|Posted by Mark Drewelow | 03/22/2007 @ 15:30 | Reply|
Does anyone have exposure to or knowledge of these EPA and MARPOL regulations and the Superyacht Fleet? Follow this link for lots of info about this topic : http://www.epa.gov/... Does anyone have experience utilizing catalyst to meet the regulations?
|Posted by Yachtluver | 03/05/2007 @ 10:30 | Reply|
The BioDiesel Yacht "Earth Race" is in Barbados. She arrived about 4-5 days ago and was tied up at the inner careenage Bridgetown. However, she moved and went down to Port St. Charles yesterday. She is starting the circumnavigation of the Globe here in Barbados.
|Posted by Yachtspotter | 11/29/2006 @ 12:00 | Reply|
I was sorting my pictures taken this summer, and I find again this photograph of a San Lorenzo leaving Monaco...
|Posted by Johan | 10/16/2006 @ 14:00 | Reply|
It is not really contradictory to my posting. The affiliation with the Carbon Neutral company is another good example which deserves recognition! Not only do they educate, but part of their service is to channel funding to the planting of trees for absorption of carbon dioxide or to fund other carbon dioxide reducing projects. C&N offers charter clients to pay an extra fee that will offset the carbon dioxide emissions of the cruise making it "carbon neutral". It does
not solve the other issues like soot, tropical hardwoods or TBT, but it is a step in the right direction and should be recognized as such.
|Posted by David | 10/16/2006 @ 09:00 | Reply|
This past year or so, Camper & Nicholsons have adopted "Carbon Neutral" an environmental company trying to educate people on CO2 emissions. The Monaco Yacht Show adopted the logo this year too. A little contradictory considering the previous post...
|Posted by Johan | 10/15/2006 @ 18:00 | Reply|
All of you, thanks for the interesting (and important) discussion! Erbe, as long as someone is buying low grade fuel oil there will be rotten suppliers. The excessive smoke from Giant could be a
combination of bad fuel and bad engines, not a perfect combination to say the least. While my remark about Greenpeace was meant with a twist of humour, I wouldn't mind seeing them buzzing around a polluting superyacht with RIBs and banderolls if it would put some pressure on owners in general to take the environment into consideration.
Should I add more problems to the list of problems besides air exhausts, TBT and bilgewater, it would be the use of tropical hardwoods aboard. I never cease to be amazed that so many new yacht interiors are built using lots of tropical hardwood such as teak (also for decking), mahogany, ebony and macassar. Not only is it questionable from an environmental point of view, but illegal logging is driving away natives from the forests and is fueling corruption. It cannot be in the interest of the superyacht industry to feed social disruption and corruption, any industry who could even be suspected of that would be heading for closure, yet newly launched yachts are heralded for their exclusive hardwood interiors and extensive teak decking. While I am not surprised that a few owners want it, I am surprised that yards, designers and magazines writing about yachts are playing along. After all, no one can be really ignorant about these issues, it just seems to be a wide spread negligence.
Of course, there are moves in the right direction which deserve to be recognized. One example is Ice, where the original owner specified low emissions as a priority. The late Claus Kusch specified decking made
of Siberian larch tree for White Rose of Drachs and Le Grand Bleu was built with Lloyd's "Environmental Protection" classification. It is also important to show the good examples...
|Posted by Erbe | 10/14/2006 @ 12:00 | Reply|
Johan wrote "which are probably running on low grade fuel oil rather than diesel". Who is it to blame? Who should Greenpeace be send to? The receiving vessel or some rotten fuel supplier? Anyway to me it look like engine problem more than bad fuel.
Andy Lindy, MARPOL Annex VI is for fuel oils, sulphur content not to exceed 1.5%. Yachts are burning Marine Gas Oil with maximum sulphur (european waters) 0.20% (0.10% in 2008) it can go as high 0.50% or even 0.70% in some other parts of the world. Nevertheless yachts above 500 GT must comply with the MARPOL Annex VI (a waste a valuable time for yacht engineers).
|Posted by Yachtspotter | 10/13/2006 @ 19:20 | Reply|
Not only exhausts, bilge waters are also a problem. In connection, Overmarine announces that they will fit filters as standard : http://www.ibinews.com/...
|Posted by Marian | 10/13/2006 @ 19:00 | Reply|
They may have cleaner engines now, but I wonder how many still use TBT antifouling? I must enquire!
|Posted by NOK | 10/13/2006 @ 13:45 | Reply|
|In case of Giant, the smoke came when her engines were turned off, she had just arrived from Cannes.
There was a very loud banging sound, and then came the smoke.|
I took a picture of Perfect Persuasion just an hour ago, she was having a smokey departure from Antibes...
|Posted by Andy Lindy | 10/13/2006 @ 13:10 | Reply|
Johan, your remark is a good one. Yachts should not pollute neither air nor water.
Giant I still has the original twin 8cyl 3,400hp Dutch-built Smit en Bolnes diesels from the early 70's. They were not replaced at the conversion. Looks as though Giant is not more environmental friendly than what is
required by the IMO MARPOL convention where the minimum standard is set for ships of all the convention countries.
Annex VI (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) applies already to diesel engines (machinery exhaust emissions). In the future we will see demands for catalytic exhaust purification generalized. But this is a very important step and will probably only apply to new ships and refits/conversions.
Of course most new built megayachts already have catalytic purification or gas scrubbers to reduce emissions from their engines. Noblesse oblige!
Additional reading : http://www.imo.org/Conventions/...
|Posted by Johan | 10/13/2006 @ 12:00 | Reply|
As for Giant, she has old ship-style engines which are probably running on low grade fuel oil rather than diesel. In addition to that, most engines produce smoke when they are started up. Of course, that is no excuse, an owner who is spending millions on a new (or
converted) yacht ought to afford better engines and better fuel. Send out Greenpeace to Giant please!
|Posted by gushl | 10/13/2006 @ 11:00 | Reply|
Here we can see Zurga, in Port Americas Cup (Valencia) this June, having a smokey moment!
|Posted by NOK | 10/12/2006 @ 20:00 | Reply|
If Ice (ex Air) is the worlds most environmentally friendly megayacht,
Giant could well be the world's least environmentally friendly... This picture was taken a few days ago when she anchored off Antibes. I wonder if this is normal for this yacht, or if something went wrong with her engines...?