The environmental reforms the maritime industry prepares in 2018

09/03/20180 CommentsLuis Gondelles
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The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, Kitack Lim, said in January 2017 the maritime industry is under constant pressures to be safer, greener and more efficient; so it will promote some environmental reforms. “For maritime transport, the raising pressure to reduce costs and improve the care of the environment, both point to one thing, energy management”, said Lim. Currently, some industry players will carry out some environmental reforms.Port revolution In SpainIn Spain’s case, some environmental reforms will be taking place in the port sector. José Llorca, Port President of the country, assured the Spanish port complexes have the challenge of preparing for the “Industrial Revolution 4.0”, which will involve improving competitiveness, environmental sustainability through emission control, and digitization. According to Llorca, competitiveness at the port sector requires adapting supply to maritime transport demand associated with large ships; environmental sustainability involves the electrification of transport and the reduction of emissions of sulfur and nitrogen with gas alternatives, as well as a new model of relationship with the cities and the environment to look for less intensive models of port operation in soil.Chinese chemical tankersShanghai Dingheng Shipping has launched a strategic plan to add 100 chemical tankers to its fleet over the next 10 years. The shipping company will join with the main suppliers of equipment, shipyards and other partners that will cooperate in the construction of the mentioned chemical companies of small to medium size, which will apply environmental reforms on the oil consumption of the tankers. Shanghai Dingheng Shipping, together with Xiamen Xiangyu Group and Nantong Tongbao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd, has already built 6 chemical tankers. The flagship, the AD Admiral of 8,500 tpm successfully completed the sea trials in late December. The chemical tanker has been improved and optimized in line design, equipment configuration, and oil consumption has decreased by more than 30%. The shipping company reached an agreement with Xinle Shipbuilding Group and other materials and equipment managers to build a total of 40 chemical tankers of between 6,000 and 9,000 tpm, which started in January 2018.MOL to tow with LNGMitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced in January the signing of the construction of a tugboat propelled with liquefied natural gas (LNG). It will be built by Kanagawa Dockyard Co., Ltd. The use of LNG for this tugboat would be one of the contributions to MOLs environmental reform agenda. The construction of the ship began in February 2018 and will end next year. MOL thus becomes the first ship-owner to have a tugboat with engines that use as fuel the LNG manufacturer by Yanmar Co., Ltd. Another contribution of MOL to the agenda of environmental reforms will be the creation of a coal transporter that will be propelled by LNG. MOL received an approval principle, along with Tohoku Electric Power Co. and Namura Shipbuilding Co., from the Lloyd Register for the conveyor design. The three companies moved forward with this project and already conducted a risk identification study to complete the basic design. The design of the vessel ensures sufficient load capacity without making the cover larger when installing the LNG tank at the stern. With information form:
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