Greece-based dry bulk shipping company Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced intention to equip its entire fleet with scrubbers before the 1st of January 2020 to achieve compliance with the IMO sulfur cap. Star Bulk expects average cost, including installation, to be below $2.0 million per vessel.
Four suezmax tankers will be fitted with scrubbers and ballast water management systems between the third quarter of 2018 and the fourth quarter of 2019. In addition, a further nine Very Large Crude Carriers will have marine scrubbers installed between May 2019 and February 2020.
Following the inauguration of the global ‘CO2 Challenge’ in June 2018, the partners now announced the second stage of the project on the sidelines of the SMM trade fair in Hamburg, with the first in-person meetings with start-ups that will provide innovative technologies.
ICCT issued a white paper studying Emission Control Areas in China, considering the potential for ships to route around the ECA. The paper reveals that ECAs which are too narrow may actually increase emissions if ship operators divert to save on fuel costs.
The recently-launched Japanese container shipping venture Ocean Network Express (ONE) announced that it sees low-sulphur fuel oil as the most viable option for compliance with the 2020 sulphur cap, after having studied all the three popular options to comply with the regulation- LSFO, LNG and scrubbers.
In line with its efforts to decrease environmental footprint from its operations, Hong Kong-based OOCL announced the expansion of its GHG reporting and verification scope, to include indirect emissions from business travel by air for employees of its Hong Kong office and for its two terminals, in US and Taiwan.
Marking a landmark for shipping electrification, the all electric passenger vessel ‘Future of The Fjords’, owned by Norwegian company The Fjords, has won the Ship of the Year 2018 award at SMM, the maritime trade fair currently underway in Hamburg.
US-based dry bulk ship operator Eagle Bulk Shipping entered into a series of agreements for the purchase of up to 37 scrubbers to be retrofitted on vessels within its fleet. This comes at a time of a hot debate within shipping, concerning which is the most appropriate means of compliance with the 2020 sulphur cap.
As of 1 October 2018, ships operating in China’s Yangtze River Delta domestic ECA can no longer use fuel with a sulphur content exceeding 0.5%, unless a scrubber is installed, Gard Club said citing information by Chinese regional authorities of Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu Provinces.
The recent announcement by the Chinese Ministry of Transport regarding the Regulations on the Administration of Domestic Waterway Transport for Imported Ships has raised a number of questions on its impact on marine engines installed on ships navigating domestic waterways in China.
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