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World Fuel Services upgrades UK facilities for 2020 compliance
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World Fuel Services upgrades UK facilities for 2020 compliance

2020 World Fuel Services (WFS) has announced an investment at its current supply location in Falmouth, UK, to upgrade facilities and introduce a new supply vessel. WFS currently stores and supplies marine diesel and fuel oil from the Falmouth terminal, which sits at the start of the European Emission Control Area (ECA) zone. WFS supplies...

ESC raises concerns over emergency bunker surcharge
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ESC raises concerns over emergency bunker surcharge

The European Shippers’ Council (ESC) has raised concerns regarding the Emergency Bunker Surcharge by carriers that took effect June on 1, 2018. The surcharge is an additional fee charged to the shipper and has been introduced following the rise on bunker fuel prices. However, the ESC and its members are worried that this new surcharge...

ESC urges shipping companies to motivate operators in CO2 reduction strategies
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ESC urges shipping companies to motivate operators in CO2 reduction strategies

The European Shippers’ Council (ESC) has urged shipping companies to motivate their vessel operators to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. According to the ESC, more shipping companies are showing signs of sustainable shipping but there needs to be a greater focus and ambition in order to meet the IMO’s 2050 emissions targets.  The...

Frank Coles: Shipping should not be a fragmented mish mash of individual solutions
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Frank Coles: Shipping should not be a fragmented mish mash of individual solutions

Misinformation and independent operation of individual solutions without connection to a fleet solution ashore is causing a fragmented mish mash of solutions and ship operations, said Frank Coles, Transas Leader at Wärtsilä Voyage Solutions during his keynote speech at Digital Ship’s VPO London forum this week. Mr Coles stated that very little in maritime is...

Shipping organisations call on IMO to address 2020 sulphur cap challenges
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Shipping organisations call on IMO to address 2020 sulphur cap challenges

BIMCO, the International Chamber of Shipping, Intercargo, Intertanko and the World Shipping Council have submitted a joint declaration to the IMO, urging its member states to address several challenges they see in implementing the 2020 global sulphur in marine fuel cap. The organisations have concerns with the transitional period and availability of fuels compliant with...

Shipbroking companies join SEA\LNG
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Shipbroking companies join SEA\LNG

SEA\LNG, a coalition that accelerates the adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, has welcomed Exeno Yamamizu Corporation (Yamamizu) & Fearnleys AS as the first shipbroking companies to join its coalition. SEA\LNG is a 33-member organisation that promotes the uptake of LNG as a marine fuel by gathering knowledge and expertise from...

SEDNA optimises shipping transaction management
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SEDNA optimises shipping transaction management

SEDNA has launched an update to its transaction management platform, which allows brokers, port agents, owners, operators, and anyone that uses SEDNA to manage large volumes of email data and communicate in a secure way, reducing time spent on manual administration tasks. The updated platform is an evolution of SEDNA’s first generation system from 2015 that introduced...

In the spotlight with Tobias Groeger, DNV GL
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In the spotlight with Tobias Groeger, DNV GL

Tobias Groeger, Senior Consultant Performance Solutions, DNV GL – Maritime has been working with DNV GL’s global fleet performance team for almost five years, helping the company to establish services in vessel efficiency and roll them out across the market. This week, VPO Global spoke with Mr Groeger to understand more about making shipping more efficient,...

Tidetech Cubes its weather data
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Tidetech Cubes its weather data

Metocean data provider Tidetech Commercial Marine has launched a new system to improve access to its weather data, through the deployment of a ‘Data Cube’ which enables users to query weather data in three dimensions – longitude, latitude and time – in the context of their relational values. This means that when a user looks...

20|20 Marine Energy calls for transparency on marine fuel supply chain
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20|20 Marine Energy calls for transparency on marine fuel supply chain

Contamination of marine fuels is likely to a serious issue post 2020 if the understanding of the provenance of products and clarity of quality within the marine fuel supply chain does not improve, says maritime consultancy, 20|20 Marine Energy. According to the firm, there needs to be better clarity on the formulation of fuels and...

Lloyd’s Register and TWI launch Fullagar Technologies
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Lloyd’s Register and TWI launch Fullagar Technologies

Classification society, Lloyd’s Register (LR) and research and technology organisation, TWI, have announced a joint venture to launch Fullagar Technologies. Fullagar Technologies will deliver digital technologies in three areas, including remote inspection, and smart sensors, additive manufacturing tools, and date driven automation of fabrication methods that have previously required manual operation. The technologies will be...

LR launches solution for EU MRV and IMO DCS compliance
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LR launches solution for EU MRV and IMO DCS compliance

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has launched an online verification service to help shipowners and operators comply with the EU’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation and the IMO’s Data Collection System (DCS) on CO2 emissions. CO2 Verifier is a secure cloud-based application designed by LR’s technical experts and co-created with ship managers. Users submit data, with...