The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Conference on the enhancement of safety of ships carrying passengers on non-international voyages, held in Manila, the Philippines, on 24 April 2015, has adopted guidelines to aid the process of reducing the mounting toll of accidents involving such vessels by addressing the question of whether a ship is fit for purpose in its intended role.
Micro-plastics – tiny pieces of plastic or fibres which may act as a pathway for persistent, bio accumulating and toxic substances entering the food chain – are increasingly being found in the oceans and may prove to be as harmful to marine life as more obvious, larger debris, such as plastic bags, according to a new report.
The merchant shipping industry – which in the past 16 months participated in almost 1,000 migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean – welcomes the decision by EU leaders to triple resources of the Triton operation.
APM Terminals hosted a celebration of the official opening of the new APM Terminals Maasvlakte II Rotterdam facility, the world’s most technologically advanced and environmentally sustainable container terminal.
A new AHTS (Anchor Handling Tug Supply) vessel design has been launched by Wärtsilä at this year’s Sea Asia exhibition held in Singapore from April 21 to 23. The focus of the new design is on simplicity, efficiency, low fuel consumption, and a reduced environmental impact.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that it has signed a contract with Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. to construct four next-generation car carriers. The vessels will be delivered in 2017 and 2018 and serve on MOL’s worldwide car carrier services.
The CMA CGM Group is pleased to announce that during the CMA CGM KERGUELEN first call at the Port Klang Port Terminal in Malaysia, the terminal set up a unique arrangement for the vessel: no less than 12 cranes were simultaneously used to match the vessel’s exceptional length (398 meters) and capacity (17,722 TEU), setting a new record for one of the Group’s vessels.
ABB has designed turbochargers powering the largest ships in the world. First came the CSCL Globe with capacity of 19,100 TEU which was followed by the MSC Oscar at 19,224 TEU.
To ensure profitable operations, a new project has been developed and successfully implemented to widen ships and increase the TEU capacity by more than 20%.
Ports, harbours and waterways have to manage an ever growing volume and mix of recreational activity and heavy commercial activity – at times across the same compact waterspace. This creates a series of challenging marine planning requirements that need to be addressed.
The aim of the “Unlocking the issue” advocacy campaign is to bring human rights awareness to the forefront of the maritime and fishing industries and their regulators.
Sailor’s Society, one of the largest seafarer support charities operating internationally, has used Singapore Maritime Week to launch its unique Wellness at Sea coaching and support programme to Asia’s shipping industry.
The First ship of Project – 15B, Guided Missile Destroyer of Indian Navy, christened ‘Visakhapatnam’ was launched on at a magnificent ceremony at Mazagaon Dock Limited (MDL), Mumbai.
The ‘Clear Advantage’ tanker design series reduces ballast requirements by 40%. Ready to be built, the designs combine operational and environmental performance improvements.
The first KNUD E. HANSEN A/S ferry design was built in 1949 and was named Ritan. The second was built in 1971 and was also named Ritan. The new ferry will replace the 40 m RoPax ferry which is currently servicing the island of Nolsoy.
A new competitive and eco-friendly maritime transport concept, the Cargo Ferry project, was presented in Oslo on 20th April, 2015. The result of more than two years of work, the concept has been developed as an alternative transport solution for containers that are carried for more than 200km on land. The project was presented on board Nor Line’s brand-new LNG fuelled ship, the M/S Kvitbjørn.
Global cruise line Royal Caribbean International has marked the launch of Anthem of the Seas, the world’s newest, most technologically advanced cruise ship.
Ship container line Hapag-Lloyd has placed an order for five vessels as it looks to bolster trade in Latin America ahead of next year’s planned expansion of the Panama Canal, the world’s fourth biggest player said on Monday.
NOAA, working with private industry partners and the U.S. Navy, has confirmed the location and condition of the USS Independence, the lead ship of its class of light aircraft carriers that were critical during the American naval offensive in the Pacific during World War II.
The nomination has been received by Maersk Line for the support offered to Ebola-stricken West Africa with continued services, extra equipment, and a USD 1 million UN donation.
A Rolls-Royce pure-gas engine has propelled Nor Lines’ Kvitbjørn into the history books by becoming the world’s first vessel to operate between Asia and Europe solely on liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the ship’s bunker fuel. Kvitbjørn’s naming ceremony in Stavanger celebrates Nor Lines’ 5000dwt short sea cargo vessel, built to Rolls-Royce’s award-winning Environship concept.
Nor Lines history is characterized by more than 160 years of scheduled maritime transport, and it is now entering a new era where it sets new environmental standard with two natural gas-powered newbuilding put into service in 2015.
Despite positive growth momentum, the container shipping industry continues to suffer new, big ship deliveries with no let-up to the ordering frenzy according to the Container Forecaster, published by Drewry Maritime Research.
NGO Shipbreaking Platform board member Merijn Hougee has collaborated with Dutch dredging and marine expert Boskalis over several months to develop a comprehensive ship recycling policy. Boskalis has decided for clean and safe dismantling of its obsolete fleet in a Mexican ship recycling facility with which the ship owner has established a close partnership.