Nanotechnology research has resulted in a potential new environmentally-friendly solution to the age-old problem of biofouling.
The Hong Kong Shipowners Association (HKSOA) urged the Hong Kong SAR government to set up an independent, statutory maritime authority with sufficient resources and powers to respond to the keen competition in the region and to consolidate the city's status as a global maritime centre.
A welcome sense of optimism on the future of shipping infused the opening day of the 15th biennial Maritime Cyprus conference taking place in Limassol this week, a line-up of heavyweight speakers, record attendance of over 850 delegates and the first of the week’s procession of evening receptions all adding to the positive vibe.
Following a relatively small oil spill off Athens 10 September, that authorities have been accused of handling poorly, Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Shipping and Island Policy minister, Panagiotis Kouroumplis, have pledged a shake-up of the Hellenic Coast Guard, the way ship’s seaworthiness certificates are issued, and a review age limits.
The looming IMO regulation to restrict bunker fuel sulphur content to a maximum of 0.5% from 2020 may result in higher ocean transportation costs and profound changes in ship design, industry players have warned.
More than 10 main seaports located in China’s three Emissions Control Areas (ECAs) along the country’s sprawling eastern coastline have implemented the 0.5% fuel sulphur cap, as part of a national effort to curb harmful emissions from ships at berth.
Clean technology engineering firm Genoil has teamed up with two Russian institutions to design a low-cost desulphurisation project aimed at meeting the IMO 0.5% global sulphur cap regulation in 2020.
The use of low sulphur distillates will be the most widely adopted solution for shipowners come 2020 upon the implementation of the IMO Marpol Annex VI regulation, according to physical bunker fuel supplier Bomin Group.