Environment

  • Switch to Cleaner Fuels Could Lower Risk for...

    A report published today by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), Alternatives to heavy fuel oil use in the Arctic: Economic and environmental tradeoffs finds that using heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping creates such great risks compared to the cost of moving to safer fuels, that transitioning to these safer fuels is the only rational action for Arctic ship operators.

  • Port of Portland should bring its finalist...

    It's difficult to imagine the shape Portland and Oregon would have taken without the influential hand of the Port of Portland, established in 1891to map a way forward for marine and, later, aviation operations that would help grow manufacturing, farming and travel industries. Few people in Oregon have jobs more consequential statewide than that of the port's director.

  • Asleep at the helm: the dangerous impacts of...

    At the beginning of this year, maritime trade association InterManager released the initial findings of Project MARTHA, the most comprehensive study on seafarer fatigue so far. What did the industry learn about the difficulties seafarers face at sea, and who is best placed to help?

  • EU members urge International Maritime...

    Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have called upon the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to impose a ban on the use of highly polluting marine fuel ‘heavy fuel oil’ (HFO) in Arctic waters.

  • How do shipowners get ready for the Ballast Water...

    The Danish Maritime Authority, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and the Danish Shipowners’ Association are hosting a conference where the future implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention is on the agenda.

  • Malaysia worried EU resolution could dent palm...

    Malaysia voiced concern on Wednesday that a call by European Union lawmakers for curbs on imports of palm oil could deal a blow to one of the Asian country’s biggest exports.
    In a vote aimed at influencing EU regulators, the European Parliament backed a call for greater vetting of palm and other vegetable oils used in biofuels to prevent the EU’s renewable transport targets for post-2020 leading to deforestation.

  • Marshall Islands Quality Council Meeting Hosts...

    The Marshall Islands Quality Council meeting, held on March 21 in Stamford, U.S., included a discussion on the development of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) fuel oil consumption database, intended to support the implementation of MARPOL annex VI requirements, PortNews IAA reports.

  • SCF Group partners with Shell to make the first...

    SCF Group (Sovcomflot) has signed an agreement with Shell Western LNG B.V. (Shell) for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel the first Aframax crude oil tankers in the world to be powered by LNG. The agreement was announced by Sergey Frank, President & CEO of Sovcomflot, and Maarten Wetselaar Integrated Gas and New Energies Director.

  • Staying At The Forefront Of Regulations

    Major environmental regulations dealing with air pollution, greenhouse gases and invasive marine species will come into effect this decade, aiming at reducing the environmental impact of shipping. Their scope will include international, regional, country and state level regulations. Our ambition is to be at the forefront of environmental regulations, both those already implemented and those expected.

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Ballast water – managing risks of zoological pollution

Zoological pollution is becoming an increasing concern for commercial shipping worldwide. The threat of invasive species spreading through the intake and discharge of ballast water has resulted in the IMO adopting the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments in force as of 8th of September 2017 (the “Convention”).

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An audit of the environmental impact of shipping

With fuel and renewable sources of energy powering ships across the world’s oceans, the cost of these are a major component in the cost of ship operations. Therefore, energy auditing is used to optimise energy efficiency on board through identifying key areas where energy can be conserved.

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