Silverstream Technologies Joins Global Industry Alliance to Support Decarbonisation

The GIA was inaugurated at the first meeting of the IMO Intersessional Working Group on the Reduction of GHG emissions from ships. Thirteen leading shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine builders and suppliers, big data providers and oil companies have signed up to a new Global Industry Alliance (GIA) to support transitioning shipping towards a low carbon future.

The GloMEEP Project is a Global Environment Facility (GEF) United Nations Development Program (UNDP) IMO project aimed at supporting developing countries in the implementation of energy efficiency measures for shipping.

In his GIA launch speech, IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, said the new alliance will help shipping to make its contribution towards greenhouse gas reduction and the mitigation of climate change, a key target for the UN under its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“What we are witnessing today is the formal start of a tried and tested partnership concept which has the potential to boost still further our efforts to kick-start the change that society demands and create a firm, tangible basis to transform the shipping sector for the better,” Mr Lim said.

“Under this new public-private partnership initiative, these ‘industry champions’ are coming together to contribute to tackling the challenges of decarbonising the shipping sector.”

Together, the GIA partners will focus on a number of priority areas including energy efficiency technologies and operational best practices, alternative fuels and digitalisation.

The 13 members of the GIA are: ABB Engineering Ltd, DNV GL, Lloyd’s Register EMEA, MarineTraffic, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, Ricardo UK Ltd, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited, Silverstream Technologies, Stena, Total Marine Fuels Ltd, Wärtsilä Corporation and Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd.  Author: Rebecca Gibson

IMO | Signing Ceremony | Read the Secretary General’s GIA launch speech

Green Feeding from Denmark

The shipping industry’s ageing and polluting feeder fleet is in need of an emissions angel. In 2005, 35% of Sulphur deposition in coastal areas originated from international shipping while 20% of Nitrogen deposits in coastal areas came from ships, according to the same report (Main Report Shipping, 2013). Danish-led initiative, Green Ship of the Future (GSF), set out to change this, undertaking the Regional ECOFeeder project in 2016 to inspire a “responsible” renewal of the feeder fleet.

Air lubrication has also been included in the design, utilising corporate partner Silverstream Technologies to provide a solution tailored to the vessel.

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How Does a Bunker Saving Air Lubrication System Work?

Silverstream have released a new animation demonstrating the workings of its air lubrication technology. “Given the public-facing, higher-profile nature of cruise lines in particular – and the fact that they operate in busy port environments subject to green legislation – operators need to be able to trust the improvement benefits that manufacturers claim their technologies can deliver.” Read More | Ship & Bunker

New Animation Showcases Silverstream® System

Silverstream Technologies is proud to launch a new animation showcasing the Silverstream® System. In the animation viewers can learn how our system is built and installed, how it functions, and what effect this has on the energy efficiency of the vessel.

The Silverstream® System provides a means-tested, independently validated path for shipowners and operators to realise real improvements in sustainability and reductions in fuel costs. With bunker prices expected to increase thanks to new sulphur regulations coming into force in 2020, proven clean technologies such as the Silverstream® System will be essential in bringing about a cheaper, greener shipping industry.

The commercial success of the Silverstream® System air lubrication technology has set a new industry benchmark for proving the benefits of undergoing a rigorous and transparent testing and validation process following the success of its landmark sea trials. Silvestream Technologies continues to gather data from ongoing sea trials, applying the knowledge gleaned from this process to ensure that the Silverstream® System is continually developed and improved to run at the optimum operational efficiency.

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Silverstream Air Lubrication for Cruise Operator

Silverstream Technologies has signed a contract with another major cruise line to retrofit its Silverstream System technology on one of its vessels. The Silverstream System is an air lubrication technology available which can be installed to both newbuilds and retrofits, even during a short dry docking.

It uses 66% less energy than other air lubrication systems to power the compressors, which keep cavities filled with air at the required pressure. Read More | The Motor Ship

Silverstream Says Latest Order Highlights Industry Pressure for Bunker Savings

Silverstream Technologies (Silverstream) Tuesday announced that it has signed a new contract to retrofit its Silverstream System air lubrication technology on a vessel of a major cruise line – an order Silverstream says demonstrates the pressure within the shipping industry for enhanced operational efficiencies, increased bunker savings, and reduced emissions. Read More

Technologies for future ships and future shipping

The 10th Symposium on High-Performance Marine Vehicles (HIPER) was held in Cortona, Italy. The theme of the conference – future and futuristic technologies for ships and shipping – attracted some 70 participants with a very interdisciplinary and international flavour.” Read More

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Silverstream Technologies is proud to be a founding member of the Global Industry Alliance.

The GIA partners will, in collaboration with IMO, collectively identify and develop innovative solutions to address and support low carbon shipping.

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