IMO’s Emission Protocols Not Strict Enough

  • IMO has targeted to reducetotal GHG emissions by 50% and carbon emissions by 70% by 2050.
  • Under IMO protocol new rules cannot enter into force until late 2022 at the earliest.
  • A study shows that methane traps 86 times more heat in the atmosphere than CO2 over a 20- year time period.
  • The use of LNG as a marine fuel led to a GHG reduction of 21% over the entire life cycle.

Ship owners have to contemplate their future plans after an inconclusive meeting last week at the IMO. The measures taken...

ABS Study To Assess Energy Efficiency Design Index, EEDI

According to a MarineLink article, a team led by ABS has been awarded a contract by the European Commission (EC) to explore future directions for the IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for ships.

What is it?

The EC, the executive arm of the European Union, awarded the consortium of ABS, Vessel Performance Solutions (VPS) and Arcsilea with funding to assess the EEDI’s technical performance and evaluate new targets before the 76th meeting of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection...

OPEC+ agrees largest ever oil output cut of 9.7 million bpd

OPEC agreed to cut oil output by a record 9.7 million barrels per day, about 10% of global supply, for the months of May and June, followed by another agreement of extending the duration of the proposed 1.5 million barrel per day cut until the end of 2020, instead of 30th of June 2020.

Specifically, according to the new agreement, OPEC+ will experience a cut by eight million barrels per day to the end of 2020 and six million barrels per day till end of April 2022. It aims to support the oil...

The case of ammonia as a marine fuel

During the 2020 SAFETY4SEA Limassol Forum, Dr. John Kokarakis, Vice President Technology & Business Development, Bureau Veritas, discussed ammonia as a potential solution for carbon-free shipping. During his presentation, Dr. Kokarakis presented the advantages of ammonia on the one hand, and the challenges on the other, adding that difficulties around ammonia can be controlled by technical and regulatory options.

The hot question of today is if the ammonia is a feasible solution for carbon-free...

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