Environment

  • Ammonia to power 45% of shipping in 2050 net-zero...

    Ammonia and hydrogen will be the main marine fuels if the world reaches net-zero in 2050, accounting for about 60% of the market together and with ammonia occupying the largest share, the International Energy Agency said May 18.

     

  • Norsepower and NMS sign exclusive partnership to...

    Newport Maritime Services (NMS) has partnered with Helsinki-based Norsepower, the leading global provider of auxiliary wind propulsion systems, as an exclusive wind technology supplier for its NMS platform. The current demands on the industry to cut its emission means that new and innovative solutions need to be accessible for the maritime market.

     

  • EU focus on blue economy targeting marine...

    The European Commission is calling for a new approach in developing a sustainable blue economy, telling all member states that they need to develop plans in 2021 addressing the maritime sector. The EC said that a sustainable blue economy is essential to achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal and ensuring a green and inclusive recovery from the pandemic. They are calling for developing offshore renewable energy, decarbonizing maritime transport, and greening ports, while the Commission said it will increase its efforts on pollution including possibly further tightening the restrictions on ship recycling and plastics entering the maritime environment.

     

  • Methanol advances as alternative bunker fuel with...

    Methanex Corporation subsidiary Waterfront Shipping carried out barge-to-ship bunkering of methanol in collaboration with the Port of Rotterdam, highlighting the ease with which bunkering could occur for methanol powered vessels.

     

  • NGOs call on EU to exclude Biofuel and LNG from...

    A coalition of NGOs led by Transport & Environment has called on the European Commission to "explicitly exclude" biofuels and natural gas from a new clean marine fuel initiative, advocating for investment in electricity-based fuels instead.

     

  • IOG enters carbon capture and storage research...

    Independent Oil and Gas (IOG), the UK-based company developing gas fields in the North Sea, said Friday it had signed a collaboration agreement with GeoNetZero CDT to explore carbon capture and storage opportunities.

     

  • Port of Corpus Christi plans Green Hydrogen...

    The Port of Corpus Christi, Teas is joining a growing list of ports around the globe seeking to become part of the emerging hydrogen infrastructure to support the maritime and other industries. The port plans to develop renewable energy infrastructure to support the production of green hydrogen and potentially to provide renewable power directly to the port and its customers.

     

  • Regulating CO2 by fleets is effective approach...

    As the shipping industry and regulators continue to debate the best approach to achieving decarbonization, the influential organization Danish Shipping is presenting a new way of looking at compliance. In a new report sent to the International Maritime Organization, the group that represents the Danish industry suggested looking at compliance by fleets as opposed by individual ships.

     

  • Rotterdam and German steel companies explore...

    Two of Germany’s leading steel manufacturers are joining with the Port of Rotterdam to jointly investigate developing an international supply chain for hydrogen passing through the port as a replacement for the coal currently used in their manufacturing operations. The companies recognize that vast imports of hydrogen would be required if Europe and Germany want to reduce CO2 emissions by replacing current fuel sources and become climate-neutral by 2050 while maintaining its strong industrial backbone. 

     

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Study shows shipping green hydrogen from Iceland to Rotterdam to be realistic before 2030

Landsvirkjun, the National Power Company of Iceland, and the Port of Rotterdam have completed a pre-feasibility study about exporting green hydrogen from Iceland to Rotterdam. The results indicate that such a project could be technically feasible, financially attractive and would have a significant contribution to the fight against climate change as economies around the world will switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy in the coming decades.

 
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Consortium wants to make Bornholm a green filling station for shipping

Bornholm Bunker Hub is the name of a new consortium, in which a number of international players are testing opportunities to establish a bunkering station with green maritime fuel on Bornholm. Several Danish companies are participating in the consortium, including Ørsted, Molslinjen, Haldor Topsøe and Bunker Holding.

 
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X-Press Pearl pollution spreads but reports of oil leaks are refuted

Sri Lanka officials conducted a briefing to detail the scope of the environmental damage resulting from the fire and sinking of the containership X-Press Pearl last month. Government representatives and the shipping line continue to refute reports of additional pollution and possible oil leaks from the vessel, which remains partially submerged off Colombo. At the same time, additional international aid is being sent to help the country deal with what has been called the worst environmental disaster in the history of Sri Lanka.

 
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Green shipping calls for a holistic approach

The shipping industry needs to look past zero carbon fuels to decarbonise the sector. ‘Circularity’ and ‘servitisation’ could be the new buzzwords to watch for, according to Danish Ship Finance (DSF).

 
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Søren Skou calls for $450 per tonne bunker tax to cut shipping's CO2

Maersk CEO Søren Skou staked out one of the most ambitious decarbonization proposal in the shipping industry, calling for a carbon tax of at least $450 per ton of bunker fuel ($150 per tonne CO2-equivalent). The proposal is far more ambitious than ICS' $2 bunker levy or the Marshall Islands' $100 tax plan, though it is still substantially lower than Trafigura's estimate of $750-900 per tonne of bunkers ($250-300 per tonne CO2-equivalent) for an effective GHG tax.

 
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