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.
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.
India has exempted very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) used by ships from import tax, federal budget documents for 2020/21 show, in an effort to reduce costs for local shipping companies.
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.
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.
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.
Chinese oil refiners are not very possible to advance their output of cleaner marine fuels until at least Q2 of 2020, due to the fact that they must upgrade their facilities, even after the government granted tax waivers to enhance output.
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.
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.
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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