Shipping Industry: IMO Study on Low Sulphur Fuel Availability Needed Now

Representing nearly 80% of the world's merchant fleet, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) on Monday called on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to hurry up with a critical study that will decide whether the sulphur content in ships' fuels will be reduced to .5% by 2020 or be postponed until 2025. Concerns amongst shipowners have been mounting for some … [Read more...]

EU Reaches Agreement to Slash Air Pollution From Ships

Council and the European Parliament reach a provisional agreement on the sulphur content of marine fuels The EU Wednesday announced an informal agreement requiring, by law, that all ships operating in EU waters meet mandatory sulphur content limits of marine fuels in an effort to reduce harmful emissions from ships. Under the provisional agreement and in line with … [Read more...]

IMO’s Work to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from International Shipping – Q&A

IMO's Karine Langlois speaks with Eivind Vagslid, the Deputy Director and Head of IMO's Air pollution and Climate change section on IMO's work to reduce the international shipping community's greenhouse gas emissions... KL: IMO will shortly be attending the Conference of Parties [COP17] for the UNFCCC in Durban, what message is the Organization taking to that meeting? EV: … [Read more...]

Interferry: Low-sulphur Timetable is ‘Mission Impossible’

Trade association Interferry says that ferry operators in northern Europe face a near-impossible choice in trying to meet the 2015 deadline for ultra-low sulphur emissions from bunker fuel.  The association also warns that the low-sulphur legislation will prompt an environmentally damaging modal shift from short-sea to overland transport and pose severe financial implications … [Read more...]

The Impact of IMO’s New Energy Efficiency Measures and the EEDI [STUDY]

New Study Shows Significant Reduction in CO2 Emissions From Ships Implementing New IMO Measures An IMO-commissioned study into the impact of mandatory energy efficiency measures for international shipping shows that implementation of the measures will lead to significant reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships, specifically reductions of carbon dioxide (CO2), … [Read more...]