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The low-sulfur bunker surcharge is also low in the popularity stakes

Posted to Martin Rushmere by Martin Rushmere on 8/30/2012 11:42:39 PM | with 1 comments

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August 1, 2012 is a significant date for maritime pollution reduction
The Emission Control Area comes into force

Posted to Martin Rushmere by Martin Rushmere on 7/31/2012 11:29:42 PM | with 0 comments

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California vessel owners get an unfair battering
Despite slurs, the industry has always wanted better bunker fuel

Posted to Martin Rushmere by Martin Rushmere on 6/30/2012 10:02:35 PM | with 0 comments

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But the maritime community won't benefit

Posted to Martin Rushmere by Martin Rushmere on 12/14/2011 2:00:35 PM | with 0 comments

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Changes to the 24-nm zone come into effect on December 1.

Posted to Martin Rushmere by Martin Rushmere on 11/30/2011 11:49:51 PM | with 0 comments

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At this year's CIMAC conference Wärtsilä presented a paper on noise reduction of medium speed engines. Changes made to the crankcase covers and camshaft covers brought the emitted sound level down by approximately 6dB(A). A multi-layer sandwich solution applied to the turbocharger casing and charge air cooler reduced noise levels 5dB(A). Engine noise emanating from th was reduced by placing an additional covering on top of the existing cylinder head valve covers. It is proposed that these optional parts will be available for current and future Wärtsilä medium speed engines providing a noise reduction of approximately 5dB(A).

Posted to Marine Propulsion Report by Keith Henderson on 9/19/2010 10:34:55 AM | with 0 comments

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Last month a briefing to underwriters in London covered the increasing incidence of severe engine damage. The drive towards low sulfur fuels is causing fuel refining processes to change, some of which result in below standard HFO being delivered to ships. A higher presence of particles called catalyst fines is precipitating very costly engine damage. Cat fines have always been present in bunker oils and standard ISO 8217 (2005) permits up to 80 ppm, but the problem is that more than 15 – 20 ppm already causes damage to engine parts. The components most at risk to accelerated wear are: the fuel pump, piston rings and cylinder liners. Sadly the prognosis is that with the increasing demand for low sulfur fuel, engine failures are going to increase. Until fuel standards improve a 100 per cent fuel management policy to purify the fuel is the only guarantee to avoid these problems.

Posted to Marine Propulsion Report by Keith Henderson on 4/29/2010 10:47:38 AM | with 1 comments

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Navy Missile Range Gets Tangled in California's Low Sulfur Rules
Commercial ships are using Point Mugu to bypass 24 mile zone

Posted to Martin Rushmere by Martin Rushmere on 10/1/2009 12:54:23 AM | with 0 comments

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Alarm over Ships Losing Power because of Low Sulfur Fuel
Engines are cutting out and ships are drifting, leading to danger of a serious accident

Posted to Martin Rushmere by Martin Rushmere on 9/25/2009 6:00:00 AM | with 0 comments

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