China Paves Way for First Emission Control Areas

  China has amended its 15 year-old Air Pollution Prevention and Control Law to tackle shipping emissions for the first time, local media reports. The amendments include measures that grant legal authority for the nation's Ministry of Transport to designate key regions along the coast as Emissions Control Areas (ECAs). The advent of ECAs would have far reaching … [Read more...]

Norway Names First Shipowner to Break New ECA Rules

  This article was written by, the world’s leading free to access website focused on marine fuel, with news, exclusive features, and bunker price indications for 150+ ports.  The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMD) has named the first vessel it says broke this year's updated Emissions Control Area (ECA) rules, with two infractions coming … [Read more...]

Stena Line Ferries First to Use New ‘Closed Loop’ Scrubber Technology

Two Stena Line ferries are set to become the first ships to be retrofitted with a new in-line closed loop gas scrubber systems from Wärtsilä that will help the ferries achieve emissions compliance in the North Sea. Finnish power solutions provider Wärtsilä made the announcement Tuesday that the Swedish-based Stena Line has chosen the scrubber system retrofits for the ‘Stena … [Read more...]

Low Sulphur Fuel Rules to Undermine Cheap Oil Advantages in Europe

By Libby George LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Shipping firms operating in northern Europe will not get the full benefit of plunging oil prices as they face higher fuel costs and potential insurance problems from sulphur regulations coming into force early next year. Shipping companies and industry watchers also say that moving to a low sulphur fuel that is around two thirds … [Read more...]

Shipping Execs: EPA’s Low-Sulphur Fuel Rule Will Hurt The Environment and Short Sea Shipping

Shipping industry leaders told Members of Congress on Tuesday that higher fuel costs associated with upcoming low-sulphur fuel limits in North American Emission Control Areas could actually hurt the environment and the economy by forcing the movement of goods by less environmentally-friendly means. Congressional leaders heard Tuesday from shipping industry representatives … [Read more...]