Japan’s recently-announced decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) -which means to continue commercial whaling after more than 30 years-, has spurred different reactions across environmental organizations across the globe.
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.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority will facilitate the Green Award discount for sea-going shipping. The discount will encourage safe and green shipping in the liquid bulk segment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
UK Shipping Minister supports equal rights for seafarers18/01/2019
Loading of small seagoing vessels to occur at Wilhelmshaven FSRU18/01/2019
Digitalization to benefit oil and gas sector, report says18/01/2019
IMO: Guidance on ship implementation plan for 2020 compliance18/01/2019
Tallink, TalTech partner to develop smart ship solutions18/01/2019
Three stowaways found on merchant vessel off Port of Miami18/01/2019
Stena Line voyages first next-gen ferry in China18/01/2019
USCG’s only heavy icebreaker reaches Antarctica18/01/2019
ADNOC reduces its fleet emissions by 23%17/01/2019
Egypt reopens five ports due to weather improvement17/01/2019
MLC amendments 2016 on crew welfare enter into forceCasualties
Cable ship capsizes after collision with tanker in Singapore StraitsCasualties
Tanker with 12 crew disappears in Indonesian watersCasualties
Sewol survivors to receive $71,000 in compensation
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