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Fleet Optimization and Innovation Headlines of the Week March 13, 2019

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.  -William Arthur Ward

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The Winds of Change

Some of you may know that I’m a sailor.  That helps explain my skepticism years ago when I first heard about using sails for cargo shipping.   The Skysail comes to mind, which reminded me of a spinnaker–  great for racing sailboats, but for an oil tanker???

This skepticism was mitigated when I learned of the Flettner Rotor sail design last year and understood that the idea (for now) is to create energy to SUPPORT propulsion and reduce the need for fossil fuels, not replace it entirely.  Certainly a wonderful step forward in light of our industry’s evolution towards reducing GHGs.  Other wind technologies (remember the Tig Rig which won the SHIPPINGInsight Honorable Mention award last year?) are under development, so it is certainly a space to watch and an area garnering a lot of attention!

For those of you in North America, you will have the opportunity to learn more as the International Windship Association Secretary, Gavin Allwright, will be making a tour through Canada and the United States, with stops in Montreal, Vancouver, Stamford, CT (for the CMA Shipping 2019 Conference), Washington DC, San Francisco and Miami.

As the song goes, “Everything old is new again!”

Keep optimizing,


     Carleen Lyden Walker
     Chief Evolution Officer
IMO Maritime Ambassador
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News of the Week
March 13, 2019 
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Wind Power

Norsepower Rotor Sails Issued First-Ever Design Type Approval for Onboard Wind Propulsion

2019-03-05 – Finnish clean technology group Norsepower announced Tuesday that its innovative Rotor Sail Solution has received the first-ever type approval design certificate granted to an auxiliary wind propulsion system onboard a commercial ship. . . READ MORE

Maritime Heritage

IN THE KNOW Podcast 9: World Congress on Maritime Heritage

2019-03-05 – For this edition of the Maritime Executive Magazine Podcast, MarEx editor-in-chief Tony Munoz spoke with Peter Hinchliffe, the former secretary general of the International Chamber of Shipping. Hinchliffe is an organizer for the first ever World Congress on Maritime Heritage, which will be held in Singapore from March 13-15 at Resorts World Sentosa’s Equarius Hotel. . . READ MORE

Fuel Quality

Bunker sampling: How to assure the quality of bunkers delivered

2019-03-07 – With new, stricter regulations coming into force regarding fuels’ sulphur content, the quality of bunkers delivered to ships is of high importance; they need to meet the agreed purchase specifications and applicable global and local regulations. Nevertheless, there are cases in which ‘bad bunkers’ are delivered, which may lead to damages to ship engines, disputes between owners and charterers, even detentions and fines. . .READ MORE

Main Engine Damage due to bunkered fuel quality

2019-03-07 – A General cargo ship “M” was involved in cargo operations in an Indonesian port. Charterers had arranged the vessel to receive bunkers by a local bunker barge. The barge moored alongside of the vessel for supplying the agreed amount of 155M/T of fuel oil (180cst) into No.1 & 2 F.O. tanks respectively. Both tanks had been cleaned from previous stored fuel prior bunkering. Bunkering operation was completed and the bunker supplier provided the cargo vessel with the required fuel oil sample (appropriate sealed and numbered). After completion of cargo loading, the cargo vessel departed for her destination. . . READ MORE


IMO: Need for more studies on coatings as new source of microplastics

2019-03-07 – IMO issued a report to assess current knowledge and data regarding marine coatings as microplastics sources, identifying very little practical research or knowledge on the topic. The IMO review came after a recent report by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) which showed that hull scrapings, marine coatings and anti-fouling systems are potential sources of microplastics in the oceans. . .READ MORE


Carnival: Scrubber Washwater is Safe for the Environment

2019-03-07 – Carnival Corporation has released the results of a multi-year study of washwater effluent from its exhaust gas scrubber systems. The findings indicate that open loop scrubber effluent complies with the discharge concentration standards used by IMO, and even with the standards used by shoreside water quality regulators in Europe – including EU limits for inland surface water. . . READ MORE

Fuel Cells

Fuel Cells: industry examines options in race to zero emissions

2019-03-11 – A maritime consortium, including ABS and Sandia National Laboratories, recently proved the viability of a hydrogen fuel cell ferry designed for operations in the environmentally sensitive San Francisco Bay area. . . READ MORE


DNV GL Rolls Out Remote Surveys

2019-03-11 – Classification society DNV GL has announced that all DNV GL classed vessels are now able to utilize the possibility of remote surveys for some inspections through the Veracity data platform. . . READ MORE

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