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“What’s in Your Stack?” Conference unites students, regulators, industry, and conservationists to Save Our Seas

“What’s in Your Stack?” Conference unites students, regulators, industry, and conservationists to Save Our SeasJanuary 17, 2019 – The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) co-hosted the “What’s in Your Stack?” conference…

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United Nation’s International Maritime Organization Secretary – General to Keynote Maritime Heritage Conference in Singapore in March 2019

United Nation’s International Maritime Organization Secretary-General to Keynote Maritime Heritage Conference in Singapore in March 2019Secretary-General Kitack Lim to address more than 300 international leaders at inaugural Congress held at Resorts World SentosaSINGAPORE, 10 December 2018 – Underscoring the importance of…

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NAMEPA Releases Marine Industry Learning Guide: Educating the Public on the Value of the Marine Industry

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is excited to announce that our newest educational resource, the Marine Industry Learning Guide, is now available for free download. This guide was created for anyone looking to educate others, whether in a formal or non-formal setting, on the importance of the marine industry in our everyday lives as we strive to bridge the gap between commerce and conservation. The activities provided in this comprehensive resource will aid in increasing awareness of the marine industry's dedication to the health and safety of its crew, the environment and its fleet.

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What Will Power Shipping in 2050?

In the KNect365  blog post last year: “12 experts evaluate the shipping industry's potential to go green” we discussed shipping’s potential to meet the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap. 2020 isn’t very far away, so the question arises - what are shipping companies actually doing right now? How many ships are actually using LNG? Are any commercial ships using biofuels, or wind?

Luckily, the answer comes to us from Dr. Nishatabbas Rehmatulla. In a paper published in January 2016, Dr. Rehmatulla and his team at University College London Energy Institute along with IMarEST, RINA and the MEPC surveyed 275 shipping companies representing 5,500 ships (or 20% of the wetbulk, drybulk and container industry). Just 1.5% of shipping companies said they were using LNG, .2% Biofuels, and .1% Solar. None of the companies that responded were using Wind Power, Kites, Sails or Flettner Rotors.

I asked several experts in the industry, including Dr. Rehmatulla, which alternative fuel they thought would see the largest growth by 2050. Will LNG remain on top of the heap – or will the recent highly publicized Norsepower/Maersk Tankers wind propulsion collaboration lead the way for commercial shipping to embrace wind shipping? 

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An Alert to the Shipping Industry: a Letter from Kathy Metcalf

In preparation for the United Nations Oceans Conference set for 5-9 June 2017 in New York, a number of preparatory committees and side events are being conducted.  On February 15, 2017, a side event was held at the UN, sponsored jointly by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS),  the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Government of France.  The event was titled "At the crossroads: Global Shipping Lanes and Whale Conservation". . . 

 

With this summary of the event in mind, the purpose of this email is to alert the shipping industry . . .

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Ballast Water Management – Beyond Type Approval

Since September of last year, when the implementation date of the International Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention became clear, all eyes have been focused on the U.S. Type Approval Process.  Ship owners and operators have been concerned, in particular, with the differences between the between the U.S. and International Type approval processes and the potential that BWMS meeting the more stringent U.S. requirements may not be available prior to the entry into force of the International BWM Convention in 2017.

In December 2016, the Coast Guard type approved three BWMSs, and we expect to see more systems submitted for type approval early this year.  

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