Scorpio Bulkers announced that it signed an agreement with third parties to purchase scrubbers for 18 of its vessels in 2019 and for 10 of its vessels in 2020. The total value of these agreements reaches $42.4 million. The scrubbers will have ‘hybrid ready’ design, which enables them to be upgraded to a ‘closed loop’ configuration in the future.
The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has opened in Katowice, Poland, on 3 December, gathering parties to push further work on the fight against climate change. The conference is expected to finalize the rules for implementation of the Paris Agreement under the Paris Agreement work programme (PAWP).
MPC Container Ships exercised options to equip five more vessels with scrubbers, while charters for six scrubber-retrofitted vessels have also been agreed. The charterparties will start after scrubber retrofitting and with a duration into 2022.
British oil major Shell revealed plans to set short-term targets as part of a long-term ambition to reduce the Net Carbon Footprint of its energy products. The plans were announced in a joint statement developed with institutional investors on behalf of Climate Action 100+, an initiative led by investors with more than $32 trillion in assets under management.
UCL Energy Institute has joined the Clean Maritime Council, supporting UK’s ambitions for transition to zero emission shipping. The Clean Maritime Council is expected to construct a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the maritime sector to improve air quality on and around waterways, ports and shipping lanes.
Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin’s Marine Science Institute have discovered almost two dozen new types of microbes, which use hydrocarbons, like methane and butane as energy sources to survive and grow. This means that these bacteria might be able to help reduce greenhouse gases and they could possibly be useful for cleaning up oil spills.
A new generation of particle accelerators aims to have a profound impact on science and society. Amongst others, the EU-funded project will provide new tools to combat pollution.
A report by the Energy Transitions Commission found that reaching zero emissions from transport, including shipping, is possible by 2050. In order to achieve this, the report calls for a reduction in carbon-intensive products, enhancing energy efficiency, and using decarbonisation technologies.
MPA Singapore will ban the discharge of wash water from open-loop scrubbers, as from January 1, 2020. The ban is part of the MPA’s attempt to prepare the port ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap. In order to facilitate the implementation of the ban, Singapore will provide facilities to collect the residue generated from the operation of scrubbers.
Mr. Antonis Trakakis, Chief Technology Officer at Forward Ships, talks about methane slips from LNG fueled engines. Mr. Trakakis notes that these emissions are not inherent to the natural gas. The problem lies at the applied heat cycle, making the amount of methane slip depend on the technology of each engine.
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