IMO 2020: A Step towards the greener future

The environmental ecosystem is decreasing year by year. The efforts towards environmental changes were necessary for this serious environmental situation to deal with climate change and environmental degradation. It could be seen that marine pollution accounts to a huge number of pollution coming from vessels due to the active sea trade activities. The IMO 2020 is a step taken by the International Maritime Organisation to tackle the harmful effects of pollution generated from a large number of vessels. It strictly abides ships to follow the rule of 0.5% sulphur limit in order to step towards a greener future.

How Sulphur Limit 0.5% aims towards a better environment?

The sulphur emission contributes to environmental pollution in a significant way due to which the marine biodiversity could be seen at stake. It also impacts human health conditions largely to the people located in coastal areas. In terms of talking about harmful implications, It affects soil conditions, air quality and also has a serious impact on sea life as a result of acid rains. The 0.5% sulphur limit definitely aims to control the contribution of harmful particulates in the environment to ensure a greener future.

Compliance for Vessels to use Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems

The marine industry is getting itself all ready to follow the strict compliance laid down under the IMO 2020. It gives alternative solutions to the vessels to either use low sulphur oil or to install exhaust gas cleaning systems in order to limit the sulphur content in the exhaust gases. The vessel operators are choosing between the best compatible solutions in order to comply with the IMO 2020 0.5% sulphur limits.

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Interesting post, and the first on the subject as far as I can tell. Just so happens I've been building a healthy position in the RENEWABLE ENERGY GROUP (REGI)...and guess what they make?? Held it and built it on the dips for a couple years...its not exactly the most conservative investment out there. One of my last toys. The rest is what ol grey heads like me are SUPPOSED to have in our dotage. And no DIVs..Theres all kinds of ifs and buts built your DD if you want to play. If you don't know what DD means, don't do it...

The evolution of fuel technology is a given. When there is money to be made, innovations will be created. There is no secret that the old bunker fuel, that has been in use for 100 years, will be replaced with cleaner options. Natural gas for one. New laws and regulations will help that along, but change and new paradigms are coming.

I've seen some line that is configured its new ships to operate off ground power when in port (instead of running the diesel generators). It has a few batteries to cover excess demand (that are charged by the diesel engines when at sea). Using ground power instead of on-board diesel would remove the "local" exhaust, but the land power is generated by fossil fuel or nuclear. So in effect, the exhaust stack is just moved inland instead of venting at the port.


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