Sustainability

Sustainability drives innovation in decking systems

Sustainability drives innovation in decking systems

Viking Cruises’ new ship Viking Neptune will set sail on the Mediterranean in November, before embarking on the 2023-2024 Viking World Cruise. With its diverse itineraries taking in everything from subarctic Scandinavia to the tropical waters of Southeast Asia and Latin America, the 227m newbuild will be faced a wide range of temperatures and climates. […]

Greek owner retrofits fleet with PPG coating to meet environmental targets

Greek owner retrofits fleet with PPG coating to meet environmental targets

Amsterdam-based PPG is to supply the Greek tanker and bulk carrier operator Enterprises Shipping & Trading (EST) with its Sigmaglide 1290 biocide-free silicone fouling release coating to improve the energy efficiency and reduce the carbon emissions of its entire existing fleet. EST says it selected the coating for its ability to reduce the frictional resistance […]

ClassNK ups support for zero-emission transition

ClassNK ups support for zero-emission transition

In light of the acceleration in initiatives toward zero-emission shipping, Japanese classification society ClassNK has been stepping up its services to help customers involved in the maritime transportation business manage their reduction in greenhouse gases (GHG). Restructures in the organisation have seen the establishment of a Zero-Emission Transition Center and Marine GHG Certification Department, and […]

Ghost gear busters

Ghost gear busters

The Lax Kw’alaams First Nation marine territory in Prince Rupert, BC, Canada has been plagued by a problem: over time, its fishing grounds have become polluted with discarded or lost fishing gear. As well as posing a risk to boat propellers and outboards, this ‘ghost gear’ debris has the potential to entangle, injure and kill […]

Japan takes lead in next-gen vessel development

Japan takes lead in next-gen vessel development

Ahead of last November’s 77th session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 77), Japan joined calls to make international shipping carbon neutral by 2050, supporting a proposal by the US, the United Kingdom, Norway and Costa Rica for IMO to raise the bar on its ambition and bring the regulator […]

Sediment still a problem for VLSFO

Sediment still a problem for VLSFO

The introduction of the 0.5% Global Sulphur Cap for marine fuels on 1 January 2020 represented one of the biggest changes to impact merchant shipping in modern times. Despite concerns – and IMO’s sulphur mandate coming five years earlier than originally expected – the switch went far more smoothly than many had predicted. Today around […]

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