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Air emissions update

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      In 1997, the IMO adopted the initial version of Annex VI to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).  This Annex is entitled “Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships”.  It addresses ozone-depleting substances, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, volatile organic compounds, and shipboard incineration, among other things.  While acknowledged as comprehensive, this first step by the IMO in the area of control of harmful air emissions was perceived by many as weak. Various states of the United States staked out independent paths regarding control of air emissions from ships.  Alaska was one of the first to act, adopting standards for stack emissions based on opacitity.  In other words, if the smoke from the ship’s stack blocked the view for more than a limited period, the ship was subject to a fine.  The methodology was crude, but did encourage several cruise lines to adopt procedures for utilizing shore-side power (ie. cold ironing), particularly in Juneau. Not surprisingly, California has been the most active state with regard to air emissions from ships.  Regulations have been adopted prohibiting on-board incineration when the ship is within three nautical miles of the California coast


SNAME Report Covers SOx Emissions Reduction

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) has published a new technical report that provides recommendations on technologies, practices and fuels that control and reduce sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions. Limitations on SOx are currently in place with more stringent regulations coming in the near future. Designed to assist with SOx management and reduction on ocean-going vessels, Marine Vessel Environmental Performance (MVEP) Assessment Guide Air Emissions: Sulfur Oxides (SOx)


Hearing on Ballast Water Management and Emissions

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing on Draft Legislation regarding Ballast Water Management and Reduction of Air Pollution from Ships. As noted by Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), the draft bill would require the Coast Guard to establish ballast water discharge standards and facilitate development of alternative ballast water management methods


HAL to Conduct Air Emission Reducing Study

To determine the feasibility of new technology designed to dramatically reduce air emissions on seagoing vessels, Holland America Line plans on conducting a seawater scrubber feasibility project aboard one of its cruise ships thanks to the assistance of a $300,000 EPA/West Coast Collaborative grant and $100,000 contribution from Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The total cost of the installation is more than $1.2 million


Hearing on Additional Air Pollution Controls for Large Ships

On August 9, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works conducted a field hearing in San Pedro entitled Hearing to Examine Port Pollution and the Need for Additional Controls on Large Ships. Chairwoman Boxer (D-CA) discussed the health impacts of air pollution. Representative Solis (D-CA) seconded those remarks. Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa of Los Angeles testified about the importance of green growth in the Port of Los Angeles


Vancouver Port Recognized for Eco-friendly Vessels

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Port Metro Vancouver announces 11 Blue Circle Award winners Port Metro Vancouver is proud to honour 11 recipients of its Blue Circle Award for 2010. Launched last year, this award recognizes the most eco-friendly vessels that call at the Port. The Blue Circle Award acknowledges industry commitment to Port sustainability by recognizing the extraordinary environmental achievements of ships that participate in Port Metro Vancouver’s EcoAction Program for Shipping


Port Everglades, EPA to Study Air Emissions

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Port Everglades has signed a partnership agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study air emissions.   The EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality will work closely with Port Everglades to coordinate research and modeling encompassing all port-related operations, technologies and anticipated growth scenarios. The EPA also intends to develop separate emissions estimates for areas outside the port's jurisdictional boundaries


Port of Los Angeles Commits $3.12m to Projects

The Board of Harbor Commissioners this week approved spending $3.12 million over the next year on 16 customer projects aimed at reducing air emissions. In total, over their lifetime these projects reduce NOx emissions by more than 1,000 tons, and particulate matter by nearly 30 tons. The projects were reviewed by the Port's Technical Advisory Committee and the Port Community Advisory Committee, and the final 16 were recommended to the Board for funding consideration.


LNG-powered Viking Grace Re-defines Ferry Travel

LNG Powered Viking Grace: Photo courtesy of STX Finland

Lloyd’s Register significantly helped the vessel’s owners & builders work through the complexities of 'Viking Grace's' novel design features. Finland’s Viking Line recently notched up a world first when it launched Viking Grace, the most environmentally friendly large passenger ship, at STX Finland Turku shipyard. The 56,000 gt vessel is powered by LNG and generates no marine emissions and very few air emissions


Seminar, Environmental Reqs for Ships

A Seminar on Environmental Requirements for Commercial and Navy Ships for Efficient Maritime Operations and Effective Environmental Stewardship will be held on Dec. 9, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Ga.  Sponsored by ASTM Committee F25 on Ships and Marine Technology, the seminar will be held in conjunction with the Dec. 8-10 standards development meetings of the committee.   The desired outcome of this seminar is to identify areas where environmental standards


Norwegian Jewel Retrofitted with Gas Scrubbers

Norwegian Jewel (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

An Exhaust Gas Scrubber system has been retrofitted on cruise ship Norwegian Jewel to reduce the vessel’s air emissions and environmental footprint.   Norwegian Cruise Line said it is the first cruise line to retrofit a vessel while it is in service with an Exhaust Gas Scrubber Hybrid


Port of NY/NJ Deepened for Larger Box Ships

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The Port of New York & New Jersey, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has completed a $2.1 billion Main Navigation Channel Deepening Program in order to facilitate the next generation of larger containerships calling the port following the expansion of the Panama Canal.


WR Sells Emsys Intellectual Property

Emsys-iS installed to monitor scrubber compliance in a cruise ship funnel space (Photo: EMSYS)

Emsys Maritime Ltd., a UK-based maritime technology company, has announced the acquisition of the intellectual property rights for the Emsys emissions monitoring technology from W R Systems, Ltd. (WR) (Norfolk, VA USA) for an undisclosed amount


ABS Classes World’s Largest LNG Powered Ethane Carrier

ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries,has confirmed that the ABS-classed Navigator Aurora, the world’s largest ethane/ethylene capable liquefied gas carrier, has been delivered to Navigator Gas by Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai


2015 Congestion Affected Long Beach Port's Air Quality

Pollution Study Reveals impacts of terminal congestion on last year’s air quality

Pollution around the Port of Long Beach has been dramatically cut over the last decade, however, according to the latest study, lingering effects from ships at anchor in early 2015 impacted air quality last year.   The 2015 annual inventory of port-related air emissions


First Ship Bunkers LNG in Rotterdam

Ternsund is the first seagoing vessel to bunker LNG in Rotterdam (Photo: Terntank)

The bunkering of the Ternsund was initiated today in Rotterdam, marking the first seagoing vessel to bunker liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the port.   As a result the brand new product tanker of the Swedish shipping company Terntank also receives the first Rotterdam 'LNG bunkering


DNV GL Recommendations for Adopting LNG as Ship Fuel

LNG as ship fuel in Europe is still at early stage. Photo DNV GL

As air emission requirements are becoming more stringent, one possible solution for reduced emissions is to use LNG as fuel for shipping.  However take-up of LNG as ship fuel in Europe is still at an early stage.  DNV GL has provided a report for the EU1 providing recommendations on how


New Cargo Ship MV Frijsenborg Calls Port Everglades

Welcoming Frijsenborg Master Francesco Rafanelli to Port Everglades are, from left: John Mullins of Portus, and from Port Everglades: Deputy Port Director Glenn Wiltshire, Business Development Manager Robert Barcel ó, Chief Executive Steve Cernak and Assistant Director of Business Development Jean Elie. (Photo: Port Everglades)

Broward County's Port Everglades today welcomed Nordana's newly built cargo ship MV Frijsenborg on the vessel's maiden call to South Florida. Port Everglades Chief Executive & Port Director Steve Cernak and Deputy Port Director Glenn Wiltshire presented a traditional plaque and port challenge


Containership Outperforms Environmental Standards

MV Carl Schulte (Photo: BSM)

A state-of-the-art containership designed by the Schulte Group to meet the most stringent international environmental standards is already outperforming in terms of design and performance and attracting positive attention in the industry.


AAPA Mourns Loss of Voinovich

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 The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)—the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas — today is mourning the loss of one of Ohio’s most prominent politicians and citizens, George Voinovich, who died in his sleep early Sunday morning just weeks


DNV GL Issues First “Clean Lay-up” Declaration

FPSO Munin, currently laid up at Labuan, Malaysia, is the first vessel to receive the DNV GL “Clean Lay-up” declaration. Photo: DNV GL

 Classification society DNV GL announced at the Posidonia trade fair that it had issued the first “Clean Lay-up” declaration under its newly released classification guideline   The guideline enables shipowners and managers to demonstrate that their vessel is laid up in a


APL Reduces Carbon Emissions by 45.5%

APL Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reduction against 2009 Level %

APL today announced that it has reduced its fleet carbon dioxide emissions by 45.5% in 2015, compared to its emissions level in 2009. This achievement marks APL’s highest carbon dioxide emissions reduction in the last six years.  


Jensen Debuts New Tractor Tug Design

BayDelta (Photo: Jensen Maritime)

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and engineering firm, Jensen Maritime, reports it has designed a new tractor tug for Vessel Chartering LLC that features some of the first Tier IV engines meeting higher federal air emissions standards among U.S. tugboats.  


Hueneme Port Expands Ship Pollution Reduction Program

Port puts final touches on Shore Power Project Photo Port of Hueneme

The Port of Hueneme launched the second phase of its Grid-Connected Shore Power System, celebrating another next step forward in reducing air emissions and minimizing environmental impact. Among the community leaders attending the ribbon cutting were Congresswoman Julia Brownley


MARAD: $5 Mln Available for Marine Highway Projects

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced the availability of $5 million in Federal funding to expand marine highway service by creating new or expanding existing services along designated Marine Highway Routes.   A Marine Highway Project is a planned service






 
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