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A reprise: romance with Iloilo River

Click here to zoom image We're sharing another picture of Iloilo River taken during our visit in Iloilo City south of the Philippine capital in late May. Our eyes have been so used to seeing the murky Pasig River in Metro Manila with its awful stench that we've almost...

A river restored and revitalised

"Who looks upon a river in a meditative hour, and is not reminded of the flux of all things?" wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. Though not in a meditative mood, we enjoyed watching the Iloilo River during our recent three-day sojourn in Iloilo City, some 470 kilometres south...

AET’s first “eco-design” Suezmax

Natives of the Philippines, where almost everything is on a small scale, are not used to seeing mammoth ships. So we were delighted to view early pictures of the San Antonio - the first of four "eco-design" Suezmax newbuildings to join the owned fleet of tanker...

Green ports: the Cavotec solution

We constantly hear of "green ships" but not very often about "green ports". Not surprising, especially in Asia. Port operators are on a nonstop cargo chase. How many will stop to think about reducing emissions in the port area and do their bit to combat climate...

Market reality and anti-GHG measures

It looks like choppy waters ahead for the proposed market-based measures (MBMs) against greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships. Ahead of the 63rd session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) from 27th February to 2nd March, the Round Table of...

Climate change talks: the brighter side

The United Nations Climate Change Conference has concluded its 17th session (COP 17/CMP 7) in Durban, South Africa, meeting from 28 November to the early hours of 11 December 2011. As anticipated, the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework...

Environment stewards, not spoilers

Polluting the oceans is no joke. As the Rena oil spill in New Zealand has made crystal clear, seafarers who take the rules lightly could face heavy fines and even jail terms. It's all a question of environmental awareness and knowing what to do and what not to do....

ICS on climate change and shipping

Some say it's a bigger threat than terrorism. Whatever one thinks, climate change is such a monumental issue that the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has produced a briefing document ahead of the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference which takes place...