Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Climate Change

Ships using low/net zero emission fuels would be financially rewarded for the emissions they prevent. Measure aims to ensure at least 5% of energy used by shipping globally is produced from alternative fuels by 2030. ...
A five-year investment and a dedicated team to drive the energy transition. The objective is to accelerate decarbonization across shipping, inland, and logistics operations globally. A major commitment to developing energy-saving and energy-efficient solutions. "The...

Evergreen gets double certified for its Greenhouse Gas emission inventory

In order to implement the company's environmental protection policy and carbon reduction goals, Evergreen Marine Corp. has completed a systematic inspection and calculation of...

Just In Time arrival can reduce fuel consumption and emissions by 14%

Containerships can reduce fuel consumption and resulting carbon dioxide emissions by 14% on a per voyage basis using Just In Time arrival. This is what...

Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 78th session opens

The 78th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) opened on the 6th June 2022 as a virtual session. As per an IMO press...

6 ways in which shipping industry is trying to achieve environmental sustainability

“SUSTAINABILITY IS NO LONGER ABOUT DOING LESS HARM. IT’S ABOUT DOING MORE GOOD.” We as humans have been abusing our planet in various ways both...

HMM completes Dream crossing of the Pacific in its first trial with Bio-fuel

HMM, the world's 8th largest container shipping line got one step closer to the IMO's objective of a reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions from...

IMO moves ahead on GHG emissions, Black Carbon and marine litter

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) in view of the urgency for all sectors to accelerate their efforts to reduce GHG emissions as emphasized in...

CMA CGM and ENGIE strike a strategic and industrial partnership for decarbonization

The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, and ENGIE, global player in the field of renewables and energy solutions, have committed to working together to advance the energy transition by championing the industrial-scale production and distribution of synthetic methane and BioLNG.

Refrigerators, toys and other debris from ZIM Kingston containers wash up ashore near Cape Scott

No more containers have been found. That is the news from the Canadian Coast Guard about the maritime disaster surrounding the ZIM Kingston that lost an estimated 109 containers in rough seas off the coast of British Columbia in Canada and is still anchored while fire fighting efforts continue. Refrigerators, toys and other debris from ZIM Kingston containers have washed up ashore near Cape Scott.

IMO and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sign new partnerships

IMO has signed three partnership agreements with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to support the preparation of a new global project that targets ship-based emissions. Further funding goes to existing projects focused on biofouling and marine plastic litter.

The agreements, signed by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and His Excellency Mr. Saleh bin Nasser al-Jasser, Minister of Transport and Logistic Services, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (28 September), will see US$509,000 going to the three environmental initiatives.

ZIM and Seaspan Announce New Long-Term Chartering Agreement for 10×7,000 TEU LNG-Fueled Vessels

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. ("ZIM") (NYSE: ZIM), and Seaspan Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlas Corp. ("Atlas") (NYSE: ATCO), announced today a new strategic agreement for the long-term charter, with monetary value in excess of $1.5 billion, of ten 7,000 TEU liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual-fuel container vessels, to serve across ZIM's various global-niche trades.

ZIM Line goes green with agreement on LNG fueled vessels

ZIM and Seaspan Announce Strategic Chartering Agreement for LNG-Fueled Vessels ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. (NYSE: ZIM) ("ZIM"), and Seaspan Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary...

Hydrogen council welcomes MSC into its fold, reaches 100+ members mark

A study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), revealed that liquid hydrogen could power nearly all container vessels crossing the Pacific Ocean, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world..

The ICCT study found that 99% of the transpacific voyages made in 2015 could have been powered by hydrogen and fuel cells by replacing 5% of cargo space with extra storage for the clean fuel, or by adding an additional port of call to refuel..

The Hydrogen Council, a global CEO-led coalition has been working to enable the global energy transition through hydrogen..

The Hydrogen Council’s efforts have been buoyed by the joining of MSC – the world’s 2nd largest container shipping line..

IMO working group agrees further measures to cut ship emissions

Proposed amendments to the MARPOL convention would require ships to combine a technical and an operational approach to reduce their carbon intensity​.

Draft new mandatory measures to cut the carbon intensity of existing ships have been agreed by an International Maritime Organization (IMO) working group.

This marks a major step forward, building on current mandatory energy efficiency requirements to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.

Trading houses and Charterers to start reporting on shipping emissions

A grouping of the world’s largest energy, agriculture, mining, and commodity trading companies and charterers will assess and disclose the climate alignment of their shipping activities for the first time..

This is according to a press release from The Sea Cargo Charter..

The Sea Cargo Charter is a global framework created in order to assess and disclose the climate alignment of ship chartering activities..

Its aim is to establish a common, global baseline to quantitatively assess and disclose whether chartering activities are in line with adopted climate goals making it an important tool to support responsible decision-making..

The Sea Cargo Charter is applicable to all bulk charterers, those with interest in the cargo on board, those who simply charter out the vessels they charter in as well as the disponent owners and all charterers in a charter party chain..

UN entities and private sector join forces to tackle invasive species and reduce emissions

A ground-breaking Global Industry Alliance (GIA) has been launched to tackle two of the most pressing environmental issues of our time – invasive species and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The GIA brings together stakeholders in the private sector and the GloFouling Partnerships, a project led by United Nations entities to address the transfer of harmful aquatic species through biofouling.

IMO Carriage Ban comes into effect and 5 beneficial changes of IMO2020

The much reported MARPOL Annex VI regulation (a.k.a IMO2020) which was implemented to lower the current global limit for sulphur content of marine fuels from 3.50% to 0.50% came into effect on 1st January 2020.. As of 1st March 2020, the complementary International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution form ships (MARPOL) amendment (Carriage Ban) came into effect..

Importance of sustainable packaging and shipping

Global trade keeps us connected with customers, consumers and industries around the world.. There are several modes of transport used in global trade - sea, air, land and rail..

Whichever mode of transport you use, even the most meticulously planned shipment can go awry either due to natural disasters or man-made errors..

Cargo damage is one such disaster that not only gives rise to product and financial losses, but could also affect the relationship between customers and their service providers..

Physical and wet damage could be caused due to lack of proper packaging to protect the cargo on its long voyage..

With current modern developments in sustainable packaging and shipping solutions, businesses have no excuse not to take the movement into consideration.

Making an effort to reduce your environmental impact will not only pay off in cost but will impress your consumers in our now rightly eco-centric society.

Technology has led to the creation of numerous types of sustainable packaging materials, to allow businesses from any industry to reduce their carbon footprint and environmental impact.

Here are some of the pressing reasons to incorporate sustainable packaging and shipping into your supply chain.

IMO2020 – Best practices, Guidelines for Port State Controls and more

Maritime shipping has one of the lowest carbon emissions compared to other modes of transport..

Despite this, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the regulatory authority for international shipping, has been working to reduce the harmful impacts of shipping on the environment since the 1960s..

In April 2018, the IMO adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels..

As part of this strategy, on January 1st 2020 IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI (colloquially known as IMO2020) regulated to lower the current global limit for sulphur content of marine fuels from 3.50% to 0.50% was implemented..

We caught up with Roel Hoenders, Acting Head of Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency, Sub-Division for Protective Measures, Marine Environment Division, with the IMO for his views on the implementation of the #IMO2020, and also to discuss the best practices and guidelines for Port State Controls (PSC)..

One month old VLSFO already facing issues – #IMO2020

January 1st 2020 saw the implementation of IMO's MARPOL Annex VI (colloquially known as IMO2020) regulated to lower the current global limit for sulphur content of marine fuels from 3.50% to 0.50%.. VLSFO (Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil) is one of the options suggested by IMO to achieve this reduction..

Shipping lines and fuel companies have been trying and several blended fuels that would help achieve these levels..

But the one month old VLSFO is already facing issues relating to emissions..

Maersk to test a containerised battery system to improve on board performance

I for one, am quite pleased with the many initiatives that the shipping and freight industry has been taking to combat climate change and reduce CO2 emissions..

Implementing IMO 2020 sulphur cap, testing the usage of bio-fuels to run ships, using scrubbers, avoiding north sea route, changing ships technology to use less fuel, etc etc etc.. While what is being done is commendable, there is still a LOT left to do in order to reach the goals set..

For its part, Maersk has announced that it will pilot a battery system to improve power production on board ships..

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