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“There is no clear idea” as to how the European Commission’s Sulphur Directive would be enforced, says Patrick Verhoeven, secretary general of the European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA).

Hamburg Sud says the switch to low sulphur fuel in coastal waters and readying vessels for shoreside will increase costs by $40m a year, which will be passed onto shippers.

Higher demand for low-sulphur bunker fuel is expected to lead to more fuel quality issues, reports quoted a Singapore-based bunker industry player.

Shipping in Europe, and particularly in the UK, is being crippled by over-zealous environmental measures from the EU, and paralysis at the IMO, UK Chamber of Shipping director David Balston claims.


Canada’s Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) has followed local Port Metro Vancouver to become the second in the world to offer financial incentives to vessels with low carbon emissions.

Given the poor quality of fuel on which many ship engines currently run, the global shipping industry has been pilloried recently for its poor emissions performance.  Now, it has an opportunity to assist in shore-side emissions reduction by once again consuming some of the products which nobody else wants.

Glycerol, more commonly known as glycerine, has the potential to be used as a cheaper and markedly more environmentally friendly marine fuel, according to a prominent research group involving Lloyd’s Register.

In the wake of the confusion over the implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention, the IMO included a clause for a review to take place ahead of the 2020 deadline, to assess whether the technology and fuel were sufficiently available to meet the target.

During his address at IMO’s World Maritime Day Symposium, Bimco president John Denholm argued that, in spite of recent optimism for the new fuel, LNG is “not an option” for most ships.

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