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Fleet Optimization and Innovation Headlines of the Week March 20, 2019

Green shipping sustains the industry and the ocean. . .  Headlines of the Week- March 20, 2019          View this email in your browser


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Household Names team up with Shipping for Sustainability

We are entering a new era of visibility with the public.  Despite our moaning about shipping being invisible and not valued by the public (and yes, I am guilty as charged), there are new forces that are bringing shipping into view for the consumer.

Below is the announcement about Ikea and CMA-CGM teaming up on a biofuel project which will demonstrate to Ikea’s customers its commitment to examining every aspect of the logistics chain.  Other large entities, like Wal-Mart and Cargill, have also given notice their expectation that its transportation partners work to improve their environmental practices in going beyond compliance in their quest for sustainability.

Reaching the public is no mean feat.  At last week’s Inaugural World Congress on Maritime Heritage, where shipping met underwater archaeologists, conservationists, other ocean advocates and public-facing maritime museums, the talk was all about how to connect the public to the oceans.  With Blue Planet’s James Honeybourne discussing the success of his television series, along with the United Nation’s Peter Thompson urging us to recognize that every other breath we take comes from the ocean, the relationship seemed very real.

Embedding these connections into the consciousness of the public will take effort—and collaboration among industry, conservationists, aquariums, government officials and the public.  It is a necessary effort for sustainability of our industry—and our oceans!

Keep optimizing,


     Carleen Lyden Walker
     Chief Evolution Officer
IMO Maritime Ambassador
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BP reveals low sulphur fuel offering

2019-03-12 – BP Marine will begin to retail low sulphur fuel designed to meet the 2020 regulation limiting the sulphur content of marine fuels.  BP’s new very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO), with a maximum 0.5% sulphur content, has been successfully trialled in both Europe and Singapore. It will be sold alongside MGO and high sulphur fuel oil, and retailed globally. . .READ MORE

IKEA and CMA CGM in pioneering biofuel project

2019-03-12 – Name brand shippers looking to lower the overall carbon footprint of their products are adding impetus to efforts to decarbonize shipping. One shipper leading the way along this path is IKEA Transport & Logistics. It is joining forces with CMA CGM, the Port of Rotterdam and an initiative called the GoodShipping Program to test and scale up the use of sustainable low-carbon biofuel oil in the marine industry. . . READ MORE

ExxonMobil sees marine fuel expansion in light of IMO’s 2020 deadline

2019-03-18 – As the world is preparing for IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap fuel regulation, oil major ExxonMobil’s marine fuels outfit is innovating to be at the forefront of the emerging low sulphur market, as Forbes reports. The oil major sees the sulphur regulations as an opportunity and not as an operational problem. . .READ MORE

BP reveals locations of available 0.5% sulphur fuels

2019-03-18 – BP Marine announced that it will begin to retail low sulphur fuel that complies with upcoming MARPOL regulations which are limiting the sulphur content of marine fuels. Namely, BP will be introducing the new very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO), with a maximum 0.5% sulphur content, after conducting successful sea trials in the Amsterdam/Rotterdam/Antwerp (ARA) and Singapore hubs. . . READ MORE


Ocean Opportunity Lab: The world’s first floating entrepreneur hub

2019-03-18 – A famous name among the Norwegian maritime community has become a shipowner … kind of.  Birgit Liodden, who previously headed up Nor-Shipping before being appointed director at startup supporter Oslo Business Region, is set to become chair of the board looking after new acquisition, Bjørvika (pictured below), a passenger ship that is being transformed to house startups for a new venture, the Ocean Opportunity Lab. The ship will officially be relaunched in the Norwegian capital as the world’s first floating ocean entrepreneur hub at this year’s Nor-Shipping. . . READ MORE


Wilhelmsen and Airbus Trial Drone Deliveries to Singapore Anchorage

2019-03-16 – Wilhelmsen Ship Service and Airbus completed a trial shore-to-ship drone deployment to a vessel at anchor in Singapore last week. Lifting off from Marina South Pier in Singapore with 3D printed consumables from Wilhelmsen’s onshore 3D printing micro-factory, the Airbus Skyways drone navigated autonomously along pre-determined aerial corridors in its 1.5 kilometer flight to Eastern Working Anchorage. The drone landed on the deck of the Swire Pacific Offshore anchor handling tug supply vessel, M/V Pacific Centurion and deposited its 1.5 kilogram cargo. The delivery, from take-off to landing back at base, took 10 minutes. . . READ MORE

Ballast Water

ABS Expands Best Practices for Ballast Water Management Systems

2019-03-18 – ABS published its updated Best Practices for Operation of Ballast Water Management (BWM) Systems Report, offering fresh insight on best practices to overcome key challenges with selecting, installing and operating a BWM system. . .READ MORE


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