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SEAaT Emissions Trading Seminar

SEAaT, the association promoting abatement technology and emissions trading for ships, is to host the Shipping Emissions Trading Seminar on 2nd April at the IMO in London, to discuss and develop strategies for the implementation of emissions trading for shipping. The Seminar is by invite only and is structured to provide key stakeholders in shipping, finance and regulatory bodies and is designed to give an insight to the application of emissions trading for the shipping industry - set against the much-publicized environmental imperatives of today. The shipping industry, has so far been omitted from ETS plans, although the European Union has stated that it would like to see ETS for shipping in place. In December, calls for ETS for shipping gained momentum when the British Chamber of Shipping advocated an international emissions trading plan, a move fully supported by SEAaT. The Seminar has attracted a number of industry leaders from the sphere of shipping and emissions trading and will be hosted by the sponsors of SEAaT [BP, Carnival, P&O, the Norwegian Shipowners Association, Stena Line, Shell, the Swedish Shipowners Association and Teekay] as a service to the shipping industry. (

Ship Engine Emissions Adversely Affect Macrophages

Photo:  Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd

A study conducted by Germany’s Helmholtz Zentrum München and University of Rostock found that ship emissions adversely affect the health of inhabitants of coastal regions.   Since macrophages also play a key role in lung diseases such as COPD, the study is important for understanding the health risks of ship exhausts, says Science Daily.   "Macrophages are known as scavenger cells of the immune system and respond more sensitively to particulate matter in the lungs

Study: Shipping Cited in Pollution-Related Deaths

While the international shipping industry already is under acute pressure to reduce emissions, a new study – which claims that worldwide 60,000 deaths each year are attributable to pollutions from ships – could help to increase public pressure further. The study, published in the American Chemical Society’s publication Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) (DOI: 10.1021/es071686z) was produced by a team led by James Corbett of the University of Delaware and James Winebrake of the

ICS: Un Climate Change Negotiations

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – which represents all sectors and trades of the global shipping industry and more than 80% of the world merchant fleet – has produced a briefing document for government climate change negotiators, in advance of the next United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 17), which commences in Durban at the end of November.        The Document entitled ‘Shipping

Shanghai Rolls out Green Port Plan

Image: Port of Shanghai

 The Port of Shanghai is aiming to reduce energy consumption per handling capacity unit by 7 percent in 2017 compared to 2010, the city’s transport commission said.    It is aiming to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 9 percent compared with 2010, and for the concentration of fine particulate matter to drop 20 percent on 2013. Measures include using clean fuels and setting up inland pollution emergency spots.  

Shipping Sector Confused on Emission

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 Over the course of the year the extent of the shipping industry’s confusion – some would say delusion – on how to clean up its emissions became clear, says Sotiris Raptis, shipping and aviation officer, European Federation for Transport and Environment.   "Sitting in meeting rooms in London and Paris, we heard officials from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and industry profess their opposition to regional measures to reduce CO2 and then fail to

Intersleek 900 for UK Navy’s Flagship

Photo courtesy International Paint Ltd.

The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has returned to International Paint for more of the latest fuel saving technology, Intersleek 900, for the hull of the UK Navy’s flagship HMS Ark Royal. She is the latest UK MoD vessel to benefit from Intersleek foul release coatings which can cut fuel consumption and reduce emissions. As part of the Ark Royal’s Contractor Support Period at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard in the UK, the 20

China Adds 9 Shipyards to Favored 'White List'

Photo: China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation

China has added nine shipyards to its "white list" of firms deemed worth of favourable policy support, as it attempts to tackle overcapacity that has weighed on the global shipping market.   In September, it published a list of 51 yards which it later cut to 50. These yards, which it says are judged to comply with requirements such as ship emissions, are expected to get favourable policy support, such as bank credit and export tax rebates.  

Canada's First LNG Ferry Launches with Bestobell Valves

Bestobell Valves is celebrating supplying cryogenic valves to Canada’s first LNG-fuelled ferry – the MV Armand-Imbeau II, which has recently been launched.   It is the first of two dual fuel ferries being built for ferry operator Société des Traversiers du Québec.  The ferry features the innovative new LNGPac fuel storage system which operates on dual fuel, allowing it to become one of the most environmentally friendly vessels currently operating

Reducing Emissions From the Shipping Sector

Image: Ombros Consulting

 The EU is calling for a global approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping – a large and growing source of emissions.    As a first step, large ships using EU ports will be from 2018 required to report their verified annual emissions and other relevant information.   Maritime transport emits around 1000 million tonnes of CO2 annually and is responsible for about 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.  

Can Shipping Nations Act on Global Emissions?

Photo by Aiswarya Lakshmi

 Shipping was not included in the global temperature-reduction targets agreed in the historic 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change, yet the shipping industry pledged to move forward “in the spirit of Paris,” says a report in the WSJ.  

Four Baltic Sea Ports Pact for Onshore Power Supply

Photo: Port of Turku Ltd

 Four Baltic Sea ports, namely Estonia’s port of Tallinn, Swedish ports of Stockholm and Finland’s ports of Helsinki and Turku, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aiming for a common approach for a new onshore power supply for vessels.  

Interlake Steamship Bulk Carrier Repowered

The newly repowered M/V Herbert C. Jackson departed Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wis., yesterday giving a farewell salute to the Twin Ports where it has been undergoing its steam-to-diesel conversion since December 21.   As the last steam-powered ship in Interlake Steamship Company’s

LR, SCC Release Low Carbon Pathways 2050 Study

Photo: Lloyds Register

Lloyd’s Register (LR) and Shipping in Changing Climates, a $4m multi-university and cross industry research project funded by EPRSC, have today released Low Carbon Pathways 2050 – a new study that details a number of potential pathways for the shipping industry’s transition to a

Shipping Making Progress Towards Sustainability

Image: The Sustainable Shipping Initiative Limited

 The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is calling on the wider industry to embrace new finance models to fund clean tech upgrades and back calls for a new international framework for tackling shipping emissions.   SSI has announced the release of the organization's latest annual

SSI Urges IMO to Tackle GHG Emissions from Shipping

Image: Sustainable Shipping Initiative

 The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) has called on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to show its true intent to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions from shipping at the forthcoming Marine Environmental Protection Committee meeting (MEPC 69), which begins on 18th April 2016

ICS to Pursue Critical Issues at IMO's MEPC Meet

Peter Hinchliffe ICS Secretary General Photo by ICS

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has made a number of submissions to a critical meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Committee (MEPC) which begins in London next week (18-22 April).  These address further measures to reduce the sector’s CO2 emissions

ICS Welcomes Progress on CO2 Reduction at IMO

Peter Hinchliffe (Photo: ICS)

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has welcomed progress made by the IMO Marine Environment Committee (MEPC) this week (April 18-22) towards the adoption of a global CO2 data collection system. Once the amendment to the MARPOL Convention enters in force, all ships over 5

Pacific Nations Take a Stand on Shipping Emissions

Photo: IMO

On Earth Day, Pacific leaders queued among 175 countries to sign the Paris Agreement in New York. Earlier that day in London, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s sister UN specialized agency

After Paris, A Move to Rein In Emissions by Ships

Projections for the aviation and shipping industries share of global CO2 emissions under various regulatory and demand scenarios. (Graphic courtesy of ENVI/European Parliament)

 As the world moves to slash CO2 emissions, the shipping and aviation sectors have managed to remain on the sidelines. But the pressure is now on these two major polluting industries to start controlling their emissions at last - a report by Yale University.  

Measuring Shipping Emissions in the Arctic

Multicopter with sensors (photograph taken by Aeromon Ltd.)

Shipping must prepare for stricter black carbon emission regulations; Finns improve the reliability of international measurement techniques   A new global challenge and a compliance monitoring market are emerging, due to tightening environmental regulations

ABS Partners with Leading Greek Shipowners to Address EU MRV Regulations

Image: ABS

 ABS, a leading provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, has completed a project with a group of leading Greek shipowners to support preparations for implementing the European Union’s Monitoring

NYK Joins Study for LNG Bunkering in Yokohama

Image of LNG-fueled tugboat Image NYK

NYK is participating in a study launched by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Tourism (MLIT) to explore the feasibility of LNG bunkering in Yokohama.   This study is examining the technological and infrastructural requirements for establishment of an LNG

Emissions Levy Can Cut Ship NOx Emissions by 70% -Study

File photo: TORM

A levy on nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions with revenues earmarked to fund the uptake of NOx abatement measures is believed to be the most promising tool to reduce these ship emissions by up to 70 percent, as revealed by a new study by environmental consultancy IVL and CE Delft.  

First Shipload of LNG Arrives at Skangas Terminal Finland

First shipload of liquefied natural gas to Finland arrived at Skangas LNG import terminal in Pori. Photo Gasum Oy

Sunday July 10th 2016 the first shipload of liquefied natural gas (LNG) arrived at the Gasum’s subsidiary Skangas LNG terminal in Pori. To be completed in August, the facility is the first LNG import terminal in Finland. LNG was brought with the time chartered Skangas Coral Energy carrier

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