FinEst Link Project results: Helsinki–Tallinn railway tunnel to become an engine of regional growth

The results of the FinEst Link project state that a fast connection between Helsinki and Tallinn could bring major regional, national benefits and growth potential for Europe.

LNG ships in the top 10 ships of 2017

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, published since 1939, annually prints details on the world’s “Great Ships of the Year.” Among all ships there are LNG driven and bunkering units. Below there are, selected in the December 2017 edition, the top 10 ships of the year, according to the editors.

New Norwegian Autonomous Shipping Test-Bed Opens

An official autonomous shipping test-bed was opened in Horten yesterday (6 December 2017), on the coast of Norway. Established to support the growth in development of new solutions for autonomous maritime operations, the new area is open to both Norwegian and international organisations, and is designed to be a convenient, safe, non-congested space to trial new technology and vessels.

Stena Line and the Port of Trelleborg inaugurate onshore power supply

As the first ferry company in the Port of Trelleborg, Stena Line will now be connecting up its two vessels M/S Skåne and M/S Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to the electricity grid during calls into port. This is an important step in Stena Line’s dedicated sustainability work, with one of the focus areas being to reduce emissions into the atmosphere.

Stena Line is a pioneer in this field, and since 1989 has been able to connect up a number of its vessels to the electricity grid…

LNGTainer ready for production of new Finnish-developed gas transportation technology

New containers can help developing countries utilize natural gas as a power source in remote areas

LNGTainer has announced its new liquefied natural gas (LNG) container is ready for production, which will take place in Finland. The containers utilize patented technology to make the storage and transportation of LNG more energy efficient and environmentally friendly than currently possible.

Liquefied natural gas allows natural gas to be exported to a wide range…

World’s first floating wind farm has started production

Hywind Scotland, the first floating wind farm in the world, has started to deliver electricity to the Scottish grid. Today the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, officially opens the wind farm.

The 30MW wind farm, operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar, is located 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and will power approximately 20,000 households.

“Hywind can be used for water depths up to 800 meters, thus opening up…

Green InfraPort project is finished.

Green InfraPort was a project financed by EUSBSR Seed Money Facility and developed by three partners: Baltic Ports Organization (Estonia, a lead partner), SSPA Sweden AB (Sweden) and Motus Foundation (Poland).

Project started in February 2016 and ended in March 2017. It addressed few environmental developments and challenges for port industry within the Baltic Sea region: port reception facilities for sewage from passenger ships, liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering…

Kick-off Meeting of the Connect2SmallPorts Project

The kick-off meeting of the seed-money project Connect2Small Ports (within the frame of the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020, ERDF co-financed) took place on the 29th of August 2017 at the Motus Foundation in Gdynia.

Representatives of all partners involved in the project joined the meeting. The lead partner in the project is Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences: Technology, Business and Design (DE), which was represented by Project Manager Laima…

New German LNG fuelled research ship will feature Wärtsilä technology

The technology group Wärtsilä is to supply the engines for a new LNG fuelled research vessel being built for the German government. Wärtsilä will also supply exhaust cleaning systems based on selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology and the LNGPac system for complete fuel gas handling. The SCR technology will be needed when the engines are running on conventional marine diesel fuel if the vessel exhausts its supply of LNG on long voyages. The vessel is under construction at the Fassmer…

IMO to look at sulphur verification for ‘in use’ samples taken from ships

A proposal to apply the same sulphur verification procedure to samples taken from ships as the one prescribed by MARPOL Annex VI for the representative fuel oil sample taken at the time of delivery (the MARPOL sample) received wide support at the 71st session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee  last week.

The proposal, put forward by China, noted: “Onboard sampling is an essential tool to verify the sulphur content of the “fuel oil used on board ships”. Some…