MAN Engines has approved all marine engines from the current product range for use with renewable diesel fuel in line with the standard EN15940 in Europe and the US-American specification ASTM D975 of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) with immediate effect. This will allow customers to replace conventional petroleum-based diesel fuel with “green” or renewable diesel fuel. Renewable diesel fuel is obtained from waste and residues of animal and plant origin, cellulosic biomass such as crop residues, but also hydrotreated vegetable oils (HVO).
Electric boats might be grabbing the headlines but, with diesel-powered craft still dominant, isn’t it time we looked at greener fuel alternatives? While there’s understandable excitement surrounding the new generation of electric boats from the likes of X Shore, Candela and Delphia, the truth is that battery power won’t be replacing the internal combustion engine in larger planing craft any time soon. The physics just don’t add up due to the weight, volume and cost of batteries required. Depending how you calculate it, a kilogram of diesel packs 30-100 times the energy of a kg of lithium ion battery.
Anytime there’s a legit, suitably notable “first-in-the- world” introduction, it’s usually a big deal. Such it was on a rainy day in 2009 when Foss Maritime unveiled the world’s first hybrid tug, the Carolyn Dorothy. Maybe 300 guests heard speakers from Foss and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach tout the new environmental credibility of the tug, which was the point of the ports’ $1.3 million grant money that helped build it.
This month’s Pulse Report survey asks dealers if they are instituting new business practices to address sustainability and environmental protection. The survey inquires about clean energy, recycling, waste management, screening for invasive species and other enhancements. Launched by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Baird Research, the survey monitors monthly retail conditions. It includes the Marine Retail Sentiment Index, which tracks retailer confidence.
A hydrogen-based energy system for ship applications developed in the FreeCO2ast project by the HAV Group has been granted preliminary approval by the Norwegian Maritime Authority. HAV views the approval as a major step toward the commercial use of hydrogen fuel by commercial vessels. The Norwegian Maritime Authority issued a statement of preliminary assessment which confirmed the alternative design is considered feasible and sound in accordance with alternative design guidelines (MSC.1/Circ.1455) set out by the International Maritime Organization. The project can now move into the final design phase and will subsequently be offered at a commercial level to the global maritime market.
OTTAWA — Inter-Op Canada Inc. is a NextGeneration Tactical Communications Integrator and Solutions Provider. In partnership with Australia-based “The Whiskey Project”, they present another evolution in specialized delivery with a fully integrated, sensor to operator, Multi-Mission, Reconnaissance Craft (MMRC) designed to meet Canadian Defence and Security market needs and implement a “Sense First, See First, and Strike First” capability.
PowerUP Energy Technologies, an Estonian start-up that develops and manufactures hydrogen fuel cell-based smart electric generators and smart grid solutions, has chosen Belship to distribute its products in the Netherlands. Belship has been supplying quality marine equipment to the nautical sector for over 50 years. The company offers a wide range of products, supplying to builders of yachts and superyachts, technical installers, commercial shipbuilding, retailers and chandleries.
Fpt Industrial and Landi Renzo have decided to share part of the path of energy transition. According to the CNH Industrial brand, “FPT Industrial and Landi Renzo Group, a leading company in the design, production and distribution of Compressed Natural Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas and Hydrogen components and systems, have signed two Memoranda of Understanding aimed at exploring the possibility of collaborating on Clean Fuel projects. The Memoranda are focused on the possible development of Natural Gas and hydrogen technology respectively.
For over two years, the U.S. and most of the rest of the world has been affected by Covid, which at times has pulled many people into a morass of pessimism, frustration, anger, and a general feeling of hopelessness. During such times, you don’t expect to find much innovation and creativity.
Not so for MAN, MTU, and Cummins, the three engine manufacturers featured in this issue’s diesel story. Each is working with new ideas to improve the life of the vessel operator, as well as the environment we all live in.