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Dry ice formed by cooling exhaust gasses to -120°C is formed into Carbon Descent Vehicles that sink to depths of about 500 meters, where they penetrate the seabed, storing CO2 safely as liquid CO2 and CO2 hydrate. Image: MDC

The Path to Zero: Creating a Pathway to Carbon-Negative Shipping

Greenhouse gas emissions capture and storage may be a more practical alternative to emissions reduction for meeting the IMO’s 2050 CO2 target. Tom Mulligan reports.Shipping emits close to 1 billion tons of CO2 each year and the shipping industry needs carbon-free solutions to achieve the IMO’s 2050 target of a 50 percent reduction, compared to the 2008 level, in these massive emissions. However, according to Denmark’s Maritime Development Center, while better technical and operational solutions must continue to be pursued, they will only bring the industry part of the way: “Low-

Equinor's Oseberg field center (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland, Equinor)

Norway Plans North Sea Power Grid

Norwegian energy firm BKK announced plans to build an offshore power grid in the North Sea, in a more than $2 billion project to help the country's oil and gas industry cut greenhouse gas emissions.It will undertake the project with infrastructure company CapeOmega, which owns stakes in Norwegian gas pipelines and processing facilities.The project will supply electricity from onshore hydropower plants via a direct current (DC) cable and BKK said it would help to reduce the Norwegian oil and gas industry's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by at least 1.4 million tonnes a year, from 14 million

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France Plans 1 GW Offshore Wind Farm

offshore wind power at a competitive price, the ministry said in statement.France is racing to boost the share of renewable generation capacity in its energy mix and reduce its dependence on nuclear energy. It plans to shut down old nuclear plants and will phase out coal-fired generation to curb greenhouse gas emissions."The development of renewable energies, especially at sea, is a major component of the diversification of our electricity mix," Ecology Minister Elisabeth Borne, who is also in charge of the energy portfolio, said in the statement.The ministry said it plans to boost the share of

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UK Support Low-Carbon Maritime Technology

projects, boosting the wealth of maritime knowledge that exists in the UK to build an industry fit for the future," said a government release.Nusrat Ghani said: "The UK continues to lead the way on the global stage, playing a key role in reaching an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least 50% in 2050. This latest investment will help ensure our great maritime nation remains sustainable years into the future."The government is also announcing a push to bring financiers and budding entrepreneurs together to help innovation flourish in the sector

Wärtsilä’s Advanced Waste technology will enable the Regal Princess to dispose of waste safely, efficiently, and with environmental sustainability. Copyright: Princess Cruises

Wärtsilä Waste Treatment for Princess Cruises

The Finnish technology major Wartsila will supply and install an Auto Gasification solution for the Regal Princess, enabling the safe disposal of waste from the ship through a self-fueling thermal decomposition unit, thereby significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.The gasification unit on Princess Cruises’ vessel will reduce the ship’s waste to less than 5% of it is original volume, turning it into a sterilize inert material called Bio Char and a synthetic gas that will be recycled within the unit as fuel, said a press release.It will also lessen the requirement to offload waste at

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Offshore Wind Cable Market to Reach $3B

transport of fresh produced electricity from offshore wind farms to the coast. In addition, offshore wind cables provide stronger inclusion of renewable energy sources," said the report.Growing energy consumption across emerging economies and important public attempts to decrease damaging greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) will have a positive impact on the offshore wind cable industry's share. Low storage, restricted soil use and restricted human intervention will also improve item acceptance.Furthermore, increasing technological progress to decrease the price of components is expected to improve

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New York Awards Offshore Wind Contracts

New York on Thursday awarded two major offshore wind contracts to Norway's Equinor and a joint venture between Denmark's Orsted and U.S. utility Eversource, procuring more of the renewable power than it had planned as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's ambitious plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions.Cuomo made the announcement at a New York City news conference just before signing into law a landmark climate bill to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. The law mandates reducing emissions by 85% from 1990 levels by 2050, and offsetting the remaining 15%, making

DOF vessels Skandi Vega and Skandi Iceman involved in offshore operations (Photo courtesy of Equinor, by Espen Roennevik, Roar Lindefjeld)

Partners Set Out to Cut Offshore Emissions

Norwegian partners Kongsberg Maritime, DOF, SINTEF Ocean and NORCE have set out to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for complex offshore operations, while streamlining fleet-wide maintenance.Enabled through sponsorship and support from Innovation Norway, the partnership will develop a sophisticated new Decision Support System (DSS) for offshore vessel operations. This new predictive, intelligent, and dynamic guidance tool will act as the foundation for DOF to simplify operational complexity with objective measurement, ultimately enabling optimal utilization and more sustainable

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Regulator: Expand Pipeline, Protect Killer Whales

killer whales and the environment.The pipeline is in the national interest as it will create jobs and give Canadian oil access to more markets, the NEB said in a report. But expanding it is likely to significantly harm the killer whale population off the coast of British Columbia and increase greenhouse gas emissions from ships, the board said in its report.It made 16 new recommendations, ranging from offsetting increased underwater noise to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships. The recommendations are outside of the NEB's authority to impose, and constitute advice to the government, it noted

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The Oceans Are Warming Faster than Expected

by the latest U.N. assessment of climate change in 2013, they said.And "observational records of ocean heat content show that ocean warming is accelerating," the authors in China and the United States wrote in the journal Science of ocean waters down to 2,000 meters (6,600 ft).Man-made greenhouse gas emissions are warming the atmosphere, according to the overwhelming majority of climate scientists, and a large part of the heat gets absorbed by the oceans. That in turn is forcing fish to flee to cooler waters."Global warming is here, and has major consequences already. There is no doubt, none

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