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Open Solicitation, Prop 1B Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has announced an open solicitation period for the Proposition 1B Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program Ships at Berth and Cargo Handling Equipment funding category. See the Program website (http://www.arb.ca.gov/gmbond) for more information. The $1b Proposition 1B:  Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program (Program) is a partnership between the State Air Resources Board (ARB) and local agencies (like air districts and seaports) to quickly reduce air pollution emissions and health risk from freight movement along California's trade corridors.  Local agencies apply to ARB for funding, then those agencies offer financial incentives to owners of equipment used in freight movement to upgrade to cleaner technologies.  Projects funded under this Program must achieve early or extra emission reductions not otherwise required by law or regulation.


Fleet Emission Credit Applications Available

Application forms for fleet emission credits (FEC) as well as a status of the terminal plan submittals are now available on ARB’s Shore Power website.  FEC are only applicable toward compliance with the At-Berth Regulation where fleet operators have chosen the Equivalent Emission Reduction Option—fleets that have chosen the Reduced Onboard Power Generation Option cannot apply for or use FEC. These forms are applicable to two types of emission reductions: 1) Use of either


CSL, WWF-Canada Combat Climate Change

Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) signed a five-year agreement with World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada) that aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within the CSL fleet, and seeks ongoing solutions for improving the wider marine industry’s ecological footprint. Under the terms of the agreement, CSL will obtain expert advisory services from WWF-Canada as it adopts, develops and promotes energy efficiency and emission reduction initiatives while strengthening its leadership role


Coalition for Responsible Transportation Honors TOTE

The Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT) today commended one of its members, Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE), for becoming the first container shipping line to announce that it is converting its ORCA class vessels to use Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as their primary fuel source.   The conversion will advance the use of alternative fuels technology in container shipping and accelerate the use of natural gas as a cleaner domestic energy source


IACS Renews Call for Evidence-based EEDI Database

Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) Roberto Cazzulo, speaking at the IMO World Maritime Day Symposium on 'Sustainable Maritime Transportation System', noted that IMO had recently supported in principle his organization's proposal for establishing an (Energy Efficient Design Index) "EEDI Database" for new ships being constructed in accordance with new IMO GHG regulations.


EPA Offers $4 Million in Grants for Clean Diesel Projects

EPA is announcing the availability of $4 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from marine and inland water ports, many of which are in areas that face environmental justice challenges. “Ports are essential to the nation’s economy and transportation infrastructure, but they also are home to some of the nation’s toughest environmental challenges,” said Janet McCabe


Bills Introduced on Air Emissions from Ships

Senator Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Solis (D-CA) introduced the Marine Vessel Emissions Reduction Act of 2007 in companion versions (S. 1499 and H.R. 2548 respectively) to amend the Clean Air Act to reduce air pollution from marine vessels. The bills, if enacted into law, would wholly ignore MARPOL Annex VI and impose unilateral standards for sulfur levels in marine fuels and require advanced marine vessel emission controls on new and in-use marine engines.


CIMAC Circle 2010 at SMM in Hamburg, Germany

Held on 9 September at SMM, more than 150 delegates attended this year's CIMAC Circle, covering the total cost of ownership of marine propulsion engines. Inevitably, the panel of engine builders, engine (vessel) operators and engine system and component makers were strongly influenced by the effects on engine first costs and engine running costs of the upcoming IMO Tier II and Tier III emissions regulations, due in 2011 and 2015 respectively. 


Classification Societies Establish EU Presence

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) re-opens its Brussels office within the EU maritime community. Representatives from EU Institutions, European and international organisations came to an event organised by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) entitled, "IACS - promoting global cooperation towards safe and environmentally sound shipping".
 The 80 guests included high-level EU Officials from DG MOVE, DG CLIMA, DG ENTR


IEA Report Aims to Help End Emissions Growth

Warning that the world is not on track to limit the global temperature increase to 2°C, the International Energy Agency (IEA) urged governments to swiftly enact four energy policies that would keep climate goals alive without harming economic growth. “Climate change has quite frankly slipped to the back burner of policy priorities. But the problem is not going away – quite the opposite,” IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said in London at the launch of a


Wärtsilä to Divest its Shares in Two-stroke JV

Wärtsilä to divest its shares in QMD two-stroke joint venture Wärtsilä announced that it will divest its shares in the Qingdao Qiyao Wärtsilä MHI Linshan Marine Diesel Co. Ltd. (QMD), the joint venture company established for manufacturing large low-speed marine


Wärtsilä Launches Low Loss Hybrid Energy System

Wärtsiläs test facility is equipped to carry out full scale testing of the LLH integrated with Wärtsilä distribution system. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä announced that it will launch its new Low Loss Hybrid (LLH) innovation at the ONS 2014 exhibition being held in Stavanger, Norway from August 25 to 28. The Wärtsilä LLH utilizes different power sources in combination with energy storage devices to operate the prime


Panama Canal Generates VER Carbon Credits

Forest plantlings: Image ACP

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) informs it has certified Verified Emission Reductions (VERs) or carbon credits, within the framework of the Sustainable Forest Cover Establishment Project in the Canal Watershed. The VERs are available under the financial service provider MARKIT Registry


New Bulk Carrier Design Puts Ecoships in the Lotus Position

Artist’s impression of Ecoships’ Eco-Smart Greenlotus 32

Ecoships, the technical shipmanagement arm of Newport Shipping Group, has introduced a next generation bulk carrier design, developed to set the standard in ecologically compatible marine transportation. Inspired by the low friction to water flow and self-cleaning properties of the lotus flower


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


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

President Barack Obama

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;


Port Metro Vancouver Release Sustainability, Financial Reports

Frontispiece financial report: Image Port Metro

Port Metro Vancouver informs that it has released its fourth annual Sustainability Report and 2013 Financial Report. Both reports together cover the period of January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013 and provide a summary of Port Metro Vancouver’s overall performance.


Washington State Refineries To Use Benchmarking Methodology

Solomon Associates has  announced it has been working in collaboration with the refining industry and state officials in Washington to assist in establishing a regulatory framework designed to help control greenhouse gas emissions from Washington’s five petroleum refineries.


Damen’s First Hybrid Tug Delivered

The Bernardus is Damen’s first ASD 2810 Hybrid tug. (Photo: Damen)

Newly designed Damen ASD Tug 2810 Hybrid presented at ITS, Hamburg Iskes Towage & Salvage took delivery of the Bernardus, the first Damen ASD 2810 Hybrid, Damen announced in a press release today, stating the delivery represents a turning point for the tug industry as operators and port


Statoil's Lund: Natural Gas is a Big Opportunity for Germany

Statoil CEO Helge Lund (Credit Statoil)

“There is a large potential for Germany to cut its climate emissions in a cost-effective way through the increased use of natural gas”, said Statoil CEO Helge Lund Switching from coal to gas as the power sector is a significant opportunity to cut emissions


EU Carbon Import Tariffs Could Torpedo Global Climate Deal

A move by the European Union to impose duties on carbon-intensive imports would scupper the chances of striking a global agreement to tackle climate change next year, the bloc's top climate official said on Thursday. European leaders have agreed to decide by October whether to set a 2030 goal


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-ship Certification Center Opens in Korea

Image: KR

Announced in 2012 as the world’s first green-ship equipment certification center, The Korean Register – an IACS member class society, and founding partner in the project –announced that the center has opened for business earlier this month in Gunsan, Jeonbuk, Korea.


AIS Data for Emissions Reduction

Anke Cotteleer

With emissions reduction firmly on the industry’s agenda, studies show that carrying out ship emission calculations, based on AIS data, can offer significant benefits. A Port of Rotterdam vessel traffic planning program aims to share reliable information


Turbocharger Modification

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Cost Effective Solution for Fuel Saving and Emission Control A turbocharger’s efficiency significantly influences diesel engine performance. For example, a turbocharger (TC) efficiency increase of one percent results in the following improvements, under constant engine power:






 
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