Bringing the industry a step closer to a new era of robust, rigorous analysis
AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people’s lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, AkzoNobel supplies essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, its innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, approximately 45,000 people work in around 80 countries, while its portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, AkzoNobel is dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what they do. In Singapore, AkzoNobel Marine Coatings is headquartered, with more than 1,900 employees and over 250 distributors across 60 countries.
AkzoNobel designed Intertrac Vision, the shipping industry’s first big data consultancy tool that provides accurate and transparent predictions on the fuel and CO2 savings potential of fouling control coatings prior to their application. Hence, the free consultancy tool provides a full cost and environmental benefit analysis to ship owners and operators when comparing different coatings and surface preparation options.
Intertrac Vision is bringing the industry a step closer to a new era of robust, rigorous analysis that can help improve the rationality in hull coating selection. Hull coatings play a key role in a vessel’s profitability and sustainability. However, until now, emissions and fuel performance predictions from hull coatings manufacturers and other technology providers were sometimes met with scepticism. Now, Intertrac Vision is enabling users to explore the ‘what if’s’ and performance prediction uncertainties in such a way that they can make more informed decisions, thereby allowing ship owners to unlock heightened levels of operational and environmental efficiency. Intertrac Vision is now being actively used across the shipping industry, with the first consultations receiving a positive industry response from the hundreds of ship owners and operators that have used the technology.
The scalability of Intertrac Vision allows for new versions to be continually developed, ensuring Intertrac Vision remains current and relevant to market dynamics. AkzoNobel is already working on new features for future versions to develop a complete understanding of the costs incurred for using clean fuels.
Heerema Marine Contractors
Building the world’s largest semi-submersible crane vessel
Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) is a world-leading marine contractor in the international offshore oil and gas industry. Its core business is in the transportation, installation and removal of offshore facilities. These facilities include fixed and floating structures, subsea pipelines and infrastructures in shallow, deep and ultra- deep waters. HMC manages the entire supply chain of offshore construction, from design to completion. Headquartered in Leiden, the Netherlands, its services include engineering, planning, logistics, project management and execution of projects all over the world. To provide these services, HMC operates a fleet of vessels that includes large heavy-lift and deep-water construction vessels.
In 2013, HMC decided to enhance its fleet with a new heavy-lift vessel with increased capabilities. This vessel, called the Sleipnir, is presently under construction at Sembcorp Marine’s Tanjong Kling and Tuas Boulevard yards in Singapore.
The Sleipnir will be the largest semi-submersible crane vessel in the world with two revolving cranes of 10,000 tonnes lifting capacity each. Sleipnir is designed with many ‘green’ features. Perhaps the most notable innovation is that the Sleipnir will be the world’s first offshore construction vessel to implement a dual-fuel system, allowing the vessel to use Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for power generation. LNG is much cleaner than conventional fuels.
The present business climate in the offshore industry is challenging, as the low price of oil has resulted in many projects being delayed or cancelled. Notwithstanding this, HMC decided to go forward with the construction of the Sleipnir and it appears to be paying off. Sleipnir’s unique features, and in particular its ability to perform major lifts with its two 10,000 tonnes revolving cranes, are attracting a significant number of projects as clients highly value being able to lift larger values of packages. This reduces the time it takes to install, complete and commission offshore platforms, thereby increasing operational efficiency, saving costs and limiting the impact on the environment.
Keppel Smit Towage
Designing and building Singapore’s first dual-fuelled LNG harbour tugs
Keppel Smit Towage Pte Ltd (KST) is one of the largest and leading harbour tug service providers in Singapore as well as in the Asia Pacific region. The core capabilities of KST include:
- Harbour/Terminal Towage Services in port, includes services to VLCCs, ULCCs, FPSO, FSO, LNG and Oil Rigs
- Coastal Towage Services
- Offshore Support Services
- STS (Ship to Ship) operations
- Fire Fighting and Anti-pollution
- Escort services
Together with Keppel O&M Technology Centre Pte Ltd (KOMTECH) and Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd (KSM), KST embarked on a joint-pilot project to design and build the first two units of dual-fuelled LNG harbour tugs for Singapore.
Tug boats have always possessed a magnificent amount of hauling power. While the tug boats of today still possess the great hauling power of century-old tug boats with enormous engines, they do so with much greater efficiency. Dual-fuelled LNG tug boats have revolutionized the way today’s tug boats operate with the following capabilities:
- greater horsepower
- incredible gas-efficiency
- unmatched degree of manoeuvrability
Using a form of the abundant resource, natural gas, the LNG tug boat is designed for the green future. Unlike other non-renewable resources, natural gas offers a combination of power and efficiency with much lower to zero emissions.
KST’s investment into these 2 dual-fuelled LNG tugs is the first in Singapore in line with the Maritime Port of Authority’s (MPA) effort to develop Singapore into one of the world’s most environmentally friendly LNG Bunkering ports with the launch of the LNG Bunkering Pilot Programme (LBPP) in 2014. MPA awards a grant of up to a S$2 million for each LNG fuelled tug to encourage the marine industry to work with them as part of the LBPP. KST supports MPA’s clean initiative and shows it by adding the two new tugs to its current fleet of more than 68 tugs. In addition, with the huge potential of dual-fuelled LNG tug boats, the new tugs will generate more business opportunities for KST in and outside of Singapore.
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