Project Updates & Industry Developments
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Shippers, Others Oppose Extension of Consortia Block Exemption

Associations representing shippers, freight forwarders and port service providers object to the inclusion in the Commission’s 2020 Work Programme of the decision of the European Commission to extend...

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Bernhard Fined USD 1.75 Mln for Dumping Bilge Waste

Singapore

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Singapore) PTE LTD, a vessel operating company, pleaded guilty in the U.S. federal court to maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of...

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$10 billion man-made ‘Chand Taara’ Island to be built in Gwadar

Pakistan

Pakistan’s first man-made Island is to be built in Gwadar at a cost of over $10 Billion. The ‘Chaand Taara’ shaped islands representing Pakistan’s flags moon and star will form the cities of the...

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CMA CGM Teams Up with Energy Observer to Promote Hydrogen as Fuel

France

French shipping giant CMA CGM is joining forces with Energy Observer within a project focusing on testing the potential of hydrogen as a marine fuel. Energy Observer, formerly a legendary race boat,...

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Million-dollar solution to restore eroding beach

Caribbean, United States

A $1.25 million government-led ‘beach nourishment’ project has been proposed to counter erosion at the southern end of Seven Mile Beach.The proposal, endorsed by the Department of Environment, has...

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Russia Gives Green Light for New LNG Transshipment Terminal

Russian Federation

Russia’s federal autonomous institution Glavgosexpertiza has reviewed and approved the design documentation and engineering survey results for the construction of an LNG transshipment terminal in...

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Sand: When China Sneezes, We All Catch the Flu

China

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has dented market sentiment and spooked markets around the globe, according to BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst, Peter Sand.The ongoing outbreak that originated...

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NGO Shipbreaking Platform: Shipping Companies Still Favor the Worst Scrapyards

A total of 674 ocean-going commercial ships and offshore units were sold to the scrapyards in 2019, according to new data released by NGO Shipbreaking Platform.Of these vessels, 469 large tankers,...

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Dredging data: Average age of dredgers

For this edition of Dredging data, DPC has analysed the average age of dredger vessels in service by place of build. The workhorses of shipping bring it to a combined average age of 26 years per...

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European Shipowners Want Fluidity of Trade despite Brexit

United Kingdom

As the United Kingdom stopped being a member of the European Union on January 31, 2020, European shipowners have called on both UK and EU regulators to continue their close alignment when it comes...

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Thais spike China-led plan to dredge Mekong river

Thailand

Thailand has spiked Chinese-led plans to open up a key stretch of the Mekong river, in a rare victory for activists fighting to preserve Southeast Asia's most important waterway....

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The divers rescuing a drowning island

India

Vaan Island in India’s Gulf of Mannar has been rapidly disappearing into the Laccadive Sea. But a team of marine biologists is working to save it.Hundreds of fishing boats bob on the bright blue...

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Hapag-Lloyd Trialing Biofuel to Cut CO2 Emissions

Germany

German shipping major Hapag-Lloyd is conducting the first biofuel test on one of its vessels in an effort to reduce the company’s CO2 footprint.The 4,402 TEU containership Montreal Express was...

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Elbe Passing Box Widening Completed

Germany

Vessels with a combined width of up to 98 metres may now pass each other in a widened section of Germany’s Elbe river known as the ‘passing box’.The five-kilometre stretch under Federal jurisdiction...

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EU Launches EUR 75 Mn BlueInvest Fund to Boost Innovation

Belgium

The European Commission is partnering with the European Investment Fund to launch the BlueInvest Fund in an effort to support innovations in the maritime sector. During the BlueInvest Day conference...