International Maritime Organisation News

20 Feb 2020

Green Bunker Demand Jumps at Rotterdam

Image: Port of Rotterdam

Low-sulfur fuel sales rose sharply in Rotterdam in the last quarter leading up to the implementation of International Maritime Organisation (IMO) 0.5pc sulfur cap on 1 January.According to Port of Rotterdam, the demand for LNG, bio and low-sulfur bunkers has increased enormously in Rotterdam over the past year. Total sales in this largest European bunker port fell from 9.5 million m3 to 9 million m3.In the last quarter of 2019, sales of low-sulfur bunker oil with a maximum sulfur content of 0.5% – the so-called VLSFO, very low sulfur fuel oil – increased enormously.

31 Jan 2020

Polar Research Ship Commissions Lifeboats

Image: Cammell Laird

UK’s new polar research ship being built at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead RRS Sir David Attenborough has achieved another important milestone with the commissioning and testing of the ship’s lifeboats and lifeboat davits.The lifeboats, each capable of carrying 90 people, are now in position on both sides of the vessel, along with the operational davits that allow for the safe deployment and recovery of the boats.RRS Sir David Attenborough is the first International Maritime Organisation’s Polar Code-compliant ship to have been built in the UK.

10 Jan 2020

New IMO Rules Overshadow Hapag-Lloyd's Profit Outlook - CEO

Rolf Habben Jansen  (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Tougher rules on sulphur emissions from ships set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) from January burden the profit outlook for Germany's container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd this year after a good 2019, its chief executive said."This will make it difficult for us to achieve a better (2020) result," Rolf Habben Jansen told reporters in Hamburg in comments on the ban on ships using a sulphur content above 0.5% on risk of fines, which is shaking up oil and shipping.But with above-market growth rates in transport volumes in 2019


23 Dec 2019

Maersk Outlines Year in Review, Outlook

Steve Felder (Photo: Maersk)

Steve Felder, Managing Director, Maersk South Asia has outlined the developments in 2019 and what we can expect in 2020:“While the global container demand was lower in 2019 due to weaker growth in the global economy, India witnessed a broad-based slowdown in its import export trade as well after a growth of several years. This is aligned closely with the weaker domestic demand, tight liquidity and working capital as well as a reflection of the overall cyclical weakening of the economic environment in all the main global economies.

18 Dec 2019

Keppel Delivers TSHD Sanderus to Jan De Nul

The trailing suction hopper dredger vessel. Image: Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd

Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) delivered the 6000m3 Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) Sanderus to Jan De Nul Group.The Ultra-Low Emission vessel (ULEv) is the fourth dredger that Keppel O&M has delivered to Jan De Nul Group.According to a press release from the shipbuilder, this follows the delivery of three 3500m3 TSHDs earlier this year, all ULEvs and the world's first European Union (EU) Stage V dredgers. Keppel O&M is also currently building Ortelius, a 6000m3 dredger which is identical to the Sanderus


15 Dec 2019

STS Loading Caustic Soda in Rotterdam

Image: Port of Rotterdam

The new International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulations aim to significantly reduce emissions of sulfur oxides, which are responsible for atmospheric acidification. This means that vessels may only use fuels with sulfur levels of up to 0.5 percent as of 1 January 2020.The current permitted level is 3.5 percent. However, another option is available. Shipping companies may continue to use heavy fuel oil if they install ‘scrubbers’ on their vessels to purify the exhaust gases with a wash treatment of water and soda."As the world’s largest bunker port


28 Nov 2019

Gasum Makes its 1st Cruise Ship STS LNG Bunkering

Image: Gasum

The Nordic energy company Gasum said that its liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel Coralius conducted first ever ship-to-ship (STS) bunkering to a cruise ship - Carnival Corporation's cruise vessel Costa Smeralda.During the bunkering operation, LNG was supplied to the newbuild Costa Smeralda at the Meyer Turku shipyard. Costa Smeralda is the first cruise ship in a series of newbuilds at Meyer Turku that will be fitted with LNG propulsion.LNG is the cleanest available marine fuel


18 Nov 2019

Malaysia Bans Open-loop Ship Scrubbers

© Igor Groshev / Adobe Stock

Malaysia has prohibited the use of open-loop scrubbers by ships plying Malaysian waters, as Southeast Asia's third-largest economy joins the growing number of nations adopting new industry guidelines on reducing sea pollution.New regulations from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) will require shippers to adopt more environmentally-friendly measures to manage their fleets, including reducing the sulphur content in fuels used in their vessels from Jan. 1 2020.In a notice issued to the shipping industry


07 Nov 2019

Wes Amelie Retrofit for Synthetic Natural Gas

The Wes Amelie (picture courtsey Wessels)

First dual-fuel retrofit now set to be first vessel globally to use SNG derived from renewable energy in furtherance of Maritime Energy Transition MAN Energy Solutions and Wessels Marine GmbH have announced a technical showcase whereby the 2017-retrofitted ‘Wes Amelie’, a 1,036-teu feeder container ship, will use liquefied SNG (Synthetic Natural Gas) produced from renewable electrical energy as drop-in fuel. The companies are cooperating on the Wes Amelie project with Nauticor


01 Nov 2019

IOC Sells IMO2020-Compliant Marine Fuel in India

Pic: Indian Oil Corp

State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) said it has commenced delivery of Low Sulfur Furnace Oil (LSFO) for ships that is compliant with International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) mandate.The largest commercial oil company in India said in a press release that it commenced deliveries of LSFO with 0.5 per cent sulfur as marine fuel at ports in the country.The first such supply was made on 26th October 2019 to the LPG tanker Berlian Ekuator at Kandla port.ICO has made available LSFO 0.5% S grade marine fuel for immediate deliveries at Kandla and Kochi ports.

24 Oct 2019

FortisBC Joins SEA\LNG

Photo: SEA\LNG

Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) provider FortisBC has joined SEA\LNG, a multi-sector industry coalition accelerating the widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel.Peter Keller, Chairman, SEA\LNG, said: “We’re pleased to welcome FortisBC to the SEA\LNG coalition. Our North American member network grows as the appetite for LNG as marine fuel expands across the globe.”FortisBC brings to the coalition nearly 45 years’ experience in LNG production in Western Canada. It owns and operates two LNG facilities on the west coast


18 Oct 2019

Two LNG Dual-Fuel DP Shuttle Tankers Unveiled

AET's Eagle Blane and Eagle Balder were unveiled at a naming ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Geoje Shipyard, South Korea, today
(Photo: AET)

AET, a petroleum tanker owner and operator, has named its newest vessels, two of the world's first LNG Dual-Fuel Dynamic Positioning Shuttle Tankers (DPSTs). The vessels, the cleanest DPSTs ever built, will emit 40-48% less carbon than equivalent vessels built in 2008, meeting the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) target of reducing carbon (CO2) emissions by 40% against 2008 baselines by 2030, and halving CO2 emissions by 2050.These LNG Dual-Fuel DPSTs also emit 85% less SOx


29 Sep 2019

Iran Acts Upon IMO 2020

Photo: Ports & Maritime Organization

According to notices given by international organizations to Iran by January 1st, all Iranian vessels must use low-sulfur fuel, otherwise they may face many consequences.Jalil Eslami, the Deputy Director of Maritime Affairs of Ports & Maritime Organization (PMO). warned: "As a sovereign body, we are obliged to declare the necessities of using low sulfur fuel and international issues, and in this regard all the necessary actions have been taken. Therefore, within the time-frame notified to all Iranian vessels


17 Sep 2019

LNG - Most Viable Alternative Fuel

Pic: SEA\LNG

SEA\LNG,  a multi-sector industry coalition, created to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, said that LNG is the most commercially viable alternative fuel for shipping today.SEA\LNG released the findings of a new alternative fuels study today, which finds that LNG is the most mature, scalable, and commercially viable alternative fuel currently available for the maritime industry.The study was conducted by Norway-based alternative


22 Aug 2019

Portable Emission Analyzer Certified for Marine

Photo: Ashtead Technology

A portable analyzer designed for monitoring emissions from ships is now available for sale or rent from Ashtead Technology. “With increasing global efforts to limit ship emissions, and with new regulations to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions coming into force on January 1, 2020, the addition of the Testo 350 MARITIME instrument is perfectly timed,” says Ashtead’s Environmental Sales Manager, Josh Thomas.The Testo 350 MARITIME is the world’s first portable analyzer certified for


30 Jul 2019

South Africa Readies for Sulphur Cap

Dr John Calleya. Technical Officer: IMO Sub-division for Protection Measures Marine Environment Division. Photo: South African Maritime Safety Authority

South Africa will be ready to implement new global ships fuel regulations aimed at prevention of air pollution by ships at sea, but may have to pick up pace putting in place prerequisite legislation to legalise the process.The new regulations are in terms of the IMO’s MARPOL Convention (Annexture VI) whose goal, according to the IMO is to further reduce air pollution by ships through emission.The revised regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships under the MARPOL


16 Jul 2019

BHP to Order LNG-Fueled Bulker

Image: BHP

International mining company BHP BHP floated a bulk carrier tender for LNG-fueled transport for up to 27 million tonnes of its iron ore.The Melbourne-based resource company said in a release that this is the world’s first bulk carrier tender for LNG-fueled  iron ore vessel.The mining giant is considering LNG as a way to eliminate nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide emissions by launching the world’s first tender for the ships.Rashpal Bhatti, Vice President, Maritime and Supply Chain


04 Jul 2019

Daniamant Hails Inclinometer Regulations

Daniamant’s DanEI-300 Electronic Inclinometer. Photo: Daniamant

Danish marine safety equipment manufacturer, Daniamant voiced its support of the German government's proposal to make electronic inclinometers mandatory for new build container and bulk carrier vessels.The Marine Safety Committee (MSC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has recently approved the German government’s proposal.Kevin Rough, CEO of Daniamant, comments, “Electronic inclinometers are an important safety product designed to support the on-board decision-making process and help reduce risk to crew and vessels.

14 Jun 2019

Research: Ammonia as Marine Fuel Feasible

Concept Design Ammonia Carrier. Image: C-Job Naval Architects

According to research by C-Job Naval Architects, Ammonia can be safely and effectively applied as a marine fuel to reduce harmful emissions in the maritime industry.The research uses a new concept design, an ammonia carrier fueled by its own cargo, to study the concept of using ammonia as a marine fuel and achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in shipping. It shows ammonia can be used as marine fuel if a number of safety measures are included in the design.

13 Jun 2019

Ammonia as Marine Fuel ?

Image: C-Job Naval Architects

Ammonia can be safely and effectively applied as a marine fuel to reduce harmful emissions in the maritime industry according to new research published today (12 June) by C-Job Naval Architects, the largest independent ship design and engineering company in the Netherlands.The ground-breaking research uses a new concept design, an ammonia carrier fueled by its own cargo, to study the concept of using ammonia as a marine fuel and achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in shipping.

20 May 2019

Braemar Mulls Shipbroking Opportunities

Pic:  Braemar Shipping Services

Shipbroking is set to have an interesting year of opportunities as the shipping industry prepares for the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) low sulphur fuel regulations which become effective internationally on 1 January 2020.The implementation of these regulations will have multiple effects but overall is expected to have a positive effect on freight markets, especially for tankers, said Ronald Series, Chairman of Braemar Shipping Services, provider of broking, financial


13 May 2019

Oakley Buys Two Maritime e-Learning Biz

Peter Dubens. Photo: Oakley Capital

Oakley Capital Investments Ltd has acquired majority stakes in two maritime e-learning providers from Norwegian private equity firm Herkules Private Equity Fund IV and US satellite company KVH Industries.Oakley, the private equity investment company contributed GBP25 million, through its Oakley Capital IV fund to buy the stakes in SG MidCo AS, also known as Seagull, and Videotel Marine Asia Ltd and Super Dragon Ltd, collectively known as Videotel.Over the past 40 years, Videotel


15 Apr 2019

IMO Includes Anti-Corruption on Formal Agenda

MACN members at the 2018 Fall meeting in London. Photo: The Maritime Anti–Corruption Network

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) showed massive support  agreeing to include maritime corruption as a regular work item on its agenda.A paper on the topic of maritime corruption was presented by the Marshall Islands with  many countries and international organizations  expressing their endorsement of a proposal to develop guidelines to assist all stakeholders in embracing and implementing anti-corruption practices and procedures at the 43rd meeting of the Facilitation Committee (FAL). The IMO will now work on a Guidance document to address maritime corruption.

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