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VPS launches service in response to 2020 fuel quality issues
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VPS launches service in response to 2020 fuel quality issues

Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) has launched an ‘Additional Protection Service’ (APS) to help shipping companies navigate issues around 2020 fuel quality. APS will provide clients with information and support in increasing the level of damage prevention and asset protection of their vessels. VPS says that while ISO8217 offers a significant level of protection to fuel...

London P&I warns of rising pollution fines in Turkey
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London P&I warns of rising pollution fines in Turkey

The London P&I Club has warned that the level of pollution fines in Turkey has increased between three and fourteen times previous levels with effect from December 2018. Significant fines can be incurred for any discharge of dirty ballast, petroleum, petroleum derivatives (including sludge, slop fuel products, oily waste), garbage and sewage into Turkish waters....

Wärtsilä appoints Torsten Buessow to lead its Transas business
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Wärtsilä appoints Torsten Buessow to lead its Transas business

Wärtsilä has announced that Torsten Buessow has been appointed as director of the company’s Transas business. Torsten joins Wärtsilä from, DNV GL where he worked for more than a decade, first as a vice president of the company’s Maritime Software Business Unit, and then as a VP of Fleet Performance Management, its Maritime Digital Business...

Four maritime start-ups to watch out for in 2019
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Four maritime start-ups to watch out for in 2019

The 2020 global sulphur cap is less than a year away and fuel efficiency is high on the shipping industry’s agenda. Cutting fuel consumption and emissions is vital to meet regulation, remain competitive, and work towards a reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions. Here are four start-ups to watch out for in 2019 that have...

Proposal to digitalise ship registration submitted to Danish Parliament
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Proposal to digitalise ship registration submitted to Danish Parliament

A proposal for new legislation for digital ship registration has been submitted to the Danish Parliament. Digitalisation of ship registration will reduce paper-work and time spent on transmission of documents. This will decrease time shipping companies spend on submitting documents for inspection and validation. ​In order to facilitate the digitalisation of both deeds and mortgages...

ABS opens new global headquarters in Texas
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ABS opens new global headquarters in Texas

ABS has opened its new global headquarters in City Place Drive, Spring, Texas. “This is a significant milestone in our 157-year history and reaffirms our commitment to provide industry-leading safety and practical technology solutions for marine and offshore industry challenges,” said ABS Chairman, president and CEO, Christopher J. Wiernicki. The state-of-the-art global headquarters will be...

Methanol for marine applications tested in Singapore
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Methanol for marine applications tested in Singapore

The Methanol Institute (MI) is backing a project at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore to evaluate methanol as a marine fuel in Asia. The first of the two-phase project includes desktop and bench-testing a methanol-powered engine in the GreenPilot program in Gothenburg, Sweden. The GreenPilot project aims to demonstrate the use of methanol...

BIMCO confirms China has not placed a full ban on scrubbers
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BIMCO confirms China has not placed a full ban on scrubbers

BIMCO has revealed that China’s ban on open-loop scrubbers in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) may extend to cover all Chinese waters in the near future. BIMCO said that sources familiar with the open-loop scrubber ban have confirmed that while the ban is currently limited to China’s ECAs, a full ban on open-loop scrubbers is not...

IMO’s bunker delivery note amendments enter into force
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IMO’s bunker delivery note amendments enter into force

The IMO’s bunker delivery note amendments relating to the supply of marine fuel to ships fitted with alternative mechanisms to address sulphur emission requirements entered into force on January 1, 2019. The amendment enters into force a year before the global 0.5 per cent sulphur cap.  The amendments to the bunker delivery note are intended...

Norway delays entry of emissions cap in world heritage fjords
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Norway delays entry of emissions cap in world heritage fjords

The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has announced that implementation of its legislation regarding a 0.1 per cent sulphur cap for vessels operating in the world heritage fjords has been delayed until February 2019. The sulphur cap was originally planned to enter into force on January 1, 2019. As the consultation has to comply with the...

China bans open-loop scrubbers
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China bans open-loop scrubbers

China has officially banned the use of open-loop scrubbers in the country’s Emission Control Areas (ECAs) from January 1, 2019. The ban will prohibit vessels from using open-loop scrubbers that discharge wastewater. The ban does not apply to closed-loop scrubbers. Vessels installed with open-loop mode only scrubbers will have to switch to an alternative fuel...

ACO Marine triples production of wastewater treatment systems
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ACO Marine triples production of wastewater treatment systems

ACO Marine, supplier of ship sanitation solutions, plans to triple production at its Pribyslav plant in the Czech Republic to meet increased demand for its stainless-steel wastewater treatment products. The company’s advanced Maripur NF sewage treatment plant has risen in demand, particularly from river cruise vessels. A number of retrofit orders for 2019 have already...