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Verifavia first EU MRV verifier to earn dual accreditation

Verifavia has announced that it has received a second accreditation by France’s national accreditation body Cofrac as a global EU monitoring, reporting, and verification verifier. This new accreditation follows Verifavia’s recent announcement that it received full EU MRV accreditation from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service.

DuPont to supply exhaust gas cleaning systems to Navios

Navios ShipManagement issued a letter of intent endorsing DuPont Clean Technologies, as the preferred supplier of exhaust gas cleaning systems for its vessels. The two companies will carry out a joint feasibility study and techno-economic analysis of marine scrubbing units for retrofitting or new build installation on a variety of vessels.

EU’s FAQs on MRV now available online

The European Commission has just published its online Frequently Asked Questions on the implementation of the MRV shipping regulation. The Commission’s FAQ provides very useful information and answers to a number of highly relevant questions concerning the regulation.

How ETS could be problem to EU shipping

Following the vote of the European Parliament to include shipping in the Emission Trading Scheme of the European Union, Hapag-Lloyd has commented that this poses a huge problem in the industry, as it could significantly change it.

BPO supports declaration to designate a Mediterranean ECA

The Baltic Ports Organization has always supported the efforts to keep the Baltic Sea region clean, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of a level playing field for the entire maritime sector. A similar sentiment can be found reflected in the recent adopted declaration to designate the Mediterranean Sea an Emission Control Area (ECA), aimed at limiting air pollution from ships.

Marshall Islands renew calls for IMO to set emissions target

Hilda Heine, President of the Marshall Islands, has renewed her country’s calls for the International Maritime Organisation to set a greenhouse gas target for the shipping industry. The call has come following recent news that France is backing proposals for a Mediterranean-wide emissions control zone for shipping.

IMO explains fuel oil consumption database

The development of the IMO fuel oil consumption database, to support the implementation of mandatory MARPOL annex VI requirements, was outlined at the Marshall Islands Quality Council meeting, Stamford, United States, on 21 March.

New Emission Status Monitoring Service starts

Weathernews Inc. announced that it will commence the provision of the Emission Status Monitoring Service to shipping companies worldwide. In 2018, EU MRV will come into force, mandating the monitoring, reporting and verification of the CO2 emissions from ships that call at ports in the EU region.

France urges for Mediterranean ECA

BirdLife Malta announced that an alliance of European environmental organisations has adopted a declaration to designate the Mediterranean Sea an Emission Control Area, to limit air pollution from ships. The initiative comes after France undertook a bold attempt to push for a Mediterranean ECA, at a European Council working party meeting, in early March.

Australian residents urge for broader sulphur limit application

The Bega Valley Shire Residents & Ratepayers Association Inc requested the Australian government to urgently consider the extension of the restriction on maximum fuel oil sulphur content limit of 0.1% m/m, imposed on cruise ships in Sydney Harbour, to other Australian ports subject to visits by cruise ships as well, including the port of Eden.


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