ClassNK issues guidelines for vessels using low-flashpoint fuels besides LNG


first_imgJapanese classification society, ClassNK, has released guidelines for ships using low-flashpoint fuels besides liquefied natural gas (LNG).In order to reduce atmospheric pollution caused by sulphur oxides (SOx) and particle matter (PM) found in vessel emissions as well as weather effects caused by GHG emissions, environmental regulations have been getting more strongly enforced.In theory, ships using alternative fuels such as LNG, LPG, and methyl/ethyl alcohol can reduce the amount of CO2 emissions by 10 percent to 20 percent compared to conventional oil fuels, and they do not contain sulphur. For this reason, alternative fuels are expected to be an effective solution for the regulations, ClassNK said.These alternative fuels have lower flashpoints compared to traditional fuels, therefore particular attention needs to be given to ensuring adequate safety precautions when using low-flashpoint fuels in order to decrease the potential risk of fire and explosions that may arise as a result of fuel leakage onboard the ship.International safety requirements for low-flashpoint fuels have been discussed at IMO and as a result, the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) has been adopted and enforced. The current code however, does not address specific regulations for alternative fuels other than LNG.ClassNK released the guidelines for ships using low-flashpoint fuels (Methyl/Ethyl Alcohol / LPG) which outline safety requirements for other viable alternative fuels besides LNG, based on the latest technology and regulation trends in order to promote the design of alternative fueled ships.The guidelines divide targeted vessels into three categories: ships using methyl/ethyl alcohol as fuel, ships fuelled by LPG, and liquid gas carriers fuelled by LPG. They take into consideration the properties of each fuel type and ship regulations and indicate safety requirements for the arrangement and installation of the low-flashpoint fuel related systems for minimizing risks to vessels, crew, and the environment.The guidelines reflect current trends and will be amended periodically in accordance with any changes in the IGF Code during future IMO discussions and the rapid development of new technologies.Speaking on the occasion, Hayato Suga, corporate officer and director of plan approval and technical solution division said, “in addition to LNG, low-flashpoint fuels like Methyl/Ethyl Alcohol and LPG are providing ships with alternative fuel options that have diverse characteristics in terms of environmental performance, availability, price, and more. Regardless of the choice, adequate safety measures are essential.” He added that the latest guidelines have incorporated regulatory trends and our expertise proposes the appropriate requirements tailored to Methyl, Ethyl Alcohol, and LPG respectively.last_img read more

Opinion: Yes, The Lockdown Was Necessary – And Yes, It Was Worth It


first_imgBy Stephen DienerAmongst all of the debates to ensue during the Coronavirus pandemic, there is one that has stood above all the rest.And no, it’s not whether or not Trump wants us to eat Lysol, or how many ice cream bars Pelosi has in her freezer.The most hotly contested issue has been whether or not the lockdown was necessary, or if it was even worth it considering the economic toll it has taken on millions of Americans.I’m not going to pretend like this is an easy question with an easy answer, because it’s not. Both the question and answer have many layers and sub layers to it. So I will boil it down to these simple points…You can get a job back, but you can’t get a life back.The economy will bounce back, but those who lost a loved one because of this virus, young or old, will never see them again.Make no mistake about it, this country has been fighting a war since March 11th and we were all asked to play a part in the battle. Our role was to stay home and to stop the spread of infection. That was the mission and now we are finally turning the tide.I know it has been extremely difficult, maybe for some more than others, but this was the best battle strategy for the situation that we were presented with.Some opponents of this strategy have pointed to Sweden in their success of herd immunity. They kept schools open, bars open, and life moving on. The result so far?… Twenty one thousand cases and close to three thousand deaths. Those in favor of this strategy would say that is a win all things considered.But keep one very important fact in mind when making the Sweden argument.Their population compared to ours does not even begin to compare. At last check, Sweden has a population of 10 million people. To put that into perspective, Florida and New York combine for 40 million Americans alone.Lest we forget the whole point of the “stay home, stay safe” strategy in the first place was to avoid the country’s medical system from becoming overwhelmed with the over 330 million Americans. Could you imagine the entire country looking like New York did at their height of the virus? Not a pretty picture.And now that it hasn’t happened, our reaction is, “well, that wasn’t as bad as they said it was going to be. We did this all for nothing.”Understand something, the plan worked!The worst predictions did not come to pass because we all bought into social distancing and staying home. You win any war by sticking to a battle plan, this has been no different.last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Badgers decisively take down Gophers, giving UW 11th victory in last 12 games


first_imgA depleted Minnesota basketball team that was missing three of its top six scorers — including their leading scorer in sophomore guard Nate Mason — stood no chance against the red-hot Badgers.Wisconsin (20-10 overall, 12-5 Big Ten) used a dominant first half to take down the Gophers (8-21, 2-15) Wednesday 62-49, giving UW their 11th victory in their last 12 games.The Badgers used a dominant first half, where they held a lead as large as 20, to take down a Gopher team that struggled mightily to score all night. In the end, while Minnesota did outscore Wisconsin 25-22 in the second half, they were simply in too large of a hole and never got the margin lower than 11 points.The victory leaves Wisconsin in a three-way tie for second place in the Big Ten, and the team also owns the tiebreaker over both Michigan State and Maryland, giving them the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.UW will play their final game of the regular season Sunday night against No. 15 Purdue in West Lafayette.Wisconsin player of the game: Redshirt freshman Ethan HappHapp recorded his ninth double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds — four offensive. The redshirt freshman is also the Big Ten leader in steals per game this season, averaging 1.8 per game, and his one steal Wednesday gave him 54 on the year. He is now just four away from the Wisconsin freshman steals record set by Mike Kelley.Minnesota player of the game: Freshman guard Stephon SharpSharp had played sparingly all season, but as a result of three Minnesota players being suspended for the remainder of the season, the freshman stepped in and played great. He scored 16 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists on the night.By the numbers:41 – The number of games junior guard Bronson Koenig has hit a 3-pointer in a Wisconsin record.8:57 – The amount of time in the second half the Badgers went without a made field goal.23 – The number of rebounds Nigel Hayes, Vitto Brown and Happ combined to grab Wednesday.26.5 – The number of points the three suspended Minnesota players — Mason, Kevin Dorsey and Dupree McBrayer — have combined to average this season.1 – The number of windmill dunks Wisconsin freshman Khalil Iverson failed to execute: Stats courtesy of UW-Athleticslast_img read more

Hungary Appoint Belgian Manager On A 2-Year Deal


first_imgHungary have appointed Belgian manager George Leekens as their new manager on a two-year deal.Highly experienced Leekens replaces Bernd Stock, who left the post immediately after he failed to lead the team to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Hungary failed to qualify for Russia 2018 as they lost out to European champions Portugal (automatic World Cup place) and Switzerland (playoff place) in Group B of the European qualifiers.All attention will now shift to the qualification series for the 2020 European Championship as Hungary bid to make it a second successive appearance at the tournament after they featured in the 2016 in France.Related2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Europe): Former Winners On The BrinkOctober 8, 2017In “Europe”Fernando Hierro Named Spanish Manager For Russia 2018 World CupJune 13, 2018In “Europe”2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (UEFA): France, Portugal Qualify; Netherlands Eliminated Despite WinOctober 11, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more