nitrogen oxide emissions from ship News

  • Emissions from shipping to be regulated

    Market-based measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping will be among the key items on the agenda of the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), when it meets for its 63rd session from 27 February to 2 March 2012, at IMO Headquarters in London. The MEPC will continue to consider a number of proposals for ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Travelling slower reduces fuel consumption and nitrogen oxides emissions of ships

    Ships that reduce their speed use less fuel, which lowers costs for shipping companies. The slow steaming practice also cuts nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions. A study found that ships travelling on four European routes lowered their NOx emissions by 12% during the economic crisis of 2008/2009. Shipping continues to be a major way of transporting goods, however, and as the global economy recovers ...

  • Progress reported in UN-backed efforts to reduce pollution, emissions from ships

    The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has reported major progress on efforts to cut polluting and global warming emissions from ships, achieve more environmentally friendly recycling of vessels and prevent contamination from harmful organisms in ballast. Under amendments to the so-called MARPOL (marine pollution) accords unanimously adopted by IMO’s Marine Environment ...


    By United Nations

  • New UN expert group to study ship emissions

    The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) last week agreed to establish an expert group to prepare a feasibility study on market-based instruments to cut greenhouse gas emissions from ships. The body that regulates international shipping has concluded that more work is needed before recommending the mandatory application of technical and operational measures to regulate and reduce emissions ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • New model for estimating ship emissions to guide policy

    EU-supported research has established a new model to calculate air pollution emissions from ships. Its calculations could create a database that lists emissions per ship type and size as well as by country. Emissions from ships have increased alongside the growth in international trade. Without the intervention of legislation, EU maritime emissions of both nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxide ...

  • Ship-generated emissions play havoc on environment

    New research shows that emissions generated by ships increase acid rain on shore and may be responsible for over 25% of the ground-level ozone in a number of coastal areas. The research results were recently published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. Past studies have shown that 70% of shipping occurs within 400 kilometres of land. Taking this research further, Professor Stig B. ...

  • Report urges emission rules for shipping industry

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should rule that shipping emissions significantly contribute to climate change and pose a threat to public health and welfare, according to a new report from the advocacy group Oceana. The report also asks for the International Maritime ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • New tool calculates air pollution from shipping

    Shipping emits considerable amounts of air pollutants which affect the climate, the natural environment and human health. In collaboration with the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA), SMHI has developed a new system for calculating emissions from shipping. Knowledge of these has previously been very limited. Shipping is undoubtedly the most significant source of sulphur emissions, as well as ...

  • Step forward on air pollution from shipping

    The world’s largest marine Emissions Control Area (ECA) has been approved by the International Maritime Organisation. Ships operating in waters off the North American coasts will be forced to use dramatically cleaner fuel and technology. The move is likely to make it easier for the EU to designate ECAs in European waters. The IMO’s decision last month to approve the ECA proposal came ...

  • Nitrogen Oxide - Suspected culprit in California asthma related bronchitis

    Last month a new study was released in the American Journal of Public Health that estimates 9% of childhood asthma cases in Long Beach, and 6% in Riverside, are attributable to pollution from nearby harbors and distribution centers. The study’s findings show that children attending school or living near these congested trade corridors have significantly higher rates of asthma.The collaborative ...


  • EU ship emissions directive improves air quality in harbours

    To reduce air pollution levels in harbours, EU Directive 2005/33/EC requires all anchored ships to use fuels with low sulphur content. A recent study of air quality in Mediterranean harbours shows that levels of sulphur dioxide have decreased significantly since the Directive was implemented in 2010. Ships are a major source of harmful air pollutants, such as sulphur dioxide (SO2) and ...

  • Commission makes timid first steps towards controlling ship emissions

    The European Commission has published today a proposal to monitor, report and verify (MRV) on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping. This measure will apply to all ships calling at EU ports and could to set the baseline for an eventual measure to actually require emissions reductions. Shipping is responsible for over 3% of global ...

  • Health effects of cruise ship air emissions in Greek ports

    Over 2500 tons of the air pollutants nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and particulate matter with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) were released by cruise ships across the five busiest Greek cruise ports during 2013, a new study found. The researchers also examined the costs of the potential health impacts of this pollution, finding they could be as high as €24.3 ...

  • Ship owners could save up to €9m a year with advanced emissions monitoring

    Advanced emissions monitoring of large ships calling at EU ports could help save owners and operators of large ships up to €9 million/year, according to a new study published by sustainable transport group T&E. These savings would come from lower operational ...

  • Canada and U.S. work together to cut air pollution from shipping

    Canada’s Transport Minister, John Baird, and the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, today announced federal government support for a joint Canada-U.S. proposal to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to establish an Emission Control Area (ECA) in North American coastal waters. The proposal will help reduce air pollution, smog and acid rain and benefit human health in ...


    By Environment Canada (EC)

  • IMO sets sail for global action on pollution from large ships

    With the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) adoption of new emissions standards for large diesel ships and their fuels, EPA can now move forward with a domestic rulemaking action under the Clean Air Act. When fully implemented, this will help reduce harmful emissions by 80 percent or more from large diesel ships, including those that are foreign-flagged operating in US waters. 'Massive ...

  • Ships off California`s coast must adhere to world`s strictest diesel emission regulation

    The California Air Resources Board has adopted a regulation that eliminates 15 tons of diesel exhaust daily from ocean-going vessels, substantially reducing the cancer rates and premature deaths associated with living near seaports and trade corridors along California's coast. The new measure requires ocean-going vessels within 24 nautical miles of California's coastline to use lower-sulfur ...

  • US proposes to slash harmful ship emissions along the nation’s coastlines to save lives

    The United States took a critical step towards protecting Americans from harmful ship emissions by becoming the first country to ask the International Maritime Organization to create an emissions control area (ECA) around the nation’s coastline, the EPA announced today at a joint news conference with the Coast Guard and New Jersey elected officials. According to the EPA’s data, the creation of an ...

  • MEPs throw ship NOx monitoring overboard

    MEPs voted Wednesday April 16,2014 to reject a proposal to monitor nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from shipping, which is set to overtake all land-based sources by 2020. Transport & Environment says EU governments must not waste this unique opportunity to monitor two of the most harmful air pollutants, NOx and sulphur (SOx), as part of the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of ...

  • NGOs Join California Fight Against Polluting Ships

    SACRAMENTO, California (ENS) - The Natural Resources Defense Council, NRDC, and the Coalition for Clean Air have decided to join an ongoing legal battle to defend a state regulation limiting air pollution caused by ships docking at California’s ports. The organizations last week petitioned the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California to intervene for the defense ...

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