Regulation & Policy – Page 8

  • When visiting a US port, in addition to the North American ECA, ocean-going vessels must comply with additional low sulphur fuel standards in California

    How the shipping industry is tackling pollution


    With new regulations to protect the environment having been on the horizon for a number of years and now slowly filtering into force, shipowners, ports and terminal operators are having to come to terms with the industry''s move towards reducing emissions, writes Tom Gorrard-Smith, Associate, Clyde & Co.

  • Increase of Product Carbon Footprint across the Supply Chain (Froese 2015)

    Carbon footprint of container terminals


    Carbon footprinting of container terminals is not yet mandatory but recommended, writes Professor Jens Froese from the Global Logistics Emission Council (GLEC).

  • Kwai Chung is slowly cleaning up its act Photo: Baycrest/Wikipedia CC BY-SA 2.5

    Hong Kong tackles sulphur pollution


    A green group says that sulphur pollution around Hong Kong’s Kwai Chung and the city’s main container port have fallen markedly since new laws on were put in place on 1 July, but there is still much more work to be done.

  • Peel Ports won the award for the second time

    Liverpool awarded for sustainable development


    The Port of Liverpool has been awarded ‘Port Authority of the Year’ for its Liverpool2 development that will offer import and export companies sustainable ‘ship-to-door’ solutions.

  • The IGF Code aims to minimise the risk to the ship, its crew and the environment, with regards to the nature of the fuels involved. Photo: FJORD LINE_ESPEN GEES

    IMO adopts IGF Code


    The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has adopted the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), which aims to minimise the risk to the environment.

  • Alexander Porschke: “We want stricter IMO regulation, especially for black carbon". Photo: Hamburg Port Authority (HPA)

    NABU calls for stricter regulations


    While awareness of air pollution from ships has increased over the years, the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) says it wants to see stricter IMO regulations in the future, writes Rachael Doyle.

  • The complete Polar Code is expected to enter into force on 1 January 2017. Photo: Mark Garten

    IMO adopts polar environmental revisions


    Vessels trading in the Polar Regions now have new safety and environmental regulations to comply with following the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee’s (MEPC) adoption of the Polar Code and associated MARPOL amendments.

  • The Polar Code faces its final hurdle at the MEPC meeting this month

    Polar Code adoption on busy MEPC agenda


    Adoption of the Polar Code, an implementation timeframe for the Ballast Water Management Conevention and methodology discussions for a review on low-sulphur fuel availability are highlights of a busy IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting this month.

  • The European Parliament has pre-empted IMO negotiations on a global data collection system

    Shippers’ dismay over EU regional CO2 regs


    The shipping industry has expressed its disappointment over the vote taken in the European Parliament to adopt a regional EU Regulation on the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of individual ship CO2 emissions.

  • The purpose of maintenance is to maximise an asset’s useful lifetime, minimise cost and improve safety

    The importance of planned maintenance


    In this article Laurence Jones, director global risk assessment at TT Club, offers advice on how carefully considered and implemented planned maintenance of cargo handling equipment saves not just time and resources but also radically improves the safety record and reputation for clean, quality performance at terminals.

  • The Port of Kaohsiung is embracing change Photo: Min-Min Chen

    Changing times for green ports


    The port sector and shipping industry are not immune from the spotlight of media attention, focus for legislation and scrutiny by local communities, particularly when it comes to considerations of environmental management, writes Dr Christopher Wooldridge, academic associate, Cardiff University, UK.

  • The vessel, the name of which is unknown, called at Californian ports like Los Angeles without switching over the main engine or auxiliary boilers

    Ship manager fined for breaching clean air rules


    A ship management company has been landed with a US$283,500 fine for breaching sulphur emissions regulations in the United States.

  • EU shipowners are calling for a quick ratification of the HKC to ensure sustainable recycling of ships

    EU shipowners call for sustainable recycling


    European shipowners are calling for a quick ratification of the 2009 IMO Hong Kong Convention (HKC), aimed at ensuring sustainable recycling of ships.

  • The IMO is surveying the ballast water systems sector in order review the current guidelines Photo: Maersk Line

    Online surveys for ballast water systems


    The IMO wants all stakeholders involved in the testing, approval, fitting and operation of ballast water management systems (BWMTS) to complete an online survey to review the current approval guidelines.

  • The ECA says that too slow progress has been made over the development of inland waterways

    Prioritising inland waterways


    EU member states need to prioritise inland waterway projects as part of a sustainable transport policy because they have made too slow progress over the last 15 years.

  • The Port of Seattle is being sued for violating environmental laws and its shoreline permit

    Seattle sued over oil fleet


    The Port of Seattle is facing a lawsuit over the lease of its Terminal 5 to Foss Maritime, which environmental groups say violates environmental laws and its shoreline permit.

  • Shipping’s portion of global CO2 emissions, as a whole, has gone up significantly

    Reducing shipping’s carbon footprint


    Ports have an increasingly strategic role to play in their link in the value chain between ships and shore, writes Warwick Norman, chief executive officer, RightShip.

  • Newbuilt cruise ship on the Ems, from Papenburg to the sea

    The Ems Case, lessons learned


    A few years ago, the ‘Ems case’, which involved regular dredging to facilitate the navigation along the Ems River, opposed the city of Papenburg to the Federal State of Germany. Paris Sansoglou, Secretary General of the European Dredging Association points out at the main issues for dredgers in this case.

  • The NGO Shipbreaking Platform has published the 2013 list of toxic ship dumpers: German and Greek shipping companies are amongst the world’s worst.

    List of dismantled ships published


    The NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a coalition of environmental, human and labour rights organisations, which aims at preventing toxic end-of-life ships from being beached in developing countries, published a list of dismantled ships in the world in 2013.

  • News

    Lower sulphur fuel in the spotlight


    Government officials and industry representatives met in London today to discuss the future availability of low sulphur fuel in line with stricter IMO requirements.