• 2016 June 2 13:02

    Chinese authorities and WWL unite to reduce sulphur emissions in ports

    An environmental seminar in Beijing to discuss the importance of reducing sulphur emissions in ports brought together officials from the Chinese government, non-governmental organisations and trade and industry associations, the company said in its press release.
    The May 12 event, hosted by WWL, was held in conjunction with the launch of WWL’s new sulphur policy, which limits the sulphur content in fuel at berth for its vessels to <0.1% in all ports globally. Beijing was a natural venue for the event as China, home to seven of the world’s 10 largest ports, announced a domestic sulphur policy in 2015, with Shanghai as the first port to introduce a 0.5% sulphur limit on April 1 this year.  

    Since 2006, the International Maritime Organization has set general limits on sulphur content in ship fuel and created Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECAs) where emissions of sulphur cannot exceed 0.1%. Sulphur emissions are a proven threat to health and the environment, yet most of the busiest ports on the planet are not within a SECA today, and there is a need for leadership from both governments and industry to improve air quality for populations in and around ports.

    Mike Hynekamp, WWL’s COO Ocean, introduced the company’s new low-sulphur policy, part of WWL’s environmental front-runner strategy aimed at reducing the impact of the company’s operations at sea, now and in the future.

    Dong Lei, Director of the Chinese Transportation Ministry’s Maritime Safety Administration (MSA), and Barbara Finamore, Asia Director of the US-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), gave updates on the introduction and implementation of the Chinese sulphur regulations.

    Lei described how the Domestic Emission Control Area (DECA) sulphur regulation is currently being introduced in three key port regions, requiring ships to switch to 0.5% sulphur fuel. He also emphasised the importance of strong enforcement to make sure that all carriers calling at Chinese ports operate on the same level playing field in order to ensure that the regulation delivers the expected environmental results. Based on the new legislation, he said, the MSA has done 611 inspections and found seven violations so far.

    Finamore said that by adopting the DECA regulation, China has become a leader in Asia when it comes to controlling air pollution from ships. She noted that in response to robust efforts to clean up air pollution from the shipping industry, companies such as WWL have responded with voluntary clean fuel policies that go beyond minimal compliance. Finamore also presented lessons learned from US and EU enforcement programmes for Chinese leaders to consider as they further develop the DECA enforcement program. She said the NRDC is keen to support efforts by the Chinese government and businesses in cleaning up shipping emissions in China and elsewhere.

    The seminar closed with a media roundtable and a small gathering for all participants to further discuss the topics covered.

2020 March 31

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17:20 Floating workshop of RF Navy's Baltic Fleet completed tasks in Mediterranean Sea
17:06 Yang Ming reveals 2019 financial report
16:55 State Duma of Russia approved in first reading expansion of resource base for LNG production projects
16:23 Rolls-Royce supplies innovative propulsion system for new multi-purpose vessels in the North and Baltic Seas
16:18 Nauticor and Novatek cooperate in the development of small-scale LNG supply infrastructure in the Baltic Sea
15:28 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
15:04 ClassNK establishes "Rules for the Survey and Construction of Governmental and Naval Ships"
14:42 NOVATEK declares LNG transshipment in Norway to be a temporary measure caused by Covid-19 pandemic
14:23 Wärtsilä Translink becomes first ever solution fully compliant with latest IEC and DNV GL Cyber Security rules
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2020 March 30

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17:03 CMA CGM announces PSS from Romania to the Mediterranean
16:35 OOCL announces Transpacific product update
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16:03 ClassNK releases Guidelines for Non-destructive Inspection by Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing
15:45 Gasum to supply Preem with renewable maritime fuel
15:24 Two ferries operate between seaports of Kaliningrad and Ust-Luga
15:03 NuStar extends Svitzer contract in Point Tupper, Canada, by five years
14:58 5G innovation put to a practical use in the Port of Zeebrugge
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14:28 BPO and BTJ prepared overview of measures introduced in ports and shipping lines within Baltic Sea region
14:02 Port Houston posts cargo volume results for Feb 2020
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13:03 Tianjin Port Development announces 2019 unaudited annual results
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2020 March 29

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