Full Steam Ahead To Improved Maritime Air Quality
Sep 02 2020 Read 713 Times
Author: Stephen B. Harrison on behalf of sbh4 GmbH
Free to read
Articles are free to download. Unlock the article to be shown more content, graphs and images.
For several years, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has stipulated low levels of sulphur emissions close to densely populated coastal areas, such as the Baltic sea and the English Channel. As from the 1st of January 2020, lower sulphur emission levels in the IMO regulations became effective worldwide and the measures to monitor and reduce NOx emissions were also tightened. This will bring marine air pollution control more closely in line with smoke-stack industries such as power plants and refineries where continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) have been used
for decades to measure and mitigate NOx and SO2 emissions.
Death in Venice
In 1929 the Nobel prize for literature was awarded to Thomas Mann. One of his short stories, ‘Death in Venice’ describes the slow but deadly spread of an infectious illness in Venice and the difficulties that policy makers had communicating responsibly without creating panic, whilst considering reasonable restrictions on the movement of people to contain the spread of disease. We might be tempted to draw a parallel to the recent Coronavirus outbreak which has turned millions of lives upside down and has been a major disruption to the luxury cruise industry. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic cruise liners in Venice had a different connotation – they were major air quality pollution sources with their massive diesel engines and huge smokestacks. Imagine if a cement factory set up in your back garden. That might have been how Venice inhabitants reacted when a smoky cruise liner steamed up the grand canal in heart of this historic city.
Since 2015 the Baltic sea, where cities such as Stockholm are also busy ferry ports, and the North Sea, which includes the busy shipping lane of the English Channel and some of Continental Europe’s busiest ports in Antwerp, Rotterdam and Hamburg has been a so called ‘Emissions Control Area’. This has meant that the sulphur level in marine fuels has been capped at 0.1% to limit the amount of local SO2 emissions. With the advent of the wider geographic scope of the IMO 2020 marine emissions regulations, many other maritime cities such as Venice will also benefit from air quality improvements.
Free to read
Articles are free to download. Please login to read this article or create an account.
Do you like or dislike what you have read? Why not post a comment to tell others / the manufacturer and our Editor what you think. To leave comments please complete the form below. Providing the content is approved, your comment will be on screen in less than 24 hours. Leaving comments on product information and articles can assist with future editorial and article content. Post questions, thoughts or simply whether you like the content.
In This Edition Business News - Dust travelled thousands of miles to enrich Hawaiian soils - Protecting Saskatchewan lakes from contamination - Network of organisations committed to workpla...
View all digital editions
Feb 08 2021 Virtual & live stream
Feb 23 2021 Minsk, Belarus
Mar 03 2021 Guanghzou, China
Mar 08 2021 Virtual Event
Mar 10 2021 Kigali, Rwanda