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Sulphur cap will shake maritime industry, says iContainers
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Sulphur cap will shake maritime industry, says iContainers

Online freight forwarder iContainers says the maritime industry will be left ‘shaken’ for at least a year following the implementation of the IMO 2020 regulation. The new rule, which will come into effect in under seven months, requires sulphur oxide emissions from maritime vessels to be reduced from the current 3.5 per cent m/m to...

NAVTOR integrates Total Marine enviro regs into voyage planning
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NAVTOR integrates Total Marine enviro regs into voyage planning

Norwegian maritime e-navigation specialist NAVTOR has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Florida-based Total Marine Solutions (TMS). The agreement will see NAVTOR integrate TMS’ Ocean Guardian product into the NavStation digital chart table, allowing users to gain a real-time overview of all relevant environmental rules and regulations. The increasing number of environmental regulations can...

Banks to consider shipping’s decarbonisation in lending decisions
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Banks to consider shipping’s decarbonisation in lending decisions

11 major shipping banks including Citi, Societe Generale, and DNB, representing a bank loan portfolio to global shipping of approximately US $100 billion, will integrate climate considerations into lending decisions to incentivise decarbonisation of the global shipping industry. This is the first time international banks have aligned their lending decisions to promote greener global shipping...

Successful data mining – the maritime sector’s golden nugget?
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Successful data mining – the maritime sector’s golden nugget?

Shervin Younessi, technical manager of Royston Power Generation, explains how real time data synchronisation and big data analytics have an essential role in monitoring vessel energy efficiencies, reducing fuel consumption and controlling emissions. With the digital evolution in the marine industry gathering pace to help tackle the challenge of new regulations and sustain more energy...

Industry shows support for Methanol as marine fuel
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Industry shows support for Methanol as marine fuel

The shipping community has shown support for the use of Methanol as a marine fuel during a recent seminar held in Athens. The seminar series organiser Capt Saleem Alavi, president of Sea Commerce, reinforced the advantages of Methanol compared to liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is being heavily marketed as a long-term solution. “Methanol is...

From paper to digital: the evolution of e-navigation
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From paper to digital: the evolution of e-navigation

Advanced digital technologies and increasing bandwidth capacities are facilitating the rapid exchange of data between ship and shore, improving the safety and fuel-efficiency of maritime voyages. One area that has benefitted from the progression of digital solutions is navigation. We spoke with ChartCo’s chief commercial officer, Howard Stevens, about the journey from paper-based to digitally-driven...

NAVTOR and Weathernews collaborate on e-navigation
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NAVTOR and Weathernews collaborate on e-navigation

NAVTOR has signed an agreement with Weathernews (WNI) on e-navigation that will result in a significant upgrade of NAVTOR’s weather information offering within its NavStation route planning software and give WNI direct access to ENC and passage planning. The partnership will seek to develop a ground-breaking artificial intelligence (AI) routing service that transforms data into...

Miros optimises hull speed with radar technology
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Miros optimises hull speed with radar technology

Norwegian technology company Miros has launched a new Speed Through Water dry-mounted radar-based system to optimise hull speed with greater accuracy than achieved previously. The new technology has proven fuel savings and emissions across all ship types with pilot customer BW Dry Cargo believing up to 10 per cent fuel savings can be achieved through...

Scrubber wash water not harmful to environment, finds study
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Scrubber wash water not harmful to environment, finds study

The Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) 2020 has welcomed the preliminary results of an independent study presented by Dutch research organisation CE Delft, that indicates accumulated concentrations of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS, or “scrubbers”) wash water components are at very low levels and well below applicable regulatory limits. The study, presented to international delegates of...

“K” Line recognised for vessel speed reduction programs
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“K” Line recognised for vessel speed reduction programs

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) has announced that it has received a gold award from the National Ocean and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) for the company’s participation with the high level of compliance rate during 2018 voluntary Vessel Speed Reduction (VSR) incentive program. The program aims to protect whales in Santa Barbara Channel and San Francisco...

GNS delivers greater price transparency on navigation
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GNS delivers greater price transparency on navigation

GNS plans to sell all digital and paper nautical charts and publications at cost price as part of its Voyager Navigation as a Service (VNaaS) solution. VNaaS customers will pay an annual software licence fee to access a complete set of software and data analytics tools that enable officers onboard to order exactly the charts...

ClassNK releases Guidelines for Ships Using Low-Flashpoint Fuels
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ClassNK releases Guidelines for Ships Using Low-Flashpoint Fuels

ClassNK has released Guidelines for Ships Using Low-Flashpoint Fuels, which includes Methyl, Ethyl Alcohol and LPG. Ships using alternative fuels, such as the ones mentioned above, can reduce CO2 emissions between 10 and 20 per cent compared with conventional fuel oils that contain sulphur. These types of fuels are therefore expected to be more widely...