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IMO Concludes Growing Blue Conference

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What is maritime development and why is it important? Isn’t one of the biggest challenges the failure to appreciate the value of the maritime sector? These are the questions being raised by International Maritime Organization (IMO) at the Growing Blue Conference in Maputo, Mozambique (23-24 May).

MOL to Join TCFD Consortium

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Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that it will participate in the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Consortium, which was established to provide a forum for discussions among corporations and financial institutions that agree with "TCFD recommendations".

EC Launches Blue Economy Report

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European Commission launches the second edition of its Blue Economy Report during the 2019 European Maritime Day conference in Lisbon.Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said: “Coastal regions are home to 214 million people and generate 43% of EU GDP. Today’s

MSC Joins NAMEPA

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The provider of container shipping services MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is a new member of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), which works to preserve the marine environment by promoting sustainable maritime industry best practices and educating the public."MSC

Cyclone Slams Indian Coast, Millions Evacuated

A cyclone barrelled into eastern India on Friday, bringing down trees and power lines and "extensively" damaging the tourist town of Puri, but there were no early reports of casualties with a million people evacuated before it made landfall.Tropical Cyclone Fani, the strongest to hit India in five years,

GNS, StormGeo Partner in Voyage Optimisation

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Global Navigation Solutions (GNS), provider of maritime navigation information for shipping companies, and the weather service provider StormGeo announced a strategic partnership to combine their industry-leading weather and navigation capabilities to benefit our shipping customers globally.The new

Evacuations Underway as Cyclone Menaces India's Coast

India has evacuated more than 300,000 people along its northeast coastline by boat, bus and train ahead of a severe cyclone due to make landfall on Friday, with many villagers piling household possessions on to trucks before fleeing their homes.Severe cyclonic storm Fani was churning up the Bay of Bengal

NOAA Intros New OceanReports Tool

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A new web-based interactive tool for ocean mapping and planning created by NOAA and the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, will give everyone from ocean industries to coastal managers, students, as well as the general public the opportunity to be an ocean explorer from their own computer.

BP, Nouryon, Rotterdam Port Join for CO2 Cut

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British multinational oil and gas company BP, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), and the Port of Rotterdam have joined forces to explore the opportunity of making “green hydrogen” via water electrolysis for BP’s refinery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which has the potential

CSC Clarifies Continental Shelf Beyond Bouvet

Continental shelf’s extent outside Bouvet Island clarified. Image: Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

The extent of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles outside Bouvet Island has now been clarified with the Continental Shelf Commission (CSC) in New York.The Commission’s recommendation is in line with Norway’s proposal submitted to the Commission in 2009 and revised in 2015.According

Algeria to Protect Marine Environment

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International Maritime Organization (IMO) training on the international treaty covering waste dumping at sea, the London Protocol, is underway for Algerian government officials and participants from shipping companies and port authorities.The workshop, held in Alger (9-10 April), is enabling cooperation

USCG Warns of Tar Balls, Oil Sheen Off Rockaways

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The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is warning people in the waters off the Rockaways to stay away from any tar balls or oil sheens they might see and is investigating to see if they're related to an oil leak from a vessel a few days ago.USCG, along with partner agencies, are responding to reports of oil sheen and tar balls,

DNV GL Okays INTELLIMAN Ship Software

Vidar Dolonen, Regional Manager, DNV GL Korea & Japan (left), and Hyun Jeo Kim, Head of Ship and Offshore Performance Research Center, SHI. Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL announced that Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) INTELLIMAN Ship software complies with the EU-MRV and IMO-DCS regulations.The classification society said in a statement that it issued a factual statement confirming compliance in a ceremony at the SHI R&D Center in Daejeon, South Korea.SHI has

LR Launches Ship Noise Guidance Notes

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The maritime classification society and consultant Lloyd's Register (LR) has released a new airborne noise emission notation (ABN) and ShipRight procedure to meet increasing demand for a standard and methodology to control airborne noise emissions from ships.The new notation defines a set of limit levels for airborne noise emission from ships.

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