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North Club launches updated guidance on 2020 sulphur cap

With many uncertainties still surrounding the global fuel sulphur cap, which takes effect on 1 January 2020, North P&I Club decided to update its 2020 fuel sulphur cap guidance after recent developments. The Club’s ‘Preparing for the Big Switch’ guides have been updated following the clarification on regulation and compliance from the IMO meeting at MEPC 74.

Are IMO and EU on the same page with emissions cuts?

The European Commission elected a new President. Ursula von der Leyen, the new President of the European Commission who won MEPs’ votes, has recently presented her ambitious vision for a greener Europe. Namely, Mrs. Von der Leyen urged for immediate climate and environmental action that could transform Europe over the next five years. However, some of her goals contravene those of the shipping industry’s as set by the IMO.

India presents measures to prevent marine pollution

In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, the Indian Minister of State for Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers informed about the various preventive steps taken by the Government of India to address marine pollution. Shri Mansukh Mandaviya also informed that periodic surveys of Indian flag vessels are conducted, aiming to ensure compliance to the rules.

Port of Southampton welcomes more ‘green’ ships

The new high efficiency RoRo vessel from Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s HERO class, has made its maiden call at the Port of Southampton. The HERO class (High Efficiency RoRo) has two new-build ships in its fleet and the latest, MV Traviata, has called at the Port of Southampton for the first time.

New inquiry launched for UK’s net zero government

The Environmental Audit Committee has launched a new inquiry into net zero government. It will focus on the sustainability of the UK Government’s estate and procurement processes and what action it needs to take to achieve its net zero emissions target by 2050 or sooner.

Maritime UK Chair writes to new Prime Minister about navigation freedom and climate goals

A letter from Maritime UK Chair, Harry Theochari, to the new Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, highlights the importance of the sector to national prosperity, and identifies key priorities for the UK’s maritime industries. These include protecting freedom of navigation, coastal economic development, decarbonisation, improving the UK’s maritime competitiveness and developing its workforce. The letter also establishes immediate steps the sector wants to see on Brexit.

Global Maritime Forum: Breaking down the silos to promote collaboration

While the voting procedure for the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Awards is open, Johannah Christensen, Managing Director, Head of Projects & Programmes, Global Maritime Forum, says that in the next years, strategic focus of the Global Maritime Forum – which has been shortlisted for the Sustainability Award – will be on how to make global seaborne trade safer, cleaner, more inclusive and efficient.

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