New en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions for ‘green ship­ping’ vi­sion

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BER­LIN: The global ship­ping in­dus­try is un­der grow­ing pres­sure to en­sure its com­pli­ance with loom­ing new en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions, Ki­tack Lim, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IMO), has warned.

Lim’s com­ments were made at last week’s open­ing of the Ham­burg SMM mar­itime trade fair, one of the world’s most im­por­tant events of its kind for the ship­ping in­dus­try.

As of Jan­uary 1, 2020, the IMO will man­date mem­bers to use fu­els with a sul­phur con­tent of at most 0.5%, com­pared to a pre­vi­ous 3.5% limit, when trav­el­ling the high seas.

Al­ter­na­tively, ves­sels can in­stall so-called “scrub­ber” ex­haust sys­tem clean­ing tech­nolo­gies to re­duce en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion.

“The pri­or­ity for the IMO and the in­dus­try is now to im­ple­ment the new reg­u­la­tory lim­its res­o­lutely,” Lim said.

Es­ben Pouls­son, the chair­man of the In­ter­na­tional Cham­ber of Ship­ping, ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the in­dus­try would ul­ti­mately suc­ceed in be­com­ing more en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able. “We will make it, but we will have to work hard,” Pouls­son said.

He noted that fu­els in com­pli­ance with the new reg­u­la­tions were not yet uni­ver­sally avail­able and that their ex­act pric­ing, a key cost fac­tor for ship­ping firms, was still un­known.

Cater­pil­lar prod­uct man­ager Frank Starke, rep­re­sent­ing one of the engi­neer­ing firms show­cas­ing their prod­ucts at the fair, cau­tioned that the jury was still out on what new tech­nolo­gies would be best suited to help achieve the in­dus­try’s vi­sion of “green ship­ping”.

Whereas mo­tors could al­ready be pow­ered by hy­dro­gen in prin­ci­ple, ques­tions re­mained sur­round­ing re­lated se­cu­rity and lo­gis­tics.

Fur­ther can­di­dates for less pol­lut­ing propul­sion so­lu­tions were bat­tery-pow­ered ves­sels and liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas.

| Xin­hua

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