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Year in Review: Top priorities of the 2018 Regulatory Agenda

In 2018, once again new regulations took place in order the maritime industry to stay on the pulse and remain sustainable.Namely, the latest regulatory impacting the industry within the year include 26 major updates which will define the future of the industry.

Year in Review: Environmental issues that caught shipping’s eye in 2018

Another exciting year is coming to an end. With only few days left until the end of 2018, SAFETY4SEA looks back on the events that defined the environmental stage of the shipping industry. 2020 sulphur cap, scrubbers, LNG, emissions; these are all topics that made the headlines throughout the year. But let’s take a closer look at those topics, which now are at the core of the shipping industry.

Greenland supports ban of HFO in Arctic waters

In a recent public announcement, Greenland’s government (Naalakkersuisut) noted that it supports an IMO ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil by Arctic shipping. Clean Arctic Alliance endorsed the move by  Greenlandic politicians to support the banning of the world’s most polluting fuel. 

Initial IMO Strategy on GHG reduction: An overview

Although it is hard to predict what next years will bring for shipping, discussions at this year’s IMO’s MEPC brought in the spotlight a unified effort towards a more sustainable industry. IMO MEPC 72, which took place during the first week of April 2018, agreed on a target to cut shipping’s overall CO2 by adopting an ‘initial strategy’ as a first step. 

IMO working group to ensure 2020 sulphur cap implementation

An IMO working group is meeting from 9 to 13 July, in order to develop guidelines to support the consistent implementation of the 0.50% limit for the sulphur content in fuel oil used on board ships from 1 January 2020. The intersessional meeting aims to develop detailed guidelines to support consistent implementation of the 0.50% limit.

Cargill plans to reduce shipping emissions 15% by 2020

Cargill plans to reduce shipping emissions 15% by 2020, in an attempt to comply with new regulations which mandate the reduction of pollution. For this reason, the company demanded from some of its food manufacturer customers to conduct more environmentally-friendly operations.

IMO briefs European Parliament on shipping emissions reduction strategy

​Members of the European Parliament and other stakeholders have been briefed about the Initial IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG emissions from ships, which was adopted in April. Moreover, the measures that may be taken to implement the initial strategy, including possible short term measures, were described.

Moving towards an Arctic HFO ban

During April the Marine Environment Protection Committee agreed to move forward on developing an Arctic HFO ban. The ban on the use and carriage of HFO as fuel in the Arctic was co-sponsored by eight countries: Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand.