Shipping Emissions

On-shore power for ships
March 10, 2014
The Environmental Protection Department of the HKSAR Government has recently released the 2012 air pollutant emission inventory. Just as with the prior three years, ship emissions remain Hong Kong’s largest source of sulphur dioxide (SO2), respirable suspended particulates (RSP or PM10) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). The contribution of ships to air pollution has prompted the Government to take action in cleaning up the shipping sector.
Kai Tak Cruise
February 05, 2013
It’s been a busy and productive few weeks for both the shipping industry and the Hong Kong government. In his first policy address, Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung announced plans to introduce legislation for at-berth fuel switching during the next legislative session, continue discussions with Guangdong officials on extending fuel switching to other places in the Pearl River Delta (PRD), and for shoreside power at the new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, scheduled to open in June.  
Following on from the pledge to mandate that ocean-going vessels to switching to low sulphur fuel while at berth in Hong Kong, made by Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung in his maiden policy address last week, 17 shipping lines have agreed to extend their voluntary pact to use cleaner fuel for another year.
Maersk Line ship leave's Hong Kong's container port
January 09, 2013
Maersk Line, the world’s biggest container-shipping company, has fired a warning shot across the bows of the Hong Kong Government, threatening to stop using cleaner fuel at port in Hong Kong next year if there is no regulation in place mandating that all shipping lines do the same. The Danish shipping line has been a prominent supporter of the Fair Winds Charter, a voluntary scheme by the Hong Kong shipping industry to use fuel of 0.5 percent sulphur content or less “to the maximum extent possible” while at berth in Hong Kong from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2012.
From yesterday, ocean-going vessels (OGVs) are eligible for a 50 percent reduction in port facility and light dues if they switch to cleaner fuel while berthing in Hong Kong waters for the next three years, according to a statement recently posted on the Hong Kong government’s website.
A long-planned environmental regulation requiring ships to use cleaner, low-sulfur fuel while operating near the North American coast took effect on Wednesday, despite concerns that suppliers may not be ready.
Hong Kong container port at night
June 05, 2012
It is now widely accepted around the world that shipping emissions need to be tightly regulated in order to protect public health. Various types of port-related equipment and activities, such as cargo handling machinery and trucking goods to and from ports, also generate pollution. Research shows that, in Hong Kong, the combined emissions from ships and port activity are a significant source of pollution that directly affects some 3.8 million people. The city’s shipping and port management stakeholders have been most active in working with local authorities to define a path towards tighter regulation, and have made progress in reducing emissions.
In a move that is likely to influence environmental regulators in other jurisdictions, the European Union is to clean up shipping fuel after agreeing provisional regulations to reduce vessels' sulfur emissions, one of the main sources of air pollution and acid rain.
Siemens’ Drive Technologies Division has been awarded the contract from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering to provide eco-friendly propulsion and power generation system for the 20 Triple-E class container ships it is building for Demark’s AP Moller-Maersk Group (Maersk Line).
Green shipping in the Pear River Delta
April 19, 2012
Good news – momentum is building to reduce ship emissions in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region. Last month, Shenzhen Municipal Human Settlements and Environment Commission informally stated that reducing emissions from ship and port activities will be a primary area of focus this year