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Another operator chooses scrubbers

Finnlines Plc has announced that it has undersigned extensive contracts with two major suppliers for installation of exhaust gas scrubbers for the most of the Group's ships. The first installations will be completed by the end of 2014 and the rest in early 2015. Being equipped with sulphur scrubbers, Finnlines ships will comply with the IMO and EU SOx emission regulations in a cost-efficient manner.  The new stringent regulations will enter into force in the Sulphur Emission Control Areas on 1 January 2015. Scrubbers will reduce exhaust gas emissions, such as sulphur oxide emissions and particulates efficiently and also some nitrogen oxide emissions. Finnlines has also signed a contract for reblading of propellers on the Star-class roro-passenger ships. Modification will be done during 2014. The investment will greatly reduce the required engine output, it will reduce fuel consumption and improve speed with the same machinery power. These investments are part of the 2014 capex programme, which will amount to EUR 50 million.  In the outbreak, I was straightforward with you propecia before and after has changed my life. It has become much more fun, and now I have to run. Just as it is improbable to sit.

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Joint Baltic Sea collaboration to improve the environmental footprint

Ports of Stockholm and Port of Tallinn signed an important agreement to work together to improve the environment in the Baltic Sea. The two ports will jointly focus on the provision of future fuels, the management of ship-generated waste and the supply of electricity to vessels in port. Ports of Stockholm and Port of Tallinn have set high environmental targets for reducing effects on the marine environment in the Baltic Sea. This environmental agreement between two ports is a further step towards minimising the effects of port operations and shipping on the Baltic Sea region. "We are proud and happy to present our joint collaboration with the Port of Tallinn," says Johan Castwall, Managing Director of Ports of Stockholm. "Environmental problems are cross-border issues and we are very much looking forward to working together with the Port of Tallinn on these matters." "Port of Tallinn has been consistently contributing to various environmental initiatives and such extended cooperation with one of the forerunners in the field of sustainable marine development presents us both great potential in working towards cleaner marine environment of the Baltic Sea," says Ain Kaljurand, Chairman of the Management Board of Port of Tallinn. The environmental agreement comprises ...

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RINA launches voluntary notation for Eco-ships

International classification society RINA has launched a new goal-based class voluntary notation, GREEN PLUS. The voluntary notation will be based on an environmental performance index which covers all aspects of the vessel's impact on the environment, including carbon emissions. RINA's GREEN STAR notation has become a watchword for environmental excellence in shipping, anticipating the requirements of MARPOL and other relevant legislation, and placing owners and operators in an advantageous position. Now, with GREEN PLUS, RINA introduces a new class notation only to be granted to new vessels which make a significant investment in design solutions, onboard equipment, and operational procedures which contribute to an improvement in environmental performance beyond the minimum levels required by regulation. Design solutions and onboard equipment include anything which reduces the risk of pollution, or which lowers fuel consumption and air emissions. Innovative engine design, alternative fuels, high-efficiency propellers, optimal hull design and bio-degradable oils all fall into these categories. Operational procedures covered by a GREEN PLUS notation include those which ensure that design solutions and onboard equipment are correctly used, voyage planning programmes resulting in reduced fuel consumption and emissions, or training courses designed to increase the environmental awareness of officers and crews. Antonio Pingiori, managing ...

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New requirements for vessels visiting California Ports

(California OGV Fuel Regulation coming into force on January 2014 The California Air Resources Board has issued Marine Advisory to remind owners and operator of the new requirements in the regulation for fuel sulfur and other operational requirements for ocean- going vessels within California Waters and 24 Nautical Miles of the California BaselineThe California OGV Fuel Regulation, which has been enforced since July 2009,provides significant air quality benefits by requiring ships to use cleaner, low sulfurmarine distillate fuel. The purpose of this advisory is to notify owners and operators ofupcoming changes in the fuel sulfur requirements beginning January 1, 2014, and toremind operators that they must comply with both the California OGV Fuel Regulationand the North American Emission Control Area (ECA) requirements. There are also2014 requirements for some vessels under California's At-Berth Regulation.Beginning January 1, 2014 the maximum fuel sulfur (S) limit for both marine gas oil(DMA) and marine diesel oil (DMB) will be 0.1% S. These Phase II requirements(shown in Table 1) will be enforced within the California OGV regulatory zone, which is24 nm off the coast of California, including islandsFuelRequirementEffectiveDayARB's California OGV Fuel Requirement% Sulfur Content LimitPhase IJuly 1, 2009Marine gas oil (DMA) at or below 1.5% sulfur; ...

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CARB to clean up vessel operating in California s ports and harbors

$5 million in Loans for clean tug-boats, ferries, fishing boats and excursion boats The California Air Resources Board has received $5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds to help clean up a variety of boats and vessels that operate in California's ports and harbors.These funds are designed to reduce emissions from a variety of marine vessels that use diesel engines, such as charter fishing boats, commercial fishing boats, crew and supply vessels, ferry and excursion boats, pilot vessels, tow boats, tug-boats and work boats. The funds will be used to guarantee loans for small businesses who wish to upgrade to cleaner operating boats, but may not meet today's stringent borrowing standards."This one-time influx of federal funds makes it possible for small business owners to qualify for a loan to upgrade their boats, even if they have less than stellar credit," said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "This will help continue our efforts to clean up the air in California's ports and harbor communities."To be eligible a company owning one of these vessels must have fewer than 500 employees, and conduct the majority of their business in California or regulated California waters. In addition, the company must meet a ...

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CARB issues fuel sulphur notices

MN for specified fuels, recordkeeping requirements and safety exemption The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has issued three notices related to its fuel sulphur regulation for ocean-going ships s follows:1. The first notice relates to the noncompliance fee payable for vessels instead of using the specified fuels Marine Notice 2011-3 ;This notice details the Noncompliance Fee Provision for non compliant vessels that operate within 24 nautical miles of the Californian Baseline.This requirement will be enforced as of 1 December 2011. More stringent standards are planned to be phased in over time. This provision allows vessel operators to pay a fee rather than comply with the new low sulphur emissions standards.Operators should bear in mind that these fees are substantial. For example, the fee for a first time non-compliant visit to a California port is $45,500 and increases with each subsequent visit. Additionally, there are notice requirements that need to be given, which alerts the relevant authorities of the non-compliant visits2. The second notice relates to recordkeeping requirements Marine Notice 2011-4Vessels within 24 nautical miles of the California Baseline are required to keep enhanced records.Vessel operators are subject to substantial penalties under Californian state law if the required records are not ...

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Changes to the Regulation on Fuel Sulfur for Vessels within California Waters

California Air Resources Board MN- 2011_2 California Air Resources Board issues Marine Notice regarding Changes to the Regulation on Fuel Sulfur and Other Operational Requirements for Ocean-Going Vessels within California Waters and 24 Nautical Miles of the California Baseline as follows:The purpose of this advisory is to notify owners and operators of ocean-going vessels (OGVs) of changes to the OGV Fuel Regulation. California's ARB will begin enforcement of the changes to the rule on December 1, 2011.This advisory is only a summary of the requiremets and does not contain all the information that may be needed to comply with theregulation.The regulations can be found at the following:http://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2011/ogv11/ogv11.htmFor more information, click here.Source: California Air Resources Board

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Amended clear fuel requirements

For owners and operators of OSV vistiting California ports Amendments to California's Ocean Going Vessel (OGV) Clean Fuel Regulation have been adopted by the California Air Resources Board and enter into force by 1 December 2011. The Clean Fuel Regulation was implemented to reduce emissions of particulates, sulphur oxides and oxides of nitrogen by requiring a switch to cleaner fuels. It has been in force since 1 July 2009.The OGV Clean Fuel Regulation was already being challenged in court when it originally entered into force. The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) argued that it represented an illegal extension of the regulatory jurisdiction beyond California's territorial waters (usually three miles). In March 2011, the Ninth Circuit Federal Court upheld California's authority to implement the OGV Clean Fuel Regulation, concluding that such regulation is warranted for pollution that occurs beyond territorial boundaries but which has a substantial pollution impact on the state. The PMSA has now applied to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case on constitutional grounds. A decision has not yet been announced.An unintended consequence of the OGV Clean Fuel Regulation was that many ships switched from the traditional Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach routings through the ...

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Preventing Loss of Propulsion after Fuel Switch to Low Sulfur Distillate Fuel Oil

California Office of Spill Prevention and Response The California Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) posted an article entitled Preventing Loss of Propulsion after Fuel Switch to Low Sulfur Distillate Fuel Oil. The article provides information regarding various causes for loss of propulsion and recommendations on avoiding loss of propulsion associated with switching from one type of fuel to another for main diesel engines on ocean-going vessels (OGVs)Source: OSPR

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