Senate Hearing on Emission Reductions
Pictured is Senator Boxer. On February 14, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works conducted a legislative hearing on the Marine Vessel Emissions Reduction Act of 2007 (S. 1499). Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) discussed the harmful air emissions from ships and the measures that would be required if her proposed legislation were enacted. Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-OK) pointed out that adoption of MARPOL Annex VI is preferable to enacting unilateral legislation.
Board of Harbor Commissioners Implement Environmental Policy
The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners, acting on the request of Mayor Jim Hahn to maintain and enhance the quality of life of residents of the harbor area, adopted a historic environmental policy regarding Port of Los Angeles operations and future mitigation measures. “The Board is proud to establish this new environmental policy which sets as a goal that there will be no net increase in air emissions or traffic impact from future Port operations,” said Commission President Nicholas G. Tonsich. Port staff was directed to conduct seven separate environmental studies. Conduct baseline air emission inventory of the Port area focused on diesel particulates…
House Passes Bill to Reduce Pollution from Ships
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) hailed passage of a bill in the U.S. visiting this country’s seaports. 2007 (H.R. 802), sponsored by Congressmen James L. of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure) and Elijah E. Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Convention) Annex VI. Annex VI,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO. U.S. requirements. which will improve the air quality in many port communities,” he said. MARPOL Annex VI entered into force in May 2005. sets limits on sulfur oxide emissions from ship exhausts. controls. Air quality issues are particularly relevant for more than 30 U.S. (NAAQS). not achieve these standards must take action to reduce air emissions.
Air emissions update
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.
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) provides options for assessing emissions performance along with a standard methodology for determining SOx output from a vessel. Marine Vessel Environmental Performance (MVEP) Assessment Guide Air Emissions: Sulfur Oxides (SOx) was written by Mark West and Brian Ackerman…
Federal Funding for LNG Conversion Projects
The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that $900,000 in federal funding is now available to support the conversion of existing U.S. flag vessels to liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion. MARAD said it intends to use the results/data of this demonstration project to support further work related to air emissions reduction/alternative fuels research and to assess the public benefit of possible incentives to encourage adoption of emissions reduction and alternative fuels in the marine sector. The data collected will provide information regarding air emission reductions achieved using LNG and operational lessons learned from operating the vessel on LNG. MARAD will accept proposals from U.S. shipowners, operators and/or public sponsors through May 7, 2015.
EXMAR Orders Up to 8 LPG Vessels
EXMAR announced the order at Hyundai Mipo of up to 8 LPG vessels of 38,000 m³ capacity. The vessels will be delivered beginning in the First Quarter of 2014 onwards. legislation. SOx and NOx air emissions. By so doing, EXMAR wishes to adhere to its tradition of providing operational and technical excellence at the service of its customers.
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. Source: HK Law
DNV: 15% Emission Reduction, No Added Costs, Available Now
Shipowners can reduce air emissions up to 15% from ships, using available technology on today’s ships, according to Tor Svensen, COO of DNV Maritime, without incurring additional costs. Speaking in the day before the start of NorShipping 2009, Svensen is urging shipowners to thoroughly review all aspects of their operation in order to reduce emissions and to save money. “There is no reason to wait … in fact, we cannot wait,” he said. DNV contends that ships from all market segments can reduce their air emissions by carefully analyzing and optimizing a number of individual operations, such as optimizing engine performance, optimizing trim for all drafts and speeds and the propulsion system efficiency and improving voyage management .
AAPA to Vocalize Industry Efforts to Reduce Emissions
Emphasizing the steps that public port authorities have taken on their own to reduce air emissions and encouraging Congress to take steps to help improve air quality, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) will go before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure tomorrow to point out the accomplishments of the U.S. port industry and identify the steps that Congress can take to help reduce air emissions in and around commercial seaports. The Association’s testimony will be presented by Linda Strout, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Seattle. In her testimony, Ms. Strout — whose port has numerous accomplishments related to air quality…
EPA Issues Rule on Shipbuilding Air Emissions
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a direct final rule regarding emission standards for hazardous air pollutants relating to shipbuilding and ship repair (surface coating) operations. The rule amends the definition of ship in order to close an unintended gap and to clarify the regulations. The change comes into effect on February 27, 2007, unless adverse comment is received by January 29 or a public hearing is requested by January 8 Source: HK Law
EPA â€“ Shipbuilding & Ship Repair, Air Emissions
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received adverse comments to its direct final rule for National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Shipbuilding and Ship Repair (Surface Coating) Operations. Therefore, the direct final rule (published on December 29, 2006) should be considered a notice of proposed rulemaking and comments thereon should be submitted by April 27, 2007. 72 Fed. Reg. 8630 Source: HK Law
Project Aimed to Reduce Emissions
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners has approved a measure to undertake a demonstration project with the New York City Department of Transportation to retrofit a Staten Island ferryboat with new exhaust emission reduction devices. If the project is successful, a new agreement between the two agencies could be developed to retrofit the remaining six vessels in the Staten Island Ferry fleet. The demonstration project grew out of discussions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental agencies in New Jersey, New York and New York City on air impacts associated with the upcoming project to deepen channels in New York harbor to 50 feet.
California ARB Approves Port Emission Reduction Plan
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has approved a plan to reduce air emissions attributed to diesel-powered ships, locomotives, trucks, harbor craft, and cargo handling equipment involved in goods movement activity. The cost of the measure is estimated to be up to $10 billion over the next 15 years and the health benefits are estimated to be up to $47 billion. Source: HK Law
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. The bill also would include legislation to implement Annex VI of the MARPOL Convention to limit air emissions from ships. Source: HK Law
Canada Adopts North American ECA Standards
Canada aligns with USA to reduce harmful air emissions from ships navigating in Canadian waters. The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, has announced that the Government of Canada is adopting stricter environmental standards. Minister Lebel also announced further measures to prevent other ship-source pollution in Canadian waters.
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. Mayor Bob Foster of Long Beach stated that the level of growth contemplated for the Port of Long Beach is not sustainable without environmental enhancements. Roy Wilson, South Coast Air Quality Management District…
EPA- Emission Controls on Large Diesel Engines
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has changed the deadline for promulgation of the second set of air emission standards for large marine diesel engines (those at or above 30 liters per cylinder) from April 27, 2007 to December 17, 2009. The reason for the delay is to allow for further negotiations of international standards at IMO. The delay will also provide time for consideration of the state of technology for deeper emission reductions. Source: HK Law
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. This innovative project is intended to demonstrate how advanced seawater scrubbing reduces air emissions on large oceangoing vessels. The results will determine whether this technology could be rolled out to new oceangoing vessels, as well as retrofitting existing vessels.
California – Shore Power Reg Adopted
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a notice stating that its rulemaking to reduce air emissions from diesel auxiliary engines on certain ocean-going vessels while at berth in certain California ports was filed with the Secretary of State on December 3, 2008. The shore power rule (also referred to as cold ironing) starts to come into effect on January 2, 2009. It applies to certain ships that berth in the ports of Hueneme, Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, San Diego, and San Francisco. (Holland & Knight)
Diesel Engine Workshop Planned
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a notice stating that it will hold a workshop in Sacramento on May 13 concerning ocean-going vessels main engine and auxiliary engine/boilers. This is part of the agency’s efforts to reduce harmful air emissions from these ships by limiting the sulfur content of the fuels that they use. The notice makes no mention of the recent decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit striking down the regulations on which this effort is based. (HK Law)
CA Workshop on Cold Ironing
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) conducted a workshop regarding at-berth ocean-going vessel regulation (popularly known as cold-ironing). The agency’s presentation shows that it expects this program to reduce various air emissions from ships by the year 2020 (PM – 0.5 tons per day; NOx – 27.8 tons per day; and CO2 – 330 to 660 metric tons per day). Overall costs to California ports and visiting ocean-going ships are estimated at $1.8 billion. (HK Law)
MARAD Backs Emissions Reduction Projects
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it will provide more than $1 million to support the development of two new emission-reducing maritime solutions. The first is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) conversion demonstration project, and the second is modification of an on-board air pollution control device that will aid the U.S. maritime industry’s effort to decrease its environmental footprint. “The Department continues to fund innovative projects that support a steady shift towards cleaner and sustainable transportation options,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Through a cooperative agreement, MARAD has provided $730,000 to Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) to convert a towboat engine from diesel to LNG.