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  • There are currently four designated SOx-ECAs worldwide.



    Speaking at a conference held in Madrid on 18 March, a Spanish ministerial representative announced that the Iberian country would support an application to introduce an emission control area (ECA) to limit sulphur oxides (SOx) from ships in the Mediterranean Sea.

  • The Maritime Operational Centre in Høvik, from where remote surveys are being carried out. Other units with remote survey experts are located in Hamburg, Singapore, Houston and Piraeus.

    DNV GL to introduce remote surveys


    Leading classification society DNV GL announced today that all DNV GL classed vessels will be able to request remote surveys for some inspections through the Veracity data platform.

  • Using a more realistic GDP growth scenario results in absolute emissions reductions of 20% by 2050 compared with 2008 (credit: BIMCO)

    BIMCO queries unrealistic scenarios in 4th IMO GHG study


    BIMCO is calling for the Fourth International Maritime Organization (IMO) Greenhouse Gas Study to exclude unrealistic gross domestic product (GDP) growth projections to predict future demand for the shipping industry, and emissions. The proposal has been made to the expert workshop preparing for the study, which is meeting in London ...

  • The Swedish Club has produced a sulphur cap 2020 guide Photo: The Swedish Club

    Swedish Club offers sulphur cap guidance


    Marine insurance firm, The Swedish Club, has produced a guide advising shipowners on the sulphur cap due to come into force in January 2020.

  • RIMS BV has now been certified by eight classification societies for the use of Remote Inspection Techniques (drones) during surveys of enclosed spaces

    Drone inspection specialist receives DNV GL certification


    RIMS BV, a leading remote inspection specialist using drones, has received certifications from DNV GL and the Indian Class Register, for the use of Remote Inspection Techniques (drones) during surveys of enclosed spaces.

  • Hatz's liquid-cooled 4H50TICD, one of a range of engines to recently receive EU Stage V certification Photo: Hatz

    Hatz engines given Stage V certification


    German diesel engine manufacturer, Hatz, has been awarded certification from the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) for its EU Stage V-compliant engines.

  • IMO secretary general, Kitack Lim and Ümit Yalçin, ambassador and permanent representative of Turkey to the IMO Photo: IMO

    Turkey ratifies Hong Kong convention


    Turkey, one of the five major ship recycling countries, has ratified the International Maritime Organization''s (IMO) Hong Kong convention, the treaty for safe and environmentally sound ship recycling.

  • ABB conducted a remote-control trial operation on passenger ferry Suomenlinna II near Helsinki harbour in 2018

    Finland to permit remote pilotage in waters


    Finland is to permit pilotage to be performed remotely in its territorial waters, after an act of parliament modified the Pilotage Act. The law is expected to enter effect from 1 February 2019.

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    OCIMF outlines VOC emission controls


    The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has published a technical paper outlining methods to reduce the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) during transit and while loading and discharging cargoes.

  • Gard advises crews aboard open-loop scrubber vessels are aware of local requirements

    Gard warns on open loop scrubber discharge rules


    Norway-based insurer Gard has warned members around the introduction of tighter requirements limiting or prohibiting the operation of open loop exhaust gas reduction (EGR) equipment.

  • IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 73)

    Fuel oil consumption data collection begins: IMO


    The IMO has reminded members that from 1 January 2019, ships of 5,000 gross tonnage and above need to start collecting data on their fuel-oil consumption, under the mandatory data collection reporting requirements which entered into force in March 2018.

  • Ships must use low sulphur (0.50%) fuels in the Pearl River and Bohai Rim coastal ECAs from 1 January 2019.

    China has not yet banned open-loop scrubbers: BIMCO


    Chinese regulators have updated part of its domestic emission control area (DECA) regulations with effect from 1 January 2019 but have not yet placed a full ban on open-loop scrubbers as reported widely.

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    China bans use of open-loop scrubber systems


    China has prohibited the use of open-loop exhaust gas cleaning (EGC) systems from 1 January 2019 in coastal emission control areas.

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    SSI launches online tool to help recycling


    The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) has announced the launch of an online platform for sharing information on ship recycling.

  • Demonstration test by ClassNK aboard MOL coal carrier

    Drone vessel survey for ClassNK and MOL


    ClassNK announced in late December it conducted a demonstration test of a ship class survey using drone technology.

  • Kitack Lim, secretary general, IMO (centre) with members of the GIA at its launch (credit: IMO)

    Industry taskforce tackles alternative fuels investment


    Industry stakeholders will discuss how to help IMO encourage the adoption of low-carbon fuels at a roundtable early next year, with a focus on incentivising early movers.

  • A cruise ship berths in the UNESCO World Heritage Geirangerfjord (credit: Norwegian Maritime Administration)

    Fjords sulphur plan includes scrubber ban


    The Norwegian Maritime Administration (NMA) is planning to ban using scrubbers to comply with a proposed 0.1% fuel sulphur limit in the country’s world heritage fjords, due to come into effect next year.

  • Progress towards the global sulphur cap at MEPC73 was broadly welcomed by industry groups (credit: IMO)

    IMO adopts carriage ban on high-sulphur fuel


    Ships without scrubbers will be unable to carry fuel with a sulphur content higher than 0.5% from March 2020 after the move was adopted by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) last week.

  • The programme of follow-up actions is intended to be used as a planning tool in meeting the timelines identified in the initial IMO strategy Photo: IMO/Flickr

    IMO takes next steps to deliver GHG strategy


    Work to deliver the IMO initial strategy on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships is moving forward with the approval of follow-up actions at the latest meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 73).

  • The final version of the Vessel General Permit will be delivered by March next year with at least a month for consultation (credit: EPA)

    EPA formalises VGP update delay


    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set a new date of March 2019 for the update of its Vessel General Permit (VGP), which includes requirements for the use of environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs).