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WALLENIUS SOL takes important steps towards becoming fossil free

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The new vessels, Botnia Enabler and Baltic Enabler, are important steps on the road to WALLENIUS SOL becoming fossil free.

The multi-fuel engines are key players.

BOTNIA ENABLER and her sister ship are both equipped with multi-fuel engines capable of running on either diesel oil or gas.

“To us, sustainable shipping means having no negative effects on the environment. The aim for the company is to be fossil free by 2035,” says Ragnar Johansson, Managing Director, WALLENIUS SOL. The engines burn fuel more efficiently in comparison to the previous generation. When run on gas they will emit almost no NOx, SOx or particles. The CO2 emissions from gas are 20 percent lower than from traditional diesel fuels. These vessels are 57 percent more energy efficient then the ships they are replacing which means 63 percent less greenhouse gases, and with the proper fuel can be run completely fossil free. These vessels will help us reach our 2035 target,” says Ragnar Johansson.

The Enablers is propelled by two Wärtsilä multi-fuel seven-cylinder, two-stroke engines, one for each propeller.
”The output is 20 MW in total, and this enables us to do around 19 knots in good conditions,” says Hans Nilsson, Chief Engineer, Botnia Enabler.

When on route, he leads a team of people, including a second and a third engineer, two motor men, a fitter and an electrician.

“The reason we’ve gone with two-stroke engines is that they’re more fuel efficient than four-stroke engines of comparable size. They have better combustion, leading to lower emissions. Also, they have a better power-to-weight ratio,” says Hans Nilsson.

The engines can switch from diesel to gas or back in an instant, providing fuel flexibility. There are two vacuum insulated gas tanks on board, with a capacity of 685 cubic metres each.

“We hope to be able to run on mainly gas. In all, we can carry around 500 tons of LNG or LBG. The main engines, auxiliary engines and boilers can all run on gas,” says Hans Nilsson.

There are numerous sensors installed in the engines and all over the ship. Data is continuously collected for a number of performance factors, like fuel efficiency and engine performance. The data is analyzed at the performance monitoring center in Stockholm and provides decision support for the running and the maintenance of the vessels.

“For example, it will inform us when we need to clean the keel or the propellers, to maintain optimal efficiency,” says Ragnar Johansson. It’s fantastic what you can do with new technology and the will to change” Ragnar Johansson

The vessels are prepared to be connected by cable to shore power, eliminating the need to run generators for electricity while shore bound. This reduces the emissions to zero, while also providing a quieter onboard working environment.

Moreover, the vessels have been prepared for running on battery power. The battery rooms are in place, but are waiting to be filled – the rapid progress in battery technology has made more modern batteries available than when the vessels were commissioned.

“This will give us opportunities for peak shaving in the open seas, and the vessels will also be able to run on battery power when entering ports. It’s fantastic what you can do with new technology and the will to change,” says Ragnar Johansson.

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28 November 2022 |

Greek projects takes off with Cosmatos Group

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Cosmatos Group, member to the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) for Greece, reported of significant projects handled by their experts in recent times.

With escort cars, cable lifting team, road transport and stevedoring under the working scope, the experts from Cosmatos Group completed the ex works collection of two Vacuum Reclaimer Drums with dimensions 15.9 x 7.1 x 7.1 meter and gross weight of 77.5 ton each to FOB Thessaloniki Port.

The work contract included loading ex Thessaloniki, Greece and transport to Leuna, Germany of two Re-slurrying Vessels 5.8 x 2.92 x 3.15 meter and a weight of 6.56 ton each. In addition one Buffer tank 1.45 x 1.7 x 1.95 meter and a weight of 1.3 ton.

The experts from Cosmatos Group managed the coordination of pick up from site, transport to the port, loading on board an ocean vessel at EKME in Thessaloniki, Greece to the Neste refinery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands of an Hot Oil Expansion Drum on saddles 12.6 x 5 x 6.6 meter and weight of 64 tons. The shipment also included a RJF Drain drum on saddles 10.3 x 2.8 x 5.3 meter and a weight of 10.8 tons.

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28 November 2022 |

Air Partner and Antonov complete complex operation on remote Island

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Air Partner, the world leading aviation services group, provided an urgent AOG cargo charter solution to move an oversized aircraft engine and critical tooling to a remote island in the Azores.

This ambitious undertaking utilised an Antonov AN-124 and a Boeing 747 Freighter to transport a replacement aircraft engine, empty stand, tooling, lifting beam, including a 48-ton mobile crane to load and offload the high value and oversized aircraft engine into and out of the AN-124 cargo cabin.

Air Partner offer creative solutions for cargo projects of all sizes and has a 24/7 support team to manage urgent enquiries. Aircraft access can be organised for part or full charter service across small jets to oversized cargo suited to Antonov aircraft.

This complicated logistical challenge took weeks to plan, four days to execute, and required close cooperation between Air Partner’s UK and US offices. These charter flights between airports in Miami, Luxembourg, the Azores, and London also included the deployment of Air Partner personnel to oversee all aspects of the load and offload procedure on-site, at each location.

The Antonov AN-124 aircraft was selected to better facilitate the oversized load and, as a self-loading aircraft, circumvent the smaller loading capabilities of the remote destination.

A B747-F was used to transport the serviceable engine from Miami to Luxembourg. The cargo was then loaded onto an AN-124 for transport to the Azores. A 48-ton mobile crane was sourced and also loaded on the AN-124, along with a driver and rigger, due to unconfirmed availability of suitable mobile lifting equipment on the island. This was a value-added solution to provide capability for loading and offloading of the aircraft, as well as assisting with lifting and installation of various engine components onto the AOG aircraft.

Following the successful operation, the AN-124 was flown to Stansted airport with the unserviceable engine, empty stand and mobile crane onboard. The mobile crane was repositioned back to the base in the EU, and the unserviceable engine and tooling trucked to Amsterdam for onward scheduled flights.

Robert Jubb, Head of Freight UK, Air Partner, said:“This complex operation highlighted the value of our joint UK and US cargo offerings. Our team of cargo experts are available 24/7 for situations exactly like this. Air Partner’s clients can rely on our swift and bespoke approach to cargo charter in urgent situations.”

“The all-inclusive, value-added project was a prime example of our above and beyond service that is tailored to a client’s needs, and at a level expected by the most demanding and informed buyers. This also cements our position as the market leader for AOG aircraft recovery, especially in traditionally difficult and remote geographies. We are trusted by the global Aerospace market to deliver when every minute counts.

Jack Burt, Vice President of Freight US, Air Partner, said:“Air Partner can access any size cargo aircraft to solve any size logistical issue. The Antonov AN-124 aircraft was ideal for this charter flight and the service provided by the Antonov airlines staff and crew was world class. We are proud to have worked with such great partners and delivered such a great product for our client with this project flight.”

Serhii Bilozerov, Commercial Executive, Antonov Airlines, said:“It was a very interesting and unusual project. Thanks to Air Partner`s and ANTONOV`s highly professional specialists we successfully delivered the sensitive cargo to the destination.”

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28 November 2022 |

Höegh Autoliners exercises option to purchase Höegh Trapper

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Höegh Autoliners ASA through its subsidiary Höegh Autoliners Shipping AS, has declared an option pursuant to a certain bareboat charter party to purchase the vessel Höegh Trapper for a purchase price of USD 53,200,000 from Ocean Yield.

The average market value of the vessel estimated by three different brokers was USD 96 million by the end of Q3 and the Company is working on financing the purchase of the vessel.

Höegh Trapper was built in 2016 with a capacity of 8,500 CEU. The vessel is a sister vessel to Höegh Tracer, which the Company declared a purchase option for in August 2022. The vessel is one of the largest and most environmentally friendly PCTCs in the world and will continue to be a part of Höegh Autoliners’ deep-sea network upon transfer of the ownership. The transaction will enable the realisation of additional value gains from the lease options, as well as reduce the cash cost and allow for better capacity cost control in an overheated charter market.

Per Øivind Rosmo, CFO of Höegh Autoliners, comments: “Höegh Trapper is the fourth bareboat chartered vessel where we declare a purchase option in 2022. By taking direct ownership of the vessel, we demonstrate our commitment to serve and build a long-term relationship with our customers based on a fleet we own and control. Bringing home Höegh Trapper means that we will have ownership of all 6 Horizon class vessels built at Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry in 2015 and 2016. These vessels are among the largest and most fuel efficient PCTCs sailing the oceans and are together with the Aurora class vessels under construction an important part of our ambition to continue to reduce our carbon intensity and our journey towards being carbon neutral by 2040”

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24 November 2022 |

Tadano 38.650-1 lifts 250-tonne bridge

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It was important to Sarens Project Manager Koen Rooms that no aspect of this lift was left to chance: “The day before the operation was scheduled, we performed a test lift.

It was absolutely smooth and confirmed all our calculations. This gave us the green light for the actual lift the following day, which we had to complete within a narrow time window,” he reported.

The time restrictions meant that delays had to be avoided at any price – in all aspects of the undertaking from crane setup through lifting operations to disassembly and removal. This was due to the site location: right by the train station in the center of the town of Hazebrouck in northern France. The task involved lifting a 75 m long pedestrian bridge weighing 250 tonnes across eight train tracks while – in a single maneuver – turning it to align with the foundations set and positioning it on these to connect the train station with a multi-story car park. This necessitated the high-voltage power lines above the tracks being switched off for the duration of the operation.

“We decided to use our Tadano CC 38.650-1 for this lifting operation, and equipped it with a 54 m boom in superlift configuration. This achieves enormous lifting capacities. Moreover, thanks to its compact built, the crane is easy to set up and it can maneuver in even the narrowest spaces,” Koen Rooms explains. In an effort to minimize disruption to the town’s traffic flow, the lifting operation was scheduled for night time on a weekend. The Sarens team had transported the crane to the site in the week before the weekend operation. After 4 days, the crane was rigged and fully inspected in the SSL configuration and its travel area was prepared with wooden mats.

To protect the bridge from any damage and lift it as gently as possible, the client had designed special slinging gear for the crossbar that was used for lifting the bridge. “These fixtures removed the need for lifting lugs. This not only reduced the setup time, but also made the lift more predictable,” Koen Rooms emphasizes.

Thanks to this perfect preparation, the Sarens team positioned the bridge on its foundations in only five hours, using the Tadano CC 38.650 crawler crane. “This operation involved the crane lifting the bridge to a height of up to 6 m while working at a radius of 27 m. The crane crawled over a total distance of 16 m. A truly demanding task – which our Tadano crane mastered exceptionally well,” Koen Rooms concludes, satisfied with the great success of this project.

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24 November 2022 |

Sarens and PTSC sign MOU

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Sarens and PTSC sign a memorandum of understanding to serve the offshore renewable market in Vietnam.

This October PetroVietnam Technical Services Corporation (PTSC) and Sarens signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish the foundation for cooperating in offshore renewable energy, besides their successful long-standing cooperation in Oil & Gas, Onshore Power Plant and Civil Works.

To reach the goal of reducing carbon dioxide emission to net zero in 2050, EVN and the industrial corporations in the offshore wind farm construction’s supply chain are formatting to commission the first 7GW in 2030.

So far, PTSC is the only member of Vietnam Oil & Gas Group (Petrovietnam) which has the full capacity and legal basis to invest, develop, and operate offshore wind power projects in Vietnam. Mr. Le Manh Cuong, the General Director of PTSC emphasized during the ceremony that the ability to mobilise a large number of equipment plays a significant role in offshore wind farms due to their massive production nature. With the same view, Mr. Aseem Bhateja,Regional Director of Sarens in South-East Asia, asserted that Sarens, well-known for possessing the world largest equipment fleet, the finest engineering force, and having a vast experience archived from offshore wind projects worldwide, is confident to accompany PTSC in achieving this common goal in the offshore renewables.

Sarens is very proud of our long-standing trusted partnership with PTSC. Over the past 12 years Sarens has successfully worked with PTSC on projects like – Bien Dong 1, Te Giac Trang H5, Ghana OCTP FPSO, ONGC KGD 98/2 LQUP, Linde Singapore Gasification Columns, NOC Gallaf Batch 1, providing equipment on rent, skidding projects, SPMT services, and currently working with PTSC on the NOC Gallaf Batch 3 in Qatar Al-Shaheen oil field development.

This MOU is signed at a critical stage of development of the offshore renewable market and Sarens commits to continue cooperating and supporting PTSC with our world class services.

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24 November 2022 |

PLA introduces STM Group for Bulgaria

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PLA are delighted to introduce STM Group LTD representing Bulgaria, as the latest member of the Projects Logistics Alliance community.

STM Group aims to provide tailor-made and cost efficient transport solutions which perfectly suit specific requirements and are supported by the proficient know-how and experience. From the very beginning, starting with planning the future delivery, they will advise and analyse all the possible options. They strongly believe in fair treatment and quality service as the absolute prerequisites for establishing and supporting stable and long-term relationships.

Key Services:International transportation of oversized and project cargo, including handling of all equipment requirements to meet regulatory compliance, both domestic and international; A full array of trailers: Removable Gooseneck Trailers Step Deck Trailer, Standard Flatbeds, Flatbed Stretches, Multi-Axle Trailers, Lowboy (Double Drop) Trailers; Road Freight – FTL, LTL, Oversize Freight, Express deliveries, dangerous goods shipments, transportation of temperature controlled goods; Both FCL and LCL shipments for maritime transport where they can provide optimal rate in terms of time and price as well as a reliable service; Comprehensive solutions for air shipments to any place in the world; Intermodal and multimodal solutions that provide maximum security, optimal transit time and costs efficiency; Warehousing – Contractual logistics, Commission procedure, Palletization and depalletization, Labelling, wrapping and packing; Import Licenses under EU Regulations 3030 and 1337 can also be prepared as well as statements for dual use of goods issues by MEE, certificates of origin, phytosanitary certificates, correspondence with Customs Agency; Cargo Insurance.

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24 November 2022 |

Marr leads the way for renewable diesel

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Australian crane company Marr Contracting (Marr) has led the way for renewable diesel (HVO100) to be used on Australian construction sites for the first time in a ground-breaking move that takes one of the country’s largest industries closer to a fossil fuel-free future.

Today, Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport, Rob Stokes, announced that renewable diesel will be used in Marr’s cranes operating on the construction of two key NSW Government projects, Powerhouse Parramatta and the new Sydney Fish Market.

The Australian-first sustainability initiative is the result of a partnership between the NSW Government, Marr as the instigators of the HVO100 initiative and cranage provider, Multiplex as the delivery partner of the new Sydney Fish Market, and Lendlease as the design and construction partners of Powerhouse Parramatta.

Recognising the urgency to find an alternative to fossil diesel to power its fleet of heavy lift tower cranes, Marr consulted with clients and leaders within Australia’s construction industry, including senior executives from Multiplex and Lendlease, to understand the issues and constraints with currently available alternatives before scouring the world for the best solution.

After working closely with Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel, Marr assessed the use of renewable diesel (HVO100) in its cranes and navigated the importing process, with the first shipment arriving in the country in August. The subsequent approval from the Australian Government to allow the supply and sale of HVO100, which has been assisted by Refuelling Solutions as Marr’s nominated distribution partner, was finalised on 21 October 2022, clearing the way for HVO100 to be used as a drop-in fuel in Marr’s cranes, which are currently operating on the new Sydney Fish Market and Powerhouse Parramatta.

The announcement comes just months after the Australian Government passed the first climate change legislation in a decade, with the commitment to cut emissions by at least 43% by 2030 (compared with 2005) and reach net zero by 2050.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel (HVO100) is a high-performing diesel produced from 100% renewable raw materials such as waste and residue fats and oils. Used as a drop-in fuel, it is suitable for existing diesel engines and can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% over its life cycle compared to fossil fuels.

“For our industry, the decision to replace fossil diesel with HVO100 is about being real about sustainability. In our space there has been a lot of discussion about electrification, but after looking at the alternatives we believe this is the most sustainable power source currently available for the work that we are doing. That’s because it allows us to transition away from fossil diesel and maintain the speed, power and reliability of our cranes to drive productivity and cost-efficiencies on the projects we are working on – while at the same time helping our clients achieve their sustainability goals,” Marr Managing Director, Simon Marr, said.

Mr Marr said the shift to renewable fuel was the result of meaningful industry collaboration and investment, demonstrating how government support can help the private sector address sustainability issues.

“As cranage providers, we are only at the thin edge of the wedge in terms of what can be achieved to make our industry more productive and more sustainable. However, in acknowledging the emissions reduction targets of many of our Tier 1 clients and end-clients, we’re providing an implementable solution that can help them progress their sustainability goals through a direct reduction in scope one emissions,” Mr Marr said.

“That’s why the support of clients like Multiplex and Lendlease, who understand what’s involved in transitioning to sustainable alternatives and are committed to finding solutions, will help Australia catch up to other regions, such as Europe and the UK, where the switch to renewable diesel is fast becoming the norm for our industry.”

Multiplex Regional Managing Director, David Ghannoum, said the company was thrilled to support Marr and the NSW Government, with the support of the Australian Government, in bringing HVO100 into the Australian market.

“This is the first time a viable fossil fuel alternative has been made available in Australia and is a critical step towards a net zero carbon future for one of the country’s largest industries.

“We’re always looking for sustainability initiatives that will have a material impact and replacing fossil diesel fuel on site is a huge opportunity to significantly reduce the carbon produced on a project,” Mr Ghannoum said.

Managing Director of Lendlease’s Construction business, David Paterson, said the initiative showed that Lendlease is absolutely committed to climate action.

“After two years of researching alternatives to mineral diesel, we’re introducing the first renewable diesel to Australia onto our project sites, in collaboration with partners, which will radically reduce emissions from construction equipment and become a game-changer for our industry.

“We hope today’s announcement inspires collective action from Australian contractors, the supply chain, and customers to address one of the most critical needs of our time”, said Mr Paterson.

“The decisions we are making today – as individual businesses and as an industry – are just a step in the journey and we all have a long way to go. We know that technology will evolve, so the best solution today may evolve into something different in the future. In the meantime, adopting the best option available buys us time to find the next best solution,” Mr Marr added.

Clean Fuel Alliance (Bioenergy Australia) Chair Simon Roycroft said the transition highlighted the challenges faced by many businesses trying to align with the expectations of international companies operating in Australia.

“Marr’s sector-leading initiative is a game changer for other Australian businesses conscientiously embracing the transition to low carbon liquid fuel. It takes a first mover to influence change, and despite the perceived challenges, Marr has demonstrated that where there is strong intent – and collaboration between industry (both large and small) and government – there is a way.”

Although there is currently no manufacturing of renewable diesel in Australia, there are several production plants in the design phase with local supply expected to be available in the next few years. In the meantime, Marr will continue to work with Neste and Refuelling Solutions to import HVO100 into Australia and make it available to Marr’s clients.

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23 November 2022 |
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