Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics

IMO 2020 Could Shift Freight Patterns, Increase Costs

IANA panel SeaIntelligence Consulting's Lars Jensen (from left), Walmart's Laura Crowe, Hyundai America Shipping Agency's Lawrence Burns and J.B. Hunt Transport Services' Sarthak Verma took part in the IMO2020 panel. (Mindy Long for Transport Topics)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — A panel representing the shipping industry spoke about the looming International Maritime Organization mandate that will require cargo vessels to burn low-sulfur diesel, and shippers and carriers said the requirements could lead to price increases or the rerouting of freight.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
September 19, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Colorado Revs Toward an Electric Car Future

Interstate 70 near Colorado Springs, Colorado Interstate 70 near Colorado Springs, Co. (Getty Images)

Faced with more people driving Colorado’s increasingly clogged roads and fouling air that’s flunking federal standards, state health officials this week embraced an alternative vision — that hundreds of thousands of drivers soon, if given options, will shift to zippier electric vehicles that don’t pollute and roll 300 miles on a charge.

Bruce Finley | The Denver Post
August 15, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Shipping and Trucking Industries Gearing Up for New 2020 Ocean Vessel Fuel Mandate

Bunker fuel smoke stack Heavy, thick fuel has been used in the maritime industry for years, partly because of its low cost. However, it has been criticized for containing pollutants. (Getty Images)

Six months before ocean vessels will be required to burn low-sulfur fuel, such as diesel used in trucks, a U.S. Department of Commerce advisory committee disclosed recommendations to mitigate potential fuel shortages and price spikes.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 30, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

CEOs Raise Concerns About Availability of Diesel and Other Fuels in 2020 Because of IMO Bunker Fuel Mandate

Bunker fuel smoke stack Pollution spewing from smoke stacks on a container ship. To meet the requirements of the new mandate, the majority of shipping companies will significantly increase the use of diesel. (The Heavy Bunker Fuel Channel via YouTube)

A group of industry stakeholders is urging the Trump administration to take action to ensure adequate supplies of fuel for freight and air travel and home heating in advance of a change in the type of fuel the maritime industry will use beginning next year.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 24, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Pollution Worsened in 2018 Because of Two Overlooked Sectors, Research Suggests

Pollution Robyn Beck/Associated Press

In the debate over climate change, the heaviest polluters — think: power plants, trucks and cars — get the most attention from policymakers. New research suggests a broader view might be called for.

Eric Roston | Bloomberg News
January 8, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Chevron Agrees to $160 Million Upgrade, Fines to End Pollution Probe

Chevron facility Paul Sakuma/Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Federal officials said Oct. 24 that Chevron Corp. has agreed to pay a nearly $3 million fine and spend $160 million on environmental improvements and upgrading oil refineries to resolve allegations the company violated pollution laws.

October 25, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Trump Plan to Roll Back Fuel Standards to Get Second Hearing

Rollback protester Paul Gipe protests the proposed rollback in Fresno, Calif. (Gary Kazanjian/AP)

FRESNO, Calif. — The Trump administration’s proposal to roll back national fuel-economy standards was headed for its second public hearing a day after California officials and scores of speakers blasted it as a danger to the environment and public health.

Sudhin Thanawala | Associated Press
September 25, 2018
Government, Business

Trump Eases Methane Rules as Colorado Says State’s Regulations Work

Colorado says it doesn't need new methane rules Natural gas is burned off near pumps. (Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press)

DENVER — The Trump administration is rolling back some U.S. regulations on climate-changing methane pollution, calling them expensive and burdensome, but Colorado says its rules are working — and they have industry support.

Dan Elliott | Associated Press
August 31, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics

Toyota Plans Hydrogen Fuel Cell Plant at Long Beach

Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg News

Toyota Motor Corp. is building the first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel-cell power plant and hydrogen fueling station to support its operations at the Port of Long Beach, Calif. The facility will use biowaste from California’s farms to generate water, electricity and hydrogen.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
November 30, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

There’s Now a Vessel That Produces Zero Pollution

The Hydroville passenger shuttle. Cie. Maritime Belge SA

Cie. Maritime Belge SA has built the first commercial ship that runs on hydrogen and produces zero pollution, taking the world a step closer to cargo without emissions.

Anna Hirtenstein | Bloomberg News
November 29, 2017