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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


Swedish Shipping Joins Fossil Free Initiative

Image: Svensk Sjöfart (Swedish Shipowners Association)

 The Swedish Shipowners Association has expressed its disappointment that shipping was not included in the new climate agreement that was struck in Paris by countries represented at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.   They believe that delegates in Paris failed to seize the moment to make a direct statement to the shipping industry about its commitments, and that more needs to be done to tackle the climate challenge.  


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

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  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

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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


Volvo Penta’s Kull a Top Woman in Manufacturing

Marcia Kull (Photo: Volvo Penta)

The Manufacturing Institute to honor Volvo Penta’s Marcia Kull with STEP Ahead Award on April 21; award honors top women leaders in the manufacturing industry    Marcia Kull, vice president of marine sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas, has been selected by the Manufacturing Institute as one of the top women in U.S. manufacturing for 2016.   Kull and the other honorees will be recognized at the fourth annual Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology


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


National Initiative Launched by Maritime Industry Leaders

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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


JNPT Now Harnessing Solar Power

Photo: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

 India’s largest container port, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) will now harness solar energy and reduce its dependency on conventional electricity from the grid.  JNPT is installing solar power plant on several rooftops in its township and commercial premises.  


MarineLink.com Gets a Facelift

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MarineLink.com – the commercial maritime industry’s longest running online news site, launched a newly designed version today.  The new mobile-friendly site features a sleek new look, enhanced search and archive functions, easier navigation, videos and much more


$100M Tug Contract: Fourth Boat Delivered in South Africa

TNPA’s new tug, OSPREY, was launched and named at the Southern African Shipyards premises in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo: TNPA)

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is on track with its $100m tug building contract and celebrated the ceremonial launch of the fourth of its nine new tugs being built in Durban.   The tug – named OSPREY in honor of the fish eagle – will serve at the Port of Saldanha


Navtor Takes Lead for Autonomous Ship Project

 NAVTOR e-Navigation Project Manager Bjørn Åge Hjøllo

NAVTOR will spend the next three years helping the EU chart a route towards autonomous vessels, as it was selected to represent the maritime industry in the ENABLE project - conceived to prove, verify and validate the safety of autonomous vehicles in Europe


U.S. meeting on ocean conservation nets $5.3 billion in pledges

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,

International participants at a high-level conference on the world's oceans pledged more than $5.3 billion for conservation and designated vast areas as protected waters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday. More than 90 countries took part in the two-day conference


AkzoNobel Launches Biocide-free Fouling Control Coating

Switching to more sustainable shipping has been made easier for ship owners and operators following the launch of Intersleek 1000, a new biocide-free fouling control coating developed by AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business.   Offering fuel and CO2 savings of up to 6 percent*


DNV GL and Hempel to Cooperate for ISO 19030

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 As a leading coatings manufacturer, Hempel pioneered the performance guarantee based on achieving efficiency savings from maintaining a fouling-free and smooth hull.    Therefore, Hempel warmly welcomes the introduction of this internationally recognised and accepted set of


Embracing New Hull & Propeller Performance Criteria

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ISO 19030 – to be published shortly – defines a set of fully transparent methodologies to measure changes in hull and propeller performance. As a leading coatings manufacturer, Hempel pioneered the performance guarantee based on achieving efficiency savings from maintaining a


How Can the Marine Industry Counteract Its Aging Workforce?

File photo: Brian Cronk

It’s been widely reported over recent years that the maritime industry is facing a workforce crisis. A lack of newly trained candidates to fill the gaps caused by retirement of an aging workforce, now compounded even further by the oil price crash


Africa’s First Dredging Simulator Unveiled

Photo courtesy of TNPA

Africa’s first ever dredging simulator was launched in the port city of Durban, South Africa – another positive spin-off of ongoing collaboration between Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE)


North Korea Test Fires Submarine Missile

North Korea test fired a submarine-based ballistic missile (SLBM) from its east coast on Wednesday, CNN reports quoting South Korean authorities.   The missile flew about 500 kilometres before splashing into the Sea of Japan — the first missile of its kind to reach such a distance.


MPA Asks Singapore Maritime Firms to Adopt Sustainability Reporting

Image:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 In June this year, the Singapore Exchange (SGX) introduced sustainability reporting on a ‘comply or explain’ basis.  To assist and encourage the maritime sector to embrace the new requirement for Sustainability / Integrated reporting


Ghana's Vessel Tracking Deal for exactEarth

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exactEarth Ltd. has been selected by the Fisheries Commission (West Africa Regional Fisheries Programme), an agency of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD) of the Government of Ghana, for the provision of Satellite AIS data services as well as a small vessel tracking


A Bumpy Ride: China's New Maritime Silk Route

Map by Alibra Shipping

 China has been pressing ahead with its ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative – comprised of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road (pictured) – which was launched in 2015. Alibra Shipping Research is taking a look on China's plans.


China Launches Maritime Satellite

Gaofen-3 onboard the Long March 4C rocket. Image Courtesy: Xinhua

 China’s Academy of Space Technology in Beijing has launched a new high-tech satellite, called the Gaofen 3 high-resolution Earth observation satellite, which has been designed to protect its maritime interests, as well as warn of natural disasters, according to China Daily.  






 
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