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WÄRTSILÄ INTRODUCES GAS-FUELED VERSION OF ‘WORLD’S MOST EFFICIENT 4-STROKE DIESEL ENGINE’

Wärtsilä 31SG coming off the factory line in Vaasa, Finland. Photo credit: Wärtsilä Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has introduced a gas-fueled version of its Wärtsilä 31 marine engine, which is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine. The engine, dubbed the Wärtsilä 31SG, builds on …

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IMO: SHIPS NOT MEETING 2020 LOW-SULPHUR FUEL REQUIREMENTS WILL BE DEEMED ‘UNSEAWORTHY’

Ships that do not comply with the forthcoming 0.5% sulphur cap on fuel oil could be considered “unseaworthy”, invalidating charter parties and liability insurance cover. That was the clear message from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) at the annual meeting of the European Refining Technology Conference (ERTC) in Athens last …

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AUTONOMOUS SHIPPING RAISES LEGAL CONCERNS

While the UK Shipping Register has included its first autonomous vessel, there are several gaps that need to be addressed before such technology becomes widespread and moves into the international domain. This issue involves several complex relationships. On the shipping side of the equation, there is the complex commercial interaction …

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