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Shipping: Emission Possible

International ignition of a just transition to greener shipping

The International Maritime Organization’s second symposium on low and zero carbon fuels was titled: ‘Ensuring a just and inclusive transition towards low-carbon shipping’. Despite a general lack of focus on front-line workers, there were still some highlights for seafarers. Rob Coston reports Nautilus International has long been pressing for a ‘just transition’ to new low- and zero-carbon propulsion technologies, so it was good to see that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) had decided to focus on the topic for its second symposium on low and zero carbon fuels. From the ...

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Global Methane Pledge: Policy and Industry Lobbying One Year On

Only a small number of jurisdictions have formally introduced policies aimed at reducing methane emissions in the year since the Global Methane Pledge was announced, with new analysis by climate think tank InfluenceMap showing strong industry pushback to those plans. As world leaders meet for COP27, InfluenceMap is launching a new website to track corporate engagement on methane policy as it relates to two key industries that are the largest producers of anthropogenic methane emissions – the oil and gas sector and the agricultural sector. It shows there remains a ...

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Launch of the Green Shipping Challenge at COP27

Greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping sector are significant, increasing, and on a trajectory that is incompatible with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Compared with country emissions, the sector would rank among the top 10 largest emitters globally. To help place the sector on a pathway to align with the goal to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°, the United States and Norway organized the Green Shipping Challenge for COP27. This challenge is strongly supported by the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. The Challenge encouraged governments, ports, ...

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U.S. Announcements Under the Green Shipping Challenge at COP27

Greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping sector are significant, increasing, and on a trajectory that is not compatible with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Compared to country emissions, the sector would rank among the top ten largest emitters globally. To help place the sector on a pathway to align with the goal to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the United States and Norway organized the Green Shipping Challenge at COP27. The Challenge encouraged governments, ports, and companies to prepare commitments to spur the transition to green ...

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Norbulk appoints Verifavia for emissions verification across 65 vessels

Verifavia SAS has signed a deal to provide its full suite of emissions verification services to Norbulk Shipping, the UK-based ship management company. The tie-up will see Verifavia, the carbon emissions verification services provider to the maritime and aviation industries, supporting 65 Norbulk vessels in complying with regulations aimed at decarbonising the maritime industry including the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII). From 1 January 2023, CII will regulate the operations of all cargo and cruise ships that are 5,000 gt or above. Owners will need to calculate their vessel’s operational efficiency ...

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ABB and Royal Caribbean Group collaborate to make emergency stops safer and more efficient

As the world’s largest cruise ship Wonder of the Seas, departed on her maiden voyage in the beginning of March 2022, she was the first in the world to feature the new ABB Ability™ Marine Braking Assistance. Designed for safe and smooth emergency stops, the automatic braking system is the result of collaboration between supplier and owner, initiated at Royal Caribbean Group’s request. Following full sea trials by shipbuilder Chantiers d’Atlantique and acceptance by the owner, the DNV-approved Marine Braking Assistance provides the latest example of how technology can be ...

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Minister of Transport announces Canadian Green Shipping Corridors Framework and Canada joining the Zero-Emission Shipping Mission

Shipping is vital to continue building an economy that works for everyone and creating good jobs for Canadians. The Government of Canada is also committed to taking concrete action to meet its climate goals and ensure that Canadians have an efficient and environmentally friendly shipping system. Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced: the creation of a Canadian Green Shipping Corridors Framework and that Canada is joining the Zero-Emission Shipping Mission. These two new initiatives were highlighted by Canada’s Climate Change Ambassador during COP27. Through the Framework ...

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China Classification Society Spearheads New ‘Green’ Shipping Innovation And Development Drive

China Classification Society (CCS) is joining forces with several major Chinese marine industry companies to launch the ‘Sustaina-ble Shipping Innovation and Development Initiative’ (SSIDI). CCS launched SSIDI in Beijing with representatives of China Petrochemical Corporation, COSCO Shipping Co Ltd, China Mer-chants Energy Shipping Co Ltd and ICBC Financial Leasing Co Ltd who were among those to sign the initiative. The launch gathering heard how SSIDI and its members will now work closely together to explore and research alternative fuels. SSIDI’s extensive and in-depth research work will focus on the economy, ...

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Norwegian maritime partners join forces to find the fastest way to zero emissions

In response to the Green Shipping Challenge formulated jointly by the Governments of Norway and the United States, Norwegian maritime cluster organisations, shipping-industry associations, shipowners, business organisations, classification societies and finance actors together commit to far-sighted cooperation to achieve zero emissions for the maritime sector. The Green Shipping Challenge, whose primary aim is to catalyse the global transition to green shipping, was issued as part of a joint statement on climate by Norwegian Prime Minister Johas Gahr Støre and Special Presidential Envoy on Climate John Kerry in May 2022. The ...

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Biofuels Use in the Shipping Industry Could Soon Gain Traction

The use of biofuel blends in the shipping industry could become the norm in the following years, as they seem to make a lot of sense, as a stop-gap solution, until fossil fuel alternatives are available at a larger scale. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Gibson said that “iquid biofuels are expected to have an important role to play in meeting future fuel requirements as the energy transition progresses and petroleum demand begins to come under pressure. Increasingly, these required biofuels will be from second and third generation biofuels ...

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Container shipping giant to set up $2b fund to reduce carbon emissions

French shipping giant CMA CGM will invest US$1.5 billion ($2.12 billion) over the next five years to accelerate its energy transition across its transport and logistics businesses, a senior company executive said. Mr Farid Trad, vice-president of bunkering and energy transition, said in a recent interview with The Straits Times while he was in Singapore that the investment would be set up as a fund that would support the shipper’s initiatives to meet its net-zero targets by 2050. He said the investment fund will focus on fast-tracking the use of ...

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FIS Completes First ‘Blue Carbon’ Trade

Freight Investor Services (FIS), a world-leading broker in freight and commodity futures markets, has announced that it completed its first ‘Blue carbon’ trade in Singapore on 2nd November 2022. Freight Investor Services (FIS) is working closely with a global firm that has purchased the first verified carbon credits from the Delta Blue Carbon Project (DBC-1), the world’s largest mangrove restoration project. It is located on the southeast coast of Pakistan and covers 350,000 hectares, an area bigger than Luxembourg. The mangroves were once a vibrant and diverse landscape before experiencing ...

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Ocean Yield ASA To Acquire a 5,500 TEU Newbuilding Container Vessel

Ocean Yield AS is pleased to announce that the Company has agreed to purchase a 5,500 TEU newbuilding container vessel under construction at HJ Shipbuilding, Korea. The vessel will be a sister vessel to the two newbuildings announced on 10 June 2022 and 18 July 2022, with a design enabling it to be converted to dual fuel operation with methanol as fuel. Delivery of the vessel is expected in Q3 2023. Upon delivery, the vessel will commence a seven-year timecharter contract to ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. which will add ...

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Five ways the Wärtsilä 46TS-DF helps you decarbonise now and in the future

Decarbonisation means cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and the two most effective ways to achieve this are to reduce fuel consumption and to use low-carbon fuels. The Wärtsilä 46TS-DF is bursting with innovations that support decarbonisation and deliver many more benefits besides. Here are five innovations in Wärtsilä 46TS-DF that help save fuel and cut emissions: 1.Better performance from the two-stage turbocharging system A critical feature of the engine is the two-stage turbocharger. A turbocharger is nothing new for a large-bore medium-speed engine – it’s what helps increase power and minimise ...

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ABS Introduces Industry-leading Advisory to Help Solve Fuel Technology Challenges

ABS published its Advisory on Gas and Other Low Flashpoint Fuels providing guidance on available technologies, regulatory requirements and installation and operational considerations for adopting gas or other low flash point fuels. “The majority of the deep-sea shipping fleet will be using conventional and emerging lower sulfur residual and distillate fuels to meet the 1 January 2020 IMO global fuel sulfur limit of 0.5%. However, in the short and mid-term, shipping will trend towards a reduction in conventional fuels in favor of alternative fuels such as low flashpoint fuels and ...

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