The Norwegian-based scrubber supplier has announced that CEO and founder Peter Strandberg has been succeeded by Dr Thomas Koniordos, previously Yara’s Head of Environmental Solutions and chairman of the Yara Marine Board.
“YMT has had an amazing growth the last few years and it has been an honor to lead the company through its initial startup and to where we are today, as one of the top suppliers in this highly competitive scrubber market,” said Strandberg. “It’s reassuring to leave the company in the safe hands of our previous chairman of the board, and I have the utmost confidence in Koniordos to lead the company to its next level.”
Before joining Yara International in 2015 as head of the Environmental Business Line, Koniordos served for 14 years in various management functions and geographies in Danfoss.
Finland’s Port of Helsinki has made a repeat order for Cavotech’s MoorMaster automated mooring system as part of wider efforts to optimize safety and efficiency and reduce environmental impact. This is the second MoorMaster order at Port of Helsinki and follows similar orders from the Port of Turku and Port of Tallinn in recent months.
“An auto-mooring system decreases the time taken for vessel mooring and release,” said Sari Nevanlinna, vice president passenger services, Port of Helsinki, “And the time saved amounts to significant reductions in fuel consumption, improved local air quality and reduced noise pollution.
“The Port of Helsinki is committed to reducing the carbon footprint of harbor operations through its carbon-neutral program.
Norway-based Eidesvik AS has contracted Wärtsilä to carry out the upgrade project on its Viking Neptun construction vessel. This latest order follows two similar hybrid upgrade contracts awarded to Wärtsilä in recent months.
The 15,900DWT Viking Neptun was built in 2015 and is fitted with Wärtsilä engines and Wärtsila’s Low Loss Concept (LLC) electrical systems.
“It is very important to our company that we play our part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping,” said Vermund Hjelland, vice president, Technology & Development, Eidesvik AS, “Which is why we give a high level of priority to sustainable operations for our fleet.
P&O Ferries has signed a contract with Guangzhou Shipyard International worth US$285m (£233m) for two new 230m (750ft) super-ferries – the largest ever to sail between Dover and Calais – that will be operational by 2023. The contract includes options to build two further vessels by 2024. P&O Ferries said the investment would secure the company’s position as a leading provider of transportation for people and goods between Britain and the Continent.
“These will be the most sustainable ships ever to sail on the English Channel, providing the best ever customer experience and setting new standards for reliability and cost efficiency,” said Janette Bell, P&O Ferries chief executive.
Port of Antwerp has ordered construction of a tug powered by hydrogen – the first in the world. This ultra-low-emission Hydrotug is being built by Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB), a pioneer in the field of hydrogen power for shipping. The port is pursuing a policy of making its entire fleet eco-friendly and by incorporating this promising technology the Port of Antwerp is taking an important step to being a sustainable CO2-neutral port.
The Hydrotug is driven by combustion engines that burn hydrogen in combination with diesel, and the combination of this dual-fuel technology with a state-of-the-art particle filter and catalyzer is designed to meet the very highest standards.
An industry body for offshore marine contractors says that battery systems will play an increasingly important role in vessels with dynamic positioning (DP) systems.
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is promoting ways of reducing carbon emissions in the marine environment as part of its strategic theme of environmental sustainability. The contribution of battery technologies in reducing carbon emissions is now having a positive effect in the offshore marine construction market. A number of the IMCA’s member companies have taken the lead by incorporating hybrid power technologies on DP ships; and the initial feedback is very positive in terms of both carbon reduction and economic benefit.
Members of the Getting to Zero Coalition – a powerful alliance representing senior leaders within the maritime, energy, infrastructure and finance sectors, and supported by decision-makers from government and IGOs – announced at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York that they will lead the push for international shipping’s decarbonization with the mutual goal of having commercially viable zero emission vessels operating along deep sea trade routes by 2030.
International shipping carries around 80% of global trade and accounts for 2-3% of global greenhouse gas emissions annually. Emissions are projected to grow by between 50 and 250% by 2050 if no action is taken.
SPBES, designers and manufacturers of high-power lithium-ion energy storage systems, and Ålesund Maritime AS (Noris Automation sales partner) have announced an agreement to provide Norwegian-based sales and solutions support for maritime customers in Norway. This agreement furthers SPBES’s strategy to provide top-quality sales support for their energy storage products worldwide.
“Ålesund Maritime AS has built up a portfolio of environmentally friendly products,” says Ole Andre Grebstad, Ålesund Maritime AS managing director. “SPBES aligns perfectly for shipowners that would like to cut operational costs and reduce emissions. We’ve already had customer meetings with owners, where we noted a very positive feedback for SPBES and the overall green solutions of Ålesund Maritime.”
SPBES has engineered its energy storage system to the highest standards of performance and safety and it’s designed to seamlessly integrate with virtually any electrical infrastructure.