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Maritime Transport and Climate Policy at a Critical Juncture: UNCTAD Report

Image: Marine Vectors

 ​As the global community commits to the new Sustainable Development Goals and gears up for a new international climate policy agreement, the UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2015 highlights the role of freight transport, including maritime transport, in addressing the global sustainability and resilience agenda.   With more than 80 per cent of world merchandise trade by volume being carried by sea, maritime transport remains the backbone of international trade and globalization, the report says. Equally, the sector is a key enabling factor for other sectors and economic activities.   The Review of Maritime Transport 2015 underlines that maritime transport is facing the dual challenge of climate change mitigation and adaptation. While curbing greenhouse gas emissions remains urgent to ensure manageable global warming levels, the effects of climate variability and change – irrespective of the causes – are already being felt in different parts of the world, often in the poorest countries which are less able to cope.   Seaports, acting as key nodes in international transport networks across supply chains, are particularly vulnerable to climate change due to their location in coastal and low-lying areas. They are likely to be affected directly and indirectly by climatic factors such as rising sea levels, extreme weather events and rising temperatures.  


Aries Maritime Transport Provides Update on the Bora

Aries Maritime Transport Limited announced that it has withdrawn the Bora, a 2000- built double-hull products tanker, from the vessel's charter with PDVSA, and is currently marketing the vessel for a new charter. Mons S. Bolin, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Rates for products tankers remain firm and we are actively pursuing a new charter for the Bora in the international market. We remain committed to employing


OECD Issues Report on Ownership and Control

The Maritime Transport Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued a report entitled Ownership and Control of Ships


State of Green Markets Green Blue Denmark

Blue Denmark is also green

  Blue Denmark is also green. Therefore, Denmark’s official green brand, State of Green, is now launching a new theme on its website focusing on green maritime solutions. As a nation, Denmark has become well-known internationally in the green maritime field and now we intend to become even better at getting this across by means of State of Green’s new initiative that focuses on sustainable, green maritime transport and technological solutions.


Libya Acquires New Tankers

Libya Wednesday took delivery of three new oil tankers at its port hosting the Refining Company in Zaouia, as part of ceremonies marking the 37th anniversary of the country`s September 1969 Revolution. Baghdadi Mahmoudi, Secretary of the Libyan People`s General Committee took delivery of the three tankers - Ibn Batouta, Gardhabia and Intissar - new additions to the Libyan Maritime Transport Company`s fleet. The tankers built in South Korea by Samaho Hundai


Multiport Mourns a Loss

Multiport, the network of independent ship agents, is sad to announce the death of Mr Hylton Clarke, managing director of its Jamaican member, Maritime & Transport Services Ltd. Clarke was a leading member of the Jamaican shipping community, and the longest serving member on the managing committee of the Shipping Association of Jamaica. "He was a man of the greatest integrity, with a great sense of humour and enjoyment of life," said Multiport secretary-general Peter


GloMEEP Energy Efficiency Project Gets Underway

GloMEEP Georgia workshop Courtesy IMO

  The first national workshop under the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships GloMEEP), Project, which aims to support increased uptake and implementation of energy-efficiency measures for shipping, has been held in Georgia.    Georgia is one of the Lead Pilot Countries for the project, which aims to build understanding and knowledge of technical and operational energy-efficiency measures to lead maritime transport into a low-carbon future.  


Liberia to Receive Preferential Flag Status with Respect to Chinese Tonnage Dues

Image: Liberian Registry Maritime Publications Department

 Pursuant to the Maritime Transport Agreement signed between the Republic of Liberia and the People’s Republic of China on 3 November 2015, Liberia will be added to the preferential list of countries when determining the tonnage dues for vessels calling Chinese ports effective as from 14 February 2016.   The Agreement serves to further develop friendly relations between the two governments and strengthen their cooperation in the field of maritime transport on the basis of


U.K. Financial Assistance to Move Freight to Waterways

The UK Department for Transport issued its Consultation Document entitled Financial Assistance for Moving Freight from Road to Inland Waterway and Maritime Transport. The post-consultation response indicates broad support for grants to encourage increased use of waterways in lieu of roadways to transport freight in the U.K. Differences remain, however, with regard to detailed implementation.


Economic Effects of U.S. Import Restraints

The U.S. International Trade Commission issued a lengthy report entitled -The Economic Effects of Significant U.S. Import Restraints Third Update 2002 .The report reviews a variety of import restraints including the maritime cabotage laws. It concludes that eliminating the restriction on maritime transport and liberalization of the U.S. build requirement for vessels engaged in the coastwise trade would provide an economic benefit of $917


IMO Joins Kenya’s World Maritime Day Celebrations

Photo: International Maritime Organization

 Kenya has marked this year’s WorldMaritimeDay with celebrations held in Mombasa, Kenya (20 September).  International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Juvenal Shiundu delivered a goodwill message on behalf of IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim


Georgia: Developing National Maritime Transport Policies

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Practical guidance on how to develop, adopt and update national maritime transport policy was the focus for a one-day seminar in Batumi, Georgia (14 September), aimed at senior maritime transport officials from the littoral States of the Black and Caspian Seas and Moldova.   


French Prime Minister Manuel Valls Visits CMA CGM

Photo: CMA CGM

French container shipper CMA CGM received Manuel Valls, Prime Minister of France, the CMA CGM Tower, Group headquarters in Marseille, Friday September 9.    The Prime Minister was accompanied by Emmanuelle Cosse, Minister for Housing and Sustainable Habitat


DNV GL's New Project on EU LNG Market

Photo: DNV GL

 Whilst LNG has proven to be a viable option as a bunkering fuel for ships, there are still challenges to the pace of its development and demand for LNG as a fuel. One of the obstacles to the accelerated uptake is the uncertainty regarding its availability.   


China Cosco Sinks into Red

Photo: China COSCO Holdings Company Limted

 Dragged by lackluster freight rates in the maritime transport market during the first half of 2016, China Cosco Holdings logged a 7.2 billion yuan ($1.07 billion) net loss for the January-June half, down from the year-earlier profit of 2 billion yuan, reports Nikkei Asian Review.  


Vard Secures Contract for Three Module Carrier Vessels

Vard Holdings Limited announced that it has secured a contract for the design and construction of three Module Carrier Vessels for Kazmortransflot (KMTF). The contract win was previously disclosed on July 29, 2016. The vessels, of VARD 9 28 design


India Bullish on Logistic Costs Saving through Sagarmala

Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari. Photo: Official FB Page

 Augmenting operational efficiency of ports & optimizing logistics evacuation can give boost to Indian trade and help seize the big opportunity of growth in Indian cargo traffic at ports which is estimated to increase to 2.5 bn MMTPA by 2025


Iran, Russia Rail Link as Rival to Suez Canal

Map: Iran Govt, Tansim

 Russia and Iran plan railway link through Azerbaijan that would aim to grab a share of the cargo now being shipped through the Suez Canal, reports Tasnim.    Russia’s transport minister, Maxim Sokolovm, said Tehran and Moscow are considering establishing a rail link that


Ship of the Year Award for NYK Vessel

Image of LNG-fueled tugboat Photo NYK

Japan's first LNG-fueled ship, Sakigake, which is a tugboat owned by NYK has been recognized with a Technology Special Award at the 2015 Ship of the Year Awards sponsored by the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE)


HK Shipping Tycoon George Chao Dies

Photo:  Wah Kwong Shipping Holdings.

Following a long illness George Chao, a shipping legend in Hong Kong and president of Wah Kwong Maritime Transport, died, aged 76, in hospital.   WAH Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings, established 64 years ago, is now one of the largest privately owned shipowners in Hong Kong. 


Big Names Unite to Push LNG as a Marine Fuel

Picture of the SeaLNG group Photo SeaLNG

Carnival Corporation & plc, DNV GL, ENGIE, ENN, GE, GTT, Lloyd’s Register, Mitsubishi Corporation, NYK Line, Port of Rotterdam, Qatargas, Shell, TOTE Inc. and Wärtsilä are among firms that are part of a new cross-industry initiative called SEA\LNG


World Maritime Day Theme for 2017: "Connecting Ships, Ports and People"

Image: Maersk Line

 "Connecting Ships, Ports and People" has been selected as the World Maritime Day theme for 2017 following a proposal by Secretary-General Kitack Lim to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council.   Addressing the IMO Council


Promoting National Maritime Transport Policy in Saint Lucia

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A national workshop in Saint Lucia has brought together participants from various Government bodies and other stakeholders to discuss the development of a national maritime transport policy.    The workshop is aimed at highlighting the promotion and development of such a policy


Liberian Registry Implements Cost-saving Measures

Scott Bergeron (Photo: Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry)

The Liberian Registry announced the introduction of a range of cost-saving provisions which it said will help mitigate the burden and financial strain currently being placed on owners and operators of Liberian-flag vessels during the sustained economic downturn in the maritime and offshore sectors


Oman Shipping Makes Profit

Photo: OmanShipping Company SAOC

 Oman Shipping Company (OSC) reported a $180 million profit in 2015. Tariq bin Mohammed Al Junaidi, chief executive officer of OSC has been quoted by  Oman News Agency saying that  achieving significant profit came as a result of the good performance of the operations of the






 
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