During Interferry’s annual conference, the participants discussed the shipping industry and its environmental footprint, focusing on its actions in tackling climate change and the potential to transform every aspect of the ferry industry.
The UK did not accept the latest recommendation from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to fully include shipping emissions under the UK Climate Change Act. The government said that emissions from international journeys should be addressed based on UN agreements.
The US-based supply chain management company Hudson Shipping Lines has stated its opposition to using scrubber systems in order to further comply with the IMO 2020 sulphur cap, and agreed to provide support to the Environmental Protection Alliance (EPA) and its campaign to ban the use of scrubber systems in the shipping industry.
Ammonia and hydrogen are promising potential fuels of the future in a decarbonized shipping industry, which has to switch to alternative, zero carbon fuels to meet the targets of the initial IMO strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships, an IMO symposium on sulphur 2020 and alternative fuels heard on 18 October.
In the following article, Capt. Siddharth Mahajan, Loss Prevention Executive Asia, Singapore, at the Gard P&I Club, discusses challenges associated with the use of scrubbers as one of the two most popular options for compliance with IMO 2020 and shares preventive recommendations for scrubber-related breakdowns.
During a green inland shipping event that took place on 16 October, five innovative vessels called at the Port of Brussels to show technological solutions for cutting CO2 and air emissions to a minimum. These included zero-emission technologies, such as battery-electric, gas-electric, ultra clean biofuel power drive-trains and hydrogen.
In line with IMO’s Initial Strategy for decarbonization of shipping, Greece has come forward with a concrete proposal for a short-term, prescriptive measure to improve the operational energy efficiency of existing ships, to be considered at the forthcoming meeting of the IMO’s intersessional technical group in November.
Key cruise ship companies operating in French waters joined forces to limit air pollution caused by their vessels. The measures agreed include use of shore power and low-polluting fuel when maneuvering in harbors, as well as other measures to reduce emissions.
IMO has gathered major shipping players in a Symposium on ‘IMO 2020 and Alternative fuels’, highlighting the importance of partnership within the industry, discussing the role that alternative fuels could have in the path towards decarbonization and raising awareness on the IMO 2020 sulphur cap regulation.
Enabling legislation in South Africa for the implementation of the IMO 2020, should be ready by year end, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has confirmed. Namely, Mr. Mbalula finally settled down the fears, stating categorically that the necessary legislation will be in place by the end of 2019.
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