During ABS’ event in Athens, representatives from the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Chevron Shipping Company and Clarkson Research Services, gathered to discuss the role technology plays in the shipping industry and the path to IMO 2050.
The Union of Greek Shipowners and the Hong Kong Shipowners Association met in Hong Kong to discuss the results of MEPC 74 and the ongoing issues, as well as how the industry can best contribute to successful developments. The two associations said that they remain fully committed to the UN IMO decisions.
In light of the World Environment Day, CMA CGM published its 2018 CSR Report, according to which the Group has achieved a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions per container transported per kilometer between 2005 and 2015. It has achieved a further 17% reduction between 2015 and 2018, in line with its 2025 objective of -30%.
A sustainable solution to shipping’s decarbonization is to adopt ‘net’ zero carbon fuels. This can be achieved through the economic performance of zero-emission ships, environmental considerations, and the development and implementation of international regulations and policies, Dr Carlo Raucci, Principal Consultant, UMAS, believes.
A cooperation of companies within the maritime and wind turbine industry is able to give the solution that can provide the world fleet with a climate friendly marine fuel. This would be a marine fuel that does not release any carbon dioxides, sulphur oxides or soot particles. As the Global Maritime Forum notes, decarbonisation can be achieved with the use of electro fuels.
ExxonMobil took a Delayed Coker Unit into operation at its refinery in Antwerp at the start of April. The unit converts heavy, high-sulphur oil products into cleaner transport fuel like diesel and fuel oil for shipping. The new plant represents an investment of over 1 billion euros. The DCU has been created ahead of the new shipping regulations, which will come into force on 1 January 2020.
The first-ever shipment of UAE-produced calcined coke has started its maiden voyage to mainland China. 10,500 tons of calcined coke were loaded by ADNOC Refining onto the M/V Lucky Ocho, a vessel chartered by ADNOC Logistics & Services, to be delivered in Yantai, China by the end of April 2019. This represents the latest milestone in ADNOC’s attempt to become a ‘zero-fuel oil’ refining business.
During his presentation at the last GREEN4SEA Conference, Mr. Kostas Vlachos, COO, Latsco Marine Management, presented why LPG as a fuel should be considered as a viable option in a strategy toward decarbonization.
Finnish technology group Wärtsilä will supply a dual-fuelled engine power plant, that will improve the output and decrease the carbon footprint to a Nigerian cement production facility. The equipment is to be delivered at the end of 2019 and the plant is expected to begin operation in mid-2020.
CMA CGM ordered 10 15.000 TEUs container ships. Five of them fuelled by LNG, and five with scrubbers, from China State Shipbuilding Corporation.The vessels will be delivered from 2021, to replace 10 other vessels. They will also be used on the Asia-Mediterranean lines.
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