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  • North America’s First LNG Cruise Ship Fuels...

    North America’s first LNG-fueled cruise ship is preparing for its maiden voyage in July. Carnival Cruise Line’s new Mardi Gras recently arrived in Florida to prepare for its entry into service and as the next step conducted the first-ever LNG fueling at Port Canaveral, Florida. 

     

  • Major Milestone for Kolkata Port! In a first, a...

    A cape size vessel ‘M.V. LAKE D’ arrived at Sagar Anchorage, which is 80 miles away from Kolkata’s Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port and 25 miles away from Haldia Dock Complex.

     

  • North America Cruise Restart Programs Proceeding

    Efforts to restart the North American cruise industry are continuing to accelerate as the first large cruise ship set sail in the Caribbean this week. At the same time, the major cruise lines are also announcing additional plans for their cruises sailing from U.S. ports while they continue to wait for a resolution of the dispute between Florida and the US Centers for Disease Control over asking passengers for proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

     

  • Ardmore Shipping announces definitive agreements...

    Ardmore Shipping Corporation announced that it has entered into definitive agreements for the previously announced strategic investment into Element 1 Corp.’s unique methanol-to-hydrogen technology, including the establishment of the e1 Marine joint venture and Ardmore’s purchase of an approximately 10% equity stake in Element 1 Corp.

     

  • Mediation Impasse in Florida’s Suit Over CDC...

    The mediator in the lawsuit brought by the state of Florida seeking to force the immediate restart of cruises informed the US District Court judge that Florida and the US Centers for Disease Control are deadlocked. By declaring an impasse in the mediation, the case has been sent back to the court to decide the issue.

     

Legal & Regulations

  • Human Rights Court And Spanish High Court Deal New Blow To Dockworkers’...

    Yesterday, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg issued an important ruling on the Norwegian dockworkers’ monopoly.

     

  • Scotland Bans Cruise Ships Again

    Scottish Government announced today that it decided to keep its ports closed to large cruise ships at this time despite progress in controlling COVID-19. The decision came the day before the first large ship in the UK’s summer domestic cruise restart program was due to arrive in Greenock.

     

  • White House bans U.S. investment in world's largest shipbuilder

    The Biden administration implemented a ban on all U.S. investment in four of China's biggest maritime companies - including China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), the world's largest commercial shipbuilder and the linchpin of China's naval modernization effort.

     

Environment

  • X-Press Pearl pollution spreads but reports of oil leaks are refuted

    Sri Lanka officials conducted a briefing to detail the scope of the environmental damage resulting from the fire and sinking of the containership X-Press Pearl last month. Government representatives and the shipping line continue to refute reports of additional pollution and possible oil leaks from the vessel, which remains partially submerged off Colombo. At the same time, additional international aid is being sent to help the country deal with what has been called the worst environmental disaster in the history of Sri Lanka.

     

  • Green shipping calls for a holistic approach

    The shipping industry needs to look past zero carbon fuels to decarbonise the sector. ‘Circularity’ and ‘servitisation’ could be the new buzzwords to watch for, according to Danish Ship Finance (DSF).

     

  • China sees notable progress in eco-environment protection in Yangtze River

    China has made notable progress in improving water quality, restoring aquatic biodiversity and controlling pollution in the Yangtze River basin, according to a report submitted for deliberation at the ongoing session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee.

     

Education

  • The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and...

    The Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport Branch in Sharjah (AASTS) was awarded for its “Distinctive Contribution to Innovation in Maritime Education” at the 14th edition of the Shiptek International Awards 2021, held in Dubai, on June 7, 2021. The award was received by Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghaffar Ismail Farag, President of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in the presence of delegates from the Academy.

     

  • AASTS successfully participates in the 3rd...

    As part of its constant effort to attract more students interested in maritime education, the Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport branch in Sharjah has successfully participated in the 3rd Academic Discipline Virtual Exhibition organized by Sharjah Libraries. The Academy presents to all attendees from students, parents and all government and private entities, its advanced capabilities in the field of maritime education. Hundreds of students have attended the Academy’s session as the official admission has been opened for new patch in both Maritime Transport Technology and Marine Engineering Technology.

  • Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime...

    The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport Branch in Sharjah (AASTS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE). This supports AASTS’ mission to protect the marine environment, enhance fish wealth, and provide research and development services. The MoU aims to employ AASTS’ capabilities and the expertise of its staff to serve and develop the marine environment and curb marine activities that are contributing to climate change. The cooperation also includes protecting and maintaining the ecological balance in the Arabian Gulf and the Arabian Sea, which the UAE overlooks.

     

  • Consolidating courses for user friendly, secure...

    Over the past 12 months, here at Ocean Technologies Group we have been reviewing and consolidating all of Videotel’s and Seagull’s certified eLearning courses into the new Ocean Learning Library. 54 of our most popular have been consolidated with each course designed, as ever, to make seafarers safer and better at what they do. These courses can be taken through a company subscription, via the Ocean Learning Platform, or Pay-As-You-Go from our website.

     

  • AASTS organized virtual orientation sessions to...

    The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport branch in Sharjah (AASTS), recently organized virtual orientation sessions under the initiative titled “Connecting maritime professionals with leaders of tomorrow”. The primary goal of the event was to connect government school students with leading names in the maritime sector.

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Techonology

  • MOL and ACSL use flying drone to conduct autonomous inspection of vessel holds...

    Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. and Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory Ltd. (ACSL; President & COO: Satoshi Washiya, PhD; Headquarters: Edogawa-ku, Tokyo) announced yesterday the success of a demonstration test using a made-in-Japan flying drone to inspect the hold of an MOL-operated coal carrier in May.

     

  • Geoverse Brings the Power of Private LTE/5G Networks to the Port of Oakland

    Geoverse, a national operator of private cellular networks for the enterprise, today announced it has entered into an agreement to provide a private cellular solution for Oakland Maritime Support Services (OMSS) at the Port of Oakland. The private LTE network will leverage Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) to enable multiple intermodal container yard management applications in the first phase and new smart port use cases and applications in follow-on phases. The private LTE deployment will be one of the first smart port solutions rolled out with CBRS in the U.S.

     

  • Second Long-Range Test for U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Surface Vessels

    The U.S. Navy continues to push forward with its efforts to experiment and test autonomous surface shipping. One of the vessels in the Ghost Fleet Overlord Surface program recently completed the second long-range test including a transit of the Panama Canal focusing on the endurance of the vessel as the Navy plans to expand and accelerate its work with unnamed vessels.

     

Dredging

  • PIRIOU to Build First Airlift Dredger with...

    French shipbuilder PIRIOU has received an order for a new airlift dredger, which will also be the first vessel of its kind to be equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell. Due to be delivered in the third quarter of 2023, the new dredger will not only be a highly productive vessel, but it also introduces new environmental and efficiency benefits with its fuel cell system while also being sensitive to the areas in which it operates.

     

  • Army Corps and dredging industry sign MOU to...

    D.C. the Council for Dredging and Marine Construction Safety (CDMCS) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) inked a strengthened partnership on safety and discussed ways, through shared understanding and commitment, to create and sustain an injury-free workplace and safety-first culture for the men and women of the dredging and marine construction industry.

     

  • DEME holds naming ceremony for the world’s most...

    Although it was not possible to have DEME’s traditional naming festivities and family day given the coronavirus restrictions, DEME was honoured that Mrs Annik Penders, the wife of the Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo, accepted to be the godmother of the new vessel. The ceremony still managed to capture the spirit of the occasion with all the traditional rituals as Mrs Penders gracefully smashed a bottle of champagne against the hull.

     

  • Lobster crews call for dredging after boats run...

    Fishermen using a small harbour on P.E.I.'s North Shore are speaking out about what they say is a dangerous situation, and calling for dredging in the area.

     

  • Georgetown County Council approves contract for...

    Georgetown County Council voted Tuesday night to approve a contract for a dredging project in Murrells Inlet.

     

LIFESTYLE

OFFSHORE

  • Petrobras orders $2.3B FPSO from Saipem, DSME JV

    Italian offshore engineering and construction firm Saipem, in a joint venture with South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd (DSME), has won a contract with Brazil's Petrobras to build an FPSO for the Búzios offshore field in Brazil.

     

  • Designs for Jones Act Versatile Feeder Vessel to Support Offshore Wind

    The United States’ ambitious plans to develop the offshore wind sector over the next two decades are also helping to create new opportunities in the shipbuilding and shipping sectors to support the installation and maintenance of the offshore wind farms. The latest entrant is an American company called Green Shipping Line that is teaming with the Dutch engineering firm DEKC Maritime to develop Jones Act compliant feeder vessels to support the development of offshore wind installations.

     

  • Transocean Delays Delivery of Two New Ultra-Deepwater Drillships

    As a new demonstration of the continuing pressures on the offshore oil sector, drill operator Transocean announced that it has agreed to delay delivery of its two new ultra-deepwater drillships and defer payments to the shipyard. The company also reported that it has reached new financing terms with the shipyard to improve its balance sheet, while it also scheduling contracts with major customers.

     

  • Valaris Bags Drillship Contract in Ivory Coast

    Offshore drilling rig owner Valaris said Tuesday it had won a drillship contract with TotalEnergies in Ivory Coast.

     

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