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Kenya maritime authority boosts effort to tackle ship pollution

In light of port of Mombasa’s efforts to reduce sulphur shipping emissions, the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) reported that it had inspected 550 ships, adding that the exercise is ongoing. Ships calling at the port are subjected to random inspections by KMA’s State control officers.

New Zealand to adopt MARPOL Annex VI in reducing shipping emissions

The Marlborough District Council sent a draft submission to the Ministry of Transport stating that specific regions, as Picton and the Marlborough Sounds, would benefit if New Zealand signed the global agreement that focuses on an international treaty to reduce ship emissions, saying the tighter regulations will benefit both human health and the environment.

New partnership eyes hydrogen fuel cells for zero-emission cruise ships

GE’s Power Conversion business and fuel cell manufacturer Nedstack announced collaboration on developing hydrogen fuel cell systems for powering zero-emission cruise vessels. So far, the companies have designed the concept for a two megawatt hydrogen fuel cell power plant on an expedition vessel.

HMM sets up scrubber installation fund in view of IMO 2020

As part of its efforts to comply with the 2020 sulphur cap, South Korean shipping company HMM announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a win-win fund for scrubber installation and to seek cooperation in the shipping-related industries.

Sea Traffic Management can help achieve GHG emissions reduction

Sea Traffic Management (STM) is able to make just-in-time operations in shipping possible, on a global perspective. This is a key element to achieve IMO’s goals on GHG emissions reduction. In the meantime, STM data send navigational warnings to ECDS making navigation safer.

Nordic American Tankers: Scrubbers an unnecessary risk

In an event in late February, Bermuda-based Nordic American Tankers Ltd (NAT) reiterated that scrubbers are not a solution for the company, in view of the 2020 sulphur cap, and it will ‘not take on risk it does not have to’.

Spain in favor of a Mediterranean ECA

Spain is in favor of the development of an Emission Control Area (ECA) in the Mediterranean Sea, said Pedro Saura, the country’s State Secretary for Infrastructure. The creation of an ECA would implement stricter requirements for sulphur and NOx emissions from ships that sail in these waters. 

NYK secures over USD 80 million syndicated loan for scrubbers

Japanese NYK announced it has secured a 9 billion yen syndicated loan agreement with MUFG Bank Ltd., with the aim to install scrubbers. This forms part of NYK’s medium-term management plan, which includes the group’s intent to integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives into management.

Panama Canal, Maersk join global alliance for low carbon shipping

The Panama Canal Authority and Danish shipping company Moller – Maersk A/S are the latest entities to join the IMO-supported Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping. The new members signed up to the GIA during the fifth meeting of the GIA Taskforce at IMO Headquarters, on 15 March.

Stena Bulk invests USD 55 million in scrubbers for 16 ships

Swedish tanker owner Stena Bulk announced it has made a major investment in scrubbers and will have 16 units installed before January 2020, on a total of 10 IMOIIMAXes, 5 Suezmaxes and one of standard MR. The move is part of the company’s plans to comply with the 2020 sulphur cap.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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