storage of hydrogen. (Green car congress: click here)

 CCS awards AiP to LH2 fuel supply system

The AiP is the first to be awarded by CCS for an LH2 fuel supply system. (Motorship: click here)

 KR publishes research report on material compatibility for liquid hydrogen storage for ships

This report provides detailed technical information on materials suitable for on-board liquid hydrogen systems. (Ship Management: click here)



 ScanOcean, Neste Oyj launch new marine fuel that achieve 80% emissions reduction

Swedish firm ScanOcean and Neste Oyi announced that they have unveiled a new lower-emission DMA Gasoil for the shipping sector.(safety4sea: click here)



 TotalEnergies equips LNG carrier with EverLoNG’s carbon capture system

A ship-based carbon capture (SBCC) prototype developed under the EverLoNG project was installed on an LNG-powered LNG carrier owned by energy major Total Energies. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Denmark Allocates $3.9B to Carbon Capture/Storage as it Accelerates Timing

Denmark earlier this year awarded the first exploration licenses for offshore carbon storage after providing a provisional license for the testing and demonstration of the world’s first offshore storage operation. (Maritime Executive: click here)

New Feederships Host Carbon Capture

Emissions filtration incorporating carbon capture technology features in a new class of feedership for the north European short-sea traffic. (Motorship: click here)

Wärtsilä to offer onboard CCS feasibility studies

Wärtsilä is announcing that it has begun to offer carbon capture and storage (CCS) feasibility studies to shipowners and operators. (Motorship: click here)

AiP For Floating CO2 Storage Unit Concept

DNV has awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) to Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and MISC Berhad (MISC) for their Floating CO2 Storage Unit (FCSU) concept. (Motorship: click here)



Yanmar set to commercialise maritime hydrogen fuel cell system

Japan’s Yanmar Power Technology (YPT) has successfully commercialised a maritime hydrogen fuel cell system (Ship Energy: click here)

COSCO Shipping and OOCL rally behind accelerated shore power infrastructure development

COSCO SHIPPING Lines CO., COSCO SHIPPING Ports and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) have teamed up in a joint initiative to advocate for the widespread adoption of shore power technology. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Silverstream’s air bubble systems picked for 10 LNG carriers

UK’s cleantech company Silverstream Technologies has received orders to install its air lubrication technology on ten liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Odfjell to trial air lubrication and suction sails on its chemical tankers

Norwegian chemical tankers look at single-digit carbon reductions and fuel savings from installations. (Tradewinds : click here)

Methane slip reduction potential of Wärtsilä engine solutions

Swedish shipping company Furetank has announced that it is co-developing and testing two technologies with Wärtsilä that demonstrate the potential to halve methane slip emissions. (Motorship: click here)

Incat to deliver first large lightweight full-electric ferry

Pioneering Australian aluminium shipbuilder Incat has announced that it will deliver the world’s first full-electric large lightweight ferry for South American ferry operator Buquebús. (Motorship: click here)



 Namibia Plans Massive Port Expansion to Prepare for Energy Exports

The Namibian government approved a Feasibility and Implementation Agreement (FIA) with green hydrogen energy supplier Hyphen Hydrogen Energy to develop, build and operate the largest green hydrogen project in Sub-Saharan Africa. (Maritime Executive: click here)

H2 Green Steel partners with Rio Tinto and Vale on direct reduction iron ore pellets and hot briquetted iron

The production of steel, a key material for infrastructure and net-zero energy transition, currently contributes around 8% of global carbon emissions. (Green car congress: click here)

‘Superhot’ green energy storage technology backed by Microsoft and Aramco

Rondo has attracted heavyweight investors including Microsoft’s Climate Innovation Fund, Aramco Ventures and Anglo-Australian multinational mining group Rio Tinto. (Rechargenews: click here)

July 2023


 BY INTERCARGO – July 2023



 IINO Lines, J-POWER and Norsepower partner to install rotor sail on a dedicated coal carrier

IINO Kaiun Kaisha and Electric Power Development (J-POWER) have agreed to install the rotor sail (wind propulsion auxiliary device) manufactured by Norsepower on the dedicated coal carrier YODOHIME (completed in February 2016). (Green car congress: click here)

NYK to install first wind-assisted ship propulsion unit on Cargill-chartered bulk carrier

NYK Line’s subsidiary NYK Bulkship (Atlantic), also known as NBAtlantic, will install a wind-assisted ship-propulsion unit on a bulk carrier under a long-term contract with Cargill. Lloyds List: click here)



Methanol dominates as alternative fuel of choice for July’s new buildings

Giving its monthly update on fuelling figures, DNV said 62 vessels were ordered with alternative fuels during July. DNV said the month saw “another record for methanol ships” with 48 ships added, including 15 retrofits. (Tradewinds: click here)

SunGas Renewables unveils plans for $2 billion green methanol facility

SunGas Renewables has established a subsidiary, Beaver Lake Renewable Energy (BLRE), which will build a green methanol production facility in Louisiana to support Maersk’s demand for the fuel for its fleet of methanol-powered containerships. (Ship Energy: click here)

Wärtsilä targets high injection pressure for methanol

Methanol has already proven to have the potential to become one of the key solutions for the marine industry to reach net carbon neutrality, and Wärtsilä has multiple newbuild and retrofit solutions available already. (Motorship: click here)

First green methanol bunkering in Korea

A Maersk container feeder vessel has received the world’s first bunkering of green methanol. The delivery in South Korea marked the first time any vessel has been bunkered with green methanol. (Motorship: click here)

MAN to retrofit up to 60 Seaspan and Hapag-Lloyd ships to green methanol

MAN Energy Solutions has signed a conversion commitment agreement with containership owner Seaspan and containerline Hapag-Lloyd. (Splash247: click here)

Evergreen confirms massive $5 bln deal for 24 methanol-fueled containerships

Taiwanese container shipping major Evergreen Marine has sealed the order for twenty-four methanol dual-fuel containerships in a monumental step toward decarbonizing its fleet. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Wärtsilä to convert some Stena Line ferries to methanol fuel

Technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted by Swedish ferry operator Stena Line to carry out and convert some of its vessels to operate with methanol fuel.(Green car congress: click here)



MAN reports successful first running of ammonia two-stroke engine

The company reports that the successful combustion was performed on a MAN B&W two-stroke 4T50ME-X type. (Green car congress: click here)

WinGD: X-DF-A dual-fuel engine to run on ammonia by Q1 2025

Swiss marine power company WinGD has revealed that it is on track to deliver its first X-DF-A dual-fuel ammonia engine by the first quarter of 2025. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Yara and BASF to work on low-carbon blue ammonia project in U.S.

Yara Clean Ammonia (YCA), a subsidiary of Norwegian fertilizer company Yara International, and BASF, a German-based chemical producer, are collaborating on a joint study to develop and construct a low-carbon blue ammonia production facility with carbon capture in the U.S. Gulf Coast region. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Mystery Norwegian owner set to debut ammonia hybrid fuel cell system

The newbuild vessel will be outfitted with a total of 800 kW of Amogy powerpacks, which will provide the primary power for the vessel and zero-emission operations. (Tradewinds: click here)



GTT inches forward on liquid hydrogen tank for next generation carrier

French designer GTT has won approval in principle from Japanese classification society Class NK for a new membrane-type containment system for liquefied hydrogen (LH2). (Tradewinds: click here)



Bio-LNG bunkering available today in almost 70 locations in Europe, North America and Asia

SEA-LNG has carried out an analysis of the green LNG bunkering market which shows that bio-LNG is available today in almost seventy ports worldwide, including in Singapore, Rotterdam and the US east-coast. (Ship Management: click here)

bp ventures invests $10M in waste-to-biomethanol company WasteFuel; offtake MoU

bp ventures has committed $10 million, leading the Series B investment round, in WasteFuel, a California-based biofuels company that will use proven, scalable technologies to convert bio-based municipal and agricultural waste into lower carbon fuels, such as bio-methanol. (Green car congress: click here)

BP to supply biofuels in Port of Wellington

The fuel will include a 24% used cooking oil methyl ester (UCOME) biofuel blended with very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO). (Off-shore energy: click here)



 ExxonMobil to acquire CCS solutions company Denbury for $4.9B

A cost-efficient transportation and storage system accelerates CCS deployment for ExxonMobil and third-party customers over the next decade and underpins multiple low carbon value chains including CCS, hydrogen, ammonia, biofuels, and direct air capture. (Green car congress: click here)

First look: BW LNG unveils pros and cons of onboard CCS

BW LNG is one of a handful of LNG shipowners — Seapeak and GasLog are also testing systems — that has taken an early look at the technology, trialing a system on one of its new buildings, the 174,000-cbm BW Cassia (built 2022). (Tradewinds: click here)



Italian companies to explore closed mini reactor design application

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and class society RINA have signed an agreement with Newcleo, a UK-headquartered firm with operations in Italy developing innovative generation IV reactors using nuclear waste as fuel. (Riviera: click here)

Autonomous navigation voyage between Korea and Taiwan completed

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has successfully demonstrated autonomous vessel navigation from South Korea to Taiwan, marking an industry first. (Splash247: click here)

Wind-assisted propulsion installations on track to double this year

Wind-assisted ship propulsion installations are on track to double this year over last year’s figure of just over 20. (Splash247: click here)



Ships over 5,000 GT to be included in UK’s emissions trading scheme from 2026

The UK Emissions Trading Scheme Authority (UK ETS) has announced a package of reforms to tighten limits on industrial, power and aviation emissions, including shipping. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Maritime gets an ESG index

The University of Plymouth and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, alongside an advisory committee of industry experts, have developed an ESG reporting methodological framework and index, catered to the individualities of the maritime sector. (Splash247: click here)

June 2023


 BY INTERCARGO – June 2023



Study: Ammonia-powered ships set to ply West Australia-East Asia iron ore trade by 2028

Ships powered by clean ammonia could be deployed on the iron ore trade routes between West Australia and East Asia by 2028 and reach 5% adoption by 2030. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Viridis Bulk Carriers wins DNV AiP for ammonia-powered short sea bulk carrier design

The Viridis Bulk Carriers design, developed by Kongsberg Maritime, is for 5,000 dwt short seas vessels that offer a range (3,000 nm) and safety levels equivalent to conventionally fuelled vessels. (Nafsgreen: click here)

J Lauritzen adds to negligible methanol-fuel bulker orderbook

Cargill is the only charterer confirmed to have backed orders for bulk carriers capable of operating on methanol. (Lloyds List: click here)

Tsuneishi bags 13 orders for methanol-fueled Kamsarmaxes, eyes exclusive dual-fueled vessel production by 2035

Japanese shipbuilder Tsuneishi Shipbuilding aims to exclusively produce dual-fueled vessels by 2035, transitioning away from ships equipped with crude oil-based engines. (Off-shore energy: click here)

WindWings get full DNV approval for fitting to MC Shipping and Berge bulkers

DNV has awarded a full design certificate to WindWings propulsion technology, paving the way for the rigid sails to be fitted to two bulkers. (Tradewinds: click here)

China makes headway in domestically-developed rotor sails with 1st ship installation

A Chinese-flagged bulker fitted with a domestically developed rotor sail took to the water at the No. 2 wharf of CSSC Chengxi Shipbuilding Co., a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, marking a solid step forward in the practical application of wind-assisted rotor technology developed in China. (Off-shore energy: click here)



 X-Press Feeders orders six methanol dual-fuel boxships

Eastaway, a member of the X-Press Feeders Group, has ordered six 1,250 TEU containerships, fitted with dual-fuel engines capable of operating on conventional fuel and methanol. (Off-shore energy: click here)

COSCO pens methanol fuel supply system order for four containerships

China’s COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry Technology (Weihai) has signed an order for a methanol fuel supply system for four 16,000-TEU containerships with COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry (Yangzhou). (Off-shore energy: click here)

Stena Line plans series of methanol conversions

Swedish ferry operator Stena Line, part of the larger Stena Group, is planning to convert several of the company’s ferries to operate on methanol in a new agreement with Wärtsilä.  (Maritime Executive: click here)

Port of Antwerp-Bruges sees its very first methanol bunkering

Belgium’s Port of Antwerp-Bruges has witnessed its very first methanol bunkering on its journey to becoming a multi-fuel port. (Off-shore energy: click here)

The week in newbuildings: Maersk and CMA CGM boost total methanol-fuelboxship orderbook to 109 ships

Shipbuilding contracts for 11 bulk carriers, three combination carriers, 18 containerships and a pair of product tankers signed in past week. (Lloyds List: click here)

MAN launches new DF genset

MAN Energy Solutions has launched an auxiliary MAN 35/44DF CD type engine. The engine, which has been developed in collaboration with STX Engine, has been developed to meet demand from the container and LNG carrier markets. (Motorship: click here)

Maersk ups the ante with order for six more methanol-powered containerships

Danish container shipping heavyweight A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) has placed an order for six mid-sized container vessels with Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group. (Off-shore energy: click here)

A2B-online orders two methanol container ships of 650 TEU

A2B-online announced the newbuild of two environmentally friendly, multi-fuel methanol propulsion system container vessels of 650 TEU. (Safety4sea : click here)

Methanol dual-fuelled ship orders spike to close gap on LNG, Clarksons says

Broker tallies 42 contracts for methanol-powered vessels so far in 2023. (Tradewinds: click here)

Hafnia orders methanol MR newbuildings against charters with TotalEnergies

Shipowner linked to contracts for up to four dual-fuel product carriers. (Tradewinds: click here)

A step forward for green methanol viability

A new partnership will see OCI fuel the first green methanol-powered container ship. (Port’s Strategy: click here)

Algoma Central orders methanol-ready medium-range tankers

Newbuildings are booked for delivery in 2025 and will be enabled for shore power retrofit after delivery. (Lloyds List: click here)

Evergreen follows Maersk with $4bn methanol container ship push, despite fuel bill fears

Newbuildings will be the Taiwanese liner giant’s first dual-fuel propulsion vessels. (Tradewinds: click here)

Maersk to carry out first ever methanol dual-fuel retrofit next year

Giant owner to work with MAN on decarbonisation project. (Tradewinds: click here)



Ammonia momentum builds as Equinor, Azane, Yara and Bunker Holding reveal deals

Norwegian and Danish groups collaborating on building a green fuel supply chain. (Tradewinds: click here)

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and CSSC work together to develop ammonia-fuelled ships

Engine manufacturer WinGD, part of Chinese state-run shipbuilding group CSSC, and Japan’s Mitsubishi Shipbuilding have signed a memorandum of understanding to enter into a partnership on ammonia-fuelled vessels. (Splash247: click here)

POSCO and ENGIE to develop 1.2m tpy green ammonia export project

Oman’s hydrogen promotion agency, Hydrogen Oman (Hydrom), granted a consortium led by Korean diversified industrial manufacturer POSCO and ENGIE a 47-year lease on a site for green hydrogen production project, which is intended to supply a green ammonia. (Motorship: click here)

Amogy to supply ammonia powerpack to Norwegian owner 

Amogy Inc, a pioneer in energy-dense ammonia power solutions, and an undisclosed Norwegian shipping company, have entered into a pre-order contract to supply four of Amogy’s 200-kW ammonia-to-power systems for a newbuilding. (Riviera: click here)

MOL invests in clean hydrogen-ammonia production project in Louisiana

MOL Clean Energy (MCE), a subsidiary of Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), has made a strategic investment in Ascension Clean Energy (ACE), a proposed global-scale clean hydrogen-ammonia production and export facility in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. (Off-shore energy: click here)



US to Begin Its First Hydrogen Powered Ferry Service

MV Sea Change, the first hydrogen fuel cell-powered ferry in the United States, has been fueled on the San Francisco waterfront as it continues its sea trials ahead of being put into regular operation. (Fleetmon: click here)

China plans huge pipeline network to move hydrogen from wind and solar-rich regions

Nation to put in place a national H2 grid extending over 6,000km, event told. (Recharenews: click here)

EU back to Brazil with $2bn green pledge as Von der Leyen visits in post-Bolsonaro

EU wants closer relations with a country brimming with natural resources and keen to go green following departure of controversial leader. (Recharge news: click here)

EU countries approve renewables target hike and cement eased permitting

Nuclear based hydrogen will still not count towards green H2 targets but minor concessions made for France and other atomic-power-friendly nations. (Recharge news: click here)

EU and Chile invest €225 million in renewable hydrogen

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, together with the President of the Republic of Chile, Gabriel Boric, took actions to contribute to the growing development of the renewable hydrogen industry in Chile. (Safety4sea : click here)

Yara and Cepsa to launch hydrogen shipping corridor between Spain and Netherlands

Companies also teaming up to ship ammonia for use in central Europe. (Tradewinds: click here)



MOL-led project uses liquefied bio-methane as marine fuel

Trial proves that LBM can be transported through existing domestic LNG supply chain, truck-to-ship bunkering of LBM can be completedusing existing facilities, while LBM can also be used by existing vessels as a marine fuel. (Lloyds List: click here)

Exploring the potential of biofuels in shipping

DNV’s new white paper – “Biofuels in shipping” – provides an overview of the role of biofuels in shipping’s future energy mix. The study provides insights into the current availability of biofuels to the maritime industry and forecasts future production potential based on stringent sustainability criteria. (DNV: click here)

Rio Tinto US Borax becomes first open pit mine to transition to renewable diesel

Rio Tinto has successfully completed the full transition of its heavy machinery from fossil diesel to renewable diesel at its Boron, California operation, making it the first open pit mine in the world to achieve this milestone.( Green car congress: click here)

OCI ready to meet demand as it argues bio-methanol is not ‘second-class’ fuel

Dutch producer’s methanol boss Bashir Lebada tells TradeWinds why bunkers produced from waste should not be overlooked. (Tradewinds: click here)



Wah Kwong gets BV approval to retrofit onboard CCS system

Project showed that the technology enabled vessels to remain compliant by upgrading and maintaining their CII rating. (Lloyds List: click here)

Ardmore Shipping to fit more carbon capture-ready scrubbers to MR tankers

Irish shipowner ordering more of Value Maritime’s pioneering Filtree systems. (Tradewinds: click here)

BASF joins forces with CSSC on onboard carbon capture tech

CSSC Power Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), and the world’s largest chemical producer BASF have teamed up on expediting the progress of onboard carbon capture (CO2 capture) systems for commercial maritime applications. (Off-shore energy: click here)

ABS Awards AIP to Hanwha Ocean for Carbon Capture Technology

An exciting new addition to onboard carbon capture technologies from Hanwha Ocean, formerly Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), has received ABS approval in principle (AIP). (Maritime Executive: click here)



Dongfang Electric reports successful test of direct seawater electrolysis for hydrogen production

China-based Dongfang Electric Corporation (DEC) reported successful testing of non-desalinated seawater electrolysis technology for hydrogen production powered by offshore wind. (Green car congress: click here)

Wind-assisted ship propulsion for VLCCs and LNGCs gets BV’s green light

Classification society Bureau Veritas has awarded an approval in principle to Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. – Hyundai Global Service CO. (HHI), TotalEnergies Gas & Power, and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), for wind-assisted ship propulsion (WASP) on a very large crude carrier (VLCC) and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Operating permit issued for Chinese molten salt reactor

The Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has been granted an operating licence for the experimental TMSR-LF1 thorium-powered molten-salt reactor, construction of which started in Wuwei city, Gansu province, in September 2018. (World Nuclear News: click here)

LR awards Type Approval in Principle for SeaARCTOS’ self-contained shipboard emissions monitoring system

Approval in principle granted for the world’s first stack-mounted direct emissions monitoring systems which operates independently of vessel power and communications. (Nafsgreen: click here)

New study shows emissions reductions by up to 28%

In a research partnership with NAPA, Norsepower and Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering announced the results of phase one of their joint simulation project looking at the fuel saving and emissions reduction potential. (Safety4sea : click here)

WinGD, MESDU develop variable compression ratio to boost ship’s efficiency

Swiss marine power company WinGD and Japanese Mitsui E&S DU Co (MESDU) have developed variable compression ratio (VCR) for ships to enable optimal combustion when using multiple fuels. (Off-shore energy: click here)



Can this technology company transform charter contracts to cut fuel?

Nautilus Labs introduces Green Charter aimed at bringing data collaboration to shipping’s legal frameworks. (Tradewinds: click here)

EU to set obligations for fuel suppliers to produce renewable fuels

The Council of the European Union has voted in favour of the Renewable Energy Directive that includes sub-targets for renewable fuels supplied to the transport sector. (Lloyds List: click here)

Australia and Singapore to establish green shipping corridor by 2025

Australia and Singapore have commenced discussions to explore areas of cooperation in green and digital shipping and will establish a Singapore-Australia Green and Digital Shipping Corridor by the end of 2025. (Safety4sea : click here)

In focus: Investments in clean energy to top $1.7 trillion in 2023

Worldwide investments in clean energy are projected to reach $1.74 trillion in 2023, a 7.6 percent increase compared to $1.617 trillion invested in green energy in 2022, according to a recent report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). (Off-shore energy: click here)

Speed reduction, wind propulsion and green fuels could halve shipping missions by 2030

Shipping emissions could halve by 2030 if measures including speed reduction, wind-assisted propulsion and zero-emission fuels are use deficiently, a report by consultancy CE Delft shows. (Lloyds List: click here)

May 2023





Study: Ammonia-powered ships set to ply West Australia-East Asia iron ore trade by 2028

Ships powered by clean ammonia could be deployed on the iron ore trade routes between West Australia and East Asia by 2028 and reach 5% adoption by 2030. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Dry bulk players pile in on methanol-fuelled newbuildings at Tsuneishi

Japanese yard commits to only build low-emission dual-fuel vessels from 2035. (Tradewinds: click here)

Skarv Shipping gets financial boost for ammonia-fueled bulker trio

Skarv Shipping Solutions, a joint venture between Grieg Edge and Peak Group AS, has received NOK 130 million ($12.3. million) in funding from Enova for the construction of three ammonia-powered short-sea bulk carriers. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Ultramax newbuilds primed with onboard ammonia-to-hydrogen cracking

Oslo-based Pherousa Green Shipping, together with Pherousa Green Technologies, is set to place an order for up to six ultramax dry bulk carriers with ammonia-to-hydrogen cracking technology onboard. (Splash247: click here)



 Green methanol bunkering potential in Melbourne

Australia’s Port of Melbourne has signed up to a multi-party MoU feasibility study on green methanol. (Port’s Strategy : click here)

Five Methanol-Fueled Containerships with Wingsails Ordered in Korea

French startup Zéphyr & Borée is widely believed to be behind an order placed at South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Shipyard which calls for the construction of five innovative containerships. (Maritime Executive: click here)

 Zero-emissions bunkering shows promise amid tangible demand signals

Ships could start bunkering with green methanol as soon as 2025, as supply projects come to fruition and dual-fuel vessels getready to hit the water. (Lloyds list: click here)

Stena Line orders two methanol-ready ferries for Belfast-Heysham route

North European short-sea specialist Stena Line has contracted AVIC Weihai to deliver two methanol-ready battery-hybrid ro-pax vessels. (Motorship: click here)

MOL orders dual-fuel methanol tanker against charter contract from Mitsubishi Gas Chemical

Newbuilding to be built at Hyundai Mipo will cost around $55m. (Tradewinds: click here)

Dual-fuel methanol orderbook keeps on growing

Shipowners are increasingly ordering methanol-capable tonnage and skipping decarbonisation bridging solutions. (Lloyds list: click here)

Proman to go all-in on methanol for future shipping fleet

Proman’s shipping division plans to make an eventual full switch to methanol from conventional oil-based fuels, betting on methanol’s potential decarbonization effects and proven propulsion technology. (Hellenic Shipping News: click here)

Landmark Chinese order for MAN ME-LGIM engines

The MAN B&W 7S60ME-LGIM dual-fuel engines have been ordered in connection with the construction of 2 × 9,300 ceu pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels for China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES), the major Chinese integrated-logistics company. (Motorship: click here)



MSC sets sights on ammonia dual-fuel ships

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has tapped class society Lloyd’s Register, German engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions and Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) for a design for the ammonia dual-fuel operation of a future containership. (Splash247: click here)

Seaspan ammonia-powered boxship design unveiled

Working with Seaspan, the world’s largest boxship lessor, the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping yesterday revealed the design of an ammonia-powered 15,000 teu container vessel. (Splash247: click here)

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding completes delivery of ammonia fuel supply system for large, low-speed two-stroke marine engines

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, has completed delivery of an ammonia fuel supply system for large, low-speed two-stroke marine engines, to Japan Engine Corporation (J-ENG), a manufacturer of marine engines. (Green Car Congress: click here)

Wärtsilä’s ammonia dual-fuel engine to be ready at the end of 2023

The dual-fuel ammonia engine could kick-start dual-fuel vessel orders next year as companies have been waiting for technological maturity. (Lloyds List: click here)

A Japanese consortium including Japan Engine Corporation (J-ENG), NYK Line, IHI Power Systems and Nihon

Shipyard has successfully completed a land-based test for the stable combustion of ammonia as a fuel, using an 80:20 ammonia:natural gas co-firing ratio. (Motorship: click here)

J-ENG To Add NH3 and Conventional 60-Bore Variants To LSH Range

The development of the UEC60LSH engine will retain the LSH ultrawide rating concept, and is expected to meet very large gas carrier (VLGC) requirements, as well as Capesize bulk carriers, coal carriers and specialist car carriers. (Motorship: click here)



 Ports H2 supply and demand study

Ports and coastal regions across the EU will play a key role in the supply of hydrogen in the future (Port’s Strategy: click here)

Shipping and aviation join forces to secure green hydrogen supplies

The coalition is bringing together the shipping and aviation industries to form one unified voice so they have greater influence over policy and can send a clear demand signal that green hydrogen and direct air capture (DAC) are integral to decarbonisation pathways in these sectors. (Splash247: click here)

First hydrogen-powered container ship launched in Rotterdam

On 25 May, Dutch shipping company Future Proof Shipping (FPS) officially launched the first hydrogen-powered inland container ship, H2 Barge 1, in Rotterdam. (Safety4sea : click here)

Plug Power to develop three green hydrogen production plants in Finland

Plug Power announced that it plans to develop three green hydrogen production plants in Finland, producing 850 tons per day (TPD) of green hydrogen, or 2.2 gigawatts (GW) of electrolyzer capacity, by the end of the decade with final investment decision (FID) by 2025/2026. (Safety4sea : click here)



Biofuel bunkering remains mixed in medium term

Biofuel-blended bunkering could continue to rise in the next couple of years, although uncertainty on Dutch subsidies may limit operations. (Lloyds List: click here)

ExxonMobil inks B30 biofuel ARA supply deal with Hapag-Lloyd

ExxonMobil has signed an agreement to supply Hapag-Lloyd with B30 marine bio fuel oil in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region. (Motorship: click here)



HMM, Samsung Heavy Industries, Panasia, and Korea Register of Shipping to collaborate on reducing carbon emissions

The four companies will form a joint working group to conduct research on OCCS technology. (Hellenic Shipping News: click here)

Aramco licenses carbon capture tech to Swiss cleantech firm

Saudi Aramco Technologies Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aramco, has licensed its mobile carbon capture (MCC) technology to Switzerland-based cleantech firm Daphne Technology for development. (Motorship: click here)

ClassNK releases guidelines for onboard CO2 capture and storage

ClassNK’s Guidelines for Shipboard CO2 Capture and Storage Systems include safety provisions and notations indicating when vessels are ready for installation of CCS systems. (Class NK: click here)



Japanese invest $80m into CORE POWER

A total of 13 companies, including Onomichi Dockyard and Imabari Shipbuilding, have invested around $80m in CORE POWER joining a raft of shipowners around the world who have decided to buy into the Mikal Bøe-led firm in recent years. (Splash247: click here)

French firm orders five ‘zero carbon’ boxships in South Korea

France’s Zephyr & Borée has finally put pen to paper for a series of five 1,300 teu ships which it claims are zero carbon, in a project that has been many years in the making. (Splash247: click here)



 Australia developing maritime emission reduction plan

The Australian Government has committed to developing a Maritime Emissions Reduction National Action Plan to chart a practical green transition for the maritime sector. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Shipping emissions continue to drop ahead of MEPC 80

The latest estimates from Clarksons suggest that shipping’s emissions on a tank-to-wake basis will contribute 2.1% and 822m tonnes of global CO2 output in 2023, down marginally on 2022’s figures of 2.3% and 845m tonnes as slower speeds impact. (Splash247: click here)

Charterparty expectations holding back decarbonisation efforts

White Paper launched by Nautilus Labs and BIMCO has used data from live charter agreements to show that traditional wordingleads to substantial excess fuel consumption and emissions. (Lloyds List: click here)

Shipping ahead of most transport sectors in decarbonisation, says Clarksons

However, shipbroker says other sectors have a ‘relatively clear pathway’ unlike the maritime sector. (Tradewinds: click here)

April 2023


 BY INTERCARGO – April 2023



Himalaya Shipping welcomes third LNG dual-fuel bulker

Bermuda-based bulk carrier company Himalaya Shipping has taken delivery of the third LNG dual-fuel 210,000 dwt newcastlemax newbuild from New Times Shipbuilding (NTS) in China. (Off-shore energy: click here)

Shandong Shipping Places Largest Dry Bulk Order with CCS System Pilot

China’s state-owned Shandong Shipping group reports that it has placed its largest shipbuilding order for bulk carriers as part of an R&D project that is designed to support the decarbonization of this core element of shipping. (Maritime Executive: click here)

Berge Bulk makes methanol retrofit move

Singapore-based owner Berge Bulk has crossed another hurdle on its decarbonisation pathway by signing up one of its ships for a potential conversion to run on methanol. (Splash247: click here)

 Maran Dry takes delivery of first LNG-fuelled Newcastlemaxes

Maran Dry Management Inc. (MDM), the dry bulk shipping arm of the Angelicoussis Group, recently took delivery of its first LNG-fuelled bulk carriers. The two DNV-classed Newcastlemax bulk carriers are the first dual-fuel bulkers in the Greek market. (Motorship: click here)

Study rules out hydrogen as a viable fuel for handymax bulkers to 2052

Master’s thesis from Bluetech engineer Jonas Korpela backs green ammonia and methanol for net-zero operations. (Tradewinds: click here)

 Methanol Building Favour In Bulker Sector

Copenhagen-based J.Lauritzen is the latest owner to endorse methanol fuel by way of the propulsion machinery specified for a pair of Kamsarmax bulk carriers ordered in Japan. (Motorship: click here)



CMA CGM places USD3bn dual fuel container ships order

China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has received an order for 16 dual-fuel containerships from French-based liner operator, CMA CGM. The order includes 12 x 15,000 TEU containerships that will be capable of sailing on methanol, along with an order for 4 x 23,000 TEU containerships that will be equipped with dual fuel LNG engines. (Motorship: click here)

Methanol-fuelled boxships can be economically viable

By using measures to mitigate consumption carriers can reduce the slot cost of going carbon-neutral. (Lloyds list: click here)

 World’s top bunkering hub prepares for methanol future

Local firm Consort Bunkers has just contracted China Merchants Jinling Shipyard to build six 6,500 dwt methanol bunkering tankers while compatriot Global Energy Group is set to receive its first 4,000 dwt methanol bunkering vessel from Japan’s Sasaki Shipbuilding in the final quarter of this year. (Splash247: click here)

Manufacture of world’s largest methanol engine moves HHI-EMD past 200 million bhp milestone for low-speed, two-stroke engines

At a ceremony in South Korea in March, HHI-EMD—a MAN Energy Solutions two-stroke licensee—marked the manufacture of the world’s largest methanol-powered two-stroke engine, a MAN B&W G95ME-LGIM type. ( Green Car Congress: click here)

Proman, successfully completed the first barge-to-ship methanol bunkering on the US Gulf Coast.

The JV tankers Stena Pro Marine and Stena Prosperous were refueled with methanol via barge while discharging petroleum products at a terminal in the Port of Houston in the first week of April. (Green Car Congress: click here)

Port of Gothenburg set to launch methanol bunkering services by end of 2023

Inter Terminals Sweden (ITS), part of Inter Terminals, one of the largest independent bulk liquid storage providers in northern Europe, is collaborating with the Port of Gothenburg to introduce methanol bunkering services in the port by the end of 2023. (Off-shore energy: click here)



 ClassNK issues AiP for Ammonia-fuelled gas carrier developed by MOL

ClassNK  issued an Approval in Principle (AiP) for an ammonia fuelled gas carrier which has been jointly developed by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd., and Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (Safety4Sea: click here)

First accredited low-carbon ammonia for power generation shipped from Saudi Arabia to Japan

A first shipment of independently-certified low-carbon ammonia has arrived in Japan for use as fuel in power generation. (Splash247: click here)

 LR award Mitsui with Approval in Principle for ammonia-fuelled gas carrier

Joint development project for mid-size liquified gas carrier with Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING, with a main engine capable of using ammonia as fuel. (LR: click here)

No laughing (gas) matter: Schneiter targets zero N2O in new X-DFA

WinGD’s programme to develop dual-fuel two-stroke engines capable of operating on ammonia and methanol is advancing apace, Dominik Schneiter, WinGD’s Vice President R&D. (Motorship: click here)

Purus Marine confirms 4+2 NH3-ready ammonia carrier order

Purus Marine, a UK-based shipowner, has confirmed that it has placed an order for four 45,000 cbm medium-sized gas carriers from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Korea. (Motorship: click here)



 Port of Rotterdam Authority offers site for green hydrogen plant with a capacity of up to 1 GW

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is developing an 11ha site on the Maasvlakte suitable for the construction of a very large green hydrogen plant.(Shipmanagement international: click here)

 Viking LH2 fuel cell project advances

Dr. Pierluigi Busetto of Trieste-based naval architects Navalprogetti s.r.l. discusses the progress of a retrofittable liquid hydrogen (LH2) container-based system in an interview with The Motorship. (Motorship: click here)

New Swedish passenger catamaran will run on hydrogen

Sweden’s Gotlandsbolaget and the Australian shipyard Austal have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a design agreement of Gotlandsbolaget’s new passenger catamaran, Gotland Horizon X, which will be able to run on hydrogen. (Motorship: click here)

 ICIS: EU Hydrogen Bank could bring renewable hydrogen costs below €1/kg

ICIS data shows that renewable hydrogen could be sold for below €1/kg if a producer obtains the maximum support provided by the European Hydrogen Bank. (Green Car Congress: click here)

 China’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered boat hits the water

In a significant step towards sustainable and decarbonized shipping, China has launched its first-ever hydrogen fuel cell-powered boat. (Off-shore energy: click here)



MAN 175D high-speed engine ready to operate on 100% biofuel

MAN Energy Solutions’ MAN 175D engine is formally approved for operation on biofuels, effective immediately.(Green Car Congress: click here)



Onboard CCS ready to offer pathway to compliance: LR

A new report from Lloyd’s Register’s Maritime Decarbonisation Hub suggests that the technological readiness of onboard Onboard Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (OCCUS) is advancing but notes that economic factors will determine whether adoption will be feasible for maritime supply chain stakeholders. (Motorship: click here)

Lomar to pilot Seabound’s carbon capture technology on vessels

Lomar’s new subsidiary lomarlabs is working with London-based climate tech start-up Seabound to develop cost-effective methods to capture CO2 onboard vessels. (Off-shore energy: click here)

HMM to Test Carbon Capture in Broader Energy Efficiency Plan

HMM is proceeding with the next phase of research into the use of carbon capture after reporting success with the first phase of its empirical research project on the emerging technology. (Maritime Executive: click here)



First LH2-fuelled hydrogen fuel cell ferry enters service

The entry into service of a ferry powered by PEM fuel cells fuelled by liquid hydrogen on 31 March marked a significant advance for what remains a largely untried technology. (Motorship: click here)

First hybrid electric bunker tanker in Singapore delivery

The delivery of the first of a pair of hybrid-electric bunker tankers that will operate in the port of Singapore has been been confirmed by Vitol’s Singaporean bunker operations company, V-Bunkers. (Motorship: click here)



IMO Study on the readiness and availability of low And zero carbon technology and marine fuels Update

A partnership project between the Government of the Republic of Korea and the IMO aiming to support GHG emissions reduction from international shipping by promoting the uptake of future fuels and technology and will be implemented by the IMO Secretariat (Marine Environment Division -MED) (IMO : click here)

LNG orderbook now stands at record 50% of the extant fleet

The global orderbook currently stands equivalent to a “moderate” 10% of fleet capacity, though varies significantly by sector, according to the latest data from Clarksons Research.(Splash247: click here)

G7 pushes for intermediate GHG targets for shipping

The group reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen global efforts to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) lifecycle zero emissions from international shipping by 2050 at the latest. (Splash247: click here)

 Operational Management To Accelerate Safe Maritime Decarbonisation.

This report provides recommendations to industry stakeholders toward safe adoption of alternative fuels onboard ships in line with MTF’s purpose. ( MTF: click here)

March 2023


 BY INTERCARGO – March 2023



Ammonia-fuelled bulker trial yields ‘surprising’ results

Study is being shared in the hope that others can help tackle hurdles in adopting the zero-carbon fuel. (TradeWinds: click here)

MOL, Vale agree to install rotor sails on bulk carrier

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Vale International SA have announced a partnership to retrofit a 200,000-ton class bulk carrier, currently employed under a mid–term contract for transportation of iron ore for Vale. (Safety4Sea: click here)

Viridis closes in on order for ammonia-fuelled bulk carriers as BV approves design

Zero-carbon fleet could be operational by 2025, says start-up backed by Mosvolds Rederi, Amon Maritime and Navigare Logistics. (TradeWinds: click here)

K Line choses Seawing for coal carrier

K Line and the Electric Power Development Co. (J-Power) have chosen Seawing, an automated kite system using wind power, for installation on board a J-Power special coal carrier. (Motorship: click here)

 Maritime, mining, and energy majors to create a green corridor for iron ore

A new consortium comprising UK-based mining company Anglo American, Tata Steel, CMB, VUKA Marine, Freeport Saldanha, and ENGIE plans to explore the options for developing a maritime green corridor for the zero-emission shipping of iron ore between South Africa and Europe. (Offshore-energy: click here)



NABU: Methanol has enormous potential to make shipping more climate-friendly

This March, Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) NGO released a study on methanol as a marine fuel focusing on its advantages and disadvantages. (Safety4Sea: click here)

Dual-fuel methanol newbuilds cheaper than LNG but doubts remain, says BRS

French shipbroker questions suitability of green fuel for all vessel types. (TradeWinds: click here)

First orders for MAN G80 dual-fuel methanol engine

Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. and HJ Shipbuilding & Construction Co. (HJSC) have respectively ordered seven and two MAN B&W G80ME-LGIM dual-fuel engines in connection with the construction of 9 × 9,000 TEU container vessels for HMM Co., the major South Korean integrated-logistics company. (Green Car Congress: click here)

Lubricants for 2-stroke methanol engines gaining service experience

Newly developed 40 BN lubricants will gain service experience with the growing uptake of methanol dual-fuel 2-stroke engines. (Motorship: click here)

China Merchants firms up methanol-fuelled car carrier orders

China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) has moved forward to add more capacity in the car carrier segment by signing a firm deal for two new methanol dual-fuel 9,300 ceu ships. (Splash247: click here)

Neste and Terntank sign for wind and methanol powered tankers

Neste and Terntank announced today that have signed an agreement for two new lower-emission tankers to transport raw materials and products. (Safety4Sea: click here)

WinGD Confirms First Chinese Orders for 92 bore Methanol Dual-Fuel Engine

WinGD (Winterthur Gas & Diesel) has confirmed the receipt of a landmark order to supply a 92-bore low-speed, dual-fuel engine to run on methanol for a series of newbuildings for COSCO Shipping Lines. (Motorship: click here)

Maersk signs MOU with Shanghai International Port Group on green methanol bunkering

A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) on strategic cooperation for Shanghai Port methanol marine fuel project. (Ship Management International: click here)

Methanol-Ready 32/44CR Wins RINA Approval

Classification society, RINA, has granted an Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate to MAN Energy Solutions for its methanol-ready MAN L/V 32/44CR engine. (Motorship: click here)

 Six Japanese companies to build country’s 1st methanol-powered coastal tanker

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., MOL Coastal Shipping, Ltd., Tabuchi Kaiun Co., Ltd., Niihama Kaiun Co., Ltd., Murakami Hide Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., and Hanshin Diesel Works, Ltd. have joined forces to build a methanol-fueled coastal tanker. (Offshore-energy: click here)

Norwegian Cruise Line’s $1.3bn methanol bet a ‘great signal’

Norwegian Cruise Line Holding’s €1.2bn ($1.3bn) investment in retrofitting ships to run on methanol is a sure sign that maritime views the alternative fuel as a viable way to meet pending carbon limits, an industry advocate said. (TradeWinds: click here)



MOL to build clean hydrogen/ammonia value chain in Thailand

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on building a clean hydrogen and ammonia value chain derived from renewable energy sources in southern Thailand, with the Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand, Mitsubishi Company (Thailand), and Chiyoda Corporation (Kanagawa). (Safety4Sea: click here)

MOL pumps money into US ammonia-to-power start-up Amogy

Japanese owner plans to convert ammonia into hydrogen for fuel cells. (TradeWinds: click here)

Saudi green ammonia mega-project to begin production in 2026

Construction of a USD8.5bn export-oriented green hydrogen mega-project located on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast is expected to begin after it signed financing agreements with a number of financial institutions on 1 March. (Motorship: click here)



Commercially operated Wärtsilä engine runs on 25 vol% hydrogen blend

The technology group Wärtsilä and WEC Energy Group have successfully tested the capabilities of a Wärtsilä engine running on 25 vol% hydrogen-blended fuel. (Green Car Congress: click here)

Netherlands Plans World’s Largest Offshore Hydrogen Production Site

The project would be the first in which hydrogen production at sea is carried out on a large scale. (Maritime Executive: click here)

Hynfra and Amarenco MENA form strategic partnership to produce hydrogen and ammonia in MENA region

Poland-based Hynfra has signed a framework cooperation agreement with Amarenco MENA, a major developer of renewable energy projects in the Middle East and North Africa and part of Amarenco Group. (Green Car Congress: click here)

Germany to Build Gas-fired Power Plants to be Operated with Hydrogen – Scholz

Germany to build gas-fired power plants to be operated with hydrogen – Scholz. (Hydrogen Central: click here)

Green hydrogen milestone for short sea feeder vessels

Samskip will launch next-generation zero emission short sea container vessels. (Ports Strategy: click here)

China’s First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Service Vessel Enters Operation

China’s first ship powered by a 500 KW hydrogen fuel cell has been put into operation by China Three Gorges Corporation. (Hydrogen Central: click here)

Oman advances green hydrogen projects

Oman’s hydrogen promotion agency, Hydrogen Oman (Hydrom), signed agreements with project developers relating to six green hydrogen production projects located around its emerging hydrogen export hubs at the port of Duqm and the port of Salalah on 15 March. (Motorship: click here)



More bio-, hydrogen-based marine fuels required for net-zero emissions: Shell

Biofuels make up 10% of bunker mix by 2040 in Shell scenario .Major says 10,000 ships need to run on hydrogen-based energy. Shell and TotalEnergies currently big on LNG bunkering business. (SP Global: click here)

Biofuels replace LNG as most popular alternative fuel, survey shows

Shipping industry stakeholders see biofuels as the best transition fuel. (Lloyds list maritime intelligence.: click here)



Pre-combustion onboard CCS solution receives AiP

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has awarded an approval in principle to a Norwegian hydrogen technology developer, Rotoboost, for its pre-combustion Carbon Capture System (CCS) Rotobox. (Motorship: click here)

Wärtsilä to deliver its first CCS-Ready scrubber systems

The technology group Wärtsilä has received its first order for carbon capture and storage-ready scrubber systems – CCS-Ready scrubbers – the company has announced today. (Nafs Green: click here)

Liquefied CO2 ship launched in Japan

A launch ceremony for a Japanese liquefied CO2 transportation demonstration test ship was held today at the Shimonoseki Shipyard of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Corporation. (Splash247: click here)

Landmark carbon capture project onboard a Stena Bulk tanker moves ahead

A consortium of global shipping organisations and the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) have received approval in principle from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), the US ship certification agency, to use a carbon capture system onboard an oil tanker. (Splash247: click here)

BHP signs carbon capture and utilization pilot agreement with China steelmaker HBIS

BHP has signed an agreement for piloting of carbon capture and utilization technology with China’s HBIS Group Co., Ltd (HBIS), one of the world’s largest steelmakers and a major iron ore customer of BHP. (Green Car Congress: click here)

ABP, Sizewell to develop direct air capture facility at Lowestoft Port

Associated British Ports (ABP) and Sizewell C are developing plans to locate a direct air capture (DAC) facility at ABP’s Port of Lowestoft, which would be capable of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. (Offshore-energy: click here)

First CO2 Stored in World’s First Demonstration of CCS Process

The first successful demonstration of carbon capture and storage below the sea floor was completed yesterday by Denmark’s pioneering Project Greensand in what is being hailed as a watershed moment in the fight against climate change. (Maritime Executive: click here)



Newbuild VLGC to get bespoke rotor sails installed

Finnish rotor sail manufacturer Norsepower has signed a contract to install two of its sails on a brand new very large gas carrier for Japan’s Iino Lines. (Splash247: click here)

Dutch shipowners rally behind wind-propulsion

Four Dutch shipowners will pioneer the 3rd generation of VentoFoils produced by eConowind, becoming active ambassadors of the solutions. (Offshore-energy: click here)

Samskip places 2+2 order with Cochin for H2-fuel cell feeders

European container operator Samskip has awarded Cochin Shipyard a contract for 2 x container feeder vessels, with an option for a further 2 vessels. The container feeders will be equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system, but are intended to be primarily powered by H2-fuelled fuel cells. (Motorship: click here)

Carisbrooke trials solar cells

UK shipowner Carisbrooke Shipping is trialling solar energy cells on the deck of one of its multi-purpose vessels. (Splash247: click here)

Eastern Pacific Shipping’s Cyril Ducau opens up on $1.8bn bid to cut carbon

ESG trendsetter says it will eliminate 10m tonnes of CO2 using technology that works and is available right now. (TradeWinds: click here)

Report: KSOE reveals design of SMR-powered vessel

Korean shipbuilding giant, Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE), has unveiled the design of a small modular reactor (SMR)-powered ship, Business Korea reports. (Offshore-energy: click here)



UN chief demands net zero 10-year ‘fast forward’ after new climate warning

Secretary general António Guterres says IPCC Synthesis report shows need for ‘G20 Solidarity pact’ and fires off volley of actions to curb fossil growth and accelerate transition. (Recharge news: click here)

ABS and Korean stakeholders join forces on defining Scope 3 emissions methodologies

American Bureau of Shipping, Korean Register and the leading Korean shipyards have established a joint development project (JDP) which will focus on creating a standardised approach to the calculation of greenhouse gas (GHG) Scope 3 emissions. (Ship. Energy: click here)

IPCC released its full Synthesis Report, drawing on a number of its reports published between 2018 and 2022.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the UN’s climate science body, responsible for producing scientific reports that offer policymakers and the public crucial evidence on the status of the climate crisis. The report can be found here

Study finds GHG methane offsets its warming ~30% and precipitation increase ~60% by short-wave absorption

A new study by researchers from the University of California, Riverside and colleagues in the US and Europe has now found that methane short-wave absorption counteracts ~30% of the surface warming associated with its long-wave radiative effects. (Green Car Congress: click here)

February 2023


 BY INTERCARGO – February 2023



 Tsuneishi inks methanol-fuelled bulker contract

Mitsui E&S Machinery has been awarded the contract to supply a dual-fuel engine capable of operating on methanol for a 65,700 dwt bulk carrier slated for construction at Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (Motorship: click here)

 CSL and Algoma place joint 4+2 order for methanol-fuelled bulkers

Canadian operators Algoma Central Corporation (Algoma) and CSL have placed an order with Jiangsu Yangzi-Mitsui Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (YAMIC) to construct four new methanol-ready ocean-going self-dischargers. (Motorship: click here)

Green light for world’s first 85,000 dwt ammonia-fueled bulker

China Classification Society (CCS), Singapore’s SDTR Marine and Shanghai’s Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) have jointly developed an 85,000 dwt ammonia-fueled bulk carrier. (Offshore-energy: click here)

Bulkers emerging as champions of wind-assisted propulsion as rotor sails hold sway over WPT installations

Rotor sails lead the way as the preferred solution for shipowners looking to reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency by tapping into the potential of wind-assisted propulsion on board their ships. (Offshore-energy: click here)

Wärtsilä completes first shaft generator retrofit on bulk carrier

Retrofitting is done on bulk carrier owned by Singapore-based Berge Bulk. (lloydslist.maritimeintelligence.: click here  

Cargill proceeds with wind plans and looks to focus on newbuilds

Chartering giant plans to continue with its three-pillar decarbonisation plans by completing the first installation of solid wind sails. (lloydslist.maritimeintelligence.: click here)



Lubricants for 2-stroke methanol engines gaining service experience

Newly developed 40 BN lubricants will gain service experience with the growing uptake of methanol dual-fuel 2-stroke engines. (Motorship: click here)

Singapore shipowner starts decarbonisation journey with methanol

Singapore-based shipowner Pacific Carriers Ltd (PCL) and shipbuilder PaxOcean, both part of the Kuok Group, will study the use of methanol as an alternative fuel in a joint development project (JDP) with ABS. (Riviera: click here)

Methanol dual-fuel numbers log record tally in February, DNV says

‘Green methanol will be needed sooner than green LNG’, classification society warns. (TradeWinds: click here)

Liner giant HMM orders ‘world’s first’ 9,000-teu methanol-powered container ships

Hyundai Samho takes lion’s share of newbuildings worth $1.1bn. (TradeWinds: click here)

CMA CGM splashes $1bn on methanol-fuelled container ship sextet

Owner already has 18 methanol-fuelled container ships under construction in Asia. (TradeWinds: click here)

Methanol bunkering coming to Singapore

Methanol bunkering seems to be coming to Singapore sooner than thought, following the announcement by Singapore-licensed marine fuel supplier Golden Island Diesel Oil Trading that will bring a methanol bunker supply operation in the area by 2026. (Safety4Sea: click here)

HMM and Costa focus on methanol supply partnerships

News that HMM, the largest shipping company in Korea, had announced an agreement with potential methanol supply partners on 14 February was followed by an agreement between Costa Cruises and Proman to collaborate on the implementation of methanol as a marine fuel for the cruise industry on 16 February. (Motorship: click here)

Europe’s ‘first’ green methanol powered bunker barge

Dutch fuel producer OCI has joined forces with barge operator Unibarge to develop ‘Europe’s first’ dual-fuel bunker barge powered by green methanol. (Motorship: click here)



 Trafigura: Green ammonia is going to be a key future fuel

In an exclusive interview to SAFETY4SEA, Mr. Andrea Olivi, Global Head of Wet Freight for Trafigura, reveals their strategy for the next five years, highlighting that sustainability remains at the top and that the green ammonia will play vital role in industry’s journey towards decarbonization. (Safety4Sea: click here)

Ammonia fuel-cell system wins approval in principle

DNV has awarded an approval in principle (AiP) to Norwegian marine fuel-cell manufacturer Alma Clean Power for a containerised solid oxide fuel-cell (SOFC) module for use with ammonia. (Riviera: click here)



 UK project to trial UK H2-fuelled engine on general cargo vessel

Carisbrooke Shipping, the UK shipowner, is participating in a demonstration project to develop an innovative zero-emission hydrogen-fuelled auxiliary engine. The project has been awarded £2.3 million as part of the UK government’s Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC3). (Motorship: click here)

MAN ES AEngine tests scheduled for H1 2023

Thomas Hansen, head of two-stroke promotion and customer support at MAN Energy Solutions reveals MAN ES plans to soft-launch the Ammonia engine (AEngine) development programme in an exclusive interview with The Motorship. (Motorship: click here)

SGMF: Hydrogen is not completely emission free

In a recently published report by the Society Gas of Marine Fuel (SGMF), the Association clarifies that only hydrogen produced from renewable energy can be said to be carbon dioxide free. (Safety4Sea: click here)

Canada Approves North America’s First Green Hydrogen Production Plant

Canadian start-up EverWind Fuels reports it has received what it believes is the first environmental approval for an independent project for the large-scale production of green hydrogen and green ammonia in North America. (Maritime Executive: click here  

Report reveals ‘serious incident’ on Shell hydrogen carrier’s maiden voyage

Australian investigators say component failure led to flame discharge on deck of pioneering Suiso Frontier. (TradeWinds: click here)

EU sets out rules for producing green hydrogen

Bloc sets criteria on what constitutes renewable hydrogen pending approval from other EU bodies (lloydslist.maritimeintelligence: click here  



 Use of biofuels in shipping

The use of biofuels or biofuel blends is one of many ways to comply with the IMO’s strategy on the reduction of GHG emissions from ships, and DNV has seen an increasing interest in these new fuels. This technical news aims to clarify the regulatory status and other considerations on the usage of such fuels. (DNV: click here)

US announces $118 million in funding to spur domestic biofuel production

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $118 million in funding for 17 projects to accelerate the production of sustainable biofuels for the country’s transportation and manufacturing needs. (Ship. Energy: click here)

Green Seas: Commodities giant’s shipping arm sees biofuels as key pillar of decarbonisation

Our environment newsletter looks at how Cargill aims to build up its biofuels business. (TradeWinds: click here)

MOL redefines poop deck in alternative fuel search

Japan’s largest shipowner has signed a memorandum of understanding with compatriot firm Air Water to jointly study the trial use of liquefied bio-methane (LBM) derived from cattle manure in LNG-fuelled vessels (Splash247: click here   

EIA: US renewable diesel capacity could more than double through 2025

US production capacity for renewable diesel could more than double from current levels by the end of 2025, based on several announcements for projects that are either under construction or could start development soon, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). (Green Car Congress: click here)

Vessel trials for biofuel bunkering completed

Supply chain trials involve five vessels and approximately 4,700 tonnes of sustainable biofuel blends. (lloydslist.maritimeintelligence: click here)



 World’s first full scale CCS project moves ahead with LCO2 carrier signing ceremony

The signing ceremony for bare boat charter and time charter contracts for two 7,500m3 liquefied CO2 ships between Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE) and Northern Lights JV DA was held in Stavanger, Norway on 10th February 2023. (Ship Management International: click here)

Eastern Pacific installs filtering and carbon capture system on tanker

Singapore-based owner and tech start-up Value Maritime have inserted a carbon capture and storage module into an onboard exhaust gas filtering system. (lloydslist.maritimeintelligence.: click here)

Ardmore to install carbon capture scrubbers on some vessels

Tanker owner/operator says it has eight drydockings scheduled for this year, seven of which are related to ballastwater installations. (lloydslist.maritimeintelligence: click here)



Liberian Registry awards Approval in Principle to Anemoi’s Rotor Sail systems

The Liberian Registry has awarded an Approval in Principle (AIP) to Anemoi Marine Technologies for their Rotor Sail systems. Anemoi’s Rotor Sails are available with three deployment options – fixed to the deck, a folding type, and on rails that can be moved along or across the deck. (Ship Management International: click here)

Top Korean shipping lines back nuclear power

A host of Korean shipping lines including HMM, Sinokor and H-Line Shipping along with the nation’s class society are pressing ahead with plans to develop nuclear-powered merchant ships. (Splash247: click here)

‘100,000 years of power’ | US-Japan team hails H2-boron plasma fusion breakthrough

California-based TAE Technologies and Japan’s National Institute for Fusion Science claim success testing new fuel cycle, opening door to cleaner, lower cost energy than produced by conventional deuterium-tritium-based process. (Recharge news: click here)

PowerCell in final negotiations over ‘one of the world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell projects in marine industry’

Sweden-based PowerCell has signed a letter of intent to negotiate final terms for a project in northern Norway involving two ferries which will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells. (Ship. Energy: click here)

HMM joins South Korea alliance to develop nuclear tech for maritime use

HMM among nine South Korean organisations cooperating in the development and demonstration of small modular reactors for marine use. (lloydslist.maritimeintelligence.: click here)

DNV awards Michelin first AiP forWISAMO inflatable wing sail

Classification society DNV has awarded an AiP to Michelin for theirWISAMO wing sail system. This is the first AiP to have been awarded toan inflatable wing sail design and is currently being installed for testingon the DNV classed MN Pélican. (DNV: click here)



Poseidon Principles: Annual Disclosure Report

Poseidon Principles for Marine Insurance published the first Annual Disclosure Report, as a step forward towards transparency in the maritime and insurance sectors. (Safety4Sea: click here)

New IMO project to address availability of alternative marine fuels

Future Fuels and Technology Project aims to provide an assessment of the state of availability and readiness of low- and zero-carbon ship technology and marine fuels, in order to help inform Member States as they work towards the revision of the IMO GHG Strategy (IMO : click here)

ABP rolls out £2 billion green growth and decarbonisation plan

Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading ports group, has today launched its wide-ranging new sustainability strategy, Ready for Tomorrow (RFT), backed by a plan to invest around £2 billion in decarbonising its own operations by 2040. (Offshore-energy: click here)

US ports to build out nearly $50 bln in green infrastructure over the next decade

The U.S. ports are expected to build out nearly $50 billion in green infrastructure over the next decade – and hydrogen is set to play a significant role in the industry’s plans, a recent survey from the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) shows. (Offshore-energy: click here)

Russian invasion speeds rise of EU renewables – and means ‘half of coal plants scrapped’ by 2030

Worldwide energy crisis sparked by war on Ukraine fuelling acceleration of clean power build-out to new records as historical power sources stall and fall, says Bloomberg Intelligence report. (Recharge news: click here)

bp to invest up to $8B additional in transition growth engines by 2030, for cumulative $55-65B over 2023-2030

bp says that it will invest more in the energy transition and bp’s own transition, with up to $8 billion more slated for transition growth engines (TGEs) by 2030.  (Recharge news: click here)

European Parliament approves zero CO2 for new cars and vans in 2035

The European Parliament approved the new CO2 emissions reduction targets for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, part of the “Fit for 55” package. (Green Car Congress: click here)

The Potential of E-fuels to Decarbonise Ships and Aircraft

This publication examines the potential of novel fuels to decarbonise aviation and maritime shipping

(International transportation Forum: click here)

January 2023


 BY INTERCARGO – January 2023




Cargill kickstarts methanol bulkers with first kamsarmax order

Cargill teams up with Mitsui and Japanese yard Tsuneishi to end the ‘chicken and egg’ debate and catalyse methanol-fuelled bulk carrier orders with an initial order of two kamsarmaxes (Lloyds List: click here)


ClassNK issues approval in principle (AiP) for large ammonia fueled BC developed by MOL and MITSUI

ClassNK has issued an Approval in Principle (AiP) for a large ammonia fueled 210,000 DWT bulk carrier jointly developed by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and MITSUI & CO., LTD (MITSUI). (Shipmanagement International: click here)

WinGD, CMB TECH to develop large ammonia-fuelled engines for Bocimar’s bulker newbuilds

Swiss marine power company WinGD and Belgian shipping and cleantech group CMB.TECH have signed an agreement on the development of ammonia-fuelled two-stroke engines. (Offshore-energy: click here)

AiP for ammonia-fuelled Kamsarmax

Sumitomo Corporation and Oshima Shipbuilding have been awarded a new approval in principle (AiP) from DNV for an ammonia-fuelled Kamsarmax bulk carrier design. (Motorship: click here)

K Line installs first automated kite system on Capesize carrier

K Line informed that it installed the first Seawing, an automated kite system that harnesses wind power, on a Capesize carrier at the end of 2022. (Safety4Sea: click here)

DNV, Swedish dry bulk charterers collaborate on green fuel newbuildings

DNV and the Responsible Shipping Initiative (RSI), an alliance of Swedish dry bulk charterers, have launched a feasibility study to develop a commercial framework for orders of green-fuelled newbuilds (Safety4Sea: click here)

Longship orders four diesel-electric cargo ships in Turkey

The quartet of 8,600-dwt shortsea ships will be delivered from spring 2024 from Atlas Shipyard in Turkey. (TradeWinds: click here)

AURELIA, partners create a blueprint for green retrofitting of a Newcastlemax bulker

Dutch ship design company AURELIA has joined forces with naval architecture designer NEPA SHIPPING, and ALOFT SYSTEMS, experts in sails and weather routing, on a green retrofitting project involving a 205,000 dwt bulk carrier. Details can be found here (Offshore-energy: click here)



Port of Rotterdam to fuel ships with methanol on a regular basis from summer 2023

From the summer of 2023, the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s top bunkering port, will provide methanol bunkering to sea-going vessels on a regular basis. (Offshore-energy: click here)

Iberdrola to build $1.17bn green methanol plant in Australia

Plant capable of producing 200,000 tonnes of methanol for marine fuel in first phase of development, (Lloyds List: click here)

World’s 1st methanol-fueled ferry carries out first STS bunkering

A milestone for the use of methanol as a marine fuel was achieved in the Port of Gothenburg on January 23. (Safety4Sea: click here)

FAT complete for HHI-EMD’s first methanol engine

The Engine & Machinery Division of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI-EMD) has completed the world’s first factory acceptance test (FAT) for the methanol dual-fuel HiMSEN engine. (Motorship: click here)

A year in review for methanol as marine fuel: 82 ships by 2028

Based on the data from DNV, there are currently a total of 82 methanol-powered ships in operation and on order. (Offshore-energy: click here)



Quantitative Risk Assessment of Ammonia-fuelled Vessels

Paper presented at: RINA Scaling Decarbonisation Solutions – Reducing Emissions by 2030 conference

(LR: click here)

H2Carrier teams up with L&T to develop floating green ammonia projects

Norway-based H2Carrier has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian multinational conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for cooperation in developing floating green ammonia projects for industrial-scale applications. (Offshore-energy: click here)

Grimaldi adds to ammonia-ready car carrier orderbook in China

Italian shipowner Grimaldi Group has signed an order for the construction of up to seven ammonia-ready pure car and truck carriers in China, worth around $630m. (Splash247: click here)

H2Carrier and Anori developing PtX project in Greenland; production of green ammonia on floating platform P2XFloater

H2Carrier AS and Greenland-based Anori A/S have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the purpose of developing the first commercial wind farm in Greenland with subsequent production and export of green ammonia. (Green Car Congress: click here)

World’s first AiP for Ammonia Floating Storage and Regasification Barge (A-FSRB) issued

ClassNK has issued an Approval in Principle (AiP) for an ammonia floating storage and regasification barge (A-FSRB) jointly developed by NYK Line, Nihon Shipyard Co., Ltd. (NSY), and IHI Corporation (IHI). (Shipmanagement International: click here)



Equinor and RWE to develop hydrogen-fired power plants in Germany, Norway-to-Germany hydrogen pipeline

Norwegian state-owned energy company Equinor and Germany-based energy company RWE have agreed to work together to develop large-scale value chains for low carbon hydrogen. (Green Car Congress: click here)



Biofuel sales outpace LNG

Biofuel sales at the Port of Singapore far exceeded those of LNG in 2022 (GreenPort: Click here)



PNNL team develops least costly to date carbon capture system with conversion to methanol

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have created a new system—the least costly to date—that efficiently captures CO2 and converts it into methanol. The new PNNL carbon capture and conversion system brings the cost to capture CO2 down to about $39 per metric ton. (Green Car Congress: click here)



South Korean shipbuilder pursues ship fuel cells in new deal

Korean Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE) is teaming up with two European organisations to develop fuel cells for ships and power generation, and acquire technologies to produce green hydrogen. (Riviera: click here)

Game changer’: First 3D ship design model makes it to class approval

Damen Engineering Gdansk, Napa and Bureau Veritas reveal insights into their collaboration. (TradeWinds: click here)

Advent and Alfa Laval collaborate on marine fuel cell development project

The project will focus on testing Advent’s methanol-powered HT-PEM fuel cells as a source of marine auxiliary power. (Ship Technology: click here)

ABS AiP for SHI MSR-based power barge design

An innovative nuclear power barge design from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has been granted Approval in Principle (AiP) by ABS (Motorship: click here)

Ammonia fuel-cell system wins approval in principle

DNV has awarded an approval in principle (AiP) to Norwegian marine fuel-cell manufacturer Alma Clean Power for a containerised solid oxide fuel-cell (SOFC) module for use with ammonia. (Riviera: click here)

ABS Technology Trends

(ABS: click here)


Norway: Proposal for zero emissions requirement in fjords by 2026

On 2 January 2023, the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) submitted a proposal for a regulation regarding emissions of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane in the world heritage fjords and the use of the best available technology to reduce nitrous oxide emissions. (Safety4Sea: click here)

The Maritime Technologies Forum (MTF) has released a comprehensive assessment to compare the feasibility and readiness of alternative marine fuels

The heatmap report from MTF assesses the level of current readiness of fossil LNG, bio-methanol and green ammonia compared to fossil MGO. The assessment applied MTF’s Framework for Assessing Decarbonization Technologies and Alternative Energy Carriers to fossil MGO, fossil LNG, bio-methanol and green ammonia. (maritime technologies forum: click here)

Future Fuels: 275 Altenative Fuel Ships Ordered in 2022

The total number of ships with alternative fuels ordered in 2022 was 275 (excluding battery operated vessels), according to  numbers released today from DNV via its Alternative Fuels Insight report.

Sorting the data (Marine Link : click here)

For the 2022 monthly updates on Alternative Fuels & Technologies, please see here.