Once again this year’s agenda was full with meetings, agreements and important announcements for the maritime community. In this photo recap we have picked key moments that captivated industry’s interest in 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Methanol Institute joins study to develop methanol as marine fuel14/07/2020
Rotterdam inks MoU for Biohub Port development14/07/2020
Westports launch world’s first Remote Physical Check System14/07/2020
Skipper fined $8,500 after grounding mussel barge14/07/2020
Watch: Research center to lead the way for decarbonization14/07/2020
Port of Thessaloniki to become China's gate port in Europe14/07/2020
Kogas and partners form Korean LNG bunkering JV14/07/2020
Nautilus to promote a fair deal for all maritime workers14/07/2020
One armed incident reported during 7-13 July14/07/2020
Hong Kong reimposes crew change rules14/07/2020