World Maritime News

WMNF 2018/09/20


Move revealed to review 2020 sulphur regulations

If IMO secretary general Ki tack Lim said he has a “deep appreciation” for the industry’s positive response to the sulphur oxide emissions cap, shipping’s biggest flag states and organizations have called for a change to the implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap that could ultimately lead to its revision. The private document seen a reliable source calls for the application of an “experience building phase” to address the ongoing concerns surrounding the safety compliant fuels. It is being tabled by BIMCO, Intertanko and Intercargo and the flag states of Panama, Liberia, the Marshall Islands and the Bahamas for consideration by the Marine Environment Protection Committee. BIMCO says this paper does not suggest the January 1, 2020 should be changed. Neither does it suggest the ban on heavy fuel oil carriage should not be adopted at the MEPC 73 in October. ICS, which has just released a provisional guidance for preparation of compliance with cap, did not co-sponsor the paper due to lack of consultations with all of its national shipowner associations during summer period.

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Top US and European ports urges shipping to deliver on Paris Agreement

Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, Barcelona, Los Angeles and Long Beach have called on the shipping industry to join them in a drive to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The six issued their call as they launched the World Ports Climate Action Initiative at the opening session of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The summit, organized by the authorities of the State of California and the United Nations, opened on 12 September and was attended by an estimated 4,500 delegates representing city and regional authorities, industry leaders, campaigners, and other personalities. The six ports have called on other ports to join their initiative but say they also want the shipping industry, which is not covered by the Paris Agreement, to work with them.

The ports behind the initiative are drafting a detailed action plan, with an aim to increase supply-chain efficiency using digital tools; contribute public policy aimed reducing emissions over large geographical areas; and accelerate the development of renewable in-port-power-to-ship solutions.

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MOL chemical Tankers signs up to Eur 400 million tank venture in port of Antwerp

Singapore-based product tanker operator MOL Chemical Tankers has announced plans to set up a multi-modal tank storage terminal in the port of Antwerp. The project, which is expected to amount to Eur 400 million (USD 464 million), is to be carried out in joint venture with Belgian operator SEA-Tank Terminal Antwerp. The partners say that they have decided to build the new terminal in response to growing demand for chemical storage. The port of Antwerp chief executive Jacques Vandermeriren says “It will also boost our position as one of the largest chemical clusters in the world”.

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CNOOC and China Gas to develop LNG bunkering in China

As part of China’s continued nationwide anti-pollution campaign, China Gas Holdings and China National Offshore Oil Corporation Gas & Power have agreed to develop an LNG fueling station for vessels in the country. China Gas, a gas supplier and investment holding company backed by China’s central government, said it would benefit from co-operation with state-owned CNOOC as gas demand for LNG projects could be supplied by leveraging the resources of both parties and CNOOC’s LNG receiving terminals. In return, CNOOC will benefit from China Gas’s logistics networks, which are expected to accelerate the expansion and integration of the natural gas market. In August, China’s transport ministry pressed ahead with plans to promote LNG as a clean marine bunker fuel. China’s state council has issued guidelines calling for the country’s maritime sector to strengthen its LNG shipping segment.

Beijing aims to boost its own fleet to meet the country’s surging demand for LNG.

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