• 2018 July 4 12:26

    Mediterranean SOx emission control area study begins

    A new study to assess the benefits, costs and feasibility of implementing an emission control area (ECA) to limit sulphur oxides (SOx) from ships in the Mediterranean Sea will consider, among other things, the potential health benefits for people living around the Mediterranean as well as cost implications for ship owners. IMO says its Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea, REMPEC, is coordinating the technical and feasibility study to examine the possibility of designating the Mediterranean Sea, or parts of it, as a SOx-ECA under IMO’s prevention of pollution convention (MARPOL) Annex VI.

    There are currently four designated SOx-ECAs worldwide: the Baltic Sea area; the North Sea area; the North American area (covering designated coastal areas off the United States and Canada); and the United States Caribbean Sea area (around Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands). In the ECASs, the limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships is 0.10% mass by mass (m/m), while outside these areas the limit is currently 3.5% m/m, falling to 0.50% m/m from 1 January 2020.

    An international consortium led by Energy & Environmental Research Associates (EERA) signed (in June) the contract with REMPEC to carry out the study, to be finalized by spring 2019. Funding for the study, which REMPEC will present to IMO’s Marine Environment Protection committee (MEPC), comes from the Mediterranean Trust Fund, the IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme and a voluntary contribution from the Government of Italy.

    REMPEC is administered by IMO in cooperation with UN Environment (UNEP). Its main objectives are to contribute to preventing and reducing pollution from ships, to combat pollution in case of emergency and to assist Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of Mediterranean to meet their obligations under the Convention and its protocols. The Barcelona Convention Contracting Parties are: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey, and the European Union.




2020 February 17

07:15 IAA PortNews congratulates Vyacheslav Ruksha, Deputy Director of Rosatom - Director of Rosatom’s NSR Directorate, on his birthday!

2020 February 16

16:15 Two new oceanographic vessels will join the NOAA fleet
15:13 TenneT develops first 2GW offshore grid connection with suppliers
14:52 USCG issues Captain of the Port Orders to Bouchard Transportation Vessels
13:12 Siemens builds Germany’s largest “power outlet” for ships for Port of Kiel
12:34 Naval Group presents its industrial and academic cooperation plan with Greece
11:16 MARAD announces more than $280 million in grants for US coastal seaports

2020 February 15

14:51 Holland Shipyards holds keel-laying ceremony for new electrict ferry
13:27 USCG takes delivery of Cutter Edgar Culbertson
12:43 Virgin Voyages celebrates delivery of Scarlet Lady
11:15 European Commission working visit in the context of Military Mobility

2020 February 14

18:37 OOCL updates Trans-Pacific services
18:07 Canada plans to support ban on heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping
17:49 Rates of transport security dues approved for Rosmorport’s Azov-Black Sea Basin
17:26 Reconstruction of the historic FG levee completed at the Port of Riga
17:05 Vado Gateway terminal commences operations
16:51 Commissioning ceremony of Offshore Patrol Vessel PNS YARMOOK
16:35 PIL to exit Transpacific market to focus on North-South trade
16:08 Keel of Wasaline’s new ferry was laid at Rauma shipyard
15:44 Rauma Marine Constructions to partner with Aalto University looking to cut emissions and increase safety in seafaring
15:19 Nauticor, Fassmer start LNG cooperation with Atair bunkering
14:21 Global Ports launches Ust-Luga – Moscow rail container service
13:57 Zvezda shipyard starts building yet another Aframax tanker for Rosnefteflot
13:35 Port of Ipswich celebrates tonnage-handling record for largest independent producer of sand and gravel in the UK
13:12 Finnlines invests in highest passenger comfort and orders two eco-friendly Superstar vessels
12:50 Finnlines strengthens its North Sea services as from week 8, 2020
12:26 Supervisory board of KN approves company's corporate strategy until 2030
12:03 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from Mediterranean to Far East
11:48 Throughput of Klaipėda Port in Jan'20 exceeds that of Latvia’s ports for the first time in the history
11:30 CMA CGM announces FAK rates for reefers from North Europe, Baltic, Scandinavia, Poland & West Med to Asia
11:09 Fincantieri presents “Scarlet Lady” in Genoa Sestri Ponente
10:54 Klaipėda Port’s canal to be deepened to 15 meters
10:30 CMA CGM announces FAK rates for reefers from East Med & Black Sea to Asia
10:27 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Feb 14
10:09 PCC Intermodal marks 10 years of work in the Port of Hamburg
09:55 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.05% to $56.31, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.06% to $51.45
09:41 Bunker prices are slightly down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is flat at 421 points
09:00 Port of Long Beach сargo volume down 4.6% to 626,829 TEU in January 2020

2020 February 13

18:30 Korean Register launches new apps and online service for customers
18:06 PSA Marine announces acquisition of Tramarsa Flota
17:52 Vice Admiral Kulakov, RF Navy’s large anti-submarine ship, returns to Severomorsk
17:35 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from Middle East to North Europe and Mediterranean
17:19 Port of Ventspils (Latvia) handled 20.46 million tonnes in January 2020, up 0.8% YoY
17:05 APM Terminals Poti formally restarts port expansion permit process
16:58 MSC confirms long-standing commitment to reducing CO2 emissions
16:55 Scorpio Bulkers announces sale and leaseback agreements for three dry bulk vessels
16:43 MSC announces cooperation agreement with SM Line
16:40 DP World agrees to acquire a majority stake in TIS container terminal in the Port of Yuzhny, Ukraine
16:37 European Union prepares to provide a subsidy for a project to store CO₂ from industry in Antwerp, Ghent, Zeeland and Rotterdam
16:20 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 3.4 million tonnes of cargo in January 2020, down 15% Y-o-Y
16:05 Floatel and Prosafe discontinue merger agreement
15:36 Damen to supply five coastal ferries to Zanzibar Government
15:31 IDF provides Vyborg Shipyard with RUB 700 million loan for construction of trawlers and crab catchers
15:17 Port of Rotterdam throughput amounted to 469.4 million tonnes in 2019
15:08 HHLA container throughput up 3.3 percent to 7.6 million TEU
14:37 Port of Helsinki throughput in January 2019 grew by 8.8% to 1.2 million tonnes (table)
14:03 Tolbukhin tugboat joins fleet of Rosmorport’s North-Western Basin Branch
13:42 Cruise Baltic becomes the first paper-free cruise network
13:26 North-Western Basin Branch of Rosmorport expands its fleet with Taifun-1000K airboat