The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 held its first technical conference and presented a detailed study of the composition and quality of scrubber washwater. The Carnival-led study, which lasted three years, gathered 281 wash water samples from 53 ships with scrubbers. This data was then assessed against 54 different test parameters by ISO accredited independent laboratories.
The British Government published a draft legislation called ‘Merchant Shipping (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of Carbon Dioxide Emissions) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018’ aiming at maintaining the EU MRV for vessels calling at UK ports following Brexit.
Trident Seafoods Corporation has agreed to limit emissions of ozone-depleting substances from refrigeration equipment on its ships, under a proposed settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Justice to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. The company will also pay a $900,000 civil penalty.
In line with CMA CGM’s earlier announcement that it would opt for both LNG and scrubbers to achieve compliance with 2020 sulphur cap, the French shipping company has now set its newbuilding orders, split between the two options.
The European Commission issued a proposal that urges IMO to change its scrubber guidelines. Yet, CSA 2020 (Clean Shipping Alliance 2020) expressed its second thoughts on the matter.
The European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) says technologies and techniques for removing CO2 from the atmosphere are becoming even more significant with the failure to reverse the growth in global emissions. However, it re-emphasizes that mitigation must remain the highest priority, including the rapid development of viable CCS technology..
In its new Energy Outlook for 2019, BP foresees that carbon emissions increase further, with the power sector the main source of emissions. In the ET scenario, CO2 emissions from energy use continue to edge up through much of the Outlook, increasing by around 7% by 2040.
IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, called all Member States and overall the maritime industry, including shipping and ports, to follow IMO’s ambitious attempts on reducing GHG shipping emissions from global shipping.
The role of ports in achieving emissions reductions was highlighted at the Future Port congress, Bilbao, Spain, from 12 to 14 February. Ports are considered key players in the maritime transport system when it comes to meeting ambitious emissions reduction. In fact, IMO’s initial greenhouse gas strategy recognizes that shipping and ports are closely linked.
IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response meets this week, from 18 to 22 February at IMO headquarters. The meeting will focus on finalizing draft Guidelines on the implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit under MARPOL Annex VI. The Guidelines aim to help the preparations for uniform implementation of the lower limit for sulphur content in ships’ fuel oil.
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