Environment

  • Poseidon Med II event in Patras highlights the...

    The benefits of the use of LNG as a safe and eco-friendly fuel for the local community of Patras, was the core of the discussion during the Poseidon Med II event which took place at Port of Patras on 19th June 2017. The event was co-organised by Patras Port Authority, which is one of the participating ports in the project, within the European co-funded Poseidon Med II project. The event gathered together representatives from the Municipality of Patras and local stakeholders from social and industry sectors.

  • ‘irrespective of where oil is found, it belongs...

    Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream), Senator Tayo Alasoadura, has said that the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB), now awaiting final passage in the Red Chamber holds immense benefits for all Nigerians. Alasoadura in a statement in Abuja, said the PIGB would not only help to create more jobs for Nigerians but will also foster a conducive business environment for petroleum operations when signed into law. 

  • Effective and economical: Bilfinger solution for...

    Full steam ahead for maritime flue gas desulfurization: After only around three months of operation, the reference project on board the ocean tanker M/T Aurelia was awarded the International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate by certification company DNV GL on behalf for the German flag. Operated by shipping company Carl Büttner GmbH & Co. KG from Bremen, the ship was fitted out with a new flue gas desulfurization system supplied by Babcock Noell, a subsidiary of Bilfinger SE. This technology uses an absorption process to remove the sulfurous flue gases emitted by the ship. In this way, the ocean tanker meets the latest environmental standards.

  • The Environment Aboard a Cargo Ship Can Create...

     In this, Mental Health Awareness Week (May 8-14), the Mission to Seafarers is pointing out that depression and psychological problems can often be a concern amongst the seafaring community and is highlighting the mental health challenges faced by seafarers and calling on the industry to offer wider services that could help safeguard their welfare. Much of the work undertaken by the Mission to Seafarers, and other charities globally, involves mental health support, from offering the ability to contact families, to being on-hand to assist seafarers struggling with depression and fatigue, and even providing support after cases of attempted suicide.

  • US Regulatory, Financial and Political Issues...

    IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry and Blank Rome LLP held a seminar on United States (US) Regulatory, Financial, and Political Issues Affecting Shipping on 26 April 2017 at the Metropolitan Hotel in Athens, Greece. The seminar was an opportunity for industry stakeholders to meet and discuss the current environment and the challenges ahead. The seminar was a success, with around 170 in attendance to hear the speakers and participate in the panel discussions.

  • DP World reports positive growth in the Middle...

    DP World has announced that its container volumes grew 5.7 percent year on year in the first quarter of 2017, reaching a total of 16.4 million TEU for the period. Asian and American facilities led the way for volume growth.

  • New fisheries rules strengthen data collection

    A new regulation simplifying and strengthening the current system for the collection of biological, environmental, technical and socio-economic data in the fisheries sector has been adopted by the European Council.

  • Turkey raises fines for marine pollution caused...

    The Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication has raised the fines for pollution caused by vessels by 41 percent, and has implemented stricter regulations after a ship hit rocks and spilled 50 tons of fuel in western Turkey.

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T&E: Shipping emissions talks stall in London

Two weeks of talks in London on what measures the global shipping sector should take to reduce its climate impact have failed to make progress. Governments meeting at the UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) were supposed to start delivering on their April commitment to decarbonise international shipping but instead became bogged down in procedural matters. The Clean Shipping Coalition [1] said the total lack of urgency was in stark contrast to the impassioned pleas for action made to delegates by the authors of the recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Gulf Oil Marine releases a comprehensive position paper on its plans to navigate the IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap

Gulf Oil Marine is pleased to announce the release of its 2020 position paper. The document explores the various compliance options and challenges ship operators are preparing for to switch to low Sulphur fuel or scrubbers. It presents a range of Gulf Oil Marine’s engine lubricants to give ship operators the widest choice of products to suit their fleet regardless of the engine type, fuel type and sphere of operation and outlines Gulf Oil Marine’s plans to ensure a smooth, hassle free and cost effective transition.

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Ten Scrubber Questions Answered

The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020, a new organization consisting of 25 leading maritime companies representing over 2,000 ships, answers 10 questions about scrubbers.  

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Turkey’s Arkas Bunkering, Sumitomo Corporation signs agreement on LNG bunkering

Arkas Bunkering has signed an agreement with Japanese integrated trading and investment company Sumitomo Corporation for the use of liquefied natural gas as bunker fuel in Turkish and nearby seas. Arkas is securing LNG ahead of the changes in the International Maritime Organization’s global sulfur cap to 0.5% in bunker fuels, from 3.5% currently, which will come into effect on January 1, 2020. This applies outside the designated emission control areas where the limit is already 0.10%.

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Greek Shipowners Strongly Support The Forthcoming Discussions At The UN IMO For Effective Implementation And Enforcement Of The 2020 0.5% Global Sulphur Cap

The Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) remains firmly committed to the successful transition to the 0.5% global sulphur cap in marine fuels and the related dates that have been agreed at the United Nations International Maritime Organization (UN IMO). At the same time, it fully supports the effective implementation and enforcement of the new regulation through the establishment of a UN IMO institutionalized data collection, analysis and review stage, as the minimum safeguard, given the safety and operational issues already identified. This is in line with the traditional role of the UN IMO and the need to give priority to the protection of life at sea and the protection of the environment, a principle deeply embedded in the maritime code of values of the Greek shipping community.

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