• 2018 October 12 14:47

    Minister Berner: Finland strives to reduce emissions from shipping

    Finland aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping and to have global negotiations on concrete measures for reducing these emissions initiated next year, says Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications. The issue of greenhouse gas emissions from shipping will be negotiated in the meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in London on 22–26 October 2018.

    Decisions on global shipping-related emissions and environmental questions are largely made by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC). In its October meeting, the Committee intends to prepare a programme of actions to implement the initial IMO strategy on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

    “The negotiations on concrete and as ambitious actions for reducing emission as possible must be initiated soonest possible, preferably already in 2019. It is important that the programme of actions enables introduction of short-term measures for cutting emissions at the earliest before 2023,” says Minister of Transport and Communication Anne Berner.

    According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute's estimate, emissions from shipping account for 11–13 per cent of global greenhouse gas emission in the transport sector. In Finland, the shipping emissions, including also inland water transport, constitute four per cent of all transport emissions.

    In addition to environmental issues, maritime plastic litter is becoming an increasingly topical theme. In its October meeting, the Committee will also initiate preparation of an action plan to address the plastic litter issue.

    In spring 2018, the MEPC agreed for the first time on climate objectives for the whole maritime sector, which were recorded in the initial strategy. The committee set the target of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from maritime transport by 50 per cent from the level of 2008 by 2050.

    “We have to turn the emissions from shipping to a steep decline as soon as possible to be able to reach the targets set in the Paris Climate Agreement. Finland will be very actively involved in the finalisation of the greenhouse gas emission strategy for shipping and selection of measures for reducing the emissions,” Minister Berner points out.

    As potential short-term measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions were listed such steps as improving energy efficiency of ships, and research and development activities, and proposed long-term measures included introduction of alternative fuels.

    IMO has already earlier agreed on regulation that has significantly improved the energy efficiency of vessels, thus reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from new ships. Limitations have also been set on the nitrogen and sulphur emissions from ships.

    “The maritime sulphur emissions have reduced significantly on the Baltic Sea and the North Sea since the sulphur limitations entered into force in 2015. The nitrogen emissions of new ships to be built will also be restricted on the Baltic Sea and the North Sea as from 2021,” Minister Berner states.

    A global sulphur limit will be implemented in 2020, which is also an issue on the agenda of the October meeting.

    The Paris Climate Agreement does not include any separate entries on greenhouse gas emissions from shipping or air traffic, but it lays down a more extensive goal to limit the rise in the average global temperature. Shipping accounts for approximately 2.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Without any reduction measures, the greenhouse gas emissions are expected to grow by 50–250 per cent in the coming decades.


2018 December 17

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14:56 NOVATEK elects a new member to the Management Board
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13:41 Pacific Fleet and Indian Navy warships practice inspection operation as part of Indra Navy 2018 Russian-Indian naval exercise
13:19 Queen Máxima christens Van Oord's TSHD Vox Amalia
12:58 9 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 16-17
12:36 Samsung Heavy Industries secures yet another contract for an LNGC
12:23 Saab secures shipping safety contract for Shangai container port
12:00 Composit supports the 6th Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
11:42 Milaha unveils large plans to upgrade its shipyard in Mesaieed
11:01 IBIA welcomes decision by IMO’s MSC to add new item to its agenda to address concerns about fuel safety
10:43 SENER to design passenger vessel for Tanzanian ferry operator
10:17 Brent Crude futures price down 0.02% to $60.27, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.21% to $51.58
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2018 December 16

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13:21 Traxens trials IoT network in port environment for first time, at MSC Terminal Valencia
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10:55 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
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2018 December 15

16:23 MOL Passenger Line receives award for outstanding performance in 'Cruise of the Year 2018'
14:53 CMA CGM to implement GRR for India East Coast-West Africa trade
13:51 CMA CGM announces LSS on services from / to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
12:44 NYK Cruises receives Grand Prix Award for 2018 World Cruise
11:27 TT-Line places order for RoPax "green" ferry with China's Jiangsu Jinling Shipyard

2018 December 14

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17:48 Petersburg Oil Terminal puts into operation its emergency response team
17:33 Vinalines to open container shipping centre next week
17:30 Fairway adjustment will simplify Elbe traffic control already next year
17:27 Final cruise ship for the year calls to the Port of Gothenburg
17:23 The MV Magda joins the Klaveness Bulkhandling pool
17:16 India’s containerised export up 10% in the third quarter of 2018
17:13 FSL Trust announces newbuilding agreement for the construction of two LR2 product tankers
17:13 Havyard project with Havila Kystruten on hydrogen-powered coastal route operations to receive over NOK 100 million in funding from Pilot-E
16:24 World Fuel Services expands bunker operations in US leading up to 2020
15:57 IMO held training workshops in Cameroon Single Window for Foreign Trade Transactions
14:49 Onezhsky Shipyard lays down self-propelled hopper barge of Project HB600
14:08 Irish Continental Group plc takes delivery of cruise ferry W.B.Yeats
13:55 WMU takes part in Ocean Literacy Conference
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13:10 WMU hosted round table discussion regarding key challenges facing IMO
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12:32 Nordic American Offshore secures contract for its PSV NAO Viking
12:11 Rosrybolovstvo supports 2nd Dredging and Hydraulic Engineering Structures Congress
11:50 Association of Commercial Sea Ports celebrates its 30th anniversary
11:24 Gazprom and Itochu sign MoU under Baltic LNG project
11:06 Scorpio Bulkers announces time charter-out agreement
10:48 Domestic ferry safety exercise conducted in Indonesia
10:25 IMO holds training for managing insecurity in west Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden
10:06 EC adds six new yards to its ‘European List of ship recycling facilities’
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09:25 GTT notified by HSHI for the tank design of two new LNG carriers for CMM
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,365 points
08:06 Fincantieri publishes its Sustainability Plan 2018-2022
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