Coast Guard News

June 4, 2020
The world’s largest containership, the 23,964 TEU HMM Algeciras, sailed into the Port of Rotterdam on June 3, making its first call at Europe’s largest port. The colossal ship, loaded with 19,621 TEU on board – also a record – was quite a sight as it proceeded to Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) to unload containers. HMM Algeciras has claimed the title of the largest containership from MSC Gulsun which has a 23,756 TEU capacity. ... [Read More]
June 4, 2020
The current officer shortfall to crew the global merchant fleet is forecast to widen amid reduced attractiveness of a career at sea, according to the latest report from the global shipping consultancy Drewry. The consultancy estimates that there is a global officer shortage equating to around 2% of overall demand, though presently this is masked by the temporary idling of vessels due to the Covid-19 pandemic.... [Read More]
June 4, 2020
The Advanced, Efficient and Green Intermodal Systems (AEGIS), a three-year project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, aimed at creating advanced trade lanes by connecting autonomous ships with automated port services marked its official start on June 1. The focus of the AEGIS project is on integrating smaller ships, inland transport and short-sea shipping with larger terminals to create a completely new European transport system. ... [Read More]
June 4, 2020
Classification society DNV GL and technology company ABB have signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) to accelerate digitalisation in the maritime industry. The agreement was signed remotely by DNV GL – Maritime CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen and ABB Marine & Ports Managing Director Juha Koskela in an online ceremony.... [Read More]
June 4, 2020
New Zealand state-owned enterprise KiwiRail has issued a request for proposals to find a preferred shipyard to build the two new rail-enabled roll-on/roll-off passenger (RoPax) ferries for the operator Interislander. As explained, this is the next step in the procurement process and a central move towards realising the two newbuildings. ... [Read More]
June 4, 2020
Norwegian shipmanager OSM Maritime (OSM) will be taking over management responsibility for 37 vessels currently operated by Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi (KGJS). The agreement includes a transfer of business from KGJS to OSM of all technical, crewing and support functions in Bergen, Singapore and Manila. The transfer is expected to be completed by August 3, 2020. ... [Read More]
June 4, 2020
China’s Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai has completed the installation of the first GTT tank onboard CMA CGM’s 23,000-TEU LNG-powered containership.... [Read More]
June 4, 2020
The Mission to Seafarers has launched a new flagship campaign to address the severe welfare issues facing seafarers worldwide in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. ... [Read More]
June 4, 2020
The European Union’s anti-trust body has resumed its in-depth investigation into the proposed acquisition of Koran shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering CO., Ltd (DSME) by its compatriot Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings (HHIH). The European Commission stopped the clock on the merger investigation on April 1, 2020, after establishing that the Coronavirus pandemic was impacting the shipbuilders’ ability to deliver important information to the commission on time.... [Read More]
June 3, 2020
Over the past couple of years, the maritime industry has witnessed numerous new engine designs receiving design approvals from classification societies, including those running on LNG, methanol, and most recently ammonia. ... [Read More]
June 3, 2020
Royal Niestern Sander shipyard and a joint-venture between Mercury Sakhalin and Pola have signed an agreement for the construction of the world’s first shallow draft ice-breaking walk to work vessel. Wagenborg was an intermediary between the parties and has contributed to the project with its operational experience of sailing in shallow waters with ice-breaking vessels in the Caspian Sea and walk to work operations in the North Sea.... [Read More]
June 3, 2020
Hutchison Ports BEST container terminal in the Port of Barcelona has become the port’s first terminal to welcome a 23K+ TEU vessel. The milestone was marked with the arrival of the 23,656 TEU MSC Sixin, the second biggest vessel in the world. The ship is operated by Mediterranean Shipping Company, and deployed on an Asia-North Europe service under the 2M Alliance.... [Read More]
June 3, 2020
China will build its first liquefied natural gas bunkering center for international vessels in the city of Shenzhen as part of a deal signed on Wednesday.... [Read More]
June 3, 2020
The stricken Chinese-flagged crude oil tanker Yua Hua Hu has arrived in the Port of Durban, where it is moored, based on the latest information from the Marine Traffic. The ship was towed a week after experiencing problems while sailing through South Africa’s Wild Coast on the Indian Ocean, reportedly on its way from Singapore to Libya on the west coast of Africa.... [Read More]
June 3, 2020
Sokana, a tanker management company operating in the chemical and product segments, was relaunched on 2 June as a joint venture. The joint venture commercial management company has been created by Sokana’s founder Lars Ebbesen and Interunity Group. As informed, Sokana already has 880,000 dwt of committed tonnage under management and will be pursuing further controlled growth.... [Read More]
June 3, 2020
2 June 2020 saw the launch of Zero Emission Services B.V. (ZES), a new company that helps increase the sustainability of the inland shipping sector by leasing exchangeable battery containers — known as ZES-Packs — to businesses in inland shipping. ... [Read More]
June 3, 2020
Malaysian liquefied natural gas shipping firm MISC has appointed former minister Tan Sri Noh Omar as its new chairman.... [Read More]
June 3, 2020
French container shipping major CMA CGM is joining Maersk in committing to an industry goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Speaking at the UN Global Compact on June 2, Rodolphe Saadé, the company’s CEO, announced CMA CGM’s plans of switching 10 % of its energy supply to alternative fuels by 2023 and attaining carbon neutrality by 2050.... [Read More]

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