• 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.




2019 November 12

18:06 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from China to Middle East including Red Sea
17:51 Admiral Makarov SUMIS participates in the international investigative project on oil spill response
17:36 Black Bear Carbon announces Port of Rotterdam as preferred location for new rCB plant in The Netherlands
17:20 Throughput of Russian seaports in 10M'2019 grew by 3.2% to 701.6 million tonnes of cargo (detalization)
17:06 MODEC, Mitsui, MOL and Marubeni to proceed with the deepwater FPSO charter project for Búzios field of Brazilian offshore pre-salt oil field
17:05 Peninsula Petroleum Group says is ready for IMO 2020
16:38 Metrans receives the first of ten new Vectron locomotives
15:59 New Joint Guidelines from ICS and OCIMF to improve safety in polar waters
15:31 Diesel submarine of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet participates in exercised in the Sea of Japan
15:04 NMDC to complete fleet-wide conversion to Thordon seawater lubricated composite cutter shaft bearings
14:38 Krasnoye Sormovo delivers dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59, Aleksandr Sokolov
14:03 Damen Marine Components receives steering system contract for SunStone’s fifth Infinity-class 200 pax polar expedition cruise ship
13:35 Glavgosexpertiza of Russia approves survey findings under project for port construction on Novaya Zemlya
13:09 The Port of Gdansk connects Poland and Singapore
13:06 Bunker prices go down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:43 NMDC to complete fleet-wide conversion to Thordon seawater lubricated composite cutter shaft bearings
12:28 Admiral Makarov SUMIS confirmed unique competence in dynamic positioning operators training
11:44 RINA works with the National Technical University of Athens to support the future Young Engineers in Greece
11:19 IMO launches online tool to smooth reporting formalities
10:47 Montreal, Canada to host 16th Arctic Shipping Summit on 11-12 March 2020
10:25 Number of new watercraft registrations increasing in Finland
10:23 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 12
10:01 Hydrographic surveys in the Vuoksi river system to ensure safe navigation
09:42 Fleet Xpress agreement marks new stage in Bourbon digitalisation strategy for offshore
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.11% to $62.26, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.11% to $56.92
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,345 points

2019 November 11

18:33 Alfa Laval opens new global Innovation & Test center outside Copenhagen
18:03 ABS issues industry-leading guide for firefighting for cargo areas of container carriers
17:54 Yantar shipyard launches lead rescue ship of Project 23700 named Voyevoda
17:48 Massterly and the future of autonomous shipping
17:25 Throughput of Russian seaports in 10M’19 grew by 3.2% to 701.48 million tonnes
17:03 Wärtsilä and PSA Marine achieve breakthrough in IntelliTug project
16:44 University of Rochester create a metallic structure that won't sink
16:39 Petersburg Oil Terminal transshipped 5.9 million tonnes of oil products in 9M’19, up 3.5% YoY
16:27 Throughput of port Riga (Latvia) in 10M’2019 fell by 8.7% Y-o-Y to 27.3 million tonnes
16:15 LuminUltra warns of increased microbial influenced corrosion with IMO 2020 compliant fuels
16:08 USCG responds to aground Panamian-flagged cargo vessel north of Fishers Island
15:50 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 8,504 in RF spot market
15:37 Damen secures repeat order from B.C. Ferry Services
15:32 Wärtsilä’s single-source capability key to new vessels order
15:29 DP World’s JV wins concession for Berths No 11-12 of Port 2000 in Le Havre
15:02 LUKOIL reports preliminary operating data for Q3 and 9M of 2019
14:33 Rail terminal at Kiel’s Schwedenkai will get an additional track
14:19 APEM wins Enterprize Energy offshore wind farm contract
13:42 MCB Group enters the market of insurance expertise
13:21 Fleet Xpress agreement marks new stage in Bourbon digitalisation strategy for offshore
13:00 Bremenports launches campaign in the port Hinterland
12:35 IAPH tools assist safe bunkering of clean marine fuels
12:09 Van Oord announces new Executive Governance structure
11:48 Port of Barcelona promoted in Tokyo
11:26 Primorsk Marine Grain Terminal to be put into operation in 2024
11:09 Port of Oakland export volume jumped 10.8 percent in October 2019
10:50 Missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet calls port of Malabo
10:09 Hapag-Lloyd to implement GRI for Trans-Pacific trade eastbound
09:54 Port of Southampton to host MSC Grandiosa UK launch
09:47 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 11
09:42 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.88% to $61.96, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.82% to $56.77
09:25 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,378 points
09:10 Port of Long Beach posts container volume of 688,425 TEUs in October 2019

2019 November 10

16:51 Vard Marine contracted to provide design package for two SeaFloat power barges