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Emissions soar at Port of Los Angeles in 2021

Last year the increase in emissions at the Port of Los Angeles was due to the extreme congestion at the port. ships were stacked up nearby, waiting to unload. And congestion in the terminals also created more truck waiting.

Fortunately, the particulates and lesser pollutants did not rise too much, and ramain=ed below the target levels.

We can expect improvement in 2022, because of the congestion relief we are seeing now.

Marcus Hand | Oct 07, 2022

Emissions soar at Port of Los Angeles in 2021

How to better deliver carbon reductions in EU’s maritime sector

This article takes issue with the Emissions Trading System (ETS) put in place by the EU. Pricing the emissions of various fuels into the equation will induce fuel users to use cleaner fuels in some cases. The argument goes that such process, based on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the fuel, will be compromised by the lack of availability of cleaner fuels until sufficient supplies are readily available. And the process considers only greenhouse gases and not the lifecycle costs of certain fuels.

Perhaps the pricing scheme can be adjusted. Certainly there will be more investment in cleaner fuel capabilities. But the issues brought up are real. Just how significant they are is yet to be seen.

One real issue, however, is the fact that maritime operators can avoid fueling at EU ports and places where the ETS price is added. They can choose routes where dirty fuels can be burned, and minimize their time sailing where ETS is enforced. One way to reduce this is to create green corridors, where use of clean fuel is mandatory. An example is the Singapore to Rotterdam corridor backed by those governments.

Added 9/30/2022: Other green corridors are being planned. Here is one between Hamburg and Halifax.

By Jim Corbett | World Shipping Council Sep 20, 2022

How to better deliver carbon reductions in EU’s maritime sector – EURACTIV.com

Norway’s fjords welcome another pair of autonomous vessels

Norway is a leader in the development of clean transport, especially maritime. They have been experimenting with autonomous ships for several years.

Here are two new ships, which will not operate autonomously at the start, but will sail with a crew of 4. However, the goal is to test the systems for two years, and become autonomous after that.

They will transport products for a grocery along the coast of Norway. There is a plan for an all-electric corridor, including these ships and a fleet of electric trucks for the start and end parts of the trip.

So don’t say it can’t be done!

Sam ChambersSeptember 21, 2022

Norway’s fjords welcome another pair of autonomous vessels – Splash247