Already established measures have paved the way for a more environmental-friendly shipping. A key example is the IMO NOx Tier III limits. These limits apply to engines installed on or after 1 January 2016, that are operating in Emission Control Areas and establish a strict limit on their emissions.
NOx Tier III
The US Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued a circular to outline how the Coast Guard will enforce MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 18.104.22.168 due to the unavailability of engines needed to comply with this regulation.
The recent announcement by the Chinese Ministry of Transport regarding the Regulations on the Administration of Domestic Waterway Transport for Imported Ships has raised a number of questions on its impact on marine engines installed on ships navigating domestic waterways in China.
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Rolls-Royce secured an order for delivering its first EPA Tier 4-compliant propulsion systems from its MTU brand to Water Emergency Transportation Authority, for installation in three new catamaran ferries. The first of the three high-speed ferries is expected to enter service on the San Francisco Bay in late 2018.
A new amendment to Regulation 13 of MARPOL Annex VI regarding the operational compliance with NOx Tier III emissions control areas will come into force on 1 September. All ships entering ECAs, that are required to meet Tier III standard, need to record any engine status changes properly in the logbook as per the onboard procedure requires.
The first vessel operating with the IMO Tier III Engine International Air Pollution Prevention certified Wärtsilä diesel engines was launched on July 12, Wärtsilä informed. Wärtsilä’s NOR system enables vessels to be compliant with global NOx emission control area regulations and boosts overall performance of the engine.
Classification society DNV GL has developed a new brochure, in order to offer a set of best practices for the design of ships subject to NOx Tier III requirements and to provide guidance on the considerations that should be taken into account at the newbuilding stage.
Deltamarin announced that Icelandic Eimskip Ltd and Greenland-based Royal Arctic Line A/S ordered the first three container vessels from its energy-efficient cargo ship family. The ships will be built at the Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China, with which Deltamarin (China) Co., Ltd has signed a design contract.
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