The vast majority of ships in the German fleet will run on the new low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) from January 1, a new survey found.This is one of the findings of the survey conducted by the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) among its member companies.As explained, although the data obtained through the survey does not represent the German shipping industry as a whole, it includes shipping companies from every sector of the country’s shipping industry.The survey was conducted against the backdrop of one of the biggest changes occurring in the shipping sector – the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 sulphur cap. There are essentially three options available to shipping companies during the changeover.According to the survey, 81 percent of the companies surveyed will be using LSFO with a sulphur content of 0.5 percent in the future.On the other hand, 11 percent will continue to use heavy fuel oil (HFO). This is permitted under the IMO rules, provided that scrubbers are installed on vessels.Additionally, 6 percent of respondents indicated that they will be using other fuels, such as those prescribed already since 2015 for Emission Control Areas in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea – fuels with an even lower sulphur content of 0.1 percent.What is more, 2 percent of ships in the German fleet will be powered by LNG after 2020, according to the survey.“Germany’s maritime industry has carefully prepared for this enormous change. It ushers in a new era in maritime shipping, signalling the end of heavy fuel oil. We support this change and are implementing it – and in doing so, we are making an impressive contribution to long-term environmental protection,” Ralf Nagel, CEO of the VDR, commented.Specifically, the greatest challenge looming as part of the changeover according to the companies surveyed will be technical problems encountered during operations in the future, as well as the cost of the new fuel, and the issue of cost compensation by third parties, in particular customers. German shipping companies are also concerned about the question of availability.“There are many who fear that the new fuels could cause technical problems during operation – problems that could also have financial consequences,” Nagel added. “We, therefore, call on all stakeholders to be as committed and flexible as possible in preparing for the changeover, to ensure that it will become a success story.”According to the survey, the one-off investment expenditure for companies in the lead-up to the changeover averaged EUR 7.5 million (USD 8.3 million) per shipping company.“Considering that more than two thirds of the shipping companies in Germany are medium-sized and operate fewer than ten ships, we realise just how great the financial effort was that the individual companies had to make in preparing for the changeover,” he explained.Moreover, the additional annual costs now facing companies would make IMO2020 probably the most elaborate regulatory measure ever implemented by the shipping industry.“Companies are particularly concerned about the fact that they will have to bear considerable additional costs in their ongoing operations in the future, and that possible compensation for these added costs by third parties, in particular customers, may not work as envisaged.”“Of enormous importance for us is the fact that this is a worldwide regulation … This demonstrates that the IMO is a body that is capable of taking effective action to regulate shipping worldwide. The IMO should therefore play the key role when it comes to climate protection as well. In contrast, separate regional solutions, for example in the EU, should be avoided. Their effect would be to distort competition, and ultimately they would not have a sustainable impact on the climate,” VDR CEO further said.With regard to the new sulphur regulation, the VDR called for effective controls by the respective port states.“We will be relying on worldwide controls to monitor the implementation of the new regulation, so that no one can gain a prohibited competitive advantage. At the same time, however, we are confident that the flag states and also the customers of the shipping companies have a great interest in ensuring that the new rules are actually complied with,” Nagel concluded.
“He showed his quality in the World Cup for Chile and it’s a great loan signing for us. “He’s a versatile player, he’s full of energy. I’m confident he’ll be a really big asset for us this season” Isla, who has made 51 appearances for his country, added: “I am very happy to be here – this is the start of an exciting new adventure for me. “Everybody knows that the Premier League is the greatest league in the world and the QPR proposal is very interesting and one I am very excited about. “I hope this coming season is going to be great for both the club and myself. I will give 100 per cent in every game to help QPR in the Premier League.” Earlier on Tuesday, the 47-cap Chile defender completed his medical at Loftus Road and tweeted news of his move – before later removing the post. Redknapp’s fourth summer signing follows just a day after QPR paid a fee believed to reach £6million to prise Jordon Mutch away from Cardiff. The 26-year-old Chilean has received a work permit/governing body endorsement from the Football Association and is currently back in Italy to obtain his working visa. Rangers boss Harry Redknapp told www.qpr.co.uk: “He’s a top player and we’re delighted to have him here. Press Association Juventus defender Mauricio Isla has joined QPR on a season-long loan deal.
The ruthless nature of German champions, Bayern Munich, has never been in question.The Bavarian giants, who have already registered emphatic wins against Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea this season, added to Barcelona to their chopping board, annihilating the Catalan giants 8-2 in their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal encounter on Friday.Bayern captain, Manuel Neuer, praised his side’s attacking efficiency in the game, and says they didn’t want to stop pressurising the Barcelona defense.”I think one could see we never ceased. We continued to push towards goal,” he said after the game.“Obviously Barca is strong in attack, and goals can happen, but we kept pushing and didn’t want to let go.”We played towards goal and we were successful in the end,” he added.🗣️ Joshua #Kimmich: “You have to consider that we just beat Barcelona 8-2. It’s hard to comprehend.”Reaction to #FCBFCB 🎥#UCL #FCBayern #MissionLis6on pic.twitter.com/BEXV2f5I6v— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 14, 2020Bayern will face the winner of the game between Manchester City and Lyon in the semifinals.
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