ESPO presented its annual Environmental Report for 2019, including more than 60 different environmental performance benchmarks containing figures on the green services to shipping, as well as the Top 10 Environmental Priorities of the European ports. 94 ports participated in this year’s report.
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.
California started an initiative to reduce air pollution and protect whales. The program “Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies” will start on July 1 and will last until November 15, 2018, establishing vessel speed reduction zones in the Santa Barbara Channel region and San Francisco Bay area.
HCFCs are being heavily used different types of actions within vessels, from air-conditioning to conditioning cargo. Nowadays, many vessels are beginning to phase out the use of older compounds, adopting new techniques and materials which are more efficient for the environment.
The Environmental Protection Administration in Taiwan, instructed Taiwanese port authorities to reduce pollution as much as possible, after a severe air pollution was noticed in the country. Furthermore, Taiwan’s Executive Yuan announced an action plan to cut air pollution and foster renewable energy.
An IMO training in Malaysia has seen port State control officers practice inspecting air pollution and energy efficiency rules aboard a container ship in Johor Port. The participants from across Malaysia have been taking part in the three-day workshop (13-15 February) focusing on how to effectively enforce IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI regulations.
The Danish Shipowners’ Association, the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark and the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs have concluded a partnership to strengthen cooperation and dialogue across Blue Denmark within the maritime environmental area.
In an effort to improve air quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urged the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to reconsider plan for replacing 60,000 old diesel trucks with with ‘cleaner’ trucks that will produce less pollution.
Lessons learned: Fingers must remain out of the line of fire during wire transfer operations21/10/2020
Transport Malta investigation: Serious injury of crew member while testing rescue boat crane21/10/2020
- Maritime Health
Update on crew COVID-19 cases in Western Australia21/10/2020
Lessons learned: Pilot transfers need careful judgment when moving outside the safety zone21/10/2020
Seafarers in Australia forced to stay up to 18 months onboard, ITF says21/10/2020
Near-fatal in New Zealand leads to 1st enforceable undertaking for maritime21/10/2020
- Cyber Security
US charges Russian military intelligence officers for ‘NotPetya’ cyber attack21/10/2020
Port of Antwerp and partners to develop 5G private network21/10/2020
Japan launches ship-to-ship LNG bunkering project21/10/2020
TSIB Investigation: Maersk Honam fire cause inconclusive21/10/2020