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Port Authority of Valencia at conference of the ESPO

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The environment, new technologies, geopolitical changes or demographic challenges are the great challenges facing European ports. “For this reason, the port community must align itself with the needs of the European Union and of our countries to continue to defend our international role at both political and economic level. As stated in the ESPO Valencia Declaration presented yesterday, the institutions must make a strategic commitment to the ports and infrastructures, which are essential in the fight against climate change, the development of cities, economic activity and the geopolitical situation”, defended the president of the Port Authority of Valencia, Aurelio Martínez, during the inauguration of the Conference of the European Sea Ports Organisation – ESPO, which is being held in Valencia, and which brings together more than 200 experts from associations, companies and port administrations of the countries of the European Union.

The head of Valenciaport pointed out that “this event gives us the opportunity to reflect once again on the role of the ports in ensuring the resilience of these logistics chains and at the same time, as the engines of growth that we are, to collaborate in the recovery of our economies, to create stable and quality employment for the communities in which we live and to form part of this blue economy that we all believe is such an important part of the future of these communities”.

The president of the PAV took part in the inauguration of the ESPO Conference, in an event that also included the president of Puertos del Estados, Álvaro Rodríguez Dapena, the regional secretary for Public Works, Transport and Sustainable Mobility, María Pérez, and the president of ESPO, Annaleena Mäkilä.

New terminal, necessary and sustainable

Aurelio Martínez explained that “at Valenciaport we have set ourselves the great transformation objective of becoming a zero emissions port by 2030, involving the entire port community around a common plan that presides over our strategy and transcends our initiatives”. For this reason,” he continued, “we are actively incorporating new energy technologies, such as hydrogen, into port operations and exploring the different applications they can have. We are also working with other alternative energies such as photovoltaic or wind installations”.

An example of this search for sustainable solutions in port operations is the new container terminal that will use the most advanced technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, to manage operations under the principle of “zero emissions” from the outset. The same objective is central to the new passenger terminal, which also encompasses the recovery of Valencia’s historic industrial heritage.

In this sense, the president of Puertos del Estado, Álvaro Rodríguez Dapena, has stressed that “the development of a new terminal in an extension that is already done, with an EIS in force, and without any problem from the environmental point of view, is a great opportunity to turn it into a base in the western Mediterranean for maritime connectivity with the rest of the world. Spain has shown that we are the first country in Europe in terms of container connections, which allowed us to overcome the 2008 crisis and will allow us to overcome the current crisis, because these infrastructures allow the business fabric, and especially SMEs seeking opportunities in the market to go abroad, to have the possibility of reaching any country in the world”.

In terms of innovation, Aurelio Martínez pointed out that “together with the Valenciaport Foundation, we have launched the OPENTOP project, the open innovation centre for the port logistics sector, which we want to serve as a lever to attract talent and develop innovative ideas and solutions for the sector. In addition, in Valencia, together with the rest of the Spanish port authorities and in coordination with Puertos del Estado, we have created the Ports 4.0 Fund, the largest fund to support open innovation in Europe, now in its third campaign”.

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MOL and Pavilion Energy’s LNG bunker vessel – Brassavola

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Pavilion Energy and Mitsui O.S.K Lines, Ltd. held a ship naming ceremony at Sembcorp Marine’s flagship Tuas Boulevard Yard. The Singapore-flagged vessel was named Brassavola.

Measuring 116.5m in length and 22.0m in width with a capacity of 12,000m3, it is Singapore’s largest vessel of its kind to be built locally. The ship is also the first newbuild LNG Bunker Vessel for Pavilion Energy and Sembcorp Marine’s first LNG bunker vessel construction project. When launched into operation, it will be the largest LNG bunker vessel in service in the Port of Singapore.

The vessel features two GTT Mark III Flex membrane tanks, known for its superior characteristics including lower internal pressure, temperature and boil-off rate; which translates into greater tank durability, safer fuel transfer operations and reduced cargo loss through evaporation. The twin membrane tanks also weigh less and occupy less ship space, allowing the vessel to carry more cargo and consume less fuel during transportation. For cleaner propulsion, the bunker vessel will have dual-fuel engines running on LNG or marine diesel oil.

The vessel is scheduled to be operational in the first quarter of 2023. Brassavola’s size and length specification enhances operational flexibility and maneuverability. Leveraging state-ofthe-art technology, which include superior loading and bunkering rate up to 2,000m3 per hour, mass flow metering and online Gas Chromatograph systems, the vessel offers customers higher operational efficiency and faster bunkering turnover.

At the same time, its on-board reliquefaction technology allows for more efficient boil-off gas management which helps cut wastage and reduce carbon emissions.

Brassavola is owned by Indah Singa Maritime Pte. Ltd. which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MOL and will be chartered by Pavilion LNG Bunker I Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pavilion Energy. Brassavola will be employed by Pavilion Energy to supply LNG bunker in the Port of Singapore. Under a long-term agreement with Pavilion Energy, TotalEnergies Marine Fuels will also be employing Brassavola to supply LNG bunker to its customers. TotalEnergies Marine Fuels is TotalEnergies’ dedicated business unit in charge of its worldwide bunkering activities. Pavilion Energy and TotalEnergies Marine Fuels are among three licensed suppliers of LNG bunker fuels in the Port of Singapore.

Capt M Segar, Assistant Chief Executive (Operations) of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, was present to grace the naming ceremony. He said, “We look forward to having Brassavola join our bunkering fleet, as the Port of Singapore continues to build up our capability as a LNG bunkering hub to help the maritime industry in its decarbonisation journey.”

Mr. Kenta Matsuzaka, Senior Managing Executive Officer of MOL said, “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the people involved in this project. Brassavola is the very first LNG Bunkering Vessel constructed in Singapore. It is our great honor to take part in the transition from traditional heavy fuel oil by providing the capacity for vessels to use LNG as fuel, which immediately contributes to the reduction of GHG emission.”

Mr. Alan Heng, Group CEO of Pavilion Energy said, “The naming of the Brassavola marks a joyous milestone in our quest for cleaner and more responsible marine bunkering solutions in the Port of Singapore and beyond. The Brassavola will play a pivotal role in Singapore’s
decarbonisation of its maritime industry and provide greater flexibility, efficiency and transparency to our customers. As the homegrown global energy merchant, we will advance with Singapore to achieve the International Maritime Organization’s 2030 target to lower carbon emissions and build a cleaner future for generations to come.”

Ms. Louise Tricoire, Vice President of TotalEnergies Marine Fuels said, “We are delighted to witness this momentous milestone together with our partners today, and to move another step closer to commencing our LNG bunkering services in Singapore, the world-leading bunker hub and a frontrunner in green shipping. The Brassavola exemplifies TotalEnergies’ resolution to support our shipping customers’ decarbonisation ambition and to contribute to the country’s long-term strategies to build a sustainable Maritime Singapore. We eagerly await her imminent operational deployment and to offer our expanded supply network of this cleaner marine fuel, to LNG-powered vessels that call at Singapore, Rotterdam and Marseille.”

Mr. Wong Weng Sun, President & CEO of Sembcorp Marine said, “Sembcorp Marine is delighted to be able to collaborate with MOL and Pavilion Energy to play a part in contributing to Singapore’s strategy on climate change and decarbonisation, and the International Maritime
Organization’s strategy to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The fulfilment of this project dovetails with Sembcorp Marine’s sustainability ethos, as well as the Group’s diversification into the renewable and clean energy industries.”

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Maersk to order six large ocean-going vessels that sail on green methanol

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A.P. Moller – Maersk announces that it has ordered a further six large ocean-going vessels that can sail on green methanol. The six vessels will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries and have a nominal capacity of approx. 17,000 containers. They will replace existing capacity in the Maersk fleet.

“Our customers are looking to us to decarbonise their supply chains, and these six vessels able to operate on green methanol will further accelerate the efforts to offer our customers climate neutral transport. Global action is needed in this decade in order to meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to a 1.5°C temperature rise.” said Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, CEO of Fleet & Strategic Brands at Maersk.

Maersk has set a net-zero emissions target for 2040 across the entire business and has also set tangible near-term targets for 2030 to ensure significant progress. This includes a 50% reduction in emissions per transported container in the Maersk Ocean fleet compared to 2020 and a principle of only ordering newbuilt vessels that can be operated on green fuels.

19 green methanol vessels on order

With the order, Maersk has in total ordered 19 vessels with dual-fuel engines able to operate on green methanol.

“Green methanol is the best scalable green fuel solution for this decade, and we are excited to see several other shipowners choosing this path. It adds further momentum to the rapid scaling of availability needed to bring down the premium on green methanol and accelerate the evolution of climate neutral shipping.” said Palle Laursen, Chief Fleet & Technical Officer at Maersk.

Benchmarked against conventional fuel capabilities, additional capital expenditure for the methanol dual-fuel capability is in the range of 8-12%, which is an improvement compared to when Maersk ordered eight vessels with the same technology last year.

The six 17,000 TEU vessels are all to be delivered in 2025 and will sail under the flag of Denmark. They all come as part of Maersk’s ongoing fleet renewal program and their capacity will replace an equal amount of capacity reaching end-of-life and leaving the Maersk managed fleet. When all 19 vessels on order are deployed and have replaced older vessels, they will generate annual CO2 emissions savings of around 2.3 million tonnes.

Maersk further reiterates its strategy of maintaining a fleet capacity at a maximum of 4.3 million TEU, as a combination of Maersk managed and time-chartered vessels.

About the six vessels

  • The six vessels have a nominal capacity of approx. 17,000 containers
  • All to be delivered in 2025
  • They come with dual-fuel engines able to operate on green methanol
  • The six 17,000 vessels running on green methanol will save about 800,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually

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Alpha Ori Technologies to use Kongsberg Digital’s Vessel Insight

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Alpha Ori Technologies is set to use Kongsberg Digital’s Vessel Insight as their data infrastructure solution, thereby adding Alpha Ori’s SMARTShip application to the Kognifai Marketplace.

The partnership agreement will connect Alpha Ori Technologies to Vessel Insight, Kongsberg Digital’s secure vessel-to-cloud data infrastructure. This will provide instant access to fleet and vessel specific dashboards, as well as ad-hoc reporting and analysis tools.

Through Kognifai Marketplace, Vessel Insight subscribers will be able to access the Alpha Ori Technologies SMARTShip application. SMARTShip is based upon real time data analytics with the objective of improving efficiency, reducing losses and driving the de-carbonisation and sustainability agenda.

“We are excited and proud to see results from the strategic partnership between Kongsberg Digital and Alpha Ori Technologies. This agreement is an important step in reaching our goal of leading the industry in reducing emissions and proving operational excellence through digitalization”, says Kim Evanger, VP Maritime Partnerships in Kongsberg Digital.

Alpha Ori Technologies and Kongsberg Digital share a vision to digitalize the maritime industry. As partners, Alpha Ori Technologies and Kongsberg Digital will continue to develop important decision making tools and applications to make the maritime industry smarter, greener and safer. With the Vessel Insight platform serving as the infrastructure of the partnership, scaling for both sides can now also happen at a greater pace than before.

“SMARTShip’s integration with Kongsberg Digital’s Vessel Insight platform will reduce lead time for deployment and therefore, faster scaling on our platform. It will also optimize data transmission from vessels and enable plug and play deployment of SMARTShip by removing the need for any Alpha Ori Technologies installation onboard. Through the Kongsberg Digital Cloud integration partnership, Alpha Ori Technologies is looking forward to supercharging the maritime digital transformation”, says Bala Sankaran, co-CEO of Alpha Ori Technologies.

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