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VPS launches Emsys ShoreLink to help shipowners comply with EU ETS

Vessel owners will now have ability to get direct, real-time emissions readings sent to shore, allowing vessel owners to do operations optimisation to minimise emissions footprint including methane.

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VPS launches Emsys ShoreLink to help shipowners comply with EU ETS

Marine fuels testing company VPS on Tuesday (4 June) launched Emsys ShoreLink to provide MRV/EU ETS-ready off-ship data capability to meet evolving market requirements.

Vessel owners will now have the ability to get direct, real-time emissions readings sent to shore. This allows vessel owners to do operations optimisation to minimise emissions footprint - in a market where owners are required to manage not only CO2, but also even more potent climate gases such as methane.  

The existing VPS Emsys solution offers an accurate emissions measurement, designed to help the maritime industry precisely measure and manage emissions from vessel smokestacks. 

With the added value of Emsys ShoreLink, the data can be sent directly to other systems for further analytics and direct EU ETS reporting.  

“Shipowners and operators are required to monitor and report their CO2 emissions. Traditional methods relying on standard emission factors often result in inaccuracies, leading to wrong decision-making and potential environmental and financial damage,” said VPS.

“Emsys stands as a market leader in providing the class-approved technology capable of providing full-range methane slip measurements up to 20,000ppm, a critical component for compliance with stringent EU regulations.”

Analysis of emission performance in relation to operational pattern and engine load enables taking the right decisions to reduce GHG emissions and methane slip. In terms of MRV reporting, which is fundamental for the ETS, the latest EU regulation amendment introduces the option of direct measurement of greenhouse gas emissions.  

VPS said Emsys now offered both standalone systems and holistic solutions, ensuring end-to-end management of methane slip and greenhouse gases (GHG) with unmatched accuracy and reliability. 

“The real-time monitoring and data analysis capabilities enable shipowners to make informed decisions to reduce GHG emissions and methane slip effectively, and the system is used on more than 200 vessels today.,” the firm added. 

Emsys is a hardware-based emission measurement system providing on-ship data in PDF or CSV format, suitable for printing or emailing. Emsys ShoreLink facilitates a live data export, enabling off-ship data transfer through most commonly used IAS and IOT systems. 

VPS said bringing Emsys data to shore opens new opportunities for real-time monitoring of emissions performance for the fleet.  

Simon Brown, VP Emissions Measurement VPS, stated: “Emsys ShoreLink represents a significant advancement in emissions measurement technology, offering shipowners and operators the tools they need for precise and reliable emissions management.”

“By integrating real-time data transfer and analysis capabilities, we empower our clients to make informed decisions that enhance both environmental compliance and operational efficiency."

Note: For more information on VPS Emsys, contact [email protected].

 

Photo credit: VPS
Published: 5 June 2024

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EMSA drone to monitor ship emissions at Port of Barcelona

EMSA said nearly a quarter of all maritime trade in Spain flows through the Port of Barcelona, which is one of the largest commercial and industrial centres in the Mediterranean region.

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EMSA drone to monitor ship emissions at Port of Barcelona

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) on Thursday (18 July) said its Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Services (RPAS) is supporting Spanish authorities in the Port of Barcelona with emissions monitoring this summer.

The specially equipped RPAS is being used to measure exhaust plumes from ships, helping ensure compliance with EU and IMO regulations on sulphur content in marine fuels.

“Data from the RPAS is fed into the THETIS-EU platform, managed by EMSA, which records and exchanges the results of individual compliance verifications performed by Member States under the Sulphur Directive,” it said in a social media post.

“This can trigger follow-up inspections of individual vessels.” 

EMSA said nearly a quarter of all maritime trade in Spain flows through the Port of Barcelona, which is one of the largest commercial and industrial centres in the Mediterranean region. 

“As well as emissions monitoring, the RPAS can help port authorities to detect issues like oil spills and floating debris in the port’s internal waters, anchorage area and North and South access channels,” it added. 

 

Photo credit: European Maritime Safety Agency
Published: 23 July, 2024

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Columbia Group launches solution to help ship owners comply with FuelEU Maritime

Firm said the platform creates transparency in managing the fuel life cycle from bunkers supply to consumption and emissions; can collect, clean, analyse and forecast emissions data.

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Philippos Ioulianou, Director of Energy and Renewables at Columbia Group

Columbia Group on Tuesday (16 July) said it has launched a new one-stop shop platform to help ship owners comply with the new FuelEU Maritime regulations. 

The introduction of Fuel EU Maritime restrictions that will enforce a reduction of carbon intensity levels on vessels by 2% next year is a challenge ship owners and managers trading in and out of EU waters will need to address and prepare for over the next six months.

The firm said the platform creates transparency in managing the fuel life cycle from bunkers supply to consumption and emissions. It can collect, clean, analyse and forecast emissions data. By using this platform, clients can feel safe in the knowledge they have a reliable partner who can also help them create long-term green strategies for the future.

“Thanks to its amazing technology and the use of AI, it can streamline these processes, providing accurate and efficient solutions that adapt to the evolving regulatory landscape,” it said.

Philippos Ioulianou, Director of Energy and Renewables at Columbia Group, said: “These new restrictions are going to have a big impact for owners and managers and it’s important they look at what measures they are going to need to take to comply with the regulations and to avoid hefty fines. 

“At Columbia Group, we believe that sustainability and profitability can go hand in hand.”

“We will be able to not only help our clients put measures in place to reduce their carbon intensity levels but we can also handle inputting and analysing the data as well.”

“Our mission is to empower the shipping industry with the tools and knowledge they need to achieve their environmental goals while maintaining competitive advantage. Through continuous innovation and dedicated support, we are committed to driving the global transition to a low-carbon economy.”

 

Photo credit: Columbia Group
Published: 17 July 2024

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INTERCARGO joins shipping industry in calls for IMO to amend CII flaws

CII in its current format is inadequate and its one-size-fits approach, has inherent flaws that unfairly punish the shipping industry, particularly the dry bulk sector.

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The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO), representing 50 companies from 30 countries, on Thursday (11 July) issued a statement indicating its position on flaws related to the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII).

With discussions regarding the IMO’s (International Maritime Organization) Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) due to recommence at their Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 82 meeting in September, INTERCARGO, the association of dry bulk shipping companies, together with the other global shipping associations, have issued a pertinent joint policy statement to the IMO calling for changes to the flaws in the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII).

Along with CLIA, BIMCO, InterManager, ICS, and INTERTANKO, INTERCARGO has indicated that the CII in its current format is inadequate and its one-size-fits approach, has inherent flaws that unfairly punish the shipping industry, particularly the dry bulk sector.

In line with the IMO’s strategy to reduce emissions from shipping, the sector is actively striving to do all it can to achieve the goal of being carbon free by 2050. However, due to serious shortcomings with the CII metric the shipping industry is calling on the IMO to amend the current way the CII is applied, in order to avoid unintentional outcomes that conflict with the IMO Strategy to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition, INTERCARGO is calling on the regulatory authorities to work in closer cooperation with the shipping industry and flag states, to ensure that the true environmental performance of vessels is reflected in the CII.

Kostas Gkonis, Secretary General of INTERCARGO, said: “In March the IMO recognised the concerns raised by the shipping industry relating to the shortcomings and unintended consequences of the CII, resulting in agreement that it should be reviewed. The IMO has, so far, received 78 submissions calling for amendments and/or highlighting the concerns of the CII. INTERCARGO and the rest of the shipping industry will be part of the solution to these issues, and we look forward to the commencement of the CII review at the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee in the autumn.”

INTERCARGO and its members remain fully committed to safe, sustainable shipping in clean oceans and in line with IMO targets, we will continue to strive to be carbon free by 2050.

Related: INTERCARGO: Current CII has ‘significant flaws’ that need to be addressed
Related: EU beginning to grasp realities of shipping, says INTERCARGO

 

Photo credit: International Maritime Organization
Published: 16 July 2024

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