The European Union’s regulatory framework could led to shipowners relocating outside the EU, says Greece’s new Shipping and Island Policy Minister, Ioannis Plakiotakis.

The vast majority of over 3,000 scrubber installations to ships are for open-loop systems despite concerns over washwater, with some countries banning use in their waters, according to classification society DNV GL.

Greeks may control 20% of the world's global fleet and be a dominate player in most aspects of sea transportation but the country has minimal influence in the politics which are increasingly influencing the way the industry is expected to operate, says a leading member of the Greek and international shipping industry.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is one of three partners in a new project launched this week to combat biofouling and the negative impacts of the transfer of aquatic species.

Reacting to what it calls “the fast pace of change” in the area of autonomous vessel, the UK has issued an updated version of its industry Code of Practice for Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS), giving greater guidance on skills, training and vessel registration.

Leading the way in advanced hull coatings, Nippon Paint Marine has introduced what is believed to be the world’s first biocide-free, low friction self-polishing copolymer (SPC) antifouling technology.

At time when environmental regulations are to the fore in shipping with ballast water management the sulphur cap and greenhouse gas GHG) emissions the IMO's Tian-Bing Huang, deputy director for Protective Measures, Marine Environment Division, International Maritime Organization will be presenting the keynote speech at the opening of Global Maritime Environmental Congress (gmec) at SMM.

Despite a newbuilding orderbook in the doldrums with a mere 140.3m gt representing 10% of the world fleet on order, regulations requiring the retrofitting of equipment will cause a positive “buzz” for suppliers attending next week’s SMM show in Hamburg.

As regulations on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions loom for shipping, simply using less fuel will be one way to help meet environmental targets, and also potentially save cost from more expensive low sulphur fuels.

Continuing its hard line on errant bunker suppliers the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has cancelled the bunker craft operator licence of Pegasus Maritime.

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