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MSC the latest carrier pledging to avoid the Northern Sea Route

By Gavin van Marle

MSC has joined a growing list of container carriers ruling out operating vessels in the Arctic, due to thinning sea ice round the North Pole. This is despite the fact that these conditions have made the Northern Sea Route between Europe and Asia increasingly viable for the lines. The Geneva-headquartered carrier said it would focus on “improving environmental performance on existing global trade routes”, as it had become “convinced that the 21 million containers moved each year for its customers can be transported around the world without passing through this Arctic corridor”. Chief Executive Diego Aponte explained: ““As a responsible company, with a longstanding nautical heritage and passion for the sea, MSC finds the disappearance of Arctic ice profoundly disturbing. Every drop in the oceans is precious and our industry should focus its efforts on limiting environmental emissions and protecting the marine environment.” (more…)

LNG: the fuel of the future for container ships, or a ‘disastrous’ option?

LNG: the fuel of the future for container ships, or a ‘disastrous’ option?

By Mike Wackett

By the end of next year, 20-25 per cent of the global containership fleet will be fitted with scrubbers, enabling those vessels to consume lower-cost heavy fuel oil (HFO) blends, predicts Alphaliner. Moreover, it expects 2M alliance partners Maersk and MSC to have their combined 62-strong 18,000-23,000 TEU ULCV fleet to be equipped with scrubbers by 2021.

After 1 January, it will be illegal for ships to bunker fuel with a sulphur content above 0.5 per cent, unless they are fitted with exhaust gas cleaning ‘scrubber’ systems. The consultant said that, at 15 October, the number of containerships already fitted with scrubbers was 142, “with a long line being retrofitted or waiting to enter yards”. (more…)

INREST convention in Sept-Îles

In May the Port of Sept-Iles, the Institut Nordique de Recherche en Environnement et en Santé au Travail (INREST) and the City of Sept-Îles, in partnership with the pan-Canadian project CHONe II, played host to the first International Congress on Industrial Port Research in Canada.

The conference attracted some 300 delegates from 6 provinces including ports, municipalities, businesses, industries, economic development groups as well as academics from 8 countries.

“Things went extremely well, it was a fantastic event,” says Manon D’Auteuil, Eng., Director Engineering and Sustainable Development at the Port of Sept-Îles. (more…)

International Energy Outlook 2019 projects nearly 50 per cent increase in world energy usage by 2050, led by growth in Asia

International Energy Outlook 2019 projects nearly 50 per cent increase in world energy usage by 2050, led by growth in Asia

In its International Energy Outlook 2019 (IEO2019), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that world energy consumption will grow by nearly 50 per cent between 2018 and 2050. EIA projects most of this growth will come from regions where the consumption of energy is driven by strong economic growth, particularly in non-OECD Asia. EIA’s annual long-term assessment of world energy markets includes a Reference case and four core side cases, which use different assumptions for the projections in each case. (more…)

OPINION: Greta Thunberg the world’s new environmental hero

Theo van de Kletersteeg

During her impassioned speech at the United Nations on September 23, Greta Thunberg made it very clear who she thinks is responsible for the world’s climate change woes: the world’s political “leaders” who, for the past thirty years, have known about the coming impacts of increasing levels of carbon dioxide (and other greenhouse gases) in the earth’s atmosphere, but have chosen to do nothing about it.

It is certainly true that carbon concentrations in the atmosphere have steadily increased over the decades, indeed, over the centuries. And, despite all the soothing words about “green” developments, and promises of emissions reductions decades into the future, no actual progress has been made in reducing GHG emissions. (more…)