This week's top stories on ShippingWatch

Blue Water will never be sold, asserted founder Kurt Skov to ShippingWatch. The detainment of vessel Grace 1 (photo), OW Bunker and a fine for Total also drew headlines this week.

UK tightens climate target in new maritime plan

By 2050, the UK shipping sector must be emission-free, and starting 2025, new ships built for UK waters should be able to sail without emitting any GHG, according to a climate action plan set forth by the British government. Subsidies are also on the table.

This week's top stories on ShippingWatch

HMM left 2M, Maersk was joined by competitors in Tradelens, and a tanker now under suspicion for breaching sanctions against Syria was detained in Gibraltar. Blue Water, DFDS, Svitzer and EU emission figures also featured in the past week.

EU revises CO2 emission figures following error

Total CO2 emissions by ships calling at European ports in 2018 were more than 18 million tons lower than the EU Commission and EMSA first reported when they released the so-called MRV system earlier this week.

US and China enter trade truce

Saturday, the US and China agreed to restart negotiations of a trade deal. US President Donald Trump furthermore promised not to introduce new tariffs right now.

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Former BW Group CEO Carsten Mortensen will head a new investment fund, he announced in a week when several shipping companies are still waiting the Gulf of Oman. And the CEO of Dan-Bunkering's parent company commented on the Syria case.

Happy talk of Trump-Xi truce masks hard path to a deal

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping might be headed back to the negotiation table in connection with the G-20 summit in Japan. "It's possible we're going to make a deal, but I'm also very happy where we are now," Trump tells Fox Business Network.

New Swedish study: Open-loop scrubbers produce significant pollution

A new study by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute has tested wash water from open-loop scrubbers. The tests show that untreated wash water from open-loop scrubbers contains significant levels of pollution and is harmful to the marine environment. Researchers behind the study express concerns about the long-term consequences.

EU Commissioner hopes for extension of container block exemption

If EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc has her way, the container sector's consortia block exemption regulation should be extended, she says in an interview with ShippingWatch. The regulation gives liner companies certain competitive edges, and it is currently being reviewed.

Norway's government wants to halve shipping's emissions already by 2030

With a new plan of action, the Norwegian government will work to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases from the country's shipping sector by 50 percent already in 2030 – two decades before the target set by the IMO comes into force. But the plan includes too few concrete initiatives, say critics according to Sysla.

Tankers may sail on ammonia from 2030

According to a study, ammonia is a viable fuel alternative in shipping's climate change mitigation efforts. From 2030, tankers may be able to sail on the ammonia they transport themselves, the company behind the report tells ShippingWatch.

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