Special Issue "Decarbonization of Ship Power Plants"

A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312). This special issue belongs to the section "Marine Environmental Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 January 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Sergejus Lebedevas
Guest Editor
Department of Marine Engineering, Faculty of Marine Technology and Natural Sciences, Klaipeda University, Lithuania
Interests: Application of Alternative Marine Fuels; Decarbonization Technologies for a Ship Power Plants; Energy Efficiency Analysis of a Ships Cogeneration Systems; Parametric Analysis of a Energy Efficiency and Ecological Parameters of Ships Combined Power Systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The problem of decarbonization is as relevant for the maritime sector as it is for land transport, which is a major air pollutant. In the future, the environmental impact from ships will increase due to an expansion in the global fleet and the associated consumption, almost exclusively, of fossil fuels. Accordingly, the International Maritime Organization adopted amendments to MARPOL 73/78, which introduced the CO2 emission limitation indicator—the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). EEDI also serves as an indicator of a ship's energy efficiency. The regulated improvement in the short term EEDI of 20-30% allows for the implementation of a wide range of innovative technologies that provide: reduction of resistance to movement, cogeneration and trigeneration of secondary heat sources, effective use of unconventional and alternative fuels (including natural gas, synthetic alcohols, hydrogen, ammonium), improvement in propulsion of ships by sources of alternative energy such as wind power (Magnus effect, for instance), solar power, etc. Achieving a synergistic effect by the application of innovations provides a systematic approach to the multilevel parametric optimization of the indicators of systems and power plants of a ship.

The Special Issue is focused on a broad presentation of the results of scientific research, design- technological and regulatory decisions related to the above-mentioned aspects of the problem.

Prof. Dr. Sergejus Lebedevas
Guest Editor

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  • EEDI
  • energy efficiency
  • main and auxiliary engines
  • cogeneration systems
  • alternative fuels
  • ship propulsion
  • parametric optimization
  • CO2 standardization methodology

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The Influence of Port Tugs on Improving the Navigational Safety of the Port
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2021, 9(3), 342; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse9030342 - 20 Mar 2021
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Port tugs are an important element in port activity and navigational safety issues. Port tugs ensure the safety of big ships while they are entering, manoeuvring, mooring and unmooring, and are of huge importance during other port operations. At the same time, optimizing [...] Read more.
Port tugs are an important element in port activity and navigational safety issues. Port tugs ensure the safety of big ships while they are entering, manoeuvring, mooring and unmooring, and are of huge importance during other port operations. At the same time, optimizing the number of port tugs and tug bollard pull is also important from a port navigational safety and economic point of view. Calculation and evaluation methods of the optimal request for tugs bollard pull, in particular, port operations, are very important in order to guarantee the navigational safety of the port and ships during the main ship operations in the port. This article provides the number of requested port tugs and bollard pull calculation and evaluation methods on the basis of forces and moments acting on ships. On the basis of real ship voyages and manoeuvring at ports data as well as high accuracy simulators, theoretical methods were used, which were followed by our conclusions and recommendations, which can be used by port harbour masters and tug companies. Modern tugs have become an important element and integral part of modern port navigational safety. Such modern port tugs are also used for navigational safety and other important port functions and activities, such as fire protection and search and rescue operations. The optimal number and capacity evaluation of port tugs depending on port capacity and conditions are studied in this article. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Decarbonization of Ship Power Plants)
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