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Air Pollution Continues Decline at Port of Long Beach

MSC Altair (Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach)

Diesel air pollution from ships, trucks, trains and other big machines at the Port of Long Beach has declined by 82 percent since 2005, a comprehensive air quality analysis has found. The report – which focuses on 2013 – shows seven straight years of steadily declining air pollution from goods movement in the harbor area. Compared to emissions levels in 2005 — when the port adopted its Green Port Policy — all of the key air pollutants from port-related sources have declined in 2013. In addition to the drop in diesel emissions, smog-forming nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides have been cut 54 percent and 90 percent respectively. Emissions from port operations have plunged even as shipping activity has increased slightly, with containerized cargo up 0.3 percent since 2005. Air pollution reductions are due to the ongoing shift to bigger ships that carry more cargo more efficiently, as well as newer ships with cleaner engines, increased utilization of on-dock rail and shore power, and regulations requiring ships to use cleaner, lower sulfur fuel in their engines. Other efforts, like the Clean Trucks Program, have also helped to cut emissions. “The Port of Long Beach is able to achieve these reductions through its deep commitment to environmental improvement and sustainability


Beijing to Build Ventilation "Corridors" to Tackle Smog

Beijing, China Photo Gazprom

Authorities in Beijing plan to develop a network of ventilation "corridors" to help tackle the city's notorious air pollution, China's state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday. Construction in the zones, which will be created by connecting parks, rivers, lakes, highways and low building blocks, will be strictly controlled and obstacles to air flow will be removed over time, Xinhua cited Wang Fei, deputy head of Beijing's urban planning committee, as saying.


Bills Introduced on Air Emissions from Ships

Senator Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Solis (D-CA) introduced the Marine Vessel Emissions Reduction Act of 2007 in companion versions (S. 1499 and H.R. 2548 respectively) to amend the Clean Air Act to reduce air pollution from marine vessels. The bills, if enacted into law, would wholly ignore MARPOL Annex VI and impose unilateral standards for sulfur levels in marine fuels and require advanced marine vessel emission controls on new and in-use marine engines.


SHC Meeting To Meet in Washington D.C.

The Subcommittee for the Prevention of Marine Pollution (SPMP) of the Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, will meet in Washington, DC on February 26, 2002. The purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the upcoming MEPC 47 meeting of the IMO in London on March 4-8 . Items on the agenda include harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water, recycling of ships, prevention of air pollution from ships, and anti-fouling paints for ships.


Revised MARPOL Annex VI, NOx Tech. Code

A new publication is now available from IMO Publications on the revised international regulations on preventing and reducing harmful emissions from ships, such as sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter. The revised MARPOL Annex VI (Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) and the revised NOx Technical Code 2008 were adopted by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee in October 2008, with an entry into force date of 1 July 2010.


EPA, USCG Extend Agreement with Royal Caribbean

Image: Royal Caribbean

New technologies allow industry to comply with emission standards, reduce costs   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) authorized formal exemptions by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines that allow for the enlargement of the cruise line’s research program to develop and install exhaust gas scrubber systems on its cruise ships. Under the exemption, as articulated in MARPOL, Royal Caribbean will expand the program from six to 19 ships.  


Oilseed Fuel May Help Mop Up French Oil Spill

A biodegradable fuel, produced mostly from rapeseed, has reportedly been brought in to help fight the oil spill along France's Atlantic coast. France's pollution research center CEDRE last week gave permission for workers mopping up the spill to use a vegetable oil-based fuel called diester to help clean coastal areas still soiled from the wreck of the tanker Erika. Testing on the product on the spill began today. If the product works as planned


EPA Kicks Off Diesel Reduction Projects

At an event in Eugene recently, Michael O. Leavitt, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency helped kick-off the Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority’s announcement of $1.475 million in diesel emission reductions investments for Oregon. The EPA is contributing $600,000 to these efforts. The projects will fund efforts to reduce emissions from idling trucks up and down Oregon’s I-5 corridor, retrofit school buses throughout the state


EPA Adopts Strong Standards for Large Ships

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule setting tough engine and fuel standards for large U.S.- flagged ships, a major milestone in the agency’s coordinated strategy to slash harmful marine diesel emissions. “There are enormous health and environmental consequences that come from marine diesel emissions, affecting both port cities and communities hundreds of miles inland. Stronger standards will help make large ships cleaner and more efficient


$20 Million Available for Clean Diesel Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of up to $20 million in FY 2012 grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing harmful pollution from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines and improving air quality and Americans’ health. In addition to these grants, approximately $9 million will be available through direct state allocations.   EPA estimates that for every $1 spent on clean diesel funding up to $13 of public


LA, Long Beach Ports Focus on Updating Clean Air Action Plan

San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan  Photo

The governing boards of the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach will hold a joint public meeting Nov. 17 to discuss proposals for updating the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). Developed over the past year, the CAAP Discussion Document outlines the ports’ plans for


Port State Control across Continents Target Sulphur Compliance

Photo Danish Maritime Authority

The two major port State control regimes - Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU - will increase focus on the sulphur limit regulations. The decision has been made on the basis of a Danish/Dutch proposal. Port State control authorities across 45 countries and 5 continents – South America, North America


LA, Long Beach Ports Unveil Strategies to Cut GHG

Clean Air Action Plan Photo Ports of Los Angeles & Long Beach

Aggressively deploying zero and near-zero emission trucks and cargo-handling equipment and expanding programs that reduce ship emissions are among the core strategies the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are proposing for the next version of San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP).


Abu Dhabi Ship Building Expands Portfolio

Mid Osprey, a 140m chemical tanker, is undergoing major repairs including the refurbishment of the ship’s accommodation. Photo Abu Dhabi Ship Building

Abu Dhabi Ship Building PJSC (ADSB), a leading provider of construction, repair and refit services for naval, military and commercial vessels, has expanded its customer portfolio to now include chemical tankers. ADSB welcomed its first chemical tanker at the new drydock facility at Mina Zayed


MN100: CR Ocean Engineering, LLC

Nicholas Confuorto (Photo: CR Ocean Engineering)

The Company: CR Ocean Engineering LLC (also known as CROE) is a global leader in the design and supply of exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) offering a full range of systems customized to a client’s specific needs. With its installed base of more than 24


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


Implementation of ECA Measures at Shenzhen Port

Photo: Shenzhen Yantian Port

 The local authorities at Shenzhen port within the Pearl River Delta have now formally announced that vessels will be required to use fuel oil with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.5% m/m, or equivalent emission reduction measures from 1 October 2016.   


Next Steps in IMO’s Energy Efficiency Training

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) is continuing its work to support developing countries to prevent air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from ships with a global training exercise held in Batumi, Georgia (12-14 September).   


IMO Releases New Guides for Energy Efficiency Regulations

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Three new guides that will support States to effectively implement IMO-adopted mandatory energy-efficiency measures for shipping have been rolled out during a training under the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-International Maritime Organization


Onboard Verification of Fuel Sulphur Content

Photo: Gard

 Spot sampling and analysis of a ship’s fuel is becoming increasingly common as a means for port state control officers to verify the actual sulphur content of the fuel in use.   The shipping industry is facing increasingly stricter air emission limits all over the world


Indian Lighthouses To Be Solarized by December

Photo: Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships

 The Directorate General of Lighthouse & Lightships (DGLL), a subordinate organization under the Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India is presently maintaining 193 Lighthouses which provide aids to marine navigation to the mariners transiting in coastal waters of India.  


LNG Sector Ready to meet Industry Demand

Peter Keller Photo SEALNG

Ahead of the 70th Session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), the cross-industry coalition 'SEA\LNG' has highlighted the ability of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector to meet the future emissions requirements of the global shipping industry.


Wärtsilä EGC Gets First Flag Approval in Asia

The Ro-Ro vessel Theben is equipped with an Exhaust Gas Cleaning (EGC) System from Wärtsilä. The system is the first EGC to be approved by an Asian flag authority.

The Singapore flag state authorities have approved Wärtsilä's exhaust gas cleaning (EGC) systems, making it the first EGC to be approved by an Asian flag authority. The approvals relate to Wärtsilä EGC systems ordered for two new RoRo vessels owned by a Japanese shipowner


Panama Canal launches Incentives for Cleaner Shipping

Photo Panama Canal Authority

Today, the Panama Canal launched the Environmental Premium Ranking, a new initiative that rewards customers who meet high environmental efficiency standards.   The new incentive allows qualified customers the opportunity to improve their position within the Panama Canal’s Customer


Long Beach, LA to Track Maersk Line’s Emissions

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are partnering with shipping company Maersk Line to measure the environmental benefits of a $125 million upgrade for 12 Maersk containerships.   The initiative will involve the installation of high-tech equipment to track vessel emissions and






 
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