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7 December 2022

The EU has put a price on shipping’s carbon. What will the IMO do?

Our newsletter explores whether the UN’s shipping regulator will follow the lead after Brussels’ approval of shipping’s inclusion in the Emissions Trading System.

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30 November 2022

What will EU methane emissions trading mean for LNG-fuelled ships?

The Green Seas newsletter explores the potential impacts of adding shipping’s methane pollution to EU emissions trading. And the weekly podcasts takes an in-depth look at how offshore vessel owner Harvey Gulf International Marine tried a variety of ways to cut its greenhouse gas footprint, with bio LNG made by pig manure taking it the final ingredient to net-zero emissions.

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23 November 2022

Shipping highlights as COP27 closes in Egypt

We review TradeWinds’ coverage of the global climate conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, where a lacklustre results from world leaders turned shipping’s attention to the International Maritime Organization’s upcoming discussions to hike its carbon ambition.

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The Egyptian flag flies over the COP27 climate conference. The event is taking place in Sharm El-Shiekh. Photo: COP27

16 November 2022

At COP27, a bid to lift shipping’s black carbon emissions higher on the climate agenda

We take a virtual trip to the COP27 climate conference in Egypt, where environmental groups are seeking to highlight how climate change is enticing more ships to the sensitive region, which is contributing to more climate change because of black carbon emissions.

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9 November 2022

This decarbonisation tech is bubbling up into the mainstream

We explore how the world’s largest cruise company has joined a growing list big-name shipowners that have adopted air lubrication, using a ‘magic carpet’ of microbubbles to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.

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2 November 2022

‘Huge opportunity’: California no longer just dreaming of offshore wind

The first podcast edition of Green Seas visits the Golden State, virtually at least, to find out whether the new gold rush can be found out at sea.

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Katharine Palmer is shipping lead for the UN Climate Champions team. Photo: Jane Russell/LISW

26 October 2022

For shipping, Egypt climate conference ‘is the implementation COP’

Green Seas talks to Katharine Palmer, a key shipping figure at the United Nations’ upcoming annual climate conference.

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19 October 2022

Does nuclear hold the key for decarbonising shipping? Or should it be off the table?

We dig into the prospects for nuclear energy as a carbon-free fuel for shipping.

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Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, speaks to the European Parliament on 5 October. Photo: European Commission

12 October 2022

Are battles ahead for shipping when competition law and green drive collide?

A debate over liner operators’ exemption from antitrust law provides a window into the way regulators will have to weigh carbon claims and protections against anti-competitive practices.

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5 October 2022

Cargo owners aim to use their buying power for clean shipping fuels. Is it enough?

COZEV coalition and member IKEA as they aim for all zero-carbon fuels by 2040, and to the environmental campaigners who want more

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28 September 2022

‘We need to have IMO on board’ with carbon ambition, shipping leaders say

Green Seas visits the Global Maritime Forum’s annual summit, where eyes are on the months ahead at the global shipping regulator.

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Avenir LNG’s bunkering vessel Avenir Advantage (built 2020), which operates for Petronas, is seen bunkering Eastern Pacific Shipping’s dual-fuel suezmax tanker Greenway (built 2020). Photo: Eastern Pacific Shipping

21 September 2022

The case for LNG fuelling in a decarbonising world

We talk to LNG fuelling proponents who say critics overstate the harm and understate the potential

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14 September 2022

LNG fuelling in focus as green groups ask EU to turn up heat on methane emissions

We look at efforts to tighten EU rules on shipping’s leading alternative fuel.

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7 September 2022

Highlights of TradeWinds’ Green Ship Technology report

A Business Focus explains how carbon capture and alternative fuels are setting out their decarbonisation stalls, as maritime sector explores prospects and challenges for hydrogen, ammonia, wind, batteries and more.

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Regent Craft has been testing a quarter-scale prototype of its Viceroy seaglider. Commercial operation of the first Viceroy is expected in 2025. Photo: Regent Craft

31 August 2022

Will ferries decarbonise by taking flight?

We explore the potential that seagliders have for tackling the greenhouse gas footprint of ferries.

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24 August 2022

Cruise sector turns to fuel cells to tackle emissions of its floating hotels

Some turn to hydrogen for zero-carbon in-port operations, while others find more widely available fuels can cut carbon.

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17 August 2022

A beach denied as Colombia’s biggest port and tourist city grapples with rising seas

Green Seas returns from holiday with questions about how Cartagena is tackling climate change resilience and why there may be more sea-level trouble ahead.

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The US flag flies on a vessel off Miami. The US-flag fleet is made up of vessels in the protected Jones Act trade as well as subsidised vessels in international trades. Photo: PX Here

3 August 2022

How much green fuel it would take to bring US shipping to zero carbon?

We explore how high the US flag fleet will have to climb to overcome its 45m tonne-per-year mountain of carbon.

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27 July 2022

As talk of cutting carbon at sea increases, so do emissions

We look at the rising greenhouse gas footprint documented in shipping company sustainability reports.

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13 July 2022

How one shipping company got to grips with a carbon footprint ‘across all scopes’

We catch up with Crowley’s sustainability executive about reporting indirect emissions.

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Sadan Kaptanoglu is already seeing encouraging signs on shipping’s energy transition.Photo: Kaptanoglu Group Photo: Kaptanoglu Group

6 July 2022

‘We can’t do this alone’: Kaptanoglu’s plea for help to go green

Bimco stalwart and Turkish shipping player talks about her industry, her companies and the challenges they face.

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29 June 2022

Ammonia could pose ‘intolerable’ safety risks without design changes, reports find

Further investigation into derisking the spilling of ammonia and other future fuels is highlighted by two studies released today.

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22 June 2022

Will Biden administration take the lead in its own green push?

We dig into the US president’s Green Shipping Challenge and renewable energy goals, and the need for concrete and pragmatic action from Washington.

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The International Maritime Organization headquarters are lit up for World Maritime Day on 30 September. The UN body is based in London. Photo: IMO

15 June 2022

Is a 2050 zero-carbon goal for shipping ambitious enough?

We explore calls for the IMO, the global shipping regulator, to set targets for 2030 and 2040.

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8 June 2022

How digital technology can cut shipping’s carbon today

Green Seas takes to the stage at Posidonia to explore the linkages between digitalisation and decarbonisation in shipping.

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1 June 2022

Here’s what to watch for as the IMO debates carbon next week

Away from Posidonia’s parties, forums and the three-on-three basketball tournament, the UN body’s environment committee is meeting to plan action on greenhouse gases.

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The 46,911-dwt tanker Overseas Tampa (built 2011) is one of nine virtually identical American Shipping Co-owned vessels on charter to Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG). Photo: Philly Shipyard

25 May 2022

Why shipowners are worried about looming carbon intensity scores

We dig into how identical ships can have very different carbon intensity scores under regulation coming next year. Should there be exceptions for what is traditionally outside of shipowners’ control?

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18 May 2022

European owners applaud parliamentary approval of shipping’s entry to EU ETS

MEPs expected to approve Fit for 55 package including ETS extension after vote in favour of stronger proposals from parliament’s environmental committee.

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11 May 2022

The tanker ESG dilemma plays out in Saverys’ Euronav election bid

We explore a fight over a proposal to push a tanker company toward green fuels and away from crude.

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Optimarin has experienced a rise in orders for ballast water treatment systems in 2022. The Norwegian company reported record revenue in 2021. Photo: Optimarin

5 May 2022

Amid peak for ballast water installations, Covid-19 and supply chain headaches persist

Shipowners urged not to wait too long as backlog for installing equipment to halt invasive species spread remains unresolved.

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27 April 2022

This charterer thinks it’s ‘logical’ for charterers to pay for carbon

We talk to Jan Dieleman, the Cargill shipping executive who has just become chairman of the non-profit at the forefront of the decarbonisation debate.

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20 April 2022

Scrutiny over cruise emissions should be an impetus for the industry to step up

The big three cruise owners are aiming for net zero but it is time to get rid of the ’net’.

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Dominik Englert focuses on climate change in his work as an economist at the World Bank. Photo: International Transport Forum/Creative Commons

13 April 2022

How to spend it: Where the World Bank thinks trillions of dollars in IMO carbon revenue could go

In addition to tackling climate change, raising cash to decarbonise shipping could help lead to an equitable transitionIn addition to tackling climate change, raising cash to decarbonise shipping could help lead to an equitable transition.

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6 April 2022

Green hydrogen may be shipping’s fuel of the future even when it’s not

We explore the explosion of early-stage projects producing green hydrogen that could power ships.

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31 March 2022

Will the UK government shipping emissions office make an impact?

This week’s newsletter explores the potential impact of UK-SHORE, London’s new government office focused on decarbonising shipping.

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Soren Holl says maritime fuels will always have carbon emissions to offset with money that can benefit green initiatives.Photo: KPI OceanConnec Photo: KPI OceanConnect

23 March 2022

The offsetting divide: a help or hindrance for shipping’s decarbonisation?

Some leading names in maritime believe offsetting will always have a place in shipping, while others say the concept will become obsolete

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16 March 2022

Microsoft climate fund backs tech aimed at tackling shipping’s emissions now

Nautilus Labs chief executive Matt Heider talks about having software giant’s green tech fund in its corner.

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9 March 2022

Three takeaways from our roundtable with shipowners on ESG

We explore the highlights of TradeWinds’ recent ESG-focused event.

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Rachel Aronson is the Quiet Sound programme director at Maritime Blue. The effort is aiming to introduce voluntary speed limits for ships to protect endangered orcas. Photo: Maritime Blue

1 March 2022

New effort to protect orcas in Salish Sea gears up to find first movers

We talk to the head of the latest voluntary effort to protect cetaceans on North America’s west coast.

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22 February 2022

On sustainability journey, NYK Line aims to link ESG to executive pay

Japanese shipping giant is working to finalise fresh targets after setting up ESG committee led by its president.

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15 February 2022

A question of scope: Pressure on supply chain emissions provides catalyst to cut carbon

We explore how Scope 1 emissions for shipping are Scope 3 emissions for someone else — and that could be a recipe for going beyond regulations.

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8 February 2022

Ports in the ‘trans-apocalypse’: shoring up maritime infrastructure for climate change

We explore the steps that ports need to take to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

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1 February 2022

Despite decarbonisation pressure, king coal hasn’t lost its crown

We explore the future of the market for shipping coal after one major operator took the decision to shun the carbon-heavy commodity.

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25 January 2022

Battle lines drawn as emissions trading rules divide shipowners and charterers

We dig into a proposed change in the European Union’s plans to add shipping to its Emissions Trading System that is dividing shipowners and charterers.

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Switch Maritime’s Sea Change was completed at All American Marine in Washington state. The hydrogen-fuelled vessel will operate in San Francisco Bay. Photo: Switch Maritime

18 January 2022

What’s holding back hydrogen fuelling is not the technology

Development of the ferry Sea Change shows it’s possible, but lack of regulatory framework makes it hard to develop at scale.

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13 January 2022

How 2023’s carbon rules could be a ‘game changer’ for shipping contracts

Upcoming IMO and EU rules could reshape charter and commodities deals, and spark a new breed of disputes.

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4 January 2022

In 2022, the world can’t wait for the IMO to cut shipping’s greenhouse gas output

We explore the year ahead in shipping’s decarbonisation, and why the biggest changes may not come from the IMO.

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Berit Hinnemann is head of decarbonisation business development at AP Moller-Maersk. She is working on procuring green methanol for the liner operator’s newbuildings. Photo: Maersk

21 December 2021

Inside Maersk’s quest to procure green methanol for ‘carbon-neutral’ ships

We explore the hunt for fuel that will make it possible for AP Moller-Maersk to truly claim carbon neutrality on its methanol-fuelled containership order.

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14 December 2021

Shipping fails to bring its A-game to carbon disclosures

We focus on what shipping companies are doing — or primarily what they are not doing — to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions.

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7 December 2021

Jumping on the wind turbine installer boom before the (potential) bust

We explore the orderbook for wind turbine installation vessels after Eneti’s latest $325m newbuilding contract.

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is headquartered in London. It is a body of the United Nations. Photo: Eric Martin

30 November 2021

Carbon ‘can kicking’ gave IMO bad rap but progress was made

We digest the week of decarbonisation deliberations at the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee.

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23 November 2021

Saving cetaceans: Whale-safe ESG policies can protect endangered species from ships

We explore ways shipping companies can adopt ESG policies that protect whales from vessel collisions.

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16 November 2021

Five key COP26 agreements aiming to clean up shipping

We take a look a close look at the key shipping-focussed moments in the COP26 climate conference and what comes next.

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US president Joe Biden wants 30 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030. Photo: The White House

9 November 2021

30 GW by 2030: Biden target energises offshore wind drive, but challenges abound

We explore the opportunities and challenges ahead for the offshore wind sector emerging in the waters off the US.

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2 November 2021

Getting shipping to zero-carbon target will take these key steps well before 2050

Much has to be accomplished much sooner than 2050 to get shipping fully decarbonised by the middle of the century.

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27 October 2021

Beyond bunkers: charting shipping’s carbon path requires deeper look at more than fuel

We explore the technology and operational solutions that will be needed to chop industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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COP26 was held in Glasgow in November 2021. Photo: Alan Harvey/UK Government

20 October 2021

Will COP26 climate talks translate into shipping action at the IMO?

The world will be focusing on the Glasgow summit, but the key test for shipping’s decarbonisation efforts could well come later in London

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