IMO listens to Members of European Parliament to act to reduce shipping emissions

By Alexander Whiteman

MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) have told the International Maritime Organization there can be no exceptions or exemptions in the fight against climate change and are demanding immediate action to cut shipping emissions. In an open letter to EU member states and the IMO, MEPS from Croatia, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden say that despite shipping creating emissions equal to all of those created in the Netherlands, it remains the only sector not included in the European commitment to the Paris Agreement. (more…)

Box lines face extra $34 billion for low-sulphur fuel if shipowners don’t install scrubbers

By Mike Wackett

Within two years it will be illegal to power a ship with fuel having more than 0.5 per cent sulphur content, unless the vessel is fitted with an exhaust clean gas system, known as a scrubber. Low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) – currently about $580 per tonne, is significantly more expensive than heavy fuel oil (HFO) at about $370 per tonne. However, according to a new white paper, released by Swedish financial services group SEB, fewer than 2,000 ships out of a world merchant fleet of some 60,000 – 3.3 per cent – are expected to have scrubber systems installed by January 1 2020. (more…)

Time pressure on carriers to decide on scrubbers or more expensive greener fuel

By Mike Wackett

With just over 18 months until the IMO’s 0.5 per cent sulphur cap regulations come into force, major container lines are undecided on their future fuel strategy. Come 1 January 2020, ships not powered by LNG must either use more-expensive low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO), or be fitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system (known as scrubbers) in order to continue burning heavy fuel oil (HFO). (more…)

As IMO targets are questioned, what is the truth about shipping emissions?

By Alexander Whiteman

So what is the truth about shipping emissions?

The IMO has decided to cut 2008 levels of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by at least 50 per cent by 2050 – but not all in the industry are convinced. A recent comment piece in Splash 24/7, by First International Chairman Paul Slater, questioned shipping’s role in climate change, calling the IMO’s proposed plan “fatuous, unrealistic and unnecessary”. He wrote: “The CO2 issue has been grossly overstated…It has been shown that [shipping’s] CO2 is absorbed by seawater without damaging results”. He also claimed to The Loadstar that there was no evidence that polar ice was melting. (more…)

Ports can help reduce ship emissions by using a ‘polluter pays’ fee system

By Gavin van Marle

Ports could play a major role in efforts to reduce GHG emissions from the marine shipping industry, a new report from the OECD’s International Transport Forum (ITF) claims. Reducing Shipping Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Lessons From Port-Based Incentives argues that the introduction of financial incentives by ports for shipping lines deploying greener vessels could go way beyond the few cases so far. (more…)

Cold cargo prospects in B.C. encounter environmental worries

Cold cargo prospects in B.C. encounter environmental worries

By Keith Norbury

B.C.’s biggest export of chilled cargo — farmed salmon — and a proposal to build’s Canada’s largest container terminal, with storage for 1,628 reefers, are running into opposition from environmentalists.

A recent Environment Canada report outlining a threat to sandpipers from the proposed $2 billion Roberts Bank Terminal 2 “struck a potential death blow” to the project, the Vancouver Sun reported in February. Meanwhile in March, Washington State passed legislation to phase out ocean net-pen farming of Atlantic salmon by 2025 — a move cheered by salmon farming opponents such as activist and researcher Alexandra Morton. Proponents of Terminal 2 and B.C. salmon farming don’t appear too worried about those threats, however. (more…)