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With the 0.1% sulphur ECAs in North Europe and North America just a fortnight away from enforcement Seatrade Global is running a two-part feature giving industry perspectives on the impact it will have on shipping come 1 January 2015.

 

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).

NYK Group has developed a new oil additive, Yunic750LS-F, designed to increase lubricity and address mould in low-sulphur fuel following the January 2015 0.1% sulphur deadline.

Transfennica is abandoning its "Motorways of the Sea" Bilbao-Portsmouth-Zeebrugge Ro-Ro route because the 0.1% Sulphur cap will return 50% of its cargo onto roads.

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.

While the shipping industry scored a significant victory in terms of regulation with the IMO agreeing to review the Ballast Water Management Convention, however, it continues to face many other issues in areas such as emissions.

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.

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