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Economou Backs $300m Green Recycling Initiative

George Economou and broking house Banchero and Costa Spa have both invested in the Green Recycling Initiative launched two weeks ago. The $300m GRI aims to integrate the needs of steel producers to be able to produce ethically sourced steel from traceable scrap and the needs of shipowners to recycle ships in a more environmentally friendly manner. The launch investors were Italy-based Siba Ships and Netherlands-based Seaarland Shipping Management. The Green Recycling Initiative (GRI) is building a fund to buy around 120 obsolete ships during 2009/10. Investors will be drawn from both the shipping and steelmaking industries. It will begin recycling these at established environmentally friendly ship recycling yards run by the International Ship Recycling Association while it builds its own recycling facility. Both Cardiff Marine and DryShips are global shipping transportation companies specializing in the management and transportation of various commodities in both the drybulk and the energy sector. The fleet managed by Cardiff Marine is in excess of 10 million deadweight tons. Banchero and Costa Spa is one of the world's leading maritime broking houses and shipping services groups. It has offices in Genoa, Monte Carlo, London, Geneva, Moscow, Hong Kong and Beijing. The Green Recycling Initiative is a Singapore-based company specifically formed to buy and recycle ships and to trade steel scrap on a global basis

One Voice: CESA & EMEC Unite

One voice for the European Shipbuilding and Maritime Engineering and Manufacturing Industry.   The European shipbuilders and the maritime engineering and manufacturing companies share common interests, concerns and policy objectives. They serve global, highly competitive markets with the highest technology requirements. Under the given conditions, European enterprises succeed based on know-how, innovation, productivity, quality, service and full customer satisfaction

Drydocks World & DMC to build 1st LNG-powered tug

Eco Tug

  Drydocks World and Dubai Maritime City (DMC), the leading provider of services to the shipping, maritime, oil, gas & energy sector is supporting the "Green Economy for Sustainable Development" initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.  As part of this initiative, the company has entered into Memoranda of Understanding with Wartsila and Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence for building the

Bourbon Strives for Fuel Consumption Savings


Optimizing the crewboat's fuel consumption - BOURBON promotes best practices and organizes a competition.   With over 3 million people carried in 2011, the transport of personnel is at the forefront of BOURBON’s activities. Following directly on from the initiative launched in Gabon in 2010, from February 1 to May 1, 2012, BOURBON organized a competition for Surfers in Congo, aimed at cutting the hourly fuel consumption of personnel transport vessels operating out of the country.

CSI Achieves Major Milestone: 20 Ports In

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Robert C. Bonner and Vassilios Manolopoulos, Director General, of the Greek Directorate General of Customs and Excise announced that CBP officers have been deployed to the port of Piraeus as part of the Container Security Initiative (CSI) and that CSI has become operational there. As part of the CSI program, CBP officers are working with host government personnel as part of CSI

First LNG Fuelled Tug for Middle East by Wärtsilä

The first LNG fuelled harbour tug in Middle East region will be designed by Wärtsilä and feature a full scope of Wärtsilä solutions.

  Drydocks World (DDW) based in Dubai, UAE, has contracted Wärtsilä to design and supply the propulsion and other equipment for a new harbour tug that will operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG). This will be the first harbour tug in the Middle East region to operate on gas. The order was signed in November. The 29-meter-long tug is the first of a series of nine such vessels to be built and operated by DDW

National Initiative Launched by Maritime Industry Leaders


The high cost of recruiting, hiring and training  the thousands of skilled shipbuilding and repair professionals needed across the country each year, coupled with the need to increase productivity has left executives in the industry searching for answers.   In response to this need, industry leaders recently launched a national initiative called the Lighthouse Campaign.  On December 6-7, 2011, the leadership team of the Lighthouse Campaign sent representatives to a meeting at

Sustainable Shipping Initiative Launched in Singapore

Focus on sustainable shipping at Singapore event – Wärtsilä participates  The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) launched in Singapore recently is a series of practical, collaborative action plans aimed at developing a sustainable shipping industry for the future. Wärtsilä and other members have committed to deliver first results before the end of 2013. Presented as part of Singapore Maritime Week

Liberian Registry Launches Green Ship Initiative

Scott Bergeron (Photo courtesy: Liberian Registry)

“We have launched a new initiative to help shipowners improve their green credentials and meet other corporate social responsibilities," said Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the registry. "Our aim is to ensure that Liberia remains the greenest fleet afloat." He continued, “The Liberian administration welcomes any new technology and ship designs which improve operational efficiency

China Embraces Carbon Pricing and UN Takes a Shine to Plan

China embraces carbon pricing and UN takes a shine to plan

Millions of visitors and residents could hardly miss the message projected on the side of the world famous United Nations building in New York this week: "Put a price on carbon." At the UN's Climate Summit this week a diverse group of global leaders, from World Bank president Jim Yong Kim to California Governor Jerry Brown, spoke of the need for polluters to pay for each ton of carbon they emit. More than 1,000 companies pledged their support for the effort.

Québec, Indiana Partner for Great Lakes Shipping

Photo: Ports of Indiana

Québec Minister of International Relations and Francophonie Christine St-Pierre and Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann today announced that the Province of Québec and the State of Indiana will launch a new partnership to intensify their collaboration in Great Lakes/St

Indian Ports to Improve Operational Efficiency

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: PIB

 Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that the decline observed in the performance of Major Ports from 2008 to 2014 has reversed and they have shown improvement in their performance in 2015.   

China Pushes Maritime Silk Road to Asean

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli. Photo Credit: Chinese Government

China made its pitch to ASEAN members to promote its Maritime Silk Road plans. China has said it will finish negotiations on upgrading the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area called CAFTA by the end of this year, said Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli.  

Felixstowe Port Goes Green

Mark Seaman (left), Finance Director, and Robert Page, Head of Human Resources, at the Port of Felixstowe plant a tree to launch the Go Green initiative at the port

  The Port of Felixstowe is creating an environmental corridor as part of the Go Green campaign launched by Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) and a number of other global port operators. The initiative at Felixstowe will include the refurbishment of part of a system of dykes within the port

Carnival to Cut GHGs by 25%

Graphics: Carnival Corporation

 Carnival Corporation has renewed its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from its 2005 baseline by 2020, according to a recent announcement of the travel and leisure company’s 2020 sustainability goals.  

NBBB Uses New System to Launch Tug for Kirby

(Photo: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders)

A newly built articulated tug barge (ATB) unit tugboat, was launched for Kirby Offshore Marine on Wednesday, September 2.   The new vessel, the 136’ x 44’ x 19’ Nancy Peterkin, is the first of two sister vessels built for Kirby by Ice Floe

China Rolls Out International Undersea Cable with ASEAN, Plans Information Harbor

Lu Wei, minister of the Cyberspace Administration of China speaks at the China-ASEAN Information Harbor Forum. Photo: Chinese Government

 China is building its first international undersea cable that will carry information and data flow between the country and the ASEAN nations, says Xinhuanet. Its also setting up Information Harbor for the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.  

Webb Institute Kicks Off Big Fundraising Push

Photo: Webb Institute

On the heels of its 125th anniversary, Webb Institute has launched a fundraising effort seeking to raise $40 million to enhance the college’s programs, infrastructure and financial resources to meet the growing challenges of an expanding marine industry, the college announced today.  

Two LNG Carriers Ordered for US Shale Gas Transport

Japanese shipbuilder Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) informs it has received orders for the construction of two next-generation liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers that will primarily carry shale gas produced in North America.  

Autonomous Ship Project Gets Satcom Link

Photo courtesy of Inmarset

The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA), launched by Rolls-Royce and funded by Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation), will bring industry partners together with universities, research institutes

Maritime Silk Road Society Inaugurated in Hong Kong

Chief Executive CY Leung (front row, third left) attends the Maritime Silk Road Society inauguration ceremony. Photo: Information Services Department, Hong Kong Government.

 The Maritime Silk Road Society (MSRS) was inaugurated on Monday to explore new development opportunities for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative, reports Xinhua.   "The Maritime Silk Road Society has been established in

'Go Freen' Joint Initiative by 5 Top Port Operators


  Global marine terminal operators DP World, Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), APM Terminals, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) – five of the world’s largest port operators, and joined by the Port of Rotterdam Authority (PRA)

MPA Rewarded for Green Practices

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. Courtesy: National Archives of Singapore

 The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) clinched top honours at this year's Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards.   MPA has won two of the three titles given to the sector, including the overall Outstanding Singapore Environmental Achievement Award

Liberian Registry Shortlisted for Ship Efficiency Awards

Scott Bergeron (Photo: Liberian Registry)

The Liberian Registry has been named as a finalist for the 2015 Ship Efficiency Awards.   The Liberian Registry was selected as one of five finalists for the Initiative of the Year award. The nomination is in respect of Liberia’s Global Eco-Upgrade Financing Program

Industry Group Launches Marine Pipeline Alert System

Photo: CAMO

The Coastal and Marine Operators (CAMO) group has announced it has successfully completed the first step in rolling out an initiative to protect the safety of mariners, the environment and hydrocarbon pipelines from being damaged.  The CAMO group began transmitting Automatic Information

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