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Global Sulphur Cap 2020 – Implications for shipping and how to comply by next year

The global 0.50% sulphur cap will enter into force in 2020. Finally, this date is no longer in the far-off future but in less than 365 days. What four options are available for ship owners? The figures are impressive: According to the guidance paper Global Sulphur Cap 2020 published by DNV GL on the topic, more than 70,000 ships worldwide will be affected by this regulation. As a result, if they have not done so already, ship owners will need to weigh up their options in the very near future ...

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GE and Nedstack Partnership Sets Sights on Zero Emission Cruise Vessels

GE’s Power Conversion business and Nedstack, a leading fuel cell manufacturer, are collaborating on developing hydrogen fuel cell systems for powering zero-emission cruise vessels. This partnership brings together GE’s recognized expertise in cruise electrical power and propulsion solutions plus system integration capability, with Nedstack’s extensive experience in megawatt-scale hydrogen fuel cell technology. The result will be highly efficient fuel cell solutions that enable a zero-emission cruise industry. Zero-emission cruising The cruise industry shares a joint responsibility to eliminate the possible negative impacts it might have on port communities, the health ...

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Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition partners with Maersk in world’s largest maritime biofuel pilot

Convinced of the urgency to act on climate, a group of Dutch multinationals – FrieslandCampina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, Shell and Unilever – all members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC), will join forces with A.P. Moller – Maersk to take a tangible step towards the decarbonization of ocean shipping. A pilot, using up to 20% sustainable second-generation biofuels on a large triple-E ocean vessel will sail 25.000 nautical miles from Rotterdam to Shanghai and back on biofuel blends alone, a world’s first at this scale, saving 1,5 million kilograms ...

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VARO and GoodFuels extend partnership to scale Bio Fuel Oil availability to deep sea segment out of Rotterdam

VARO Energy subsidiary REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker and GoodFuels have extended their partnership to improve availability of bio fuel oil (BFO) to deep sea vessels leaving from Rotterdam, the companies have announced. The new deep sea proposition, which will help to improve the sustainability of the segment, is based on extending the availability of GoodFuels’ Bio Fuel Oil, which the company launched in Autumn 2018. The new partnership will see VARO help scale the sourcing, production, blending and distribution of GoodFuels Bio Fuel Oil across the ARA region. In the meantime, ...

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Carnival Corporation Wins Neptune Award as Greenest Shipowner of the Year

Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest leisure travel company, today announced it has been honored by maritime industry peers with the Greenest Shipowner of the Year Neptune Award, which recognizes a company that has shown excellence in reducing environmental impact in the operation of its fleet in the past year. The award was presented at February’s GreenTech in Shipping Global Forum in Hamburg, Germany. Winners were chosen by executives from ship owners, ports and marine technology companies who had gathered to share best practices and cutting-edge technologies to enable ...

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Putting yourself ahead of the pack with the carbon-robust ship

“We are in an energy transition,” says Øyvind Endresen, Environmental Consultant, at DNV GL’s Environment Advisory section. “Global regulations on emissions to air as well as the rapid rise and faster cycling of new fuels and technologies are poised to change the fleet of the future.” These changes are exposing the shipping industry to more risk than it has seen in many years and at a more fundamental level. When a vessel was planned 50 or even 20 years ago, the choices were much simpler. Size and cargo types varied, ...

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Nordic American Tankers Ltd Reiterates That Scrubbers Are not A Solution For IMO 2020 Compliance

Nordic American Tankers Ltd communicated its view on the new Sulphur requirements, effective from 2020 in our Press Release October 24, 2017 and in a NAT conference call held February 20, 2019. The Company is steadfast on its decision that scrubbers are not a solution for NAT based upon a conservative financial policy. NAT does not take on risk it does not have to. An increased number of ports now prohibit or impose strict requirements on the use of scrubbers, which purify emissions from large ships. The scrubber cleans the ...

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Shipping and carbon: EU and IMO systems to align

On 4 February 2019 the European Commission (EC) tabled a proposal concerning the amendment of Regulation (EU) 2015/757 on the monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport (the “EU MRV Regulation”). The main objective of the proposal is to amend the EU MRV Regulation in order to take account of the new Global Data Collection System (“IMO DCS”) for fuel oil consumption of ships that was introduced by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in March 2018. The globally applicable IMO DCS system currently runs in parallel ...

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Batteries included: Sweden’s emissions-free ferries lead the charge

A quiet revolution has taken place in the Oresund Strait between Sweden and Denmark where two of the world’s largest battery-powered ferries ply the waters after being converted from polluting diesel power. The Tycho Brahe and Aurora ferries operated by Sweden’s ForSea are over 100 meters long and work the busy 4 km crossing between Helsingborg in Sweden and Helsingor in Denmark. The route handles more than 7 million passengers and almost 2 million vehicles each year with crossings every 15 minutes. Conversion of the two ships involved the installation ...

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Another world first for Wärtsilä will deliver impressive fuel and emissions savings

A benchmark installation of three energy storage systems by the technology group Wärtsilä onboard an offshore construction vessel features, for the first time ever, energy and load sharing capability. The system combines a diesel-electric configuration with batteries, and is designed to deliver impressive fuel savings for the ship of as much as 50 percent, given optimal operating conditions. The installation was carried out in February 2018 onboard the North Sea Shipping AS owned ‘North Sea Giant’, one of the world’s largest and most advanced subsea construction vessels. In a second ...

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MRV – Emissions Report – The Next Deadline is Coming

With the end of the first trimester of 2019, an important milestone for the shipping activity in terms of compliance with EU MRV Regulations will be attained – The Verification of the Vessels’ Emissions Report (ER). After the assessment of the Monitoring Plan, this comes as the second phase either for the independent verifiers as well as for ship owners. After one year of monitoring period, in which the company is gathering data about the vessels activity (fuel consumptions by main emission sources on board, CO2 emissions to the atmosphere, ...

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A Fresh Wind is Blowing through Shipping’s Decarbonisation Challenge

No one has a crystal ball, and predications about future pathways and fuel options in shipping are inherently difficult, but there is general agreement in the industry that we are in a period of major transition with great uncertainty and a significant pressure to decarbonise our operations. The IMO initial strategy in April 2018 called for ‘at least’ 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050 and the gauntlet has been laid down by Maersk with their announcement at the end of last year that their fleet will be carbon neutral ...

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World Premiere: IKEA, CMA CGM and The GoodShipping Program join forces to test sustainable marine bio-fuel oil

IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM, the GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam have today announced they will cooperate in a first of its kind partnership to test and scale the use of sustainable marine bio-fuel oil. The test will commence with a landmark bunkering of the marine bio-fuel oil on a CMA CGM container vessel on March 19th, representing a major step towards the decarbonisation of ocean freight. The test is being facilitated by the GoodShipping Program, a sustainable initiative dedicated to decarbonising ocean freight, and is ...

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Carnival Corporation makes bombshell claim to only use cleaner fuel on cruise ships in Arctic

In an article published in TradeWinds, Carnival Corporation has made a bombshell claim that it switched all of its cruise ships traveling to the Arctic from burning ultra-dirty heavy fuel oil to low-sulfur marine gasoil. Since December 2016, international environmental organizations with the Clean Up Carnival coalition have been calling on the cruise giant to reduce its environmental and human health impacts by ending its use and carriage of heavy fuel oil “If true, today’s announcement makes Carnival Corporation the first major cruise company to pledge this kind of commitment ...

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Marshall Islands IMO 2020 update and regulatory perspective paper

With the IMO Sulphur Cap 2020 entering into force in a little under a year, International Registries, Inc. (IRI), which provides administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries, the world’s second largest ship registry, recently published a paper in Gallagher’s February 2019, IMO 2020 Special Edition Marine Hull & Machinery and War Risks Market Update entitled Marpol Annex VI – 0.50% Gobal Fuel Oil Sulphur Limit – Update and Regulatory Perspective. Summarizing the update, author Nick Makar remarks: “All ships are ...

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