Wärtsilä is seeing increasing recognition for the upgraded version of its China-made Wärtsilä 20 engine, with a total of 33 engines being ordered in June, all for newbuildings for Cosco-linked companies at Chinese yards.
Developments in liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering are continuing apace as more projects take shape. ABS is working with Athens-based probunkers to provide technical support for the design of a fleet of specialist LNG bunker vessels for port operations.
MISC petroleum tanker unit AET has sealed a long-term charter for its two newbuild LNG dual-fuelled Aframax tankers with Shell International Trading and Shipping Company.
IMO secretary-general Ki-Tack Lim underscored the organisation’s commitment to enforcing the 0.5% sulphur cap on marine fuel from 2020, and in a warning for those hoping for a reprieve said “There is no turning back!”
Specialized vessels shipbuilder Vard Holdings is riding on the cutting edge of new technology with the sealing of a contract for the design and construction of what is believed to be the world’s first electric hybrid cruise icebreaker with dual fuel propulsion, featuring high-capacity batteries and LNG storage on board.
Damen Shiprepair and Conversion has won the first European contract to convert a dredger to dual-fuel for Rouen-based GIE Dragages-Ports.
In line with the national push for LNG bunkering, Singapore harbour tug operator PSA Marine has recently awarded a contract to build one dual-fuel LNG harbour tug and will be awarding another contract to build a second one in January 2018, with both vessels scheduled for delivery in 2019.