Ministry Of Transport News

18 Mar 2020

Sakashita Takes the Helm at ClassNK

Hiroaki Sakashita has been appointed as President & CEO as well as a Representative Director of classification society ClassNK,

Hiroaki Sakashita has been appointed as President & CEO as well as a Representative Director of classification society ClassNK, effective March 18, 2020. Current Senior Executive Vice Presidents Tetsuya Kinoshita, Junichiro Iida, and Dr. Toshiyuki Shigemi will continue in their present roles on the team, joined by Hirofumi Takano and Taira Narisawa as Executive Vice President.Koichi Fujiwara has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors, leaving the post of Representative Director, President & CEO.

30 Dec 2019

DP World to Invest $500 in Jeddah Port Upgrade

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The global port operator DP World has been awarded a 30-year Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) concession by the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani), for the management and development of the Jeddah South Container Terminal at the multi-purpose Jeddah Islamic Port.According to a press release from the UAE-based world leader in global supply chain solutions, under the agreement, DP World will invest up to $500 million to improve and modernize the Jeddah Islamic Port, including major infrastructure development to enable the Port to serve the ultra-large container carriers (ULCC’s)…

23 Dec 2019

Asia Boosts IMO Technical Cooperation

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO), Thailand’s Ministry of Transport and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia (UNESCAP) have recently organized the second regional Knowledge Partnership Workshop in Asia in Bangkok,The workshop was designed to support maritime technical cooperation activities in the region.The workshop brought together officials from transport ministries, responsible for maritime affairs, and finance ministries, responsible for official development assistance.

21 Nov 2019

ICS Opens China Liaison Office in Hong Kong

Pic: ICS Shipping

The global trade association for shipowners and operators, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) opened its China Liaison Office in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) on Tuesday, 21 November, during a reception hosted by the Hong Kong Shipowners Association.Liu Xiaoming, the Deputy Minister of Transport from the People’s Republic of China, Huang Liuquan, the Deputy Director of Hong Kong, Macau Affairs Office of State Council of the People’s Republic of China, and Frank Chan…

31 Oct 2019

Iranian, Algerian Ports Sign MoU

Photo: Ports & Maritime Organization

A delegation of Algerian Ministry of Transport executives visiting Iran's Imam Khomeini Port Special Economic Zone explored the development of port and maritime between the port of Imam Khomeini and the ports of Algeria.Adel Deris, Director General of Khuzestan Ports and Maritime, referring to Algerian delegation's two-day visit to Imam Khomeini Port Complex and other Ports in Khuzestan Province in Iran, said: "During this visit, the officials of Algeria's Ministry of Transport visited Khuzestan Port Facilities and Achievements…

23 Oct 2019

Focus on Women in Fisheries

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Women play a significant role in the fishing supply chain, processing, smoking, and ensuring fish reaches markets and tables. Yet their contribution is often overlooked, says International Maritime Organization (IMO).‚ÄúWomen play key roles in fisheries around the world. To ignore those roles is to see only half the picture,‚ÄĚ said IMO‚Äôs Juvenal Shiundu, during a side event on Women in Fisheries at the Torremolinos Ministerial Conference on safety of fishing vessels in Torremolinos‚Ķ

15 Oct 2019

Boa Offshore Wins AHTS Contracts

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Norwegian offshore supply vessel owner Boa Offshore is awarded contracts by The Norwegian Defense Logistic Organization (FLO) to charter two vessels for the state’s emergency response preparedness.The BOA Group offered prime assets, the BOA BISON and the BOA JARL, both excellent vessels with large capabilities, said a press release.The Norwegian Navy will assume responsibility oceangoing tug emergency response preparedness from the Ministry of Transport, with two hired and four own vessels from 1st.

14 Oct 2019

AIDA Cruises to Pilot Trial of Fuel Cell System

Photo: AIDA Cruises

Carnival Corporation announced its Germany-based brand, AIDA Cruises, has partnered with leaders from the maritime and engineering sectors to pilot the world‚Äôs first fuel cell system designed to power large passenger vessels. As early as 2021, AIDA Cruises will trial this innovative fuel technology on AIDAnova, becoming the cruise industry‚Äôs first brand to trial fuel cells on a large cruise ship.The research project, named ‚ÄúPa-X-ell2,‚ÄĚ is designed to develop fuel cells that are powered by hydrogen derived from methanol‚Ķ

10 Oct 2019

Fuel Cells for Maritime Shipping

Photo: Freudenberg Sealing Technologies

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies will act as a technology partner in the Pa-X-ell2 project. The goal is to develop a new generation of fuel cells for use on seagoing vessels. For the future project on sustainable, CO2-free mobility at sea, the largest shipyard for the construction of cruise ships ‚Äď Meyer Werft in Papenburg ‚Äď and the global technology specialist Freudenberg Sealing Technologies intend to equip future generations of cruise ships with fuel cell propulsion. Besides Meyer Werft‚Ķ

08 Oct 2019

Data Gathered from Demonstration Ships in Asia

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Fifteen demonstration ships in the Asia region have, to date, provided 68,517 sets of data relating to ship fuel consumption and ship optimum trim, said International Maritime Organization (IMO).It is this kind of data-gathering and analysis that is helping the regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Center (MTCC-Asia) deliver on its commitment to promote innovative technologies and operations to improve energy efficiency in the maritime sector.MTCC-Asia - one of the centers in the IMO-led…

24 Sep 2019

Sovcomflot Elects New Chairman and New CEO

Sergey Frank (Photo: Sovcomflot)

On September 24, 2019, the Board of Directors of PAO Sovcomflot elected Sergey Frank as its new Chairman. Igor Tonkovidov was appointed as the company's new Chief Executive Officer. Both appointments are with immediate effect.The meeting was attended by Maxim Akimov, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, who noted in his address: "Through consistent implementation of Sovcomflot's Strategies 2005-2011 and 2012-2018, the company has transformed itself into a global leader in energy shipping and offshore services. Over the past 15 years, Sovcomflot fleet has grown more than threefold.

23 Sep 2019

Topaz Extended Drydocking Scheme with ABS

Pic: Topaz Energy and Marine

Topaz Energy and Marine, the offshore support vessel company providing marine solutions to the global energy industry, and ABS have, together with the State Maritime Agency under the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan (ASMA), announced the implementation of a pioneering project enabling a condition-based survey approach."This achievement, which resulted from the visionary approach between Topaz, ABS and ASMA, marks a significant step in Topaz’s journey to transform its fleet to a condition-based class model…

23 Sep 2019

Singapore, Panama Boost Maritime Partnership

Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mr Noriel Ara√ļz, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) to strengthen maritime relations between both countries. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Singapore and Panama have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their maritime relations.Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Senior Minister of State for Health of the Republic of Singapore led the first high-level delegation from Singapore to Panama under the new government of Panama.Dr Lam met with several ministers of the government of Panama, as well as leaders of the business community. He was accompanied by Mrs Mary Seet-Cheng, Non-Resident Ambassador of Singapore to Panama…

05 Sep 2019

China, Singapore Pact on Electronic Certificates in Shipping

(L-R) Ms Quah Ley Hoon and Dr Cao Desheng. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote bilateral use and recognition of electronic certificates in shipping.Dr Cao Desheng, Director General of MSA signed the MOU on Electronic Certificates with Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA at the 11th China-Singapore Senior Officials’ Committee Meeting (SOCM) in Beijing, China.International shipping plays an important role in global trade and economic development…

26 Aug 2019

China Cargo Throughput Up 7.7% Amid Trade War

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Amid the US-China trade war, China has recorded 7.9 billion tonnes of cargo output in the first seven month of the year, an increase of 7.7 percent compared to 2018.According to Chinese state news agency, foreign trade cargo throughput amounted to 2.5 billion tonnes in the Jan.-July period, up 3.1 percent year on year.Container throughput at ports registered a 5.2-percent increase to around 150 million 20-foot equivalent units in the same period, the ministry said.The cargo throughput growth at ports came amid the steady expansion of China's waterway freight volume…

22 Aug 2019

SMD on Digitalisation in the Maritime Industry

Panellists sharing about digital disruption and careers in the maritime industry. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

300 students from Institute of Technical Education, junior colleges, polytechnics, and universities participated in the 6th edition of the Singapore Maritime Dialogue (SMD), which featured a lively panel discussion on the theme of ‚ÄėMaritime Singapore in the Age of Digitization‚Äô.The group exchanged views on the digital revolution taking place in the maritime industry with invited panelists comprising Guest-of-Honour, Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Transport and Health‚Ķ

02 Aug 2019

China Fishing Safety Workshop Mulls Treaty Ratification

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National workshop discussed China's potential ratification and implementation of fisheries-related conventions, including IMO's 2012 Cape Town Agreement (CTA), aimed at improving safety standards on fishing vessels, and the 1995 Standards on Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F).Fisheries-related conventions are key tools used by flag, coastal and port States to effectively monitor and control fishing vessels and minimize the risk of illegal…

01 Aug 2019

Fishing Vessel Safety Workshop in China

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Fisheries-related conventions are key tools used by flag, coastal and port States to effectively monitor and control fishing vessels and minimise the risk of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities, by enhancing transparency, traceability and governance.This was the focus of a national workshop in Shanghai, China (29-30 July),  organized by the Shanghai Ocean University and the Bureau of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People's Republic of China‚Ķ

15 Jul 2019

Singapore Ranked World's Top Shipping Center

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For the sixth year running, Singapore has clinched the top spot among the world's maritime centers in the Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development Index.The island city-state in Southeast Asia beat 42 other cities such as Hong Kong, which ranked second, as well as London, which ranked third.Based on the evaluation scores, Singapore shows strength in ship management and shipbroking services, while Hong Kong is benefiting from China’s Belt and Road Initiative and economic opportunities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area.London’s first-class services in shipbroking…

17 Jul 2019

AIDA Cruises to Trial Fuel Cells

Image: Meyer Werft

The  American/British-owned German cruise line AIDA Cruises announced that it is planning the first practical trial of fuel cells (battery power) aboard an AIDA ship by 2021.The trial will take place in cooperation with Meyer Werft within the scope of the ‚ÄėPa-X-ell 2‚Äô project promoted by Germany‚Äôs Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.The German brand of Carnival Corporation said in a press note that it has been focusing for many years in research into and the‚Ķ

17 Jul 2019

TMC Supplies Air Systems to Tersan Shipyard

Image: Havila Kystruten

Oslo-based TMC Compressors of the Seas (TMC) has signed a deal to deliver its energy efficient marine compressed air systems to two new cruise vessels Tersan Shipyard is building for Norwegian shipowner Havila Kystruten. TMC has not disclosed the value of its contract. Its scope of work is to deliver a complete marine compressed air system consisting of energy efficient instrument air compressors and air dryers, to each of the two newbuild cruise ships ‚Äď the Havila Capella and Havila Castor.Powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and batteries‚Ķ

17 Jul 2019

Germany Joins Hong Kong Convention

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Germany is the latest country to accede to International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling ‚Äď the Hong Kong Convention.The Convention covers the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ships, and preparation for ship recycling in order to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships.Under the treaty, ships to be sent for recycling are required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials, specific to each ship.

22 Jul 2019

Pirates Rob Korean Bulk Carrier

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Pirates attacked a South Korean-flagged cargo ship in the South China Sea early on Monday, stealing thousands of dollars in cash and even the sailors' shoes, South Korean authorities said.Two people sustained minor injuries when seven pirates boarded the CK Bluebell and made off with $13,000 and belongings including mobile phones, clothes and shoes from the 22-strong crew, officials from the oceans and fisheries ministry said.Tougher policing has made piracy less frequent on the strategic shipping route in recent years.The dry bulk vessel CK Bluebell had set sail from its anchorage off Singapo

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