As Road Transport Cuts Emissions so Similar Technology Now Powers Water Craft




Monday, May 18, 2020


Established Electric Power and Propulsion Systems Transfer to a Variety of Vessels

US – WORLDWIDE – With the world suddenly aware of how dramatic a change can be achieved in air quality with reduced emissions due to traffic levels having dropped during the lockdown, the continued push for electrification on the roads is assured, and now those technologies already established are being seen on the water as well.

BAE Systems has installed its electric power and propulsion systems core technology in more than 12,000 buses around the world in cities such as Boston, New York, Paris, and San Francisco for more than 20 years. Now it has evolved its HybriGen® to take that expertise to the shipyard, helping operators make the switch from

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Wärtsilä to boost fuel efficiency for KOTC’s VLCC quartet





Courtesy of KOTC

The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted by Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC), a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Company (KPC), to retrofit main engines on four very large carriers (VLCCs) with the Wärtsilä Fuel Efficiency Boost solution.

Wärtsilä said that the modification will reduce fuel consumption, and correspondingly lessen the environmental impact of the vessels’ operation by lowering greenhouse gas emission levels. The company won the order in the first quarter of 2020. 

The Wärtsilä solution is based on two-stroke engine optimisation technology for selected Wärtsilä RT-flex and earlier deliveries of X-type two-stroke engines. The four KOTC very large crude carriers (VLCCs) to be retrofitted operate with 7-cylinder Wärtsilä RT-flex82T two-stroke main engines.

The retrofitting of the

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Hydrogen retrofits for EU gas system cheaper than newbuild: GIE






  • 13 May 2020 | 14:00 UTC


  • Brussels




GIE plans study on costs, policy needs by end-2020

EC plans energy sector integration strategy June 24

EC mulls need for specific, hydrogen-market rules

Brussels — Retrofitting existing EU infrastructure to accommodate hydrogen and other low-carbon gases will be cheaper than building from scratch, according to the executive leading trade body Gas Infrastructure Europe's work on future LNG terminals.Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience.


The EU's natural gas and LNG industry is looking to avoid stranded assets and stay relevant as the European Commission pushes for more decarbonized gases such as hydrogen in

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MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 14




  • 2020 May 14 09:01


    The Bunker Review was contributed by Marine Bunker Exchange (MABUX)

    MABUX World Bunker Index (consists of a range of prices for 380 HSFO, VLSFO and MGO (Gasoil) in the main world hubs demonstrated slight irregular changes on May 13:

    380 HSFO: USD/MT 228.89 (-0.57)
    VLSFO: USD/MT 260.00 (0.00)
    MGO: USD/MT 328.89 (+4.45)

    Meantime, world oil indexes declined on May, 13 amid worries that a potential second wave of the coronavirus pandemic might trigger fresh lockdowns and slam fuel demand once again.

    Brent for July settlement decreased by $0.79 to $29.19 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. West Texas Intermediate for June declined by $0.49 to $25.29 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Brent

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Hydrogen will be ‘central’ to energy system integration, EU says





“Energy system integration is how we connect the missing links in the energy system,” Simson explained, referring for instance to energy flows between electricity and gas grids. [European Union, 2020. Source: EC - Audiovisual Service]

Hydrogen will be a “central element” in the Energy System Integration Strategy that the European Commission will present in June, the EU’s energy chief kadri Simson has said.

During an online debate on Tuesday (5 May), Simson flagged the upcoming building renovation wave and offshore wind as “the first two areas of work” for the energy sector in the recovery phase from the coronavirus crisis.

“But the third area amplifies the impact of both, bringing them together into one connected system. This is Energy

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