MPA Singapore will ban the discharge of wash water from open-loop scrubbers, as from January 1, 2020. The ban is part of the MPA’s attempt to prepare the port ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap. In order to facilitate the implementation of the ban, Singapore will provide facilities to collect the residue generated from the operation of scrubbers.
Mr. Antonis Trakakis, Chief Technology Officer at Forward Ships, talks about methane slips from LNG fueled engines. Mr. Trakakis notes that these emissions are not inherent to the natural gas. The problem lies at the applied heat cycle, making the amount of methane slip depend on the technology of each engine.
As part of IMO’s strategy to reduce GHG emissions from ships, a meeting of the IMO Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (GIA) Task Force took place at IMO Headquarters in London, on 27 November, holding a lively debate on the marine fuel for the future.
The UN Environment issued its annual Emissions Gap Report providing an assessment of current national mitigation efforts and the ambitions countries have presented in their Nationally Determined Contributions, under the Paris Agreement. The report identifies current commitments by states as inadequate to bridge the emissions gap by 2030, while it reveals that there is no sign of improvement on GHG.
Already established measures have paved the way for a more environmental-friendly shipping. A key example is the IMO NOx Tier III limits. These limits apply to engines installed on or after 1 January 2016, that are operating in Emission Control Areas and establish a strict limit on their emissions.
Greek Diana Shipping will not choose scrubbers to comply with the 2020 sulphur cap. Namely, the company believes that this technology is not an attractive investment at the moment. As Ioannis G. Zafirakis, Diana Shipping’s Director, Chief Strategy Officer and Secretary, explained the company concluded that buying back its stock offers would offer better return possibilities.
As we are getting near the 2020 sulphur cap, a study by Global Market Insights reported that the marine emission control system market size will exceed USD 14 billion by 2024. Strict laws regarding maritime pollution combined with rising environment & health concerns will drive the marine emission control system market to grow even more.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority, the government and four provinces have agreed for more secure parking spaces and charging points for clean energy along two of the most important freight transport corridors heading for Germany. A network of filling points for sustainable fuels and other energy carriers will be created.
The Murmansk Sea Trade Port managed to reduce its emissions four times. This achievement came after the Port invested 1.8 billion rubles ($27.4 mln) on the environmental safety of coal transshipment over the last two years. Investments are made in several areas: monitoring, purchasing cleaning equipment, water cannons and other sprinkler systems, creating dust shields and others.
The West of England P&I Club informed that the Taiwanese Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) advised that from 1st January 2019, vessels entering international commercial port areas in Taiwan, should use fuel oil with a sulphur content of not over 0.5%. The ports that will enforce earlier the sulphur cap regulation which are Keelung, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Hualien, Taipei, Suao, and Anping.
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