Decarbonising shipping: Could ammonia be the fuel of the future?

By Charles Haskell, Decarbonisation Programme Manager, Lloyd’s Register (LR)

 

Today 80 per cent of ammonia produced is used exclusively for the fertiliser industry. However, as pressure is placed on the shipping sector to decarbonise and shift away from reliance on fossil fuels, ammonia is looking like an attractive alternative. If 30 per cent of shipping switched to ammonia as a fuel, then the current production would have to nearly double

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KDU leads the way for the transformation of the maritime industry to an automated sector

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world and halted activities and businesses, one of the few industries that remained active and continued to grow was the maritime industry. The sector ensured that trade and supply of essential goods took place smoothly. While the industry continued to tackle the challenges posed by the pandemic, it collectively embraced the need to boost the digital infrastructure. One such electrical, automation, navigation, and communication solutions provider in the market that played a significant role in the digitalisation of the industry is the KDU Group. The marine equipment trading and maintenance company offers quality solutions and products to its clients, and works towards upgrading and improving the technological scope of the navy. Along with its navigation systems, internal and external communication systems, satellite communication systems, and much more, the company aims to benefit the navy greatly through advanced technology and solutions.

 
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Egypt's CSD Mohab Mamish arrives at Port Said

Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority Chief Admiral Osama Rabie announced the arrival of “Mohab Mamish,” the largest dredger in the Middle East, at Egypt’s Port Said on the 9th April, 2021. Egypt’s Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) “Mohab Mamish,” was carried by the heavy load carrier “Xiang Rui Kou,” from the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands, and berthed at the E1 area of the Great Bitter Lakes in Ismailia on the 10th April, 2021. The dredger was separated from its carrier upon its arrival by a team of the Canal’s personnel in cooperation with experts from the Dutch Royal IHC Shipyard, to let it float and join its fleet.

 
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IDEX and NAVDEX 2021 successfully organised as in-person event despite COVID-19 pandemic

The International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) and the Naval Defence and Maritime Security Exhibition (NAVDEX) organised its 15th edition at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, President of the UAE, and the Ruler of Abu Dhabi. The five days long event was attended by over 62,000 visitors and saw the participation of over 900 exhibitors from 59 counties.

 
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Maritime accidents: Endangering the global supply chain

Maritime transport plays a crucial role in world trade. While shipping is one of the leading industries worldwide, it is also one of the most critical. The recent spate of mishaps has not only shed light on the rise in the number of maritime accidents over the years, but it also highlights how these accidents can bring world trade to a standstill. 

 
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Equinor files plan to electrify troll west field

Norway's Equinor, with partners Petoro, Shell, Total, and ConocoPhillips, has decided to electrify the Troll West field offshore Norway and has submitted the plan for development and operation to the Norwegian minister of petroleum and energy. 

 
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