Costa Cruises has signed the ‘Genoa Blue Agreement’ promoted by the Genoa and Savona Coast Guard Offices. The document mandates vessels to use marine gasoil with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.10% by mass prior to entering the ports of Savona and Genoa, and not only while the ship is moored as required by current legislation.
According to the Guardian, Ada Colau, Barcelona’s mayor, promised to restrict the number of cruise ships calling the city ports. She believes that the limitations will decrease pollution in the city. The mayor continued that the limits proposed are set to reduce pollution in the city, where air quality regularly exceeds World Health Organization limits for nitrogen oxide and PM10 particulates.
An £80,000 network of air pollution monitors, funded by the Port of London Authority, is now in place, ready to record the effect of emissions locally from cruise ships docking in Greenwich this summer. The eight monitoring stations are located close to the Greenwich Ship Tier landing stage. They will capture data all day long, with the raw data available at the websites of both the PLA and Breathe London.
NYK Cruises informed that the cruise ship Asuka II, the largest cruise vessel carrying the Japanese flag, will undergo works at the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore from the middle of January 2020, during which it will be retrofitted with a scrubber. Earlier during 2018, NYK Line had announced that it has secured a USD 80.65 million syndicated loan agreement with MUFG Bank Ltd., with the aim to install scrubbers.
Norway posed a fine of 700,000 NOK (=USD 80,346) to the cruise ship ‘MS Magellan’, owned by the Greek shipping company Global Cruise Lines Ltd, for violating the legislation on fuel sulphur limits in the world heritage fjords.
GE’s Power Conversion business and fuel cell manufacturer Nedstack announced collaboration on developing hydrogen fuel cell systems for powering zero-emission cruise vessels. So far, the companies have designed the concept for a two megawatt hydrogen fuel cell power plant on an expedition vessel.
On 1 March, new environmental requirements for emissions and discharges in the world heritage fjords the Nærøyfjord, Aurlandsfjord, Geirangerfjord, Sunnylvsfjord and Tafjord entered into force. Norway aspires to reduce the emissions and discharges from cruise ships and other vessels. Another vital goal of the regulations is to reduce health risks for area residents.
UNESCO has declared the Geiranger and Nærøy fjords on Norway’s west coast as World Heritage Sites in 2005. This aims to protect the natural heritage in the fjord environment. In order to help ensure the protection of the fjords, Norway is reviewing a law to reduce emissions and discharges in the area. This will be achieved through stricter regulations to ensure a better environmental footprint.
A new report commissioned by international environmental organization Stand.earth details findings of a two-year study, exposing extremely poor air quality on four cruise ships ‘that can be worse than some of the world’s most polluted cities including Beijing, China and Santiago, Chile’.
Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, the most recent addition to the Cunard fleet, has left Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) in France, following a 12-day repair and refit programme. Under the programme, two scrubbers were installed on the ship.
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