With IMO 2020 just around the corner, the shipping industry must already have a plan to comply. However, despite the fact that we are just two months away from this groundbreaking regulation for maritime, there is increased uncertainty regarding compliant fuel oil availability worldwide. In such case, companies should have a plan to deal with such unavailability, with the answer might lying in the Fuel Oil Non-Availability Report (FONAR).
reducing shipping emissions
During Interferry’s annual conference, the participants discussed the shipping industry and its environmental footprint, focusing on its actions in tackling climate change and the potential to transform every aspect of the ferry industry.
On Monday, October 21, French energy major, Total, signed a shareholders’ agreement with Chinese state-owned Zhejiang Energy Group (ZEG) establishing a joint venture company dedicated to the supply and delivery of marine fuels in the region of Zhoushan, China.
The UK did not accept the latest recommendation from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to fully include shipping emissions under the UK Climate Change Act. The government said that emissions from international journeys should be addressed based on UN agreements.
Shipping companies that operate itinerant merchant vessels, known as tramps, are worried about finding fuel to comply with the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap, Guy Platten, secretary general of the ICS, told Reuters. The tramp sector, it will account for around 40% of global demand for compliant low sulphur fuels, the ICS says.
Boskalis and biofuels supplier GoodFuels will advance the ‘Boskalis on Bio’ program for testing sustainable bio-fuel oil. After successful tests with ‘drop-in’ blends of light biofuel and marine gas oil, Boskalis’ Willem van Oranje will be the first dredging vessel in the world to operate on 100% biofuel oil.
During a green inland shipping event that took place on 16 October, five innovative vessels called at the Port of Brussels to show technological solutions for cutting CO2 and air emissions to a minimum. These included zero-emission technologies, such as battery-electric, gas-electric, ultra clean biofuel power drive-trains and hydrogen.
In line with IMO’s Initial Strategy for decarbonization of shipping, Greece has come forward with a concrete proposal for a short-term, prescriptive measure to improve the operational energy efficiency of existing ships, to be considered at the forthcoming meeting of the IMO’s intersessional technical group in November.
Key cruise ship companies operating in French waters joined forces to limit air pollution caused by their vessels. The measures agreed include use of shore power and low-polluting fuel when maneuvering in harbors, as well as other measures to reduce emissions.
A global network of maritime technology cooperation centres has completed an array of pilot projects over the last three years, aiming to drive forward the changes which are necessary to reduce GHG emissions from shipping.
SOLAS 2020 Amendments: An overview23/10/2019
First oil from Johan Sverdrup reaches Mongstad23/10/2019
Declined quarterly global cargo volumes for DP World23/10/2019
- Maritime Knowledge
Do you know why FONAR is needed from 2020 and onwards?23/10/2019
Unmanned vessel completes first east to west voyage of Atlantic23/10/2019
Exxonmobil goes to trial for misleading investors on climate change costs23/10/2019
Refineries unable to receive crude oil at Malaysia's Port Dickson23/10/2019
Watch: First hydrogen offshore platform pilot explained23/10/2019
Essar Ports reports 20% cargo growth23/10/2019
US announces $17 million for offshore wind projects23/10/2019