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DNV worked with BW LPG, the Isle of Man Ship Registry, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions and MAN Energy Solutions on a world-first conversion of a Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) to a more efficient, cleaner-burning Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) dual-fuel propulsion system.
Following conversion with two additional LPG tanks and a high-pressure liquid fuel system for the two stroke engines, the environmental benefits are significant. Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by 20%, sulphur emissions are virtually eliminated (–97%), and particulates and black carbon emissions are dramatically reduced. Fuel efficiency is also enhanced by around 10%. Retrofitting has the added benefit of extending vessel lifespan, providing a significant improvement in environmental impact and carbon footprint compared to building a new vessel.
Following flag acceptance by Isle of Man Ship Registry in summer 2020, BW LPG, the world’s largest owner and operator of VLGCs, started converting 12 vessels to dual-fuel LPG engines. The first converted vessels, ‘BW Leo’ and ‘BW Gemini,’ launched later in 2020. Following successful conversion, all vessels will receive the newly-developed DNV class notation ‘GF LPG’.
DNV and not-for-profit, Washington Maritime Blue, are leading a consortium to design a high-speed, low-impact electric hydrofoil passenger ferry. The idea behind the innovative zero emission concept is to recreate the ‘Mosquito Fleet’ of the 1850s to the 1930s – the numerous ferries that travelled from port-to-port in Washington State like a “swarm of mosquitoes.” The project is part of Washington State’s strategy for the Blue Economy and helps to fulfil green transport goals by connecting urban, suburban and rural communities with a low-impact alternative that can help take cars off the road and reduce congestion.
The foil ferry, designed by Bieker Boats and Glosten, uses the latest innovations in hydrofoil design, lightweight carbon fibre construction and battery technology. The design includes options for fully electric propulsion or diesel-electric hybrid for extended range. The diesel-electric option offers two to three times better fuel efficiency than conventional fast ferries with the potential to save 1,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year per ferry. The fully electric version offers even greater improvements and financing has been secured to continue the development process. The project includes mapping infrastructure requirements and environmental impacts.
DNV GL worked with Northern Drilling to make their West Mira drilling rig the first to be awarded the DNV GL Battery (Power) class notation. With this new notation, we are helping customers in the offshore industry take advantage of new hybrid battery power technology for safer, more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly operations.
The diesel-electric hybrid power system on the West Mira is a world first on a drilling rig and is a prime example of cooperation between the project partners — Northern Drilling, Seadrill, Siemens, Kongsberg Maritime and DNV GL. The power solution uses Lithium-ion batteries as an additional power source during peak power demand. They also act as a reserve power source in the event of a blackout. Four converter-battery systems provide up to six megawatts of power reducing runtime of the rig’s diesel engines by up to 42%. This saving results in an estimated reduction in NOX emissions of 12% and CO2 emissions of 15%, equivalent to annual emissions from approximately 10,000 cars.
The ‘San Marino Low Carbon Ecosystem’ is a blockchain system designed to reduce CO2 emissions and stimulate a circular economy business model in the Republic of San Marino. Proposed by DNV, in collaboration with VeChain, the platform aims to encourage environmentally-friendly practices by citizens in areas such as energy use, water saving and waste disposal.
Sustainable behaviour by individuals will be rewarded with a cryptocurrency-like utility token, the San Marino Innovation Token, which can be used to access other services offered within the Republic. The introduction of the low carbon ecosystem is the first example globally of using a public blockchain and utility token to incentivize citizens to protect the environment.
The impact of climate change will be felt significantly by many in the oil and gas sector including operators, investors and insurers. New and extreme climatic conditions will test existing technologies, systems and institutions to the limit. With multiple, global climate and hazard models, the amount of climate risk data can be overwhelming for decision makers who need clear, concise information they can act on quickly.
To rise to this challenge, we have developed a state-of-the-art, digital climate-risk solution called C-GEAR Core (Climatic Geo Enhanced Assessment of Risks). The system integrates several applications and platforms into a cloud-based solution that captures, analyzes and visualizes climate, weather and hazard-related information. For marine services customers, predictions include wavelength changes, airgap decreases, wind strength, precipitation and storm surges. Alongside DNV standards and guidance for mitigating risk, C-GEAR Core enables us to deliver industry-leading support in this growing and important area of risk.
DNV has joined forces with Dutch NGO, The Ocean Cleanup, to address one of today’s major environmental challenges, ocean plastic pollution. The ocean is core to DNV’s business and we are keen to contribute to solutions with our expertise. The Ocean Cleanup is trialling advanced technologies to collect ocean plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world’s largest accumulation of plastic waste, spanning an area of 1.6 million square kilometres. The collected plastic will be recycled into new products and sold to consumers, creating value from the waste and funding The Ocean Cleanup’s continued work.
In a growing market for products made with ocean plastic, it is currently not compulsory to independently verify that plastic has, in fact, been sourced from the ocean. This means products labelled as “ocean plastic” may not be entirely sourced from the ocean. We have worked with The Ocean Cleanup for the past 18 months to develop a process and set of requirements that enables verification of the source of ocean plastic. The new process delivers the highest level of traceability and clarifies how ocean plastic is defined, bringing transparency to this rapidly-developing market. DNV GL will now verify that plastic collected by The Ocean Project is 100% ocean plastic according to the newly created standard.
The verification process is designed to provide transparency and support consumer trust in the market for ocean-plastic products. In 2020, we will develop the process and transparency requirements into a new public standard that will be open to all parties interested in ocean plastic product certification.