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Eastern Pacific Shipping and Techstars launch start-up accelerator
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Eastern Pacific Shipping and Techstars launch start-up accelerator

Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) and Techstars have announced a joint global MaritimeTech start-up accelerator. The EPS MaritimeTech Accelerator Powered by Techstars will be based in EPS’ headquarters in Singapore and will begin accepting applications from April 2019. Ten companies will ultimately be selected to participate in the inaugural class. In November 2019, the class will...

Portugal launches maritime start-ups accelerator program
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Portugal launches maritime start-ups accelerator program

Portugal has launched a new program to accelerate start-ups in the maritime industry. The Bluetech Accelerator connects start-ups with key players in the sector to create a pioneering ecosystem of innovation and business acceleration for the Blue Economy sector. The first edition was introduced by Ana Paula Vitorino, minister of sea, Republic of Portugal last...

Bawat’s BWTS undergoes final tests for USCG approval
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Bawat’s BWTS undergoes final tests for USCG approval

Danish ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) manufacturer Bawat is carrying out final shipboard tests with its pasteurisation-based BWTS to achieve type approval from the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The Bawat in-voyage BWTS uses 150-year old pasteurisation technology to 100 per cent kill all microscopic organisms of any size, without the need for chemicals, filters,...

NYK bulk carrier trials GoodFuels biofuel
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NYK bulk carrier trials GoodFuels biofuel

A bulk carrier chartered by mining company BHP and owned by NYK is trialling sustainable biofuel from GoodFuels Marine. The trial will test the viability of biofuels in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction from shipping. A drop-in marine gas oil (MGO) equivalent was blended with conventional fossil-based MGO in a mix of 30 per cent...

Marichem Marigases joins Green Award as incentive provider
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Marichem Marigases joins Green Award as incentive provider

Marine chemicals and gas division Marichem Marigases has joined the Green Award as an incentive provider to support ships that demonstrate high environmental standards. Marichem Marigases will reward Green Award certificate holders with additional discounts on the current price list, including a 10 per cent discount on anti-pollution kits and equipment and arc welding machines, and...

Pathways to IMO 2050
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Pathways to IMO 2050

Shipping is preparing to meet a tough emissions target that aims for at least a 50 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 compared with a 2008 baseline. To meet this ambitious goal, which is equal to a reduction of at least 470 million tonnes of cargo emissions according to Dr Martin Stopford,...

LNG has good potential, says Sovcomflot president
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LNG has good potential, says Sovcomflot president

Sergey Frank, President and CEO, Sovcomflot has said liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel has good potential, following experience on-board its large-capacity tankers since 2015. Sovcomflot’s Green Funnel tankers, which are powered by LNG, have enabled operation in the Baltic and North Seas where strict emissions regulations apply. The vessels have also operated...

NYK launches digital guidance for ECDIS operations
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NYK launches digital guidance for ECDIS operations

NYK Shipmanagement, an NYK Group company, has launched iPlus ECDIS, a digital guidance to help officers acquire expert knowledge of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) operation in a short time. The new digital platform covers the use of 66 ECDIS operations, providing quick educational guidance to assist officers with their speed of use...

Containerships completes first LNG bunkering in Rotterdam
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Containerships completes first LNG bunkering in Rotterdam

Containerships, a CMA CGM Group subsidiary, has completed its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering procedure at the Port of Rotterdam this month. 234 metric tons of LNG were bunkered onto Containerships’ Nord vessel on January 24, 2019. The 1,400-TEU Containerships Nord is the first of four LNG-powered containerships to join the fleet. The following vessels...

Netherlands launches Get Ready for Brexit campaign
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Netherlands launches Get Ready for Brexit campaign

The Port of Rotterdam and PortBase, the cooperating sector organisations in Dutch ports, have launched a campaign website to help exporters, importers and their logistics service providers transport cargo quickly to the United Kingdom after Brexit. The website, www.getreadyforbrexit.eu, focuses on informing and activating parties in the logistic chain, such as importers, exporters, carriers and...

Port of Hamburg deploys hybrid straddle carrier
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Port of Hamburg deploys hybrid straddle carrier

The Port of Hamburg has begun operating with the first of two hybrid low emission straddle carriers. The carriers are expected to use 15 per cent less diesel than their predecessors and reduce CO2 emissions by 30-50 tonnes per straddle carrier per year. The carriers feature lithium-ion batteries, which store surplus energy during braking or...

EIA publishes Annual Energy Outlook 2019
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EIA publishes Annual Energy Outlook 2019

US refiners may supply a larger share of the low-sulphur fuel (LSF) market to the shipping and maritime industries as a result of the IMO’s global 0.5 per cent sulphur cap, confirms the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its Annual Energy Outlook 2019 (AEO2019). AEO2019 provides modelled projections of what may happen given certain...