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Wave of the Future: Port welcomes new Brusco tug

Brusco Tug & Barge, Inc. has modernized its tug fleet at the Port of Hueneme by bringing aboard the “Teresa Brusco

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Brusco Tug & Barge, Inc. has modernized its tug fleet at the Port of Hueneme by bringing aboard the “Teresa Brusco,” a state-of-the-art vessel that will dramatically lower vessel emissions and bring more power and ability to the tugs’ important ship-handling role on Port. Brusco’s investment strengthens their partnership with the Port and the tug’s acquisition is an achievement in keeping with the Port’s commitment to environment.

Replacing the Lulapin, the Teresa Brusco will join the Simone Brusco as the Port’s powerhouses — accompanying ships in and out of the harbor and guiding them to and from their berths. The Teresa Brusco represents a nearly $10 million capital investment by Brusco.

“It takes many moving parts for a port to operate smoothly,” says Oxnard Harbor District President Jess Herrera. “We greatly appreciate our partners’ commitment; once again, Brusco Tug has contributed to keeping the Port of Hueneme as the Greenest Port in the United States by investing in the best and latest clean technology with the arrival of the Teresa Brusco. As the Port and the community, we all benefit from this. Congratulations to everyone at Brusco.”

Captain Mike Fullilove, Manager of Operations at the Port, says that Brusco “is proud to be a part of the Port family since 1989 and remains committed to assisting the Port meet its goal of improving the working waterfront environment and surrounding community.”

The Teresa is a Tier 3-powered vessel with main engine ratings of 4750 horsepower and capable of 61 tons of bollard pull — an increase of 20% over the previous vessel. The Tier 3 technology aboard the Teresa will realize immediate and significant reduction in vessel emissions, including Nox reductions of approximately 80%.

“This significant upgrade to Brusco’s fleet keeps with the Port’s commitment to environment — as the Greenest US Port and Green Marine-certified (a third party environmental verification program), we take the health of our water, air and community very seriously,” says Port Director and CEO Kristin Decas. “We value the fact that Brusco is investing in our Port’s green future.”

The Port of Hueneme’s partnership with Brusco has been going strong for 30 years, and will do so well into the future. As Captain Fullilove states, “we look forward to the tug Teresa helping Port Hueneme to be among the most capable and environmentally conscious ports in the world for years to come.”

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DNV GL releases first ever traceability standard for reclaimed plastic from the hydrosphere

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The public DNV GL standard provides a best practice to verify the authenticity (Chain of Custody) of abandoned ocean and river plastic and build consumer trust in new products made from reclaimed plastic.

The problem of ocean plastic garbage is massive and to solve it requires ground-breaking technology and significant resources.  Moreover, extracting the plastic from oceans and rivers is only the first step in addressing one of the biggest threats to our world’s waters. There are currently trillions of pieces of plastic in our oceans with an estimated 8 million pieces added every day.  The scale needed requires a shift from a linear to a circular plastic future.

“Using the abandoned plastic into new products is essential. By turning trash into something valuable, that consumers are willing to pay for, enables a circular business models that not only resolves the problem of how to dispose of the trash,” says Nicola Privato, Global Operations and Technical Director, DNV GL – Business Assurance. “As customers are eager to buy such products and companies, even big brands, are willing to contribute, the proceeds from the sales can be used to further fund the cleanup. However, for people to pay for the products, they need assurance of authenticity – that this plastic is really coming from the ocean.”

A product or company’s sustainability efforts and performance, even if considerable, can be completely secret or difficult to share with consumers in a trusted way. Moreover, there may be a need to distinguish against wrongful claims of authenticity or share of reclaimed plastic in products. To address this problem and build confidence into the circular ocean plastic economy, The Ocean Cleanup connected with DNV GL.

“To give our supporters added trust that our products are indeed made of plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, we knew we needed support from a reputable, independent, third party – which is why we sought out DNV GL, as a leading verification body. With their newly established standard, we hope this gives supporters greater confidence in The Ocean Cleanup products, which are soon to be unveiled,” says Leonardo Avezzano, Head of Valorization at The Ocean Cleanup.

The DNV GL standard is the first of its kind, guaranteeing the authenticity, origin and amount of reclaimed plastic in a product. This kind of traceability and transparency must be built from the start of the value chain, requiring an end-to-end verification process from extraction offshore to the onshore landing, transportation, manufacturing and sales.

While The Ocean Cleanup was the first to apply the best practices, the standard is public and available to any organization for application and certification.  Any organization wanting to have its plastic certified must first understand the standard’s requirements and implement compliant processes along the entire value chain or parts thereof.  The verification process ensures full traceability of collected abandoned plastic allowing consumers themselves to check authenticity when buying the product.

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Antwerp@C investigates potential for halving CO2 emissions in Port of Antwerp by 2030

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Port of Antwerp brought seven leading chemical and energy companies together at the end of 2019 to reduce CO2 emissions and take practical steps in the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon port. The consortium consists of Air Liquide, BASF, Borealis, ExxonMobil, INEOS, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp and Total.

With the project entitled Antwerp@C the partners aim to keep CO2 out of the atmosphere and so to make a significant contribution towards the climate objectives, thanks to applications for capturing and utilising or storing CO2, all within a relatively short time span and at reasonable costs. The project has the potential to reduce the CO2 emissions within the port (18.65 million tonnes greenhouse gas emissions in 2017) by half between now and 2030. This week Fluxys, Port of Antwerp, Total and Air Liquide submitted EU subsidy applications for taking the project one step further.

Port of Antwerp, the carbon capture pioneer

Port of Antwerp is home to the largest integrated energy and chemicals cluster in Europe. This makes it the ideal location to set up new, cross-border collaboration projects for innovative CO2 reduction. To this end, Air Liquide, BASF, Borealis, ExxonMobil, INEOS, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp and Total joined forces at the end of 2019 under the name of Antwerp@C, to investigate the technical and economic feasibility of building CO2 infrastructure to support future CCUS (Carbon Capture Utilisation & Storage) applications. Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) and eventually also Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CCU) – i.e. reusing CO2 as a raw material for the chemical industry – are seen as important routes in the transition to a carbon-neutral port.

Antwerp@C investigates potential for halving CO2 emissions in Port of Antwerp by 2030

Antwerp@C investigates potential for halving CO2 emissions in Port of Antwerp by 2030. Image: Port of AntwerpFeasibility study

Antwerp@C is currently carrying out a feasibility study with the support of the Flemish Agency for Innovation & Enterprise (Vlaams Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen, or VLAIO). This will investigate the possibility of building a central “backbone” in the form of a pipeline along the industrial zones on both the Right and Left banks of the Scheldt, along with various shared processing units, a shared CO2 liquefaction unit, interim storage facilities and cross-border transport of CO2, both by ship and by pipeline.

Cross-border transport infrastructure

Since Belgium does not have suitable geological strata, international collaboration will be necessary to transport the CO2 across borders and store it permanently in e.g. depleted offshore gas fields. For this purpose Antwerp@C is investigating the possibilities of transport to Rotterdam by pipeline or by ship to Norway.

Subsidies are essential

Broad support – especially financial support – by the EU, the Belgian Federal Government and the Flemish Government will be essential to ensure the success of the project. Antwerp@C is pursuing two initiatives for cross-border CO2 transport infrastructure, namely the CO2TransPorts project for a pipeline to Rotterdam and the Northern Lights project for transport to Norway by ship. Since CCS is seen by the EU as an important lever to combat climate change these initiatives have been granted recognition as Projects of Common Interest (PCI).

Subsidy applications for detailed studies were submitted this week for both projects under the terms of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). A decision for grant award is expected in November. In addition subsidy applications are being prepared for the European Innovation Fund as part of the Green Deal.

Port of Antwerp CEO Jacques Vandermeiren declared: “This promising project will enable us to play our pioneering role even more effectively. It demonstrates once more that collaboration is key for generating a cluster effect and creating innovative, operational added value. If this shared infrastructure can actually be realised then it will benefit the entire industrial community in the port and make a valuable contribution towards the Flemish, Belgian and European climate goals.”

Wouter De Geest, chairman of the Antwerp@C consortium: “As the largest petrochemical cluster in Europe we are assuming our responsibility with unprecedented collaboration between eight leading companies. Together we are investigating the possibilities for cutting CO2 emissions from our production processes, as well as additional innovative solutions for more sustainable petrochemistry in Antwerp.”

Port alderman Annick De Ridder: “This project demonstrates our capabilities for technological progress are closely tied to the future of our climate. If we as the second-largest port in Europe can contribute towards saving up to half of our CO2 emissions, this will open up countless opportunities for sustainable growth in our industry and our prosperity. By taking on this pioneering role we aim to be an inspiration for the entire port community.”

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Cargotec commits to UN business ambition for 1.5°C to mitigate climate change

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Cargotec commits to UN business ambition for 1.5°C to mitigate climate change

Cargotec commits to the United Nations Global Compact’s Business Ambition for 1.5°C, joining leading companies in a promise to pursue science-based measures to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

By making this commitment, Cargotec strives to mitigate climate change through making the logistics industry more efficient and in developing solutions to enable a low-carbon economy. The commitment will be validated by the Science Based Targets initiative.

The 1.5°C ambition is a response to increasing concern about the severe consequences of a failure to stop global warming.

“A key business driver for Cargotec is to reduce the carbon footprint of the logistics industry. As we operate in an industry with a big climate impact – the global logistics industry is estimated to account for approximately 7 percent of the total global CO2 emissions – we acknowledge that we have the responsibility to innovate and offer low-carbon business solutions that enable a sustainable path for the logistics industry. The set ambition level is challenging, but at the same time a great, inspiring business opportunity,” says Mika Vehviläinen, CEO of Cargotec.

More than 95 percent of Cargotec’s CO2 emission occurs in the value chain: raw material sourcing and use-phase of the sold products. Therefore, the emission reduction target expands beyond its own operations. An initial review and assessment of the opportunities to reduce the emissions related to the sourced materials and product use-phase has been made. Based on this assessment, Cargotec has made the commitment to reduce the CO2 emissions of raw material sourcing and product use phase (Scope 3 emissions) by at least 50 percent from the 2019 levels by 2030. In addition, the company aims to carbon neutrality in its own operations by 2030.

Cargotec is also showing commitment to climate actions by signing the “Uniting Business and Governments to Recover Better” statement as part of the Science Based Targets initiative and its Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign. The target of the statement, signed by more than 150 companies, is to urge governments to prioritise a faster and fairer transition from a grey to a green economy by aligning policies and recovery plans with the latest climate science.

Cargotec is a pioneer in eco-efficient product design and efficiency-driving solutions. Our products and solutions help customers decrease fuel consumption, reduce emissions, and improve their competitiveness with heightened operational efficiency. One of the already existing measures to enable CO2 emissions reduction in the use-phase of our products is through electrically driven products. We continue to innovate on an even more low-carbon offering and collaborate with suppliers to find more sustainable solutions.

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