Frontline – Investment in Feen Marine Scrubbers Inc.

Frontline – Investment in Feen Marine Scrubbers Inc.

Frontline Ltd. announced that it has entered into memorandum of agreement (“MOA”) to acquire a 20% ownership interest in Feen Marine Scrubbers Inc., a leading manufacturer of exhaust gas cleaning systems (“FMSI”).  Pursuant to the MOA, Frontline and certain entities affiliated with Hemen Holding Ltd, Frontline’s largest shareholder, have agreed to order FMSI exhaust gas cleaning systems for 14 vessels, with options to order an additional 22 systems at fixed prices.

Robert Hvide Macleod, CEO of Frontline Management said: “The economic case to install scrubbers is very compelling, particularly for larger vessels. Scrubbers installed on existing vessels provide the same benefit as those delivered from the yard on newbuildings and our solution comes at a much cheaper cost.  Additionally, this transaction allows Frontline to secure the capacity to source a large volume of scrubbers, which we believe will present a challenge to many owners as the deadline for sulphur emissions compliance approaches.  Our relationship with Feen Marine has been structured in a manner that will be beneficial to both parties and would not have been possible absent our significant commercial scale and long-standing industry relationships.”

Bjørnar Feen, Founder of Feen Marine Scrubbers Inc., said: “We are extremely pleased to establish a partnership with Frontline, one of the world’s most prominent shipping companies.  We believe that this memorandum of agreement is indicative of both Frontline’s industry-leading approach to managing its fleet as well as the high quality EGCS systems Feen Marine produces.  We are proud that some of the world’s largest shipping and trading companies, including Frontline, Navig8 Group and Trafigura have chosen Feen Marine as their main provider of EGCS systems.”

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IBIA offers practical advice – tank cleaning

IBIA offers practical advice on tank cleaning to IMO 2020 planning meeting

Ship implementation planning for the 2020 sulphur cap is on the agenda at a week-long meeting set to take place at the International Maritime Organization in July. The intersessional working group (ISWG) will work on guidelines to ensure consistent implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit taking effect on 1 January 2020, and it has been agreed that guidelines pertaining to “preparatory and transitional issues” need to fast-tracked so they can be adopted by the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in October this year.

Ship implementation planning for 2020 needs to include calculations for the time needed for ships to “be fully flushed of all fuel oils exceeding the applicable sulphur content” prior to entry into force of the regulation, and a description of how to deal with and limit the impact of possible non-availability of fuel oil complying with the 0.50% sulphur limit after that date.

IBIA has submitted a document to the ISWG in July to assist ship operators who opt to comply with the 0.50% sulphur limit by using oil-based fuel oil by describing options available for cleaning fuel oil tanks and systems. The document also contains observations on dealing with the impact of possible non-availability of fuel oil meeting the 0.50% sulphur limit

The majority of ships are expected to use oil-based fuel oils for compliance with the 0.50% sulphur limit taking effect on 1 January 2020. Most of these ships will have been using high viscosity high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) based primarily on residual fuel oils. Such fuels tend to stick to the inside of fuel tanks forming layers of semi-solid substances containing sediments and asphaltenic sludge; some such residues will also typically have solidified and settled in various parts of the fuel oil service system including pipelines, settling and service tanks.

It will therefore be necessary to clean ships’ fuel oil tanks and fuel oil service systems prior to 1 January 2020, as simply loading compliant fuel into empty fuel tanks that have not been cleaned could cause both operational risks to ships and risk non-compliance with the 0.50% sulphur limit, as such remaining HSFO residues sticking to various surfaces may dissolve/dislodge.

“It is therefore not recommended to simply load compliant fuel directly into tanks previously used for HSFO or to start flushing through the fuel oil service system to achieve compliance, without taking preparatory and precautionary steps,” IBIA’s document states.

Fuel oil tanks should be cleaned on a regular basis on ships to remove built-up sediments and sludge, usually during dry docking and whenever inspections of the fuel tanks are due. However, leading up to 1 January 2020, it would not be practicable for the majority of the global fleet that has been running on HSFO to undergo dry docking during a very short period, hence other options for cleaning tanks and fuel oil systems during service will need to be considered.

IBIA’s document describes options available to ships to undertake for tank cleaning, approximate timelines associated with each method, and highlights considerations. IBIA members can obtain a copy by contacting Tara Morjaria on tara.morjaria@ibia.net

The IMO 2020 planning meeting is scheduled to run from 9 to 13 July. As an industry association with consultative status at the IMO, IBIA will participate in the meeting.

The Grimaldi Group will take advantage of Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubber connectivity on five ACL vessels

The Grimaldi Group will take advantage of Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubber connectivity on five ACL vessels

The Grimaldi Group, a long-time Alfa Laval PureSOx customer, has signed an agreement for PureSOx connectivity services on five vessels operated by Atlantic Container Line (ACL). The services will provide not only compliance monitoring, but also valuable data for use in optimizing PureSOx operation.

The Grimaldi Group has been using PureSOx for exhaust gas cleaning aboard its vessels since 2014. ACL, a Grimaldi Group company specialized in transatlantic cargo shipping, has hybrid PureSOx scrubber systems installed on all five of its Generation 4 (G4) vessels: Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky, Atlantic Star and Atlantic Sun.

The PureSOx systems on these vessels will now be retrofitted with the Alfa Laval Remote Emission Monitor (ALREM), a data reporting and storage device that forms the basis for the growing PureSOx connectivity programme. The Grimaldi Group has signed an agreement for PureSOx connectivity that extends over the next three years, after which the services and their benefits will be evaluated.

New benefits with connected technology

In fact, connectivity based on the ALREM is just one part of a much larger PureSOx service agreement for the ACL vessels. Training, yearly inspections, spare part supply and a sensor exchange programme are also included in the contract. But the addition of connectivity creates altogether new possibilities.

“We are eager to start taking advantage of connectivity with our PureSOx systems,” says Pierluigi Marmo, Technical Manager of the ACL G4 vessels. “Alfa Laval provides us with good service already, but the customized connectivity services will increase our own insight and give us even greater access to the Alfa Laval service organization. Both of those things will make life easier for ACL and the Grimaldi Group as a whole.”

Part of a total connectivity strategy

In addition to strengthening the ties between the ACL vessels and Alfa Laval service expertise, the ALREM will fit neatly into the Grimaldi Group’s own connectivity plans. The group is working on a proprietary solution to connect equipment across its vessels, into which the ALREM will also be integrated. This will ensure that all information valuable to the Grimaldi Group is available in one place.

“We’ve seen the value that collected data can offer,” says Dario Bocchetti, Corporate Energy Saving Manager for the Grimaldi Group. “By evaluating data from the current data logging system, for example, we’ve realized that PureSOx releases even less SOx than if we were sailing on MGO. With a fully connected solution based on the ALREM, such analyses will be far easier to perform.”

Strong partnership going forward

Ultimately, Bocchetti sees the potential for making even better use of the PureSOx scrubbers across the Grimaldi Group. “Connectivity is useful for seeing where we are and demonstrating our compliance easily, but it will also be beneficial for our operational levels down the road,” he explains. “The more Alfa Laval can help us learn from the data, the more we can help our crews to understand our PureSOx systems and operate them in an optimal way.”

The possibility of enhancing reliability, savings and control makes Bocchetti enthusiastic about deepening the already long partnership between the Grimaldi Group and Alfa Laval. “We are glad to be part of the development surrounding the scrubber digitalization, ALREM and PureSOx connectivity,” he concludes. “The Grimaldi Group has worked closely with Alfa Laval in exhaust gas cleaning and we believe strongly in this next step together.”

POSCO, KDB, shippers sign biz tie-up for bulk carriers

POSCO, KDB, shippers sign biz tie-up for bulk carriers

POSCO, the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB) and shipping companies have signed a business tie-up to install desulfurizers in the bulk ships that transport coal and iron ore to the South Korean steelmaker, POSCO said Friday.

In its Seoul office, POSCO signed a tripartite agreement with KDB and several shipping firms that carry the key raw materials to the country’s leading steelmaker to establish the “Scrubber,” which reduces sulfur oxides emitted from fossil fuels, such as coal and iron ore, by 90 percent, the company said in a statement.

Under the deal, the state lender will extend a loan to POSCO’s shipping partners, such as Korea Line Corp., Pan Ocean, and H-Line Shipping, to help them install the desulfurizing system in their bulk ships by the end of 2019. Then, the shipping lines will receive the entire installation costs in their 20 ships from POSCO in the form of bulk-carrying expenses, it said.

The move is part of POSCO’s preemptive efforts to respond to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) stricter regulations on emitting gases from ships. The IMO plans to restrict the proportion of sulfur dioxides of a vessel’s overall gas emissions to 0.5 percent, sharply down from 3.5 percent, starting on Jan. 1, 2020, the statement said.

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International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) offers practical advice on tank cleaning to IMO 2020 planning meeting

International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) offers practical advice on tank cleaning to IMO 2020 planning meeting

There is one big issue concerning Sulphur 2020 that hasn’t been adressed enough until now.

The majority of ships are expected to use oil-based fuel oils for compliance with the 0.50% sulphur limit taking effect on 1 January 2020. Most of these ships will have been using high viscosity high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) based primarily on residual fuel oils. Such fuels tend to stick to the inside of fuel tanks forming layers of semi-solid substances containing sediments and asphaltenic sludge.

It will therefore be necessary to clean ships’ fuel oil tanks and fuel oil service systems prior to 1 January 2020, as simply loading compliant fuel into empty fuel tanks that have not been cleaned could cause both operational risks to ships and risk non-compliance with the 0.50% sulphur limit.

Ship implementation planning for the 2020 sulphur cap is on the agenda at a week-long meeting set to take place at the International Maritime Organization in July according to IBIA. The intersessional working group (ISWG) will work on guidelines to ensure compliance and it has been agreed that guidelines pertaining to “preparatory and transitional issues” need to fast-tracked so they can be adopted by the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in October this year.

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