ship air pollution News

  • 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 ...

  • EPA adopts strong standards for large ships to curb air pollution

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule setting tough engine and fuel standards for large U.S.- flagged ships, a major milestone in the agency’s coordinated strategy to slash harmful marine diesel emissions. The regulation harmonizes with international standards and will lead to significant air quality improvements throughout the country. “There are enormous ...

  • International shipping should cut air pollutants and greenhouse gases together

    Emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases from the shipping sector have increased substantially in the last two decades, contributing to both climate change and air pollution problems, according to a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The shipping sector needs an integrated monitoring, reporting and verification system for emissions in European waters to systematically ...

  • 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)

  • Italian Cruise Ship to Carry Air Pollution Monitoring Station

    BRUSSELS, Belgium, November 3, 2005 (ENS) - The European Commission and the Italian cruise line Costa Crociere have launched a new way of monitoring human generated pollution of the atmosphere that the Commission says is essential to improving understanding of climate change. The holiday guests cruising the Mediterranean will probably never see it, but an automatic air pollution monitoring ...

  • 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 ...

  • Carnival to cut pollution from cruise ships

    The world's largest cruise ship company will adopt technology from power plants and automobiles to reduce air pollution from the massive diesel engines powering its ships. In a tentative agreement reached Thursday with the Environmental Protection Agency, Carnival Corp. will deploy scrubbers to reduce sulfur dioxide and filters ...


    By Associated Press

  • Tourist cruise ships increase atmospheric pollution in the Arctic

    Levels of air pollution significantly increase on the island of Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic when tourist cruise ships are present, according to a recent study. With shipping levels rising in the region, the researchers recommend that stricter emissions regulations are introduced in order to limit the impact of pollution on the Arctic environment. Ship traffic is a major source of ...

  • EU losing patience with IMO over ship pollution

    The European commission has given the strongest indication yet that it is losing faith in the ability of the International maritime organisation (IMO) to curb air pollution from ships. 'Time is running out and we are running out of patience,' environment directorate chief Mogens Peter Carl told a shipping conference in Brussels on Wednesday. He was referring to efforts in the UN-sponsored body to ...

  • Why is US Senate delaying on ship pollution legislation?

    It’s understandable that there would be an aggressive Democratic response to the calls by President Bush and John McCain to drill off the coasts. But inaction on a separate coastal pollution issue seems harder to explain: I’m referring to a delay by the U.S. Senate in taking up legislation — already passed by the House of Representatives and a Senate committee — to ratify an international treaty ...

  • EPA Hauled Into Court Over Ship Smokestack Pollution

    WASHINGTON, DC, September 7, 2007 (ENS) - Friends of the Earth is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, for failing to meet a deadline to regulate air pollution from large ships. The federal agency recently postponed indefinitely its commitment to set emissions standards for ship engines. On Wednesday, the environmental group sued the EPA in federal district court ...

  • EPA to clean up diesel ship pollution nationwide

    The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it is taking steps under a new global agreement to reduce ship pollution within 200 miles of US shores. Under the new proposal, US and foreign-flagged ships in this area will be required to use dramatically cleaner fuel and more effective pollution controls for their engines. Once implemented, the proposal will significantly improve air ...

  • Public health costs of air pollution fall in Europe but remain high for maritime shipping

    The public health impacts of air pollution in Europe remain large, but are falling thanks to regulatory actions to cut emissions, a recent study finds. However, it issues a warning about the public health impacts of emissions from rising levels of international ship traffic. Exposure to air pollution has been linked to long-term health problems, especially heart and lung conditions and may lead ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Calculating emissions from shipping

    Shipping is a significant source of atmospheric pollutants, which contribute to climate change and have negative effects on human health and the environment. A new study has applied detailed methods to estimate global fuel consumption from international shipping, including for the first time, an estimation of emissions from the global fleet while in port. Developing appropriate policies to ...

  • Package of measures needed for shipping

    The Commission’s research unit charged with reducing emissions from shipping has recommended a package of regulatory measures combined with market-based instruments to tackle air pollution and climate impact. The Joint Research Centre (JRC) says a mix of sulphur emission control areas and fuel efficiency standards, combined with market-based instruments, could bring about an 80% reduction ...

  • 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 ...

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