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.

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.

Polaris Shipping will install open-loop scrubbers on seven of its ships, using Langh Tech systems and retrofitting at South Korea’s STX Offshore & Shipbuilding.

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.

A project to evaluate methanol as a marine fuel is starting in Singapore, driven by Methanol Institute and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore.

Europe’s multimodal operator Samskip has announced that it will lead an ambitious initiative to develop autonomous, zero-emissions containerships that also aims to operate at a profit.

Norway’s scrubber manufacturer Yara Marine Technologies has made its footprint in China with the opening of its new Shanghai office, responding to increasing demand for scrubbers in newbuilds and retrofit projects in the Asia-Pacific region.

With just about a year left before the enforcement of the IMO 2020 global fuel sulphur cap, the shipping community is now seeing a global phenomenon of LNG bunkering services and infrastructure taking shape.

Energy transformation and climate changes are posing serious challenges to international shipping, which, even though shipping is considered an efficient mode of transport, is under pressure to reduce its emissions, speakers said at the International Marine Intelligent Energy Efficiency Technology Summit 2018 held in Shanghai.

South Korean Lim Ki-tack has won a unanimous vote from the 40 IMO member states on the ruling council to continue his second four-year term as IMO secretary-general.

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