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CMA CGM and SIPG jointly completed Shanghai Port and China’s first bonded LNG SIMOPS bunkering

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The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, and Shanghai International Port Co., Ltd., a world leading terminal operator, successfully achieved the LNG bunkering of CMA CGM SYMI, a 15,000 TEU LNG-powered containership. The vessel, deployed on the PRX line connecting China and the US, was refueled with LNG at Yangshan Port. Haigang Weilai, a new 20,000 m3 LNG bunker barge deployed by SIPG provided CMA CGM SYMI with LNG by means of a ship-to-ship transfer, while the containership carried out cargo operations simultaneously.

A new milestone for shipping and logistics’ energy transition

The Shanghai Port’s bonded LNG bunkering project has been highly valued by the Shanghai Municipal Government, and all relevant departments have given immense support, as it contributes to creating a world-class business environment, improving Shanghai’s port service functions and enhancing the overall competitiveness of Shanghai as an international shipping center. According to the agreement signed between CMA CGM and SIPG in January, starting at the end of the first quarter of 2022, and for a duration of 10 years, SIPG will provide SIMOPS LNG bunkering service for CMA CGM’s vessels sailing from China to the United-States at Yangshan Port, the first of its kind in China.

CMA CGM, leading shipping’s energy transition with a fleet of 44 e-methane ready vessels by the end of 2024.

The CMA CGM Group is committed to making shipping and logistics a more sustainable industry through Better Ways, and the Group has joined the United Nations’ Race to Zero initiative to become a Net Zero Carbon company by 2050.

To achieve this goal, CMA CGM is taking concrete actions by adopting the best available solutions, and since 2017, CMA CGM has chosen to invest in dual-fuel vessels that run on liquefied natural gas, avoiding up to 99% of atmospheric pollutant emissions. LNG-powered vessel is an important first step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions as the engine installed on these vessels is capable of, and already is, using BioLNG (-67% in CO₂ emissions). In the coming years, those engines will use synthetic methane. The CMA CGM Group’s “e-methane ready” fleet consists of 26 vessels already in service and a total of 44 vessels by the end of 2024.

As the world’s leading terminal operator, SIPG has always integrated the concept of green and sustainable development into all aspects and in the port development and is committed to becoming a leader in promoting the green and ecological ports. SIPG has been making great effort through technology-driven measures like cold-ironing and diesel-oil transition to create environmentally friendly port. The carbon emission intensity in Shanghai Port has been decreasing over the years. SIPG continues to develop green ports in line with the national goal of “dual carbon” proposed in the 14th Five-year Plan. The LNG clean fuel bunkering service for CMA CGM is SIPG’s contribution to reducing the carbon footprint for the shipping and logistics supply chain.

Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, said “With the completion of this joint project, our group is the first shipping line to bunker LNG in China, and the first to offer full LNG-fueled container service between China and the U.S. West Coast. By expanding the network of world-class ports offering LNG services, this bunkering marks an important step in the energy transition.”

Mr. Gu Jinshan, Chairman of SIPG, said “Today is a historic moment. The Shanghai port’s implementation of bonded LNG bunkering for ships on international voyages has been highly valued by the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee and Municipal Government, and has received strong support from relevant departments With the joint efforts of SIPG and CMA CGM, the first bunkering of bonded LNG for ships on international voyages in Shanghai Port was successfully completed today, which is also a first in China. It is of great significance to creating a world-class business environment, improving Shanghai’s port service functions, and enhancing the comprehensive competitiveness of Shanghai as an international shipping center. With the expansion of bonded LNG bunkering service for international voyage ships at Shanghai port, that will be conducive to promoting green and low-carbon development in international shipping industry and contributing to the achievement of carbon neutrality goal.”

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NYK signs a charter contract with Osaka Gas International Transport

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In September, NYK signed a multi-year time charter contract with Osaka Gas International Transport Inc., a Daigas Group company, for a new LNG carrier.

This vessel, named “Grace Freesia,” comes equipped with a WinGD-made dual-fuel slow-speed diesel engine, i.e., X-DF diesel engine that has superior fuel-consumption efficiency and can operate on marine gas oil or boil off gas stored in the cargo tank.

The carrier also features a re-liquefaction system that can use surplus boil-off gas efficiently. The cargo tank is a 174,000 cubic meter capacity membrane-type tank that makes use of advanced insulating materials to suppress the boil-off rate in the cargo tank and realizes significantly more efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly operation.

By utilizing its experience and network cultivated as a world-scale LNG-carrier owning-and-managing company, NYK is contributing to Japan’s stable energy supply.

<Vessel Particulars>

Length overall: 297.160 meters
Breadth: 46.40 meters
Cargo tank capacity: 173,956 m3
Main engine: X-DF engine
Shipbuilder: Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.
Flag: Bahamas
Delivery: 2022

In February 2021, NYK released the “NYK Group ESG Story,” which aims to further integrate ESG into the company’s management strategy and promotes activities that contribute to the achievement of the SDGs through business activities. In March this year, NYK released the updated “NYK Group ESG Story 2022,” which introduces initiatives for integrating ESG into the Group’s management strategies set forth in the “NYK Group ESG Story” and provides a partial explanation of the Group’s sustainable growth strategy from a long-term perspective.

To strongly promote ESG management, the NYK Group will encourage new value creation as a sustainable solution provider through a business strategy that includes the transportation of LNG, which is expected to be a low-carbon bridging fuel prior to the transition to future zero-emission fuels.

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Damen delivers complete equipment package for KOEM multipurpose vessel

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Damen Shipyards delivered a complete equipment package for the multipurpose vessel ENDAM. Owned by the Korean Marine Environment Management Corporation, the newbuild combines emergency oil spill recovery activities with maintenance dredging tasks.

With a 4,100 m3 hopper hold, the vessel was built by HJ Shipbuilding & Construction at its Busan yard and designed by KmsEmec. The mission equipment package provided by the Damen Technical Cooperation team included a 15 m rigid oil sweep arm with a dedicated pump and handling crane for the emergency oil spill recovery functionality, and a complete turnkey dredging system, which was designed specifically for the vessel.

Turnkey dredge package

The turnkey dredge package consisted of both loading and discharging equipment, a hydraulic system, dredging control system and various drives. A 900 mm trailing suction pipe, designed to dredge at a maximum depth of -30m, is hoisted by three dedicated gantries and their hydraulically operated winches. All the trailing suction pipe components are located starboard aft.

A Damen dredge pump, type BP9075HD, completed the dredge pipe arrangements. The highly efficient slurry pump is designed for both suction dredging, as well as discharging over the bow using the bow coupling unit or rainbow nozzle. This hopper discharging equipment, including 12 bottom dump valves which Damen designed, were all part of the dredge package. Furthermore, dredge valves in various pressure stages were delivered for the suction and discharge piping. Dedicated dredging instrumentation completed the package. This is crucial to monitor and visualise the dredging process and to optimise the dredging operations.

Component integration

Due to the DTC team’s extensive experience in component integration at non-Damen yards, the large system parts were delivered from the Netherlands and integrated effortlessly. As well as the mission equipment, the delivery scope included a hydraulic system. This is a logical choice as the dredging equipment is its main user. Additionally, a 3,500-kW electric dredge pump drive and a 1,000-kW electric jet water pump drive were shipped to Korea. The delivery was completed with a full set of spares and Damen also carried out the commissioning and training on board.

The vessel was named ENDAM, which means ‘the fence that protects you’ in the Korean Jeju dialect. A festive handover ceremony took place in the summer and ENDAM has successfully started operating along the Korean coast.

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Kongsberg Digital delivers dynamic positioning simulators to MOL

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MOL DPTC is the first DP training centre in Japan to be accredited by the Nautical Institute to provide NI-approved dynamic positioning training courses.

The delivery includes a K-Sim DP Anchor Handling simulator to support advanced offshore training, as well as four KONGSBERG K-Pos DP Basic desktop simulators for basic DP training, including instructor stations to manage the exercises.

As part of the contract, KDI will also deliver a newly developed hydrodynamic ship model; a digital version of the DP2 cable laying vessel KDDI Cable Infinity, owned by Kokusai Cable Ship Co., Ltd.

The simulator will be used to provide NI-approved DP training courses for MOL crew and the company’s customers. It will also be used to develop and provide customized training for cable-laying operations, offshore wind power related projects, or other offshore projects that utilize dynamic positioning systems. Furthermore, the simulator will also be made available for research and consulting services to serve the wider maritime industry.

The NI training scheme for obtaining a Dynamic Positioning Operator certificate has formerly been a time-consuming process, involving onshore courses and ‘real life’ DP watch keeping experience on DP vessels.

The K-Sim DP Class A simulator is approved to be used for DP Seatime Reduction training under the Nautical Institute’s training scheme. K-Sim integrates with an advanced physics engine which, in addition to hydrodynamic modelling allows vessels, objects and equipment to behave and interact realistically. This is extremely important for making competence training adaptable to real-life operations.

Aditionally, KDI has signed a five-year Long-Term System Support Program contract with MOL Marine and Engineering Co. Ltd. to keep the simulator maintained in top condition. This ensures hassle free operations and support, and any new system updates will be actively managed by KDI.

“This contract signifies recognition of Kongsberg Digital’s Maritime Simulation and DP technologies by one of the largest shipping companies in the world,” says Andreas Jagtøyen, Executive Vice President Digital Ocean, Kongsberg Digital. “The K-Sim DP Class A simulator has the necessary fidelity and realism required for engineering, training and mission planning, as well as assessment of existing and new crews, where various challenging operations can be studied, evaluated and optimized safely in the simulator.”

“We Installed Kongsberg DP simulator and were able to open a quality DP training center in Tokyo, Japan” says Mr. Nakashima Takashi, President, MOL Marine and Engineering Co., Ltd. “We believe that MOL Group can contribute more and more to the offshore wind power business, which is in high demand in Japan.”

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