Did you know?

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If you put a ship in a harbour and leave it over time, algae and mussels grow on the surface. The subsequent drag consumes energy and has the potential to introduce unwanted marine life into eco-sensitive areas when the ship moves through the water. Before the early 2000s, the problem was solved by copper paint that kept boats clean—with disastrous environmental consequences. Copper paint is now banned in many countries.


Greece starts hauling abandoned ships from the sea

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Greek authorities have begun removing dozens of abandoned cargo and passenger ships that have been lying semi-submerged or completely sunken – many for decades – in the Gulf of Elefsina, an industrial area of shipyards and factories near Greece's major port of Piraeus.


Emission Control Area in Mediterranean to BRING enormous air quality benefits, according to French study

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Ship traffic air pollution in the Mediterranean Sea can significantly be reduced by introducing an Emission Control Area (ECA), concludes a French impact assessment investigation pointing out economic, health and environmental cost-benefits.


Beware of local restrictions before discharging wash water from exhaust gas scrubbing

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The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) considers exhaust gas scrubbers to be an acceptable means of reducing vessels’ sulphur emissions and ensuring compliance with MARPOL Annex VI. A separate guideline, Resolution MEPC.259(68), specifies the requirements for the verification, testing, survey and certification of scrubber systems and sets out the criteria for discharging scrubber wash water into the sea.
However, some coastal states and ports have implemented local regulations with more stringent requirements that restrict or completely prohibit the discharge of wash water from open loop scrubbers or prohibit the use of scrubbers.


Tighter Vessel Space and Political Tensions to Impact European Shipping Industry

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The shipping market may see a more positive year in 2019 amid changes in fleet size and shifts in demand for methanol, although ongoing political tensions, growing participation from Russia and looming regulatory change for 2020 could prompt an uncertain couple of years.