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  • Mohamed bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge seeks solutions to maritime security challenges...

    Arthur Morrish, CEO of ASPIRE - the technology programme management pillar of Abu Dhabi's Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) - said that the Mohamed bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge, to be held in June 2023, aims to push the boundaries of independent systems to create practical solutions to maritime security challenges, such as piracy, smuggling and illegal fishing.

     

  • TANSEEF: Empowering females for greater participation in a growing maritime industry

    The Emirates Classification Society (TASNEEF), the first Arab Classification Society founded with the aim of improving the maritime industry’s security and safety has been a frontrunner in terms of adopting the latest technology for enhanced service offerings. This, along with the assimilation of ambitious UAE Nationals within the entity’s infrastructure is its key strength. Through various efforts and initiatives, TASNEEF has encouraged the participation of women in the maritime industry, thus bridging the gender gap and capitalising on the added value women add to the industry through their unique skill sets.

     

  • DMCA: Leading the sustainable development of Dubai’s maritime sector

    The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has always been at the forefront of bringing about a radical change in the UAE’s maritime sector through an extensive range of industry initiatives, regulations and guidelines, which reaffirm Dubai’s position as a leading maritime centre. Through ground-breaking collaborations, DMCA has enhanced the nation’s maritime infrastructure, operations, and logistics services, and has produced investment opportunities to boost Dubai’s competitiveness.

     

  • Ports, Customs, and Free Zones displays 4 smart applications at GITEX Technology

    The Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation showcased four smart applications that contribute to automating procedures and increasing employee productivity, as part of its participation at GITEX Technology Week 2021, which runs until 21st October at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

     

  • DP World Is Offically Named Port Operator Of The Year At 2021 Multimodal Awards

    DP World in the UK has this week been named Port Operator of the Year at the logistics sector’s leading awards ceremony.

     

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  • Congestion, Expanded Operations Challenge US Cargo Port Efficiency

    US cargo ports continue to see strong revenue performance as a result of sustained congestion and record volume, Fitch Ratings says. However, maintaining operational efficiency is an increasing challenge as bottlenecks have not yet resolved due to disrupted supply chains, mismatched rolling stock, capacity-strained logistics networks and ongoing labor shortages. Ports are now expected to see congestion pressures persist through the holiday season, with throughput patterns not expected to normalize until early 2022.

     

  • $8.25B Investment in Offshore Wind from Iberdrola for UK’s Green Plan

    In the lead-up to the COP26 climate conference, the U.K. is seeking to demonstrate its commitment to renewable energy. Among the projects is a commitment from Scottish Power, the subsidiary of Spanish energy major Iberdola to nearly double its investment in U.K. offshore wind. This came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson mapped out a sweeping program of investment by the government to deliver on its commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

     

  • UK Gov't Investment Group Buys Into DP World's African Ports Portfolio

    DP World has announced the creation of a new investment partnership for African seaports, supported by the UK development finance institution and impact investor CDC Group (CDC).

     

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  • Breakthrough COVID Case Suspends Royal Caribbean’...

    An apparent “breakthrough” case of COVID-19 forced the cancelation of a scheduled four-night cruise to nowhere from Hong Kong and after further follow up Chinese officials are now requesting that Royal Caribbean International suspend cruising for 21 days. Reports of a positive COVID test for a crew member appeared after the passengers had boarded the cruise and just two weeks after Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas had begun sailing from Hong Kong.

     

  • Iconic Ocean Liner QE2 is Now the World's...

    The classic transatlantic liner Queen Elizabeth 2 is now home to what may well be the world's largest floating nightclub, Float Dubai. 

     

  • Salvors Lift Final Section of Wrecked Ro/Ro...

    The lifting operation to remove the very last section of the wrecked ro/ro Golden Ray got under way at long last, 770 days after the vessel went aground in St. Simons Sound, Georgia.

     

  • Chinese Shipyard Closes Due to Lack of...

    One of China’s mid-sized shipbuilders, Tianjin Xingang Ship Heavy Industry, announced that it will stop all operations as of the end of October. The disbanding of the company comes despite the recent resurgence in shipbuilding orders and China’s overall leadership in the industry.

     

  • Tallink Cruise Ferry Arrives in Scotland for...

    The first of two European ferries arrived in Glasgow, Scotland this week to prepare for the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). The ferries, both owned by Tallink Group, are being used to address concerns over a lack of hotel space to accommodate the expected 30,000 delegates to the conference.

     

Legal & Regulations

  • Credit Suisse Fined $475M for Fraudulent Fishery Development Loan

    In 2013-2014, three newly established Mozambican companies took out a $2.2 billion loan. They all had links to people in the inner circle of former Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, and the Mozambican government was secretly listed as a guarantor - without the parliament’s approval.

     

  • MSC Cruises Found Liable for Lost Revenues and Costs in 2019 Accident

    U.K. Admiralty Court has found MSC Cruises liable for both physical damages as well as some “non-physical damages,” that resulted from the 2019 allision as the MSC Opera approached the dock in Venice, Italy hitting the river cruise ship River Countess while the vessel was tied to the dock and in the process of disembarking passengers. The court judgment announced last week after a two-day hearing in July could total approximately $8.7 million after costs and interest.

     

  • S.African port operator Transnet declares force majeure at Richards Bay terminal

    South Africa’s monopoly port operator Transnet late Friday declared a force majeure at its Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, it said in a statement, following a fire that broke out at the port on Wednesday.

     

Environment

  • Fuel Cells, Batteries, and LNG Will Power Silversea Cruises’ New Ships

    Silversea Cruises, an ultra-luxury brand owned by the Royal Caribbean Group, will introduce its next generation cruise ship in the summer of 2023, becoming possibly the first large-scale installation of hydrogen fuel cells for cruise ships. The first of three cruise ships to be built for the brand at Meyer Werft in Germany, the ships will feature a hybrid power plant combining the hydrogen fuel cells with batteries and dual-fuel engines using LNG.

     

  • ARIES Group CEO announces company’s Green Vision, celebrates 1500 green retrofit projects, new office in Germany

    ARIES GROUP CEO Dr. Sohan Roy announced the company’s “Green vision” and setting up of a Green fund to aid the shipping industry’s efforts to promote sustainability and decarbonisation.

     

  • Amazon, Ikea, Michelin and Unilever Plan Zero-Carbon Shipping By 2040

    In the latest initiative aimed at decarbonizing ocean shipping, nine major retailers and consumer companies, including Amazon, Ikea, Michelin, and Unilever, announced that they are signing a pledge to switch all of their ocean freight to vessels powered by zero-carbon fuels by 2040. The Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels (coZEV), organized by the non-profit Aspen Institute, said the initiative is designed to send an important demand signal to the maritime value chain and bunker fuel producers that freight customers want zero-carbon shipping. Today’s announcement, they said, is intended to heighten a sense of urgency and increase confidence in the investment opportunity presented by zero-carbon shipping.

     

Education

  • AASTS successfully participates at the...

    With the aim of training and inspiring a new generation of maritime leaders, the Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport, Sharjah Branch (AASTS) have successfully participated in the 17th International Education Show 2021 scheduled from 19-21 October 2021 at the Expo Centre in Sharjah. Several hundred visitors including students, parents and professionals from government and private entities have visited  the AASTS pavilion that showcased the Academy’s advanced capabilities.

     

  • AASTS showcases latest digital solutions in...

    In their quest for contributing to an advanced digital economy, and to achieve digital transformation in the maritime industry, the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport Sharjah Branch (AASTS) successfully participates at the 41st edition of GITEX, the UAE’s largest tech show scheduled to be held from 17-21 October at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. At the event, AASTS demonstrates its latest offerings in maritime education and training, and the latest systems and technology implemented at the educational facility.

     

  • PRRD gives nod to limited face-to-face class in...

    After more than a year, maritime institutions have been given the go signal by President Duterte along with other schools to conduct limited face-to-face classes for qualified students of BS Marine Transportation (BSMT) and BS Marine Engineering (BSMarE) programs.

     

  • Abu Dhabi’s ASPIRE Launches Over US$3 Million...

    The Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) will be held in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, in June 2023, where tech innovators will participate to seek marine safety and security solutions to take home more than US$3 million in prize money.

     

  • In-person academic year starts at the Arab...

    The first semester of the academic year 2021/2022 has started at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport Sharjah Branch (AASTS) in Khorfakkan. This supports the Academy’s strategy to empower the Arab maritime sector with academically-and-professionally qualified personnel.

     

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  • NYK and Japan Marine Science to Introduce and Promote New Mooring System to...

    NYK and NYK Group company Japan Marine Science Inc. (JMS) have concluded a consulting contract with Trelleborg Marine Systems (TMS), a group company of the Swedish polymer manufacturer Trelleborg AB, to introduce and promote to Japan ports mainly servicing bulk carriers the new mooring system DynaMoor, which enables ships to be moored at the port more safely.

     

  • GL Terminal and Clickargo Announce Strategic Partnership To Provide Digital...

    GL Terminal and Clickcargo have announced the launch of a strategic partnership in Indonesia that will collaborate to provide digital logistics solutions to a range of different stakeholders. The solutions will include full connectivity with customs authorities, ports and terminals, banks and financial institutions, insurance companies, transportation management providers, ocean carriers/airlines, freight forwarders/3PLs and shippers.

     

  • Tug Completes First 1,000 NM Autonomous Voyage in Europe

    The tug Nellie Bly has completed the world’s first 1,000 nautical mile autonomous voyage marking a milestone in the use of computer vision and autonomous tech to circumnavigate Denmark and gather essential data on waterways. Using a system developed by Sea Machines Robotics of Boston, the voyage was completed in just 129 operational hours over 13 days. The program was commanded by U.S. Coast Guard-licensed mariners remotely stationed 3,000 miles away in Boston, many of whom are also members of the American Maritime Officers union.

     

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