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Port of Antwerp to promote onshore power for ships

On the sidelines of the World Ports Sustainability Program-event, the Antwerp Port Authority signed two agreements on 23 March, to create the necessary conditions to supply onshore power for seagoing ships in the port. Using onshore power will immediately reduce emissions of NOx, CO2 and particulates, the port expects.

Most sulphur ECA violations noted in English Channel

About 87-98% of ships comply with the tougher regulations for sulphur emissions that were introduced in northern Europe in 2015, according to researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, but the lowest levels of compliance were observed in the western part of the English Channel and in the middle of the Baltic Sea.

Europe’s biggest shipping nations among the worst in climate talks

The NGO Transport & Environment released a ranking in which it presents the best and worst performing countries in Europe’s attempt to reduce GHG emissions. Germany, Belgium and France are the top performers, while Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Croatia are the worst.

IMO, IAPH work on ports emission reduction strategy

A strategic partnership of the IMO-GloMEEP and the International Association of Ports and Harbors is helping selected countries to develop port emission inventories and draw up a port emission reduction strategy. A new three-day workshop package on the “Prevention and control of shipping and port air emissions” is being developed as part of the partnership.

First VLCC with scrubbers built

The 336m VLCC “Almi Atlas”, features 310,000 in dwt, and a SOx scrubber, which reduces SOx emissions to less than 0.5 pct from the existing 3.5 pct. Namely, the gas cleaning system will be 11 meters in height and 8.3 meters wide, and will use seawater to clean the exhaust gas waste.

OGCI Climate Investments calls for proposals to reduce methane emissions

OGCI Climate Investments announced that the company’s first Venture Day “Towards Zero Methane Emissions” will take place on Monday, June 25, 2018 in Washington DC. The company will provide up to $20 million to invest in technologies and business ideas to reduce methane emissions.

Pacific Islands release position paper on shipping emissions

The paper is an outcome of the Pacific Maritime Technical Officers Workshop on Shipping Emissions hosted by PIDF in Suva in February. The paper notes there is no agreement on what short-term measures (2018-2023) will be committed to, and when or how they would be implemented.

How Sweden reduces shipping emissions

The Swedish shipping industry has been active in decarbonising shipping. Its industry association has set a target of zero-carbon shipping by 2050 and many Swedish shipping companies lead in low-carbon shipping, and the country has many innovative green vessels projects.

How the Port of Gothenburg tries to reduce shipping emissions

90% of world trade is being transported by ships at sea. However, emissions from ships are seriously affecting tens of thousands of people every year.
For this reason, the Port of Gothenburg, Scandinavia’s busiest shipping hub, is trying to come up with a number of methods to tackle the effects of shipping pollution.

MARPOL Annex VI amendment: What vessels entering US ECA need to know

The US Coast Guard issued a reminder on the MARPOL Annex VI amendment, regarding the implementation of an exemption for ships not intended for service within North American ECA, to be allowed to enter and depart the ECA with an IMO Tier II compliant engine. The amendment is entering into force on 1 January 2019.


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