CDC says U.S. Cruises should sail by summer

After weeks of criticism, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a letter to the cruise industry on April 28 reiterating its commitment for the resumption of cruises from U.S. ports by mid-summer. The four-page letter responds to many of the issues raised by the cruise lines and for the first time provided detailed guidance as well as a new alternative to speed the resumption of U.S.-based cruises. Industry executives responded positively while cautioning that they were still reviewing the details.


Consolidating courses for user friendly, secure certification

Over the past 12 months, here at Ocean Technologies Group we have been reviewing and consolidating all of Videotel’s and Seagull’s certified eLearning courses into the new Ocean Learning Library. 54 of our most popular have been consolidated with each course designed, as ever, to make seafarers safer and better at what they do. These courses can be taken through a company subscription, via the Ocean Learning Platform, or Pay-As-You-Go from our website.


IMO’s GMN project extended to help developing countries curb GHG emissions

A key International Maritime Organization project — the Global MTCC Network, or GMN, which aims to improve energy efficiency in the maritime sector and support the reduction of GHG emissions from shipping in developing countries through regional maritime technology cooperation centers, has been extended by an additional nine-months to March 31, 2022.


Throughput in port of Rotterdam increases by 3.0% in first quarter of 2021

The volume of freight handled in the port of Rotterdam in the first quarter of this year totalled 115.8 million tonnes. This constitutes a 3.0% increase over the same period last year. As such, the port of Rotterdam has set a new step in its recovery from the decrease in throughput in 2020 as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.