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Damen to purchase Cam River Shipyard stake

Damen to purchase Cam River Shipyard stake

Ho Chi Minh:The Dutch shipbuilding company, Damen Shipyard Group, intends to buy at least a 70% stake of the Cam River Shipbuilding Company, a subsidiary of Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (SBIC), formerly known as Vinashin. SBIC is in talks with the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Transport to confirm the maximum stake that the company can sell, according to the company.

Japan and Singapore collaborate on exhaust gas cleaning research

Japan and Singapore collaborate on exhaust gas cleaning researchSingapore: Japanese companies, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), Monohakobi Technology Institute, and ClassNK are now cooperating with Singapore-based Nanyang Technological University and Sembcorp Marine Technology to researc...

Beng Kuang Marine appoints new executive board member

Beng Kuang Marine appoints new executive board memberSingapore: Kwek Kok Beng has been named as a new non-executive director of Singapore-listed Beng Kuang Marine. Kwek has held the position of executive director, China shipyards for PaxOcean Engineering since July 2013.

Vard Vung Tau to build Farstad offshore subsea construction vessel

Vard Vung Tau  to build Farstad offshore subsea construction vessel Singapore: Offshore shipbuilder Vard Holdings Limited has announced a contract to design and construct an offshore subsea construction vessel for Farstad Shipping at its Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam. The vessel is a VARD 3 17, desig...

Nordic Maritime wins survey contract in Indonesia

Nordic Maritime wins survey contract in IndonesiaSingapore: Singapore-based offshore operator, Nordic Maritime, has been awarded a contract to provide 2D seismic survey work in Indonesia for MultiClient Geophysical (MCG). This survey will be undertaken by the vessel S/V Nordic B...

Tan Cang-Hiep Phuoc port opens

Tan Cang-Hiep Phuoc port opensHanoi: Saigon Newport Corporation (SNP) has started operations at its brand new Tan Cang-Hiep Phuoc Port. The port lies on the Soai Rap Estuary and is aimed at reducing congestion at Cat Lai port.

PPA warns further port congestion

PPA warns further port congestionManila: The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has urged importers to step up the pace of their container withdrawals at the two Manila ports, Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and Manila South Harbor (MSH), to prevent fur...

Global Carriers delists from Bursa Exchange

Global Carriers delists from Bursa ExchangeKuala Lumpur: Global Carriers will be delisted from Bursa Malaysia Securities on Friday, December 19. Bursa dismissed Global Carriers’ (GC) appeal for a time extension of up to June 2015 to submit its financial regularisation pl...

Sinwa announces Schellenberger replacement

Sinwa announces Schellenberger replacementSingapore: Sinwa, one of Asia’s top ship chandlers, has appointed Alex van Zuijlen as group sales and marketing director. Van Zuijlen previously worked for Sinwa as marketing director from 2003 to 2011. He will take over from Pe...

Singapore-bound ex-cruise ship runs aground in Philippines

Singapore-bound ex-cruise ship runs aground in PhilippinesSingapore: Preparations are being made to salvage a 23,000-tonne Panama-flagged cruise ship that ran aground off General Santos City, Philippines, on Friday, the Philippines Coast Guard (PCG) says. The MV Victory Pacific was headi...

Coastal Contracts incorporates new Singapore subsidiary

Coastal Contracts incorporates new Singapore subsidiaryKuala Lumpur: Marine service provider Coastal Contracts has incorporated Coastal Drilling, a new subsidiary based in Singapore. Coastal Drilling will principally be a ship/rig owner and will provide ship/rig chartering services, M...

Philippines’ bunkering hub forced to relocate

The Pandacan oil depot supplies roughly 50% of the country’s total fuel demand and 100% of the transport and industrial sector’s lubricants. The Pandacan oil depot, which also serves 70% of the shipping industry’s fuel needs and 75% of the r...

Thai shipping line drops Manila due to congestion

Manila: Congestion at the Port of Manila, Philippines, has prompted Thailand-based Regional Container Lines (RCL) to drop the port from its RBC4 service. The line will also cease from calling at Batangas from this month for the same reason, RCL sa...

Petronas comes aboard Pengerang LNG project

Kuala Lumpur: Petronas has bought into Dialog’s Pengerang LNG (Two) project. With the subscription of 780,000 ordinary shares of RM1.00 each for cash consideration of RM780,000 by Petronas, representing 72.22% of the initial issued and paid-up s...

Dayang to work on Petronas Carigali project, offshore Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur: Dayang Enterprise has won a RM280m ($80.1m) contract for the provision of major modification work for an offshore oil project for Petronas Carigali, the exploration and production (E&P) subsidiary of Malaysia’s state oil and gas compa...

Malaysia promotes maritime industry to neighbours

Kuala Lumpur: A Malaysian delegation led by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corp (Matrade) and 10 Malaysian companies is on a specialised marketing mission for the maritime industry heading to Yangon, Myanmar and Bangkok, Thailand until 19 De...

Swiber scores West African field development contract

Singapore: Offshore support firm Swiber Holdings has entered into the offshore oil and gas market in West Africa securing an award to provide Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation and Commissioning (EPCIC) services for an offshore fiel...

Vallianz lands Middle East contract

Singapore: Offshore vessel owner Vallianz Holdings Limited has announced it has secured a time charter with one of the world’s largest national oil companies in the Middle East. The $97m deal, which is subject to formalistion, will see Vallianz ...

Brief respite for truckers in Manila

Manila: In a brief pullback, authorities in Manila have allowed trucks to resume trips down Roxas Boulevard, one of the capital’s main thoroughfares. However, the respite will only last a few days. Truckers will be allowed to use the express lan...

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Smoke and mirrors

Katherine Hawes from Aquarius Lawyers on complex impending ECA legislation

Smoke and mirrors

Despite ship transportation being considered as the most energy efficient mode of transport, it still represents a significant contribution to global emissions.

The sulphur content of marine fuels is determined by local legislation and regulated through the International Maritime Organization (IMO) MARPOL Annex VI which is in turn implemented by national legislation of the signatory parties.

During the 1980s the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) started work on the reduction of air pollution from ships. However, it wasn’t until May 2005, with the ratification of MARPOL Annex VI, that it directly impacted the shipping industry. Since that time the emissions from shipping have played a major part in the development of the marine industry, with the IMO increasingly setting tighter limits. In addition, the European Union has added supplementary requirements to those imposed by IMO and the state of California has set its own specific requirements.

The MARPOL Annex VI legislation regarding sulphur emissions is mainly contained in Regulation 4 and Regulation 14 which covers sulphur oxides and particulate matter. The regulation defines the sulphur content of the fuel where compliance is to be achieved on the basis of the fuel as loaded. There are different sulphur limits applicable inside and outside Emission Control Areas (ECAs).  The ECAs are as follows:
1.    Baltic Sea area – as defined in Annex I of MARPOL (SOx only);
2.    North Sea area – as defined in Annex V of MARPOL (SOx only);
3.    North American area
4.    United States Caribbean Sea area

Most ships which operate both outside and inside these ECAs will therefore operate on different fuel oils in order to comply with the respective limits. In such cases, prior to entry into the ECA, it is required to have fully changed-over to using th ...   More>>