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BMW Group joins shipping decarbonization plans

Following the environmental goals set by the shipping industry, BMW Group aims to using zero-emission cargo vessels from 2030, highlighting the importance of making the transportation as environmentally friendly as possible.

USCG issues work instruction update on Sulfur Cap enforcement

In fact, it is said that the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) released work instruction CVC-WI-022 with the aim to provide guidance to Coast Guard marine inspectors as well as port state control officers for ensuring vessel compliance with MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14. 

EIA: US energy-related CO2 emissions to decrease annually through 2021

US EIA forecasts year-over-year decreases in energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through 2021. After decreasing by 2.1% in 2019, energy-related CO2 emissions will decrease by 2.0% in 2020 and again by 1.5% in 2021 for a third consecutive year of declines, EIA forecasts.

Trafigura supports slow steaming regulations

Trafigura Group recently announced its plans against climate change, setting new target to reduce the carbon emissions from its shipping operations. The company showed its support on the idea of imposing slow steaming regulations to cut GHG emissions.

China publishes guidelines to ensure sulphur cap implementation

The Maritime Safety Agency in China has recently issued Guidelines for Supervision and Management of Air Pollutant Emissions, aiming to standardize the implementation of the January 1, 2020 sulphur cap. The Guidelines define inspection procedures in regard to fuel oil in use on ships, and provisions for alternative measures.

Europe’s first IMO Tier III retroffited tugboat

Boluda Towage Europe’s tugboat ‘Union Koala’ has been officially certified for compliance with the IMO Tier III standards, on Friday, January 10, 2020; The tug then returned to service during a ceremony at the ABC Tower in Zeebrugge, Belgium.

Suez Canal bans open loop scrubbers’ water discharge

Suez Canal Authority (SCA) made clear that will continue allow ships to use heavy fuel oil (HFO) when transiting through the waterway, without the need of scrubbers, despite the recently IMO introduction of low-sulphur regulations. Specifically, SCA issued a circular in which clarified its stance on scrubbers.

ABB presents testimony on zero-emission technology

ABB Marine & Ports presented a testimony to the U.S. House Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, focusing on marine technologies of the future. Specifically, ABB introduced to the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, a comprehensive approach to reduce marine emissions.

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