Shipping Players Look to Cut Carbon Emissions with Ammonia Fuel

By Jonathan Saul LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - A shipbuilder and engine maker are among leading companies looking to develop a vessel that can run on ammonia as part of efforts to speed up carbon reductions in shipping through cleaner fuel options, officials said on Wednesday. The new project aims to design an oil tanker that can be fuelled with ammonia and whose technology can … [Read more...]

Extended Drought Forces Panama Canal to Adopt New Fees and Reduce Reservation Slots

The Panama Canal will reduce the number of available reservation slots and introduce new fees as part of a series of measures to sustain water levels and ensure reliability of the waterway following years of drought. The Panama Canal Authority on Monday announced the changes as part of a short-term plan to sustain minimum water levels for both the Panamax and new Neopanamax … [Read more...]

Equinor Sets Near-Zero Carbon Emissions Target for Norway by 2050

Norwegian energy giant Equinor has launched an initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions to near-zero by 2050 as it moves to combat global climate change in line with the Paris Agreement. Total emissions for Equinor operated fields and plants in 2018 were around 13 million metric tons, approximately the same level as in 2005. The firm’s new strategy seeks to reduce … [Read more...]

Opinion: Fighting Shipping Pollution Is Bad For the Planet

By Julian Lee (Bloomberg Opinion) --The shipping industry is getting serious about cutting sulfur dioxide emissions. People who live along busy shipping lanes will see health benefits from reduced particulate emissions and a reduction in acid rain when new regulations come into force on Jan. 1. But the sulfur particles help offset some of the warming caused by powering the … [Read more...]

Icebound: The Climate-Change Secrets of 19th Century Ship’s Logbooks

By Andrew R.C. Marshall OXFORD, England, Dec 11 (Reuters) - On November 14, 1881, an American called George Melville limped across a frozen delta in Siberia and pulled a pole from the snow with his frost-bitten hands. Exhausted and half-starving, Melville was scouring the wasteland for fellow survivors of the most famous ship in the world. The USS Jeannette had set sail from … [Read more...]