International Maritime Organization News

18 Apr 2019

WinGD: Strong 1Q 2019

WinGD's X92DF engine. Image: WinGD

As the clock ticks toward January 1, 2020 and the implementation of strict new emission regulations from the International Maritime Organization, WinGD is reporting a solid order intake for the first quarter of 2020 for their low-pressure, dual-fuel two-stroke engines, powered by a newbuild order spree of LNG carriers specifying WinGD’s XDF engines. In addition, WinGD reports a broadening range of vessel types are selecting dual fuel solutions, including Chemical & Crude Oil Tankers, Asphalt Carriers and Container Feeders.

18 Apr 2019

Abadan Ports Exports Up 56% in 2018

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Abadan, Arvandankar and Choabdeh ports experienced an increase of 56% in 2018, says Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO).Abadan ports and maritime management announced that the export of goods from the three ports of Abadan in the past year has shown a  growing trend.According to the information system, the exports from these ports increased by 39.471 tons in the same period last year which shows a growth of 56.3% in exports, it said.Agricultural products, meat and meat products…

16 Apr 2019

Iridium Readying GMDSS Services for Launch

IMSO Director General, Captain Ahmed Moin and Iridium Director of Maritime Safety and Security Services, Kyle Hurst during the signing ceremony at IMSO headquarters. IMAGE: Credit Iridium

A Historic Public Services Agreement has been signed as Iridium Continues Readying GMDSS Services for Launch. International Mobile Satellite Organization and Iridium continue progress towards Iridium’s January 2020 GMDSS Debut.Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today the signing of their Public Services Agreement (PSA) with the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO), which details the conditions for IMSO to act as regulator and maintain oversight…

15 Apr 2019

ICS Backs IMO's Anti-Corruption Moves

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to address maritime corruption by including this important issue in its work programme for the Facilitation Committee.The decision to include an anti-corruption agenda came at the latest meeting of the IMO’s Facilitation Committee (FAL) in response to a submission from Liberia, Marshall Islands, Norway, United Kingdom, United States and Vanuatu. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) co-sponsored the submission along with a number of other non-governmental organisations (NGOs).Guy Platten…

15 Apr 2019

BMA Appoints Hutchinson as MD, CEO

Captain Dwain E. Hutchinson (Photo: BMA)

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) announces the appointment of Captain Dwain E. Hutchinson as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. Captain Hutchinson succeeds Commodore Davy F. Rolle, who stepped down as Director last year.Captain Hutchinson is a proud Bahamian from Nassau, New Providence island, where he completed his tertiary education before commencing his maritime studies in Scotland at Glasgow College of Nautical Studies. Qualified with a UK Master Mariner (Unlimited) STCW Certificate of Competency…

12 Apr 2019

IMO Event Inspires Maritime Women

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“Use your power to empower”. “Say what you’re thinking”. “Listen to the ‘yes’ voice in your head”. “Return every phone call every day”. “Believe in yourself”.This was the advice given by a wide variety of inspiring maritime women sharing their experiences of entering, working and leading in the maritime world at a special on "Women, ports and facilitation" at International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters, London (10 April).The speakers presented on, and answered questions about, their work and the future for women in the field – identifying a series of key issues and recommendations.

12 Apr 2019

New Pumps for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems

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To curb global marine and air pollution, stricter limits on the sulphur dioxide content of marine exhaust gases stipulated by the EU and IMO (International Maritime Organization of the UN) will apply from 2020. From an engineering point of view, this can be achieved by using natural gas or fuels with a low sulphur content, and by cleaning the exhaust gases with a scrubber.For on-board exhaust gas cleaning systems KSB ITUR Spain S.A., a KSB Group company of located in Zarautz,…

11 Apr 2019

IMO Maritime Single Window Progress

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A successful International Maritime Organization (IMO) project promoted by Norway to establish a maritime "single window" in Antigua and Barbuda has been completed – and the source code for the system will now be made available to other countries who need it.A maritime single window enables all information required by public authorities in connection with the arrival, stay and departure of ships, people and cargo, to be submitted electronically via a single portal, without duplication.

11 Apr 2019

Shoei Kisen to Deliver 4 Vessels to Yang Ming

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Taiwanese ocean shipping company Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation  and Japan's Shoei Kisen Kaisha signed charter agreements for four new 11,000 TEU containerships in Hong Kong.During the ceremony, the time-charter agreements were signed by Yang Ming’s Chairman Bronson Hsieh and Shoei Kisen’s President Yukito Higaki.The four new vessels will be delivered in the first three quarters of year 2022.In order to enhance the company’s mid- to long-term operational efficiency and competitiveness…

10 Apr 2019

Malaysia Ratifies FAL Convention

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaty enhancing communication between ships and ports to help shipments move more quickly, more easily and more efficiently has been ratified by Malaysia.According to the UN body, this brings the number of contracting States to the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention) to 123.Captain Haji Samad, Alternate Permanent Representative of Malaysia to IMO, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters…

10 Apr 2019

Algeria to Protect Marine Environment

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International Maritime Organization (IMO) training on the international treaty covering waste dumping at sea, the London Protocol, is underway for Algerian government officials and participants from shipping companies and port authorities.The workshop, held in Alger (9-10 April), is enabling cooperation between different sectors – allowing effective implementation of measures aimed at protecting the marine environment from dumping of harmful wastes at sea.As set out in the London…

10 Apr 2019

Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 Approved by USCG

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Alfa Laval PureBallast 3, the third generation of manufacturer Alfa Laval’s ballast water treatment technology, has received an updated type approval from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 was awarded an updated certificate from the USCG on April 4, granting the system type approval with zero-day holding time in all water salinities. PureBallast 3 owners in U.S. waters now have the option of discharging ballast water just 2.5 hours after taking it on. The holding time of 2.5 hours…

09 Apr 2019

Shell Marine Launches New Lubricant

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Shell Marine has introduced a new two-stroke engine cylinder oil specifically for use with engines running on 0.5% sulphur content very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) ahead of the IMO sulphur cap 2020.With a Base Number of 40, Shell Alexia 40 has been developed to optimise equipment performance and condition as ship owners and charterers prepare for the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) 0.50% global sulphur limit for marine fuels in 2020.Shell Marine expects most of…

08 Apr 2019

IMO Addresses Efficiency of Shipping

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International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Facilitation Committee addresses the efficiency of shipping by dealing with all matters related to the facilitation of international maritime traffic, including the arrival, stay and departure of ships, persons and cargo from ports.The Committee is meeting for its 43rd session (8-12 April), coinciding with the entry into effect of new requires for all public authorities to introduce electronic exchange of information between ships and ports.Alongside other agenda items…

08 Apr 2019

E-Navigation Workshop Held in Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is co-organizing a workshop with the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) to support the operationalization of e-navigation solutions, the first since Singapore’s election to the IALA Council in 2018.E-navigation, a concept driven by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and like-minded nations including Singapore, aims to make marine navigation safer and marine communications more reliable, as well as to reduce accidents and damage to the environment.Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA, said, “As one the world’s busiest hub ports with some 1…

08 Apr 2019

IMO 2020 Impact on Fuel Bunker

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When new International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) bunker fuel regulations come into effect on January 1, 2020, there remains uncertainty regarding the availability and pricing for all marine fuel, as owners grapple with technical solutions for compliance.The sulfur content limits in bunker fuels used outside the designated Emission Control Areas (ECAs) will be reduced to 0.5% (from 3.5%) to reduce air emissions from shipping.High sulfur fuel oil (HSFO) currently represents nearly 80% (approx.

07 Apr 2019

Global LNG Bunker Fuel Market to Reach $1.3bln by 2026

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The global Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a bunker fuel market was valued around US$ 550 million in 2017, and is expected to register a CAGR of over 8.5%. The bunker fuel market revenue value is exprected to reach US$ 1,263.2 million in 2026.According to a market research report, based on the region the market is segmented into US, Europe, China, India, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Europe market is expected to dominate the global LNG as a bunker fuel market, and it accounts for…

05 Apr 2019

KNUD E. HANSEN Partners with Design Studio B33

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KNUD E. HANSEN has announced a new partnership with Danish-based Design Studio B33. The team at Design Studio B33 is comprised of internationally-acclaimed designers with a focus on timeless designs grounded in Scandinavian aesthetics. KNUD E. HANSEN employs a team of highly-skilled naval architects, marine engineers and interior designers with a staff of more than 90, spread over offices throughout Europe, Australia and North America. The partnership will enable KNUD E. HANSEN…

04 Apr 2019

WMU on Women Empowerment in Maritime Community

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World Maritime University (WMU) International Women’s Conference, Empowering Women in the Maritime Community was held in Malmö, Sweden (4-5 April), reflecting this year’s World Maritime Day theme.Remove structural barriers, build good networks and support quality education to ensure no woman, no girl is left behind in the maritime sector - where women remain significantly under-represented. These were some of the themes reiterated by maritime leaders speaking in the event.Opening the conference…

04 Apr 2019

IMO Rules to Cause Marine Gasoil Deficit in 2020 - Rystad

* The upcoming International Maritime Organization sulphur regulations for marine fuel will lead to a deficit of 600,000 barrel per day of marine gasoil in 2020, according to consultancy Rystad Energy.* "We estimate that global gasoil/diesel demand growth in 2020 could reach 1.7 mln bpd, 1.4 million bpd of which is from marine bunkers, almost six times the five-year average global gasoil growth," said Bjørnar Tonhaugen, head of oil market research.* The IMO has restricted sulphur content in marine fuels to a maximum of 0.5 percent, down from 3.5 percent now, from the start of 2020. (Reuters, Reporting by Ahmad Ghaddar Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

02 Apr 2019

Maritime GPS Users, Remember 6 April 2019

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Maritime users of the Global Positioning System Standard Positioning Service (GPS-SPS) are urged to check their systems ahead of the week counter roll over on 6 April 2019, informed  International Maritime Organization (IMO).Some outdated GPS receiver systems may cease to function properly - with potentially serious impacts on navigation, the UN body pointed out.The roll over occurs because the GPS system transmits time to GPS receivers using a format of time and weeks as a 10-bit value…

01 Apr 2019

COSCO Signs LSFO Supply Deal with Petro China

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Chinese state-owned Shipping and logistics services supplier company COSCO Shipping Lines has signed a low sulfur fuel oil (LSFO) supply agreement with Double Rich Limited, a subsidiary of China Marine Bunker (Petro China).According to the agreement, Double Rich limited will provide the Shipping line with ‘fuel oil with sulphur content not exceeding 0.5% m/m’ conforming to the regulation of International Maritime Organization (IMO).By keeping promoting and applying diverse and advanced emission reduction technology and optimizing management pattern…

31 Mar 2019

Long Beach Forecast Modest Growth

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A slowing domestic economy will likely lead to a moderate uptick in container imports through 2019, following a robust year that was marked by record-high cargo growth amid a trade dispute with China, said Port of Long Beach.North American imports are projected to grow a modest 1.8 percent in 2019, demonstrating a significant slowdown from the 6.1 percent increase reported for U.S. imports last year, said Melissa Peralta, senior economist and forecaster for TTX, a railcar pooling company based in Chicago.Retailers are expected to pump the brakes on imports during the first half of 2019…

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