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Japan Seeks to Boost Offshore Wind Power

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The Yomiuri newspaper reported on Tuesday that:      -Japan's government will submit legislation early next month to boost the use of offshore wind power      -Bill to allow operators to use sites for 30 years, from 3-5 years now      -Japan has high potential for offshore wind as it is surrounded by ocean (Reporting by Aaron Sheldrick)

US Pushes More Sanctions Targeting N.Korea Maritime Smuggling

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (File photo: US Mission to the United Nations)

The United States proposed a list of entities on Friday to be blacklisted under United Nations sanctions on North Korea, a move it says is "aimed at shutting down North Korea's illicit maritime smuggling activities to obtain oil and sell coal."   "We are ramping up the pressure on the North Korean regime,

U.S. Sues to Stop Wilhelmsen From Buying Rival Drew Marine

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Friday it would challenge in court the Norwegian company Wilhelmsen Maritime Services' plan to buy smaller U.S. rival Drew Marine Group. The FTC said the $400 million proposed deal would reduce competition in the market for marine water treatment chemicals,

US Targets 28 Vessels in New North Korea Sanctions

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The United States targeted North Korea in a new wave of sanctions on Friday directed at one person, 27 companies and 28 vessels, according to a statement on the U.S. Treasury Department's website.   The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced the new measures, which are designed to disrupt

Enhancing Historic Lake Michigan Docking Facilities

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A federal FASTLANE grant has been approved for S.S. Badger Ports & Harbor project impacting Manitowoc, Wis. and Ludington, Mich. A primer on how things get done.   This is a story about two communities on the shores of Lake Michigan and the unique car ferry that connects them. The SS Badger provides

First Women in Maritime Taskforce Meeting Held

Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP. Photo: Maritime UK

 UK Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP joined the first meeting of maritime sector's new Women in Maritime Taskforce, demonstrating government support for the initiative.    At the meeting she said: “This task force will be crucial in opening up the wealth of career opportunities in the maritime industry to women around the country.

GD Electric Boat Wins Funds for Future Sub R&D

General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut, is being awarded $8,788,219 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00023 to previously awarded contract (N00014-13-C-0187) for the future submarine science and technology research effort.  Electric Boat will perform investigations to develop and demonstrate technology for Navy submarines.

Iran Hints at Building Seaborne Nuclear Reactors

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Iran has fired a diplomatic warning shot at Washington by raising the prospect of building nuclear reactors for ships while staying within the limits set by its atomic deal with major powers, a U.N. nuclear watchdog report showed on Thursday.   U.S. President Donald Trump has long railed against the

DP World Accuses Djibouti of Seizure of its Dorelah Port

File Image: a typical DP World terminal.

Dubai-based port operator DP World accused Djibouti of illegally seizing control of Doraleh Container Terminal on Thursday, after the Djibouti government said it was unilaterally terminating DP World's contract to run the terminal.   "The Government of Djibouti today illegally seized control of the Doraleh Container Terminal,

IMO to Ban Ships without Scrubbers from Carrying High Sulphur Fuel

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The International Maritime Organization intends to ban ships that do not have equipment to strip sulphur from carrying fuel that has a sulphur content above new limits in 2020, an IMO official said on Thursday.   The ban, which still has to go through two formal approval steps, was presented at IMO compliance meetings earlier this month.

European Commission Exempts Mitsui O.S.K. Lines from Penalty

PCTC Emerald Ace. Photo: MOL

 The DG Competition of European Commission (EC) announced that several companies including MOL breached European competition law with respect to car carrier services.   Mitsui O.S.K. Lines  (MOL) and other shipping companies have been investigated by the EC due to the suspicion of competition law violation.

European Commission Fines Four Car Carriers $486.5mln

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 The European Commission (EC) said Wednesday that it had fined four maritime car carriers 395 million euros (U.S. $486.5 million).      Four shipping companies – CSAV, K Line, NYK and WWL-Eukor – have been fined by the EC for collusion in operating a cartel on the car carrier trades, in breach of EU antitrust rules.

Peel Ports Plays for ‘Global North’ Ambition

Jouke Schaap, Port Director for Containers at the Port of Liverpool. Photo: Peel Ports Group

 Jouke Schaap, Port Director for Containers at the Port of Liverpool discusses the role Peel Ports plays in fulfilling the Government’s ‘Global North’ ambition, exporting products from the Northern Powerhouse region around the world.    For many businesses, exporting requires a leap of faith. Even

UK to Sell HMS Ocean to Brazil

HMS Ocean heading for the Caribbean. Crown copyright.

The MOD has agreed to sell HMS Ocean to the Government of Brazil after 20 years of service.   Sold to the Brazilian Navy for around £84M ($117m), the profit generated from the sale will be reinvested in defence at a time when the Royal Navy is being strengthened with two types of brand new frigates and two huge aircraft carriers.

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