The environment, regulation and technology, and the links between all three, topped discussions at Sea Asia 2019 this week in Singapore.

Shipping is forecast to see a shift toward greater use of non-fossil fuel energy for propulsion by 2050 under influence from environmental concerns and the reality of climate change.

Israeli-based Atlantium Technologies is readying its proprietary ballast water management system (BWMS) for a full commercial launch before the end of this year, as the UV-based system is undergoing a shipboard testing on a Zim mid-sized container vessel.

The parliamentary debate at Sea Asia roused the passions of speakers who really got into the playing the part of a political debate with the motion of - “This house believes that too much is expected of the shipping industry on environmental matters”.

Bimco maintains there is more match than clash for shipping and the environment and it’s up to the shipping industry to demonstrate what it has done, and what it is doing, to protect the environment.

In a sign of the times the Connecticut Maritime Association’s annual conference this week the fuel-related sessions were not relegated a rabbit warren of meeting rooms at the back but instead took centre stage in the Grand Ballroom.

The entire shipping industry is taking steps to ensure compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) global sulphur cap, and the deadline is fast approaching. Some shipowners and operators are choosing to fit scrubbers whilst others have opted to burn low sulphur fuel oil.

The Port of Antwerp will embark on an ambitious project on the sustainable production of methanol, followed by the introduction of a methanol-powered tug in the near future.

APL has announced that it is providing free shipping to The Ocean Cleanup, a non-government and non-profit organisation working to develop advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.

A two-year scientific wash-water study conducted based on Carnival Corporation’s cruise ships have shown that the use of scrubbers are a safe and effective means of compliance with the IMO 2020 sulphur cap requirements.

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