Global Maritime Issues Monitor reveals the coming impacts for shipping

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Global Maritime Issues Monitor logo

The fifth annual Global Maritime Issues Monitor has revealed that senior maritime decision-makers believe the maritime industry will be most impacted by the decarbonization of shipping and new environmental regulations in the next decade. At the same time, geopolitical issues and skill shortages rise in prominence as an area of concern.

Following the war in Ukraine, geopolitical tension has become one of the top concerns in the industry. The industry’s preparedness to face these tensions, however, is still rated as high. Compared to last year’s results, the expected impact of changing trade patterns has likewise increased. Continue reading “Global Maritime Issues Monitor reveals the coming impacts for shipping”

Onboard carbon capture explored by ABS in new publication

Emerging onboard carbon capture (OCC) technology is explored in a new publication from ABS in its latest support for the maritime energy transition. Launched at the global trade fair for Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology (SMM), Insights into Onboard Carbon Capture examines the various methods of OCC as well as carbon handling and storage and downstream considerations, as well as regulatory issues.

“Although there has been increased interest from the industry, the technology and its associated value chains have a long way to mature, and there are many factors to consider such as onboard power supply, Continue reading “Onboard carbon capture explored by ABS in new publication”

Rolls-Royce and Sanlorenzo team up for methanol propulsion in luxury yachts

 

Rolls-Royce and Italian yacht builder Sanlorenzo plan to develop and build a large motor yacht with an engine that usees a methanol propulsion system able to run carbon-neutrally on ‘green’ methanol. The two companies announced an exclusive memorandum of understanding to this effect for yachts between 40 and 70 meters on the eve of the opening of the 2022 Cannes Yachting Festival. Powered by two mtu methanol engines based on the Series 4000, the Sanlorenzo yacht is expected to undertake her maiden voyage in 2026.

“We’re making shipping more environmentally friendly and easier on the climate, and this agreement Continue reading “Rolls-Royce and Sanlorenzo team up for methanol propulsion in luxury yachts”

EU report published on how the Recreational Craft Directive could evole

EU report published on how the Recreational Craft Directive could evole
EU report published on how the Recreational Craft Directive could evole

A second report has been published on how the Recreational Craft Directive 2013/53/EU should be updated going forward.
In this much-awaited report, the European Commission has assessed the technological and economic feasibility of further reducing exhaust emissions produced by recreational craft and their fuel systems.

It also evaluates the appropriateness of the current watercraft design categories in light of different weather conditions and the impact of this categorisation on manufacturers and end-users.

Exhaust emissions Continue reading “EU report published on how the Recreational Craft Directive could evole”

First glass fibre composites recycling centre in the UK set to open

First glass fibre composites recycling centre in the UK set to open
First glass fibre composites recycling centre in the UK set to open

The National Composites Centre is aiming to create the UK’s first glass fibre composites recycling and re-use facility of its kind. The organisation is supporting a new consortium that has been formed to address the growing challenge of decarbonisation and recycling of composite materials in the marine industry and beyond.

The Blue Composites Project is made up of the UK’s leading marine and maritime companies, composites specialists, academic institutions and local government organisations, led by Blue Parameters, a Guernsey based marine consultancy. Continue reading “First glass fibre composites recycling centre in the UK set to open”

Bunker fuel contamination cases are on the increase

UK P&I Club has said bunker fuel analysis indicates more cases of contaminated bunker fuel in the Rotterdam and Amsterdam areas (ARA), suggesting that the problem persists.

During July, Veritas petroleum services (VPS) issued a bunker alert regarding the same issue. VPS reported that they had investigated samples of very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) taken in the ARA region following reports that vessels using these fuels were experiencing operational problems, such as excessive wear of fuel pump plungers, barrels and injectors. Continue reading “Bunker fuel contamination cases are on the increase”

New laws to restrict the way ships release ballast water into UK seas

The new laws, put forward by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), is based on the international Ballast Water Management Convention
The new laws, put forward by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), is based on the international Ballast Water Management Convention

New laws have now come into force which will further protect United Kingdom coastlines by stopping international ships from discharging potentially harmful species into the sea.

The Merchant Shipping (Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments) Regulations 2022 introduces legislation into UK law controlling the discharge of ships’ ballast water into UK waters. Ballast water can contain aquatic species that are harmful to native UK ones and the legislation will stop ships from potentially releasing them onto our coasts. Continue reading “New laws to restrict the way ships release ballast water into UK seas”

The size of North American maritime’s carbon footprint revealed in new report

The Houston-headquartered Blue Sky Maritime Coalition (BSMC) has released a new report that provides a benchmark for CO2 emissions from the major vessel sectors that make up domestic maritime transportation in North America. The coalition, a non-profit corporation, is a strategic alliance formed to accelerate the transition of North American waterborne transportation (NAWT) toward net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the study gives some insights into what’s needed to meet that goal. Continue reading “The size of North American maritime’s carbon footprint revealed in new report”

Reclamation of underwater hull cleaning waste is essential to sustainability

Underwater hull cleaning may be a necessary and essential activity for many vessel owners, but it can result in substantial amounts of waste being produced. This is an obvious concern for companies anxious to enhance their ESG credibility.

Marine coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel says that recovering underwater hull cleaning waste material or reclamation is vital for the sustainable future of the industry.

“Reclaiming the waste generated from underwater hull cleaning operations provides assurance to vessel operators that materials generated from their operations are handled in a sustainable, environmentally and socially responsible manner, says AkzoNobel, Continue reading “Reclamation of underwater hull cleaning waste is essential to sustainability”

New rules on ship safety and pollution proposed by Hong Kong

Hong Kong plans to amend eight regulations on ship safety and pollution
Hong Kong plans to amend eight regulations on ship safety and pollution

Hong Kong plans to amend eight regulations under the Merchant Shipping (Safety) Ordinance, the Merchant Shipping (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Ordinance, and the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) Ordinance.

It intends to incorporate the latest requirements under three conventions of the United Nations’ IMO:
– the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code);
– the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships;
– the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti- Fouling Systems on Ships. Continue reading “New rules on ship safety and pollution proposed by Hong Kong”

First electric flying ferry set to transform Stockholm’s waterborne public transport

The world’s fastest electric ship, the Candela P-12 Shuttle, is set to hit Stockholm’s waters next year, heralding a new era of transport. The innovative hydrofoiling electric ferry will reduce emissions and slash commuting times and the city believes it will make waterborne public transport more attractive than trains, buses and cars.

The marine technology company Candela released the first pictures of what will be the world’s fastest, longest-range and most energy efficient electric ship ever. The Candela P-12 Shuttle, as the innovative vessel is called, will be shuttling citizens between the sprawling Stockholm suburb of Ekerö and the city center in the coming year. Continue reading “First electric flying ferry set to transform Stockholm’s waterborne public transport”

Sea Cargo Charter annual disclosure report 2022 published

The Sea Cargo Charter is a global framework for measuring and reporting how ship charterers’ activities align with society’s goals. This report marks the first time Signatories disclose the climate alignment of their activities, and the first disclosure of climate alignment using the Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator (EEOI) as a metric.

Signatories to the Sea Cargo Charter recognize that their role in the industry affords them opportunities to promote responsible environmental stewardship and drive change throughout the maritime Continue reading “Sea Cargo Charter annual disclosure report 2022 published”

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