The first guide of ‘The Port Emissions Toolkit’: Assessment of port emissions, incorporates the latest emission inventory methods and approaches. It recognizes that ships do not operate independently from shore-based entities in the maritime transportation system, and that port emission considerations must extend beyond the ships themselves.
Port of Los Angeles has seen an unprecedented 60% drop in NOx emissions compared to 2005, their lowest level to date, according to the Port’s 2017 Inventory of Air Emissions released last week. The inventory also shows the Port container volume reached an all-time high of 9.34 million TEUs through 2017.
As part of its continuous efforts to improve the air quality of domestic shipping transport, the Chinese Ministry of Transport published earlier this week new requirements for NOx shipping emissions. From 1 September 2018, the vessels’ engines shall meet IMO’s NOx Tier II emission limit.
The Environmental Ship Index rewards and incentivises shipowners with vessels that meet and exceed IMO emissions standards. ESI is now approaching the 7,000 vessel mark and plans an upgrade. Namely, it will upgrade its IT system, including the current database of registered vessels as well as the online portal itself.
The UK has taken an important step towards ratifying the 2012 amendments to the Gothenburg Protocol, an international agreement to reduce air pollution, as an Explanatory Memorandum signed by the Environment Secretary and the text of the amendment to the Gothenburg Protocol were presented to the parliament.
During his presentation at the last GREEN4SEA Conference, Mr. Antony Vourdachas, ABS, referred to the latest regulatory updates, including those related to air emissions as well. Presenting a regulation timetable from the top (2021), he attempted to clarify the regulatory landscape facing ship operators and owner.
Human activity increases the amount of nitrogen that reaches the oceans by 50%, on top of natural processes, said a report by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection, assessing the magnitude and impacts of anthropogenic atmospheric nitrogen inputs to the ocean.
Rolls-Royce announced that the first two pre-production units of the new mobile MTU gas engine have successfully completed their performance tests and were accepted by the shipping company Rederij Doeksen at the beginning of December.
HHI wants to lead the eco-friendly ship market, by ordering numerous LNG carriers. Namely, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard won an order for a 50,000-ton LNG bulk carrier in 2016, while Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries will build six units of the world’s first LNG-powered VLCC.
Verifavia, announced an expansion of its offering, as it will now include global verification services for the Clean Shipping Index, an independent rating system of the environmental performance of ships and shipping companies. The CSI verification service will include EU MRV, IMO DCS, and CCWG verification.
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