The US Environmental Protection Agency and the Port Everglades in Florida announced release of a first-of-its-kind collaborative report, describing how EPA and the Port developed baseline and future year emission inventories for NOx and PM, and other harmful pollutants that result from typical port operations.
France based LAB called the shipping industry to take into consideration lifecycle costs, such as cost of repairs, maintenance, and shipyard time, when choosing what exhaust gas cleaning technology (scrubbers) to implement. Understanding of design and installation is crucial when considering scrubbers.
Leading shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers, and oil companies met for the third meeting of the IMO-supported ‘Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping’ Taskforce and an Ideas Generation Workshop, on 29-30 May, in UK.
The Netherlands will impose a nationwide degasification ban for inland navigation vessels. The Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Van Nieuwenhuizen wants the degasification ban to be introduced in the Netherlands by mid-2020. The degassing ban must provide about 95% less emissions by 2023.
A new shore power facility has entered into service at the German port of Cuxhaven, in North Sea, west of Hamburg, on 25 May 2018. The ShoreCONNECT in Cuxhaven will mainly be used by vessels transporting Siemens Gamesa’s wind turbine parts.
With respect to the IMO’s recently adopted goal for 2050, which eyes a 70% efficiency improvement and a total 50% CO2 cuts by 2050, ICS Deputy Secretary General, Simon Bennett, noted that these targets can realistically only be achieved with the development and global roll out of genuine zero CO2 fuels.
American energy major ExxonMobil announced greenhouse gas reduction measures, including a 15% decrease in methane emissions and a 25% reduction in flaring. The company also revealed its intention to improve energy efficiency in refining and chemical manufacturing facilities.
The UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove published a Clean Air Strategy, aiming to reduce air pollution, backed up through a new legislation. It is estimated that the action set out will reduce the costs of air pollution to society by an estimated £1 billion every year by 2020. The strategy is part of UK’s 25 Year Plan to improve its environmental footprint.
Only 4 out of 38 energy technologies and sectors were on track to meet long-term climate, energy access and air pollution goals in 2017, according to IEA’s analysis of the clean-energy transition. For shipping, IEA hailed the IMO agreement to reduce emissions, noting however that more efforts are needed for a transition towards clean energy and sustainability.
The UK Government released its Clean Air Strategy, requiring all major ports in England to develop air quality plans within the next year. The British Ports Association seemed disappointed and responded to the new strategy, by saying that “ports and shipping are part of the solution, not the problem.”
- Women in shipping
IMO workshop supports women in port management22/06/2018
First LNG carrier with full re-liquefaction system delivered22/06/2018
BSM, Columbia combine their global buying power22/06/2018
Spain received its first ever offshore wind turbine22/06/2018
Managing cyber risk requires a ‘top-down’ approach22/06/2018
Workshop boosts preparedness on HNS spills in Mediterranean22/06/2018
- Green Shipping
Port of Rotterdam, partners call for smarter use of biomass22/06/2018
- Maritime Knowledge
Learn from the past: The Princess of the Seas deadly sinking22/06/2018
Ship refused access to the Paris MoU region22/06/2018
Watch: IMO safety tips for ferries passengers22/06/2018