Ancona, Italy (PortSEurope) December 2, 2018 – Fuel sulphur emissions from ships entering reduced by 1.5% to just 0.1% since the port authority signed the “Blue Agreement” with shipping companies using the port.
Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico (AdSP – Central Adriatic Sea Port Authority) has signed the agreement with various shppers and expects to add Grimaldi, Anek and Snav soon.
The issue concerns the type of fuel burned in the main and auxiliary engines of the ships in the last mile of navigation, at the time of entering port and docking. Outside ships will sail with a very high sulfur fuel, between 2.5 and 3%.
AdSP President Rodolfo Giampieri said that cleaner air benefits the port and the city.
Some companies, such as Croatian Jadrolinjia, have already been in good standing for years with 0.1% sulphur, others will adapt. “The next ship arriving in Ancona, in days, will already use the ‘lighter’ fuel”, said Alberto Rossi , president of Adria Ferries, “there will be higher costs, but we care about the environment, given that the company is Italian and Ancona “.
Superfast will be activated immediately: “The company has been working in Ancona since 1995 and already uses a 1% fuel, until today it has never been pulled back and it will do so now”, said the agent in Ancona, Andrea Morandi.
Source: Il Resto del Carlino
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