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  • DP World, UAE Region utilises the tremendous potential of Jebel Ali Port and Jafza to drive growth...

    DP World, UAE Region in collaboration with the UAE Food & Beverage Manufacturers Group recently hosted ‘The Food & Beverages Manufacturing Industry 2021 Dialogue’ emphasising the significance of the sector to the UAE’s economy. The entity’s recently launched F&B Terminal will act as a catalyst for positive change and development in the F&B manufacturing industry.

     

  • Saudi Cruise partners with MSC Cruises for winter season

    Saudi Cruise Co., owned by the Public Investment Fund, signed a joint agreement on Wednesday with MSC Cruises to launch its trips in the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf during the upcoming winter season.

     

  • Emirates Marine Environmental Group and Procter & Gamble launch the P&G Dubai mangrove...

    Procter & Gamble (P&G) accelerates its commitment to sustainability by unveiling P&G’s Dubai Mangrove Forest project planted by the Emirates Marine Environmental Group (EMEG) during a sunset inauguration ceremony. The mangrove forest planted in the Jebel Ali Wildlife Sanctuary marks a decisive action towards earth restoration by creation of a Forest in the desert coastline of the UAE.

     

  • Pact inked for operation of new Duqm Port bunkering terminal

    OQ owned Oman Tank Terminal Company (OTTCO) and Oman Oil Marketing Company (OOMCO) signed an agreement regarding the operations and maintenance for OOMCO’s bunker terminal facility in the Port of Duqm. The agreement was signed on Sunday at OQ’s head office in Muscat by Ard Van Hoof, CEO, OTTCO, and Hussain Jama Bait Ishaq, Acting CEO, OOMCO.

     

  • Libya’s NOC declares force majeure on Hariga port in statement

    TRIPOLI:  Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) declared force majeure on Monday on exports from the port of Hariga and said it could extend the measure to other facilities due to a budget dispute with the country's central bank.
     

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  • Finnish marine insurance company develops a solution for minimizing losses and...

    The Alandia Loss Prevention mobile application, designed by Alandia’s superior Loss Prevention experts, offers an innovative hands-on solution for professional mariners for transforming everyday routines into truly proactive safety management.

     

  • Prepare for tougher at-berth emissions reductions in California

    California’s new regulation “Control Measure for Ocean-Going Vessels At-Berth“ has now been approved by the state’s Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and took effect on 1 January 2021. The new Control Measure replaces the state’s previous regulation on “Airborne Toxic Control Measure for Auxiliary Diesel Engines Operated on Ocean-Going Vessels At-Berth in a California Port”(At-Berth Regulation) and is designed to further reduce the public’s exposure to air pollution generated by vessels berthed at California’s busiest ports. See our alert “California clamps down on air pollution from ships at berth” of 5 November 2020.

     

  • Russian Cargo Theft Trends 2020

    The joint report published by international freight insurer, TT Club; IMPACT, a digital cargo theft information and prevention exchange and the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA EMEA) details trends in the prevalent modus operandi of thefts and the type of cargo commodities lost within the Russian road freight sector, analysing the data by month and federal region.

     

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  • Singapore and shipping industry establish $90M decarbonization center

    The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore is joining with six leading companies from the shipping industry to establish a maritime decarbonization center. The center, which will have an initial budget of US$90 million was one of the recommendations from the International Advisory Panel on Maritime Decarbonization representing industry, academia and government created last summer in Singapore. The MPA also announced a second program with the government’s investment fund to explore other opportunities in the decarbonization of the maritime industry.

     

  • Massport invests $850M enhancing Boston container port capabilites

    Three new low profile Neo-Panamax cranes have begun their journey to Boston from Shanghai, China as the latest step in the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) efforts to expand operations and improve capabilities to handle larger ships in the port of Boston. They have invested more than $850 million into efforts around the port, which includes these cranes along with a new berth and a deepened Boston Harbor, to give the port the capability to handle larger vessels and facilitate future growth.

     

  • Boom times for shipping in Q1 as container, dry bulk rates skyrocket

    The first quarter of the year was a great time to be a shipowner, and Q2 may be even better, according to the latest numbers from Clarksons. 

     

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  • Additional Caribbean cruises for Americans from...

    Cruise lines marketing to American passengers continue to announce plans to resume programs outside U.S. ports to avoid the current regulations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that have been blocking the resumption of service from American ports. Cruise ships from brands owned by Carnival Corporation and Genting Hong Kong will resume service in the Caribbean this summer joining previously announced programs aboard ship from the Royal Caribbean Group, Viking, and another Genting ship.

     

  • Debate continues Over U.S. cruise restart

    The battle lines are being drawn in the debate to accelerate the restart of cruises from American ports. The industry is continuing its lobbying efforts and pushing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for action while U.S. senators and representatives are introducing legislation but, in a surprise move, other senators are now calling on the CDC to maintain its position not risking a new health crisis.

     

  • New Seabourn expedition cruise ship arrives at...

    Construction is proceeding on the next generation of cruise ships. Over the weekend, the hull of the new expedition cruise ship, the Seabourn Venture, completed a more than 1,200-mile voyage between two shipyards. The completed hull will now be fitted out preparing for the cruise ship’s entry into service in December 2021.

     

  • Hapag address container shortage with large order...

    After months of struggling to meet the demand for containers, Hapag Lloyd announced it is placing one of the largest orders for boxes in the company’s history. The new order, which is valued at $550 million, is designed to ease the supply shortage that has been brought on by strong demand and slowdowns in the movements of boxes throughout the supply chain due to the pandemic.

     

  • Giant wind blades are largest non-container cargo...

    The development of the wind turbine sector is creating new challenges for the shipping industry as the massive blades and elements are shipped from their manufacturers to the staging points for their installation. APM Terminals Pecem, at the port of Pecem in northeast Brazil, recently handled the loading of three blades, which it reports became the largest non-containerized cargo operation in the world.

     

Legal & Regulations

  • U.S. Coast Guard intercepts go-fast boat with $95M in cocaine

    The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Tampa offloaded about 5,500 pounds of cocaine worth nearly $95 million at a pier in Miami. The delivery was the result of an interdiction of a low profile vessel off the coast of Punta Gallinas, Colombia earlier this month. 

     

  • Three sentenced, two more plead guilty in USCG exam-fixing scheme

    Additional defendants are continuing to plead guilty while the first of the defendants have now been sentenced in a test score-fixing scheme at a United States Coast Guard exam center. Since filing an indictment in November 2020, 21 defendants have been convicted in the case brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

     

  • Three sentenced, two more plead guilty in USCG exam-fixing scheme

    Additional defendants are continuing to plead guilty while the first of the defendants have now been sentenced in a test score-fixing scheme at a United States Coast Guard exam center. Since filing an indictment in November 2020, 21 defendants have been convicted in the case brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

     

Environment

  • Yara Marine and BAR partner for wind sail technology on Cargill Vessel

    Efforts to expand the use of wind-assisted propulsion took another step forward as Yara Marine Technologies and BAR Technologies announced a new partnership to design and implement wind-assisted propulsion for the global shipping industry. Building on a project already underway to install solid sails aboard Cargill bulk carriers, the companies are looking to expand the use of the solid wing sail technology to provide the commercial shipping industry a near-term solution to reduce carbon emissions.

     

  • Yara Marine and BAR partner for wind sail technology on Cargill Vessel

    Efforts to expand the use of wind-assisted propulsion took another step forward as Yara Marine Technologies and BAR Technologies announced a new partnership to design and implement wind-assisted propulsion for the global shipping industry. Building on a project already underway to install solid sails aboard Cargill bulk carriers, the companies are looking to expand the use of the solid wing sail technology to provide the commercial shipping industry a near-term solution to reduce carbon emissions.

     

  • Methanol fuel cell test with Alfa Laval, DFDS, Maersk Drilling, Hafnia

    Testing is beginning on a new generation of methanol-fueled high-temperature membrane full cell as part of a program to accelerate the commercialization of the technology as an auxiliary marine power source. During a year of planned testing at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre, the fuel cell system’s durability and lifetime will be in focus while working with DFDS, Maersk Drilling, and Hafnia to develop the operational and implementation aspects for the fuel cell technology.

     

Education

  • AASTS organized virtual orientation sessions to...

    The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport branch in Sharjah (AASTS), recently organized virtual orientation sessions under the initiative titled “Connecting maritime professionals with leaders of tomorrow”. The primary goal of the event was to connect government school students with leading names in the maritime sector.

  • ACICT partners with Logix to build the largest...

    The Academy Company for Information Communication Technology (ACICT), the technological investment arm of the Arab Academy for Science Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT), has launched a strategic partnership with Logix, a leading company in smart transformation and information security, to launch the largest smart and secure educational platform in Egypt and the Arab World. This is part of ACICT’s efforts to support Egypt Vision 2030 in developing knowledge, innovation and scientific research.

     

  • Digital tools: e-learning for DESMI’s ballast...

    Marine engineers and crew members can now train and learn about DESMI Ocean Guard’s CompactClean ballast water management system with two digital offline tools. One is a computer-based training (CBT) program and the other is a mobile app. 

     

  • Entrepreneurship Center, AASTMT organised an...

    The AASTMT Entrepreneurship Center held an online workshop titled “How to Become an Entrepreneur”, which is the first in a series that aims to prepare AASTMT students, who are willing to participate in the “Arab Rally for Entrepreneurship”. This year, the annual competition focused on entrepreneurship in the maritime sector. The virtual workshop was hosted by Dr. Wael El-Desouky, Director of the Entrepreneurship Center, AASTMT, with the participation of more than 50 students representing the academy from Egypt, UAE, Syria and Greece.

     

  • Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy and Abu Dhabi...

    Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy, the training and development hub of Abu Dhabi Ports, and Abu Dhabi University (ADU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on bilateral cooperation. The MoU will support the education and career requirements of students across the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

     

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