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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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Sea Shepherd Says Endangered Blue Whale Killed in Iceland

The Hvalur 8 bringing in a Fin whale (right) and a Blue whale (left). Image Credit: Sea Shepherd.

An endangered Blue whale has been killed by an Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf to be sold for export to Japan, a conservationist organization Sea Shepherd said. "Sea Shepherd volunteers monitoring the Hvalur hf whaling station in Hvalfjordur Iceland have documented the slaughter of an endangered Blue whale on the night of July 7th, the 22nd endangered whale killed and butchered for export to Japan by Kristján Loftsson’s commercial whaling company since June 20, 2018," said a press release.

Clean Arctic Alliance Calls for Renewing Commitment to HFO Ban

Pic: HFO-Free Arctic

Clean Arctic Alliance called on member states to “renew their commitment” so that a ban on the use and carriage of polluting heavy fuel oil (HFO) from Arctic shipping can be adopted in 2021 as  the International Maritime Organization (IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 73) gathered yesterday (October 22) in London.“IMO member states must be resolute in ensuring that the Arctic ban on heavy fuel oil is developed by 2020, and adopted  in 2021, to protect Arctic ecosystems and communities from both the threat of oil spills and the impact of black carbon emissions”…

Floating Pier Provides Flexibility for Donsö Harbor Project

(Photo: SF Marina)

SF Marina has built pontoons and floating breakwaters internationally for a range of bespoke marinas designed to suit local conditions worldwide, from a fishing station in the north of Iceland to the sunny but continually storm-hit Caribbean. The company has leveraged this experience for the Donsö Harbor Association in a project called Donsö Djuphamn – the Donsö deep water harbor project.“This project will benefit the fishing and commercial fleets, but it will also benefit other marine traffic such as official vessels.

US Aircraft Carrier in Arctic after Three Decades

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Image: United States Navy

A US aircraft carrier strike group has entered in the frigid waters north of the Arctic Circle for the first time since the Soviet Union collapsed to join a massive NATO naval drill close to Russian border.According to a press communication from the United States Navy,  for the first time in nearly 30 years, a U.S. aircraft carrier entered the Arctic Circle Oct. 19 to conduct operations in the Norwegian Sea.Accompanied by select ships from Carrier Strike Group Eight (CSG-8), the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S.

Iceland’s Samherji Buys Stake in Eimskip

Photo: Eimskip

Icelandic fisheries company Samherji though Samherji Holding has acquired a substantial share in Eimskip, Iceland’s longest-established and largest shipping operator.The company has a total of 25.3% stake in the company and the purchase price is about 11 billion Icelandic krona. Samherji Holding is a subsidiary of Samherji's foreign operations. The seller of the stake is the US investment fund Yucaipa.The purchase will give Samherji an investment in a major logistics firm that has 22 vessels…

Partners Aim to Disrupt the USV Market

(Image courtesy Al Seer Marine)

Abu Dhabi based Al Seer Marine has signed a cooperation agreement with Iceland-based company Rafnar to convert Rafnar’s Embla RHIB platform into an unmanned surface vessel (USV).Rafnar began as a research and development company for the ÖK Hull, a hull platform that ensures endurance, comfort and safety for mariners in the harshest of environments by reducing wave slamming impacts. The company new sells its own vessels and provides licensing opportunities for its ÖK Hull technology to vessel builders.After having developed their individual proprietary technologies…

RIB Circumnavigates Iceland in 42 Hours

(Image: Al Seer Marine)

Al Seer Marine and Rafnar, Icelandic marine technology innovators and designers of the Rafnar Hull, have completed a record-breaking 42-hour circumnavigation of Iceland.This news follows the firms' recent partnership announcement for the licensing of the Rafnar Hull. The challenge of circumnavigating Iceland in a small open RIB was an opportunity for Al Seer Marine to gain firsthand experience of the Rafnar Hull in the conditions that shaped it. The journey began in Reykjavík, Iceland, on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 1:20 p.m. and ended on Saturday, June 2nd at 8:00 a.m. in Reykjavík.

Industry Groups Welcome Arctic Heavy Fuel Oil Ban

Pic: Pacific Environment

The Clean Arctic Alliance and indigenous groups welcomed the support given by member states to commence work on developing a ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters as the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 73) closed last week in London.Support for commencing work, to mitigate the risks of using and carrying HFO fuel in the Arctic which includes developing a ban, at the PPR6 technical meeting, in February 2019…

Arctic Council Focuses on Biodiversity

Photo: Arctic Council Secretariat

Representatives of the eight Arctic States and six indigenous Permanent Participant organizations, as well as the Arctic Council’s six  Working Groups and more than thirty Observers, met in Rovaniemi, Finland  last week. The Council focused its thematic discussion on biodiversity in the Arctic and welcomed updates from the six Working Groups, two Task Forces, and one Expert Group, as well as interventions from Observers. During the biodiversity discussion Working Groups presented their ongoing efforts to advance biodiversity conservation…

Deadly Boat Crash in Russian World Cup Host City

(Photo: Russian Emergencies Ministry)

Eleven people on a river cruise were killed when their boat collided with a tugboat late on Monday in the Russian city of Volgograd, which is hosting matches in the soccer World Cup, rescue services said.Emergencies services received notification at around 10 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Monday that the vessels had collided on the Volga River, about 250 meters from the riverbank.There were 16 people on board the pleasure craft, all of them Russians, the RIA news agency cited the local administration as saying.Five people had been rescued…

Two AIDA Ships to Participate in German Maritime Festival

Photo: AIDA Cruises

For the fourth time in a row, AIDA Cruises has agreed to sponsor a ship for one of these major public attractions of one of Germany’s biggest maritime festivals. Thanks to the support of the cruise company based in Rostock, the venerable Russian vessel “Kruzenshtern” will be a guest at the 27th Hanse Sail from August 10–13, 2017. The “Kruzenshtern,” a four-masted barque, which sails under a Russian flag, is the only remaining ship still in service from the famous Flying-P Liners…

MRV Made Easy: NAPA Updates Performance Monitoring System

(Image: NAPA)

Maritime software, services and data analysis provider NAPA said it has updated its performance monitoring and reporting systems to enable simple, straightforward compliance with EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) legislation. Users of NAPA Shipping Solutions, ClassNK-NAPA GREEN and NAPA-DSME Power can easily generate MRV reports and include their performance monitoring software as their data collection method in the monitoring plan due on August 31, 2017. From January 1…

IMO Promotes Fishing Vessel Safety

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

When it comes to fishing vessel safety, the mission is clear, says Sandra Allnutt of the International Maritime Organization (IMO): enhance safety to save lives. “We want to reduce loss of life in one of the most dangerous professions in the world, and we want to enhance safety on board fishing vessels,” said Ms Allnutt, Head of Maritime Technology in IMO’s Maritime Safety Division, following a regional seminar, in Cape Town, South Africa, to promote ratification and implementation of a key fishing vessel safety treaty known as the Cape Town Agreement of 2012.

Andreas Nordseth is New Chairman of EMSA’s Administrative Board

Andreas Nordseth. Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), Andreas Nordseth, has just been elected Chairman of the Administrative Board of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). "EMSA provides a very important contribution to maritime safety and environmental protection in Europe. Besides ensuring uniform implementation of legislation across Europe, EMSA puts great effort into implementing new technologies and digitalising shipping- which is also of importance to Blue Denmark.

Iceland Accedes to Air Pollution Treaty

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaty covering the prevention of air pollution from ships has been ratified by Iceland, bringing the total number of contracting States to 89, and representing more than 96% of world merchant shipping tonnage. The MARPOL Annex VI treaty limits the main air pollutants contained in ships exhaust gas, including sulphur oxides and nitrous oxides, and prohibits deliberate emissions of ozone depleting substances. It also includes energy-efficiency measures aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

Vard Tallies Orders for 7 Stern Trawlers

The seven ordered VARD 8 08 vessels, designed by Vard Design in Norway (Image: Vard)

Vard Holdings Limited announced it has secured contracts valued at approximately NOK 700 million ($84 million) for the design and construction of seven stern trawlers for Icelandic ship owners Bergur-Huginn, Utgerdarfelag Akureyringa, Gjögur and Skinney-Thinganes. Together, VARD and the four ship owners have developed a new concept for seven stern trawlers for fishing operations in Iceland. The vessels, measuring 29 by 12 meters, will be constructed and outfitted by Vard Aukra in Norway for deliveries in 2019.

Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Planned in Liverpool

Left to right: BOA veteran Jim Rainsford, Vice Admiral Mike Gretton campaign chairman, veteran Graeme Cubbin (Photo: Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Campaign)

A fundraising campaign to build a international memorial dedicated to the estimated 100,000 people who lost their lives during the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II, as well as those who served and survived, is being launched in Liverpool. The Battle of the Atlantic Memorial (BOAM), the charity leading the campaign, will stage a press call with war veterans on the Liverpool’s iconic waterfront to launch the fundraising effort to build the 28 meter monument in the shape of a merchant ship split in two.

Viking Life-Saving Equipment is ‘Polar Code Ready’

Photo: Viking

It’s been a full year since the International Maritime Organization (IMO) launched the Polar Code to enhance the protection of seafarers and the environment in Arctic and Antarctic regions. As ship owners and operators now work to ensure compliance, Viking Life-Saving Equipment says it stands ready to throw them a lifeline. The global provider offers a complete range of safety solutions for passenger and cargo vessels operating under the Polar Code. “Like the Poles themselves, Polar safety is uncharted territory to many operators.

Luxury Cruise Ships & The French Connection

 Edie Rodriguez, the Americas Brand Chairman for PONANT Yacht Cruises and Expeditions. (Photo: Ponant)

Edie Rodriguez, the Americas Brand Chairman for PONANT Yacht Cruises and Expeditions, has spent a life and built a career centered on travel, cruise and branding in a most luxurious manner. She was a natural to discuss the booming luxury expedition sector, the next big frontier in the global cruise industry. It is natural, in the U.S., to pronounce PONANT as “po nant,” but the French have a different style and the company name is pronounced “po non,” dropping the ‘t.’ But Edie Rodriquez, charged with spreading the PONANT name in North America, does not get hung up on diction in this case.

Adventure Bound: Sunstone Ships Climbs to New Heights

Niels-Erik Lund (Image: SunstoneShips Inc.)

Niels-Erik Lund began his passenger ship career in 1969 as a trainee in a Danish passenger shipping company, DFDS. In the nearly 50 years since, the passenger and cruise shipping industry has changed many times over, with consistent growth being the only similarity between then an now. Today Lund, President & CEO of Sunstone Ships, Inc., has an unfettered view of the expedition cruise sector that he helped to create. With the expedition and luxury cruise segments set for fast growth, Maritime Reporter spoke to Lund to help put the market in better perspective.

Port of Gothenburg: Sustained Growth in Ro-Ro Operations

Working in collaboration with several North European ports, the Port of Gothenburg is hoping to link up more destinations as part of intermodal collaboration that will contribute to a more efficient, climate-smart logistics system. Photo: Port of Gothenburg.

Ro-ro operations at the Port of Gothenburg are looking bright, with sustained growth three years in succession. There has been an increase of 10 per cent over the past year alone, with the number of units currently standing at 593,000. But there is still potential to raise the bar even further by switching a higher proportion of freight from Norway to Gothenburg from land to sea. It is hoped that closer collaboration between the ports in Hirtshals, Kristiansand, Larvik, Grenland…

Boatbuilding 101: Keep It Simple

(L-R) Dale Gusick, Dave Peura, Frank Bjorkman & Sean Fernstrum

In an era of increasingly complicated regulations and sophisticated technologies disrupting the workboat sector, one piece of the equipment – the Keel Cooler – remains as possibly the most important and at the same time, the simplest piece of hardware on the water. Likewise, much the same way as it was more than 70 years ago, Fernstrum remains the standard. For today’s workboat sector, the most pressing issue facing operators is arguably comprised of meeting and paying for the advent of so-called ‘Tier’ emissions standards.

Clean Arctic Hails IMO Action on HFO

Photo: HFO-Free Arctic

The Clean Arctic Alliance has applauded progress by International Maritime Organization member states towards banning use of the world’s dirtiest fuel – heavy fuel oil – from Arctic shipping. It also called for Member States to make every effort to adopt and rapidly implement a ban by 2021, as proposed by eight IMO Member States and supported by other countries during the meeting. Plans to develop a ban on heavy fuel oil (HFO) from Arctic shipping, along with an assessment of the impact of such a ban…

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