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Partners discuss Smooth Ports project’s progress

The Port Authority Network of Northern Tyrrhenian Sea conducted the second Smooth Ports partner meeting, with attendees from Bulgaria, France, Italy and Germany, who discussed the progress of the project.

BIMCO joins Japan for regulation of existing ships’ carbon intensity

Panama, Norway, Greece and other actors are co-sponsoring a proposal originally tabled by Japan to curb the carbon intensity of existing ships through use of an Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI), much like the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) which is mandatory for new ships.

ECSA issues position paper on EU Green Deal

During the European Shipping Week, the European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) presented its position paper in response to the EU Green Deal proposed by the new European Commission. ECSA has already expressed its support on the proposed EU Green Deal. Now, the Association launched its position paper as a policy response of the industry towards the European Commission’s ambitious EU Green Deal.

Scrubber discharges bans: Update

In protection of the marine environment, many ports have already banned or limited the use of open loop scrubbers in their territorial waters; Thus, new countries emerged implementing new restrictions for vessels calling their ports.

IMO meets to ensure enforcement of carriage ban

IMO 2020 has been in effect since 1 January 2020. From 1 March 2020, the carriage ban on non-compliant fuel oil will enter into force, helping to support implementation of the global sulphur limit. To support the safe and consistent sampling of fuel oil being carried for use, and the enforcement of the carriage ban, IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR), meeting this week (17-21 February), will finalize draft guidelines for the verification of the sulphur content of the fuel oil carried for use on board a ship. 

IEA to connect the gap among energy and climate goals

During the International Energy Agency (IEA) conference on 11 February, representatives from COP host countries were presented at its Paris headquarters and reviewed ways to achieve climate and sustainability goals in the maritime industry.

BP makes organizational changes to reach net zero by 2050

Oil major BP has set a new ambition to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner, aiming to help the world get to net zero, in line with the global environmental goals. The company announced that its ambition is based on ten aims, five to get BP to net zero and five aims to help the world get to net zero.

ICCT doubts on CO2 cuts from limiting engine power

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) in its latest report focused on the CO2 reduce emissions issue, by limiting engine power. In fact, the study shows that shipping Green House Gas (GHG) emissions have been reduced by 30% during a ten-year period from 2008 to 2018.


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