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EST-Floattech to design battery system for Norwegian Hybrid Coaster

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Dutch maritime energy storage solutions provider EST-Floattech has been contracted by system integrator Hoogendijk Electric to design and deliver the complete Battery System for a Norwegian newbuild: the third Hybrid Coaster for Hagland, currently being built at Royal Bodewes shipyard and due for delivery halfway 2023.

EST-Floattech’s battery system enables the 5,000 DWT self-discharging bulk carrier to make zero-emission port calls. The vessel, one of a series of three, will also sail in full-electric mode, for example in environmentally sensitive environments, such as in fjords or near-coastal communities. When there is no shore connection available the battery system also allows for zero-emission discharging of the transported bulk cargo.

During long distance transits, the system allows for peak shaving via the electric motor and generator. The batteries can be charged during transit or in harbour via the shore connection.

Proven, DNV-certified batteries

For this project, EST-Floattech deployed its proven and DNV-certified Green Orca battery system. The system, including battery management software and control units for enhanced safety was optimised for the ship’s operational profile in close cooperation with system integrator Hoogendijk Electric, responsible for the complete onboard electrical installation. To prevent any delivery hick- ups, EST-Floattech has all delivery-sensitive components in stock, enabling fast assembly and production for on-time delivery.

Walter van der Pennen, Commercial Director at EST-Floattech, states: “It is interesting to see changing market demand as part of the energy transition. It is clear that our industry is evolving towards a more environmentally friendly mindset, partly driven by external regulations, but also by developing insights within maritime companies themselves. This will lead to more and more hybrid and even electrical coasters in the coming months and years. We are grateful for the trust that Hoogendijk and our end-clients have put in us to arrange for a safe, long-term power solution for this vessel. With this hybrid coaster Hagland is clearly a forerunner in the market and we are proud to be part of that process.”

IMO TIER III

The newbuild, the third in a row, will not only sail in zero-emission mode in port, it will also reduce noise and emissions during sailing. According to Hagland their new coasters will reduce CO2 emissions by 40% and NOx emissions by about 90%, compared to older vessels in their fleet, which will be replaced. With EST-Floattech’s battery-hybrid system the ship complies with IMO TIER III requirements.

Hagland’s new vessel programme is supported by ENOVA SF (the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment’s organisation aiming to reduce emissions and develop energy and climate technology) and the Green Shipping Programme for fleet renewal. According to Hagland, the new vessels will make their fleet the most environmentally friendly in this segment.

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Sarens to remove overhead gantry cranes in Teesport

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PD ports contracted CL Prosser who asked Sarens to remove two redundant overhead gantry cranes within a warehouse in Teesport, The UK.

The challenge was to remove the gantries without modifying the warehouse structure and allowing site operations to continue at the opposite end of the warehouse. The overhead gantry cranes had to be lifted from elevated rails 15m above ground level and placed on ground to allow the demolition.

Our crew decided to use the following equipment:

  • 20 x K24 SPMT Axles
  • 2 x PPUs
  • 4 x Sarlift Gantry Towers complete with 10m long lifting beam
  • 1 x 400T Mobile Crane
  • 1 x 500T Mobile Crane
  • 100T Capacity Mobile Crane
  • BS220 Bracing Steelwork
  • S273 Spreader Beam + Tackle
  • MEWP and Telehandler

The two gantry cranes weighed 122T each and measured 30.7x12x7.8m.

Sarens engineers worked out a customised solution for the client. The trolley and the cab was positioned on the overhead gantry crane as per Sarens’ specifications and parked in their pick-up position.

A 100T mobile crane assembled the SPMTs and Sarlift gantry within the warehouse adjacent to the overhead gantry crane before driving it into position. The overhead gantry crane was lifted 800mm using the Sarlift Gantry until the underside of the girders were above the rails. The SPMTs were then used in carousel mode to rotate the overhead gentry so that it could pass between the rails and lowered. Once lowered the crane was tandem lifted onto the ground using a 400T and 500T mobile crane.

The customised solution by Sarens provided considerable cost savings and ensured that the operation was completed safely:

Cost reduction was achieved due to:

  • No requirement to remove roof sections from warehouse.
  • No strengthening work required as supports were provided to the Overhead Gantry Crane.
  • Minimal disruption to port operations.

Safety achieved by:

  • Avoiding working at a height.
  • Reduction in project man hours.
  • Work undertaken within warehouse so reduced exposure to the elements.

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Biofuel powered Panamax bulk carrier sea trials by MOL

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that its group company, MOL Drybulk Ltd. will start sea trials of Panamax bulk carrier “C.S. OLIVE”, chartered from Chugoku Sougyo CO., Ltd., using biofuel in late June 2022.

MOL has signed a deal for biofuel supply with Chevron Singapore Pte. Ltd., and about 500 tons of ISCC certified biofuel will be bunkered on the vessel at Port of Singapore. The bio-fuel supplied by Chevron Singapore is blended with Used Cooking Oil Methyl Ester as a 20% to 24% component in the VLSFO. This biofuel can be used on vessels without changing engine specifications and is expected to decrease approximately 15% to 20% of exhausted CO2 based on lifecycle analysis.

Biofuel is positioned as an effective alternative to fossil fuels in the MOL Group’s new environmental strategy ‘MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1’, which was announced in June, 2021. MOL Group continually takes a proactive stance in promoting the Adoption of Clean Alternative Fuels such as biofuel with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in ocean transport.

MOL’s five Sustainability Issues

MOL Group will contribute to realize a sustainable society by promoting responses to the sustainability issues, which are identified as social issues that must be addressed with priority through the business. The group anticipate this initiative to contribute especially to the realization of “Environment -Conservation for Marine and global environment-“.

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“K” LINE Group’s Yokohama Daikoku C-4 Terminal starts operation

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Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. – “K” LINE and Daito Corporation have started operation of “K” LINE Group’s first dedicated finished vehicle terminal in Japan, at Yokohama Daikoku C-4 Terminal from April 2022. In April, “IVORY ARROW” operated by “K” LINE, a pure car and truck carrier, made its first call at the terminal. A safety prayer ceremony with the terminal operators and an opening ceremony with the attendance of many related parties was held.

The terminal is used not only as an export and transshipment base for finished vehicles but also handle a wide variety of vehicles such as break-bulk cargoes by utilizing work facility with large roof in terminal in order to meet a variety of needs.

In addition, the terminal will use electric power generated from renewable energy sources with virtually zero CO2 emissions. The terminal will procure 100% wind-generated renewable energy from blockchain-based electricity traceability service (a service for specifying the power plants from which electricity is procured) of “Minna-Denryoku”, operated by UPDATER Corporation.

In last November, “K” LINE has revised a part of our long term environmental guideline “K”LINE Environmental Vision 2050” and set our new target for 2050 as “The challenge of Achieving Net-Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions”. The company strives to enhance their corporate value by contributing to the sustainable development of the economy and society, while protecting the environment through our business activities.

<Terminal Overview>

Name : Yokohama Daikoku C-4 Terminal
Location : Daikoku Futo 22&24, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Japan
Business : Finished-vehicle logistics
Pier length : 350 m (1 berth)
Sea depth : 15 m
Total yard area : Approx. 153,500 m2 (including berth area)
Parking slots : Approx. 8,000 units

 

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