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GAC Australia wins ONE deal
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GAC Australia wins ONE deal

GAC Australia has been awarded an agency contract by global container shipping company, Ocean Network Express (ONE), a joint venture formed by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Mitsui OSK Lines, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha. The deal will see GAC Australia provide agency and husbandry services for approximately 210 annual calls at all ports of Sydney, Melbourne,...

Verifavia warns on overcomplicating CO2 data collection
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Verifavia warns on overcomplicating CO2 data collection

Verifavia, the emissions verification company for aviation and shipping has warned that overcomplicating the EU’s Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (EU MRV) and IMO’s Data Collection System (DCS) regulations will place an additional burden on shipowners and operators. The EU MRV ensures shipowners and operators to monitor, report and verify their CO2 emissions per voyage, from...

ABB improves voyage efficiency with new advisory system function
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ABB improves voyage efficiency with new advisory system function

ABB has launched a new functionality for its ABB Ability Marine Advisory System, OCTOPUS, which is designed to increase voyage efficiency and safety of project cargo. The latest addition to the OCTOPUS portfolio will help project cargo shipowners estimate the expected forces that the cargo will encounter in transit, without the need to preconfigure the...

Spliethoff upgrades weather routing software
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Spliethoff upgrades weather routing software

Amsterdam-based Spliethoff Group reports improvements in operational efficiency since upgrading its weather routing services by installing the latest version of MeteoGroup’s Ship Performance Optimisation (SPO) system across its fleet. The latest version of the weather routing solution, SPOS9, calculates the optimum route using a variable speed routing algorithm that takes into account waves, swell, currents...

Methanol gets the go-ahead as a sustainable marine fuel
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Methanol gets the go-ahead as a sustainable marine fuel

A research project on the use of methanol as a marine fuel on small ships has concluded that there are no obstacles to the efficient use of methanol in a converted diesel engine. The Sustainable Marine Methanol (SUMMETH) project, which has received support from The Methanol Institute found that using methanol in a converted engine...

Wärtsilä completes on-board testing of enhanced navigation systems
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Wärtsilä completes on-board testing of enhanced navigation systems

A testing programme on board Carnival’s Costa Atlantica using Wärtsilä’s navigation systems has shown to increase the crew’s understanding of the ship’s trim and raise awareness of operational efficiency and safety. Eniram Trim was used to analyse the Atlantica’s hydrodynamic characteristics. Information was gathered by attitude sensors on the vessel’s hull and automation and bridge...

Thorco Projects selects COACH Solutions’ weather routing service
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Thorco Projects selects COACH Solutions’ weather routing service

Thorco Projects, part of the Thornico Group, has selected COACH Solutions to provide a weather routing service for its fleet of multipurpose vessels. COACH Solutions’ Voyage Optimisation service will be integrated on board vessels across the fleet. The voyage optimisation solution monitors voyages 24/7 and optimises them in relation to a vessel’s ETA, weather, fuel...

Denmark plans to ratify convention on hazardous and noxious cargoes
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Denmark plans to ratify convention on hazardous and noxious cargoes

Denmark has presented its plan to ratify the 2010 International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea (HNS). The convention establishes a comprehensive regime to provide compensation for costs, including clean-up and restoring the environment in the event of an incident involving HNS...

Bomin launches 0.1 per cent sulphur fuel in ARA region
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Bomin launches 0.1 per cent sulphur fuel in ARA region

Supplier and trader of marine fuel, the Bomin Group, has announced that it will begin delivering ultra-low sulphur fuel oil (ULSFO) to vessels calling in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region (ARA). The ULSFO contains a maximum of 0.1 per cent sulphur, meaning that it is compliant with the IMO’s global sulphur cap regulation to enter into force...

BIO-UV selects Rivertrace to represent its BWTS across Asia
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BIO-UV selects Rivertrace to represent its BWTS across Asia

Ballast water treatment system (BWTS) manufacturer, BIO-UV, has signed an agreement with water monitoring company, Rivertrace, to represent its BWTS, BIO-SEA, in Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam. BIO-SEA combines mechanical filtration and high dose ultraviolet disinfection to eliminate the transfer of aquatic microorganisms from one region to another where they have the potential to...

LR-led research suggests biofuel may be the best option for zero-emissions shipping
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LR-led research suggests biofuel may be the best option for zero-emissions shipping

Biofuels may be the most feasible low-cost zero-emission fuel for some shipowners and operators in a post-2030 shipping industry, finds latest research. In a report prepared by Lloyd’s Register (LR) and the University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS) for the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), the most likely cost-effective alternatives to fossil fuels including hydrogen fuel cells,...