This is the result of negotiations among the world’s shipping nations in IMO, the International Maritime Organisation under the UN. Against expectations, Russia didn’t succeed in postponing the introduction of control areas until 2021, and the Danish Minister for Environment, Kirsten Brosbøl, is very satisfied that Danish efforts to secure a timely implementation of the new environmental zones now pay off; she says in a press release:
-“We see one big European city after the other struggling with increased air pollution. We sometimes forget that ship traffic is a major cause. Therefore the decision in the UN’s shipping organisation is more important than ever.”
With the new agreement, control areas can be established on a regional basis and the applicant countries for a new NOx area can decide that ships constructed up to 16 months prior to the date when a new NOx area enters into force will be required to have the new technology to sail in the area.
Green Maritime Solutions Developed in Denmark
Denmark is a major supplier of green maritime technology and services to ship owners and shipyards all over the world. Danish companies are on “the preferred makers’ lists” as a result of the quality, flexibility, innovation and high-end service they offer.
The technologies are developed in close cooperation between shipping companies, equipment manufacturers, shipyards and knowledge institutions. This collaborative approach ensures continuous innovation and the development of competitive, easy-to-integrate solutions that work in practice.
The Danish maritime industry offers a wide range of green maritime solutions, both for the building of new ships as well as for retrofitting of existing vessels. These include solutions for treating ballast water, reducing air emissions, improving energy efficiency and many more.
Facts on the Danish Maritime Industry
• Maritime transport is the most energy-efficient mode of transport
• The Danish maritime industry is a market leader in several areas, including engine and propeller design, marine coating, pumping systems and navigational and safety equipment
• Danish-designed ship engines are the most widely used globally
• The Danish maritime industry has contributed to projects that have led to more than 20% reduction in fuel consumption, 90% decrease in SOx and 80% decrease in NOx emissions
• Since 2008 Danish carriers have reduced their CO2 emissions by 25%