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  • UAE uses dogs, tech to detect drugs, explosives

    The UAE will use dogs and a unique technology to sniff out drugs and explosive materials in shipments arriving at ports. The Federal Customs Authority's 'RasCargo' project will see the dogs used to detect smuggling bids in containers, goods, dhows, engines and vehicles.

     
     

  • Hope Consortium ushers in the age of blockchain to ensure safety and integrity of the global COVID-...

    Hope Consortium, an Abu Dhabi-led public-private partnership delivering large quantities of COVID-19 vaccines globally, is utilizing internally developed “mUnity” system to ensure full visibility, safety and security, and tamper-proof distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines, despite the complexities of their transportation.

     

  • NAVDEX 2021: Ideas at Sea provides passive optical radar for UAE trial

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is installing the Generation II HeliSAR passive optical radar from Ideas at Sea (IAS) on its National Search and Rescue Centre (NSRC) AW139 helicopter, with an initial trial to be completed in the coming months.

     

  • NAVDEX 2021 : Aksum Marine displays Chaser-980

    CHASER-980 is designed to be leveraged for multi-purpose missions with customizable specifications to meet any client’s requirements. It can be leveraged as a specialty law enforcement boat, combat boat to transport and deploy infrantry and emergency response Vessel. But also like anti-piracy mission boat, anti-piracy mission boat and fast attack Vessel.

     

  • The LLMC 1996 Protocol to enter into force in the UAE from May 2021

    The UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure being the federal maritime authority of United Arab Emirates will be hosting a virtual seminar in due course to brief the maritime community on the LLMC 1996 Protocol

     

Classification

  • DNV GL joins Smart Maritime Network to enhance industry cooperation on digitalization

    DNV GL, the world’s leading classification society, has joined the Smart Maritime Network, an initiative dedicated to supporting collaboration and standardization in the development of IT systems for the shipping sector. Bjørn-Johan Vartdal, Head of DNV GL’s Maritime Incubator, and Magnus Lande, Head of APAC for Veracity by DNV GL, will also join the Smart Maritime Council.

     

  • ClassNK grants its first Remote Survey (RMSV) notation for PCC ORCA ACE

    Leading Classification Society ClassNK has granted its Remote Survey (RMSV) notation for ORCA ACE, PCC operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and managed by MOL Ship Management Co., Ltd. (MOLSHIP). This is the first vessel on ClassNK’s registry to be marked with RMSV notation.

     

  • Austal USA's President resigns after internal investigation

    In another blow for the troubled Littoral Combat Ship program, the president of Independence-class builder Austal USA has resigned amidst an ongoing federal investigation into financial and contracting irregularities at the yard prior to 2016. 

     

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  • China to push ahead with Hambantota port project

    Beijing will push forward with a plan to develop Hambantota port, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a phone call with his Sri Lankan counterpart amid reports that Colombo was seeking to renegotiate the agreement, the South China Morning Post reported.

     

  • Rotterdam expansion will increase container capacity by a quarter

    The Port of Rotterdam Authority awarded contracts for the expansion of its harbor facilities with the potential to increase by more than a quarter the annual container throughput as well as provide additional space for inland shipping and future expansion. The first sections of the new dock wall are expected to be completed in late 2022 as the port works to increase capacity to deal with the expected continuing growth in container volumes.

     

  • Connecting future ports with private cellular networks

    According to the World Bank, trade represented more than 60% of the global gross domestic product (GDP) in 2019. And 90% of the world’s trade is facilitated by the shipping industry, according to the International Chamber of Shipping. The vast importance of future ports to shipping makes them a vital element for the function of the global economy.

     

Finance

Shipping

  • Record high container contract rates here to stay...

    With the demand for container shipping continuing to rise, long-term contract rates are climbing to unprecedented highs according to new data from ocean freight market intelligence firm Xeneta. They report that all key shipping corridors registered steep increases since the beginning of the year, driven by continuing surging demand, lack of equipment supply, and spot rates that remain at peak levels.

     

  • Dole to take delivery of two reefer ships with...

    Even with the challenges of the COVID-19 era, ANDRITZ has succeeded in delivering a scrubber right on time to Chengxi Shipyard for the Dole Food Company. The multi-inlet hybrid scrubber was the largest ever installed at Chengxi Shipyard, with an outer diameter of 4.1 meters and an overall footprint of around 7.1 x 4.1 meters. It was installed aboard the MV Dole Maya, a reefer container ship flagged in the Bahamas.

     

  • Maersk recovers after two boxships lose...

    Maersk reports that it is making progress on the recovery from its two vessels that both recently suffered significant container losses at sea. The first of the interrupted voyages has resumed after a lengthy operation to stabilize the load while the second vessel has reached a refuge port where the damage assessment and efforts to stabilize the cargo will begin.

     

  • Vietnamese boxship strikes construction crane

    Vietnamese container feeder struck and destroyed a tower crane at a bridge construction site on the Long Tau River, just south of Ho Chi Minh City.  

     

  • Cargill and Maersk tankers launch new bunker...

    In an effort to enable more competitive and transparent pricing, Cargill and Maersk Tankers will combine their bunker volumes, and launch a new bunker procurement service for tramp shipping companies and trading houses. While the initial goal is to procure bunker fuel for Cargill and Maersk Tankers’ combined fleet, the service which launches April is also aiming to attract additional customers. 

     

Legal & Regulations

  • Waiver proposed to permit large ships to sail to Alaska in 2021

    Responding to the outcry from Alaska and the cruise industry, efforts are now underway in the U.S. House of Representatives to find a compromise to permit the 2021 Alaska cruise season to proceed despite Canada’s ban on large cruise ships. An Alaska member of the U.S. House introduced an act that would provide a waiver to the U.S. cabotage rules while a committee proposed permitting technical calls in Canada. With a short window for action, the cruise industry however has already begun to cancel Canadian-based cruises for 2021.

     

  • Nigeria plans to add boats and aircraft to combat piracy

    Responding to the growing outcry over the increasing security risks for mariners in West Africa and the repeated reports of Nigerian pirates being at the center of the activity, the Nigerian government is reportedly taking actions to enhance security. The transport minister is speaking out saying his country will increase its efforts to improve security in the region. 

     

  • Indonesian navy catches five pirates in the act of raiding a barge

    The Indonesian Navy successfully intercepted five pirates in the middle of a theft aboard a barge in the Singapore Strait. 

     

Environment

  • CMA CGM to expand US Pacific route with first LNG-fuel boxships

    CMA CGM Group announced that it plans to deploy the first LNG-powered large containerships on its Pacific routes starting later this year. The move is part of the company’s efforts to move to carbon neutrality by deploying a large fleet of LNG-powered vessels.

     

  • DFDS, Maersk commit to launch of Europe’s largest Green Ammonia plant

    DFDS Seaways and Maersk are joining with leaders from the agricultural industry in a project led by the Danish investment firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) for the establishment of Europe’s largest production facility of CO2-free green ammonia. The companies participating in the project are committing to work towards realizing the establishment of the facility and the use of the fuel to reduce carbon emissions from their operations.

     

  • EDP creates units to exploit green hydrogen and energy storage

    The EDP Group has strengthened its commitment to decarbonization by launching two units that will exploit the potential of green hydrogen and energy storage systems. The H2 Business Unit (H2BU) will be the Group's new arm for the development of green hydrogen projects, while the dedicated storage unit, built in EDPR NA, will aim to achieve a storage capacity of 1 GW within five years.

     

Education

  • Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime...

    The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport branch in Sharjah (AASTS) organised an awareness workshop for students, in cooperation with Sharjah Police. The workshop titled ‘Drugs between Reality and the Law,’ is in line with AASTS’ strategy to empower the next generation of young Emiratis in the maritime sector. It also supports the Academy’s efforts to consolidate its corporate social responsibility in association with its partners and other competent organisations.

     

  • Maritime Consortium launch Crewcare App to...

    Marking a significant step forward in seafarer welfare, a group of established maritime entities have joined forces to build a digital platform aimed at improving the emotional well-being of the world’s 1.7 million seafarers.

     

  • Ankara University Research Centre offers Maritime...

    The Association of Caribbean States has has announced Master and Doctoral Programme on the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law scholarships offered by the Ankara University Research Centre of the Sea and Maritime Law and the Government of Turkey.

     

  • PMMA Alumni partners with Orient Class to enhance...

    The Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association, Inc. (PMMAAAI) and Orient Register of Shipping, Inc. (Orient Class) unites to further promote safety and enhance the development of classification rules in the domestic shipping industry.

     

  • The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and...

    The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport branch in Sharjah (AASTS), a leading education institution in the field of maritime education, recently kickstarted their spring semester. While maintaining all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Academy has ensured that it continues to provide high-quality education by incorporating “Hybrid Learning”, which combines online studies along with in-person classes for practical lessons. Despite the pandemic, the Academy put in all efforts to provide its students with a safe environment.

     

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