Vessel updates can help lower port emissions

Significant decreases in port and vessel emissions can be supported by giving vessels regular updates concerning berth availability, especially in the last 12 hours before port arrival, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has said.

In a release, the IMO said that studies undertaken by members of its Global Industry Alliance (GIA) have shown that reducing the time vessels spend waiting outside port and at anchor could significantly lower ship emissions.

The GIA is exploring barriers to the implementation of ‘just-in-time’ operations to find measures that could be taken to make ship operations of this kind “a global reality”.

The alliance is looking into the operational and contractual roadblocks to bringing in just-in-time operations so as to identify measures that all stakeholders — including port authorities and terminal operators — could take to make just-in-time ship operations happen on a world scale.

Implementing just-in-time ship operations means that ships receive information in advance so they can time their arrival at a berth.

This can also let vessels slow down, providing a further reduction in shipping’s carbon footprint as well as saving fuel costs.

In October, a new video from the GIA explaining the just-in-time concept was shown at the headquarters of the IMO during a presentation to delegates on the sidelines of the IMO’s Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships.

“Even a modest speed-reduction of 10% can result in a 30% reduction of CO2 emissions,” the video said.

“Just-in-time sailing is the smart thing to do. It is the sustainable thing to do. The sooner we start, the better.”

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