Last week, Transfennica announced it would be closing a ro-ro service running between Bilbao, Portsmouth and Zeebrugge. The line has become the latest casualty for North Sea operators in the run up to the 2015 entry into force of the European Commission’s (EC) 0.1% sulphur cap inthe North Europe and Baltic emission control areas (ECAs).
Fourteen new members have joined the Trident Alliance, a shipping body supporting robust and comprehensive enforcement of the 0.1% sulphur cap in Northern Europe and Baltic Sea emission control areas (ECAs).
The German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) has called for uniform rules on the discharging of seawater scrubbers.
Transpacific container lines have set a low sulphur fuel surcharge from 1 January 2015 to cover increased fuel.
The Glycerine Fuel for Engines and Marine Sustainability (GLEAMS) project has concluded that bio-diesel by-product glycerine is a viable alternative ship fuel.
Bringing forward the 2018 review year ahead of the enforcement of IMO’s regulation on the global 0.5% fuel sulphur content limit would be welcomed by the shipping industry, according to Shaj Thayil, global head of technical services at APL.