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Which Cruise Companies Are Leading the Charge in Cutting Air Pollutants?

Which Cruise Companies Are Leading the Charge in Cutting Air Pollutants?

Royal Caribbean Cruises and Carnival are among the companies investing in LNG-powered ships and fuel cell technology to reduce emissions. Other cruise liners are testing battery power, in the form of hybrid ships, and wind power.

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Wärtsilä Wastewater Treatment Helps Cruise Ship Meet Environmental Regulations

One of the world’s major cruise ships, the Queen Mary 2, is being fitted with a Wärtsilä advanced wastewater treatment system to enable the ship to fully comply with the International Maritime Organization’s water pollution regulations. The Wärtsilä Hamworthy Membrane BioReactor (MBR) systems are designed to facilitate the management and … Read more »

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Toward Emissions Standards

Royal Caribbean Cruises will retrofit 19 of its ships with advanced emissions purification (AEP) systems, which will remove more than 97 percent of the sulfur dioxide emissions generated by the ships’ diesel engines. The company says the move will position it ahead of all forthcoming International Maritime Organization Emission Control … Read more »

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GE Delivers First EPA Tier 4 Emissions-Compliant Marine Diesel Engines

GE Transportation has announced the first delivery of its latest marine diesel engines to GE Marine distributor Cummins Mid-South. The new engines meet EPA Tier 4 and International Maritime Organization Tier III emissions standards, reducing nitrous oxide emissions by 70 percent when compared to EPA Tier 2 or IMO Tier II. … Read more »

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Shipping Emissions Rules Approved

Ship owners will, for the first time, have to monitor carbon emissions from ships of more than 5,000 gross tons under a European Union law approved last week, the Guardian reports. The law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2018. It doesn’t include shipping in the EU’s Emissions Trading System, but … Read more »

Shipping NGOs Call for More Transparency

Transport & Environment, Seas at Risk and the Carbon War Room are urging the International Maritime Organization to be transparent regarding data on ship efficiency and fuel consumption. According to the NGOs, the IMO’s environment committee plans to restrict access to the energy efficiency design index data on newly built … Read more »

Branson, NGO Aim for More Ports Fighting CO2

The number of sea ports using ship evaluation systems to encourage lower carbon emissions will go from two to 10 in the next year, according to Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, as reported by Bloomberg. Branson is a founder of the Carbon War Room, a nonprofit that rates ship efficiency. … Read more »

SeaCURE Ballast Water Management System

Evoqua’s System Meets IMO Ballast Water Regs

Evoqua Water Technologies’ type-approved SeaCURE Ballast Water Management System can help shipping companies meet international ballast water requirements without additional chemicals, the company says. The SeaCURE system utilizes a patented process that first injects biocide into ballast seawater before it reaches the large surface filter intakes to reduce the growth … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Diesel Grants, DOT Slams Oil Sector, Bombardier Fails to Report

Republicans and Democrats are criticizing EPA proposals to cut funding for programs that have strong bipartisan backing. The agency proposes to completely eliminate the $20 million Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grants, which help trucking companies with engine retrofits and replacements. And the EPA has proposed cutting state water quality revolving loan … Read more »

Arctic Shipping Rules Address Pollution, not Ballast Water

The latest sign that warming temperatures are creating economic opportunities in the Arctic: the International Maritime Organization is close to agreeing new shipping rules for the region. Nations are discussing the Polar Code, a set of pollution rules and safety improvements that could go into force by 2016, Reuters reports. … Read more »

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Emissions Rules Set to Increase Shipping Costs

A European Union proposal to regulate ships’ carbon emissions will likely increase shipping costs, reports Hellenic Shipping News. Maritime transport is the only transport mode not included in the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, the trade publication says. Shipping is responsible for 4 percent of Europe’s total GHGs and … Read more »

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‘World’s First’ Marine Fuel Bio-Refinery to be Built

Steeper Energy, the Port of Frederikshavn and Aalborg University have partnered to build what they say is the world’s first biomass-based plant to produce sulfur-free marine fuel from wood. The plant will be located at the Port of Frederikshavn in Denmark and could potentially serve an annual marine fuel market … Read more »