In light of the recent MEPC 72 and its decision to cut shipping emissions by at least 50%, BunkerEx proposed ways to achieve this. BunkerEx said that for now, scrubbers will not be beneficial. This is something that shipping giants such as Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd and Pacific Basin agree as well. However, if an operator can secure HSFO supply in all their ports, installing a scrubber could be a clear winner.
NYK will issue green bonds, especially the Unsecured Corporate Bonds No.40, in a public offering in the Japanese market in May this year. NYK becomes the first company that publishes green bonds in the international shipping industry. In a green bond the proceeds are used for funding environment-friendly projects.
IMO’s MEPC 72 discussed key environmental issues for global shipping industry on 9-13 April. While global attention was focused on the adoption of initial strategy for the GHG emissions reduction from ships, key themes also included the 2020 sulphur limit, the BWM Convention, HFO use in Arctic, marine litter and biofouling.
From 15 May, all commercial and recreational vessel operators will have to show they have managed biofouling on their vessels before they enter New Zealand waters. In view of this, NZ’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released guidance on how international vessels can comply with strict new biofouling rules.
Trafigura will choose to install scrubbers on its fleet of newbuild tankers, in an attempt to comply with new regulations that are coming into force from 2020. The scrubbers will aim to reduce the levels of sulphur that ships are allowed to burn. Trafigura ordered 32 newbuild crude oil and product tankers, in June 2017.
Under the National Environmental Science Program, the Australian Government has funded a research on the measurement of shipping noise and its potential impact on whales and other marine animals. This would be the first comprehensive nation-wide assessment of shipping noise in Australia.
In order to ensure ongoing compliance with MARPOL Annex I Regulation 37.2.4 and MARPOL Annex II Regulation 17.2.4, vessels should have access to a list of authorities or persons to be contacted in the event of pollution incident. Ship managers should provide on board their vessels the latest list of national operational contact points.
The excess carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere through the combustion of fossil fuels interferes with the health of phytoplankton, which form the base of marine food webs, according to scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the J. Craig Venter Institute.
To improve the health of the ocean ecosystems and protect the species living in them, Brazil created two new marine protected areas. The protected areas accommodate a rich marine life, including sharks, turtles, rays and whales. This development increases the Brazilian marine protected areas from the 1,5% to 24,5%, surpassing the target set by the Convention on Biological Diversity.
From 1925-2016, the frequency of marine heatwaves had increased on average by 34% and the length of each heatwave had increased by 17%, as a direct result of warming oceans, according to an international study in Nature Communications by ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes and IMAS.
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