Amid an increasing introduction of alternative energy sources to power ships on the back of environmental regulations, MAN Energy Solutions is seeing potential in the use of synthetic bunker fuels, which can be achieved with the use of its Power-to-X technology.

Marine fuel is too cheap for the environmental damage that it causes and sea transport does not reflect the true cost of bringing goods to market. These are the views of Euronav’s forthright ceo, Paddy Rodgers, who recently surprised the shipping community when he revealed his plans to step down later this year.

The debate currently raging over the use of open-loop scrubbers to meet the requirements of the IMO’s 2020 0.5% sulphur cap for marine fuel represents a massive own goal by the industry - from both a PR and global regulatory perspective.

K Line and Kobe Steel are trialling a system that converts waste heat from the engine exhausts to generate electricity.

Japan’s Asahi Tanker Co and Exeno-Yamamizu Corporation Tokyo have jointly developed an electric zero emissions bunker tanker set for commercial launch in the last quarter of 2020.

A new study on how vessels can achieve zero emissions has been released by Lloyd’s Register (LR) and University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS), showing what is needed for shipping as it heads toward the IMO 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction strategy.

Gibraltar Social Democrats (GSD) has called on the government to conduct a detailed review of practices in the bunkering industry to assess its impact on public health.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched an Incentive Scheme Climate-Friendly Shipping with a pot of EUR5m ($5.7m) to promote projects and demonstrations that make use of low carbon or zero carbon fuels delivered in Rotterdam’s port area.

Stena Line has inaugurated the onshore power supply connection at the Port of Oslo.

China has enforced a ban on the use of open-loop scrubbers in the country’s inland Emissions Control Areas (ECAs), port waters under coastal domestic ECA and the Bohai waters, though a countrywide ban could be implemented in future, according to Bimco.

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