The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has launched its monitoring, reporting and verification system THETIS-MRV to help reduce CO2 emissions from E.U. shipping. The system went live this week and will enable companies responsible for the operation of large ships using E.U. ports to report their CO2 emissions, as required by law from January 1, 2018 under the E.U.’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Regulation. The rules apply to ships above 5000 GT which account for around 55 percent of ships calling at E.U. ports and represent around 90 percent of the total share of related emissions.
Andre Grikitis, CEO of Houston-based breakbulk and heavylift company Intermarine, has been chosen to receive the Admiral of the Ocean Sea award by the United Seaman’s Service. Recognized as one of the most prestigious award in the maritime industry, the Admiral of The Ocean Sea award has been presented annually by the United Seamen’s Service for the past 47 years. It is given in recognition of individuals and organizations that have shown outstanding support for American seafarers and the maritime industry of the United States.
The IMO is moving its attention to hull biofouling after its success with preparations for the Ballast Water Management Convention in developing nations. A new global project, the GloFouling Partnership, a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the IMO, has been given the go-ahead and allocated $6.9 million. The project will focus on the implementation of the IMO Guidelines for the control and management of ships’ biofouling. The Guidelines (resolution MEPC.207(62)) are intended to provide a globally consistent approach to biofouling.
Analysts have highlighted the ongoing threat of cyber-attack in the container shipping sector and their research makes for a worrying read in the light of the ongoing fallout from the widely-reported attack on Maersk. Experts warn that close to half of container carriers have a disturbingly low level of cyber security, as reported in ShippingWatch. Against the backdrop of this grim prognosis, and with impeccable timing, a major new report, ‘Cyber Security Onboard Ships’, backed by heavyweight organisations in the shipping industry, including BIMCO, was issued.
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