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UK launches Maritime 2050 strategy
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UK launches Maritime 2050 strategy

The UK government has made technological innovation a key element of its newly published Maritime 2050 strategy, which will include the creation of a ‘Maritime Innovation Hub’ at an as yet unnamed port by 2030. Maritime 2050 is the first long term national strategy for the sector, setting roadmaps as to how the government can...

Prioritise performance measurement to meet IMO 2050, says Martin Stopford
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Prioritise performance measurement to meet IMO 2050, says Martin Stopford

Meeting the IMO 2050 GHG emission reduction target is not impossible but will require shipping to think carefully about its strategy and focus on measuring every aspect of ship and cargo performance using digital technology. Prioritising performance measurement in digital applications is the first place to start when it comes to achieving decarbonisation goals, says economist...

Port of Rotterdam injects EUR 5m into carbon cutting scheme
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Port of Rotterdam injects EUR 5m into carbon cutting scheme

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has made five million euros available to help reduce CO2 emissions generated by the shipping sector. From January 21, 2019, interested parties can apply for funding via the Incentive Scheme Climate-Friendly Shipping. The initiative aims to promote projects and demonstrations that make use of low-carbon or zero-carbon fuels delivered in...

Waterborne TP pushes for carbon neutral shipping
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Waterborne TP pushes for carbon neutral shipping

The Waterborne Technology Platform (TP) has released its new Strategic Research Agenda to the European Commission, providing long-term vision and missions for a climate neutral economy. Waterborne TP believes that an innovative, carbon neutral, and high-tech sector within a prosperous European society will address the global and societal challenges of the waterborne sector and meet...

Base port discharge rules on scientific fact, urges CSA 2020
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Base port discharge rules on scientific fact, urges CSA 2020

The Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) 2020 has called upon the global maritime industry to ensure it does not single out scrubber washwater when coastal states and port authorities adopt local regulations to reduce the impact of shipping on ports and harbours. CSA has responded to reports that coastal states and ports are implementing rules that...

Dutch shipowner fined EUR 3m for beaching vessel in India
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Dutch shipowner fined EUR 3m for beaching vessel in India

Dutch shipowner Holland Maas Scheepvaart Beheer II BV has been fined EUR 780,000 and paid a settlement of EUR 2.2 million for having beached a vessel for scrapping in India. In 2013, Holland Maas Scheepvaart Beheer II BV, a subsidiary of WEC Lines BV, sold the HMS Laurence to a cash buyer, a company specialised...

BW Tankers merges with Hafnia Tankers
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BW Tankers merges with Hafnia Tankers

Hafnia Tankers has completed a merger with BW Tankers under the laws of the Marshall Islands. NewSub will be the surviving entity. As part of the merger, the shareholders of Hafnia will receive consideration for their Hafnia shares in the form of common shares of BW Tankers. All the conditions for the merger have been...

China publishes new air emissions requirements
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China publishes new air emissions requirements

The China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) has issued new air emissions requirements, affecting certain-sized vessels entering and operating in Chinese waters. The new requirements, which entered into force on January 1, 2019 cover the China Domestic Emission Control Area (ECA) and Ship’s Energy Consumption Data Reporting. The first plan is an upgrade to the 2015...

Low demand for ULCV will help supply-demand balance, says Drewry
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Low demand for ULCV will help supply-demand balance, says Drewry

A reduced appetite for ultra large container vessels (ULCV) among the major carriers will benefit the industry’s supply-demand balance, says Simon Heaney, senior manager, container research at Drewry and editor of the Container Forecaster. Heaney confirms that “aside from feeder ship replenishment, there has been no reaction from other lines to HMM’s mega-ship order and...

CargoMate becomes Intelligent Cargo Systems
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CargoMate becomes Intelligent Cargo Systems

Shipping technology start-up, CargoMate is rebranding to Intelligent Cargo Systems. The two-year-old start-up develops port call optimisation technology and has launched a new brand to is better serve its strategic objective of improving the flow of cargo around the world. “What started as a digital logbook to improve the lives of seafarers, has become a...

Société Générale and Singapore MPA join SEA\LNG
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Société Générale and Singapore MPA join SEA\LNG

Société Générale and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have joined SEA\LNG, a coalition facilitating the adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Paul Taylor representing Société Générale and Capt M. Segar representing MPA have been appointed as directors of SEA\LNG. Following elections last December, Tahir Faruqui and Xavier Pfeuty...

MOL and Asahi Tanker launch pool company
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MOL and Asahi Tanker launch pool company

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Asahi Tanker have signed an agreement to establish a pool operation company, Asahi MOL Tankers. The pool will own a fleet of about 25 vessels, which will be largely allocated to Asia and Oceania from three centres, Tokyo, Singapore, and London. The company will be led by Shigekazu Haruyama, director...