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Piracy and Pollution From World Shipping Under Review

IMO Meet in London for Biennial Assembly Today (21st November 2011) the 27th Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will meet in London in a session scheduled to last until the 30th November. All 170 Member States and three Associate Members are entitled to attend the Assembly, which is IMO's highest governing body.The intergovernmental organizations with which agreements of co-operation have been concluded and non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO are also invited to attend. Two of the main subjects under discussion will be the recent IMO-commissioned study into the impact of mandatory energy efficiency measures for international shipping and the current marine migraine of piracy.The Assembly will review the work carried out by the Organization during the biennium 2010‑2011, through the Council, the five IMO Committees and the Secretariat at an event which normally meets once every two years in regular session. It is responsible for approving the work programme, voting the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the Organization. It also elects the Organization's 40-Member Council.The review will focus on recent highlights over the past two years such as the improvements to watch keeping at sea (the STCW Convention) and the adoption, in April 2010, ...

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Study shows significant reductions in CO2 emissions from ships from IMO measures

Assessment of IMO mandated energy efficiency measures for international shipping An IMO-commissioned study into the impact of mandatory energy efficiency measures for international shipping shows that implementation of the measures will lead to significant reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships, specifically reductions of carbon dioxide (CO2), resulting from enhanced fuel efficiency.The study found that, by 2020, an average of 151.5 million tonnes of annual CO2 reductions are estimated from the introduction of the measures, a figure that by 2030, will increase to an average of 330 million tonnes annually. CO2 reduction measures will result in a significant reduction in fuel consumption, leading to a significant saving in fuel costs to the shipping industry The study, Assessment of IMO mandated energy efficiency measures for international shipping*, was launched on Monday (14 November) ahead of the forthcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, to be held in Durban, South Africa, from 28 November to 9 December, 2011.IMO will report to that Conference on the breakthrough adoption, in July 2011 at IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), of mandatory technical and operational measures to reduce GHG emissions from international shipping. Amendments to the International Convention on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships ...

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GL Group introduces Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan regulations

During GL Energy Efficiency Forum in Madrid The coming introduction of the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) regulations was very much on the minds of the speakers and participants of Germanischer Lloyd's (GL) "Energy Efficiency for Existing Vessels" forum in Madrid. The SEEMP is one of a number of regulations and guidelines which will see the maritime industry squarely confront their impact on the environment and the measures they must take to reduce it.Among the almost fifty attendees, who took part in the forum on the 30th of May, were representatives from ship owners associations, engineering companies, the Spanish administration, and the Spanish navy. Also in attendance was the President of the Spanish Maritime cluster, Mr. Federico Esteve.Participants and speakers were welcomed by Mr. Manuel Carlier, Managing Director of ANAVE, the Spanish ship owners association. He noted the timely nature of the forum, given rising fuel prices, new regulations, and the potential future impact of SEEMP. He speculated that forthcoming regulations might directly target CO2 reduction by imposing a surcharge on fuel and therefore any outlays incurred in implementing energy saving measures would be amortised over a short period.Mr. Carlier also noted in his introduction that while ships have ...

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