Environment

Mitsui OSK installs microplastic collection device on wood chip carrier

In an industry-first, Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has installed a microplastic collection device on one of its ships. MOL teamed with Japanese ballast water treatment system manufacturer Miura to add the device onto a newbuild wood chip carrier. The microplastic collection device is activated during operation of the ballast water treatment system, with the …

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Port of Québec rebuffs negative federal environmental agency report on Laurentia project

  By Leo Ryan, Editor The Port of Québec has challenged certain major issues raised last week in a federal agency report which concluded that the planned Laurentia container terminal project in its present form  “is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.” In its draft report, the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada affirmed that …

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IMO committee approves ban on heavy ship fuel in the Arctic

  LONDON – In a decision criticized by environmental groups for not going far enough, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) today approved a proposed ban on the use of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic region as of July 1, 2024. Such a ban already exists in the …

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Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announces smart protective coatings project  

  (Dartmouth, NS) – Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced four projects  including the Smart Protective Coatings Project as a part of its core Technology Leadership stream of projects. With a total project value of more than $4.6 million, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster will provide $2.2 million in funding with the balance coming from industry partners. The Smart …

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Draft report sees Port of Montreal Contrecoeur project as potentially triggering only moderate environmental effects 

By Leo Ryan, Editor The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, in its long-awaited draft report, has concluded that the Port of Montreal’s Contrecoeur container terminal project “is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, taking into account the implementation of key mitigation measures.” The Agency also concludes in its report released on November 18 …

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IMO committee approves draft new regulations on decarbonising shipping

  LONDON – Draft new mandatory regulations  to cut the carbon intensity of existing ships have been approved by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), the UN agency announced today. Week-long meetings of the Committee end Friday.  The MEPC also agreed on the  terms of reference for assessing the possible impacts on States, paying particular attention …

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IMO holding crucial discussions on decarbonising maritime shipping

London – Vital measures to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships will be discussed by governments this week November 16-20 by the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee amidst calls by the global marine sector to adopt a proposal for an industry-financed US$5 billion research and development programme. The latter would catalyse the transformation of …

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LNG becoming increasingly popular in the shipping sector

  Rotterdam – early Thursday, Total’s bunker vessel Gas Agility started bunkering the container ship CMA CGM Jacques Saade with 18,000 m³ of LNG (liquefied natural gas). The operation took around 16 hours to complete. Gas Agility, the world’s largest LNG bunker vessel, was built especially to supply ULCVs (Ultra Large Container Vessels) like Jacques Saade with LNG …

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New report provides blueprint to unlock the first wave of zero-emission shipping projects

  The maritime industry has no time to waste if it is to meet the International Maritime Organization’s ambition of at least halving emissions from international shipping by 2050. It will require commercially viable zero emission vessels to be operating along deep-sea trade routes by 2030. This is the goal of the Getting to Zero …

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A marine acoustics research station will be deployed off Rimouski

  By Jean-Francois Bouchard A marine acoustics research station will be deployed next spring in the center of the Laurentian Channel, off Rimouski. A unique project in the world co-directed by the Rimouski Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMER) of the University of Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR) and the applied research center Maritime Innovation. This research …

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