Hull cleaning

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The Ballast Water Management Convention will enter into force on September 8, 2017. It means ships should invest in an IMO-approved ballast water treatment system on which depends the renewal of a ship’s IOPP certificate. In the period till installation on board, a ship should follow the IMO instructions with respect to ballast water exchange.


The future of marine fuels

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Consultants such as DNV, Lloyds Register and the Boston Consulting Group try to predict the future of marine fuels. In these scenarios today’s fuel range (HFO, MDO/MGO), the bio-alternatives (bio-diesel, straight vegetable oil), LNG, biogas, methanol, and hydrogen are considered and assessed. Moreover, a wide range of energy efficiency technologies and abatement solutions (including sulphur scrubbers and Selective Catalytic Reduction for NOx emissions abatement) are part of their modelling, as the these technologies’ recognition and increasing use influences the uptake of different fuels.


Offshore construction also fall under the new Ballast Water Convention

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Floating platforms, floating storage units (FSUs) and floating production, storage and offloading units (FPSOs) (i.e. floating offshore installations at fixed locations) are normally not required by the Convention to undergo surveys or to have international convention certification, unless they transit or relocate to another location, at which time the requirements of the Convention become applicable.


Positive outlook for waste management sector in 2017

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Oil prices have increased by 72% from USD 31.48 to USD 54.06 per barrel over 2016. It might signal a shift in the economics of existing recycling programs meaning that some of our members receive a better price for their ‘dry oils’. However, the market is still weak. Cement kilns and metallurgy companies are not yet working at full capacity or have switched to other types of fuel (gas, brown coal etc.) for different reasons.


Do you know what "evaporation" means onboard of ships

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With the increase in fuel and operating costs, ship owners and operators try hard to maintain their profit levels. The profit of shipping companies depends on the efficiency of their operations linked to the quality of the crew and the machinery onboard. And of all machines, the ship’s main propulsion plant is of crucial importance when it comes to overall efficiency.