Emissions associated with oil and gas production are a significant source of greenhouse gases, according to a new study by Stanford University. The study revealed that burning of unwanted gas associated with oil production – or else known as flaring – remains the most carbon-intensive part of producing oil.
The Port of Long Beach is continuing to outperform 2023 clean air goals, with a drop in diesel particulates by 88%, sulfur oxides by 97% and nitrogen oxides by 56% since 2005, even though cargo volumes have jumped to record levels, according to the port’s annual “emissions inventory” for 2017.
Publishing its financial figures for the first half of the year, Norwegian dry bulk shipping company Jinhui announced that it is sees as more beneficial the option of low sulphur fuel oil instead of scrubbers, in order to achieve compliance with the global environmental regulations coming into force from 2020.
Port of Los Angeles has seen an unprecedented 60% drop in NOx emissions compared to 2005, their lowest level to date, according to the Port’s 2017 Inventory of Air Emissions released last week. The inventory also shows the Port container volume reached an all-time high of 9.34 million TEUs through 2017.
Although it is hard to predict what next years will bring for shipping, discussions at this year’s IMO’s MEPC brought in the spotlight a unified effort towards a more sustainable industry. IMO MEPC 72, which took place during the first week of April 2018, agreed on a target to cut shipping’s overall CO2 by adopting an ‘initial strategy’ as a first step.
Golden Ocean Group Limited, a dry bulk shipping company, announced that it signed contracts to install exhaust gas scrubbers on 16 Capesize vessels and options for 9 additional installations. The first sixteen scrubbers will be installed during routine drydocking schedules. Most of them are expected in 2019 or early 2020.
After an international agreement entered into force in 2005 to prevent air pollution from ships, the signatory nations were 86. However, New Zealand was not among them. This concerns the residents of Picton, who are saying that the ships’ emissions can damage their health as there is not a mechanism to measure the emissions.
BSR’s Clean Cargo Working GroupTM released its report on global maritime trade lane emissions for 2017. According to the report, carbon dioxide emissions from 22 top ocean container carriers, representing 85% of global containerized shipping, continued to decrease during 2017.
The heat was hard to beat around the US last month, making it the 11th warmest July on record. Meanwhile, the sweltering temperatures the last three months brought the warmest May through July on record, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.
The Indian Ministry of Shipping issued the Draft of its proposed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) exploring shore power supply to ships in Indian ports, under the national “Green Port” project seeking to reduce air and noise pollution on major ports across India.
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