After the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators’ Annual Meeting, the association announced several decisions, aiming to strengthen responsible industry practices. Among these, is a ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in the Arctic.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched its “Navigating the way to a renewable future: Solutions to decarbonize shipping” report during Global Maritime Forum’s Annual Summit in Singapore, highlighting the importance of reducing shipping emissions and following the path towards a carbon-zero industry, in line with IMO’s sustainability targets.
In light of the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap, the shipping industry is on the run of finding compliant low-sulphur fuels; Yet, some state that the demand for high sulphur fuel will not be extinct as those who will use scrubbers will continue making use of it.
Shipowners, operators and charterers face technical, commercial and legal challenges in the run-up to the IMO’s January 2020 sulphur cap. In the following article, Ian Short, a Campbell Johnston Clark partner, explains some essential contractual precautions.
On August 21st, NABU presented its cruise ship ranking 2019. The findings of this year’s evaluation demonstrate that only a small proportion of fleets is becoming cleaner, while the industry by large continues to depend on heavy fuels and fails to employ exhaust technology.
Clean Arctic Alliance’s Lead Advisor, Dr Sian Prior and Árni Finnsson from the Iceland Nature Conservation Association are urging the Nordic Prime Ministers and the German Federal Chancellor to support the call for a ban on heavy fuel oil in the Arctic at their gathering in Reykjavik, Iceland.
In light of climate change and its impact on the Arctic region, Dr Sian Prior, Lead Advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance, urges the shipping industry to reduce, as soon as possible, ship speed to cut CO2 emissions globally, while also reduce black carbon emissions by changing to cleaner fuels in the Arctic.
In light of Iceland’s Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources decision, which bans the use of fuel oil with more than 0.1% sulphur content for ships operating in its territorial waters, Dr Sian Prior, Lead Advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance, highlighted that the Alliance although supports this decision, they are in favour of generally banning HFO use and carriage as fuel.
Danish Maritime sees sustainability challenges for the maritime sector as commercial rather than technical. Solutions are available either in the market or as proven pilot projects, but wide implementation is lagging due to split incentives and delays in legislation, argues Jenny Braat.
The Icelandic Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources has made a draft to amend current regulations regarding the sulphur content of fuels. If adopted, the amendments will not allow the use of heavy fuel oil within Icelandic territorial waters from the start of 2020, with fuels with only 0.1% sulphur content being allowed.
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