Maritime Directory
Search form
Please press the sidebar icon to access additional navigation options. close

Environmental Policy and Commitment

Although the maritime sector is necessary, harming the environment is not. This is why the industry is dedicated to reducing Green House Gas emissions to better ensure the safety and health of our planet and the life on it.

Policy Inspiring Action

Interestingly, shipping is the least environmentally damaging form of commercial transport and, compared with land based industry, is a comparatively minor contributor to marine pollution from human activities. However, there has been a substantial reduction in marine pollution over the last 15 years, especially with regard to the amount of oil spilled into the sea, despite a massive increase in world seaborne trade. For more information visit: Environmental Performance- ICS

This progress is ensured mostly through environmental policy. Beginning in January of 2020, the limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships operating outside designated emission control areas will be reduced to 0.50% m/m (mass by mass). This will significantly reduce the amount of sulphur oxides emanating from ships and should have major health and environmental benefits for the world, particularly for populations living close to ports and coasts. IMO 2020

Why decrease Sulphur?

Sulphur oxides (SOx) are known to be harmful to human health, causing respiratory symptoms and lung disease. In the atmosphere, SOx can lead to acid rain, which can harm crops, forests and aquatic species, and contributes to the acidification of the oceans.


In addition to the IMO's focus on Sulphur, there is an overall focus on reducing GHG emissions by 50% by 2050. IMO GHG Strategy

Aside from the IMO, companies are doing their own work to strive for a better environmental future!

  • The Poseidon Principles provide a framework for integrating climate considerations into lending decisions to promote international shipping’s decarbonization. Poseidon Principles

  • The Getting to Zero Coalition is a powerful alliance of 70 companies within the maritime, energy, infrastructure and finance sectors, supported by key governments and IGOs. The Coalition is committed to getting commercially viable deep sea zero emission vessels powered by zero emission fuels into operation by 2030. Global Maritime Forum

  • Swedish company Le Cord has created a new collection of Apple-certified charging cables for iPhones using recycled plastics from ghost fishing nets. Le Cord

  • ExxonMobil has introduced EMF.5™, its range of Engineered Marine Fuels developed ahead of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) global 0.50 percent sulphur cap. All the fuels in the range are specifically engineered to help vessel operators comply with the 2020 regulations without compromising on quality.Exxon IMO 2020 Fuel

  • France-based Neoline has selected a shipyard to construct to construct its first two sail-powered roll-on/roll-off cargo ships to operate between France and United States as soon as 2021. Modern Sail-Powered Cargo Ship-gCaptain, IWSA

  • France’s Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) Group is the latest shipowner to invest in wind power. The positive results garnered from the testing of the Airseas kite system, created by an Airbus spinoff, has led to the decision to have one permanently fitted on board the Ville de Bordeaux roro from next year. Louis Dreyfus signs up for Kite System- Splash, IWSA

  • Cruise operator Hurtigruten operates the world’s first cruise ship propelled partially by battery power. First hybrid Cruise Ship- gCaptain

  • New York has signed the biggest-ever deal for offshore wind power in U.S. history, a key part of the state’s plan to get all of its power from emissions-free sources by 2040. States and Offshore Wind-gCaptain

  • ENERKEM Based in Montreal, Canada is a cleantech company that produces clean transportation fuels and renewable chemicals from municipal solid waste (MSW). To learn more about renewable methanol as a marine fuel and even carbon capturing occurring right now visit: Methanol Institute

  • Norwegian ship technology group Havyard has a goal to develop a hydrogen power system that is powerful enough to install on board the 122-meter newbuild Havila Kystruten, which is scheduled for delivery in 2021. Visit: gCaptain-Havyard Article

  • A.P.Moller- Maersk is testing a containerized battery on board one of its containerships as the world’s largest container shipping company continues to develop low carbon solutions in order to meet its environmental goals. While battery power alone is still years away from becoming a technically- and economically viable power source for ocean-going ships, Maersk says batteries can now be used to improve the efficiency of a vessel’s onboard electrical systems, such as auxiliary generators. To learn more visit: gCaptain Maersk Battery Article

  • MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l’Atlantique have unveiled a potentially groundbreaking project to develop an LNG-operated fuel cell on board a cruise ship that could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from LNG-powered ships even further. Visit: gCaptain Arictle- LNG Fuel cell

  • Finnish technology company Norsepower has confirmed fuel savings of more than 8 percent from a trial of its Rotor Sails onboard the Maersk Tankers product tanker, Maersk Pelican. To learn more visit: gCaptain-Norsepower Article

For further learning check out this video by Wendover Productions that towards the end sheds light on the butterfly effect of environmental neglect affecting our industry in every facet including our canals.