Arctic

Danish maritime authority supports progress in PPR 6

Danish Maritime Authority discussed about the agreements made on PPR 6 and focused on the progress the IMO members made towards the  Organization’s final preparations for the new global sulphur regulation. More importantly, the Authority highlighted that the participants agreed on a number of measures for consistent implementation and enforcement of the new rules.

IBIA to participate in IMO’s PPR 6

IBIA announced that it will be present at the 6th session of the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 6), which will endeavour to complete work on remaining issues relating to consistent implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit set to take effect from 1 January 2020.

PPR 6 starts discussions with focus on 2020 sulphur cap

IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response meets this week, from 18 to 22 February at IMO headquarters. The meeting will focus on finalizing draft Guidelines on the implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit under MARPOL Annex VI. The Guidelines aim to help the preparations for uniform implementation of the lower limit for sulphur content in ships’ fuel oil.

University of Birmingham gets funding for Arctic shipping emissions research

The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council has granted scientists at the University of Birmingham a total of £1.6M to lead a project investigating shipping emissions in the Arctic and North Atlantic atmosphere. Called SEANA, the project is expected to run for 5 years, starting from 2019. 

Murmansk Port reduces emissions by four times

The Murmansk Sea Trade Port managed to reduce its emissions four times. This achievement came after the Port invested 1.8 billion rubles ($27.4 mln) on the environmental safety of coal transshipment over the last two years. Investments are made in several areas: monitoring, purchasing cleaning equipment, water cannons and other sprinkler systems, creating dust shields and others.

Glacial engineering could limit sea-level rise, but emissions remain critical

Targeted engineering projects to hold off glacier melting could slow down ice-sheet collapse and limit sea-level rise, according to a new study issued in the European Geosciences Union journal The Cryosphere. However, the study highlights the importance of reducing emissions as a key to stopping climate change.

How climate change can affect Europe

The impact of climate change is already impacting the ecosystems, economic sectors and people’s health and well-being in Europe. In order to present how climate change can affect Europe, the European Parliament created an infographic depicting the impacts of climate change in each region of the continent.

NOAA: August 2018 the 5th hottest on record for the globe

The average global temperature in August was 1.33 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 60.1 degrees and this was the fifth highest global temperature for August in the 139-year record (1880–2018), according to NOAA. Last month was also the 42nd consecutive August with temperatures above average.

Clean Arctic Alliance: Scrubbers are not the perfect solution

Many shipping companies, such as Maersk, Hapag Lloyd and Klaveness, will adopt low sulphur fuels, while some fuel companies are to sell a more expensive, 0.5% sulphur product, while hoping for low numbers of scrubber installation. However some operators claim that  installing scrubbers is the cheapest option.

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