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Journey to 2050, decarbonization, digitalization and the future of safety debated at ABS South East Asia committee

ABS presented its innovative work on developing pathways to 2050 and demystifying digital technology.

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Journey to 2050, decarbonization, digitalization and the future of safety debated at ABS South East Asia committee. Image: ABS/ Left to Right: John McDonald, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Business Development and Captain Rajalingam Subramaniam, President and CEO of AET Tanker Holdings and Chairman of the ABS South East Asia Committee

Maritime industry leaders met to debate decarbonization, digital technologies and the future of safety at the annual meeting of the ABS South East Asia Regional Committee.

“Thanks to our deep roots in the region, ABS is able to call on the expertise of leaders to inform our approach to meeting industry challenges such as meeting IMO 2030 and 2050 objectives while ensuring safety standards are not compromised and keep pace with technological challenges,” said John McDonald, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Business Development. “The Regional Committee is an example of how we work closely together to tackle their pressing technical, operational and regulatory challenges.”

The Committee heard about the best-in-class safety performance of ABS, including achieving more than two years without a work-related lost-time incident. The superior Port State Control performance of ABS and strong fleet safety performance underline its focus on safety and its mission.

ABS presented its innovative work on developing pathways to 2050 and demystifying digital technology.

Guest speaker Quay Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) detailed her ambitions for the development of Singapore as a vibrant international maritime center, focusing on digitalization and decarbonization. The MPA aims for Singapore to become the premier global hub port for connectivity, innovation, and talent; future proofing its operations with next generation vessel tracking systems, automated quay cranes and vehicles, smart fleet management and paperless operations, among other features.

“We’re in the face of transition so we must create an enabling environment for innovation,” she added.

Captain Rajalingam Subramaniam, President and CEO of AET Tanker Holdings and Chairman of the ABS South East Asia Committee challenged members and guests: “We must look for innovative solutions to improve efficiencies across the maritime industry and we should embrace diversity in all aspects of our work. As leaders, our small steps make huge impacts, and we have an accountability to pass along our industry in better shape for the next generation.”

The Committee meetings are a forum for ABS members, including owners, operators, charterers, and industry representatives from flag administrations, owner associations, and the shipbuilding and insurance sectors, to come together with ABS leaders and discuss industry issues and developments. These forums are an important part of an ongoing dialogue with industry to address technical, operational and regulatory challenges.

 

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Safe Bulkers, Inc. enters into a Scrubber Service Agreement with Alfa Laval

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Safe Bulkers, Inc. an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced that the Company has entered into a Service Agreement with Alfa Laval to minimize down time, enhance regulatory compliance and safeguard scrubber performance over the life-time of the vessel.

The Agreement provides for a flat yearly fee, lifecycleoriented services from the Alfa Laval PureSOx 360° Service Portfolio, including remote monitoring of scrubber performance through connectivity module, service kits, minimum
inventory of genuine Alfa Laval spares parts on board and ashore for remote trouble-shooting and sensor calibration by exchange.

In addition, the Agreement provides for training of Company’s crew members and superintendents at the Alfa Laval PureSox training center in Shaghai, China.

15 Alfa Laval PureSOx Scrubbers have been installed at COSCO retrofit
shipyards with engineering design of Alfa Marine Consulting P.C., and five more are scheduled to be installed within the first quarter of 2020 after the resumption of shipyard operations following the Chinese New Year, concluding the Company’s scrubber retrofit program.

The remaining 21 vessels of Company’s fleet are operated using compliant fuels, having timely completed tank cleaning and all other related actions for such transition according to their respective Ship Implementation Plan in accordance with IMO provisions.

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Etihad targets zero net carbon emissions by 2050, in expanded commitment to environmental sustainability

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today committed to a minimum target of zero net carbon emissions by 2050

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today committed to a minimum target of zero net carbon emissions by 2050 and halving of its 2019 net emission levels by 2035.

The company’s ambitious environmental targets will be achieved through a mix of internal initiatives, collaboration with industry partners and adoption of a comprehensive program of relevant carbon offsets, to be developed with specific focus on the requirements of the UAE and markets served by the airline.

The Group Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group, Tony Douglas, said: “The global focus on the environment and the urgency of reducing carbon emissions has never been greater. Etihad Aviation Group, together with its partners, is taking an active role in reducing the impact of aviation on the environment through initiatives ranging from optimised fuel management to sustainable financing practices.”

Today’s announcement came as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, an annual event in the capital of the UAE, where Etihad is headquartered.

Mr Douglas said the entire air transport industry, from airlines and suppliers to airspace providers, was responsible for helping to reduce aviation’s emissions, and solutions needed to be holistic and coordinated, not isolated and sporadic.

“Airlines have attracted significant scrutiny in the global discussion of the environment, and our collective challenge as a fast-growing industry is to deliver meaningful initiatives which can quickly help to contain and reduce carbon emissions,” he said.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicts that the number of passenger journeys will more than double within 20 years, from 4.5 billion in 2019 to an estimated 9 billion by the late 2030s.

The International Transport Forum (ITF) at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) adds that international aviation will experience compound annual growth of 3.8 per cent to 2050, forecasting that traffic will reach 16.5 billion passenger kilometres, or 3.6 times 2015 volumes.

Recent sustainability initiatives taken by Etihad Aviation Group include:

  • Continued induction of the latest-generation, most fuel-efficient aircraft, including additional Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and plans for three new types – the wide-bodied Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777-9, and narrow-bodied Airbus A321neo. The next Dreamliner is due to arrive next week;
  • Commencement of the Etihad Greenliner Programme, in which the airline’s entire fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft will be used during normal scheduled flights as ‘test beds’ for sustainable products and practices;
  • Becoming the first airline to secure commercial funding conditional upon compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. In partnership with First Abu Dhabi Bank and Abu Dhabi Global Markets, Etihad recently secured 150 million Euros to help finance the development of a multi-storey ‘eco residence’ for cabin crew living in Abu Dhabi. The airline is now exploring more opportunities for this style of funding;
  • Commitment to reduce single use plastics by 80 per cent by 2022, and;
  • Partnering in the development of sustainable aviation fuels including biofuel developed and refined in Abu Dhabi from saltwater-tolerant plants, and commitment to support the development of another sustainable jet fuel from municipal waste in Abu Dhabi.

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StreetScooter provides electric vans and charging infrastructure for Amazon

Amazon has ordered 40 StreetScooter WORK Box electric vans which will be deployed at its distribution center in Munich Daglfing.

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Amazon has ordered 40 StreetScooter WORK Box electric vans which will be deployed at its distribution center in Munich Daglfing. Complementing the vehicle order, StreetScooter has also installed 60 charging stations at the Amazon site.

“We were very delighted that Amazon turned to StreetScooter for a climate-friendly delivery solution as well as our proven charging infrastructure expertise,” said Jörg Sommer, CEO of StreetScooter GmbH.

“Amazon is committed to achieving the Paris agreement targets ten years ahead of schedule – in 2040 instead of 2050 – so we are collaborating with a number of different partners developing new technologies and helping promote a carbon-neutral economy,” explained Adam Elman, Senior Lead Sustainability, Amazon Europe. “We look forward to working with StreetScooter and using their expertise to add additional electric vehicles and charging stations to our network and achieve carbon-neutral delivery operations.”

StreetScooter’s “Made in Germany” e-vans not only proved their ability to handle the heavy demands of last-mile delivery, but scored points for economy and ROI as well. According to Jörg Sommer, StreetScooter performs better in total cost of ownership after just a few years as compared to conventional combustion-engine vehicles.

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