Shipping Waste and Waste Ships

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Dutch shipowner Seatrade was recently found in breach of the EU Waste Shipment Regulation (the “Waste Regulation”) after selling four reefer ships for scrapping in India, Bangladesh and Turkey in 2012. This case raises interesting questions about the interaction between the Waste Regulation and the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (the “Recycling Regulation”), attracting considerable interest from owners and operators alike.


New EU Directive for the delivery of ship generated waste and cargo residues

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Euroshore presented its views on the new legislative proposal of the EU Commission at European Maritime Days in Bourgas.



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Following the recent acquisition of AVISTA OIL Services UK Ltd by Greenbottle’s subsidiary Slicker Recycling Ltd, the parties have entered into a partnership to build a 100.000 tons feed capacity used oil re-refinery in Kalundborg, Denmark.


EU moves towards simplifying ship reporting requirements

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The Danish Maritime Authority reports that ​the European Commission has adopted a proposal aimed at increased harmonization of ship reporting requirements when calling at ports within the EU.


International shipping will take measures to reduce emissions

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The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 72) adopted on 13 April 2018 an initial strategy, a framework for its 173 member countries, which is likely to be a starting point for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission1 reduction targets and guiding principles for the shipping industry to become part of the transition to low-carbon future.


Asian shipowners do not believe in the future of scrubbers

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Shipowners at the Marine Money Hong Kong Ship Finance Forum discussed the future of scrubbers in order to meet the new sulphur cap in 2020. The majority of the shipowners said the use of low sulphur fuels was their favourite option to meet the new 0.5% S requirement.


Euroshore will organize a workshop on the occasion of the European Maritime Days in Bourgas, Bulgaria (31 May 31–1 June 2018)

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18 workshops will be held during the European Maritime Days. Euroshore plans a workshop on the new proposal of the EU Commission for delivery of ship generated waste and cargo residues.


A whale landed on the beach in Spain with a large amount of waste in his stomach

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A whale landed on the beach in Cabo de Palos, Spain, with 29kg of plastic in its stomach.


Kenya launched the world’s toughest legislation to ban plastic

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It is Kenya that recently brings in world's toughest plastic bag ban: four years jail or $40,000 fine. Plastic bags take between 500 to 1,000 years to break down and also enter the human food chain through fish and other animals.


Amendments to MARPOL Annex V

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The amendments to MARPOL Annex V, adopted at MEPC 70 will enter into force on 1 March 2018. The changes include criteria for determining whether cargo residues are harmful to the marine environment, and a new garbage category for “e-waste”.


IMO requirements for PH of exhaust gas cleaning systems

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The wash water pH must meet one of the following requirements and the results recorded in the vessel’s EGCS Technical Manual (ETM) as applicable (Resolution MEPC.184(59)):


Chairman warns: Low sulphur fuels will impact the business of port reception facilities

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MEPC 280(70) decided, after the assessment of fuel oil availability that the fuel oil standard (0.50% m/m) shall become effective on 1 January 2020. This means that outside the special areas, ships should use low sulphur fuels (max. 0.5%S) or alternative fuels such as LNG, LPG, methanol etc., or use exhaust gas cleaning systems in combination with high sulphur fuels (as long that the systems meets the 0.5%S requirements.