DNV’s published a forecast and insight about the development and role of hydrogen in the energy transition

a forecast and insight about the development and role of hydrogen in the energy transition published by DNV
A forecast and insight about the development and role of hydrogen in the energy transition published by DNV

In his introduction to this report, Remi Eriksen, Group president and CEO of DNV, writes as follows:
Welcome to DNV’s first standalone forecast of hydrogen in the energy transition through to 2050. While there are ambitious statements about the prominent role that hydrogen could play in the energy transition, the amount of low-carbon and renewable hydrogen currently being produced is negligible.

That, of course, will change. But the key questions are, when and by how much? We find that hydrogen is likely to satisfy just 5% of global energy demand by 2050 — two thirds less than it should be in a net zero pathway. Clearly, much stronger policies are needed globally to push hydrogen to levels required to meet the Paris Agreement. Continue reading “DNV’s published a forecast and insight about the development and role of hydrogen in the energy transition”

Key tips for the safe carriage of alternative fuel vehicles in Ro-Ro spaces published by EMSA

The main reasons behind the topic of alternative fuel vehicles becoming a serious safety concern are the enormous growth of the alternative fuel vehicles fleet, the potential fire risks of these vehicles and a high uncertainty on the associated fire characteristics, EMSA notes and issued in response a guide providing recommendations for the safe carriage of alternative fuel vehicles onboard ships.

In the guide, EMSA highlights that risk assessment should be conducted for each ship to ensure that risks arising from the carriage of the AFVs that might affect persons onboard, the environment, the safety of the ship are addressed. Continue reading “Key tips for the safe carriage of alternative fuel vehicles in Ro-Ro spaces published by EMSA”

Proposal to ban sewage sludge dumping made to IMO

A proposal to ban the worldwide dumping of sewage sludge into the oceans has been made to the IMO by South Korea and Mexico. The proposal is being made some 50 years after the ’Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter 1972’, known as the ‘London Convention’, was drawn up to protect the marine environment from human activities.

In 1996 it was updated to include a so-called ‘reverse list’, which listed certain wastes that could be dumped – and it included sewage sludge. This latest proposal seeks to remove sewage sludge from the list of waste considered acceptable to dump in the sea. Continue reading “Proposal to ban sewage sludge dumping made to IMO”

First UK e-marine hub for electric boats launches in Plymouth

UK's first "e-marine hub" launched in Plymouth
UK’s first “e-marine hub” launched in Plymouth

The UK’s first ‘e-marine hub’ of shoreside charging facilities for electric vessels have been unveiled in Plymouth. The series of high-power DC electric charging stations have been switched on in prominent locations along the perimeter of the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park. This includes the world’s first 150kW charging facility at Mount Batten, the UK’s first 75kW site at MDL’s Queen Anne’s Battery and a 25kW installation at the Barbican landing stage.

Further installations are now being developed along the city’s waterfront, Continue reading “First UK e-marine hub for electric boats launches in Plymouth”

DW investigation reveals bilge pump dumping at sea is a bigger problem than most realise

Ships are dumping oily wastewater illegally by using a bilge pump.
Ships are dumping oily wastewater illegally by using a bilge pump.

The illegal dumping of oily wastewater into the ocean from ships, by using a bilge pump, is likely much more widespread than previously known and largely goes unpunished, according to an investigation from German media company DW. Despite oily waste dumping being prohibited globally under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), it continues to be shockingly common as vessels continue to pollute the world’s ocean with oil wastewater. Continue reading “DW investigation reveals bilge pump dumping at sea is a bigger problem than most realise”

Time to take charge of lithium battery moves

The market is exponentially increasing through consumer demand for a wide variety of rechargeable products from handheld devices to power tools and electric vehicles. Recently recorded incidents of container fires caused by, or suspected to involve lithium batteries, as well as conflagrations of significant proportions on car carriers and ro-pax ships mean that safety concerns rightly continue to grow amongst the maritime community. In addition to which revised regulatory restrictions regarding the carriage by air of lithium batteries, which took effect from 1st April, may result in greater volumes being transported by surface modes. Continue reading “Time to take charge of lithium battery moves”

EU announces allocate of €1 billion for the ocean protection at Our Ocean Conference

During the Our Ocean Conference in Palau, the EU renewed its pledges towards international Ocean governance, by presenting a list of 44 commitments for the 2020-2022 period for an amount of almost €1 billion.

The Our Ocean Conference is a key moment for countries across the world, civil society, and industry to commit to concrete and significant actions to protect the ocean. Continue reading “EU announces allocate of €1 billion for the ocean protection at Our Ocean Conference”

Impact of digital technology on maritime sustainability is the subject of the The Optimal Route report.

The Optimal Route Report
The Optimal Route Report

The Optimal Route report examines strategies to reduce greenhouse gases in shipping, offers guide to decarbonisation role of digital technologies. Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has published a new decarbonisation report entitled the Optimal Route to explore the impact digital technology can make on shipping’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Compiled by maritime innovation consultancy Thetius, and sponsored by the Inmarsat Research Programme, The Optimal Route – The Why and How of Digital Decarbonisation Continue reading “Impact of digital technology on maritime sustainability is the subject of the The Optimal Route report.”

Status update on biofouling regulations around the world

As new requirements for managing biofouling on international vessels arriving in Australia will begin on 15 June 2022, more countries around the world have already established similar biofouling regulations to address the effects.

The transfer of invasive aquatic species to new environments via ships has been identified by the IMO as a major threat to the world’s oceans and to the conservation of biodiversity, hence the need for enhanced biofouling regulations. Continue reading “Status update on biofouling regulations around the world”

Thames Estuary zero emissions operations are gearing up

A stream of green projects is helping the marine sector mark the shift towards Thames Estuary zero emissions.

Net Zero Marine Services (NZMS) has secured capital from UK Power Networks’ Green Recovery Fund programme to support its power infrastructure along the Thames. NZMS are developing seven shore power locations in central London. These locations will create a network of high Continue reading “Thames Estuary zero emissions operations are gearing up”

Ban of cybutryne in anti-fouling coating systems effective from 1 January 2023

Image credit: IMO
Image credit: IMO

The International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships (AFS Convention) currently prohibits the use of harmful Organotins in anti-fouling paints used on ships. The IMO has published amendments to the AFS Convention, which come into force on 1 January 2023.

These amendments introduce new requirements that ban the future installation of anti-fouling systems which contain a toxic substance Continue reading “Ban of cybutryne in anti-fouling coating systems effective from 1 January 2023”

Hydrogen fuel cell startup receives government funding to tackle maritime decarbonisation

Bramble Energy PCBFC™ Stack
Bramble Energy PCBFC™ Stack

Bramble Energy – a hydrogen fuel cell technology startup – has secured just under £1million (£994,050) in government funding as part of the BEIS (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) Energy Entrepreneurs Fund. The money will be used to further develop their hydrogen fuel cell technology, to replace diesel engines in boats, potentially saving 50,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. The unique fuel cell will be the basis for a fully compliant demonstrator vessel, crucial for the rapid adoption of hydrogen within inland waterways. Continue reading “Hydrogen fuel cell startup receives government funding to tackle maritime decarbonisation”

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