MPA Singapore published an advisory to help Singapore-registered ships to operate safely and prevent pollution during installation and operation of scrubbers. The advisory shares observations from shipboard inspections carried out by Flag State and Port State Control, and documents best practices.
The German government is launching a set of measures in order to promote shore-generated power in an effort to make the country’s ports cleaner. Vessels in Germany’s ports in the future will be using renewable shore-based energy instead of burning fossil fuels to generate shipboard electric power.
Port of Gothenburg announced its plans on doubling the volume of containers transported by rail to and from Gothenburg by 2022 aiming to emissions’ reduction of up to 98%. APM Gothenburg is connected to more than 300 inland destinations in Sweden via rail, with more than 60 rail shuttles per week.
The French government has called on the European Union to work on creating a tax on bunker and aviation fuel as part of its strategy for reducing carbon emissions and achieving a sustainable environment. The French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire commented that taxes for carbon emissions should be implemented also to aviation and ships, not only to cars.
ExxonMobil inked a five-year agreement with the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras and Bombay to expand its portfolio on research collaboration with India’s universities, focusing on research in biofuels and bio-products, gas transport and conversion, climate and environment, and low-emissions technologies for the power and industrial sectors.
Mr. George A. Gaitas, Attorney and Partner, Gaitas & Chalos, P.C, shares his predictions regarding what owners should expect in the US in the enforcement of MARPOL Annex VI regulations after Jan 1st of 2020 and, specifically, whether the US will widely implement criminal sanctions as it has done with enforcement of Annex I.
Steamship Mutual has gathered all the crucial information needed in light of the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap, as many are the issues that may arise and some guidance will be helpful. The Club notes that this is not a comprehensive checklist, but a summary of the steps that have to be taken so that shipowners are fully compliant with the future regulations.
According to IMO, exhaust gas scrubbers are a compliant method to reduce vessels’ sulphur emissions and ensuring compliance with MARPOL Annex VI. Yet, some coastal states and ports have implemented local regulations with stricter measures that either restrict or prohibit the discharge of washwater from open loop scrubbers or prohibit the use of scrubbers, according to Gard.
ClassNK announced its participation in the Getting to Zero Coalition highlighting its aspiration on achieving a greener and more sustainable future for the shipping industry. ClassNK supports that its participation in the initiative will boost and strengthen its GHG-emission targets.
Cargill, Maersk Tankers and Mitsui & Co. announced the establishment of a collaboration to advance the reduction of global greenhouse gases (GHGs) in shipping. The companies will work towards lowering maritime GHG emissions by fully exploiting existing fuel-saving technologies and exploring new technical solutions.
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