The Standard Club Association, recently announced that the Port of Karachi in Pakistan joined the increased list of ports which have forced a ban against open-loop scrubbers. Specifically, Port of Karachi will from now on prohibit the discharge of wash-water coming from open-loop scrubbers.
Speaking at a UK-Africa investment summit in London, the UK prime minister Boris Johnson announced that the government will no longer finance coal-mining and coal-fueled power stations in developing countries, in the wake of the adverse effects brought by climate change.
On 20 January, the Italian energy company Eni along with the international oil company ADNOC, shake their hands and inked a strategic framework agreement. Through their collaboration both companies will further explore new opportunities in carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS).
Finland and Germany submitted a study to the IMO’s Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) sub-committee, in order to be revised during its session scheduled for February. This document presents results of a measurement campaign for the analysis of the impact of fuel oil quality on Black Carbon emissions. The results indicate that new blends of marine fuels with 0.50% sulphur content can contain a large percentage of aromatic compounds, which have a direct impact on Black Carbon emissions.
Following the environmental goals set by the shipping industry, BMW Group aims to using zero-emission cargo vessels from 2030, highlighting the importance of making the transportation as environmentally friendly as possible.
In fact, it is said that the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) released work instruction CVC-WI-022 with the aim to provide guidance to Coast Guard marine inspectors as well as port state control officers for ensuring vessel compliance with MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14.
US EIA forecasts year-over-year decreases in energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through 2021. After decreasing by 2.1% in 2019, energy-related CO2 emissions will decrease by 2.0% in 2020 and again by 1.5% in 2021 for a third consecutive year of declines, EIA forecasts.
Trafigura Group recently announced its plans against climate change, setting new target to reduce the carbon emissions from its shipping operations. The company showed its support on the idea of imposing slow steaming regulations to cut GHG emissions.
The Maritime Safety Agency in China has recently issued Guidelines for Supervision and Management of Air Pollutant Emissions, aiming to standardize the implementation of the January 1, 2020 sulphur cap. The Guidelines define inspection procedures in regard to fuel oil in use on ships, and provisions for alternative measures.
Wärtsilä, the Finnish technology Group, has signed a deal to convert a Brazilian power plant to a 100% natural gas operation, reducing the plant’s operational costs and improve its environmental impact.
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