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UK Shipping Needs Time to Prepare for 2015 Emission Limits

The UK Chamber of Shipping says shipping needs more time to prepare for the 2015 0.1% sulphur limit introduction in the ECA's The 2015 0.1% sulphur limit applies within the North Sea and English Channel and the Baltic Sea Emission Control Areas. The Chamber's director of safety and environment, David Balston, said: “We fully support the need to reduce sulphur emissions from ships – but we are particularly concerned that many routes will become non viable and for those vessels operating on them we seek transitional arrangements, including very tight time limited exemptions to allow technology to catch up and provide a realistic alternative." These comments were made following the publication of a report by consultancy firm AMEC, commissioned by the Chamber on behalf of several North Sea and Western Channel shipping operators. The report says that the targets for shipping companies to reduce their sulphur emissions by 2015, could cause adverse environmental effects and result in a loss of 2,000 maritime services jobs, and place many more industrial jobs under threat. The report is the first of its kind to examine the full impact of hitting sulphur targets. The report shows the key impacts of hitting the 2015 sulphur reduction targets would be: • Much more freight moved by road, rather than sea – increasing carbon emissions and causing more road congestion


MARAD Study to Improve U.S.-Flag Competitiveness

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration recently awarded a research contract to PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC, of New York, to identify factors that significantly impact the ability of U.S.-flagged ship operators transporting goods to remain competitive.  Current maritime industry estimates appear to indicate that costs associated with operating these vessels under U.S. registry standards are approximately three times higher than those incurred by the


FMC Acts On Mississippi Towage Arrangements

The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) welcomes the news that the U.S Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has agreed it has jurisdiction in the matter of Exclusive Towage Contracts issues in the lower Mississippi River. Accordingly, the FMC has issued a "show cause" order to the principal bulk terminals with such contracts. Roger Holt, Secretary-General of INTERCARGO said today, "This show-cause order requires the marine terminal operators to demonstrate why they


Guidance for Private Maritime Security Providers Agreed by IMO’s MSC

Interim guidance to private maritime security companies (PMSCs) agreed by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), at latest meeting in London A special high-level segment of the MSC saw an intense debate, over the first day and a half of the Committee’s session, on how the international community should deal with issues related to the deployment of privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on board ships and the carriage of arms on board.


Taking the Guesswork Out of Bunker Procurement

Inatech launches its Optimizer to add smart decision making for fuel purchasing to its cloud-based management solution for the entire fuel procurement process. The company explains that Optimizer helps ship operators take the guesswork out of their fuel purchasing decisions by providing real-time guidance on the three key factors of quantity, location and price strategy-how much fuel to buy for each ship in their fleet


Israel's Zim Line Falls Deeper in the Red in 2013

Image courtesy of Zim Line

Revenues of Zim, Israel Corp's shipping unit, dropped 7 percent as overall freight rates declined by 9 percent in 2013 and its loss rose from US$ 433-million in 2012 to US$535-million in 2013, according to Xinhua. Container ship operators Zim Line, which holds 2 percent of the international shipping market, is in the middle of financial restructuring. The process includes negotiations on cancelling the state's golden share, while keeping Israel's security needs and government interests.


Experts Mull Risks Of Mid-Sea Gasoline Transfer

Salvage workers and shipping experts were studying a possible mid-sea transfer of nearly 30,000 tons of gasoline from a damaged tanker at risk of exploding, the ship's operators said. Spanish authorities insisted the tanker would not be allowed back into the country's waters to carry out the potentially risky operation. A tugboat carrying equipment and specialists for the operation had joined the Greek-owned tanker Castor


Videotel Assists Shipowners

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Ship operators concerned about complying with the newly enforced garbage management rules can now turn to Videotel for support.   Important new updates to MARPOL Annex V entered into force on January 1, 2013 and have revolutionised the way the industry must look at the issue of waste disposal.  In response to this, Videotel has extensively updated its Garbage Management training program to accommodate the radical shift of emphasis the new legislation entails.   


ICS Presents Shipping Economic Challenges to World Ministers

At the OECD International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany, the annual gathering of the world's transport ministers from more than 50 countries (May 22-24), the views of the global shipping industry were represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the principal global trade association for shipowners.   ICS explained the realities of the very serious economic challenges presently confronting shipping at a special ministerial session on the financing of sustainable


Coscocs Targets 2 Mln TEUs by 2018

Photo: China Cosco Shipping (COSCOCS)

 China's biggest shipping line China Ocean Shipping Corporation (Coscocs) has revealed an ambitious plan to increase its container shipping capacity to hit a 2 million TEUs over the next three years, says China Daily.   The company is raising the operational capacity in an effort to seize a larger slice of the cake, known as the East-West and South-North routes.   Wan Min, general manager of China COSCO Shipping


UASC Prohibits Shipment of Shark Fin

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company

 As part of a commitment made to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) earlier this year, United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has prohibited the carriage of shark fin and shark fin related products.   WWF estimates that overfishing of sharks has led to around one quarter of the world’s


Damen Optima Nozzle: A Boon for Inland Shippers

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Damen Optima Nozzle is a big advantage for the North American inland shipping sector. The propeller nozzle developed and manufactured by Damen Shipyards Group's subsidiary Damen Marine Components (DMC) is suited for a wide spectrum of maritime uses and yields the most benefits for inland shipping


Pods Versus Water Lubricated Props

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Thordon Bearings has called on the marine industry to investigate the characteristics of both conventional seawater-lubricated propeller shaft systems and podded propulsion arrangements in order to provide shipowners with a better understanding of the two very different propulsion configurations.


NOAA Engineers a Better Current Sensor for Mariners

Max Ivanov and Scott Mowery with NOAAs Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services install an improved current sensor system on a navigation buoy in Chesapeake Bay. The system transmits real-time current speed and direction observations via satellite to help mariners more safely navigate busy shipping channels. (Photo: NOAA)

Navigating into seaports is now safer and more efficient for mariners thanks to improved NOAA technology that ships rely on to give them information about currents. The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) developed a more reliable


Dry Bulk Facing Slow Recovery, Consolidation -Dreyfus

The dry bulk shipping industry may not emerge from a protracted downturn for another two years and some smaller firms will be squeezed out, the chairman of France's Louis Dreyfus Armateurs said on Tuesday.   The dry bulk sector that transports commodities like coal and iron ore has suffered


Greek Ship Owner, Operator Prosecuted in Pollution Case

Pictured is the 735-foot bulk carrier Gallia Graeca while anchored near Lighthouse Park in Vancouver, Canada, Jan. 13, 2016. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

The companies that own and operate a Greek shipping vessel and two engineers from the ship were convicted today in U.S. District Court in Seattle of 12 felony counts related to their dumping of oily waste at sea, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. 


Maritime Security Experts Weigh in on West Africa

Risk Intelligence launches new service providing overview of operational and regulatory risks of privately contracted maritime security in West Africa   Maritime operations in West Africa are affected by threats from piracy and other maritime crime


Panama Canal Expansion: Impacts on the Bunker Industry

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The total volume of the Panama bunker market has increased in recent years as price levels are becoming increasingly competitive to U.S. bunker hubs like Houston, New Orleans and New York.   In 2015, reports indicate that approximately 5 percent of the global trade passes through the Panama


Will Zim Join 2M?

Photo: ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd

 Israeli carrier Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) might join the 2M Alliance between Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co., Alphaline said quoting industry sources.   This news followed the last week's news of South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM)


Shipbuilder launches revolutionary real time Shipbuilder VR module

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Shipbuilder unveiled its new and revolutionary virtual reality module Shipbuilder VR during the Shipbuilder and Relatics Client Day on 30 June. “Shipbuilder VR allows the real-time publication of project management data, technical data and logistical data in 3D on smartphones


ClassNK's Report on Port State Control

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ClassNK released its annual report on Port State Control. The report aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on board from many port states in 2015.


Elcome Scores Service Agreements in the Middle East

Marine technologies and system integrator Elcome International has signed fleet service agreements with two major ship operators in the Middle East, the company announced today.   Elcome will provide shore-based maintenance and service for navigation


CMA CGM Adds Weekly India Port Calls

This service will start the 26th of july with the first call of the CMA CGM Traviata in Port Qasim Image CMA CGM

CMA CGM Group announced the launch of two new weekly services, EPIC 1 and EPIC 2, between the Arab Gulf, Pakistan, North West India and North Europe. The current Epic service will make room for the two new weekly services. EPIC 1 offering a direct connection between North Europe and Pakistan


ICS Conference to Focus on Shipping Agenda

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will focus clearly on its core agenda this year, with experts from key areas of industry across the board speaking at its 2016 International Shipping Conference, to be held at the British Library on Wednesday 7 September.


Can Bandwidth Supply Keep up with Maritime Demand?

The launch of Intelsat EpicNG 29e in January 2016. This is the first of the Intelsat EpicNG class satellites. (Credit: Intelsat)

In the next few years, demand for bandwidth on the high seas will grow, in no small part due to technology that is making operations more efficient and keeping crews and passengers healthy, happy and connected. Just a few years ago, a cruise-going family might have brought a single laptop computer






 
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