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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


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


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


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


ABS Updates Advisory Ahead of 2020 Global Sulfur Cap

 ABS said it has updated the ABS Advisory on Exhaust Gas Scrubber Systems (Scrubber Advisory) to help industry prepare for IMO’s 2020 global sulfur cap.   Central to the impending 2020 global sulfur cap are requirements to reduce the sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions from ships. Installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), commonly referred to as scrubbers, is a potential solution for owners looking to comply with the upcoming requirements


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


Ban Heavy Fuel Oil in the Arctic: WWF-Canada

Cargo ship and icebergs, Illulissat, Greenland. Photo: Clive Tesar / WWF

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to take steps that could lead to a phase-out of the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in Arctic shipping following an appeal from the Government of Canada, Indigenous participants and testimony from WWF-Canada.   


Bureau Veritas Rules Support Hybrid Power and ESS

Seaspan Swift, first hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered vessel in service (Image Courtesy of Seaspan)

Bureau Veritas has issued a new chapter in its rules providing a framework for electric and hybrid power solutions. The new class notations include power management (PM), power back-up (PB) and zero emission (ZE) standards.   It is expected that the notations will encourage wider uptake of


Shipowners Welcome EU Maritime Transport Policy

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 European Transport Ministers have adopted conclusions on the priorities for the EU’s maritime transport policy until 2020, says a press statement.   The conclusions endorse the content of the so-called “Valletta Declaration” adopted at the informal ministerial


ABS Hosts Industry Leaders in Athens

Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, held its annual Hellenic National Committee meeting in Athens, Greece in June.    “As the recognized classification leader in Greece


Future of Shipping on the Agenda in Malta

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim joined Ministers responsible for shipping from various EU States and other countries to discuss the future of shipping, at a conference in Valletta, Malta.   Speaking at the High Level Ministerial Stakeholder Conference


ABS Leads Industry Discussion on 2020 Sulfur Cap Impact Scenarios

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ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, held its annual National and Regional Committee meetings in London, Copenhagen and Hamburg in mid-March.   “Our committee meetings provide a platform for transparent


ABS Grants AIP for LNG-fueled Design Concept

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ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) for the Seatransporter-DF, a dual-fuel design concept developed by Algoship Designers Ltd. of Nassau, Bahamas. The design has the capability to accommodate multiple engine types as well as Type-C or membrane containment systems for liquefied natural gas


EPA Awards Nearly $2 Mln for Clean Repowers

Three New England projects have been awarded nearly two million dollars under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) competitive national grant competition to reduce diesel emissions.   The grants, totaling $1,975,000, were made under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)


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).


First Steel Cut for Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Del Rio (center) joins NCLH Executive Vice President of Vessel Operations Robin Lindsay (right) and MEYER WERFT Managing Partner Bernard Meyer

Norwegian Cruise Line is celebrating the cutting of the first piece of steel for Norwegian Bliss, the line’s sixteenth vessel and the first one designed for the ultimate Alaska cruising experience. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and MEYER WERFT executives gathered at the MEYER WERFT Laser


Long Beach Port Wins SCAQMD Clean Air Award

A container ship is worked at Middle Harbor in April 2016. Photo Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach and Long Beach Container Terminal have received a Clean Air Award for working to reduce pollution in Southern California with the Middle Harbor redevelopment project. Given by the South Coast Air Quality Management District


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


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

Image: Port of New York & New Jersey

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






 
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