ABB joined key stakeholders from the marine industry across Europe at this year’s Greener Shipping Summit themed "Ships of the future”. The Summit which was held at the Athens Ledra Hotel, on November 11, 2014, attracted more than 300 attendees comprising of Greek ship owners, technical managers shipping companies, representatives of the shipbuilding industry and classification societies who took the time to discuss key topics like: New Fuels, Operational Issues, Ship Design and Ballast Water Treatment.
These topics specifically addressed the introduction of NOx ECA areas and the relevant ships upgrades needed to fulfil the NOx gas emission limits kicking in on January 1, 2016. Many shipping companies presented their efforts and the problems they face to comply with this law.
Discussions around the best and most viable measures for compliance and the real meaning of the regulations for the industry took up the largest part of the conference.
As the shipping industry is by far not homogeneous, and almost every ship is a distinct case, the suppliers all shared the common view that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution that can cover all cases. Technology suppliers presented several solutions and measures for addressing and meeting the challenges posed by the new regulations.
Mr. Paolo Tremuli from ABB Turbocharging was one of the key speakers at the summit and his presentation titled "Potential future of dual fuel engine concepts using advanced turbocharging and variable valve timing" illustrated how the combined technologies of Power2 and VCM can enhance engine performance, while maintaining the engine capability to fulfil IMO Tier III limits. The presentation raised huge interests amongst the participants, who were particularly interested in the flexibility of the systems in dual-fuel operation: gas and diesel.
For more information on the summit, please visit the official website of Greener Shipping Summit 2014.