MEPC 75 approves draft regs on decarbonizing existing ships; Australia: No more COVID-19 extensions of seafarers’ onboard service

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MEPC 75 approves draft regs on decarbonizing existing ships

Key IMO committee endorses draft regulations developed by remote meeting of a working group and immediately criticized as inadequate by environmental organizations. Full Article

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Australia: No more COVID-19 extensions of seafarers’ onboard service

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority says that from February 28, 2021, the interim COVID-19 arrangements that have permitted seafarers to serve longer than 11 months on-board ships will end. Full Article

Pandemic pushes up costs of crew changes

Ship operators are being warned to expect higher crewing costs next year as pandemic measures and challenges in carrying out crew changes push prices higher. Danica Crewing’s Henrik Jensen has analyzed recent crew costs and says each crew member change is costing an extra $2,000—doubling the price since last year. Full Article

Scorpio Bulkers agrees to sales of five more ships

Continuing to eye the offshore wind installation market, Emanuele A. Lauro led Scorpio Bulkers Inc. this week reported it had entered into greements to sell four ships built in 2017 and one built in 2016, for approximately $101.5 million in aggregate. Full Article

Petredec LPG carrier newbuilds to be powered by LGIP dual fuel engines

Use of LPG as a marine fuel continues to gain ground. Singapore-based Petredec Holdings has signed a contract for the construction of three 93,000-cubic-meter LPG carriers at Jiangnan Shipyard  that includes options for three further ships. Each vessel will be powered by individual MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP dual-fuel engines, capable of running on LPG. Full Article

Hybrid Lake Geneva ferries to have EU Stage V Wärtsilä 14 engines

Wärtsilä is to supply the engines and related emissions control after-treatment systems for two new passenger ferries being built for operation between Switzerland and France across Lake Geneva. The 60 meter long, 700 passenger capacity vessels will feature advanced hybrid power and propulsion systems, with two 920 kW diesel engines, two 225 kW electric motors and a 599 kWh Leclanché battery pack. Full Article