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SOHAR Freezone businesses to be powered by solar photovoltaic projects

SOHAR Port and Freezone recently entered into a land lease agreement with Shell Development Oman, in order to tap into the Sultanate’s renewable energy potential. This means that businesses in the SOHAR Freezone could be powered by solar photovoltaic projects instead of gas. SOHAR will allocate 600-hectares of land for solar plants under development, with capacities varying from 10MW up to 40MV.

Port of Huelva renews EcoPorts’ environmental management standard

The Spanish Port of Huelva renewed its EcoPorts’ environmental management standard (PERS) after obtaining it for the first time in 2016. Following this development, ESPO congratulated the Port for this achievement. To receive PERS certification, ports need among others to improve communication with the local community and increase transparency.

Helsinki and Wartsila partner for a zero-emissions city journey

Warstila in cooperation with the City of Helsinki’s Maritime Strategy Project aims to present a smart, energy efficient, waterborne and carbon-neutral passenger transportation system. A system that Ulla Tapaninen, Head of Unit, Enterprise Services at City of Helsinki, hopes will better connect the mainland with the islands, allowing for residents and tourists alike to better utilize and enjoy the true beauty that the region has to offer.

Decarbonisation of the shipping industry: yes we can, because we must

As the shipping is becoming more and more interested in reducing its emissions, Chris Chatterton, COO of the Methanol Institute, discusses about the challenges arising from decarbonisation for the maritime sector. The next decade and beyond will be far more complex for the shipping industry than the previous one and the carbon challenge sits behind every analysis, Mr. Chatterton argues.

Australia invests A$329 million to transform Blue Economy

The Australian government announced launch of the largest ever Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to drive an evolution in marine-based industries, unlocking economic, environmental and technological benefits for a Blue Economy. 

IMO gives emphasis on protecting Algeria’s marine environment

IMO training on the international treaty covering waste dumping at sea, the London Protocol, took place for Algerian government officials and participants from shipping companies and port authorities. The workshop, held in Alger from  9 to 10 April, enables effective implementation of measures in order to protect the marine environment from dumping of harmful wastes at sea.

Equinor Wind joins project in protection of whales

A joint project between Equinor Wind US, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution was launched, aiming to expand the detection and monitoring of whale species found in the waters of New York Bight.

World’s first hydrogen-powered ship in the port of Amsterdam

The Energy Observer, a former race boat powered with autonomous navigation with hydrogen, was docked in the Port of Amsterdam. The catamaran has been sailing for about six years, with 101 stops in 50 countries. The goal is to test hydrogen under extreme weather conditions. The vessels does not emit GHG and it is very quiet.

Shell to leave AFPM due to climate disagreement

Shell, on April 2, became the first major oil and gas company to leave the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers. The company said that it made this decision because of disagreement on climate policies, reiterating its support for the Paris Agreement. Shell will leave the body in 2020. Shell also found disagreements with nine other trade associations.

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