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HMM to Order 20 Mega Containerships

(File photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine)

South Korea’s largest shipping line Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announced it will order 20 new containerships, including eight 14,000 TEU vessels and 12 ships above 20,000 TEU. The announcement comes less than a week after the South Korean government unveiled its Five-year Plan for Rebuilding Korean Shipping.

Remote Control Gantry Cranes for Felixstowe Port

Two new remote-controlled gantry cranes have been delivered to the Port of Felixstowe Photo Felixstowe Port

The Port of Felixstowe has taken delivery of its first two remote control ship-to-shore gantry cranes.   The two new cranes, the 32nd and 33rd at the U.K.’s largest container port, were delivered on the Zhen Hua 23 from ZPMC in Shanghai.   Commenting on the new cranes, Clemence Cheng, CEO of the Port of Felixstowe and Executive Director,

Pirate Attacks Worsen in Gulf of Guinea - IMB

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 A surge in armed attacks against ships around West Africa is pushing up global levels of piracy and armed robbery at sea, warns the International Chamber of Commerce's International Maritime Bureau (IMB).   IMB's Piracy Reporting Center recorded 66 incidents in the first quarter of 2018, up from 43 for the same period in 2017, and 37 in Q1 2016.

First Stern Trawler with Energy Storage

Stern trawler for HAVFISK- Overall length 80 m  Breadth approx. 17 m  Stern trawler Photo Vard

Vard Holdings Limited said it has secured a new contract for the design and construction of a new stern trawler for HAVFISK AS. The contract value is slightly below NOK 400 million.   The vessel will be the world’s first stern trawler with an integrated energy storage system, consisting of diesel

ECSA Trusts that IMO Can Deliver an Ambitious Initial CO2

ECSA President: Panagiotis Laskaridis. Photo: European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA)

 European shipowners strongly believe that the environmental committee of the IMO, MEPC, can reach an ambitious initial CO2 reduction strategy by the end of this week, building on the results of the meeting of the intersessional working group of last week.    Realising that governments have to take and give during the negotiations,

MOL Launches Trial Use of Cooling-Work Suits Onboard

A crewmember wearing one of the newly introduced cooling-work suit. The uniform design reduces bulging, as built-in fans on the right and left sides take in air from the outside. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines announced the trial introduction of specialized cooling-work suits for crewmembers, developed by Teijin Limited, in cooperation with MOL, on a vessel operated and managed by Mitsui O.S.K. Kinkai.   The goal of the trial is to prevent crewmembers from heatstroke and reduce their workload.

Global Shipping to Adopt GHG Strategy

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The adoption of an initial strategy on the reduction of GHG emissions from ships is one of the key items on the agenda of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 72), which is now under way at International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters in London (9-13 April).

Fleet Storing Gasoline off Europe's Coast Growing

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Gasoline stored in ships off Europe's coast has ballooned to more than 400,000 tonnes, putting pressure on the continent's traders to compete for buyers once summer demand starts.   Several vessels have joined the three initially booked to store fuel off Europe's ports in mid-March, and brokers said

Indonesia Nabs Elusive Criminal Fishing Boat

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Indonesia, acting on a request from Interpol, has seized a fishing boat carrying 600 illegal gillnets that can stretch up to 30 km (18 miles) after it evaded capture in several countries, the Fisheries Ministry said. The vessel, the STS-50, had targeted Antarctic toothfish, the ministry said, a cod

Sinanju Orders Singapore's 1st Dual-Fuel Bunker Tanker

Sinanju's Depiction of theDual-Fuel Bunker Tanker (CREDIT: Sianju)

Singapore-based Sinanju Tankers Holdings has ordered what it says will be Singapore's first dual-fuel bunker tanker, to be powered mainly by liquefied natural gas (LNG).   Sinanju said in a statement on Monday it ordered the vessel through its project partner Mitsui & Co (Asia Pacific), a unit of Japan's Mitsui & Co,

IMO Under Pressure to Tackle CO2 Emissions

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The United Nations' shipping agency is under pressure this week to agree on a plan to cut carbon emissions from the sector, following years of slow progress, but the strategy could fall well short of what is required to limit global warming.   The shipping sector, along with aviation, avoided specific

Six rescued from waters near Conch Reef

The U.S. Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued six people from the water near Conch Reef, Fla., Saturday.  A good Samaritan aboard the 25-foot center console, Quality Time, notified Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders at approximately 1:46 p.m. of a capsized 22-foot white center console with six people in the water.

ClassNK Issues Guidelines for Drone Surveys

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ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Use of Drones in Class Surveys, which incorporate the applicable range and procedures for use of drones in class surveys, the technical considerations for safe operation and the requirements for drone service suppliers Because drone-related technologies are improving at an extremely rapid pace,

First public display of EnergySail

Energy sails Courtesy Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power (EMP) announce that it will exhibit for the first time a working prototype of its EnergySail technology and the automated control system at  Sea Japan in Tokyo.  This laboratory prototype will be exhibited along with several associated technologies including an energy storage solution and flexible marine grade photovoltaic panels.

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