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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Cyprus-Russia Agreement on Commercial Shipping

Cyprus-Russia-flags. Photo: AKEL

An Agreement was signed between the Cyprus Republic and the Russian Federation on Commercial Shipping, the provisions of which were transposed to Law 19 (VII)/2017, which was published in the Government Gazette of the Republic on 15/12/17. The purpose of this Agreement is the setting up and development of relations between the two State-Parties in the maritime transport sector, ensuring effective cooperation in the shipping sector, and its contribution to the overall development…

Tajikistan to Use Caspian Sea

Photo: Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping

Tajikistan is interested in supplying cargoes to international markets through the Caspian Sea, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan to Azerbaijan to Azerbaijan Soli Rustam said during his visit to the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ACS). ACS Chairman of the Shipping Rauf Veliyev informed the guest about the activities, carried out in Azerbaijan in the field of maritime transport, the successes, achieved in the process of updating the fleets, and the contribution of AZerbaijan to the development of transport corridors.

Australia Maritime Transport Security Bill Introduced

The Maritime Transport Security Bill has been introduced in the Australian Parliament. When introducing the bill, John Anderson, Minister for Transport and Regional Services, discussed (on pages 19637-19639 of the Hansard) the threat posed by terrorism and the importance of seaborne trade. As proposed, the bill would establish a regulatory framework centered around development of security plans for ships and other maritime transport operations. It would, among other things, codify the ISPS Code into domestic law. Source: HK Law

UNCTAD Releases Review of Maritime Transport 2002

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released its Review of Maritime Transport, 2002

Maritime Transport and Climate Policy at a Critical Juncture: UNCTAD Report

Image: Marine Vectors

​As the global community commits to the new Sustainable Development Goals and gears up for a new international climate policy agreement, the UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2015 highlights the role of freight transport, including maritime transport, in addressing the global sustainability and resilience agenda. With more than 80 per cent of world merchandise trade by volume being carried by sea, maritime transport remains the backbone of international trade and globalization, the report says. Equally, the sector is a key enabling factor for other sectors and economic activities.

Georgia: Developing National Maritime Transport Policies

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Practical guidance on how to develop, adopt and update national maritime transport policy was the focus for a one-day seminar in Batumi, Georgia (14 September), aimed at senior maritime transport officials from the littoral States of the Black and Caspian Seas and Moldova. The seminar forms part of an on-going pilot project being rolled out by International Maritime Organization (IMO) on na-tional maritime transport policy development. A series of workshops and seminars have been held worldwide…

Future Maritime Leaders Practice Policy Planning

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Maritime law students in Malta have been introduced to key issues in maritime transport policy making in a seminar at the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) in Malta (7-9 February). The event focused on the National Maritime Transport Policy (NMTP) concept, which is being promoted by International Maritime Organization (IMO) as a good governance practice to guide planning, decision making and legislation in the maritime sector. IMO recently embarked on an initiative to provide training to interested IMO Member States in the development…

Promoting National Maritime Transport Policy in Saint Lucia

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

A national workshop in Saint Lucia has brought together participants from various Government bodies and other stakeholders to discuss the development of a national maritime transport policy. The workshop is aimed at highlighting the promotion and development of such a policy as a good governance practice to guide planning, decision making and relevant legislative action. IMO is running the workshop (22-24 June) in close cooperation with the Saint Lucia Airports and Seaports Authority (SLASPA) and the Permanent Mission of Saint Lucia to International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Seychelles Boosts National Maritime Transport Policy

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

A three-day National Maritime Transport Policy (NMTP) workshop has concluded in Victoria, Seychelles (4 November). The event provided valuable knowledge and skills to those involved in the development, adoption and review of a NMTP in the country. The exercise is part of a series of workshops and seminars being delivered in various regions of the world to test a maritime transport policy training package developed by IMO and the World Maritime University (WMU). The goal is to provide training to interested International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member States in the development…

Transas Simulators Chosen for Two Egyptian Training Centers

Transas Marine simulators have been chosen by the College of Maritime Transport and Technology and the Integrated Simulators Complex (ISC). These are the two institutions of Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT). The project will be executed by Transas Middle East. The simulators will enable trainees to acquire a wide range of navigational and engineering skills. At the College of Maritime Transport and Technology, each of four classrooms will be equipped with five navigational simulators, configured as mini bridges. The ISC uses Transas bridge simulators at classrooms with six part task bridges and twelve workspaces respectively.

Aries Maritime Transport Provides Update on the Bora

Aries Maritime Transport Limited announced that it has withdrawn the Bora, a 2000- built double-hull products tanker, from the vessel's charter with PDVSA, and is currently marketing the vessel for a new charter. Mons S. Bolin, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Rates for products tankers remain firm and we are actively pursuing a new charter for the Bora in the international market. We remain committed to employing our vessels on period charters with leading charterers in order to provide shareholders with a stable revenue and dividend stream."

STX to Build 6 for National Maritime Transport

Accoring to reports, Atiya Salem, deputy chairman of NBE Board of Directors said that National Maritime Transport Co. has placed an order with STX Shipyard of South Korea to build six vessels of 81,000 tons & 86,000 tons capacity valued $251.6m under finance from National Bank of Egypt (NBE).

OECD Maritime Transport Committee Annual Report

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released the Maritime Transport Committee Annual Report 2002

Maritime Drives Ireland's Blue Economy

Photo:  Irish Maritime Development Office

Ireland’s marine economy is outperforming Ireland’s general economy according to the latest Ocean Economy Report by the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) of NUI Galway, with shipping and maritime transport playing a key role in driving growth. The report was launched by Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine at the Our Ocean Wealth Summit event as part of SeaFest in NUI Galway in recent days. In 2016, Ireland’s marine economy had a turnover of €5.7 billion, 37% of which is attributable to the shipping and maritime transport sector.

Maritime & Aviation Emissions Research: Impact on Developing Countries

New research published by a consortium of Climate Strategies, University of Cambridge, Cambridge Econometrics, CE Delft and Transport Analysis and Knowledge Systems (TAKS) assesses the impacts on developing countries of measures to address emissions in the international aviation and shipping sectors. Greenhouse gas emissions of international aviation and maritime transport are projected to increase rapidly over the coming decades, despite significant improvements in fuel-efficiency of aircraft and ships. In order to address their growth, Market Based Measures (MBMs) have been proposed to complement technical and operational measures. These measures are being discussed in ICAO (the UN organization for civil aviation) and IMO (the UN organization for maritime transport).

Denmark, China Discuss Maritime Cooperation

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) and the Chinese Bureau of Water Transport met June 14 to discuss the two countries' cooperation in the maritime field as well as the general challenges faced by maritime transport. “Chinese and Danish ship owners are among the world's largest carriers at sea, and as maritime nations we share many common interests,” said DMA Director General, Andreas Nordseth. “China and Denmark meet regularly to exchange views, ideas and experiences on maritime issues,” Nordseth said.

Maritime Policy for Good Governance

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The latest in a series of workshops around the world to provide training in the development, adoption and updating of a National Maritime Transport Policy (NMTP) has been held in Bangkok, Thailand (9-11 October). The event highlighted the importance of a national maritime transport policy as a good mechanism for improved maritime governance in a sustainable manner. The Marine Department of Thailand hosted the workshop, which was facilitated by Jonathan Pace and Josephine Uranza…

State of Green Markets Green Blue Denmark

Blue Denmark is also green

Blue Denmark is also green. Therefore, Denmark’s official green brand, State of Green, is now launching a new theme on its website focusing on green maritime solutions. As a nation, Denmark has become well-known internationally in the green maritime field and now we intend to become even better at getting this across by means of State of Green’s new initiative that focuses on sustainable, green maritime transport and technological solutions. The background is the Danish Government’s Plan for Growth in Blue Denmark…

Denmark's 'State of Green' Spotlights Green Maritime Solutions

Approaching ship: Photo Blue Denmark

Denmark’s official green brand, State of Green, is launching a new theme on its website focusing on green maritime solutions, informs the Government's 'Blue Denmark'. As a nation, Denmark has become well-known internationally in the green maritime field and now it intends to become even better at getting this across by means of State of Green’s new initiative that focuses on sustainable, green maritime transport and technological solutions. The background is the Danish Government’s Plan for Growth in Blue Denmark…

OECD Releases Report on Security

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued a report entitled - Security in Maritime Transport: Risk Factors and Economic Impacts

OECD Issues Report on Ownership and Control

The Maritime Transport Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued a report entitled Ownership and Control of Ships

Turkey, Azerbaijan to Form JV on Maritime Transportation

Minister of Transport, Shipping and Communications of Turkey, Elvan Lutfi

Turkish proposal to establish a joint venture with Azerbaijan for streamlining and improving maritime transport on the Caspian Sea is under active consideration, says the Minister of Transport, Shipping and Communications of Turkey, Elvan Lutfi. The commissioning of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway expected to increase of quantity and intensification of maritime transportation in the Caspian Sea, he said. Azerbaijan and Turkey's relations have always been strong due to their common culture and history and the mutual intelligibility of Turkish and Azerbaijani languages.

Commission Launches Pilot Blue Belt Project

The European Commission launched a pilot project designed to reduce administrative burdens in shipping. Short sea shipping is an environmentally friendly way of transporting freight within the European Union, but complex procedures hamper its full development. These could be overcome by creating a "blue belt" for maritime transport in which ships could operate freely within the internal market, with a minimum of administrative burden, by using the latest technology to monitor maritime transport. Substantial work on the one-year pilot project will be carried out by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). The project should help in assessing which services the European vessel traffic monitoring system – known as SafeSeaNet – can offer customs authorities to support their mission…

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