Regulation & Policy – Page 8

  • 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.

  • Whilst the approach often differs, national legislation is achieving remarkably similar results; improved energy security, greater resource-efficiency and cleaner, lower carbon economic growth. Photo:© Port of Rotterdam Authority, photographer F...

    Advance of climate laws increases urgency to regulate shipping emissions


    There is a growing consensus that a faster response to climate change is desperately needed. This is especially so when the science and physical impacts of global warming are telling us that the urgency to act is increasing, says Terry Townsend, Director of Policy and Deputy Secretary-General at GLOBE ...

  • Hitting 2015 sulphur targets could result in increased carbon emissions and a loss of 2,000 jobs

    Shipping sulphur targets could prove harmful


    A new report commissioned by the UK Chamber of Shipping has revealed that the 2015 sulphur emissions reduction targets for shipping companies could result in adverse environmental effects and a loss of 2,000 maritime services jobs.

  • The project would damage the Great Barrier Reef. Photo: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/Marine Photobank

    Lawsuit filed over Oz fossil fuel project


    According to the Center for Biological Diversity, conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the EU Export-Import Bank for providing almost AUS$3bn to finance a fossil fuel facility in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

  • The discharge of cargo residue into the sea will be permitted under defined conditions

    Intercargo worries over MARPOL changes


    The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (Intercargo) has expressed its concern over the lack of information and understanding of important changes to MARPOL Annex V for port reception facilities.

  • Siim Kallas is currently serving as Commission vice president responsible for transport

    Commitment to minimise environmental impacts


    Siim Kallas was born on 2 October 1948 in Tallinn. He is currently serving as the European Commission vice president responsible for transport. GreenPort talked with the commissioner to learn more about his life, career and the future plans of the Commission in the field of transport.

  • GreenPort Congress will be held at the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski in Hamburg, Germany

    The role of Ports in bridging the gap between the interests of urban and business communities


    THE 6TH GREENPORT CONGRESS will continue the theme established at previous events of examining the challenges and opportunities of developing good practice and sustainable solutions in ports.

  • There have been major accidents and problems caused by misdeclared cargo

    Dangerous goods


    According to research, last year alone ports handled at least 400 million teu and there is evidence that the general level of international trade is even higher this year, writes Mike Compton.

  • Vanhankaupunginlahti, Helsinki, part of European Union's Natura 2000 program

    At the waterfront


    Ports are placed at the waterfront, so the potential environmental impact of activities are manifold, writes José Fernandez Garcia. Here he gives an overview of a new set of guidelines that aim to help...

  • “As vessels become larger, and ports and terminals more busy, our opportunity to have an impact on improving ecological standards and environmental sustainability increases”

    Setting an example


    Henrik Kristensen, head of CSR/HSSE for APM Terminals, outlines the environmental objectives for container port and terminal operations in the 21st century