The Solomon Islands Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, Maritime Safety Administration in cooperation with national ship operators, have called for further investment in energy efficient operations to reduce greenhouse gasses, during the National Workshop on Energy Efficient Operations of ships.
Many shipping companies, such as Maersk, Hapag Lloyd and Klaveness, will adopt low sulphur fuels, while some fuel companies are to sell a more expensive, 0.5% sulphur product, while hoping for low numbers of scrubber installation. However some operators claim that installing scrubbers is the cheapest option.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance Managing Members decided, after a vote, to update the Clean Truck Program, requiring trucks, as of April 1, to either have a 2007 or newer engine or equivalent retrofit, or receive a pass that allows access to the international container terminals until owners receive compliant trucks, no later than December 31, 2018.
A new study assessed public health and climate impacts of low-sulphur fuels in global shipping, revealing that clean fuels will significantly reduce ship-related premature mortality and morbidity, but they will still account for 250k deaths annually. Additional stringent regulations beyond 2020 standards may prove beneficial.
In July 2017, California’s state legislature passed a bill to extend the state’s economy-wide GHG reduction program, until 2030. The bill sets a new GHG target, aiming at least 40% below the 1990 level of emissions by 2030. According to the current cap-and-trade program, emissions sources include electric generators, industrial facilities, and oil and natural gas distributors.
Some of the pollution particles generated by ships are soluble in water and serve as the seeds around which cloud droplets form. Clouds filled with ship exhaust have more and smaller droplets. This caused the light hitting the clouds scatter and NASA has released an image illustrating to appear brighter.
The Port of Long Beach’s Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility, greenlighting a project that will move cargo faster, with fewer environmental impacts. The project is part of the port’s plan to stay competitive and minimize truck trips generated by anticipated cargo growth.
Port of Oakland officials announced the state of California has millions of dollars available for purchasing new, lower-emission trucks and cargo-handling equipment. The Port is meeting with trucking company owners and harbor drivers to inform them about clean-truck grants.
DNV GL announced the launch of both a framework for certifying geological storage of CO2 and a recommended practice for the design and operation of CO2 pipelines, as large-scale roll-out of carbon storage is vital to achieve the climate goals under the Paris Agreement.
As new global regulations put in place lower caps on sulphur emissions, there are three methods of compliance with the impending reduction in the permitted levels of sulphur emissions that shipowners should be considering, according to a new report by Marsh insurance.
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Nigeria to improve its maritime security strategy20/03/2018
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Changes to Marine Casualty Reporting Property Damage Thresholds20/03/2018
New regulation to improve cruise ships security20/03/2018
Measuring seafarers welfare20/03/2018
Microplastics: tiny plastic, big problem20/03/2018
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