As part of its efforts to tackle climate change, Danish shipping giant Maersk announced it will join forces with members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC) to take a tangible step towards decarbonization of ocean shipping.
Maersk Tankers uses its proprietary methodology Bunker Adjustment to distribute payments to pool partners according to the bunker consumption of their ships compared to the pool average. Lloyd’s Register reviewed the methodology, confirming its conformity to recognised industry quality standards. The methodology began in August 2015.
The Panama Canal Authority and Danish shipping company Moller – Maersk A/S are the latest entities to join the IMO-supported Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping. The new members signed up to the GIA during the fifth meeting of the GIA Taskforce at IMO Headquarters, on 15 March.
While Maersk has announced its plans on becoming a carbon neutral company by 2050, Port of San Diego planed future installation of a renewable, solar-powered microgrid at one of the Port’s marine cargo terminals. Several organizations, in and out of the shipping industry are proving, day after day, that they do not remain blind to the biggest challenge of our times; the rising risk of severe climate change.
The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) conducted an investigation into an incident involving dropped objects on the Maersk Invincible drilling rig. The investigation resulted to failure of the locking mechanism in the latches on the fingerboard to operate as intended, in combination with strong wind.
Maersk published a statement that focuses on the issue of Brexit and what the Brexit means for those interested in the shipping industry. UK’s departure from Europe means that there will no longer be trade arrangements between the EU and foreign countries and that trade between the UK and those countries will be subject to general rules of the World Trade Organisation.
The container ship Safmarine Nokwamda collided with the container ship Tianjin, while berthing at Busan Container Terminal, on March 2. Both ships sustained damages, while several container fell from Tianjin. Both ships have now departed Busan and are continuing their voyages. Safmarine Nokwanda is going to China, with Tianjin heading to the Americas.
Maersk Tankers announced that it has decided to invest in four scrubber systems to be installed on four LR2 vessels in the Maersk Product Tanker fleet before January 2020, in order to comply with the IMO’s sulphur regulation. Maersk Tankers also commented that installing scrubbers on smaller-sized tanker vessel is not currently deemed financially viable.
Two of the biggest container shipping companies, Maersk and the Mediterranean Shipping Company, were cleared in an investigation of the sector by the US Department of Justice, on Tuesday February 26. If the investigation was to charge the companies, it could have imposed large fines at a time when the container sector faces many difficulties due to slowing global economic growth.
Maersk announced its plans on becoming a carbon neutral company by 2050. The efforts are in line with the shipping industry’s push to halve its carbon footprint by 2050 compared to 2008. The company supports that the efficiency will keep shipping emissions as is, and not reduce them or eliminate them.
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