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Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas

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 »

Carnival cruise

Sulfur Emissions Rules Mean Fewer Cruises, Carnival UK Chief Warns

Carnival UK says tighter sulfur emissions rules for ships may mean fewer cruises in northern Europe. The cruise company’s CEO David Dingle told Travel Weekly that Carnival brands P&O Cruises and Cunard Line have already planned a 28 percent cut in Baltic and Norway cruises between 2013 and 2015. Under … Read more »

Trident Alliance member companies

Shipping Industry Initiative Launched

Eleven shipping companies including Maersk and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics are among the first members of the Trident Alliance, a shipping industry initiative to support enforcement of maritime sulfur regulations. The coalition of ship owners and operators say they will partner with other groups that share its interest in tough enforcement of … Read more »

offshore oil platform with supply vessel

DSME, ABS to Develop First LNG-Fueled Drillship

ABS has entered into a joint development project with South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) to develop the industry’s first liquified natural gas-fueled drillship. The JDP will address challenges associated with storing and managing cryogenic LNG safely by combining DSME’s experience developing and applying LNG technology to floating … Read more »

Sulfur Rules to Cost Shipping Firms Millions

Maersk Line says Europe’s new low-sulfur fuel rules will cost it an extra $200 million a year, Reuters reports. Similarly, P&O Ferries’ tells the news agency its fuel bill will increase about 30 million pounds ($50 million) a year, which it will pass onto customers. Under the European Union rules, … Read more »

container ship

Alliance Formed to Push Maritime Sulfur Regulation

A dozen shipping companies have taken the initial steps to form a coalition to advance enforcement of maritime sulfur regulations. The companies met for an exploratory session in Copenhagen last week, at a full-day meeting hosted by Maersk Maritime Technology and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, and say they are on track … Read more »

Sulfur Analyzer

Portable Analyzer Measures Sulfur Content in Shale

Horiba has released a portable sulfur analyzer, the SLFA-60, that it says can measure high-concentration sulfur content in shale oil and conventional crude oil, and has a measurement range twice that of previous models. Shale oil, an alternative to crude oil, can contain high concentrations of impurities, including sulfur. The … Read more »

Maersk container ship

‘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 »

tailpipe emissions

Industry Tells EPA ‘Withdraw Sulfur Rules’

The American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers have called upon the EPA to withdraw its proposed Tier 3 rule, which would require lower sulfur content in gasoline. API says Tier 3 is a “reckless” and “unnecessary” regulation that won’t do much to improve air quality and will … Read more »

69% of Voters Support Tier 3 Pollution Standards

69% of Voters Support Tier 3 Pollution Standards

A majority of voters — 69 percent — supports the EPA setting stricter standards on gasoline and tighter emissions standards for cars, SUVs and trucks, according to the American Lung Association’s latest survey. The telephone survey of 800 registered voters found a 2-to-1 majority (62 to 32 percent) support the … Read more »