As part of its efforts to become a global hub for low-carbon maritime technology, the UK government announced a further £1 million for technology and innovation projects through MarRI-UK, a consortium of leading maritime organisations.
Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB), based in Antwerp, and Japanese shipbuilder Tsuneishi Facilities & Craft (TFC) announced their collaboration to construct a hydrogen-powered ferry. TFC will bring its state-of-the-are shipbuilding expertise, whereas CMB Technologies will bring their knowledge on marine hydrogen systems.
Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein Verft announced delivery of the world’s largest plug-in hybrid vessel, ‘Color Hybrid’, to Oslo-based company Color Line, on 1st August. The ship represents an important milestone for its innovative and new environmentally friendly solutions.
Shore power enables ships equipped with the necessary equipment to shut down diesel powered auxiliary engines and plug into land-based electrical power. This reduces emissions of pollutants that damage air quality and GHG emissions that contribute to climate change. It also reduces engine noise. In this video, the Port of Vancouver presents its own shore power facility.
The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) announced that Africa is ready to implement the global regulations concerning the air pollution by vessels, according to IMO’s MARPOL convention. SAMSA’s acting CEO, Mr Sobantu Tilayi, focuses on the 2020 sulphur cap and Africa’s intention on fighting pollution and reducing shipping emissions.
A new IMO video puts the spotlight on how an IMO/EU initiative is helping reduce maritime emissions in the Solomon Islands as part of a global project to help tackle climate change. The Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Pacific – one of five regional centres established under the IMO-led Global MTCC Network project – helped the Solomon Islands port conduct a full energy efficiency and emissions audit.
In this video, Luca Volta, Marine Fuels Venture Manager, ExxonMobil and Alan Lim, Deputy Director, MPA, discuss the latest challenges of IMO 2020, from enforcement to alternative compliance choices such as scrubbers and LNG. Explaining how the Port of Singapore prepares for the 2020 sulphur cap, Alan Lim said that MPA Singapore is working on two fronts. The first is to ensure availability of compliant fuels at the Port.
The Friends of Ocean Action, a coalition of over 50 ocean leaders who seek solutions to the most pressing challenges for the ocean, organized an Ocean Day in Davos, in the beginning of March. The event touched upon shipping emissions and the possibility of a carbon free future.
An estimated total of 505 companies have set their Science Based Targets, under the global ‘Science Based Targets initiative’, launched in 2017 by the United Nations Global Compact, CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments.
While talking at the first SAFETY4SEA Conference in Hamburg, Mr. Alvin Forster, Deputy Director (Loss Prevention) at North P&I Club, analyzed implications of 2020 sulphur cap regulation from the marine insurance perspective, sharing feedback from specific cases on the challenges being faced through certain compliance methods.
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