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2018:  MARCH

September 2017 Issue

$5.5 Million Available in Canada
For Environmental Projects

The government of Canada is making $5.5 million in funding available for environmental projects under the Environmental Damages Fund in eight provinces and territories across Canada.

The Environmental Damages Fund follows the polluter-pays principle, ensuring that monies collected from environmental penalties are used for projects with positive environmental impacts, in the manner intended by the court. This funding will support projects that help to restore or enhance the environment, conduct environmental research and provide public education on environmental issues.

Eligible applicants include: nongovernmental organizations; universities and academic institutions; indigenous organizations; and provincial, territorial and municipal governments.

The Environmental Damages Fund ensures that funds are primarily invested in project activities that closely relate to the original incident in terms of resources that were damaged and the geographic location.

Wärtsilä to Supply
Exhaust Gas Cleaners

Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the exhaust gas cleaning systems for two new 56,000 DWT Handymax bulk carriers. The ships are being built at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Japan for Tokyo-based NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers Ltd. (NYK BP), a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, one of Japan’s largest shipping companies. Wärtsilä will also provide project management and commissioning of the systems.

These are the first vessels owned or chartered by NYK Group having exhaust gas cleaning systems installed. This is also Wärtsilä’s first supply order of this equipment from any Japanese company. By fitting the Wärtsilä system, the ships will be compliant with the International Maritime Organization’s SOx regulations, which come into force in 2020. The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard commencing July 2018. The first vessel is due to be delivered to NYK in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the second in the first quarter of 2019.

ClassNK Issues Approval
Certification for EU MRV Plan

ClassNK has issued approval certification to Iino Marine Service Co. Ltd. on successful assessment of an EU MRV Monitoring Plan for its chemical tanker Chemroad Wing as an EU MRV verifier. The issuance of this approval certification is a first for ClassNK.

EU MRV is an EU regulation on the monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from vessels.

This regulation lays down rules for developing monitoring plans to the verifiers accredited by a national accreditation body in the EU by August 31, 2017 for ships above 5,000 gross tons that arrive at or depart from ports under the jurisdiction of an EU member state. EU MRV also outlines requirements for collecting data and submitting emission reports from January 1, 2018.

SEA\LNG Wants Industry
To Comply with IMO Regs

SEA\LNG, the multisector industry coalition working to facilitate and accelerate the widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel, urged the industry as a whole to redouble its commitment to compliance with, and enforcement of, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marpol VI Regulations.

The coalition acknowledged that today’s shipowners are operating in a challenging economic environment amid stringent and increasing environmental regulations. With a complex investment decision matrix of risks when considering how to comply with the global sulphur cap of 0.5 percent from 2020, shipowners must make decisions that remain viable into the future and make choices between a limited number of options—LNG, scrubbers or low-sulphur fuels.

SEA\LNG added that in addressing the primary concerns of cost and compliance, LNG as a marine fuel provides a means of negating current and potential future local emissions challenges and is a step in the right direction toward reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from maritime transport. The coalition believes that collaboration, demonstration and communication on key areas such as safety, regulation, emissions and the economic case are essential to providing the confidence and demand required for an effective and efficient global LNG value chain by 2020.

Report on Industry Progress
With BWM Systems

ABS published a report providing insights into how industry is progressing with ballast water management (BWM) systems. Based on input provided by owners and operators with BWM systems on board their vessels, the report covers a range of topics, including installation, commissioning and operations of BWM systems.

To form an accurate picture of the current progress with BWM compliance, owners and operators with installed ballast water management systems were surveyed and invited to participate in the workshop. Survey results from approximately 30 owners and operators were aggregated to help identify trends and understand common practices while maintaining anonymity. ABS learned that 57 percent of the systems installed on the vessels were being operated. The remaining systems were either deemed “inoperable” or considered “problematic.”

The report reveals that some of the major challenges that shipowners and operators face with BWM systems are related to software, hardware and the crew’s ability to operate the systems correctly. System operators have had to develop plans to keep up with hardware maintenance and maintain an inventory of spare parts on a vessel.

A recurring concern expressed by many owners relates to the chemical consumables used for determining residual oxidants in the ballast water. Proper storage and handling is critical to the operation of systems employing total residual oxidant.

Another major takeaway from the workshop was the importance and necessity of maintaining an effective training strategy to ensure crew members can operate these systems properly and safely.

Improved training methods and system manuals will decrease the number of issues that stem from operational errors.

2018:  MARCH

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