The IMO are still in the process of developing a fuel oil non-availability report (FONAR) system in order to assist ships in their Regulation 18 declarations to state parties concerning the steps to be taken when a vessel is found not to be compliant. A final template for this is expected to be submitted to and approved by the IMO in May 2019.
Scorpio Tankers announce that they will have retrofitted 62 of its vessels with scrubbers, by the end of 2019. The company has chosen this technology to comply with the 2020 sulphur cap and not use compliant or LNG fuels. Overall, Scorpio Tankers informed that it entered into agreements to retrofit 75 of its MRs, LR1s and LR2s with exhaust gas cleaning systems.
Hong Kong is gearing up to use drones to monitor emissions from ships. Mainly, from 1 January 2019, all vessels within Hong Kong waters are to use fuels compliant with sulphur regulations, not exceeding the 0.5%. The sensors developed have been fitted on the drones and they measure the pollution content present in the smoke plume that is released by vessels.
The Swedish shipping sector is planning to end the use of fossil fuels in the country by 2045, meeting national climate goals. Specifically, the Swedish Shipowners’ Association is creating plan to achieve zero GHG emissions, along with Fossil-free Sweden, a government initiative. Rikard Engström and Svante Axelsson, the heads of the two organisations, said that shipping can become more efficient and switch to biofuels or electricity.
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that the company’s finance is thriving and the company is installing scrubbers on some of its large vessels. For the time being, the company is installing scrubbers on 15 of its larger vessels, enabling them to have the vast majority of their fleet fitted with scrubbers ahead of the January 1st 2020 implementation date.
The Swedish Club published the report ‘Sulphur Guide’, to provide technical and legal advice to the shipping industry to comply with the 2020 sulphur cap. It analyzes technical considerations when making the decision between operating with low sulphur fuels and retrofitting scrubbers and explains the implications, both in terms of compliance and in relation to the terms of any charterparty in place.
Kalmar has agreed to supply six of its ‘Zero Emission’ rubber-tyred gantry (RTGs) cranes to the South Florida Container Terminal in Miami. This will make South Florida the first terminal in the US to have 100% zero emission RTGs, as these will be the first ones to be installed by any Miami terminal. The RTGs are scheduled to be delivered in early 2020 and are part of a project focused on redeveloping the South Florida Container Terminal.
At some point, dumping toxic waste water from open loop scrubbers into the oceans ‘will come back to haunt us’, with such ships being banned from pumping their toxic waste water into oceans. This was the key message of the Managing Director and the Director of Precious Shipping, at the company’s annual review.
Reducing shipping emissions in Africa could be reduced by up to 75% by applying operational measures and implementing available technologies, which can only be achieved if maritime nations join forces to create awareness on the deteriorating effects of shipping pollution, said Ghana’s Deputy Minister for Transport.
As the 2020 deadline for the sulphur cap gets nearer, ICS reviewed progress in persuading the IMO to take measures to address expected implementation problems. This includes safety and fuel compatibility issues regarding the use of new 0.5% sulphur blends and continuing uncertainty over the availability of compliant fuels in every port globally.
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