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EU Threatens to Bring Shipping Within Its Emissions Trading Scheme Unless the IMO Sets a Target for Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Last week the top EU climate official, Jos Delbeke, issued a challenge to the International Maritime Organization (the IMO) to adopt an ambitious target for reduction of emissions as part of the IMO’s planned 2018 strategy on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships. Existing IMO strategy The IMO has already introduced a raft of legislation in this area so far this decade. In 2011 the IMO adopted mandatory CO2 emission standards for new-build ships by way of an amendment to MARPOL Annex VI. Those measures came into force in ...

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New International Gas Union Report Highlights Significant Role of LNG in Cleaner Marine Transport

The International Gas Union (IGU) has released a new report on the crucial role of liquified natural gas (LNG) in enabling cleaner marine transport – currently a major cause of human health and environmental costs. Unveiled at today’s G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group, the latest report highlights the detrimental impact of marine transport on air quality levels, emphasisng the positive role LNG can play in combatting these impacts as an alternative and cleaner fuel for shipping. Urban air pollution has become a top priority for local, national, and international governments ...

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ClassNK issues first EGCS ready notation

Leading classification society ClassNK has issued EGCSR-F (Exhaust Gas Cleaning System Ready Full) notations to nine ships operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. This notification signifies that the ship fulfills requirement for SOx scrubber retrofitting. Following discussions on the implementation schedule of MARPOL Annex VI SOX/PM regulations at MEPC70 in October last year, all ships operating outside Emission Control Areas (ECA) will be required to limit sulfur emission levels to under 0.50% from 1 January 2020. In order to enable the safe and secure retrofitting of SOx scrubbers as part ...

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Port of Rotterdam Starts Research into the use of bio LNG in the transport sector

The Port of Rotterdam Authority and the National LNG Platform will be starting a joint study that focuses on opportunities to develop LNG from renewable sources as a transport fuel in the port of Rotterdam. LNG is considerably cleaner than other fuels, and engines that run on LNG also generate less noise. Relying on bio LNG rather than regular LNG allows users to drastically reduce CO₂ emission levels. Electric transport options are expected to form a major means to cut back CO₂ emissions in passenger transport over the next few ...

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2020 global sulphur cap implementation date decided

January 1st, 2020, has been set as the implementation date for a significant reduction in the sulphur content of the fuel oil used by ships. The decision to implement a global sulfur cap of 0.50% m/m (mass/mass) in 2020, revising the current 3.5% cap, was announced by the International Maritime Organization, during its Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting for its 70th session on October 27th 2016. Further work to ensure effective implementation of the 2020 global sulphur cap will continue in the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR). ...

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Zero-Emissions Natural Gas Engine Now Operating at Ports of Long Beach/Los Angeles

Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI), one of largest drayage trucking companies in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, has begun using one of the first Cummins Westport (CWI) ISX12 G low NOx natural gas engines for their trucking operations. Available for order later this year, the 12 liter engine’s emissions will be certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to produce 90 percent less NOx than the current EPA standard for heavy duty engines, and are equivalent to that of a truck powered by electricity from the ...

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$3bln of fuel and 32mln tons of CO2 saved as AkzoNobel marks Intersleek’s 21st anniversary

Ship owners and operators using the Intersleek® range of biocide-free marine coatings supplied by AkzoNobel have achieved fuel savings worth a combined total of $3 billion* since the technology was first introduced 21 years ago. More than 5,500 vessels have been coated with the company’s multi-award-winning Intersleek products – part of the International® range of coatings – helping ship owners and operators to save ten million tons of fuel and 32 million tons of CO2. The savings achieved over the last two decades are equivalent to the amount of CO2 ...

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Feature: Methanol’s use as marine fuel to hinge on commercial aspects

The popularity of methanol as a bunker fuel will hinge on commercial considerations rather than environmental concerns, as the marine industry confronts an array of viable alternatives that comply with the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 sulfur cap, sources said at an industry event. Methanol is a biodegradable, clean-burning marine fuel that reduces smog-causing emissions, and is also similar to bunker fuel specifications because it is a liquid, making it easier to transport and store than alternatives such as liquid natural gas which requires its own infrastructure. But the move to ...

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Shell Is First Lubricants Supplier To Secure MPA Act Accreditation

Shell Marine has become the first company involved in the development, supply and support of marine lubricants to receive accreditation under the International Marine Purchasing Association’s IMPA ACT Sustainable Maritime Suppliers scheme. The preferred supplier status is conferred within the IMPA Responsible Supply Chain Management Initiative which seeks to improve the economic, social and environmental sustainability of international shipping and marine industries. “We, at Shell Marine, are delighted to be the first in our sector to secure accreditation under the scheme,” says Jan Toschka, Executive Director Shell Marine. As a ...

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Marine Fuel Specialist Company Aderco Opens Singapore Office

Responding to growing demand for fuel treatment solutions that save costs, maximise uptime and reduce emissions in the maritime sector, leading fuel treatment manufacturer Aderco has opened an operational base in Singapore. Strategically located, the new office forms a mission-critical hub from which to drive the company’s growth in this key region as well as combine optimum customer service with closer proximity. “With Philippe Lecloux at the helm, we are hitting the ground running with top calibre management in place. Strengthening our presence in Singapore was a logical step for ...

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Shipping industry likely to use gasoil from 2020: industry expert

Faced with an array of choices to comply with a global cap of 0.5% sulfur emissions in 2020, the shipping industry will likely choose gasoil because it is a simpler solution, according to World Fuel Services marine technical director Bob Thornton. “The customer is faced with so many choices — gasoil, ultra low sulfur heavy fuel oil, hybrid fuel, scrubbers, methanol, LNG and other alternative fuels.,” said Thornton. “It’s like a kid in the candy store — too many things to choose from — and I only have two pennies ...

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Hyundai Heavy wins order for 4 LNG-fueled tankers

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., a leading global shipyard, said Sunday that it secured an order to build four tankers that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The four vessels ordered by state-run Russian shipping company Sovcomflot will displace 114,000 deadweight tons each and be highly eco-friendly, the shipbuilder said. It said the entire order for the midsize Aframax crude tankers is worth over US$200 million. Industry sources estimated that the unit cost of the new LNG-fueled vessels should be around $53-55 million. The tankers will be the first in the ...

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ECOSLOPS signs a Letter of Intent with the Egyptian authorities for the Suez Canal region

Ecoslops, an innovative technology company that upgrades ship-generated hydrocarbon residues, or “slops”, into valuable new fuels and light bitumen, today announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent with EGPC (Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation), through one of its subsidiaries, SSCO, in order to explore the feasibility of creating an oil residue collection and recycling plant in the Suez Canal region. The objective of the agreement is to identify the slops collection and recovery services that could be installed, and then used by ships passing through the Suez Canal. This ...

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Bluetracker To Launch MRV Module That Includes Data Validation And Plausibility Checks To Insure Compliance With Data Quality Of MRV Reports

The fleet performance solution, Bluetracker, introduces a module to the maritime market that is tailored to the new EU regulation “Monitoring, Reporting and Verification” (MRV). The MRV regulation applies to all ships of more than 5,000 GT that enter EU ports as of January 1, 2018. The new Bluetracker module generates MRV-compliant emission reports, whereby the incoming ship operation data is continuously verified in real time in terms of data plausibility and completeness. Bluetracker thus provides support to ensure a high level of data quality. The MRV regulation attaches special ...

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ETI announces details of waste heat recovery project which could help to cut emissions and fuel consumption in shipping

The ETI has launched a new project which aims to develop and demonstrate a Waste Heat Recovery System for ships that could deliver fuel efficiency savings of at least 8%. The £3.6m project will be led by Avid Technology who are based in Cramlington, North East England. They will work alongside RED Marine Limited of Hexham, Newcastle-based Royston Power and Enogia S.A.S. based in Marseille to deliver a cost effective waste heat recovery system for use across all types of ships. The 26 month project should see the waste heat ...

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