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Year in Review: Environmental issues that caught shipping’s eye in 2018

Another exciting year is coming to an end. With only few days left until the end of 2018, SAFETY4SEA looks back on the events that defined the environmental stage of the shipping industry. 2020 sulphur cap, scrubbers, LNG, emissions; these are all topics that made the headlines throughout the year. But let’s take a closer look at those topics, which now are at the core of the shipping industry.

Hydrogen powered RO-PAX project receives funding

Havyard and Havila Kystruten informed that their hydrogen-powered coastal route operations will receive over NOK 100 million in funding from Pilot-E. The initiative can lead to ships with up to five times longer zero-emission voyages than current ones or planned vessels.

Sharing the burden of greening: An innovative financial approach

While talking at the first SAFET4SEA Conference in Hamburg, Prof. Orestis Schinas, Professor of Shipping and Ship Finance at Hamburg School of Business Administration, talked about the problem of green finance, and shared advice for newbuildings and existing ships. Prof. Schinas noted that decarbonization comes with a price and operators or owners are challenged and faced with the burden.

Greek port to inaugurate first shore power supply in East Mediterranean

Greece’s Port of Killini, at the west side of the country towards the Ionian Sea, is to see the first shore-to-ship (STS) electrical supply connection in Eastern Mediterranean. The Ro-pax ferry ‘Fior Di Levante’ will plug into the region’s first shore power facility , in a special inauguration ceremony on Thursday, 20th December.

Understanding marine biofouling: How anti-fouling systems prevent growth

During a ship’s lifetime microorganisms, plants, algae, or animals will gather in its hull, during a process called biofouling. These organisms, known as invasive aquatic species, can negatively affect a ship’s operation, while they also present a threat to the marine environment. However, there is a solution and is called antifouling.

Singapore to ban open-loop scrubbers wash water discharge from 2020

MPA Singapore will ban the discharge of wash water from open-loop scrubbers, as from January 1, 2020. The ban is part of the MPA’s attempt to prepare the port ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap. In order to facilitate the implementation of the ban, Singapore will provide facilities to collect the residue generated from the operation of scrubbers.

Thailand’s first all-electric ferry starts operation

Thailand’s first all-electric ferry recently started operation. The 40-passenger ship is part of a fleet of ferries operated by Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA). It will operate on a five-kilometer route daily between Hua Lampjong and Thewes Pier.

Renault to transport its cars on Neoline’s windship

French automobile company Renault announced the signing of a 3-year partnership with Nantes start-up Neoline, aiming to develop a wind-powered maritime transport service, and to contribute to the environmental management of its logistics chain, as nearly 60% of the Group’s parts and vehicles are transported by sea.


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