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Canada announces speed restriction measures to protect whales

Transport Canada has implemented new seasonal speed restriction zones that ships must follow in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence. Canada has put these zones in place to reduce the risk of fatal strikes to North Atlantic right whales by transiting vessels. Vessels must proceed at a speed of not more than 10 knots over the ground in the speed restriction zones.

Young people urge shipping to reduce its emissions

The climate school strike movement is now worldwide, bringing about 1.5 million children and young people to the streets, protesting for their governments to take action and address climate change. Now, the movement has turned its focus at the shipping industry. Until now, climate school strikes have taken place in 2,000 cities across the world. Among these countries are the ones that have attempted to block climate action at IMO.

European Commission study suggests three short-term measures to reduce shipping emissions

A study led by CE Delft and UMAS, funded by the European Commission, analyzes potential short-term measures listed in the International Maritime Organization’s initial strategy on the reduction of GHG emissions from ships. According to the report, both speed limits and operational efficiency standards will require most ships to decrease their speed if the 2030 CO2-intensity ambition is to be met.

More than 100 shipping companies support speed measures to reduce emissions

More than 100 shipping companies have publicly supported mandatory speed limits for shipping, in order to reduce GHG emissions in an open letter to member states of IMO. Among others the signatories include Tsakos Shipping and Trading, Navios Maritime Holdings, and Dynagas, Euronav and Louis Dreyfus.

UK Chamber of Shipping: Speed reduction regulation would hamper low-carbon transition

As the 2020 sulphur cap is getting closer and closer, the UK Chamber of Shipping takes a look at a proposal to reduce emissions, which is speed reduction. The Chamber comments that this idea is not new to the IMO, but until now it has not been accepted, as it would directly impact worldwide trade. These proposals may have a positive intention, but they do not match the risk leaving gaps in the IMO’s decarbonisation plan, the Chamber says.

France proposes shipping speed limits for reducing emissions

France issued a submission to IMO, in light of decarbonization, urging for a swift global speed limit for shipping in a bid to cut the industry’s emissions. France is one of the most aggressive advocates supporting a quicker decarbonization.

Gas fuel conversion of a modern MGC: Navigator Aurora

During his presentation at the last GREEN4SEA Conference, Mr. Paul Flaherty, Director, Fleet & Technical Operations, Navigator Gas, gave emphasis on ethane as a marine fuel. Mr. Flaherty also presented the case of Navigator Aurora, which was the first conversion of LNG-I engine to an ethane burning GI-E engine.

IMO Goals for CO2 emissions: Are they realistic?

At the last GREEN4SEA Conference, Mr. Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd, provides an overview of alternative fuels such as natural gas, methane and hydrogen. He presents the pros and cons of each fuel, but highlights that new technology is necessary to make IMO’s goals reality.

California recognizes twelve companies for slowing down

Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and its partners in an initiative to cut air pollution and protect endangered whales announced results from the 2018 program and recognized the 12 shipping companies that participated, reducing speeds to 10 knots or less in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Santa Barbara Channel region.

Canada lifts speed restriction in Gulf of St. Lawrence

Canada lifted the mandatory speed restriction for vessels in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to make sure that ships can operate safely during winter. Transport Canada is not aware of any North Atlantic right whale deaths from vessel strikes this year and will ask vessels to voluntarily slow down if  a whale is spotted in or near the shipping lanes.