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Hong Kong and Taiwan confirm early 0.5 per cent sulphur cap
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Hong Kong and Taiwan confirm early 0.5 per cent sulphur cap

Hong Kong and Taiwan are to align their emission regulations with the Chinese Emission Control Area (ECA) requirements and implement a local 0.5 per cent sulphur cap from January 1, 2019, according to marine insurer Gard. Hong Kong currently enforces a Fuel at Berth Regulation that permits ships to burn no more than 0.5 per...

Preparing for 2020: Q&A with industry experts
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Preparing for 2020: Q&A with industry experts

VPO Global recently hosted a panel discussion on preparing for and transitioning into 2020. Led by Mr Niels Bjørn L. Mortensen, Private Consultant, Master Mariner & Naval Architect, the panel discussed what should be done now to ensure a smooth transition in 2020 and how to overcome present challenges. In this week’s spotlight, VPO looks...

Norway proposes ban on scrubbers
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Norway proposes ban on scrubbers

The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has proposed a ban on scrubbers and regulated use of fuel with a sulphur content of no more than 0.1 per cent in Nærøyfjord, Aurlandsfjord, Geirangerfjord, Sunnylvsfjord and Tafjord. The ban on scrubbers would include both open and closed-loop systems, and hybrid scrubbers. This would mean that ships using heavy...

Cutting the cost of navigation: an interview with Paul Stanley, CEO, GNS
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Cutting the cost of navigation: an interview with Paul Stanley, CEO, GNS

Shipping companies are wasting time and money and minimising their operational efficiency by paying for navigational data that is not actually used, according to Paul Stanley, CEO of maritime technology company, Global Navigation Solutions (GNS). One solution that promises to help reduce wasted navigational data is the GNS Voyager FLEET INSIGHT (VFI) solution that was...

We4Sea certified for EU and IMO emissions monitoring
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We4Sea certified for EU and IMO emissions monitoring

Maritime technology start-up We4Sea has received certification from Verifavia for its IMO Data Collection System (DCS) and EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) emissions monitoring solution. The company’s non-capex fuel monitoring solution collects large quantities of operational data from a ship, including position, draft, speed and heading. The data is sent to shore and combined...

2020 investment decision on scrubbers should have been made yesterday
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2020 investment decision on scrubbers should have been made yesterday

The decision to invest in scrubbers for 2020 compliance should have been made yesterday, Stine Mundal, project manager approval at DNV GL Maritime told listeners of a webinar hosted by the classification society this week. Ms Mundal stated that she is not sure if scrubbers are a long-term answer to reducing shipping’s emissions but acknowledged...

BIMCO-led group to set standard for underwater hull cleaning
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BIMCO-led group to set standard for underwater hull cleaning

BIMCO and a group of industry partners have set out to create an internationally recognised standard in response to growing concerns over the impact of hull biofouling on the marine environment. The group consists of eight different organisations, including paint manufacturers, shipowners and cleaning companies, with the aim to take a holistic approach to establishing...

IMO 2020 – are scrubbers a viable option?
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IMO 2020 – are scrubbers a viable option?

The IMO’s 0.5 per cent sulphur cap will enter into force in 15 months’ time. One option for compliance is the use of marine scrubbers with heavy sulphur fuel oil (HSFO). VPO Global spoke with various industry members about the current scrubber market and the adoption of the technology for 2020 compliance. What is the...

Optimise fuel consumption and slash bunker surcharges, says FuelSave
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Optimise fuel consumption and slash bunker surcharges, says FuelSave

Fuel surcharges that are being introduced to pass the cost of 2020 compliance to the customer could be reduced by making use of technologies that optimise fuel consumption, claims FuelSave. Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company are two companies that announced earlier this year that they are implementing emergency bunker surcharges to combat the increasing price...

The importance of weather routing in fuel-efficient shipping
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The importance of weather routing in fuel-efficient shipping

Weather, including currents, waves, wind, and swell has been found to affect the performance of a vessel by between 50 and 80 per cent and cost thousands of US Dollar in additional fuel consumption. Routing a vessel based on predicted current and weather conditions is about improving the fuel efficiency, keeping to the sailing schedule,...