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Shipping’s decarbonisation to cost over $1 trillion
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Shipping’s decarbonisation to cost over $1 trillion

At least $1 trillion of capital investment in land-based and ship-related infrastructure is required to halve international shipping’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the IMO’s 2050 target. A new study by UMAS* and the Energy Transitions Commission for the Getting to Zero Coalition has found that an investment of up to $1.9 trillion over the...

Wärtsilä launches LNG Bunkering & Fuel Supply System simulator
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Wärtsilä launches LNG Bunkering & Fuel Supply System simulator

Wärtsilä has announced the launch of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) Bunkering & Supply System simulator to promote greater safety onboard LNG-fuelled vessels by improving the level of training for operators of LNG systems. The design is based on Wärtsilä’s LNGPac and Gas Valve Unit (GVU) technologies, and includes all auxiliary systems used in...

NGOs call on IMO secretary-general for urgent action on climate crisis
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NGOs call on IMO secretary-general for urgent action on climate crisis

A group of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have sent a letter to secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Kitack Lim, calling for urgent action in addressing shipping’s impact on the climate crisis. In their letter to Mr Lim, the NGOs urge the IMO and other organisations to, “step forward with innovative policies and importantly, and...

VLSFO associated with higher black carbon emissions than HFO
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VLSFO associated with higher black carbon emissions than HFO

Three weeks after the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) global regulation on sulphur content in fuel oil entered into force, new figures indicate that very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) compliant with the new regulation, is just as detrimental to the environment as conventional heavy fuel oil (HFO). Figures submitted by Finland and Germany to the...

The year that shipping got smart?
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The year that shipping got smart?

The past year has been dominated by news of weakening economies, rising geopolitical tensions and increased uncertainty about global trade. Stir in the latest climate science and the urgency of investing in a brighter future is clear. Amidst the seeming chaos there is opportunity for those with the vision to tackle today’s problems. Newly appointed...

China catches two ships violating IMO 2020
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China catches two ships violating IMO 2020

The Standard Club has confirmed that it has received reports of ships violating the IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap. Since January 1, 2020, there have been two separate ships in Chinese waters that have been found to be using non-compliant fuel. The first ship was under a port state control inspection in Qingdao China when...

Suez Canal Authority clears up confusion on open-loop scrubbers
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Suez Canal Authority clears up confusion on open-loop scrubbers

Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has announced that it will allow ships to burn heavy fuel oil (HFO) when transitioning the waterway and will not be required to use scrubbers when doing so. This goes against the IMO’s January 1, 2020 regulation that prohibits vessels from burning fuel with more than 0.5 per cent sulphur content....

Rivertrace SMART ESM granted DNV GL statement of compliance
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Rivertrace SMART ESM granted DNV GL statement of compliance

Following exhaustive system testing and review, Rivertrace has received a statement of compliance from DNV GL for its exhaust scrubber washwater monitor – SMART ESM. Any washwater used by wet scrubber systems to remove pollutants from exhaust gas must be monitored to ensure it meets IMO regulations for water quality parameters prior to discharge to...

Opsealog helps E&P clients cut emissions by 10 per cent
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Opsealog helps E&P clients cut emissions by 10 per cent

French marine offshore and performance management company Opsealog has announced a 10 per cent reduction in gas emissions related to marine offshore operations in partnership with its exploration & production (E&P) clients. Monitoring over 400 vessels worldwide, the company aims to further reduce its environmental impacts at sea in 2020 by promoting good practices and...

ABB delivers zero-emission technology recommendations to US Congress
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ABB delivers zero-emission technology recommendations to US Congress

ABB Marine & Ports has delivered a testimony to the US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure about the role of marine technologies in cutting global shipping emissions. ABB presented a comprehensive approach to reducing marine emissions at a hearing in front the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. The hearing on...

iContainers foresees recurring challenges for shipping in 2020
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iContainers foresees recurring challenges for shipping in 2020

Online freight forwarder iContainers says 2019 was a year of uncertainty for the shipping industry, and that while certain sectors have seen improvements, the industry should remain alert for the challenges 2020 will bring. Even though the shipping industry will have new challenges to face in 2020, most of it will have a familiar feel....

MOL launches information platform for drybulk shippers
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MOL launches information platform for drybulk shippers

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has commenced operation of a new information platform called Lighthouse, aimed at helping dry bulkship customers share and monitor ocean transport information. The platform will help users safely, unitarily, and in real time, share and monitor various kinds of shipping-related information, such as vessel schedules, weather, ocean conditions, as well as...