744 Large Vessels Scrapped in 2018

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744 large ocean-going commercial vessels were sold to scrap yards in 2018, according to data released end of January 2019 by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform. 518 were broken down on tidal mudflats in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, amounting to a record-breaking 90,4% of the gross tonnage dismantled globally. The question is, do we talk sustainable beaching practices?


RENEWABLE FUELS: Why should we continue to use palm oil?

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The EU biofuel saga has gone on since 2008. Mixing palm oil and soy in our fossil fuels would increase our green fuel practice in EU. When the EU’s green energy law was updated in 2018, the European Parliament quasi-unanimously decided to eliminate palm oil from the EU green energy law.
But the Commission prevented a deal, committing instead to propose, by February 2019, to phase out bad biofuels, i.e. the use of biofuel causing deforestation from the EU green energy law.

Source of contestation as the article below illustrates. Euroshore voices its sensible opinion in this discussion.


Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from Cargo Systems on Oil Tankers

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A recent information paper of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) deals with methods, systems and procedures available for controlling Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions from oil tanker loading and during vessel transit.


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.