The ‘FlipFlopi’ boat, is a 9-metre-long dhow, voyaging south along East Africa’s coast to raise awareness of the challenges plastics pose to the ocean, chief boat-builder and captain Ali Skanda stated. The marine ecosystem and the ocean has been crucially affected by the plastic debris and the boat aims to alert and wake up the locals on how they handle and dispose the waste.
At the latest AGM of the Union of Greek Shipowners, the UGS president, Theodore Veniamis, spoke about the 2020 sulphur cap. Mr. Veniamis reinstated that scrubbers are an exception to the rule, and do not constitute an equal compliance option. He explained that their environmental impact has not been studied enough. He also mentioned that the desulphurization of ships should take place on land, and not on board.
Scorpio Tankers announce that they will have retrofitted 62 of its vessels with scrubbers, by the end of 2019. The company has chosen this technology to comply with the 2020 sulphur cap and not use compliant or LNG fuels. Overall, Scorpio Tankers informed that it entered into agreements to retrofit 75 of its MRs, LR1s and LR2s with exhaust gas cleaning systems.
MOL Techno-Trade has joined a Green Award Program to promote high-quality shipping. The program is run by the non-profit Green Award Foundation, which was established with the aim to protect the marine environment and ensure safe operation. The program has as a target to improve the quality of vessels and mariners and protect the marine environment.
The Swedish shipping sector is planning to end the use of fossil fuels in the country by 2045, meeting national climate goals. Specifically, the Swedish Shipowners’ Association is creating plan to achieve zero GHG emissions, along with Fossil-free Sweden, a government initiative. Rikard Engström and Svante Axelsson, the heads of the two organisations, said that shipping can become more efficient and switch to biofuels or electricity.
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that the company’s finance is thriving and the company is installing scrubbers on some of its large vessels. For the time being, the company is installing scrubbers on 15 of its larger vessels, enabling them to have the vast majority of their fleet fitted with scrubbers ahead of the January 1st 2020 implementation date.
Eneco and Vattenfall will place an enhanced version of the Slufterdam wind farm into service. The 17 wind turbines in the farm that have been supplying energy since 2002, have been replaced by 14 more efficient wind turbines. Consequently, the power has almost doubled from 25.5 MW to 50.4 MW. The 14 wind turbines generate 180 GWh of electricity every year, enough to cover the annual consumption of around 60,000 households.
In an attempt to tackle marine pollution, India’s Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change signed a letter of Intent finilizing the India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative together with the Norwegian ministry of Foreign Affairs. Both Indian and Norwegian government agreed on jointly working on keeping oceans clean by signing an MoU and establishing the India-Norway Ocean Dialogue during the Norwegian Prime Minister’s visit to India in January.
RenewableUK is highlighting a new record amount of electricity generated by wind. Specifically, wind energy in Great Britain reached 15.32GW on February 8. It provided the 36% of Britain’s electricity demand between 12:15 and 1:45 p.m. local time beating the previous record of 15.04GW set on 18 December 2018.
Mr. Paul Flaherty, Director, Fleet & Technical Operations, Navigator Gas, explains how the company has set a pioneering direction toward greener shipping for which it has been nominated in the ‘Tanker Operator’ category of the 2019 GREEN4SEA Awards among other distinguished nominees.
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