As the shipping industry is trying to find ways to reduce emissions, the European Union and IMO have announced regulations which require from operators to collect and report their ships’ fuel consumption. To assist in this, DNV GL released a combined reporting and verification online tool.
Shipowners’ investments are driven by their intent to respond in a cost-efficient way to the 2020 sulphur cap, argues Jeremy J Lowe, Global Program Manager – Marine at Hach UK Limited. Scrubbers represent a key solution, he notes, but a greater momentum is required if the full benefit is to be realised by the industry.
Guido Van Meel, Secretary General of Euroshore International (a non-profit association of waste contractors specialised in ships’ waste) discusses the key challenges with respect to scrubbers taking into consideration a combination of factors that cannot be disregarded amid the legal background.
Hong Kong published the Air Pollution Control (Fuel for Vessels) Regulation, which requires all vessels to use compliant fuel within the waters of Hong Kong to reduce their emissions and improve air quality. If approved by the Council, the Regulation will take effect on 1 January 2019.
A new report aiming to verify the effect of the Automatic Mooring System on the emissions in the surroundings of the installations devoted to Ro-Ro/Pax vessel traffic, reveals that, in the RoRo/Pax terminals in which the AMS is operating, brings a reduction in CO2 emissions of 97%.
On 9 July, a Court in Marseille started the trial for the Captain of the cruise ship ‘Azura’, who was sued over breaching sulphur fuel limit, during a stopover in Marseilles, on 29 March. In the first case of its kind in Europe, if found guilty, the Master could face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to €200,000.
As part of its continuous efforts to improve the air quality of domestic shipping transport, the Chinese Ministry of Transport published earlier this week new requirements for NOx shipping emissions. From 1 September 2018, the vessels’ engines shall meet IMO’s NOx Tier II emission limit.
Companies in the North Sea Canal Area at the Port of Amsterdam aim to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030. All waste flows must be recycled by 2050 and carbon emissions limited. To achieve these targets, the area aims to be among the leading regions in Europe when it comes to addressing climate change.
As the shipping industry seeks to adopt cleaner practices in line with global environmental regulations, Dutch-based shipping company Spliethoff Group reiterated its commitment to cleaner shipping by investing in scrubbers for the 24th vessel of its fleet. 30 more vessels will follow, the company said.
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