Could nuclear powered ships help the industry meet the 2050 emissions target?

Nuclear power as a fuel for ships is a completely zero-emission solution – it does not emit any SOx, NOx, CO2 or particulates. The technology is also millions of times more power-dense than fossil fuels and alternative fuel options that are currently being considered like methanol, ammonia and hydrogen. In terms of meeting the IMO’s 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction ambition, it’s the only proven solution available today, capable of replacing fossil fuels in all marine applications.

The technology is far from new – the first nuclear power plant became operational in 1955 with the US Navy. Since then, there has been around 700 reactors operational at sea, and currently there are about 100. This equates to thousands of operating years’ experience. The technology is not just limited to navies – there have also been civil marine applications. Russia has been operating nuclear merchant ships for many years. At present this includes nuclear-powered icebreakers with some of these vessels becoming passenger ships in the summer, cruising to the arctic circle. Therefore, it could be argued that on the fringes of the cruise industry there are already nuclear-powered ships Continue reading “Could nuclear powered ships help the industry meet the 2050 emissions target?”

Standards for smart containers data exchange published

Smart containers data exchange published
Smart containers data exchange published

French company Traxens has led the development of the first standards for smart containers data exchange which have now published by the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business.

Although many smart containers are already in use, there are no global standards in place to capture and communicate consistently and multi-modally the array of data they generate. Initiated in October 2017 under the leadership of Hanane Becha, Innovation & Standards Senior Manager at Traxens, the project aims to provide clear global standards for the exchange of data to ensure interoperability and easy Continue reading “Standards for smart containers data exchange published”

ABS releases a shuttle tanker advisory report

Shuttle tanker advisory report by ABS
Shuttle tanker advisory report by ABS

ABS has launched the ‘Shuttle Tanker Advisory’ report, explaining what shuttle tankers are, where they operate, scoping out the challenges that they could face in different regions, their design features, and focusing on safety and human factors.

Shuttle tankers are primarily employed in offshore oil and gas fields. Typically, the offshore facility from which a shuttle tanker loads from is a Single Point Mooring (SPM) buoy or a Floating (Production) Storage and Offloading (F(P)SO) unit.

A shuttle tanker must be able to safely moor and load cargo from these types of Continue reading “ABS releases a shuttle tanker advisory report”

TSB Canada release video about tug girding in light of many incidents

Video about tug girding by TSB Canada
Video about tug girding by TSB Canada

Between 2005 and 2018, the TSB Canada received reports of 26 girding (also known as girting) situations resulting in 21 capsizings. Girding occurs when a vessel is pulled broadside by a towline force and is unable to manoeuvre out of this position. The TSB has produced a video to illustrate the factors leading to girding and the recovery methods that can be taken in this eventuality.

Girding happens quickly and is a high impact event. When it does happen, the consequences can be serious. According to the video, when the TSB is called to a scene when girding has occurred, they often see that few operators have received Continue reading “TSB Canada release video about tug girding in light of many incidents”

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