• 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.


2019 February 22

18:08 Pacific Fleet AS-34 underwater vehicle practises maneuvering in Kola Bay
17:50 Krasnoye Sormovo launches first ship in new RSD59 series of four ships ordered by STLC
17:35 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
17:05 Bilfinger expands in international maritime scrubber market
16:35 Aker Solutions to develop digital twin for Wintershall’s Nova field
16:12 Chiquita's new container ship pays its first visit to Kloosterboer in North Sea Port
15:31 DOF awarded contracts for three ROV Support Vessels in Brazil
15:12 Biggest wellboat in the world’s hull arrives at Havyard yard in Leirvik
14:55 Zaliv shipyard (Kerch) launched search-and-rescue ship of Project А163
14:12 Tideway completes installation of longest AC offshore wind export cable at Hornsea One in the UK
13:48 32 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 21-22
13:30 GTT creates a Digital Hub of Excellence in Singapore
13:04 The Spectrum of the Seas leaves the MEYER WERFT's dock
12:49 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg upgrades its cane equipment
12:30 Port of Rotterdam bunker figures down to 9.5 million m3 in 2018
12:03 Algoma announces purchase of additional product tanker
11:30 Van Oord is one of the founding partners and main sponsor of PortXL
11:02 Fincantieri and Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding reach an agreement to cooperate in the UAE shipbuilding segment
10:30 Mitsubishi Shipbuilding holds christening ceremony for next-generation LNG carrier "MARVEL CRANE"
10:20 Port of Yeisk handled 159,000 tonnes of cargo year-to-date
10:00 CMA CGM implements Port Congestion Surcharge from Med and North Europe to Canada East Coast
09:58 The Netherlands ratifies ship recycling convention
09:35 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.24% to $66.91, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.16% to $56.87
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 630 points

2019 February 21

18:33 AML’s MVP200 selected for new Swedish “RV Svea”
18:16 ​Shearwater GeoServices and TGS partner for major Brazil survey
18:03 NYK selected as a White 500 company for third consecutive year
17:55 Rosmorport to dredge 12.1 million cbm of material in 2019
17:34 Boskalis expands market position in marine survey through acquisition Horizon
17:29 GE to supply LM2500 gas turbine auxiliary equipment for Indian Navy’s P17A frigates
17:11 Hydrographic Company to get 15 new vessels by 2024
17:05 Rotterdam port innovation programme PortXL participants announced
17:03 H.H. Sheikh Theyab updated on ADNOC L&S strategy to become a global shipping champion
16:14 SCHOTTEL presents new shallow-water thruster SPJ 30 up to 150 kW
15:35 Forth Ports Group receives planning consent for new terminal at the Port of Tilbury
15:16 Algoma announces the Algoma Conveyor is headed for Canada
14:32 A.P. Moller - Maersk accelerates transformation and grows revenue in 2018
14:11 Teekay Tankers reports fourth quarter and annual 2018 results
13:46 Santos posts it 2018 net profit of $630 million
13:15 Gazprom Neft demonstrates solid growth across all key financial indicators in 2018
13:13 A.P. Moller - Maersk initiates demerger and separate listing of Maersk Drilling
12:49 ESPS Relampago’s crew carried out maritime training exercises with the Seychelles Coastguard
11:57 First meeting of Eastern Partnership LNG Network takes place in Warsaw
11:28 42 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 20-21
11:03 The UK publishes draft UK MRV legislation following Brexit
10:39 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port spent USD 60,500 under its social programme in 2018
10:16 IMO treaties ratified by Guyana
09:54 Allocations of Taganrog Sea Commercial Port for its environmental programme in 2018 totaled USD 96,400
09:31 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.18% to $67.2, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.51% to $57.45
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 622 points

2019 February 20

18:13 Klaipėdos nafta carried out the 10th operation of reloading LNG from a gas carrier to ground storage tanks
17:52 VNIIR-Progress St. Petersburg supplies electrical equipment for Atomflot icebreaker
17:28 Documents on concession model for Taman dry cargo area project to be submitted to RF Govt in March 2019
17:04 Cammell Laird stages ‘float-off’ for new £10m ferry for Red Funnel
16:46 VTMS, AIS and Pilotage Service on the Northern Sea Route to remain under Rosmorport’s control
16:25 NOVATEK eyes arranging LNG bunkering in Sabetta
16:04 Maersk enhances Asia-Europe network to further improve schedule reliability
15:43 Decision made on transfer of FSUE Hydrographic Company to Rosatom Corporation
15:21 Euronav sells LR1 Genmar Сompatriot
14:54 SIA Extron Baltic receives award for rapid growth in the Port of Riga