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USA- CARB- Ocean Going Vessels Fuel Rule Sunset Review Process

On 1 January 2015 a new MARPOL Annex VI requirement will enter into force reducing the maximum sulphur content for fuel oil from 1.0% to 0.1% within sulphur Emission Control Areas (ECAs). In the United States, this will mean fulfilling the provisions of the North American ECA. Within Californian waters, vessels also need to comply with the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) Ocean Going Vessels (OGV) fuel rule which requires vessels to use distillate fuel oil (MDO or MGO) with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.1%. There are two principal differences between the requirements of the North American ECA and the CARB OGV fuel rule: MARPOL does not specify the type of fuel to be used other than stipulating that the sulphur content must not exceed 0.1%. The CARB OGV fuel rule requires the use of distillate fuel oil, not residual fuel oil. MAPROL permits the use of alternative emission control technologies (eg exhaust gas scrubbers) to achieve the necessary reduction in sulphur emissions. The CARB OGV fuel rule legislation does not recognise the use of such technology as a means of compliance. The CARB OGV fuel rule includes a sunset provision whereby, after review, the CARB OGV fuel rule requirements ...

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MV Miner removal dealing with asbestos on wrecked ship

Nova Scotia Land met with a contractor to discuss work safety and hazardous waste on the MV Miner as plans to move the wrecked ship are put into action, CBC News reports. It ran aground on Scatarie Island in Cape Breton, N.S., three years ago. The environmental, transportation and health and safety permits are all in place. Nova Scotia Land, the Crown corporation overseeing the $12 million project, said it's a potentially dangerous job. The MV Miner was being towed to Turkey when it broke its line near Nova Scotia. The ocean and rocky coast have shredded the steel hull. Crews will build a base camp on the island and set up an access road from the shore to the ship. Some 40 people will work a four-day rotation to do the job.The steel will be loaded onto a barge and sold for scrap. Antigonish-based R J MacIsaac Construction has until November to remove the wreck. Source: CBC News  In the outbreak, I was frank with you propecia before and after has changed my existence. It has become much more fun, and now I have to run. Just as it is improbable to sit.

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Belgium called upon to halt export of toxic ship

The NGO Platform on Shipbreaking, a coalition of environmental, human rights and labour organisations, sent a letter to the Flemish Environment Ministry Monday calling on Belgium to seize the end-of-life car carrier GLOBAL SPIRIT. The ship is now docked in Antwerp and loading 2nd hand cars to be delivered in West Africa before heading for the infamous ship breaking beaches in India where at least six workers have died so far this year crushed by steel plates and many more are sickened by occupational disease due to ship-borne hazardous substances like asbestos or PCBs. Under the Waste Shipment Regulation of the European Union, Belgium is obliged to prevent the export of all hazardous wastes - including from ships - from its shores to developing countries. The Regulation was designed to prevent the environmental injustice of rich countries exporting their toxic wastes to impoverished countries lacking the technology and infrastructure to manage such wastes. The European Commission has clearly stated that the laws in place are applicable in the case of the GLOBAL SPIRIT and that Belgium has an obligation to ensure that the ship is not exported for breaking to India. "Belgium must move quickly to prevent this ship from ...

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ICS Guidelines on Selling Ships for Recycling

ICS released guidelines on transitional measures for selling ships for recycling five years ago, to prepare ship owners for the entry into force of the IMO Hong Kong Convention. The intention is that this guidance will be updated periodically as the new IMO standards are implemented by governments and more experience is gained. These measures are also supported by the national shipowners' associations in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Liberia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States. The Convention requires each recycling facility to possess an approved Facility Management Plan which should provide a holistic system to ensure that ships are recycled in a safe and environmentally sound manner. It is unknown how many facilities possess such a plan at present and, if they do, the extent to which they comply fully with the IMO Convention. During the transitional period, obtaining confirmation that a Facility Management Plan exists is perhaps less important than shipowners obtaining firm guarantees in the contract of sale with respect to the Ship Recycling Plan and 'gas freeing' (see above). However, where shipowners are able to do so, confirmation of the existence of a Facility Management Plan, and its constituent subsidiary plans as described below, will serve as an indicator ...

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NGO Shipbreaking Platform Publishes 2013 List of Toxic Ship Dumpers

The NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a global coalition of organisations seeking to prevent dirty and dangerous shipbreaking practices worldwide, published the complete list of ships that were dismantled around in the world  in 2013. Of the 1213 large ocean-going vessels that were scrapped in 2013, 645 were sold to substandard beaching facilities in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh . Approximately 40% of these ships were EU-owned.  The new EU regulation on ship recycling entered into force on 30 December 2013. However, unless an economic incentive is added to it, the registration of European ships under flags of convenience will allow ship owners to sail around the new regulation and continue dumping their toxic ships in substandard facilities. End-of-life vessels contain toxic materials such as asbestos, heavy metals, PCBs and organic waste within their structures. South Asia has become a preferred dumping ground as environmental, safety and labour rights standards are poorly enforced there.  Ship owners are able to sell their ships to the beach breakers for considerably greater profit than if they were sold to clean and safe recycling facilities. "Whereas the number of dismantled ships remained nearly as high as in 2012, the number of beached ships dropped from 850 to ...

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