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European Commission study supports Mediterranean ECA

A European Commission-funded impact assessment into a potential Mediterranean emissions control area (ECA) concluded that designating such an ECA would result in significant socio-economic benefits. The assessment is the third study to be published since the middle of December. 

Visser Shipping goes for scrubbers on three container ships

Netherlands-based Visser Shipping has signed a contract to outfit three container ships with scrubbers from Value Maritime, with an option for a fourth scrubber. The company’s fleet provides container transport throughout Northwest Europe.

HMM opts for scrubbers on container ship giants built at DSME

Finnish technology provider Valmet said it will supply scrubbers for seven new building container vessels, to be built by DSME for South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine. The container ships will be the largest in the world, with over 23,000 TEUs each. 

Hyundai Heavy, KSS Line team up on eco-friendly ship business

South Korean major shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries announced that its newly spun-off company Hyundai Global Services, specializing in providing total marine services, has signed a MoU with compatriot shipping company KSS Line, for entering into eco-friendly ship business.

Baltic Index Council: Index vessels should not be scrubber-fitted

On 27 March, the Baltic Index Council announced its decision on the implications of the IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap for the Baltic Exchange’s timecharter indices. Namely, the Baltic will be adding clarificatory wording to its Capesize, Panamax, Supramax and Handysize vessel descriptions to confirm that the index vessels are not scrubber-fitted. The clarified vessel descriptions will enter into force from 1 April 2019. 

Port of Oakland’s cranes go hybrid for a cleaner air

Port of Oakland announced its plans for a greener containerized cargo handling. The port stated that its largest marine terminal is converting 13 diesel-powered yard cranes to hybrid power. The result is expected to be an annual 45-ton reduction in diesel-related air pollutants.

Scrubber orders for boxships reach over 540 units

With IMO 2020 sulphur cap implementation date approaching, the overall number of scrubber orders for containerships increased to more than 540 units, according to Alphaliner. The orders have increased since Alphaliner’s last survey in November.

BP announces $100 million to reduce emissions in its oil and gas operations

BP announced that it has created a $100 million fund for projects that will deliver new greenhouse gas emissions reductions in its upstream oil and gas operations. The Upstream Carbon Fund will provide further support to BP’s work generating sustainable greenhouse gas emissions reductions in its operations. Total funds of up to $100 million will be available during the course of the next three years.

Kenya maritime authority boosts effort to tackle ship pollution

In light of port of Mombasa’s efforts to reduce sulphur shipping emissions, the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) reported that it had inspected 550 ships, adding that the exercise is ongoing. Ships calling at the port are subjected to random inspections by KMA’s State control officers.

New Zealand to adopt MARPOL Annex VI in reducing shipping emissions

The Marlborough District Council sent a draft submission to the Ministry of Transport stating that specific regions, as Picton and the Marlborough Sounds, would benefit if New Zealand signed the global agreement that focuses on an international treaty to reduce ship emissions, saying the tighter regulations will benefit both human health and the environment.


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