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  • EU project prototypes methanol fuel cell for ships

    After nearly one and a half years of research and development, the EU-funded METHAPU (‘Validation of renewable methanol based auxiliary power systems for commercial vessels’) project is about to start trials on a prototype of a methanol-based solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) unit. The protoype will be tried and tested for performance and emissions under real-life conditions onboard a car transport ...

  • Ship speed limits are legal and save fuel

    Requiring ships to slow down is an environmentally beneficial option that is both legal and does not damage ships. These were just some of the findings to emerge from a seminar earlier this month organised by T&E and another NGO, Seas at Risk. As more evidence emerges that the environmental impact of shipping can be reduced by lower speeds, the seminar on so-called ‘slow ...

  • Sulphur rules on ship fuels widely ignored

    Stricter rules on the sulphur content of marine fuels are not being widely observed. That is the conclusion of a report from the shipping insurers’ publication ‘Lloyds List’ which suggests stricter rules brought in last summer are not yet bringing about cleaner seas. Up to 1 July 2010, ships using specially designated Emissions Control Areas (Secas) had to use fuels with a ...

  • Cruise ships sail waterless

    Waterless Co. introduces no-water urinal systems designed specifically for the cruise ship and boating industries. One no-water urinal eliminates the need for as much as 40,000 gallons of water annually. Waterless CEO and founder Klaus Reichardt notes that many cruise liners have already incorporated a number of environmentally responsible practises that reduce fuel, energy and water needs. ...

  • Shipping fuel transparency will lower emissions and cut costs, says study

    Transport & Environment, Seas at Risk and Carbon War Room are urging the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) not to withhold data on ship efficiency and fuel consumption. The call for action follows moves by some industry groups to undermine initiatives at the IMO and EU level that would make efficiency performance publicly available and require ships to report and publicise their ...

  • More than 28,000 fuel cell systems were shipped in 2012

    Driven by the increased worldwide focus on creating resilient, distributed energy systems, the fuel cell industry is experiencing a modest growth spurt.  While the stationary sector continues to be the industry powerhouse, the transportation sector is also seeing acceleration in volume.  The industry topped the $1 billion mark in revenue from the sale of fuel cell systems in 2012, ...

  • UVic to launch new `green ship` using fuel cell technology

    Ocean innovation and research at the University of Victoria has benefitted from a $1.19 million contribution in federal funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada. The funding will help UVic to secure the powertrain equipment necessary to retrofit the former Tsekoa II into the world's first plug-in hybrid "green ship" powered by electricity, hydrogen fuel cells and low-emission diesel ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • New rules on cleaner fuels for shipping will deliver benefits for people`s health

    New environmental rules on marine fuels, entering into force today, will substantially reduce air pollution and its impacts on human health. Air pollutants from maritime shipping are transported over long distances and as a result contribute increasingly to the air quality problems in many European cities. Without any action, sulphur emissions from shipping in EU sea areas would exceed those from ...

  • EPA Slashes Sulfur Content of Diesel Fuel for Trains, Ships, and Nonroad Equipment

    Harmful emissions from locomotives, most marine vessels, and land-based nonroad engines will be cut starting June 1 because of new standards for sulfur content in diesel fuel. Under a 2004 clean-air regulation established by EPA, refineries must reduce sulfur from current levels of about 3,000 parts per million in nonroad diesel fuel to a maximum of 500 ppm, with few exceptions. ...

  • California ports to subsidize cleaner fuel to cut ship emissions

    Los Angeles and Long Beach harbor commissioners have approved a plan to subsidize low-sulfur fuel to ships traveling close to the two ports or while docked. The program aims to improve air quality by reducing toxic ship emissions. At a joint meeting in Wilmington, the harbor commissioners approved the incentive program aimed at accelerating cargo vessel operators' use of the cleaner-burning fuel ...

  • 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 ...

  • Cleaning up ships’ emissions

    The cargo vessels that carry 80% of the world’s trade and the cruise ships that take thousands of passengers to pristine tourist attractions use the world’s dirtiest fuel. With 60% of the world’s ports already voluntarily excluding the worst-polluting ships, owners are in a desperate hunt to find ways to clean up their act – and a giant steel sponge could be the answer. ...


    By Climate News Network

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • ABB solution greens global shipping

    The ABB solution was developed for a ro-ro (roll on-roll off) terminal at the Swedish port of Gothenburg in 2000 and was the first in the world to provide ships with high voltage electric power delivered by cable from onshore during their time in port. The ABB solution helped the Port of Gothenburg win two environmental awards, the 2008 Clean Seas Award given by Lloyd's List and the 2004 Clean ...


    By ABB

  • Shipping industry moves to reduce emissions

    Maritime shipping is the world's most carbon-efficient form of transporting goods and the industry has now taken steps to further improve the fuel efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of its vessels and supply chain. Three large multinational corporations, which together ship over 350 million tons of commodities annually, have agreed to charter only the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • International talks on shipping emissions stall

    Statement on behalf of Seas At Risk (SAR), Transport & Environment (T&E) and Environmental Defence Fund (EDF) The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) failed to reach agreement on global action to address greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping at a meeting in London last week (1). Environmental groups have repeated calls for EU action in the absence of progress on ...

  • GL & MAN joint study: Costs and benefits of LNG as ship fuel for container vessels

    Using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as ship fuel has recently gained more attention not only in Europe, but also in Asia and the USA. Ship owners interested in LNG as ship fuel are currently facing a number of questions regarding the costs and the possible benefits of using such technology. And they wish to learn whether exhaust gas treatment systems could be the preferred technical solution. At ...


  • New ships 10% less fuel efficient than those built in 1990 – study

    New ships built in 2013 were on average 10% less fuel-efficient than those built in 1990, according to a new study. It also shows that container ships built 30 years ago already, on average, beat the so-called ‘Energy Efficiency Design Index’ standard that the International Maritime ...

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