Chinese ECA reminder

From 1 January 2017 ships calling at all eleven key ports in China must use fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.50 per cent whilst berthed. Chinese regulation designates the Pearl River and Yangtze River Deltas, and Bohai-rim Waters as domestic emission control areas (ECAs) and places a cap on the sulphur content of…

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Fuel Management Tips for Smooth ship operation

Good fuel management involves more than just buying fuel from anywhere and somehow putting it to engine use. The main benefit of managing fuel lies in optimizing the energy it contains without harming engine parts. Whether it is for pre bunkering procurement or post bunkering handling, management should have policies in place and monitor their…

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IMO agrees mandatory system for collecting ships’ fuel consumption data

The IMO on 22 April 2016, issued a news release stating that the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 69) approved mandatory requirements for ships to record and report their fuel consumption. This requirement is intended to be the first in a three-step process regarding climate change mitigation. The requirements will be considered for adoption at…

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EMSA: Sulphur Inspection Guidance

European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has issued a Sulphur Inspection Guidance. This document is intended to provide guidance for a harmonised approach to the inspection of ships, ascertaining their compliance, identifying non-compliances and applying control procedures for the enforcement of Council Directive 1999/32/EC, as regards the sulphur content of marine fuels. The Sulphur Inspection Guidance contains…

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Hong Kong requires vessels to comply with 0.50% sulphur limit while at berth

Hong Kong’s Information Service Department has announced the requirement that ocean-going vessels must comply with the new low sulphur requirement while at berth in Hong Kong. Compliant fuel oils require a sulphur content of 0.50% or lower, or must be of liquefied gas or any other fuel approved by the Director of Environmental Protection. Ocean-going…

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Royal Caribbean Steaming Ahead Toward Global Emissions Standards

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. will retrofit 19 of its ships with advanced emissions purification (AEP) systems, underscoring its commitment to meet or exceed important environmental standards. These systems, also known as scrubbers, will remove more than 97% of the sulfur dioxide emissions generated by the ships’ diesel engines. The move will position RCL ahead of…

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