Was there a modal shift from sea to land?

Is there a noticeable change in the maritime transport flows in the Baltic Sea following the introduction of SECA regulation? was a question raised in many occasions and by many stakeholders before SECA entered into force 2015. Now we have an answer to that much-discussed question.

According to A STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF FOREIGN TRADE AND FLOWS AND MARITIME TRANSPORT -report, the impact of more stringent sulphur limit introduced in 2015 was much less important than what was previously feared. In addition, there was no clear statistical evidence of modal shift from sea to land transport in the years 2015 – 2017.

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Report on Ships energy efficiency as emissions reduction measure

The report, produced by the Maritime University of Szczecin, presents the past and current status of energy efficiency policy in shipping industry, energy design, operational index methodology and ship’s performance records to evaluate ship’s energy efficiency. The analysis is aimed to support ship owners and operators as a tool to determine energy efficiency, while predicting sailing and ship’s load conditions influence.

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SAVE THE DATE: Towards the Fossil Free Society 2050 – next EnviSum’s study trip in October 2018 (Samsø, Denmark)

The Danish Maritime Development Center is organizing the study trip “Towards the Fossil Free Society 2050“, that will take place at the Isle of Samsø, 2nd – 3rd October 2018.

The study trip will bring EnviSuM and Go LNG projects together with municipality of Samsø to present the steps already taken to address the necessary societal changes needed to produce local LBG (Liquified Bio Gas) and the work undertaken to integrate the municipality’s waste treatment facilities, the island’s industries, the private farmers/local production, the public transport sector, the inhabitants etc. into creating a sustainable value chain – both in terms of the business case for the involved parties and the societal benefits expected from the fossil free community.

Are you interested in joining this study trip?

More information on the event’s page here.

LNG ferry “MF Princess Isabella”. Delivered in 2014, MF Princess Isabella is an important milestone towards becoming a fossil free society. The ferry is foreseen to be the primary taker of the biogas to be produced on the Isle of Samsø in the future. Photo: Maritime Development Center.

Latest HELCOM Report on Alternative Fuels available

The HELCOM report provides an overview of the recent development in use of alternative fuels by the Baltic Sea countries, with the focus on liquefied natural gas (LNG) to highlight existing and ongoing programs and incentives on a country / port level and to indicate long term trends according to available data.

This overview has been prepared as part of the EnviSum project (Environmental Impact of Low Emission Shipping: Measurements and Modelling Strategies). HELCOM’s role is to provide policy linkage to the project, to promote the project outcomes and facilitate involvement of the competent authorities from the Baltic Sea region.

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SAVE THE DATE: EnviSum Workshop on 19th September 2018 (Gdynia, Poland)

The next EnviSum workshop “Impacts from SECA in Baltic Sea ports – The effects of present and future air emissions from ships” will be held in Gdynia (Poland) on 19th September 2018.

The workshop aims to discuss:

  • What are the air emissions from ships calling Baltic Sea ports?
  • How are ship-emissions measured, modeled and calculated?
  • What are the present and future effects of air emissions in the Baltic Sea?
  • How has SECA affected the Tri-City (Gdaosk, Gdynia and Sopot) ?

EnviSum project invites producers and vendors of maritime equipment and services, ship-owners, authorities, researchers and maritime organisations who are interested in emissions from ships to participate on the workshop’s discussions. Participation is free of charge!

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Capacity building on scrubbers technology in the Baltic Sea: new report

Last year, EnviSum project promoted a study trip onboard of the Ro-Ro Cargo ship Primula Seaways, offering a theoretical and practical experience on how scrubbers work.

The study trip, held in 9th of May 2017 in Gothenburg (Sweden), increased knowledge about scrubber technology among the 35 participants and also provided an unique opportunity to connect professionals and experts that are interested in or work within scrubbers accross the Baltic Sea.

Read more of the results  from the new report.

Scrubber reduce effectively sulphur from ship’s exhaust gas

Measurements of the scrubber efficiency were done onboard a RoPax ship. Measurements showed that scrubber reduce effectively the SO2 concentration from the exhaust gas and also concentration of NOx was reduced. CO and hydrocarbon concentrations were reduced by diesel oxidant catalyst located before scrubber.

Measurements were made in co-operation between Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. (VTT).

Read more of the results  from the new report.