Sunday, March 3, 2024

World Health Organization News

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China Virus May Delay Scrubber Retrofits

Shipping companies may face delivery delays of vessels fitted with exhaust gas filtering equipment that complies with anti-pollution rules that kicked in this year due to the impact from the virus outbreak in China, shipping sources said on Friday.A Mitsui OSK Lines executive said many vessels were in Chinese docks to get so-called scrubbers installed to meet the new emissions rules but with four Chinese provinces asking companies to extend the Lunar New Year holiday by a week, to Feb.

Scrubber Safe for Environment: Carnival

Carnival Corporation has released the results of an independent, two-year scientific scrubber wash-water study.The study shows the company’s advanced air quality systems (i.e. scrubbers) are in compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 requirements, which include regulations for cleaner air emissions and strict wash-water quality standards.The study also concluded that the wash-water samples from scrubbers were below the limits set by several major national and international water quality and land-based water discharge standards…

ABB Debuts Air Outlet Silencer, Compact Turbocharger

ABB announced the launch of the large engine industry’s first commercial turbocharging air outlet silencer package at Marintec 2015 in Shanghai, China. Designed to contribute to reductions in engine room noise to meet the new International Maritime Organization SOLAS limits, the package is offered on A100-L and A200-L series turbochargers. Also at Marintec, ABB has launched its smallest turbocharger for two-stroke marine engines; the A160-L, with highest efficiencies and pressure ratios up to 5.0 enabling minimized fuel consumption for IMO Tier II and Tier III NOx compliance.

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Thousands Queue at Hospital Ship in W.African Guinea

Over 4,300 people queue for mass screening hoping for an appointment card leading to life changing surgery aboard 'African Mercy'. In drizzling rain several hundred people joined the queue, and by daybreak they started to come in their thousands; this was no grand final, and no rock concert – 'The Mercy Ship' had arrived in the West African nation of Guinea. Guinea is one of the least developed countries in the world, ranking 178 out of 187 on the UN Human Development Index. According to the World Health Organization…

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Mercy Ship Arrives in Guinea

The Port of Conakry in Guinea welcomes the 'Africa Mercy' – the world’s largest private charitable hospital ship. Previous assignments to the West African nation took place in 1992 and 1999. For the next ten months the state-of-the-art hospital ship, with six operating theatres, will provide free specialized surgeries and training for health care workers in Guinea. In response to an invitation from the President of Guinea, the Mercy Ships program strategy is to partner with the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene and other organizations to improve the country’s health care delivery system.