Tag: Emissions

Verifavia signs 8 cooperation agreements for IMO DCS
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Verifavia signs 8 cooperation agreements for IMO DCS

Verifavia has announced 8 new cooperation agreements with Recognised Organisations (ROs), supporting the verification of data for the IMO’s DCS (data collection system) regulation. Isthmus Bureau of Shipping (Class IBS), Intermaritime Certifications Services (ICS Class), International Naval Survey Bureau (INSB Class), Marine Consultants, Surveys & Naval Register (MACOSNAR), Overseas Marine Certification Services (OMCS Class), Panama...

Scorpio Tankers confirms 52 scrubbers for retrofit
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Scorpio Tankers confirms 52 scrubbers for retrofit

Scorpio Tankers has announced an agreement to purchase 52 scrubbers worth US $79.6 million. 42 hybrid-ready scrubbers will be fitted across Scorpio’s fleet in 2019 and ten will be retrofitted in 2020. The design of the scrubbers means that they can be upgraded to closed-loop configuration at any time in the future. The agreement includes...

Norwegian vessel retrofits Wartsila engine to cut NOx emissions
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Norwegian vessel retrofits Wartsila engine to cut NOx emissions

Norwegian vessel owner Gardar has confirmed it will retrofit a Wartsila 31 engine to one of its vessels to cut emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and reduce fuel consumption. The retrofit is expected to cut fuel use by 200,000 litres and NOx emissions by 88 tonnes annually from the fishing vessel. The existing 18-cylinder Wärtsilä...

P&O fined EUR 100,000 for burning high-sulphur fuel
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P&O fined EUR 100,000 for burning high-sulphur fuel

The captain of a P&O Cruise Ship, the Azura, has been fined EUR 100,000 by a Marseille court for burning high-sulphur fuel oil. The ship was found to be bunkering fuel with a sulphur content of 1.68 per cent, which is more than the 1.5 per cent permitted by the EU. The EU Sulphur Directive...

Hong Kong updates fuel reporting requirements
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Hong Kong updates fuel reporting requirements

ClassNK has released a technical notice that details the reporting requirements on sulphur emissions for vessels berthing in Hong Kong waters. Currently, vessels are required to use fuel oils with a sulphur content of no more than 0.5 per cent, liquefied natural gas, or other fuels approved by the Hong Kong authorities. This excludes the...

Project to test sail technology on Ultrabulk vessels
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Project to test sail technology on Ultrabulk vessels

A £100,000 12-month feasibility study funded by InnovateUK, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and private investors has begun to examine the potential of fitting sail technology onto Ultrabulk ships that import biomass into the UK to cut carbon emissions. The project is a result of collaboration between the Smart Green Shipping Alliance (SSGA), dry...

ForSea converts diesel ferries to battery power
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ForSea converts diesel ferries to battery power

ForSea (formerly HH Ferries Group) has converted two of its diesel powered ferries to battery propulsion technology. Tycho Brahe and Aurora have been retrofitted with ABB 4160 kWh batteries as well as battery racks, energy storage control systems and ABB’s Onboard DC Grid power distribution technology. The vessels will continue to operate along the 4km...

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...

TORM shows support for scrubbers
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TORM shows support for scrubbers

TORM has committed to the installation of scrubbers on up to 39 of its vessels following a joint venture with scrubber manufacturer ME Production and Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI). The joint venture, ME Production China, will manufacture and install scrubbers in China and deliver them to a range of maritime industry customers for both newbuildings...

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...

What happened at MEPC 73?
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What happened at MEPC 73?

The IMO’s 73rd Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) session was held last week in London. A number of issues relating to the IMO’s global 0.5 per cent sulphur cap, which is due to enter into force in 14 months’ time, were discussed and some resolutions adopted, including a carriage ban on non-compliant fuel and guidance to...