The Jones Act is Good for Puerto Rico -Report
After Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico with devastating force on September 20, 2017, a number of news reports claimed that the Jones Act had severely damaged the Puerto Rican economy, both over time and in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Now a new report examining the role of the Jones Act shipping industry before, in the immediate aftermath of and in the months that followed the hurricane asserts that the Jones Act fleet delivers a dedicated and reliable flow of goods…
European Commission Signs Grant Agreement: Official Start of NAVAIS
With the signature of INEA (Innovation & Networks Executive Agency of the European Commission) on the Grant Agreement of NAVAIS, the project officially started on June, 1 2018. NAVAIS is a multiannual research- and innovation program for the shipbuilding industry. The results of NAVAIS will increase efficiency in design and flexibility in production networks. In total, the European Commission will invest € 6.5 million Euros ($7.5 mln) over a period of four years, by means of the Horizon 2020 program, the research- and innovation program of the European Commission.
IMO Secretary-General on Key Maritime Issues in China
First stop: the Dalian Maritime University. International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim marked the start of the Master's degree programme on Maritime Safety and Environmental Management – a joint programme with the World Maritime University (WMU) during a busy visit to China (10-11 July). Lim told students the course will help to equip them to make their own contribution towards achieving key IMO objectives: helping ensure shipping can continue to serve the global population in a safe and sustainable manner.
China Tops Leading Maritime Nations of the World: Menon Economics
The 2018 report on the “Leading Maritime Nations of the World” ranks China as the world’s leading maritime nation, placed among the top four on all the maritime pillars in the ranking. China’s position is particularly strong in shipping and ports & logistics.The study conducted by Menon Economics benchmarks the 30 leading maritime nations around the world in four key maritime pillars: shipping, finance and law, maritime technology and ports & logistics, in an attempt to understand the key drivers behind national maritime success.
Marine Environment Protection for Southeast Asia Seas Project Launched
Seven ASEAN countries have formally launched an ambitious initiative aimed at improving the environmental health of the seas in the region, through the implementation of key International Maritime Organization (IMO) marine environment protection treaties. Senior decisions makers of maritime administrations of the beneficiary ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) met for their first high-level regional meeting in Bali, Indonesia (25-27 June), to kick-start the “Marine Environment Protection for Southeast Asia Seas (MEPSEAS) Project”.
South Africa Signs Treaty on Fishing Vessel Personnel
South Africa has become the 25th State to sign up to the IMO treaty on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F). The Convention sets the certification and minimum training requirements for crews of seagoing fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and above. H.E. Dr. Bonginkosi Emmanuel Nzimande, Minister of Transport of South Africa, met International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters, London, to deposit the instrument of accession (2 July).
More Than 20,000 Design Engineers Use Roxtec Transit Design Tool
Cable and pipe transit specialist Roxtec's complimentary, web-based tool has become an everyday help for engineers striving to ensure safety and cost-efficiency. Roxtec Transit Designer is an online application that simplifies the selection of sealing solutions as well as the entire process concerning cable and pipe transits. Designers just enter their input to get full documentation. They can, in fact, generate hole-cuts, drawings and documents in minutes. Why do tens of thousands of design engineers use the Roxtec Transit Designer?
Port of Antwerp Tests Autonomous Sounding Boat
Port of Antwerp has reached a new milestone with the introduction of a fully automatic sounding boat that employs unique technology. The vessel, named the Echodrone, is a prototype that is currently being developed to supplement the other operational sounding boat, the Echo.Both of these carry out measurements of the water depth everywhere in the port so as to guarantee safe passage for shipping. The cloud-based technology – a first – has been developed in partnership between…
Hikawa Maru's Technological Links to Showa Era
Hikawa Maru, which is owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK)x, has been recognized by the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE) as a cargo-passenger ship that conveys the story of maritime technology in the early Showa era.On July 20, a ceremony was held at Meiji Kinenkan in Tokyo, and Norio Kanaya, the 28th captain of Hikawa Maru, received the recognition.This honor was introduced last year by JASNAOE and is given to vessels that have historical…
Hatteland Display Unveils New Solutions at SMM
Hatteland Display, a global provider of specialized display and computer solutions for maritime use, will unveil a number of new solutions and demonstrate its latest future-focused technological developments at the SMM 2018 maritime trade fair in Hamburg.New to Hatteland’s Series X Generation 2 (G2) range and shown for the first time at SMM are state-of-the-art, high-performance 8” and 13.3” panel computers. The latter features full HD capability offering considerably increased…
BIMCO to Step Up Fight Against Maritime Corruption
BIMCO is helping the industry raise its voice against maritime corruption and supports initiatives that help fight unfair trade. At the 42nd session of the International Maritime Organisation’s Facilitation Committee (FAL) in London on June 5-8th, BIMCO has backed a request made by The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) for the IMO and member States to fully recognise the scale of maritime corruption and to take a stand against this type of crime. MACN is a global business network working towards a corruption free maritime industry that enables fair trade to the benefit of society.
IMO Rolls Out Global Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Network
A global network of centres of excellence in marine technology was officially launched on Monday (4 December) at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The Directors of five regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the global maritime technology centre network. The network of MTCCS - in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific - is the mainstay of the GMN maritime technology project, run by IMO and funded by the European Union.
Pacific Centre Launches on Low-Carbon Shipping Mission
The Pacific region has celebrated the launch of a centre of excellence for low-carbon shipping technology, which joins centres in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America as part of a global network run by International Maritime Organization (IMO) and funded by the European Union. Through this network – the Global Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Network (GMN) – these centres will develop and promote low-carbon maritime transport systems, supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Africa Maritime Cooperation Centre Launched
Africa has launched its maritime technology cooperation centre as part of an ambitious International Maritime Organization (IMO)-EU project to establish a global network of centres to further global efforts in addressing climate change. The centres will act as regional focal points for a wide range of activities including improving compliance with existing and future international energy-efficiency regulations; promoting uptake of low-carbon technologies and operations in maritime transport…
BIMCO Lists Three Best Performing Bulk Terminals
The three best performing dry bulk terminals in the world are Santander and Bilbao in Spain and Quebec in Canada, according to BIMCO’s 2017 Dry Bulk Terminals Vetting Report. Santander was rated first in all four major categories: terminal handling of loading/unloading; terminal mooring and berthing arrangements; information exchange between the ship and the terminal and terminal equipment. The report evaluates terminal and port performance from around the world to improve safety standards and the turnaround time of ships calling ports.
HMC, JF Moore to Form Joint Venture
Dutch firm HMC and U.S. based JF Moore group announced the establishment of a joint venture under the name JFMooreHMC, enabling both organizations to broaden exploration of technology and innovations in the maritime technology field. Jim Moore II, CEO of The JF Moore Group, said, “Our joint venture will allow The JF Moore Group to create a new strong base in Europe. Combining our mutual global contacts and the collective expertise of both organizations creates a unique, independent engineering partnership that provides all kind of maritime services worldwide. This alliance brings together two companies that are culturally aligned, geographically complimentary, and most of all share a history of pushing the leading edge in maritime engineering.
Connectivity Crucial to Singapore's Role as Maritime Hub
To continue growing the maritime cluster and capturing new opportunities, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will strengthen the connectivity and inter-linkages of Singapore’s maritime cluster, build a vibrant innovation ecosystem and develop a future-ready and skilled maritime workforce. MPA will also enhance and top up the Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF) by $100 million in support of our vision for Maritime Singapore to be the Global Maritime Hub for Connectivity, Innovation and Talent.
Latin America Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Lanched
The Latin America Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre, part of a global network established under an ambitious International Maritime Organization (IMO)-European Union (EU) project to further efforts to combat climate change, has been launched in Panama (13 March). The centre, hosted by the Universidad Marítima Internacional de Panamá (UMIP), is one of five such centres established under the GMN project, which is funded by the EU and run by IMO. The centres, in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific regions, act as regional focal points for a wide range of activities.
Prevention at Sea Gains BMA Recognition
Maritime technology and risk minimisation company Prevention at Sea has gained recognition from the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) for its multi-award winning ε-ORB (Oil Record Book) software developed in conjunction with the Liberian Ship Registry. “I am really pleased that the BMA is ready to provide the required approval to ship operators using our ε-ORB software as per its guidelines provided by the Electronic Record Keeping Systems Bulletin #173,” said Petros Achtypis, CEO of Prevention at Sea.
Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari to Visit South Korea
Nitin Gadkari, India's Union Minister of Shipping will be on an official visit to the Republic of Korea (South Korea) from today (9 April 2018). During the 4 day visit, Shri Gadkari will focus on taking forward the bilateral cooperation between India andKorea in shipping, ports, inland waterways, highways, river interlinking and infrastructure sectors. An Undertaking on Mutual Recognition of Certificate of Competency of sea-farers will be signed during the visit. Known for maritime technology prowess…
Wärtsilä Signs MoU to Promote Maritime Technologies in Singapore
Wärtsilä has partnered with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to promote maritime innovation and R&D. The partnership covers four different streams: digital acceleration, cyber-physical security, intelligent vessel and port operations. Wärtsilä and MPA have also agreed to support and leverage start-ups and small and medium enterprises in Singapore in these four streams.“This partnership with MPA is a great example of how combining digitalization ecosystems thinking, and collaboration will benefit the maritime industry and drive tangible value at pace.
ABS Execs Discuss Key Maritime Topics in Singapore
ABS executives informed the industry conversation at Singapore Maritime Week, with presentations on the growing cyber security threat to maritime, new opportunities to take advantage of data, and the huge potential of LNG shipping for the region. Speaking at the Singapore Maritime Cyber Security Seminar, ABS Chief Digital Officer, Howard Fireman highlighted the opportunities and challenges presented by the ever-increasing connectivity of maritime assets. “The cyber threat is real to maritime safety, making it a relevant issue that ABS must address.
IMO Highlights GHG Strategy
International Maritime Organization (IMO) has reported on the recent landmark adoption of an initial IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships at the Bonn Climate Change Conference (30 April-10 May). IMO’s Edmund Hughes informed the opening of the plenary session that the vision set out in the strategy confirms IMO’s commitment to reducing GHG emissions from international shipping and, as a matter of urgency, to phasing them out as soon as possible in this century.