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HAL to Conduct Air Emission Reducing Study

To determine the feasibility of new technology designed to dramatically reduce air emissions on seagoing vessels, Holland America Line plans on conducting a seawater scrubber feasibility project aboard one of its cruise ships thanks to the assistance of a $300,000 EPA/West Coast Collaborative grant and $100,000 contribution from Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The total cost of the installation is more than $1.2 million. This innovative project is intended to demonstrate how advanced seawater scrubbing reduces air emissions on large oceangoing vessels. The results will determine whether this technology could be rolled out to new oceangoing vessels, as well as retrofitting existing vessels. “Holland America Line has always had a vigorous environmental program and we believe in being proactive on environmental issues,” said Stein Kruse, president and chief executive officer. “A scrubber has never previously been installed on a vessel engine of this size. We are extremely proud to be in the forefront of this technology and feel it is important to collaborate with key partners to find practical solutions.” "EPA is proud to be joining the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, Environment Canada and others in supporting Holland America Line's demonstration of this innovative emissions reducing technology," said Michelle Pirzadeh, Acting Deputy Regional Administrator for USEPA's Region 10


EPA Fines Shell for Clean Air Act Permit Violations during Offshore Oil Exploration in Alaska

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced settlements with Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. and Shell Offshore, Inc. for violations of their Clean Air Act permits for arctic oil and gas exploration drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, off the North Slope of Alaska. Based on EPA’s inspections and Shell’s excess emission reports, EPA documented numerous air permit violations for Shell’s Discoverer and Kulluk drill ship fleets


EPA Report Highlights Benefits of Emissions Reduction Program

More than 50,000 older diesel powered engines were upgraded or replaced between 2008 to 2010 because of Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) funding which resulted in major clean air benefits and fuel savings, according a new report issued today - the “Second Report to Congress: Highlights of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Program” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “The results outlined in this report demonstrate that the clean diesel retrofit program (DERA) is


Port of LA Wins Global Environmental Award

Port of Los Angeles recognized for emissions reductions, international collaborative efforts. The Port of Los Angeles has received a Lloyd’s List Global Award in the Environment category, an honor recognizing the Port’s environmental leadership in adopting and promoting programs that reduce emissions from maritime sources. The award highlighted several of the Port’s green initiatives and leadership efforts at both the regional and international level


Diesel Forum Launches New Website

The Diesel Technology Forum today launched a new Web site focusing on clean diesel solutions to reduce emissions from existing diesel engines according to Forum Executive Director Allen Schaeffer. “This unique site is geared toward key stakeholders including trucking and transit bus fleet owners and operators, equipment operators, government officials, the media and general public,” stated Schaeffer. “Our goal is to provide basic program information and real-life examples of success


NRDC Says Ports Are Largest Urban Polluters

Ten major ports get environmental grades from "B-" to "F"; Los Angeles and Long Beach earn unsatisfactory "C" grades U.S. seaports are the largest and most poorly regulated sources of urban pollution in the country, according to a report released by NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) and the Coalition for Clean Air. Harboring Pollution: The Dirty Truth about U.S. Ports grades the ten biggest seaports for their impact on air and water quality, land use, and nearby communities.


Motia Continues Product Tanker Expansion

Motia Compagnia di Navigazione has continued its expansion of modern product carrier tonnage with the delivery of the 29,000 dwt Elisa from STX Shipbuilding, Korea. The third of a series of four sister ships from the same yard building for Motia, the Elisa is an IMO II Product/Chemical Carrier and it will enter employment in the Handytankers Pool. Antonio Zacchello, managing director of Motia Compagnia di Navigazione,


Foster Wheeler Closes Acquisition Of Siemens Environmental Systems And Services

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  Foster Wheeler AG (Nasdaq:FWLT) announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Power Group has finalized the acquisition of the Siemens Environmental Systems and Services business that supplies and services clean air technologies for use in power plants and industrial facilities. The transaction was closed April 30, 2014. The Siemens Environmental Systems and Services purchase includes assets of the former Wheelabrator Air Pollution Control Company located in Pittsburgh


Carnival Legend Awarded RINA Green Star

Italian classification society RINA has awarded its Green Star logo, a dedicated environmental standard for shipping, to the 88,500gt Carnival Legend, delivered from Kvaerner Masa yard August 14, 2002, to Carnival Cruise Line. Carnival Legend is also built to RINA class. The 2,124-passenger vessel is a sistership to the already delivered Costa Atlantica (2000), Carnival Spirit (2001), and Carnival Pride (2001). Two more vessels, the Costa Mediterranea (2003)


Cavotec Install AMP Unit in Port of Ystad, Sweden

Covotec AMP Unit: Photo credit Port of Ystad

An AMP (Alternative Marine Power) application installed in the south of Sweden port by Cavotec for 'Cold Ironing'. Cavotec claim this to be the largest high-voltage shore connection system in the world. Concern over air quality in harbours has led to growing pressure on port operators to reduce carbon and nitrogen dioxide emissions. Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) is a cold ironing system which allows ships to turn off their engines when in port


Emissions Reductions Persist at Port of LA

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Annual Inventory of Air Emissions Indicates Drops in Major Pollution Categories The Port of Los Angeles continues to make strides in cutting pollution from ships, trucks, trains, cargo-handling equipment and harbor craft, according to the latest annual inventory of emissions from port-related


Can Oil & Gas Superpower Lead on Climate Change?

Reuters Global Climate Change Summit

  A day before President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations to declare the nation is "stepping up to the plate" to tackle climate change, nearly 400,000 protesters jammed New York City streets in a climate change march. Many held signs calling for an end to fracking.


Carnival Plans to Save 1 Billion Gallons of Fuel

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Carnival Corporation’s multiyear Fuel Conservation Program expected to save more than one billion gallons of fuel and $2.5 billion in fuel costs, while reducing carbon emissions by 12 billion kilograms by the end of 2014; fleet of over 100 ships will see 24 percent improvement in fuel


Foster Wheeler For Air Quality Control System Upgrade In West Virginia

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  Foster Wheeler AG announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Power Group’s Environmental and Industrial division has been awarded a contract by Longview Power, LLC to rehabilitate and optimize the wet flue gas desulfurization system at their existing 700 MWe (net megawatt


Air Pollution Continues Decline at Port of Long Beach

MSC Altair (Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach)

Diesel air pollution from ships, trucks, trains and other big machines at the Port of Long Beach has declined by 82 percent since 2005, a comprehensive air quality analysis has found. The report – which focuses on 2013 – shows seven straight years of steadily declining air pollution


In Support of Affordable Energy

As its key mission, Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) advocates for a modern and well-maintained system of inland waterways and ports. WCI’s top issues areas include the implementation of waterways’ improvement legislation in the recently enacted WRRDA; remembering Rivers (the Fourth


Siemens to Bring eHighway Demonstration to California

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Contract signed with South Coast Air Quality Management District inCalifornia to install and demonstrate Siemens eHighway system near Portsof Los Angeles and Long Beach. Electrified catenary system offers economically attractive and environmentally friendly solution to transport goods on


L-3 SAM Helps Hamburg Süd Meet California Regulations

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L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that after one year of preparation time, seven container ships currently chartered by Hamburg Süd and regularly calling at the U.S. West Coast ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, Port Hueneme and Oakland, Calif


Shanghai, L.A. Ports Launch 'Ecopartnership'

The Beijing Signing Ceremont (Credit: Port of LA)

The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Shanghai signed a formal agreement to exchange information, technical expertise and practices to expand the use of shore power at the Port of Shanghai.   The signing ceremony concluded the sixth meeting of the U.S


Green Groups See Need To Nudge Obama's 'Opening Bid' On Carbon Cuts

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In large part, the wide-ranging reaction to President Barack Obama's signature effort to cut power plant carbon emissions could have been written months in advance. Key Republicans and many industrial groups decried it as a job-killing war on coal that would drive up power prices;


EPA Helps Cut NYC Marine Diesel Engine Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is supporting local efforts to reduce air pollution in the New York City metropolitan area by providing a total of $1.1 million to help two organizations replace old, dirty diesel engines on boats with less polluting models


US Top Court Upholds Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

Victory for Barack Obama

The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama a victory on Tuesday by upholding a federal environmental regulation requiring some states to limit pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states. By a 6-2 vote, the court said the U.S


U.S. Supreme Court Declines Exxon Mobil Appeal

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ruling against Exxon Mobil Corp that ordered the company to pay $105 million in damages for polluting New York City's groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive. The decision not to hear the case leaves intact a July 2 U.S


EPA Mull Methane Regs for Oil & Gas Sector

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday took a step toward a wider strategy to address climate change, releasing five technical papers that will help it decide whether or not to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.


Foss Assists Lab in Hydrogen Fuel Research

Photo courtesy Foss Maritime

Foss Maritime and one of America's most prestigious national research laboratories are joining in a project aimed at producing cleaner air, less costly fuel and a healthier environment. Seattle-based Foss and its Hawaiian subsidiary, Young Brothers Ltd






 
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