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Fleet Optimization and Innovation Headlines of the Week May 08, 2019

No more smoke and mirrors . . .  Headlines of the Week- May 8, 2019          View this email in your browser

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The Wizard of Oz?

Some of you may remember the command in The Wizard of Oz about ignoring the “man behind the curtain”.  By pulling back the curtain, Dorothy revealed that the “Wizard” wasn’t magical at all—in fact he was a charlatan.

I feel the same way about the call for slow-steaming as a means to reduce emissions.  Yes, on a per ship basis, it reduces emissions but in terms of fulfilling market requirements it results in adding more ships to the rotation—and thus increasing net environmental impacts rather than reducing them!  For ship operators that may feel like a temporary win—excess capacity is absorbed resulting in greater fleet utilization.  Given the level of adoption, it may even result in rate increases due to reduced supply.  And then we can order more ships…and so it goes!

The slow steaming proposal is a commercial salve, not an environmental solution.  It kicks the can down the road, rather than requiring industry to come up with real solutions for emission challenges.  Further, it exposes shipping to the real possibility of IMO losing the mandate to regulate shipping.  External forces, such as the European Union and others, will recognize our lack of responsibility. Our tenuous hold on the public having respect for an industry which delivers more than 90% of global trade will evaporate as the environmental groups raise the clarion call that we aren’t delivering on our promises to do our part to reduce climate change (note the piece on children protesting outside of IMO this week urging emission reductions.  They are starting young…).  A short-term gain would have long term repercussions.

We need to invest in REAL solutions, which requires time, money and effort.  We need to look for innovative approaches to our real problem.

Who knows?  Maybe we will find it in October at SHIPPINGInsight!

Keep optimizing,


     Carleen Lyden Walker
     Chief Evolution Officer
IMO Maritime Ambassador
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News of the Week
May 8, 2019 
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IMO 2020

Huge swathe of the merchant fleet predicted to fail to be ready for the sulphur cap

2019-05-02 – A very significant swathe of the global merchant fleet will be non-compliant during the first year of the sulphur cap, according to an ongoing survey carried on this site.  Of the 350 votes cast so far in MarPoll, our quarterly online survey, 45% of readers believe more than 20% of the global merchant fleet will fail to comply with the impending IMO-mandated sulphur cap during its first year of implementation. . . READ MORE

Chevron White Paper

The 2020 Global Sulphur Cap and the Role of Cylinder Oil Lubricants

2019-05 – CLICK HERE to go to Chevron’s White Papers webpage

Innovation Leads

Blue Tech: Joshua Berger of Washington’s Maritime Blue Initiative

2019-05-01 – In early 2019, Washington State Governor (and presidential candidate) Jay Inslee launched the Maritime Blue 2050 initiative, the first program of its kind in the U.S. to bolster innovations in the maritime sector that create living-wage jobs, protect the environment and ensure long-term sustainability for the industry. The initiative is meant to build on Washington’s strengths as a global leader in maritime technology innovation and best practices. . . READ MORE


IMO Urged to Consider Mandatory Speed Limits for Ships

2019-05-01 – An open letter signed by more than 100 shipping companies and environmental organizations is urging the International Maritime Organization to impose mandatory speed limits for ships as a way to reduce harmful emissions from shipping. . . READ MORE

The case of Scrubbers to meet 2020 deadline

2019-05-02 – During the 2019 SAFETY4SEA London Forum, Mr. Ian Adams, Executive Director, CSA2020, briefed on the drivers behind the Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 and why scrubbers are considered as a viable option to meet 2020 deadline. . . READ MORE

European Commission study backs three short-term measures to speed up shipping’s decarbonisation

2019-05-06 – Ahead of this month’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, a study commissioned by the European Commission has suggested there are just three ways the current fleet can meet 2030 CO2 emissions targets. . . READ MORE

IMO MEPC 74 Meeting Topics

MEPC 74 due in May: What is on the agenda

2019-05-02 – The Marine Environment Protection Committee’s (MEPC), 74th session is scheduled to take place in 13-17 May 2019. The key subjects to be discussed will be adoption of amendments to IMO mandatory instruments, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships, implementation of the sulphur 2020 limit, marine plastic litter action plan, ballast water management Convention implementation, approval of guidance and other matters, technical cooperation and capacity building and seminar on ship recycling. . . READ MORE

Shipping gets the Greta Thunberg treatment as crunch IMO talks get underway in London

2019-05-07 – Shipping got the Greta Thunberg treatment today. As delegates made their way this morning to the start of discussions at the London headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on how to reduce the industry’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions they were greeted by school kids inspired by the Swedish 16-year-old climate change actitvist, Thunberg, brandishing their own messages for urgent changes to the industry. . . READ MORE

Ballast Water Treatment

USCG receives 25th application for BWMS type approval

2019-05-02 – The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 25th application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the HK-(E)C Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Miura Co., Ltd. . . READ MORE

Wärtsila: Earns Dual BWMS USCG Approval

2019-05-06 – Wärtsilä’s Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) was granted US Coastguard (USCG) Type Approval.  With the company’s other BWMS technology, the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC, already Type Approved by USCG, Wärtsilä says it becomes the first manufacturer able to offer two USCG Type Approved BWMS technologies. . . READ MORE

SHIPPINGInsight Updates

Hellenic American Maritime Forum (HAMF)

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