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Valenciaport leads Spain in natural gas supply operations

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Valenciaport leads Spain in natural gas supply operations. Image: Port Authority of Valencia
Valenciaport leads Spain in natural gas supply operations. Image: Port Authority of Valencia
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Valenciaport is at the forefront in Spain in the supply of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) by the shipping company Baleària. Specifically, in 2020, the Dénia-based company carried out a total of 291 natural gas supply operations, reaching 26,777 m3, in the Port of Valencia, which represents 40% of the bunkering operations carried out by the company in Spain.

The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) and Baleària have been collaborating for years in the introduction of LNG and the improvement of supply services to ships with this fuel with the implementation of the Multi Truck to Ship System (MTTS).

Thus, 95% of all Baleària’s supplies were carried out using this method, where several tankers simultaneously supply liquefied natural gas to the ship, making bunkering faster and more efficient. The ships that received this cleaner fuel were the five ferries that last year connected the port of Valencia with the Balearic Islands: Hypatia of Alexandria, Abel Matutes, Sicilia, Nápoles and Bahama Mama. ESK has been the company in charge of carrying out these cargoes.

The president of the PAV, Aurelio Martínez, pointed out that “one of the cornerstones of our environmental activity is the collaboration with leading companies such as Baleària to sail together towards the common goal of decarbonisation and the use of clean energy. A strategy that is part of Valenciaport 2030, zero emissions in which the entire port community is immersed to be one of the most eco-efficient ports in Europe”.

For his part, the president of Baleària, Adolfo Utor, indicated that “we are the only ferry company that sails on gas and this places us at the forefront of supplies made in Spain, where 96% of all the bunkering carried out on ships corresponds to our vessels”.

The president of Baleària also recalled that the shipping company currently has six ships sailing on gas. “We are convinced that our commitment to the environment is compatible with the company’s competitiveness. We are pioneers in the use of natural gas and this year we will complement the renovation of nine ships in the fleet, which have involved an investment of 380 million euros”. Utor added that the objective Baleària is working on now is to achieve zero emissions through renewable energy projects, such as green hydrogen and renewable gas.

Along these lines, Aurelio Martínez pointed out that “Valenciaport’s plan contemplates, among other actions, feasibility studies for the installation of a wind farm, the implementation of photovoltaic solar energy, the installation of an electrical substation, the supply of electricity to ships in port or the use of clean fuels such as LNG or hydrogen”.

At a national level, throughout 2020, Balearia has carried out a total of 714 bunkerings in the different peninsular ports in which it operates. In the Valencian Community, it has also carried out 36 operations in Denia, and the shipping company has carried out supplies in Barcelona, Almeria, Málaga and Huelva.

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DNV launches new digital EEXI Calculator

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DNV launches new digital EEXI Calculator. Image: DNV
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DNV has launched the EEXI Calculator – a digital tool to support customers in ensuring their compliance with the upcoming Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI). The regulation is expected to be adopted at this week’s 76th meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 76). If so, the regulation will take effect in January 2023..

The EEXI regulation is a medium-term component of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) roadmap towards reducing global shipping’s carbon intensity by 40 percent over the next decade, using 2008 as a baseline. The aim of the EEXI is to assess the energy efficiency of existing ships, focusing solely on their design. It determines the standardized CO2 emissions related to a vessel’s installed engine power, transport capacity, speed, and degree of energy efficiency. The regulation will be applicable for all cargo, ro-pax and cruise vessels above 400 GT, depending on their propulsion type and whether they trade internationally. DNV estimates that currently, up to 30,000 vessels need to take action to comply with the upcoming EEXI regulation.

“The EEXI is putting a great deal of pressure on ship owners to take immediate action in order to analyse the energy efficiency of their fleet and make any necessary adjustments to ensure compliance,“ said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV Maritime. “At DNV, we understand the difficulties the industry faces in meeting this regulatory deadline. This is why we have tailored our new EEXI Calculator to meet this need.”

To help customers ensure they are prepared for EEXI compliance, DNV has developed two pathways.

The EEXI Calculator is purpose made for high volume ship segments such as tankers, bulkers and containers. Customers can access this newly launched tool via the Veracity portal under ‘Fleet Status’. The calculator can produce an EEXI calculation and the technical file based on the data uploaded by the customer.

For more complex cases, and when the customer wants to save time and effort, DNV’s advisory experts can work with customers to map out a pathway to compliance, identify the correct parameters for the calculation, and assist in preparing the required documentation.  “These two pathways are designed to help everyone tackle their EEXI challenges in time to reach compliance,” said Fabian Kock, Head of Section Environmental Certification, DNV Maritime. “For companies with a younger fleet, this may not require major adjustments, they can easily access and prepare the required documentation through our EEXI calculator. And for those who need more support, there is the opportunity to tap into DNV’s extensive expertise as they prepare to make more involved decisions around how their vessels can meet the regulatory requirements and secure EEXI compliance when the regulation comes into force.”

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First biofuel trial of an ocean-going vessel in Singapore 

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First biofuel trial of an ocean-going vessel in Singapore. Image: Oldendorff
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Oldendorff Carriers, together with global resources company BHP, advanced biofuels pioneer GoodFuels (GF) and with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), has successfully conducted the first marine biofuel trial involving an ocean-going vessel bunkered in Singapore.

The vessel selected for the biofuel trial was one of the company’s eco-Kamsarmaxes, Kira Oldendorff. The 2020-built 81,290 tdw dry bulk carrier was bunkered with “drop-in” advanced biofuel to be blended with conventional fossil fuels. Minor modifications were carried out to burn the biofuel blend efficiently, and monitoring instruments were installed to capture the trial data as accurately as possible.

In line with our decarbonisation strategy, the company is committed to work with partners, authorities and stakeholders to find the best ways to reduce GHG emissions in our shipping operations. The key objectives of the biofuel bunkering trial include safety, understanding the behaviour of the fuel (such as emissions), assessing engine and vessel operational performance, as well as exploring the merits and challenges of biofuels as a marine fuel.

Oldendorff Carriers Singapore’s Managing Director, Alexander Vajsova-Jones stressed the importance of collaborating with the right partners: “Oldendorff Carriers and BHP’s views on a greener future are mutually aligned and being historically close partners, it made this trial a natural fit. GF are leaders in biofuels and early movers in this segment and felt they were an excellent choice, while MPA are strong supporters of green initiatives and are always instrumental in supporting industry participants in the ‘shipping capital of the world’.”

“We are thrilled to have been selected to participate in this biofuel trial with our close partners, and pleased that the bunkering happened in Singapore. It’s a small but necessary step in our common goal to reduce our carbon footprint,” Alexander Vajsova-Jones added.

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The Port of Valencia reduces its carbon footprint by 30%

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The Port of Valencia reduces its carbon footprint by 30%. Image: Port Authority of Valencia
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The Port of Valencia carbon footprint has been reduced by 30%, from 3.19 to 2.23 kg of CO2 per tonne handled from 2008 to 2019. In the same period, the activity of Port of Valencia grew by 42%, from 52 million tonnes handled in 2008 to 74 million tonnes at the close of the 2019 financial year.

These figures position Valenciaport as an international benchmark in port developments and strategies for decarbonisation by showing with facts and figures that the growth of economic activity is not incompatible with the reduction of CO2. Eco-efficiency in Port of Valencia is a reality, while at the same time reflecting highly positive results of the Port of Valencia community’s commitment to sustainable growth.

The fight against climate change and the reduction of CO2 emissions and other polluting particles is an essential priority for the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV). In this context, the work is being done to make the reduction of the impact of port activities on the environment compatible with the growth of commercial activity. And this commitment is materialized with specific projects to achieve the Port of Valencia 2030 objective, zero emissions, two decades ahead of the objectives that Spain, Europe and international organizations have projected for 2050.

The carbon footprint is an environmental indicator that aims to reflect the total greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted by direct or indirect effect of an individual or institution. In the case of the PAV, the carbon footprint is measured considering all the activity that takes place at the Port of Valencia. Consequently, Port of Valencia positions itself in the front line against climate change and emerging through the implementation of sustainability actions, with a committed plan for the benefit of society, the economy and future generations.

PAV strategy towards zero emissions

The PAV’s Strategy towards zero emissions in 2030 is based on a clear commitment to align with the European Green Deal, highlighting the need to reduce GHG emissions. Therefore, the main objectives of this Strategy are: to promote decarbonisation, incorporate the circular economy and promote digital transformation in the ports it manages.

To achieve these objectives, the following will be promoted:

  • Employment, knowledge and research, boosting the growing demand for employment in the logistics and distribution sector and configuring the project as an engine for attracting talent, knowledge, research and innovation.
  • Territorial cohesion through projects that will promote the integration of the port with transport networks, including the rail network.
  • Attention to people and social inclusion, through actions aimed at increasing industrial and occupational safety and security within the port.
  • Regional governance and efficient administration, allowing the sharing of information in real time with all the administrations involved in port activities.

In this line, it is worth highlighting projects such as the one already under way in Valenciaport, such as the construction of the electrical substation of the Port of Valencia, which will allow the connection to the electrical network of the ships berthed in the port, with the consequent reduction of CO2 emissions. Other examples include: feasibility studies for the installation of a wind farm; the construction and improvement of railway connections; the implementation of photovoltaic solar energy; the replacement of the PAV’s fleet of vehicles with hybrid and electric vehicles; and the replacement of lighting in the port areas, among other initiatives.

Also, and within the framework of this Strategy, it is worth highlighting public-private collaboration initiatives such as the one developed together with Baleària for the use of cleaner fuels such as LNG or the H2PORTS project through which three hydrogen pilots are being developed: a supply station in the Port of Valencia, a tractor unit for ro-ro operations and a Reach Stacker machine like those that operate in the terminals.

On the other hand, reference should be made to projects such as GREEN C PORTS, whose aim is to reduce the environmental impact of port operations in cities and to control emissions in the main European ports. In fact, within the framework of this initiative, the APV has installed two new environmental control booths that will analyze air quality, noise in port facilities and weather conditions in real time. Progress is also being made with the LOOP-Ports project, which promotes the circular economy as a future commitment to the sustainability of ports.

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