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Panama Canal endorses sustainability across the shifting industry

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published its Review of Maritime Transport 2019 earlier in the year, addressing the shifting landscape and range of challenges, further highlighting the rising concern of climate change. Thus, as the Panama Canal underlines, climate change adaptation and mitigation have become urgent priorities across the maritime industry, leading to changes such as the IMO 2020 regulation or rise of climate-conscious shipping finance portfolios around the world.

UNCLOS revised draft aims to facilitate dialogue

A revised draft text of an agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) concerning the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction has been made available on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

GREEN Watch: What would you change for a greener shipping?

Our special column asked from the winners of the first GREEN4SEA – EUROPORT Awards, which were announced in early November on the sidelines of EUROPORT, to assess the environmental status of shipping and suggest ways to move forward and change the path toward a more sustainable future. 

Port of Oslo set for zero emissions from shipping

The municipality of Oslo has made clear that the Port of Oslo has a plan to become the world’s first emission-free port. The port also has a contract with the marine tech firm, Norled in order to switch three ferries to electric power, with the first being delivered earlier in September.

UNEP warns for a more than 3-degree temperature increase

In fact, The UNEP Emissions Gap Report for 2019 which was launched on Tuesday, November 26, warns that the world is heading for a 3.2 degrees Celsius global temperature rise over pre-industrial levels, leading to even wider-ranging and more destructive climate impacts, even if countries meet commitments in accordance with the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Taiwan fines ships for violating ECAs

Taiwan fined four ships NT$ 100,000 each, which is around USD$ 3,300, for violating the new emissions control area (ECA) regulations, according to local media citing a note from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.

Scrubber notifications in ECAs established within the US

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued CG-CVC Policy Letter 12-04 in 2012 asking for correspondence from flag administrations regarding equivalencies for exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) under MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 4.

ABS sets the way for lower-carbon emission shipping

Apart from the ambitious target of the 2020 Global Sulphur Cap set by the IMO, shipowners and operators must also take into considerations the greenhouse gas targets for 2030 and the emissions goals for 2050. ABS informs that the regulatory changes set for 2020, as well as those expected for 2030 and 2050, will be “more disruptive than any past environmental regulations.”

Two of the first LNG Dual-Fuel Dynamic Positioning Shuttle Tankers unveiled

The leading petroleum tanker owner and operator, AET, named its newest vessels, two of the world’s first LNG Dual-Fuel Dynamic Positioning Shuttle Tankers (DPSTs) today. The naming ceremony of the twin-skeg 123,100dwt shuttle tankers, Eagle Blane and Eagle Balder, was held at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Geoje Shipyard in South Korea.

The winners of the first GREEN4SEA – EUROPORT Awards announced

SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 GREEN4SEA – EUROPORT Awards on energy efficiency, clean shipping, technology, ship operator and initiative that have showcased excellence and innovation within the maritime industry towards a greener and more sustainable shipping. The awards were presented at a prestigious ceremony which successfully concluded on November the 6th, on the sidelines of EUROPORT, the leading international exhibition that took place in Rotterdam, November 5-8, 2019.

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