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La OMI adopta nuevas prescripciones para seguir reduciendo las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero.
La Organización Marítima internacional (OMI), la autoridad de Naciones Unidas reguladora
del transporte marítimo internacional, ha marcado un hito con la adopción de nuevas prescripciones obligatorias para controlar las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero procedentes de los buques.
“Los sistemas de recopilación de datos proporcionarán a la OMI información concreta para ayudarle a tomar las decisiones correctas, a la par que servirá para reforzar su credibilidad como el foro más competente y adecuado para la reglamentación del transporte marítimo internacional”, dijo el Sr. Lim.
In the wake of new regulations, Wilhelmsen Ships Services (WSS) says bulk owners and operators must pay as much attention to the products used to clean their cargo holds as the holds themselves. The global provider of products and services to the shipping industry is urging firms to heed details included in the revised MARPOL Annex V Resolution MEPC.201(62), relating to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, which came into force on 1 January 2016. Lee el resto de esta entrada
The Presidential Decree 979 and Marine Pollution Decree of 1976 were intended to protect marine and coastal elements from maritime pollution, yet due to their generality and datedness today, they are no longer efficient at regulating current environmental issues. For this reason, new MARPOL Annex VI legislation was introduced in 2005 and updated in 2010 to restrict further emissions in the emission control areas (ECAs).
With talks of further regulations being rolled out in 2015 and 2020, the maritime industry is facing the harsh reality that avoiding fuel costs by compromising quality is no longer acceptable. In fact, from January 1, 2015 ships travelling the ECAs are forbidden from burning any fuel with a sulphur content of more than 0.1%, which is a 10% decrease from current limits.
Such a harsh crackdown on emissions from the shipping industry is to be expected, with it being responsible for 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions and one ship constituting more sulphur dioxide (SO2) than 50m cars.* Yet the problem faced by many shipping companies is the increase in cost in order to be environmentally conscious.
The burning of distillate fuels as opposed to the Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) used today has been proposed as an option for ships to cut down their emissions. However, this is believed to be priced over $300 per metric ton above what guilty shipping companies are paying at the moment.
The other alternative to burning distillate fuels is the use of scrubbers, or ECGs. These use technology using sea water to neutralize the sulphur oxides in the exhaust gases, so work as purifiers in a sense. This is a more affordable option compared to the distillate fuels as it allows the use of cheaper fuels whilst still abiding by the MARPOL regulations.
To ensure that ships are abiding by MARPOL legislation it is recommended that they invest in emission monitoring technology, at least when operating in ECAs. Developments in technology means that emission monitoring can now be operated electronically, therefore requiring no additional labor costs to run whilst still providing accurate and verifiable data collection and reporting. It is also possible to make real time amendments to the operating of the ship through fitted emissions monitoring technology which potentially allows the management team to save on fuel and therefore gas emissions.
So although the initial response to new MARPOL legislation is concern for the additional cost for companies working in the maritime industry, there are ways around such steep prices for distillate fuels. The use of scrubbers and emission monitoring technology is a far cheaper alternative, and is in fact recommended on all ships, regardless of whether they work in ECAs or not. Yet, they will soon be mandatory when the new regulations are implemented
*Peter Boyd, Chief Operating Officer Carbon War room, Sourced: theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/aug/01/sustainable-shipping-is-making-waves
Maritime software engineering specialists PDMS Ltd. have announced an agreement for its U.K. subsidiary, Professional Data Management Services (U.K.) Ltd., to acquire certain parts of the business and assets of Maxima Information Group Limited, a subsidiary company within the Castleton Technology group of companies. In a deal worth close to £1 million, the acquisition relates to the ERP, payroll software and ferry ticketing business.
PDMS has been developing ICT systems and solutions for the public and private sector for more than 21 years, during which they have established a strong maritime customer base, including the Bahamas Maritime Authority, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, The Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands, the Isle of Man Ship Registry and CalMac Ferries Ltd.
The acquisition is welcome news for PDMS’ Maritime division, which focuses specifically on the maritime industry and boasts the development of their maritime product MARIS – a system already in use by three of the leading International Ship Registries.
PDMS’ Managing Director, Chris Gledhill commented, “We are delighted to welcome Maxima ABS’ staff and customers to PDMS. This timely acquisition is a further demonstration of our commitment, not only to the maritime technology industry, but to enhancing our expertise and our range of maritime services and solutions. We’re very much looking forward to integrating Maxima’s technology with our own, in particular their ticketing system, Compass.”
Maxima Director, Derek Rae added, “PDMS’ innovation and skills is a perfect match for our existing products and services, and the move presents a great opportunity to combine both our technical and market expertise for the benefit of our clients and future developments.”
The acquisition also sees PDMS add Shetland Ferries, Orkney Ferries and Pentland Ferries to their customer base, increasing their market share in the maritime ICT industry in Scotland and providing an even wider network of maritime contacts.
Bruce McGregor, Director of PDMS stated, “As a company we strive to become a complete technology partner for our clients and our continued investment in our maritime technologies reflects our ability to provide long term business solutions that deliver tangible benefits.”
Supported by European Space Agency (ESA) funding, Inmarsat’s forthcoming Maritime Safety Data Service (MSDS) for FleetBroadband, delivers an increased data capability over the Inmarsat-4 network, including the Alphasat satellite, providing global coverage and the same reliability of over 99.9 per cent associated with the Inmarsat network.
MSDS will continue to offer distress alerting, priority messaging and SafetyNET safety information broadcasts, but also deliver greater data capability than is currently available with Inmarsat C safety services.
Other additional features include:
*Ability to co-ordinate rescue operations by email as well as voice calls
*Distress chat – an instantaneous chatroom function between multiple vessels and maritime rescue coordination centres
*A new-style maritime safety terminal (MST) developed by Cobham SATCOM
*All data accessed over MSDS to be captured and stored at new servers.
Peter Blackhurst, Head of Maritime Safety Services at Inmarsat states, "Inmarsat has set the standard for maritime safety since its inception in 1979 and we remain the only satellite operator to gain International Maritime Organization (IMO) compliance with our legacy Inmarsat C and Fleet 77 safety services.
"The introduction of new data safety services over FleetBroadband has been one of our long term goals and the new system, together with Voice Distress, will ensure that we can continue to enhance safety communications and help save lives at sea not only for now but long into the future.
"We are currently working closely with the IMO to bring our new service to market with the aim of eventually gaining SOLAS approval for both FleetBroadband data and voice Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) services."
"The satellite business doesn’t stand still. Developments are going to continue to enhance capabilities month on month, let alone year on year, so we should expect further enriched safety services in the future," Peter added.
"Everything comes to its life’s end and while the Inmarsat C service is still very competent and it will continue well into the 2020s and beyond, despite being over 20 years old, we would ultimately like to see MSDS accepted as the natural successor to deliver SafetyNET."
The launch date for MSDS is subject to the IMO approval process for SOLAS ships but it is anticipated that non-SOLAS versions will be available well in advance, with a prototype expected in 2014 and a ready-to-market terminal planned for Q2 2015.
Please visit Inmarsat’s Maritime safety page for further information: http://www.inmarsat.com/service/maritime-safety/