The world’s first ammonia fuel-ready vessel, the Suezmax tanker Kriti Future was delivered earlier this month to her Greek owners Avin International. Although conventionally fueled, for the time being, the vessel complies with the ABS Ammonia Ready Level 1 requirements, indicating it is designed to be converted to run on ammonia when the time is right.
The first Chinese domestically built ice breaker, Xue Long 2 (Snow Dragon 2) was delivered in 2019 and made her maiden voyage to Antarctica the same year. She is Polar Class 3 and therefore capable of breaking 1.5m thick ice in polar areas. An earlier ice breaker was purchased from Ukraine and modified to China’s requirements.
As 2021 draws to a close, we are left to reflect on a year which has seen British Columbia subjected to record breaking summer heat and autumn rainfall. The summer heat domes are concluded to have cost around 600 lives, mostly seniors living alone in inadequately ventilated homes plus the razing of the northern town of Lytton which was almost entirely burnt to the ground.
Top brass representing maritime states, the world’s major shipping companies, and industry associations have been in Glasgow earlier this month to attend a single-day joint shipping industry association organized decarbonization conference during the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (COP26).
The world is currently rattled by rising energy prices. There is panic over the rising price of natural gas, in North America, Asia and Europe, but also the fact that crude oil has edged over US$80 per tonne for the first time since 2014. Added to this is the impact on global coal prices as China wrestles with major industrial power outages as a consequence of the country’s ban on Australian coal imports and is forced to comb the world for supply alternatives.