IMO Bans Non-Compliant Fuel

IMO is taking a significant step forward in banning the use of fuel that exceeds the .5% sulphur limit as of 2020 unless an operational scrubber is in place.  This helps level the playing field in discouraging those endeavoring to benefit by not using compliant fuel.  Also necessary will be enforcement of this amendment. 

Cargill Fosters Shipping Sustainability

Commodities and chartering giant Cargill is teaming up with four NGOs to boost shipping sustainability.  The idea is to back initiatives and increase accountability across the sector.  

Kudos to Royal Caribbean- Plans to Eliminate Plastics

A round of applause for RCCL and their plans to eliminate single-use plastics from its fleet operations on its three lines

Maritime Global Technologies Innovation Center to Host “Reverse Pitch”. Industry’s Challenges Meet Solutions—and Funding

The Maritime Global Technologies Innovation Center (MGTIC) will be hosting a “Reverse Pitch” at SUNY Maritime College on Thursday, March 15th from 10:30-1:30.  The format will be representatives from the Maritime, Port, Logistics, and land-based industries will present challenges to those with the talent, desire and passion to dream and conceive possible solutions (innovators). This type of presentation helps expose real needs, inefficiencies and pain points ripe for an innovation, creativity, and solution.  Also in the room will be investors looking for incubator companies.

Reducing Offshore Drilling Regulations is Shortsighted

BSEE’s recent proposal to reduce regulation, including third party oversight, is shortsighted to say the least.  The argument that the oil and gas industry will save $22.8 million per year over the next 10 years is not convincing

ABS Strengthens Digital and Strategic Leadership

Never before in recorded history has so much change and disruption in the shipping industry been occurring at such an accelerated pace.  The advancements in digitalization, automation, and more are prompting risks as well as rewards, requiring intentional expertise.  This intentionality will help mitigate risks and will help protect the marine environment from accidents and damage.  -Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director, NAMEPA

Key appointments in organization’s digital class strategy build solid foundation for the future of classification

Dorian LPG Selects ABS to Evaluate LPG as Fuel and other 2020 Compliance Options

(Houston, ABS Media Relations) ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has been selected by Dorian LPG to provide an in-depth techno-economic analysis, laying out compliance options for impending global sulfur cap requirements. Dorian LPG owns and operates a fleet of very large gas carriers (VLGCs), transporting liquefied petroleum gas around the world.

Winners Announced for 2017 Marine Environment Protection Awards

Scorpio Group, Cargill, and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to receive NAMEPA 2017 Marine Environment Protection Awards at its 10th Anniversary Celebration

Clay Maitland, T&T Salvage; Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of American States (CIP/OAS); Delphinus “Festival of the Seas- Mexican Caribbean”; Regional Activity Center/Regional Marine Pollution Emergency, Information and Training Center- Wider Caribbean Region (RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe); Cal Maritime; Liberian Registry (LISCR) and Prevention at Sea; MARPOL Training Institute; and Dr. Alan Mearns also recognized

Ship Emissions Make Thunderstorms More Intense

A new study mapping lightning around the globe finds lightning strokes occur nearly twice as often directly above heavily-trafficked shipping lanes in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea than they do in areas of the ocean adjacent to shipping lanes that have similar climates.

Heat from Rotterdam Port no Longer Going to Waste

Joining forces under the banner Warmtealliantie Zuid-Holland (Zuid-Holland Heat Alliance), five parties including the Port of Rotterdam signed a letter of intent regarding the realisation of the main infrastructure for distributing heat to a variety of users, including private households, horticultural firms and companies in the province of Zuid-Holland.

Clay Maitland to Receive NAMEPA's Lifetime Achievement Award

Normally an industry notable is recognized for his or her achievements as they end their careers.  Not so with Clay Maitland who plans to continue working long into the 21st century!

Maitland is being recognized for his many industry accomplishments including being the co-founder of NAMEPA, with Carleen Lyden Walker, 10 years ago.  

“Clay is one of the finest examples in our industry of a successful businessman who expends nearly as much energy on philanthropy,” observed Chairman Joe Hughes. “It is fitting that he be recognized, especially with NAMEPA celebrating its 10th anniversary.” 

Fish Drawn to the Scent of Plastic

On August 21, 2017, Environmental Coastal & Offshore (ECO), published an article explaining that small fish are driven by scent to eat plastic.

"When a small fish, like an anchovy, is eaten by a larger predator, whatever is in that smaller fish extends up the entire food chain. That’s why it’s important for us to understand why more than fifty marine species seem driven to ingest plastic debris."