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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.

Brazil’s Petrobras, a major producer and exporter of low-sulphur fuel oil (LFSO), is not ready to invest in producing more of the cleaner fuel to meet potentially higher demand ahead of the IMO sulphur regulation.

Approval of 2M by US regulatory authorities will allow Maersk Line to return to plan for at least the next two years based on the deployment of triple-E ships on order and no more. But a head-on clash with a newly formed competitor may be in the works.

Oil major BP has urged the IMO to confirm the implementation date for the global 0.5% sulphur content cap on bunker fuel, said Terence Yuen, country president, BP Singapore.

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