MOL issued Japan’s green bonds through a public offering in the country’s domestic market. It also announced the acquisition of a second opinion from a third-party institute. Green bonds are used to raise funds for businesses aimed at protecting and improving the environment.
The Freeport of Riga will purchase and install two new air quality monitoring stations, one of which will be placed at the newly built multifunctional terminal in the north-western part of Krievu Island and the other close to the residential area around Lielupes Street in the Bolderaja District. The stations will start working by October.
Denmark’s E-ferry ‘Ellen’ will delay another three months. The ferry will start service in the first quarter of 2019, sailing on the Søby – Fynshav route. Despitethe building works of the e-ferry have almost completed, the ferry still does not have its battery packs, as the delivery and instillation of 840 modules is still developing.
Australia-based Triangle confirmed an oil spill on 24 July at its Cliff Head Alpha Offshore Platform, 14 km offshore in the Perth Basin, around 300 km north of Perth. An aerial and shoreline surveillance on Thursday however showed no hydrocarbons in the marine environment.
In the beginning of the year, New York sued five major oil companies. Namely, it demanded ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and ConocoPhillips to pay for the cost of protecting the city from the arising threat that the climate change poses. However, a New York federal judge dismissed the city’s complain.
In their recent ISCD report, The Baltic Exchange and Xinhua cite what they believe to be the new trends in global shipping, including a shift in new technologies with the emerging concept of intelligent ports and a greater concern for shipping’s environmental footprint with the implementation of green policies.
The multinational public transport company Arriva Danmark has recently contracted Damen Shipyards Group for five fully-electric ferries, to be operated for the Danish public transport agency MOVIA, in the country’s capital city Copenhagen, as the city strives to meet its target of zero emissions in public transport in the years to come.
Two Dutch-based companies, Heerema Marine Contractors and Eneco, signed a MoU with Port of Rotterdam to jointly perform a feasibility study on the creation of shore power infrastructure in the Calandkanaal. The parties have created a consortium to explore the opportunities for the energy transition.
Taiwan based Yang Ming will probably choose to use low sulphur fuel oil in order to achieve compliance. The company does not exclude the possibility of using scrubbers or even LNG ultimately, however low sulphur fuel oil is currently the preferred way to go. The final decision is expected in the near future.
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