Container ship MSC ALTAIR broke off her moorings at around 1400 Nov 24 at Prince Rupert Harbor, Canada, and drifted aground, in strong wind. The ship was refloated with assistance of several tugs, and taken back to berth, no damages reported. She left Prince Rupert at around 0000 UTC Nov 25, and as of 0230 UTC Nov 25 was under way, heading obviously, for outer anchorage in Chatham Sound, to wait out bad weather.

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General cargo ship AQUILA ran aground on a northeast coast of Myodo island, Yeosu, Korea, at around 2300 Seoul time Nov 24, while approaching Gwangyang Port. The ship went out of control after steering was disabled by generator failure. She was refloated in the morning Nov 25 and taken to inner Gwangyang Port anchorage. No reports on damages, possible hull breaches, etc., though there might be some.

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Cook on board of Bangladeshi bulk carrier MEGHNA LIBERTY reportedly killed ship’s Master on Nov 20, in Indian ocean. He gave himself up to crew after telling them he killed Master, in Master’s cabin. Master was found in his cabing in a pool of blood. MEGHNA LIBERTY interrupted voyage from South Africa to Haldia India, and called nearest port, Port Louis, Mauritius, where she arrived on Nov 22. Investigation under way. All or majority of the crew are reportedly, of Filipino nationality.

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Reefer container ship AUTUMN STREAM left Radicatel port, Seine, France, on Nov 20, bound for Guadeloupe, but had to interrupt voyage and call Brest, understood under own power at reduced speed, after encountering propulsion problem. Divers found ship’s propeller shaft entangled in hawser. The ship understood to be in need of dry docking, because hawser damages parts of propeller and propulsion system. She’s to offload 178 containers on board. Photo of AUTUMN STREAM at Brest, and information, Ouest-France.

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Container ship BALTIC FULMAR reported containers loss to regional operational center CROSS Corsen, France, Atlantic, at 0730 UTC Nov 25, in Bay of Biscay south of Brest, while en route from Dunkirk to Bilbao, Spain. 7 containers fell overboard, all 7 confirmed to be empty. Container ship continued voyage, area is under aerial surveillance, all ships in the vicinity are warned. Understood rough weather is the main cause of an accident.

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Japanese refiners are dusting off unused supply chains for fuel oil and getting coastal vessels and storage tanks ready after receiving requests from electric utilities to supply more fuel oil this winter amid a global crunch for power generation fuels.

Japan narrowly averted blackouts last winter as liquefied natural gas (LNG) demand and prices soared during a cold snap, and the situation this year may get even tighter as strong use and restocking in Europe and Asia draws down supplies and props up prices near record highs, executives and analysts say.

Highly polluting fuel oil, used mainly to power ships, is being considered as a backstop in case of gas shortages for the first time since the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster in 2011.

The nation’s top two refiners Eneos Holdings 5020.T and Idemitsu Kosan 5019.T are getting higher orders for fuel oil from electric utilities for this winter to ensure adequate power supply during the peak demand season, their executives said.

“We have received orders from several utilities for double the amount of fuel oil that we have shipped in January and February this year,” Idemitsu President Shunichi Kito said.

The move comes after the government warned that electricity supplies this winter may be at their tightest in a decade, and asked energy companies to secure adequate fuels to avoid any potential power crunch.

Recent cold snaps that brought temperatures well below normal in Japan, Korea and northern China have made utilities nervous about weather models turning progressively colder as winter approaches.

But Japan, a former refining powerhouse, has cut outdated fuel-making capacity so severely in recent years that it may now lack the ability to produce as much fuel oil as needed, said Fereidun Fesharaki, chairman of Facts Global Energy (FGE).

“If there is a problem with one of the nuclear plants you can’t switch on to fuel oil like last time to save the Japanese economy,” Fesharaki said, referring to the post-Fukushima scramble for power supplies a decade ago.

Last winter, Japanese LNG users frantically competed with Chinese and South Korean buyers for cargoes in a tight spot market as freezing conditions hit the region, sending Japanese electricity prices to global records.

Japanese utilities also sought extra fuel oil at the time to boost run rates at their oil-fired power stations, but refiners struggled to accommodate the demand surge, Kito said.

 

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Singapore residual fuel oil inventories jumped 7% in the week ended Nov. 24, climbing to an 11-week high as net import volumes rose, official data showed on Thursday.

Onshore fuel oil stocks rose by 1.55 million barrels, or about 244,000 tonnes, to 22.9 million barrels, or 3.61 million tonnes, Enterprise Singapore data showed. O/SING1

However, residual fuel stocks were 5% lower than a year earlier and below the 2021 weekly average of 22.7 million barrels.

Weekly net imports, meanwhile, were up 16% from the previous week at a four-week high of 678,000 tonnes, on par with the 2021 weekly average of 679,000 tonnes. Weekly figures, however, are volatile.

The largest net imports were from Algeria at 317,000 tonnes, a record high, followed by Malaysia at 299,000 tonnes, the United Arab Emirates at 158,000 tonnes and Brazil with 103,000 tonnes.

The top net export destinations for Singapore fuel oil were Hong Kong at 134,000 tonnes, followed by China at 57,000 tonnes and Australia at 45,000 tonnes.

Exports to Hong Kong were at a five-month high.

 

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Alfa Laval and Orcan Energy have signed a cooperation agreement regarding sales of marine energy efficiency solutions based on Orcan’s Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology.

Alfa Laval and Orcan Energy have signed a cooperation agreement regarding sales of marine energy efficiency solutions based on Orcan’s Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology.
Founded in 2008, Orcan Energy develops and manufactures ORC solutions for the direct conversion of waste heat energy into electricity. The company’s products can be found in a variety of industries and are the most widely used solution for low-temperature waste heat recovery. Under the new cooperation agreement, the company’s technology will be marketed and sold by Alfa Laval to the marine market.
Alfa Laval, whose innovative plate heat exchangers are an integral component of Orcan Energy’s products, will further develop and market the renamed ORC solutions as part of its comprehensive portfolio of marine equipment.
“Strategic cooperation is an important building block in our commercialisation strategy,” said Dr Andreas Sichert, CEO of Orcan Energy. “Alfa Laval, as a trusted global supplier with more than 100 years of marine experience, is a strong partner and the right choice for implementing ORC technology in the marine sector. The partnership is having a major impact, supporting ship operators’ growing need for solutions to decarbonize their vessels.”
“As the marine industry pursues decarbonisation and transitions to new fuels, a wide range of technologies will be needed to boost energy efficiency and maintain the energy balance on board,” said Lars Skytte Jørgensen, Vice President Technology Development, Energy Systems, Alfa Laval Marine Division. “The solutions must become available rapidly, which demands that we work together across the industry. Orcan Energy shares our determination to provide complete, reliable energy solutions to marine customers.”

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Damen has become the first shipyard to achieve official EU Stage V certification for its in-house developed emissions reduction system.

Damen has become the first shipyard to achieve official EU Stage V certification for its in-house developed emissions reduction system.

With many Damen vessels operating in harbours and waterways that are close to or within urban areas, the group recognised that it had an obligation to develop an emission reduction system to address the health issues present by the particulate matter emitted by diesel engines as well as the environmental impacts resulting from excess nitrogen oxides.

The Damen Emission Reduction System (ERS) is a one-system-solution that combines soot filters with a selective catalytic reduction system to remove particulate matter (measured by both mass and the number of particles, the latter to ensure that the fine particles are reduced as well) and NOx as they leave the engine and before they enter the atmosphere. It also delivers substantial noise reduction that averages 45 dB(A). With this achievement, Damen can now offer its clients a proven emission reduction system that meet the requirements of the IMO Tier III, ULEV and EU stage V regulations.

The Damen ERS is a proven product designed for both primary and auxiliary engines generating between 300 and 700kW of output. Sea-going vessels equipped with it are eligible for obtaining the Ultra Low Emission Vessel classification notation. The development of the EU Stage V system began in 2017, following Damen achieving certification for its NOx reduction system to comply with IMO Tier III emissions regulations.

“It has taken six years to reach this point, but our ERS goes beyond the parameters set by the regulators to ensure that they are robust and flexible,” said Raymond Watson, Technology Specialist Aftertreatment Systems at Damen. “For example, they are designed to work with all standard fuels to ensure worldwide operability, and their modular design means that they can be installed on all types of vessels and matched to the specific operating profile of each.”

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Wärtsilä, together with class society RINA, ABB, Helbio – a subsidiary of Metacon, the Liberian Registry, and an energy major have joined forces in an effort to deliver a solution with hydrogen as fuel.

Wärtsilä, together with class society RINA, ABB, Helbio – a subsidiary of Metacon, the Liberian Registry, and an energy major have joined forces in an effort to deliver a solution with hydrogen as fuel. The aim is to have a scalable and sustainable solution that will exceed the IMO 2050 target for a 70% reduction in carbon intensity without the need for an extensive infrastructure investment. This offers the shipping industry a pathway to low-carbon operations within a reasonable time frame.

Current difficulties and cost considerations regarding the production, distribution, and onboard storage of hydrogen have so far limited the sector’s interest in its direct use as a marine fuel. However, by producing hydrogen onboard, and using readily available LNG, the solution becomes far more viable and in a much faster time than would otherwise be possible.

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