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Port of Vancouver completes shore power facility

The Port of Vancouver has completed a shore power facility, which will enable ships to shut down their diesel engines and connect to an electrical grid supplied by renewable energy sources. The Shore Power Technology for Ports program, Canada and the Port of Vancouver have contributed $3.5 million to the Centerm project, for a total investment of $7 million.

DHT installs scrubbers on two thirds of its fleet

DHT announced that during this year it will equip scrubbers on two thirds of its VLCC fleet. Namely, the retrofit program includes 16 ships built between 2004 and 2012, while two newbuildings had also scrubbers installed. This increased the total number of ships with scrubbers to 18 out of 27.

Scorpio Bulkers buy scrubbers for 28 vessels

Scorpio Bulkers announced that it signed an agreement with third parties to purchase scrubbers for 18 of its vessels in 2019 and for 10 of its vessels in 2020. The total value of these agreements reaches $42.4 million. The scrubbers will have ‘hybrid ready’ design, which enables them to be upgraded to a ‘closed loop’ configuration in the future.

COP 24 opens in Katowice to boost action against climate change

The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has opened in Katowice, Poland, on 3 December, gathering parties to push further work on the fight against climate change. The conference is expected to finalize the rules for implementation of the Paris Agreement under the Paris Agreement work programme (PAWP).

MPC Container Ships to equip more ships with scrubbers

MPC Container Ships exercised options to equip five more vessels with scrubbers, while charters for six scrubber-retrofitted vessels have also been agreed. The charterparties will start after scrubber retrofitting and with a duration into 2022.

Shell announces short-term climate targets

British oil major Shell revealed plans to set short-term targets as part of a long-term ambition to reduce the Net Carbon Footprint of its energy products. The plans were announced in a joint statement developed with institutional investors on behalf of Climate Action 100+, an initiative led by investors with more than $32 trillion in assets under management.

UCL Energy Institute joins the UK’s Clean Maritime Council

UCL Energy Institute has joined the Clean Maritime Council, supporting UK’s ambitions for transition to zero emission shipping. The Clean Maritime Council is expected to construct a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the maritime sector to improve air quality on and around waterways, ports and shipping lanes.

Newly discovered bacteria able to reduce GHG and perhaps oil spills

Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin’s Marine Science Institute have discovered almost two dozen new types of microbes, which use hydrocarbons, like methane and butane as energy sources to survive and grow. This means that these bacteria might be able to help reduce greenhouse gases and they could possibly be useful for cleaning up oil spills.

Full decarbonisation by 2050 is possible, report says

A report by the Energy Transitions Commission found that reaching zero emissions from transport, including shipping, is possible by 2050. In order to achieve this, the report calls for a reduction in carbon-intensive products, enhancing energy efficiency, and using decarbonisation technologies.

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