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How did a sudden reduction in shipping pollution inadvertently stoke global warming?

By Hayley Smith 06/09/24
A major shift in global shipping regulations intended to improve air quality may have temporarily — and inadvertently — set off a geoengineering reaction that is warming the planet, new research has found.
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Cleveland port’s ‘electrification hub’ expected to anchor progress toward net-zero emissions

By Kathiann M. Kowalski 05/20/24
The Port of Cleveland is going electric. One of the Great Lakes’ largest shipping ports is transforming part of a large warehouse into an “electrification hub” to anchor its emission-cutting efforts in the coming decades.…
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The little (electric) engine that could: The Port of San Diego unveils the nation’s first all-electric tug boat

By Rob Nikolewski 03/11/24
The nation’s first all-electric tug boat has docked at the Port of San Diego and expects to begin emissions-free operations in about a month. Operated by Crowley Maritime Corporation, the 82-foot eWolf will escort ships…
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A dry Panama Canal shows how climate change will scramble globalization

By The Editorial Board 01/25/24
Global shipping companies excited by the potential new routes that climate change and melting ice are opening up around the North Pole have gotten walloped by some unexpected bad news. The Panama Canal might be…
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The Panama Canal Is So Backed Up Ships Are Rerouting Through the Suez

By Peter Millard 11/28/23
The Panama Canal has become so backlogged that the world’s largest operator of chemical tankers has decided to reroute its fleet to the Suez Canal.
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Irish Company Markets Boat With Deck Made From Solar Panels

By Carlton Reid 11/27/23
The solar-powered Gridbeater Amphibian never runs out of fuel: it is propelled by a lightweight electric outboard motor powered by solar panels.
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Ships Across the World Face Hefty $3.6 Billion Climate Bill

By Jack Wittels and Others 11/21/23
Ships sailing to European ports face a combined carbon emissions bill of $3.6 billion next year, the start of a levy that’s almost certainly going to rise as the continent steps up efforts to combat…
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Emissions of U.S. Tugboats

By David Hume 10/31/23
The fleet of 6,000 tugboats in the United States is one of the largest sources of maritime carbon emissions in the country. These unique vessels use large amounts of energy relative to their size and,…
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Shipping Contributes Heavily to Climate Change. Are Green Ships the Solution?

By Ana Swanson 10/30/23
On a bright September day on the harbor in Copenhagen, several hundred people gathered to welcome the official arrival of Laura Maersk.
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New technology uses good old-fashioned wind to power giant cargo vessels

By Scott Neuman 10/05/23
Well over a century after the Age of Sail gave way to coal- and oil-burning ships, climate change concerns are prompting a new look at an old technology that could once again harness wind to…
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Freed Cruise Ship Shows Risks of More Traffic in Remote Arctic

By Danielle Bochove and Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir 09/14/23
The grounding of a luxury cruise ship off the coast of Greenland on Monday highlighted the irony of touring the fast-warming Arctic on vessels powered by fossil fuels, the main culprit in climate change. But…
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A first-of-its-kind boat is making waves in the open ocean: ‘It will change the game, for sure’

By Jeremiah Budin 09/02/23
All types of transport are going electric these days as people increasingly turn away from gas-powered vehicles in an attempt to save money at the pump and do less damage to our planet. The latest…
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Ships – Transport & Environment

07/05/23
Shipping emits 1,000 Mt CO2 per year, 3% of global CO2 emissions. According to The International Maritime Organisation, shipping emissions are set to increase by up to 50% by mid-century if stringent abatement measures are…

Shipping Pollution

07/05/23
Over 90 percent of world trade is carried across the world’s oceans by some 90,000 marine vessels. Like all modes of transportation that use fossil fuels, ships produce carbon dioxide emissions that significantly contribute to…

Industry group backs global carbon price for large ships

09/06/21
 A major maritime industry association on Monday backed plans for a global surcharge on carbon emissions from shipping to help fund the sector’s shift toward climate-friendly fuels.

Electric Vessels Are Not Enough to Slash Shipping Emissions

09/02/21
An autonomous electric cargo ship is slated to make its maiden voyage this year, but the vessel represents just one baby step in the long road toward reducing shipping emissions.

In San Diego, an All-Electric Tugboat Eyes a 2023 Debut

07/20/21
The first fully electric harbor tugboat will soon serve the Port of San Diego. Crowley Maritime Corporation will build and operate the tug, which will be operational by mid-2023. Instead of fuel, the eWolf will reportedly source its power…

Shady Ships: Retail Giants Pollute Communities and Climate with Fossil-Fueled Ocean Shipping

07/20/21
Just fifteen companies are responsible for emitting millions of tons of pollution from importing their goods into the United States on fossil-fueled ships. Our report Shady Ships: Retail Giants Pollute Communities and Climate with Fossil-Fueled Ocean…

Panama Canal Tackles Climate-Change Puzzle: Too Little Rainwater or Too Much

06/28/21
The Panama Canal faces a creeping threat from climate change, including droughts so intense that ships sometimes reduce their cargo so as not to run aground, and giant storms that almost overwhelm its dams and…

Fourth IMO GHG Study 2020

04/04/21
The Fourth IMO GHG Study 2020 is the first IMO greenhouse gas study published since the adoption in April 2018 of the Initial IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships. This landmark strategy…

MORE NEWS

Walmart, Ikea, and Amazon have a dirty shipping problem

By Justine Calma   07/20/21  
Giant retailers, including Amazon and Ikea, have pledged to go green, but their shipping is still pretty dirty. Now shoppers can now see how much pollution some of the biggest retail companies in the US…
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Climate Art Sets Sail for the Poles

By Clara Chaisson   07/16/21  
There’s a lot to consider when curating an art exhibit that showcases more than 50 artists working across diverse media including drawings, paintings, videos, sculptures, and soundscapes. Now imagine doing it on a ship bound…
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A proposal to make cargo ships pay for pollution is making waves

By Maria Gallucci   07/07/21  
Thousands of cargo ships cross the oceans every single day, carrying everything from cars and clothing to plastic pellets and garden gnomes while their giant engines pump greenhouse gases into the air. The shipping industry…
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Cargo Ships, Climate Change and a Can-Do Approach

By Susan Hayman   07/06/21  
The daunting challenges of the maritime industry as it contends with climate change will arguably be the most important we have ever faced. We are at a serious inflection point, and I am grateful President…
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Panama Canal Tackles Climate-Change Puzzle: Too Little Rainwater or Too Much

By Santiago Perez   06/28/21  
The Panama Canal faces a creeping threat from climate change, including droughts so intense that ships sometimes reduce their cargo so as not to run aground, and giant storms that almost overwhelm its dams and…
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Can Massive Cargo Ships Use Wind to Go Green?

By Aurora Almendral   06/28/21  
In 2011, Gavin Allwright was living in a village outside Fukushima, Japan, with his wife and three children, when a powerful tsunami destroyed the coastline, splintering homes into debris, crashing a 150-foot fishing boat into…
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Michelin Puts Puffy Sails on Cargo Ships

By Maria Gallucci   06/25/21  
The white sailboat outside of Michelin Group’s Swiss office doesn’t have a sail at all. Instead, it has a wing. The puffy, inflatable structure towers over the vessel, resembling an enormous meringue with a spine…
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Can Massive Cargo Ships Use Wind to Go Green?

By Aurora Almendral   06/24/21  
In 2011, Gavin Allwright was living in a village outside Fukushima, Japan, with his wife and three children, when a powerful tsunami destroyed the coastline, splintering homes into debris, crashing a 150-foot fishing boat into…
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Your climate change goals may have a maritime shipping problem

By Esther Whieldon   06/03/21  
The international cargo and container shipping industry plays a central role in global supply chains, but until recently has made few inroads toward decarbonization. That needs to change if the world is going to achieve…
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Calls For Global Shipping To Ditch Fossil Fuels And Meet Climate Goals

By Nishan Degnarain   09/25/20  
At UN Climate Week this week, calls have increased for shipping to urgently ditch fossil fuels to meet the planet’s climate goals. The global shipping industry remains weakly regulated and is significantly off course to…
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World Nations Agree to At Least Halve Shipping Emissions by 2050

04/14/18  
Countries at the International Maritime Organization have taken a crucial step to limit the climate impact of global maritime transport. At a historic session in London of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), 173…
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