Samskip Leads on Emissions-Free Autonomous Container Ship Project

Samskip Leads on Emissions-Free Autonomous Container Ship Project

December 26, 2018 —The Maritime Executive

Europe’s largest multimodal operator, Samskip, has been named lead partner in “Seashuttle,” a project seeking to bring emissions-free, autonomous container ships to market that also operate at a profit. The announcement coincides with the award of €6 million of Norwegian government money to Project SeaShuttle to take forward development of two all-electric ships slated to connect Poland, Swedish west coast ports and the Oslo fjord. The vessels will draw on state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cells for their propulsion power.

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How Cargo Ships Can Go Green

How Cargo Ships Can Go Green

December 26, 2018 —Bloomberg

Shipping is the lifeblood of global commerce — more than 80 percent of world trade goes by water. But the industry is also an environmental menace, producing as much carbon dioxide annually as Germany. The International Maritime Organization has helpfully called for ships to produce about 85 percent less sulfur by the end of next year, and to halve their total greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050.

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Masterbulk Testing Out Renewable Energy on Board Its Ships

Masterbulk Testing Out Renewable Energy on Board Its Ships

December 21, 2018 —World Maritime News

Singapore’s shipping company Masterbulk has installed UltraBattery(UB) battery pack on its large general cargo ship MV Panamana. The battery pack, manufactured by the Furukawa Battery Company, will form part of an Aquarius Marine Solar Power solution developed by technology company Eco Marine Power and it will be evaluated jointly with Masterbulk and ZEABORN Ship Management (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

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US Ports Reported Lower Emissions and Greater Efficiencies in 2018

US Ports Reported Lower Emissions and Greater Efficiencies in 2018

December 20, 2018 —Energy Manager Today

A few months before the UN’s International Maritime Organization members agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2050, the Port of Seattle shared remarkable results from the Puget Sound Maritime Air Emissions Inventory. Between 2005 and 2016, maritime-related air pollutant emissions in Puget Sound had decreased in nearly every sector — some pollutants by as much as 97%. The Port of Seattle credited a wide range of emissions reduction initiatives for the decrease that included voluntary programs and projects working toward cleaner engines, fuels, and operational efficiency. They aren’t alone. US ports from coast to coast reported lower emissions and improved efficiencies this year.

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NY-NJ rail port project to improve Midwest reach

NY-NJ rail port project to improve Midwest reach

December 18, 2018 —JOC.com

Riding a 14.5 percent increase this year in rail traffic, the Port of New York and New Jersey in the coming weeks will open a new intermodal terminal and extensive related track upgrades as it seeks to boost the port’s share of discretionary cargo headed for the Midwest. The $149 million off-dock terminal at GCT Bayonne, the port’s fourth rail terminal, accompanies an extensive, $59 million project to upgrade the tracks in and around the area to ensure cargo fluidity in and out of the new terminal as cargo volumes through the area rise.

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AIDAnova, World’s 1st LNG Cruise Ship, Delivered

AIDAnova, World’s 1st LNG Cruise Ship, Delivered

December 12, 2018 —World Maritime News

German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has delivered  the world’s first cruise ship to be powered solely by LNG, AIDAnova, to its owner AIDA Cruises.The initial delivery, scheduled for November, was postponed by Meyer Werft in October as the shipbuilder needed more time to thoroughly test all of the ship’s systems in order to ensure smooth operation of the vessel.

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Houston to get eight Konecranes hybrid RTGs

Houston to get eight Konecranes hybrid RTGs

December 5, 2018 —Port Strategy

Finnish lifting equipment company Konecranes has secured an order from long-term US customer Port Houston to supply the facility with eight Konecranes rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs), complete with hybrid power packs. The cranes, the first Konecranes hybrid RTGs to be delivered, will arrive at the Texan port’s Barbours Cut Container Terminal in the first quarter of 2020, with the order set to be booked in the fourth quarter of this year.

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Maersk Wants to Become Carbon Neutral by 2050

Maersk Wants to Become Carbon Neutral by 2050

December 5, 2018 —World Maritime News

World’s largest shipping company Maersk announced that it aims to become a carbon neutral company by 2050. The company said that in order to achieve this goal, carbon neutral vessels must be commercially viable by 2030, and an acceleration in new innovations and adaption of new technology is required. “The only possible way to achieve the so-much-needed decarbonisation in our industry is by fully transforming to new carbon neutral fuels and supply chains,” says Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer at A.P. Moller – Maersk.

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Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s completed shore power project to reduce air pollution

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s completed shore power project to reduce air pollution

December 3, 2018 —Hellenic Shipping News

The Government of Canada is developing an environmentally responsible transportation system to protect the environment and health of Canadians. By supporting the development of green transportation solutions, we promote environmental sustainability and foster our country’s economic prosperity. The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, joined Mr. Robin Silvester, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, at the Port of Vancouver to highlight the completion of a project supporting the Government of Canada’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and to embrace new technologies to improve Canadians’ lives.

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