International agreement on increasing energy efficiency targets for certain types of ships

Following an earlier story on shipping last week, a stricter target for energy efficiency improvements in some ships has been agreed at the International Maritime Organization. Nina Chestney explains in an article on the Hellenic Shipping News website.   IMO agrees on stricter efficiency targets for some ships The International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Friday … Continue reading International agreement on increasing energy efficiency targets for certain types of ships

Addressing pollution and emissions by shipping

UPDATE: The International Maritime Organization (on Friday agreed stricter energy efficiency targets for certain types of ships in an effort to speed up action to cut the sector’s emissions. See here. The International Maritime Organization aims to halve global emissions by 2050. Shipping, along with aviation, has been excluded from international talks on climate change … Continue reading Addressing pollution and emissions by shipping

Emissions from shipping brings big environmental problems

A recent study shows more than 3,000 early mortalities are linked to toxic fumes from ships around British coast. Josh Gabbatiss explains in an article on the Independent website.   Toxic fumes from ships linked to thousands of UK deaths The UK is one of the most vulnerable nations to the toxic fumes spewed out … Continue reading Emissions from shipping brings big environmental problems

Investigative journalism shows that the International Maritime Organization is allowing “emissions cheating” to dodge emissions enforcement

We have had enforcement issues with the tests of diesel vehicles. Now Sandra Laville writes in The Guardian about accusations of possible cheating in shipping.   UN shipping agency accused of secrecy over maritime pollution The UN agency responsible for cutting shipping emissions to combat climate change has been accused of operating like a secretive … Continue reading Investigative journalism shows that the International Maritime Organization is allowing “emissions cheating” to dodge emissions enforcement

Latest experiment in energy-efficient container ship design

We are always interested in latest developments, especially in the transport sector. Andrew McAlpine writes on the container shipping & trade website about Imoto Lines’ latest container ship Natori that is described by the company as ‘an experiment in energy saving’.   The world’s first spherical-bow container ship The evolution that has been taking place … Continue reading Latest experiment in energy-efficient container ship design

Implementing innovative technologies and smart policies to improve energy efficiency of shipping

Improving the energy performance of shipping is important and recently EiD has had several posts on the subject. RINA provides an important interview on the Hellenic Shipping News website that discusses recent developments.   Optimising ships for energy efficiency: RINA interview with Dario Bocchetti, Energy Saving Manager at Grimaldi Group Saving energy has major advantages … Continue reading Implementing innovative technologies and smart policies to improve energy efficiency of shipping

Expanding the use of renewable technologies for shipping

Greg Atkinson writes on the Japan Forward website about a new eco ship project to reduce the amount of fuel used for both propulsion and for electrical power.   Aquarius Eco Ship Project: Japanese Companies Push for Renewable Energy in Vessels In April this year the International Maritime Organization (IMO) outlined its vision to reduce … Continue reading Expanding the use of renewable technologies for shipping

When going green doesn’t solve everything in the shipping industry

Paul A. Davies, Visiting Professor in Risk Assessment and Marine Technology, at Liverpool John Moores University, explains in an article on The Conversation website that the use of greener fuels for shipping has many benefits but compared to traditional fuels, greener alternatives have a greater potential to cause major accidents. He concludes that the shipping … Continue reading When going green doesn’t solve everything in the shipping industry

How to get shipping companies to reduce their GHG emissions

The International Maritime Organization recently adopted its first-ever deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions last week. The target is for shipping companies to reduce their emissions by at least 50 per cent from 2008 levels by 2050. Now the challenge is how to achieve those reductions. Paul Gilbert, Senior Lecturer in Climate Change Mitigation at … Continue reading How to get shipping companies to reduce their GHG emissions