Cruise Ships Operators Agree to Pollute Less in French Waters

MARSEILLE, France, Oct 17 (Reuters) - The main cruise ship operators in French waters have agreed on measures to limit pollution caused by their vessels, including hooking up to the power grid instead of keeping their engines running during stopovers. The "Blue Charter" agreement signed in Marseille by Costa Cruises, MSC Cruises, Royal Carribean Cruises and Ponant also … [Read more...]

France Urges Tax on Ship and Airplane Fuel

By Leigh Thomas PARIS, Oct 15 (Reuters) - France wants the European Union to work on creating a tax on airplane and ship fuels as part of a push to rein in carbon emissions, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday. Le Maire said the tax would complement plans supported by France and Germany for a carbon border tax that would shield European companies from … [Read more...]

France’s Cannes to Ban Polluting Cruise Ships

By Michel Bernouin CANNES, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Mediterranean resort town Cannes, France's fourth-biggest cruise ship port, will ban the most polluting cruise ships from next year in a bid to boost air quality in the city. The ban will target ships that do not respect a 0.1% cap on sulfur in their fuel and could stop some passengers from disembarking in the city famous for … [Read more...]

France’s Macron Says Slow-Steaming Needed to Tackle Climate Change

By Alexander Whiteman (The Loadstar) - President Emmanuel Macron chose this week’s G7 summit to reaffirm France’s commitment to slow-steaming as the best tool to tackle climate change. Mr Macron’s statement in Biarritz seemed to catch some observers off-guard, despite the French delegation to the IMO this year calling for slow-steaming to become IMO policy. “We will … [Read more...]

Macron Calls on Shipping Lines to Shun Arctic Route

By James Regan and Irina Reznik (Bloomberg) -- French President Emmanuel Macron is calling on container lines to avoid using a new Arctic shipping route to protect the environment. Speaking at the start of the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz in southwest France on Saturday, Macron said France’s biggest shipping line, CMA CGM, has committed not to use the so-called Northern … [Read more...]