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Port of Rotterdam Authority is pleased with significant tightening of IMO ambitions

The Port of Rotterdam Authority welcomes the ambition of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to be climate-neutral by 2050. The Port of Rotterdam Authority views the new agreements set out by the 175 IMO Member States as an important foundation for climate-proofing the shipping sector. Source: Port of Rotterdam The Port of Rotterdam Authority is hereby responding to the amendment of the ‘Greenhouse Gas (GHG) strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships’, which the IMO announced on Friday 7 July. This concerns a tightening of the originally agreed strategy from 2018. “Considering the diverse viewpoints of flag states in the IMO, the result obtained is quite an achievement. It is important that everyone now has the same perspective on an international scale. We also applaud the ambition agreed specifically regarding an increase in the use of sustainable energy in shipping,” says Eric van der Schans, Director of Environmental Management at the Port of Rotterdam Authority. Energy transition The Port of Rotterdam Authority is actively supporting and accelerating the energy transition in maritime shipping in many ways. For example, the Port of Rotterdam Authority has been promoting the use of alternative shipping fuel as a replacement for fuel oil for

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Maritime shipping bunkers more fuel in Rotterdam in 2022

Last year, maritime shipping bunkered significantly more fuel in Rotterdam; 10.8 million compared to 10.2 million up to 2021. With that, demand for fuel oil, gas oil, methanol and LNG was 6.3 percent higher than in 2021. Source: Port of Rotterdam Notable was the increase in demand for biofuel-blended bunkers. Demand rose from 301,000 tonnes to 790,000 tonnes. For the first time, some sea-going vessels bunkered methanol, but from the summer of 2023, sea-going vessels will arrive on a regular basis to bunker this fuel.  Two years after the introduction of the bunker licence for bunker fuel suppliers in Rotterdam, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority announced late last year that it will make bunker measuring systems mandatory. With the measure, the port authorities aim to make the ARA bunker market more transparent, efficient and reliable. The good results of 2022 confirm Rotterdam’s position as Europe’s leading bunker port.

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