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Friday, October 30, 2009

European Union targets worldwide emissions limits on ships, airlines

World shipping companies and airlines should be enforced to cut their greenhouse-gas emissions by between 10 and 20 percent by 2020, European Union environment ministers agreed last week.

United Nations talks in Copenhagen in December should demand that airlines cut emissions to 10 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and that shipping companies cut by 20 percent, ministers decided at a meeting in Luxembourg, according to EU diplomats.

The cuts should be put into action "globally in a manner that ensures a level playing-field", according to a draft agreement organized for the ministers' meeting by the Swedish government, current holder of the EU's rotating presidency.

Ahead of the talks, diplomats said that the question of airline and shipping cuts was one of the most disruptive on the table. Some member states argued that the EU should not commit itself to any emissions limits before other major economies have the same opinion.

The Swedish compromise stressed out that the targets of 10 and 20 percent should only be read as covering "negotiating purposes" in Copenhagen, not as an EU assurance to bring in such limits unilaterally.



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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Transport Your Vehicles Through Abonded frozen Ship


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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Nautilus criticize UK low carbon deal

NAUTILUS International has criticized the UK government for low carbon transport policy, published last week, for a suspected “undue emphasis” on reducing the release of greenhouse gases by ships, and failure to recognize the potential contribution they can solve the problem.
By difference, the Chamber of Shipping has welcomed the file, which forms part of the Low Carbon Transition Plan, through which the UK hopes to cut overall CO2 emissions by 34% by 2020 and at least 80% by 2050.

Transport in all modes currently occupy for 21% of all UK domestic carbon emissions, and the strategy sets out the policies and proposals for reducing all mode of transport sector emissions by 85m tones by 2022.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

World's largest by-volume cargo port company in China

The world's largest cargo port company "Hebei Port Group" was established on Wednesday in north china's hebei province in terms of throughput.

This group is combination of Caofeidian, Huangye and Qinhuangdao ports in Hebai. The Vice Minister of Transport of china Xu Zuyuan said that the throughput of these ports reached 281 million tons in 2008, which is the largest volume in the world.

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The Hebei Port Groups has 17,000 employees with $2.6 billion worth of assets and coordinated by the provincial government. The main objective this group is to optimize the teamwork between the ports and to improve the competitiveness of the water transport industry in Hebei.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

EPA wants to minimize ship pollution on Great Lakes

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on 1st July 2009 proposed new policy on smokestack pollution from ships, challenging lower-sulfur fuel and more proficient engines from the maritime industry.

The regulations, which could go into action in 2012, expected to reduce sulfur in marine fuel by 96% and cut particulate emissions from smokestacks by 85% and smog-causing nitrogen oxide by 80%.A Cargo ship in Great LakeThe water transportation is usually considered to have less environmental impact than land transportation since less fuel is required to carry the same freight by water than on ground, larger passenger and freight ships are considered as a major resource of global air pollution. That's because they burn dirtier, high-sulfur fuel. Trucks & other road-way transport vehicles would be burning a much cleaner diesel fuel.

The regulation would stop the sales and production of the marine fuel oil above 1,000 parts/million sulfur for use on all U.S. water transport. This would reduce sulfur content for about 1.5% of fuel now to about 0.1%, which could go into effect in 2012.

While the primary objective of this new regulation is oceangoing freighters, the plan also affects Great Lakes traffic.

Most big freighters now burn No. 6 oil, also called bunker fuel, which is heavier and dirtier than diesel fuel.

This new engine plan would apply only to the U.S. ships. But Obama's administration and environmental groups expected to extend this rule to all foreign ships as well. They want the International Maritime Organization to support a 200-mile clean-air zone around the Canada and U.S., applying to all ships.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009


The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in May before seasonal adjustment, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Over the last 12 months the index has fallen 1.3 percent. This is the largest decline since April 1950 and is due mainly to a 27.3 percent decline in the energy index.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI-U increased 0.1 percent in May after being unchanged in April. The index for energy, which had declined the previous two months, rose 0.2 percent in May as an increase in the gasoline index more than offset declines in other energy indexes. The food index decreased for the fourth consecutive month, falling 0.2 percent as the indexes for all major grocery store food groups declined.

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.1 percent in May following a 0.3 percent increase in April. The smaller increase was partly due to the tobacco and smoking products index, which turned down in May after rising sharply in March and April. In May, the indexes for shelter, new and used motor vehicles, and medical care posted increases, while the public transportation index fell 1.0 percent and the indexes for apparel and tobacco declined slightly. The index for all items less food and energy has increased 1.8 percent over the last 12 months.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The State Ship USS Nautilus (SSN-571)

Built by Connecticut craftsmen and women, USS Nautilus was the world's first nuclear powered submarine and logged more than 500,000 nautical miles during her distinguished 25 year career.

The USS Nautilus, named Connecticut's State Ship by the 1983 General Assembly, has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is permanently berthed next to the Submarine Force Library and Museum at Goss Cove in Groton.



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