The Global Maritime Forum supports the IMO’s vision to reduce GHG emissions in the future and calls to action CEOs and maritime industry leaders in favour of decarbonization.
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The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) decided to start a project to present the use of methanol as maritime fuel. This is an attempt to boost shipping on Indian waterways. Namely, orders have been placed to Cochin Shipyard to retrofit vessels to run on methanol.
Ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap, ONE decided that it will adopt low-sulphur compliant hybrid oil, with 0.5% sulphur content. The company explained that this would be the most realistic and cost-efficient, short term solution, available. In addition however, ONE will also consider other possible solutions such as scrubbers and LNG as a fuel, which may be employed in the future.
MAN Cryo, a subsidiary of MAN Energy Solutions, has developed a marine fuel-gas system for liquefied hydrogen. MAN Cryo developed the system with the cooperation of Fjord1 and Multi Maritime in Norway. The system allows the adaptation for different shipping types.
The Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association expressed its concerns following the recent announcement by the MPA Singapore that it would ban the discharge of process water from open loop scrubbers for vessels visiting Singapore. EGCSA stressed that the decision came without prior notice or discussion with the IMO despite the fact that the MPA is a signatory to MARPOL Annex VI.
Barcelona City Council subscribed to an initiative to create an Emission Control Area in the Mediterranean Sea to limit air pollution produced by ships. The success of the Emission Control Areas that exist in Northern Europe, North America and other areas, indicates that the creation of an ECA in the Mediterranean Sea would also generate significant benefits.
The Port of Vancouver has completed a shore power facility, which will enable ships to shut down their diesel engines and connect to an electrical grid supplied by renewable energy sources. The Shore Power Technology for Ports program, Canada and the Port of Vancouver have contributed $3.5 million to the Centerm project, for a total investment of $7 million.
DHT announced that during this year it will equip scrubbers on two thirds of its VLCC fleet. Namely, the retrofit program includes 16 ships built between 2004 and 2012, while two newbuildings had also scrubbers installed. This increased the total number of ships with scrubbers to 18 out of 27.
Scorpio Bulkers announced that it signed an agreement with third parties to purchase scrubbers for 18 of its vessels in 2019 and for 10 of its vessels in 2020. The total value of these agreements reaches $42.4 million. The scrubbers will have ‘hybrid ready’ design, which enables them to be upgraded to a ‘closed loop’ configuration in the future.
MPC Container Ships exercised options to equip five more vessels with scrubbers, while charters for six scrubber-retrofitted vessels have also been agreed. The charterparties will start after scrubber retrofitting and with a duration into 2022.
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