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New marine fuels blends emit more black carbon than HFO, study says

Finland and Germany submitted a study to the IMO’s Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) sub-committee, in order to be revised during its session scheduled for February. This document presents results of a measurement campaign for the analysis of the impact of fuel oil quality on Black Carbon emissions. The results indicate that new blends of marine fuels with 0.50% sulphur content can contain a large percentage of aromatic compounds, which have a direct impact on Black Carbon emissions.

Shipping decarbonization needs more than $1 trillion investment

Following the implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap on January 1st 2020, a study launched focuses on the importance of new investments into new fuel production, supply chains and a new or retrofitted fleet to achieve the decarbonization in the next three decades.

Watch: Behind the scenes of IMO Conferences

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) launched a video presenting what happens “behind the scenes” of an IMO Conference, what the preparations are and who are the key contributors to making everything ready for a meeting.

Supply of low-sulphur fuels rising fast

Reuters reports that global supplies of marine fuel compliant with the new environmental rules are increasing fast as concerns over quality remain marginal. Despite initial concerns about availability of very low-sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) late last year, the preferred compliant marine fuel supplies at key hubs now seem adequate, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). What is more, concerns that the VLSFO, which is a blend of high-sulphur and low-sulphur fuel, could damage engines are now less prominent.

IMO continues GMDSS requirements’ review

The IMO’s Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue is taking place, having begun from January 15 until the 24th, continuing its ongoing work to review the GMDSS requirements, to enable the use of modern communication systems in the GMDSS, while removing requirements to carry obsolete systems.

Europe’s first IMO Tier III retroffited tugboat

Boluda Towage Europe’s tugboat ‘Union Koala’ has been officially certified for compliance with the IMO Tier III standards, on Friday, January 10, 2020; The tug then returned to service during a ceremony at the ABC Tower in Zeebrugge, Belgium.

IGPI issues its Annual Review

The International Group of P&I Clubs has published its Annual Review which provides an overview of the Group, key activities and areas of engagement.

Stakeholders submit paper to IMO on fair treatment of detained seafarers

Recently, shipping stakeholders submitted a paper to the IMO proposing the addition of a new output under the work program on Fair treatment of seafarers detained on suspicion of committing maritime crimes. The paper highlights that in some cases the master and the crew may not be aware of their vessel being involved in smuggling activities

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