reducing shipping emissions

Vancouver port lists Wärtsilä’s EnergoProFin in EcoAction program

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä’s EnergoProFin, an energy saving propeller cap, which delivers average fuel savings of 2%, has been listed in the 2019 Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s EcoAction Program. The Program provides harbour dues discounts for vessels calling on the Port of Vancouver that meet environmental best practices.

EASAC: EU climate policy 2019 should include CO2 removing technologies

The European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) says technologies and techniques for removing CO2 from the atmosphere are becoming even more significant with the failure to reverse the growth in global emissions. However, it re-emphasizes that mitigation must remain the highest priority, including the rapid development of viable CCS technology..

IMO focuses on the role of ports to achieve emissions reduction

The role of ports in achieving emissions reductions was highlighted at the Future Port congress, Bilbao, Spain, from 12 to 14 February. Ports are considered key players in the maritime transport system when it comes to meeting ambitious emissions reduction. In fact, IMO’s initial greenhouse gas strategy recognizes that shipping and ports are closely linked.

PPR 6 starts discussions with focus on 2020 sulphur cap

IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response meets this week, from 18 to 22 February at IMO headquarters. The meeting will focus on finalizing draft Guidelines on the implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit under MARPOL Annex VI. The Guidelines aim to help the preparations for uniform implementation of the lower limit for sulphur content in ships’ fuel oil.

Greek Shipowners reinstate stance against scrubbers

At the latest AGM of the Union of Greek Shipowners, the UGS president, Theodore Veniamis, spoke about the 2020 sulphur cap. Mr. Veniamis reinstated that scrubbers are an exception to the rule, and do not constitute an equal compliance option. He explained that their environmental impact has not been studied enough. He also mentioned that the desulphurization of ships should take place on land, and not on board.

Bureau Veritas releases fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reporting app

Bureau Veritas announced the release of ‘Phase 2’ of My Fuel Consumption. This in an online tool to enable compliance with fuel consumption regulations, namely IMO DCS and the EU’s monitoring, reporting and verification requirements. My Fuel Consumption is a cloud based web application available on desktop, mobile and tablet.

Maersk partners with PBF on compliant fuel deal

Maersk is collaborating with PBF Logistics, to deliver 10% of its annual fuel demand ahead of the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 global sulphur regulation. The deal focuses on the two companies to process crude oil at CPI Operations LLC, a PBF Logistics LP terminal facility in New Jersey.

BIMCO: Fourth IMO GHG study must be based on realistic economic growth

BIMCO suggested that the Fourth IMO Greenhouse Gas Study should not include unrealistically high gross domestic product growth projections to predict future transport demand and the emissions of the shipping industry. The proposal has been made to the workshop preparing for the study, which is meeting in London 12-14 March.

FONAR systems in view of the 2020 sulphur regulations

The IMO are still in the process of developing a fuel oil non-availability report (FONAR) system in order to assist ships in their Regulation 18 declarations to state parties concerning the steps to be taken when a vessel is found not to be compliant. A final template for this is expected to be submitted to and approved by the IMO in May 2019.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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