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Taking the Gloves Off

The past few weeks have seen a lot of headlines decrying one Sulphur compliance solution over another.  The challenge with the rhetoric is that it is patently commercially based.  Those who have opted for scrubbers are defending their choice; those who chose to move forward with compliant fuels decry the use of scrubbers as being environmentally unsound or economically unfeasible.

Clearly our industry is searching for solutions, and clearly much has been invested in this quest.  What is less clear is whether the arguments defending the positions are based on independent science and economics or are merely substantiating commercial decisions.

I am taking the gloves off here:  could someone provide INDEPENDENT research on the environmental impacts of scrubber versus compliant fuel and the economic impacts of both? And I’m looking for truly independent analysis, not research funded by one adherent or another (I guess my skepticism stems from the abuses in the pharmaceutical industry).

Given the upcoming holiday in the United States, I would be truly thankful!

Keep optimizing,


     Carleen Lyden Walker
     Chief Evolution Officer
IMO Maritime Ambassador
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Container Lines and Terminal Operators Sign Blockchain MOU

2018-11-06 – Nine ocean carriers and terminal operators have signed an MOU to form a consortium to develop the Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN), an open digital platform based on distributed ledger technology. . . READ MORE

CargoX debuts its blockchain solution for shipping

2018-11-14 – Tech firm CargoX today launches its much trailed shipping blockchain platform.  The system stores documents and data securely encrypted on a public globally accessible blockchain network and is available to lines, shippers, logistics companies and NVOCCs alike. . . READ MORE

Human Element

ICS Calls for Revision of STCW

2018-11-06 – Speaking in Manila, the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Esben Poulsson, has called for a comprehensive revision of the STCW Convention which governs global standards for the training and certification of around two million merchant seafarers. . . READ MORE

Looking Behind the “Fake News”

2018-11-14 – Captain Kuba Syzmanski, Secretary General of InterManager, responds to The Maritime Executive’s article on seafarer suicide: Misquoted.  We have recently been surrounded by many comments, articles and discussions about the mental health of seafarers. I was getting more and more concerned that the articles I read painted a completely different picture to the knowledge I acquired over my years as a seafarer and now in my role with InterManager. . . READ MORE


Matson Opts for Scrubbers on China-Long Beach Service

2018-11-07 – On Monday, American shipping firm Matson announced in its third quarter earnings call that it will install scrubbers on most of its container ships on the China-Long Beach Express service (CLX). . . READ MORE


Woodmac: Digitalization can bring major cost savings for upstream sector

2018-11-13 – In an earlier insight, marine energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie identified up to US$150bn in annual operating cost savings that could be achieved in the energy and natural resources sectors through digitalisation. In its latest research, Woodmac takes a closer look at the likely digitalization impact on the upstream sector, noting that the oil and gas industry has always been at the cutting edge of technological innovation. . . READ MORE


IEA: Energy demand to rise by over 25% until 2040

2018-11-13 – IEA published the World Energy Outlook 2018 (WEO 2018), which includes global energy trends and their possible impacts on supply and demand, carbon emissions, air pollution, and energy access. . . READ MORE

NYK displays its vision of a decarbonised car carrier

2018-11-15 – Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has unveiled a concept car carrier in its ongoing bid to decarbonise its fleet.  The emission-free vessel – dubbed the NYK Super Eco Ship 2050 – is an update to a 2009-designed concept ship for 2030.. . . READ MORE

Ballast Water

U.S. to Harmonize Ballast Water Treatment Approvals with the IMO

2018-11-14 – The Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) was passed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, paving the way for increased consistency in ballast water management domestically and opening the way for approval of UV-based ballast water treatment systems in line with the IMO. . . READ MORE

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