MEPC 81: A global carbon tax on shipping is getting closer

As IMO’s MEPC 81 was going on in London last week, ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki was telling a session of the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston that a universal, global carbon tax on shipping is coming, as alternative blue fuels made with carbon capture emerge as a critical step in the energy transition at sea.

“We need to recognize that there is an intermediate step in the energy transition,” he said. “Last year the conversations were focused on going from oil to a green...

DOT finalizes rule requiring states to track vehicle CO2

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has finalized a rule requiring each state to track and monitor...

White Paper: How does intermodal fit into shipper sustainability strategies?

Transportation is the largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter, contributing nearly a third of U.S. emissions according to the Environmental Protection Agency. And with 70% of the nation’s freight moving via truck on an annual basis, adopting more sustainable tactics will be critical for shippers to shrink their carbon footprints. 

A sustainable alternative to motor freight is readily available: intermodal. Rail transportation as an additional mode of transportation has environmental and cost-saving...

CMA CGM Pulls Ahead In Zero- Emission Ocean Shipping Race

Credits: Ojas Narappanawar/ Pexels

CMA CGM announced that it has ordered 12 methanol-powered container ships, pulling ahead of Maersk with the most orders for zero-emission ships, says an article published on Ajot.

Both climate-harming emissions

In June of last year, the company announced that it had ordered six ships with dual-fuel methanol engines as part of its climate strategy.

Walmart was revealed to be the worst ocean shipping polluter in 2021, with Target and Home Depot also in the top...

Hyliion and Hyzon Motors will collaborate on fuel cell truck

The first version of Hyliion’s hybrid-electric truck is still about a year from production. But the third version of the Hypertruck ERX will be a hydrogen-powered fuel cell developed with Hyzon Motors, the companies said Wednesday.

The two startups expect to integrate a Hyliion electric powertrain system with a Hyzon fuel cell by late this year. Production would follow when sufficient hydrogen fueling infrastructure is available, Hyliion founder and CEO Thomas Healy said Wednesday.


Biden climate blueprint promotes modal shift away from trucks

A formal strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector prioritizes maritime and rail over trucking to more quickly get to net-zero emissions by 2050.

The U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization, released Tuesday by the Biden administration, is billed as a “first-of-its-kind” plan to cut GHG emissions in both passenger and freight transportation, building off funding incentives included in the 2021 infrastructure package and the 2022 Inflation...

INTERCARGO releases criticisms of IMO GHG strategy and Carbon Intensity Indicator

Pictured: energy efficiency in action. Left, an incandescent light bulb and, right, a vastly more energy-efficient light-bulb. Photo credit: Marcello Casal Jr and Agencia Brais via Wikipedia Creative Commons Licence 3.0 Brazil.


INTERCARGO, the international trade association for the ocean dry-bulk shipping sector, has released a statement on the IMO’s decarbonisation ambition, medium-term measures and the Carbon Intensity Indicators.

The statement reads:

INTERCARGO continues to...

Carbon Intensity Indicator rules to cut shipping emissions from early next year

Graphic: an artistic representation of atmospheric carbon dioxide – a clear, colourless, atmospheric gas. Graphic credit: Matthias Heyde via Unsplash.

Efforts to reduce the carbon intensity of shipping will receive a major boost early next year when a new suite of regulations take effect.

Global maritime greenhouse gas emissions stand at about 1,076 million tonnes per annum, according to the International Maritime Organization, which, if global maritime was a country, would put it a little bit...

Rivertrace Introduces The SMART VISCO Main Engine Sensor

Before fuel oil is injected into the primary engines of big ships, the SMART VISCO sensor is intended to measure the temperature and viscosity of the fuel oil. The monitor then transmits this data via volt-free relay contacts on both analogue and digital outputs.

Direct indication 

The SMART VISCO sensor measures all grades of HFO using ultrasonic guided wave technology. Due to the high frequency and speed of ultrasound, ambient vibration and flow speed have no impact on the measurements. The...

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