• 2016 November 7 11:39

    IMO continues discussion on use of HFO in Arctic waters

    Another call has been heard to ban the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic, but while many states support it, a ban does not look imminent, says IBIA.

    Green NGOs have long been pressing for the International Maritime Organization to ban HFO in the Artic, mirroring the heavy oil carriage ban already in place under MARPOL Annex I for vessels operating in the Antarctic.

    The 70th meeting of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) debated the issue again following a new submission from green NGOs (MEPC 70/17/4 ) highlighting the risks of an HFO spill in this remote and environmentally sensitive region. The paper also highlighted how black carbon emissions – said to be more intense from ship using HFO compared to distillates – contribute to global warming when emitted in Polar Regions.

    The NGOs want the IMO to take measures to mitigate the risk associated with the use and carriage of HFO on ships operating in the Arctic, which would require amending regulations and hence needs a concrete proposal for ‘new output’ from a member state. This was not forthcoming at MEPC 70.

    MEPC 70 heard two further papers commenting on the NGO submission; MEPC 70/17/9 from Russia and MEPC 70/17/11 from Canada and United States.

    Russia’s comment paper cast doubt the scientific basis for IMO acting on the issue, saying there is no data available on HFO spills in ice conditions and contested the conclusion that black carbon emissions from shipping is a major contributor to global warming.

    The Canada/US paper, meanwhile, stressed they are committed to work with Artic partners on how best to address the risk of HFO used by ships in the Arctic, looking carefully at the options and solutions. All three countries are among the members of the Arctic Council, and for the time being seemed to prefer dealing with the issue via the Artic Council’s protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group.

    Several member states said they support bringing the issue to future sessions of MEPC for consideration. Whether that will translate into any direct proposals to amend IMO regulations remains to be seen.

    MEPC 70 was reminded that the Polar Code will become mandatory in 2017, meaning a lot of work has been done already to make shipping in the Artic safe. It may be time to look more closely at the scope of the Polar Code to see if anything more can be done within this framework in order to mitigate as much as possible the probability of any operational accident of ships in that area. In addition, there are plans for more concrete cooperation between IMO and the Artic Council.

2020 January 18

12:03 Svitzer appoints new regional managing director for Svitzer Americas
11:51 TORM obtains $496m bank financing for the refinancing of existing debt
11:16 Kalmar’s heavy-duty terminal tractors to help Maritime Truck enhance performance at the Port of Oslo
10:52 Port of Rotterdam reports increase in LNG bunkering in 2019

2020 January 17

18:06 Safe Bulkers refinances $105.2 mln of existing loan facilities with respect to eight vessels
17:52 Construction of Borssele 1+2 wind farm off Zeelandic coast begins
17:31 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 263,500 tonnes of cargo in 2019, down 20.4% Y-o-Y
17:06 Wärtsilä solutions support environmentally sustainable performance for two new MSC Cruises's ships
16:50 BIMCO expands ice information service
16:27 A record year for cruise expected at Port of Southampton
16:02 Qatargas delivers first Q-Flex LNG cargo to Summit LNG FSRU in Bangladesh
15:49 Tallink Grupp sets group-wide CSR strategy and sustainable operations goals
15:23 RUB 127.57 billion of federal budget allocations approved for construction of Leader-class icebreaker
15:02 Dublin Port unitised trade up 3.6% in 2019
14:48 Seaspan Shipyards hosts ceremonial keel laying for the Royal Canadian Navy’s future Joint Support Ship
14:30 RF Navy's Black Sea Fleet minesweeper makes planned transition from Sevastopol to Mediterranean Sea
14:14 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Astarte with Aquavita
13:51 Turnover of DeloPorts terminals in 2019 decreased by 5% YoY to 8.3 mln tonnes
13:32 SAAM agrees to acquire 70% of Intertug, a towage operator in Colombia, Mexico and Central America
13:03 Flex LNG announces extension of the time-charter agreement for Flex Enterprise
12:37 Kawasaki Heavy Industries delivers bulk carrier FJ VIOLA
12:27 Hapag-Lloyd signs space charter agreement with Maersk and MSC on the Asia-North Europe trade
12:20 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping reports it key 2019 results
12:03 Pyxis Tankers announces completion of sale of Pyxis Delta
11:38 KHI delivers LPG carrier PHOENIX GAIA
11:29 Throughput of Vostochny Port grew by 5.2% to 25.51 million tonnes in 2019
11:03 Eagle Bulk Shipping joins Getting to Zero Coalition
10:36 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 17
10:28 NYK agrees to MoU with Northern Offshore Group on partnership for crew transfer vessel business for offshore wind power generation systems
09:56 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.05% to $64.59, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.03% to $58.5
09:33 Bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is flat at 768 points
07:18 NYK and Van Oord sign MoU to own and operate offshore wind installation vessels in Japan

2020 January 16

18:37 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from India and Sri Lanka to North Europe and the Mediterranean
17:52 Mikhail Mishustin appointed as the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
17:31 ClassNK issues Hong Kong Convention Statement of Compliance to Ship Recycling Facility in Bangladesh
17:03 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from Middle East to Mediterranean and North Europe
16:39 Bunker prices are stable at the Far East ports of Russia following the recent growth (graph)
16:03 Vessels offered free shore power during Parkkade trial in Rotterdam
15:22 The CMA CGM Group is strengthening the organization of CEVA Logistics to begin the second phase of its development
15:03 New Stena Line ferry completes maiden voyage on Irish Sea
14:02 PIL launches new transpacific pendulum service, America Asia Service (AAS)
13:33 Port of Antwerp scores 7th record year in a row
13:02 THE Alliance unveils expanded service network for 2020
12:30 MISC, Samsung Heavy Industries, Lloyd’s Register and MAN Energy Solutions join forces on ammonia-fuelled tanker project
12:01 CMA CGM SSL Intra Europe will update its BAF for Algeria Morocco Tunisia Roro services
11:28 ABB presents recommendation for zero-emission marine technology to US Congress
11:26 Rosmorport summarizes results of its sailing ships's 2019 navigation season
11:01 Dmitry Stepanov appointed as General Director of Astrakhan Shipbuilding Production Association
10:37 IMO continues its work to review GMDSS requirements
10:18 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 16
09:50 NOVATEK reports preliminary operating data for 2019
09:29 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.69% to $64.44, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.73% to $58.23
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,260 points

2020 January 15

18:35 Aker Solutions involved in international brownfield services contract award
18:06 The Convention between Carriers and Ports for OCEAN Alliance held in Boao
17:52 Intermodal unveils fresh new branding
17:46 Eagle Bulk joins Getting to Zero Coalition
17:23 Registration opens for 4th Annual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology Conference in London