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ClassNK releases Guidelines for Automated/Autonomous Operation of ships

Tokyo – Leading Classification Society ClassNK has released its “Guidelines for Automated/Autonomous Operation of ships ~Design development, Installation and Operation of Automated Operation Systems/Remote Operation Systems~”. In the field of ships, research and development of technology related to maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS) has been actively carried out with the aim of improving safety by […]

ABB completes delivery for the world's most advanced icebreaking LNG carrier fleet

Final vessel in 15-ship series enters service for Yamal LNG project ahead of schedule, powered by ABB’s leading-edge technology Yakov Gakkel, owned by joint venture between Teekay LNG Partners and China LNG Partners, joins a fleet of 15 specially designed tankers transporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) year-round from one of Russia’s most significant export developments […]

World's First Liquefied Hydrogen Carrier SUISO FRONTIER

Tokyo, December 11, 2019 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today its official naming and launch at Kobe Works of the SUISO FRONTIER (Kawasaki hull no. 1740), the world’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier. This vessel was developed to provide a means of transporting liquefied hydrogen at 1/800 of its original gas-state volume, cooled to –253°C, safely and […]

Conditions of shipbreaking workers in India remain appalling

The Indian Express reveals that conditions for the shipbreaking workers at the beach of Alang, India, have not improved. Based on the findings of recent independent research carried out by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai, the article highlights the lack of protective equipment, inadequate health facilities and far too long working hours. Hundreds of […]

Navibulgar's new vessel starts maiden voyage

On 9th December 2019 in the Chinese Shipyard Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. the flag of the third 45,500 dwt bulk carrier, ordered by Navibulgar was hoisted. She is part of Bluetech 45 project, which already gives very good performance results on the first two ships of the series mv Plana and Midjur. The […]

MSC becomes first major shipping line to use 30% biofuel blends

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is pleased to announce that the company is now starting to use biofuel in its vessels calling in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Following successful trials with biofuel blends earlier this year, MSC has decided to continue bunkering responsibly sourced biofuel blends on a routine basis. The trials were completed with a […]

IMO commits to further action on gender equality

Member States of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have urged further firm action in coming years to advance gender equality throughout the maritime sector and reach a barrier-free environment, following a year of action to „empower women in the maritime community“ – the World Maritime theme for 2019.  The IMO Assembly, meeting for its 31st […]

IMO Assembly elects new 40-member Council

The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has elected the following States to be Members of its Council for the 2020-2021 biennium: Category (a)    10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services: China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States. Category (b)    10 States with […]

Port of Baku signed MoU connecting Chinese and European hubs

The Port of Baku,  Austrian ÖBB Rail Cargo Group and Cabooter Group (NL) signed an agreement to strengthen and expand the freight traffic from Europe to Central Asia and China via the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (Middle Corridor).  The Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology of Austria, Mr. Andreas Reichhardt, and Ambassador of the […]