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Hapag-Lloyd drops its CO2 emissions by 50%

The German-based container company, Hapag-Lloyd recently announced that managed to cut its CO2 emissions per TEU/kilometre by 50% since 2008. According to the company, 95% of its vessels are in line with the IMO regulations, as they are all burning low sulphur fuel oil since the beginning of 2020.

Brazil provides low sulphur bunkers and discharge of scrubber wash-water

Brazilian Proinde P&I Club informed about Brazil’s availability on low sulphur fuel, as Petrobras ensured its production is more than enough to supply domestic market. The Brazilian Maritime Authority accepts the use of scrubbers, as the alternative way of complying with the IMO 2020 sulphur cap.

Scrubbers not allowed within 24nm of the Californian coastline

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted the ‘Fuel Sulfur and Other Operational Requirements for Ocean-Going Vessels within California Waters and 24 Nautical Miles of the California Baseline’ (OGV Fuel Regulation) in 2008. CARB reminds vessel owners and operators that the requirements under the OGV Fuel Regulation are still in effect. 

Sediment problems within VLSFOs detected at six ports

As the 2020 sulphur cap entered into force, the shipping industry saw the introduction of Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oils (VLSFOs), which has been increasing since October 2019. However, VPS notes that a rise has been observed in fuel instability leading to sediment formation from these fuels. 

LPG to enter in the shipping industry as a marine fuel

Although the liquefied natural gas is in the top list of shipping’s best alternative to high sulphur fuel oil, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has entered into the shipping industry and aims to accommodate itself in the marine fuel market.

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.

USCG issues work instruction update on Sulfur Cap enforcement

In fact, it is said that the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) released work instruction CVC-WI-022 with the aim to provide guidance to Coast Guard marine inspectors as well as port state control officers for ensuring vessel compliance with MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14. 

NIOPDC fully supplies low-sulfur fuel

In fact, the Managing Director of the National Iranian Oil Product Distribution Company (NIOPDC)’s Markazi Department recently said that low-sulfur fuel oil needed for the country’s vessels is now fully supplied and distributed by the company.

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