Grimaldi Homes in on Ropax Orders

Grimaldi Group is poised to put pen to paper on an order for 10 hybrid ro-ro vessels, as well as a EUR 60m ($70m) investment for the lengthening of a pair of cruise ro-pax ferries.

An order for the environmentally friendly ro-ro newbuildings to be fitted with some of the largest lithium batteries, will be awarded to yards in the coming weeks, managing director Emanuel Grimaldi told a conference in Italy today. He said the order would be for six hybrid ro-ro ferries and four options, with deliveries starting from 2020.

The so-called GGG5 project, which has been in the pipeline for a year, has been designed together with Danish naval architect Knud E Hansen.

The ships will emit zero emissions in port as a result of being fitted with lithium fuel cells.

“This is the first time in the world that such type of batteries are installed on this class of ships,” Grimaldi told the 21st Euromed Conference.

The new ships will be equipped with an air lubrication system creating bubble layers beneath the hull, to reduce friction and consumption.

Solar panels and electrical pumping systems will be added.The vessels will have scrubbers installed to reduce by over 40 times their sulphur emissions and be ready to comply with all sulphur limitation rules.

Grimaldi told a conference in Sardinia today that the company planned to make additional investment in other sectors including lengthening of roro vessels and ropax cruise ferries.

The cruise ferries will be expanded to give additional room for 500 seated people and 50 cabins, raising the passenger capacity from 3000 to 3500. The ships would also have additional space for 50 more trailers and 50 cars.

Grimaldi said the Fincantieri order will be finalised around October, with delivery of the enlarged vessel set to take place in the first half of 2019.

By Ian Lewis- Tradewinds

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.

Read More | The Naval Architect | Green Ship of the Future

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.

Noah Silberschmidt, CEO Silverstream Technologies, said: “There is a real demand from the cruise sector for clean technologies that are cost effective, easy to implement and operate, and deliver the efficiency benefits that are claimed.”

He added: “Cruise operators are under increasing pressure to improve their sustainability, as well as reduce fuel consumption and their environmental impact.”

“This new contract represents the confidence that the sector has in the Silverstream System® as a viable technology that helps them to meet these challenges, as well as delivering a fast return on investment.”

The technology does not take up a significant amount of space, which is key to the cruise industry and impact on its revenue.

There is a positive simplicity to retrofitting the Silverstream System® means less downtime for vessels, and also reduces the cost of the technology by as much as 30%.

Extensive performance analysis of data from Silverstream’s original sea trial funded by Shell confirmed consistent net efficiency savings more than 4% and up to 8% for larger vessels.

Mr Silberschmidt concluded: “MARPOL Annex VI regulations, which will see the global sulphur limit in fuels reduce to less than 0.5%, will be implemented in 2020, and will have a significant effect on fuel bills for cruise operators, who also transit the 0.1% Emission Control Areas.”

“Leveraging any solution that can reduce their fuel consumption is critical to maintaining profitability and continuity.  Clean technology is one of the best ways to deliver this, and we are delighted that the hard work and investment that has gone into developing the Silverstream System as one of the industry’s most viable and proven solutions is coming to fruition.”

The system will be retrofitted onto the vessel in 2017.

 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

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