Maritime Environmental Committee Events Archive

Current Maritime Environmental Committee Events

April 25, 2013

Announcing the April 25th Presentation on Emerging Environmental Transportation Technologies

FMC will host a presentation on Emerging Environmental Transportation Technologies, April 25, 2013. This presentation will discuss present and future environmental programs and technologies in the industry.

Emerging Environmental Maritime Transportation Technologies


Ruben Garcia
President, Advanced Cleanup Technologies, Inc. (ACTI)
Clay Sandidge
Representative, Advanced Cleanup Technologies, Inc

Clint Eisenhauer
Vice President of Government Affairs, Maersk Inc.

Key Industry Issues Presented:

  • Advanced Cleanup Technologies, Inc. (ACTI) is currently testing the Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System (AMECS) that, they report, can remove, 99% of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), 99% of Sulfur Oxides (SOx) and 95% of Particulate Matter (PM) from exhaust gases while vessels are at berth
  • AMECS consists of an Exhaust Capture System (ECS) and the Emissions Treatment System (ETS). The ECS captures vessel exhaust by direct connection to a vessel smokestack. The gases from the ship's auxiliary engines and boilers move through a flexible duct to the dock or barge ETS, which removes the pollutants.
  • ACTI represents a cooperative effort supported by the EPA, the California Air Resources Board, the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles.
  • Maersk discussed the importance of increasing efficiency and sustainability, recent efforts involving cold ironing and alternative maritime power (AMP) as well the difficulties in implementation, including differences in load requirements and electrical systems. 

The Federal Maritime Commission does not endorse the positions or products of any of its Brown Bag participants.

February 7, 2013

FMC to Host Presentation on MARAD’s Alternative Fuel Sources and Environmental Projects, February 7, 2013

Maritime Environmental Committee to Host Brown Bag Lunch Speaker on Alternative Fuel Sources and Environmental Projects Undertaken by U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration

Emerging Marine Transportation Environmental Issues Seeking Solutions


Michael Carter
Director, Office of Environment
US Maritime Administration

Sujit Ghosh
Mechanical Engineer, Office of Environment
US Maritime Administration

Key Industry Issues Presented:

  • Against the backdrop of increasing global demand for petroleum based fuels, Mr. Ghosh projects a 30 million barrel per day gap between global supply and demand by 2030, and emphasizes the need to focus on technological advances in maritime alternative energy and other fuel sources.
  • Mr. Ghosh further notes that the high cost of fuel infrastructure, the cost of retrofitting vessels and the need for new dual fuel/gas vessels can compromise the viability of non-renewable petroleum fuels, including liquid natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) fuels.
  • Mr. Ghosh discussed two alternative fuel sources, Hydrotreated Renewable Diesel (HRD)/Drop-In Fuel and Amyris Renewable Diesel Fuel and offered insight into future marine application projects and testing.
  • Hydrotreated Renewable Diesel (HRD)/Drop-In Fuel is a fuel type produced from algae feed stocks and shares chemical properties with petroleum fuel. HRD is currently being tested as part of the US Navy’s Green Fleet Initiative. Initial test results show:

    • No operational differences in vessel and engine performance
    • Produces lower emissions of sulfur oxide, nitrogen oxide, and carbon dioxide than traditional fuel
  • Amyris Renewable Diesel Fuel is a fuel type produced from fermented sugar (sorghum). Possible benefits include:

    • Visibly cleaner exhaust emissions
    • Less engine vibration
    • Less fume odor