The European Commission elected a new President. Ursula von der Leyen, the new President of the European Commission who won MEPs’ votes, has recently presented her ambitious vision for a greener Europe. Namely, Mrs. Von der Leyen urged for immediate climate and environmental action that could transform Europe over the next five years. However, some of her goals contravene those of the shipping industry’s as set by the IMO.
The shipping industry has long been under discussions on finding low carbon solutions for a more sustainable future while IMO’s decision on reducing GHG emissions from ships by 50%, compared to 2008 levels, by 2050. However, the EU seems to have different future plans, as the newly elected European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, proposed a carbon-neutral Europe by 2050.
The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation announced that Indonesia will not implement the 2020 suplhur cap regulation on its domestic shipping fleet because of the expense of the cleaner fuel. Thus, Indonesian-flagged vessels will be able to sail burning marine fuels with a maximum 3.5% sulphur content in its territorial waters past 2020 without having to use scrubbers.
The Panama Canal and UN Environment signed a cooperation agreement to join efforts on sustainable development and combating climate change. The agreement includes the exchange of experiences and knowledge, the development of programs and research in areas of shared interest, and human resources training across both institutions.
The average global temperature in June was 1.71 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 59.9 degrees (15.5 °C), making it the hottest June in the 140-year record, according scientists from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The Dubrovnik Port Authority made a leap to better-monitor the quality of the environment and the air of the busiest cruise ship ports in Croatia. The port installed an air quality measuring station to be able to measure the environmental, air, sea and land pollution and also the port is able to know who is behind the pollution.
The new high efficiency RoRo vessel from Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s HERO class, has made its maiden call at the Port of Southampton. The HERO class (High Efficiency RoRo) has two new-build ships in its fleet and the latest, MV Traviata, has called at the Port of Southampton for the first time.
The Environmental Audit Committee has launched a new inquiry into net zero government. It will focus on the sustainability of the UK Government’s estate and procurement processes and what action it needs to take to achieve its net zero emissions target by 2050 or sooner.
The Trident Alliance, a network consisting of shipping companies and other interested parties that have the common goal on the transparent enforcement of environmental regulations, welcomes the entry of CSL Group and Oldendorff Carriers as its newest members.
China’s maritime authority has issued a draft plan extending a ban on wash water discharge from open-loop scrubbers to more coastal regions from 2020. The ban follows an earlier restriction imposed in January 2019 on discharges from open-loop scrubbers in key emission control regions.
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