Livorno, Italy (PortSEurope) January 15, 2020 – The main shipping companies operating at Livorno port, including CIN, Forship, Grimaldi, Moby and Toremar, will next week sign the Livorno Blu Agreement. The Livorno Blue Agreement aims to support medium-long term strategies to reduce the polluting effects emitted into the atmosphere by ships in transit and docked in the port, as well as supporting clean technologies. The
agreement is the result of a collaboration between the municipal administration and Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Settentrionale (AdSP – North Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority), which favoured an ongoing, permanent and profitable discussion with the shipowners on environmental issues. With the beginning of 2020, the MARPOL regulation entered into force worldwide. The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) is the main international convention covering prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships from operational or accidental causes. From 1 January 2020 the global upper limit on the sulphur content of ships’ fuel oil will be reduced to 0.50% (from 3.50%). Known as “IMO 2020”, the reduced limit is mandatory for all ships operating outside certain designated Emission Control Areas, where the limit is already 0.10%. The new limit will mean a 77% drop in overall SOx emissions from ships, equivalent to an annual reduction of approximately 8.5 million metric tonnes of SOx. Particulate matter – tiny harmful particles which form when fuel is burnt – will also be reduced. In addition to the provisions of the sector regulations on the reduction of sulfur content in fuels and control of CO2 emissions, with this specific act, the shipping companies that use the port of Livorno have agreed to implement additional actions which optimize the use of the main and auxiliary engines of the ships, through compliance with good management, verification and maintenance practices of the plants, in order to encourage a further reduction of exhaust gas emissions, to the benefit of the port environment and citizen. The next steps of the environment drive will be aimed at monitoring and supporting, together with the port community, the solutions adopted by the shipping companies, to respond to the international legislation in force. The agreement will be signed by the municipal administration of Livorno, represented by the councilor for the port and the city-port integration Barbara Bonciani and the councilor for the environment Giovanna Cepparello, by the AdSP, in the person of Admiral Giuseppe Tarzia and the main shipping companies affected by ro / ro traffic and passengers in the port of Livorno. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.