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UK Launches Offshore Wind Leasing Round

Image: The Crown Estate

The Crown Estate has launched its Round 4 offshore wind leasing competition for the rights to develop at least 7GW of new capacity off England and Wales.The Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) has hailed today’s launch as a major step forward.The Crown Estate, which acts as manager of the seabed around England,

UK Invests in ‘Maritime and Me’ Diversity Program

UK Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani has pledged £730,000 (about $910,000) in Government funding to increase diversity, well being and skills in the maritime sector, including £100,000 (about $125,000) for a new scheme in which girls aged 11 to 14 will be paired with inspiring women from the maritime sector

AI & Machine Learning, Possible Force Multipliers for the Coast Guard

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML): mention these two terms and the listener may instantly think of the ads displayed as you view your favorite online news site. This is one version of what AI/ML might be. Given the state of AI and ML research today, these advanced mathematical techniques represent something the U.

India Opens Second Multi-Modal Terminal

The Sahibganj multi-modal terminal on the River Ganges is now open for business. Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the new terminal yesterday (September 12, 2019). Also pictured are the Governor of Jharkhand State,Smt. Draupadi Murmu; the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Shri Arjun Munda; the Chief Minister of Jharkhand State, Shri Raghubar Das; and the Ministers of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Parshottam Rupala and Shri Kailash Choudhary, plus other digni

The Government of India opened its second multi-modal terminal (MMT) yesterday, September 12, 2019. Located on the River Ganges at Sahibganj in Jharkhand State, the new terminal is now ready for business following the completion of a two-year construction project managed by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).

Maritime Contributes $56.8B To UK Economy

The UK maritime sector makes a major contribution to the country’s economy. (Photo© Adobe Stock / harlequin9)

A new report commissioned by Maritime UK and the UK’s Center for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has recognized the contribution of the UK maritime sector to the country’s economy. The report notes that the sector facilitates 95 percent of all UK trade and that it is larger than both the automotive and aerospace transportation sectors,

New Type 31 Royal Navy Frigates To Be Built In The UK

Boost for Royal Navy operations: five new vessels on order for delivery by year-end 2028.

(Photo © Adobe Stock / Wojciech Wrzesien)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that work will commence before the end of the year on the first of a series of new Type 31 frigates as part of the UK Government’s planned expansion of the Royal Navy fleet over the next 20 years. The new ships will replace Type 23 frigates currently

UK Govt Funds Low-Carbon Maritime Tech

Greening the maritime sector: the UK Government continues to invest in low-carbon maritime technologies. (Photo © Adobe Stock / Elnur)

he UK Government has granted £2.3 millon ($2.85 million) for the development of new maritime technology that will cut shipping emissions.The funding, part of the government’s clean maritime plan, was announced by the Department for Transport (DfT). Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani has committed

Southampton Launches UK's 1st PEP

Associated British Ports’ Port of Southampton. Photo: ABP

The Department for Transport (DfT), in partnership with ABP’s Port of Southampton, launched UK’s first Port Economic Partnership (PEP).PEP is an innovative initiative to create stronger links between ports and Government, to maximize long-term trade and economic growth. The Partnership will

UK Lighthouse Authority Gets New Ship

The UK Department of Transport is to order new vessel for Trinity House to replace the THV Patricia and provide safety information and guidance for ships in UK waters and abroad.

A Trinity House workboat approaching Beachy Head Lighthouse on the south coast of England. Trinity House’s fleet of support vessels carries out a number of activities around England, Wales and the Channel Islands in support of its role as a General Lighthouse Authority.

(Photo: Trinity House)

The UK’s Department for Transport is to acquire a new ship for the General Lighthouse Authority Trinity House to replace THV Patricia, which has been in service since 1982, to ensure other vessels continue safe and smooth operations in UK waters and overseas. The General Lighthouse Authority is

Green Light for Papua LNG JV

Pic: High Arctic Energy Services

Canadian oil and gas company High Arctic Energy Services said that  the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has validated the Papua LNG Gas Agreement.According to a statement, the announced validation by the Petroleum Minister includes new good faith concessions offered by the operator for the Papua LNG joint venture.

Rescue Planned for Missing Crew on Golden Ray

(Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

Rescue workers on Monday were planning to extract four missing crew members from a South Korean cargo vessel carrying about 4,000 cars to the Middle East that turned on its side off the coast of Georgia, the U.S. Coast Guard said.Helicopters rescued 20 crew members from the 656-foot (200-meter) Golden Ray on Sunday after it became disabled,

InvaSave Ready for BWM Convention Deadline

Photo: Damen

The InvaSave mobile ballast water treatment system from Damen Green Solutions has demonstrated beyond doubt its capability to help ships meet the incoming D2 standard. All vessels will be required to comply with the standard which came into force on September 8th this year.This summer the InvaSave crew

FBI Seeks Evidence in California Boat Fire

Responder battle the blaze on the ill-fated Conception. CREDIT: USCG

Federal and local investigators on Sunday carried out search warrants involving the owners of a diving boat that caught fire off the California coast in the middle of the night last week, killing 34 people.Agents from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the U.S. Coast Guard and the

UK Risks Losing Edge in Maritime Services

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Britain's position as a top hub for maritime services is being eroded by competition, a loss of shipping finance business and the removal of tycoon-friendly tax breaks, a report said, deepening uncertainty for its financial sector as Brexit nears.The UK has been a pivotal global shipping centre for centuries,

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