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Support crew changeovers and keep ports/ships running urge UN entities

The world’s reliance on maritime transport makes it more important than ever to keep ships moving, ports open and cross-border trade flowing, and to support ship crew changeovers, the United Nations maritime and trade entities said in a joint statement today signed by Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, United Nations …

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CMA CGM Group heads towards carbon neutrality by 2050

On 2 June, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of CMA CGM, was a key speaker at the UN Global Compact. Other speakers participated including Deputy UN Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean Peter Thomson, the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization Kitack Lim, and …

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UN agencies call for urgent action on crew changes and keyworker designation for sea and air workers

From the middle of June 2020, around 150,000 seafarers a month will require international flights to ensure crew changeovers can take place. Half of these seafarers need to be repatriated home by aircraft, the other half will be joining ships. The heads of the maritime, labour and aviation organizations of the United Nations have issued …

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Minship bulk carrier biofuel trial advances carbon neutral shipping

Bavarian ship management company Minship and its subsidiary Minmarine  announced that a bulk carrier in their fleet of managed vessels, M/V Trudy, has successfully bunkered biofuel at the Port of Rotterdam. The biofuel bunkered by the 2009-built, 30,790 dwt bulk carrier on April 17 was GoodFuels’ sustainable Biofuel Oil MR1-100: which is a second generation sustainable …

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ABB to power South Asia’s first LNG hybrid tug for efficient and sustainable operations

ABB’s electric propulsion, power, energy storage, control and automation technology will be at the heart of the first tug in South Asia capable of switching between low emission LNG engines and zero-emission battery power. The tug, which will operate in Singapore harbor, has been ordered by Sembcorp Marine subsidiary Jurong Marine Services for delivery from …

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IATA and ICS call on governments to designate crew change airports

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) are jointly calling on governments to take urgent measures to facilitate crew change flights for seafarers. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, seafarers are having to extend their service onboard ships after many months at sea, unable to be replaced following long tours …

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IMO urges keyworker exemptions for crew changes and repatriations

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has asked the United Nations system agencies to support IMO in its request to governments to declare seafarers, port personnel and other crucial maritime workers as key personnel. Mr. Lim made the plea during a virtual meeting (1 April) with other UN chiefs and the UN Secretary-General.  The meeting addressed the …

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IMO issues guidance on STCW certification

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued guidelines on standards for training, certification and monitoring of seafarers (STCW) in response to growing concerns following the coronavirus epidemic. IMO has stated that the worldwide response to the epidemic poses a serious challenge for administrations to enable the continuing education of seafarers, revalidate certificates, including medical certificates, and the …

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Canada fully supports global ban on heavy fuel oil in the Arctic

OTTAWA – The Canadian government has formally confirmed its support for a global ban on heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters to help reduce the environmental impacts of increased marine shipping in the North. Such a ban has existed in the Antarctic region since 2011. As the Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) Sub-Committee of the …

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