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Number of ships using LNG, scrubbers to increase from 2020

DNV GL provides an overview of the ships that use LNG or scrubbers. Namely, currently there are 318 confirmed LNG fuelled ships, and 141 additional LNG ready ships. As for scrubbers, the total number of ships with scrubbers for 2019 is 2947, which is also expected to rise from 2020.

Sinopec aims to produce 10 million tonnes of LSFO by 2020

On Wednesday, May 5, Sinopec announced the production capability of 10 million and 15 million tons of low-sulphur marine fuel oil in 2020 and 2023. By 2020, Zhoushan and other China major ports will be fully covered with SINOPEC product availability, and more than 50 key overseas ports, including Singapore, will be covered with SINOPEC supply ability.

There are concerns regarding open-loop scrubbers in ports, BPA says

The Chairman of the British Ports Association has urged for a return to stability and a relentless focus on creating a business environment that supports investment and skills. What is more, BPA believes that ports and shipping are very much part of the solution to UK decarbonisation challenges, but it raised concerns regarding the use of open-loop scrubbers in ports.

Global Shippers forum is against slow steaming

The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) commented on ITF’s Transport Outlook 2019, noting that sustainable solutions to the environmental challenges faced by global shippers need to be found, without stifling economic development. 

Carnival emits 10 times more emissions than all of Europe’s cars, study reports

Carnival Corporation emitted about 10 times more sulphur oxide (SOx) around European coasts than did all 260 million European cars in 2017, a new analysis by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment reveals. As for Royal Caribbean Cruises, it is second, with yet four times worse than the European car fleet.

Biofuel is not an option for Red Funnel ferries

Red Funnel, a UK ferry operator, has been testing the use of biofuel in its ferries for nine months, but the company commented that although biofuel can be burnt, supply and legislation issues mean that the fuel is not currently viable for them. 

PSA Singapore collabs with EMA to improve port operations

PSA Singapore is collaborating with the Energy Market Authority (EMA) with the goal of improving Singapore’s port operations, by making them more efficient and reducing the overall energy usage and carbon emissions. Both participants will launch R&D grant calls in the smart and energy sector, in favour of the container ports at the Pasir Panjang Terminal.

New technology able to help shipping meet environmental targets

An ever-increasing focus on sustainability and emission requirements will require major changes for the maritime industry. That was discussed at the Autonomy Summit, which took place on June 4, in Norway. Moreover, during the summit, international players discussed how automation can contribute to emissions reductions.

ABS presents Low Carbon Shipping outlook

ABS launched its ABS Low Carbon Shipping Outlook which defines ship technologies, operational efficiencies and alternative fuels and energy sources that are needed to achieve the 2030 and 2050 goals. To achieve cleaner and low carbon emissions, the shipping industry will need a better understanding of existing technologies and strategies while new technology, including fuels, will need to be developed.

Shipping must urgently pursue decarbonisation, says Norway’s Prime Minister

Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg made the opening speech at Nor-Shipping 2019, during which she called the shipping industry to urgently pursue decarbonisation. She also warned that regulators are going to get far more strict on the sector soon. She believes however that there is a solution to these problems, which in fact can be found in the ocean.


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