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  • Emirates Marine Environmental Group and Procter & Gamble launch the P&G Dubai mangrove...

    Procter & Gamble (P&G) accelerates its commitment to sustainability by unveiling P&G’s Dubai Mangrove Forest project planted by the Emirates Marine Environmental Group (EMEG) during a sunset inauguration ceremony. The mangrove forest planted in the Jebel Ali Wildlife Sanctuary marks a decisive action towards earth restoration by creation of a Forest in the desert coastline of the UAE.


  • Pact inked for operation of new Duqm Port bunkering terminal

    OQ owned Oman Tank Terminal Company (OTTCO) and Oman Oil Marketing Company (OOMCO) signed an agreement regarding the operations and maintenance for OOMCO’s bunker terminal facility in the Port of Duqm. The agreement was signed on Sunday at OQ’s head office in Muscat by Ard Van Hoof, CEO, OTTCO, and Hussain Jama Bait Ishaq, Acting CEO, OOMCO.


  • Libya’s NOC declares force majeure on Hariga port in statement

    TRIPOLI:  Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) declared force majeure on Monday on exports from the port of Hariga and said it could extend the measure to other facilities due to a budget dispute with the country's central bank.

  • OFCO – Offshore International joins forces with Mammoet to deliver turnkey logistical solutions

    Abu Dhabi Ports’ offshore logistics service provider, Offshore Support and Logistics Services Company (OFCO – Offshore International), has announced the start of a collaboration with Mammoet United Arab Emirates, a branch of the global engineered heavy lifting and transport services company, as part of a newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organisations.


  • Janan Research vessel begins three-day trip

    Janan, the research vessel under Qatar University's Environmental Science Centre (QU-ESC), on Sunday set off on a three-day research journey to study the marine environment in the Exclusive Economic Zone.




  • Finnish marine insurance company develops a solution for minimizing losses and...

    The Alandia Loss Prevention mobile application, designed by Alandia’s superior Loss Prevention experts, offers an innovative hands-on solution for professional mariners for transforming everyday routines into truly proactive safety management.


  • Prepare for tougher at-berth emissions reductions in California

    California’s new regulation “Control Measure for Ocean-Going Vessels At-Berth“ has now been approved by the state’s Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and took effect on 1 January 2021. The new Control Measure replaces the state’s previous regulation on “Airborne Toxic Control Measure for Auxiliary Diesel Engines Operated on Ocean-Going Vessels At-Berth in a California Port”(At-Berth Regulation) and is designed to further reduce the public’s exposure to air pollution generated by vessels berthed at California’s busiest ports. See our alert “California clamps down on air pollution from ships at berth” of 5 November 2020.


  • Russian Cargo Theft Trends 2020

    The joint report published by international freight insurer, TT Club; IMPACT, a digital cargo theft information and prevention exchange and the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA EMEA) details trends in the prevalent modus operandi of thefts and the type of cargo commodities lost within the Russian road freight sector, analysing the data by month and federal region.


Oil & Gas

  • South Africa: Azinam, Panoro enter Africa Energy's...

    Oil companies Azinam and Panoro Energy have completed their previously announced acquisitions of stakes in Block 2B offshore South Africa, e containing the A-J1 oil discovery from 1988,  from Africa Energy Corp.


  • Angolan national oil company sells 31.78 pct of its stake...

    Angolan National Fuel Society (Sonangol), the Angola's state oil company, has sold 31.78 percent of the stake it held in Puma Energy, for 600 million U. S. dollars, according to a press release reaching Xinhua here.


  • Petrobras, partners decide on partial "Devolution...

    Brazilian oil company Petrobras, as a leader of the Libra consortium operating the Libra offshore area in Brazil, on Friday said the consortium had informed the national regulator of the "devolution" of the part of the block.


  • Shell plays down risk of stranded oil and gas reserves

    Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday the majority of its oil and gas reserves will be produced by 2050, playing down the risk of stranded assets as it prepares to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades.


  • Saipem bags additional offshore work in Qatar worth $350M

    Qatari gas company Qatargas has awarded additional work to Italy's Saipem within the North Field Production Sustainability Offshore Project, following a $1.7 billion contract announced in February.


  • Mammoet to deliver two onshore oil rigs to Oman

    Mammoet, the global heavy lifting and transport specialist, has been contracted by Khimji Ramdas Shipping (KRS) to safely deliver two pre-assembled onshore oil rigs and accessories from a fabrication facility in the UAE to a site in Nimr, Oman.   




  • Debate continues Over U.S. cruise restart

    The battle lines are being drawn in the debate to accelerate the restart of cruises from American ports. The industry is continuing its lobbying efforts and pushing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for action while U.S. senators and representatives are introducing legislation but, in a surprise move, other senators are now calling on the CDC to maintain its position not risking a new health crisis.


  • New Seabourn expedition cruise ship arrives at...

    Construction is proceeding on the next generation of cruise ships. Over the weekend, the hull of the new expedition cruise ship, the Seabourn Venture, completed a more than 1,200-mile voyage between two shipyards. The completed hull will now be fitted out preparing for the cruise ship’s entry into service in December 2021.


  • Hapag address container shortage with large order...

    After months of struggling to meet the demand for containers, Hapag Lloyd announced it is placing one of the largest orders for boxes in the company’s history. The new order, which is valued at $550 million, is designed to ease the supply shortage that has been brought on by strong demand and slowdowns in the movements of boxes throughout the supply chain due to the pandemic.


  • Giant wind blades are largest non-container cargo...

    The development of the wind turbine sector is creating new challenges for the shipping industry as the massive blades and elements are shipped from their manufacturers to the staging points for their installation. APM Terminals Pecem, at the port of Pecem in northeast Brazil, recently handled the loading of three blades, which it reports became the largest non-containerized cargo operation in the world.


  • Shell and Pan ocean continue to expand LNG-bunker...

    Shell Tankers is continuing to build out its global fleet of LNG bunker vessels to service the growing ocean fleet of LNG-fueled vessels. The company has entered into an additional charter agreement of Pan Ocean of South Korea for the construction of another LNG bunker vessel at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard also in South Korea.


Legal & Regulations

  • Three sentenced, two more plead guilty in USCG exam-fixing scheme

    Additional defendants are continuing to plead guilty while the first of the defendants have now been sentenced in a test score-fixing scheme at a United States Coast Guard exam center. Since filing an indictment in November 2020, 21 defendants have been convicted in the case brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.


  • Three sentenced, two more plead guilty in USCG exam-fixing scheme

    Additional defendants are continuing to plead guilty while the first of the defendants have now been sentenced in a test score-fixing scheme at a United States Coast Guard exam center. Since filing an indictment in November 2020, 21 defendants have been convicted in the case brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.


  • Croatian Police seize $72M in cocaine as smugglers target ports

    Croatian police in cooperation with customs authorities announced their third major seizure of cocaine this year arriving at the port of Ploce smuggled inside containers arriving from South America. Croatian officials said that smugglers appear to be targeting the ports of Southern Europe in response to increased enforcement efforts across Europe.



  • Methanol fuel cell test with Alfa Laval, DFDS, Maersk Drilling, Hafnia

    Testing is beginning on a new generation of methanol-fueled high-temperature membrane full cell as part of a program to accelerate the commercialization of the technology as an auxiliary marine power source. During a year of planned testing at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre, the fuel cell system’s durability and lifetime will be in focus while working with DFDS, Maersk Drilling, and Hafnia to develop the operational and implementation aspects for the fuel cell technology.


  • Industry leaders collaborate to develop guidance on the safe use of Ammonia as a shipping fuel

    Lloyd’s Register Maritime Decarbonisation Hub and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping form new project with A.P. Moller-Maersk, MAN Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, NYK Line and Total to support shipping’s transition to zero-carbon. 


  • World Bank recommends avoiding LNG as it explores ship decarbonization

    As part of the ongoing debate on the means to achieve decarbonization for the maritime industry, the World Bank weighs in on the issue with a series of new research reports providing its perspective for policymakers and the industry. While it concludes that there are major opportunities, the international financial organization dismisses the long-term role of LNG instead joining the growing support for ammonia and hydrogen as the most promising future fuels for shipping.



  • ACICT partners with Logix to build the largest...

    The Academy Company for Information Communication Technology (ACICT), the technological investment arm of the Arab Academy for Science Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT), has launched a strategic partnership with Logix, a leading company in smart transformation and information security, to launch the largest smart and secure educational platform in Egypt and the Arab World. This is part of ACICT’s efforts to support Egypt Vision 2030 in developing knowledge, innovation and scientific research.


  • Digital tools: e-learning for DESMI’s ballast...

    Marine engineers and crew members can now train and learn about DESMI Ocean Guard’s CompactClean ballast water management system with two digital offline tools. One is a computer-based training (CBT) program and the other is a mobile app. 


  • Entrepreneurship Center, AASTMT organised an...

    The AASTMT Entrepreneurship Center held an online workshop titled “How to Become an Entrepreneur”, which is the first in a series that aims to prepare AASTMT students, who are willing to participate in the “Arab Rally for Entrepreneurship”. This year, the annual competition focused on entrepreneurship in the maritime sector. The virtual workshop was hosted by Dr. Wael El-Desouky, Director of the Entrepreneurship Center, AASTMT, with the participation of more than 50 students representing the academy from Egypt, UAE, Syria and Greece.


  • Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy and Abu Dhabi...

    Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy, the training and development hub of Abu Dhabi Ports, and Abu Dhabi University (ADU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on bilateral cooperation. The MoU will support the education and career requirements of students across the emirate of Abu Dhabi.


  • IAMPE congratulates Its newest executive...

    The IAMPE is pleased to congratulate our latest graduates of the Maritime Executive program who have been awarded professional industry certifications. The program was hosted by our newest corporate sponsor, the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA), in conjunction with the Maritime Association of South Carolina and was held at the SCSPA Administration Building Training Room.  This was the first in-person program held in over a year and Pandemic Protocols were properly followed. The SCSPA was welcomed as the IAMPE’s latest Education Partner, joining 25 other professional associations, agencies and ports who support the IAMPE’s professional development and certification programs. 


Women in Maritime


  • Crowley previews design of all-electric, autonomous tug

    Crowley's Engineering Services division announced Monday that it has completed the design of the first fully electric U.S. tugboat with autonomous technology - a new green option for ship assist and harbor services.


  • Nigerian ports now 70% digitalised — Shippers’ Council

    The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Mr Hassan Bello, on Friday disclosed that the ports in the country had attained 70 per cent digitalisation. Bello made this known at a news conference on the first quarter activities of the council in Lagos. He said that the 70 per cent digitalisation was lower than 90 per cent targeted by the council in the first quarter of 2021. According to him, the council targeted 90 per cent digitalisation in the first quarter of the year, unfortunately, did not achieve it although it was still pursuing it in earnest. “Most of the ports in the world are digitised, Nigeria cannot be an exception.


  • GTT upgrades its NO96 technology to further reduce the guaranteed Boil Off Rate

    GTT has developed the NO96 Super+, an evolution of the NO96 Cargo Containment System (CCS), which has recently received an Approval in Principle (AiP) from the classification society Bureau Veritas.