The Greek Shipping Cooperation Council in London calls for urgent development of low carbon fuels in order for the industry to meet the planned greenhouse gas emissions. The Council supports that short-term measures as slow steaming need further knowledge and study, before they can be thought as viable solution.
During the CIMAC conference in Vancouver, Dr Alexander Knafl, MAN Energy Solutions, presented the results of a new study which analyzes the potential of hybrid power solutions ahead of tightening regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.
For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, the UK is being supplied with more power from zero-carbon sources than fossil fuels. This milestone has been achieved during the first five months of 2019. As UK’s National Grid says, clean energy is responsible for 48% of generation, in comparison to 47% from coal and gas, while the rest is biomass.
The US Port of Oakland has approved an air quality plan intended to drastically cut diesel and greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the port’s maritime operations. The plan, called the Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan, envisions a zero-emissions operation in the future.
Shipping banks will for the first time incorporate climate considerations into lending decisions to incentivize maritime shipping’s decarbonization. Namely, the Poseidon Principles will be a framework for assessing and disclosing the climate alignment of financial institutions’ shipping portfolios.
W-Foundation, a global relief and conservation organization, collaborates with UN’s Climate Neutral Now initiative to boost sustainability and climate action via an application that will encourage the public to take action and share the results of GHG emissions reductions.
Ammonia is a safe and effective option to be used as a marine fuel to reduce harmful emissions in the shipping industry, according to a new research conducted by C-Job Naval Architects, the ship design and engineering company in the Netherlands. The study shows that ammonia can be used as a marine fuel, under the condition that a number of safety measures are included in the design.
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.
Fujitsu and Kongsberg Digital have collaborated to tackle GHG emissions, using an AI Fuel Optimization Service. Namely, the new digital web service will allow shipping companies to reduce fuel costs for large ships and comply with new low sulphur fuel regulations, without needing complex ship re-engineering or major expenditure by ship owners and operators.
Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg made the opening speech at Nor-Shipping 2019, during which she called the shipping industry to urgently pursue decarbonisation. She also warned that regulators are going to get far more strict on the sector soon. She believes however that there is a solution to these problems, which in fact can be found in the ocean.
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