What a wonderful overview of the challenges and complexity faced by the Houston Pilots. We are proud they are NAMEPA members, and thank them—and all pilots—for the vital role they play in the safe seaborn transportation of commerce!
Delighted to see the report by the International Transport Forum outlining ways in which ships and ports can work together to reduce CO2. We can no longer work in silos, with ships not understanding the challenges ports face, and vice-versa. We need collaboration to decarbonize the entire transportation chain.
Total Marine Solutions is partnering with SUNY Maritime College to host TMS’ Ocean Guardian environmental compliance platform on Maritime College’s T/S Empire State VI for this year’s sea term. It is critically important that tomorrow’s officers have the tools they need to embrace compliance. Ocean Guardian facilitates compliance by overlaying the vessel’s location with the corresponding regulatory components.
Diane Gilpin, the founder of the Smart Green Shipping Alliance, makes the business case for change as delegates continue to debate shipping's future at the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 72) in London this week.
The technology group Wärtsilä has submitted its Aquarius Electro-Chlorination (EC) Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) for US Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval (TA) after successfully completing all the testing procedures required. The Wärtsilä Aquarius EC BWMS utilises proven filtration and electro-chlorination technology, while maintaining a high degree of safety, operability and reliability. It ensures compliance with regulations, even with varying levels of water quality. Safety has been a fundamental consideration in the design, and hazard analyses aimed at eliminating installation and operational risks have supported its development.
The convergence of cadets with a thirst for knowledge, and the prospect of the extinction of the Right Whale, is delivering potential solutions to the risk that this species will disappear. Great to see the next generation working to secure its own future!!
For the past few years, we have been talking about decarbonization by 2050. Now the date being suggested is 2035. I was in Copenhagen last week where the primary topic of conversation was decarbonization and strategies to achieve that. As an industry we have the opportunity to be proactive, rather than reactive. It won’t be easy—but nothing in shipping IS easy. We need to agree on a global strategy to move forward as an industry committed to Save Our Seas.
A tremendous show of support for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was demonstrated with the creation of the World Ports Sustainability Program. It is crucial that all stakeholders engage in decarbonization efforts in order to meet global, and societal, demands for cleaner practices.
IMO has unveiled a global initiative to establish centers around the world, mostly in developing areas, to study implementation strategies for reducing GHGs and improving shipping’s performance on emissions. This is an excellent step forward towards our much-needed goal of lowering our industry’s impact on the environment. It is to be hoped that this initiative will be accompanied by action at IMO to streamline its processes and accelerate our sector’s movement towards decarbonization before societal/governmental forces take unilateral action against our industry.
The Liberian Registry, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), Netherlands-based ProSea Marine Education, and Maritime Training Services (MTS) of Seattle, Washington, have jointly developed a ground-breaking marine environmental awareness training program for seafarers and shoreside staff.
The computer-based training program provides a comprehensive overview of the complex and diverse marine environment
We need more countries to implement, and invest, in MARPOL in order to preserve their ecological and economic sustainability!
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.
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.
A round of applause for RCCL and their plans to eliminate single-use plastics from its fleet operations on its three lines
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.
Many of us who are deskbound dream of being on the high seas, but few actually get there. It takes highly qualified, and licensed, mariners to achieve what is merely a dream for most. I received a taste. . .
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
Marking continued commitment to the marine industry’s desire to promote sustainable marine industry best practices
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
The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the engines and exhaust gas cleaning systems for a new 104 metres long exploration cruise vessel.