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Report: Biofuels ‘the biggest pitfalls’ in the way to shipping decarbonization

Powering European ships with batteries, hydrogen or ammonia will decarbonise the fleet and require only half the amount of renewable electricity that less efficient solutions like synthetic methane or synthetic diesel will need, noted Transport & Environment in a new report revealing a Roadmap to Decarbonising European Shipping.

Danaos to install scrubbers on six vessels

Danaos published its third quarter and nine months results, in which it announces that until now it has pledged to install scrubbers on six vessels. Two of these ships are owned by Danaos’s joint venture Gemini Shipholdings Corporation. Danaos is also in discussions to install scrubbers on five more vessels.

MPC to equip up to 55 ships with scrubbers

MPC Container Ships signed agreements for the purchase of five scrubbers. They will be retrofitted on five vessels within the company’s fleet before 1 January 2020, which is the implementation date of the new sulphur emission cap regulation. The agreement also includes the purchase of scrubbers for up to 50 more vessels.

RMI urges for early submission of SEEMP Part II

The Republic of Marshall islands issued a notice to remind that the 31st December 2018 is the SEEMP Part II deadline under MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 22.2. The Administrator encourages RMI-flagged ships subject to this requirement to submit their SEEMP Part II to their ROs as soon as possible before the year-end deadline to avoid non-compliance.

New project to research new-generation low-carbon ships

The University of the South Pacific and the China Navigation Company, will conduct feasibility studies for the design of a new generation ships for the Pacific region which will be committed to low carbon sea transport. The Project Cerulean aspires to develop a new class of small cargo freighter.

UN to publish report on global actions to reduce emissions

The United Nations Environment Programme will publish a report during November, presenting an assessment of current national emissions mitigation efforts and ambitions that countries have presented. The report will also look at fiscal policy, the role of innovation, and the role of non-state and subnational action.

TORM established scrubber JV concerning IMO 2020 cap

The danish shipping company TORM established a joint venture with scrubber manufacturer ME Production and Guangzhou Shipyard International, to manufacture scrubbers to reduce sulphur emissions in respect of the IMO 2020 limit. TORM will hold an ownership stake of 27.5% in the new joint venture.

Watch: How APL will comply with 2020 sulphur cap

In this video, published by APL, the company explains what measures it has taken to ensure compliance with the 2020 sulphur cap regulation. In order to achieve this, APL said that since 2009 it has decreased the CO2 emissions of its vessel operations, by 51%.

Norway proposes regulation for emissions reduction in the fjords

New legislation was released for review aiming to reduce emissions and discharges in the fjords. Namely, the Norwegian Maritime Authority proposed even stricter regulations to ensure a better environmental footprint in the area, by cutting emissions.

IMO focuses on technologies to reduce GHG from ships

Experts from the five Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres in the GMN network met for their second annual meeting, on 22-26 October, in London, UK, to promote ship energy-efficiency measures and technology transfer, under the GMN project, funded by the European Union and run by IMO.


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