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Climate change to affect the oceans colour

According to a new MIT study, climate change is causing significant changes to phytoplankton in the world’s oceans, and over the coming decades these changes will affect the ocean’s colour, intensifying its blue regions and its green ones. The researchers found that, by the year 2100, more than 50% of the world’s oceans will change in colour, because of climate change.

Netherlands to make short transport trips emission-free

The logistics sector aims by 2040 to make transport over short distances on roads and inland waterways emission-free. These and other intentions are described in ‘Vision trade and logistics 2040’, a joint long-term vision of 19 organizations from the logistics sector to prepare the logistics system in the Netherlands for the future.

World’s first hybrid retrofit for short-sea vessel to take place

Wärtsilä signed an agreement with Hagland Shipping for a hybrid retrofit installation. The project will take place on board the ‘Hagland Captain’, a general cargo vessel. This will be the first project of its kind ever in short-sea shipping applications. The agreement was signed in December 2018. The installation of the battery hybrid propulsion solution will improve the ship’s environmental performance by reducing its emissions, fuel consumption, and noise.

Woodmac 2020 predictions: Rise in scrubbers expected

Energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie provided a recap of predictions in view of the upcoming stringent environmental regulations and specifically the IMO’s sulphur cap, effective from 1st January 2020. Woodmac sees, among others, a rise in the use of scrubbers, before the IMO imposes its sulphur limit. 

US EPA provides ports of NY/NJ with $2 million to reduce air pollution

US EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, announced that it has provided the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with $2 million to replace up to 80 model year 2006 and older short-haul trucks that service Port Authority facilities with cleaner, newer model year trucks by offering truckers up to 50% of the cost to scrap and replace each vehicle up to $25,000.

EU adopts proposal to revise system for shipping emissions monitoring

The European Commission adopted a proposal on February 4, to revise the EU system for monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport. This aims to take appropriate account of the global data collection system for fuel oil consumption of ships established by IMO. The goal of the proposal is to facilitate the harmonious implementation of the EU MRV and the IMO DCS.

Dorian LPG buys three more scrubbers

Dorian LPG announced that it entered into a contract for three additional scrubbers, increasing its total scrubbers under contract to ten, all of which will use hybrid technology. Now, twenty-two ships will have exhaust gas cleaning systems. This will enhance the company’s competitive advantage, John C. Hadjipateras, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated.

New electric ferry to start operation at Gothenburg

A Volvo Penta powered electric ferry service is being introduced into Gothenburg’s ElectriCity transport ecosystem.The new electric-powered ferry will link both sides of the Göta River. Volvo Penta will be the first fully-electric ferry in the city able to complete longer, multi-stop routes along the river, and incorporate quick charging capabilities.

IMO discusses barriers on Just-In-Time operations

‘Just-In-Time’ operations (JIT) contribute to cutting emissions, by limiting the time vessels passively spend outside ports. Although JIT is helpful to the environment and helps reduce costs, there are multiple operational and contractual barriers to overcome before this could be implemented globally. IMO’s GIA, focusing on the vessels that can already implement JIT, gathered with a variety of industry stakeholders to discuss with what means they can accomplish JIT globally. 

BP to broaden reporting on Paris Agreement goals

London-based oil major BP announced it will support a call from investor participants of the Climate Action 100+ initiative, for the company to broaden its corporate reporting to describe how its strategy is consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Investors proposed a resolution to be put to shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting in May 2019.

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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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