The Government of Iceland and the Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources recently published a new regulation, tightening fuel requirements in Iceland’s territorial waters. Through the regulation, the government aims to enhance improved air quality in harbors and comply with its coalition agreement and climate action plan.
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COP 25 has seen several fruitful proposals and actions to save the environment, one of them being the proposition of Global Investors calling governments to accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change and global warming.
With the IMO 2020 regulation coming closer, shipping companies must choose an option between turning to low-sulphur fuel or installing scrubber to filter the heavy fuel oil from the exhaust gases released. In light of the situation, Port of Rotterdam announced that all of its vessels are well-prepared even for the scrubbers’ installation.
The Iceland Nature and Conservation Association and the Clean Arctic Alliance applaud Iceland’s restrictions on sulphur emissions, commenting that this decision has a “loophole” given that some vessels will continue burning HSFO using scrubbers.
APM Terminals Gothenburg announced the launch of a machine park that will run on renewable fuels, doubling of rail-borne freight and optimising of loading and discharge operations, following the port’s aim on reducing its carbon emissions by 70% throughout the whole of the Gothenburg area by 2030.
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) announced that it begins using biofuel in its vessels calling in Rotterdam; Yet, despite the company’s “green steps”, MSC is amongst the top ten polluters globally, as Transport & Environment study revealed.
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) informs that a second roundtable industry meeting hosted by IMO at its London Headquarters in Monday, November 18 saw more optimism about the general readiness to meet the 2020 sulphur cap requirement, as compared to the first meeting which took place earlier in June.
Norsepower Oy Ltd., announces a joint development project with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Ship Building Co., Ltd (SWS) both developing an energy efficient dual fuel very large crude carrier (VLCC) design, aiming to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Under the agreement, Rotor Sails were implemented in the VLCC design for improving the fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.
In a statement, Wärtsilä highlights that it has been a stellar year for its shaft generators, generating power for a ship’s auxiliary systems from its main engines, which can also be used to reduce shipping emissions. Michael Kranz, Manager, Shaft Generator Systems & Cargo, overseeing a department of eight engineers at Wärtsilä’s Marine Electrical Systems highlighted that “last week, we reached 500 units sold, an incredible milestone. In the same week, we sold a comprehensive (holistic) hybrid system to a series of hybrid RoRo vessels. After a relatively slow start to the year, we are now seeing a big increase in these systems being specified by owners interested in reducing emissions and fuel costs.”
As part of its efforts to reduce ship emissions and lift air quality around ports and harbours, New Zealand will sign up to Annex VI of MARPOL, the international maritime convention for the prevention of pollution from ships.
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