There are eight Arctic states; however, ships that operate in the Arctic fly many flags. Summarizing the use and carriage of HFO in the IMO’s Polar Code Arctic by flag state, an ICCT report finds that Russian-flagged ships consumed the most HFO by far in the area in 2015, distantly followed by Canada and Denmark.
Revealed at the Arctic Frontiers conference in January 2017 by the Clean Arctic Alliance, the Arctic Commitment aims to protect Arctic communities and ecosystems from the risks posed by the use of heavy fuel oil, and calls on the IMO to ban its use and carriage as fuel by Arctic shipping.
Shipowners considering their marine fuel future following the 2020 IMO 0.5% sulphur cap, should also take into consideration the expectation of oil companies, that almost 30% of commercial shipping will return to high sulphur fuel oil by 2030, Foreship said.
In mid-2016, several industry bodies from the Australian marine sector came together, sharing a conviction that bunkering Heavy Fuel Oil, which traditionally powers global maritime shipping trade, had to change. It was clear that LNG was a significantly cleaner transitional energy source, that could replace HFO. To this end, a LNG Marine Fuel Institute is officially launched in Australia.
ICCT has published a report which compares the economic and environmental trade-offs of switching from HFO to distillate or liquefied natural gas (LNG) for ships in the Arctic, following recent concerns that the transition to low-sulphur fuels, distillates, or LNG will be more costly than continuing to use HFO
CMA CGM and ENGIE have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to promote LNG as the marine fuel for tomorrow’s container vessels. The two groups consider that the use of LNG as a marine fuel is destined to expand in the near future and intend to be active players in this development.
The on-time implementation of a global low-sulphur fuel law for ships would prevent 200,000 premature deaths globally, a health study by a group of leading researchers from the United States and Finland reveals.
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