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$5.65bn Japanese green ship fund coming from Anchor Ship Partners

  With an eye on Japan’s goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Japanese ship finance giant Anchor Ship Partners will launch a substantial fund to aid decarbonization efforts in the shipping sector. Japanese newswire Nikkei states the new Y600bn ($5.65 bn) fund will start by ordering LNG-fuelled gas carriers to lease to such …

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Port of Antwerp deploys autonomous drones for safety enforcement

  In order to maintain safety in the complex port environment, Port of Antwerp is deploying an autonomous drone for the first time. The fully autonomous drone will be testing various use cases in the field of inspection and control. This is part of the short-term ambition to support the port authority in its core …

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DP World and Port of Nanaimo sign 50-year lease agreement

  The Duke Point Terminal lease agreement was finalized today, with the signing of a 50-year lease agreement between the Port of Nanaimo and DP World. The Duke Point agreement will provide a long-term port-to-port solution for short-sea shipping between Nanaimo and Vancouver, as well as expand direct access from Nanaimo to global import/export markets …

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German fleet stabilizing after severe slump starting in 2009

  Today, the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) released new figures on the situation of the German shipping sector. President Alfred Hartmann and CEO Ralf Nagel used this occasion to annonce German shipping has exited the slump that decimated the national fleet since when The German KG funding system, a major financing model that helped Germany quickly develop …

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Europe’s first large-scale green ammonia project in Norway inches closer to reality

  Yara’s industrial facility in Porsgrunn wil provide the basis for the green production of ammonia (Yara) Oslo Norway-Yara International has signed a Letter of Intent with Statkraft, and Aker Horizons, aiming to establish Europe’s first large-scale green ammonia project in Norway, enabling the hydrogen economy and accelerate the green energy transition. The partners will …

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen orders first Oceanbird vessel

  Wallenius Wilhelmsen will be the first to order a vessel of Wallenius Marine’s Oceanbird concept. At a live webcast, commented by the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, Wallenius Wilhelmsen launched the world’s first full-size wind-powered pure car and truck carrier, the Orcelle Wind.  “This is the beginning of an amazing chapter and the …

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Chantiers de l’Atlantique will soon have a huge prototype “mast / sail” on its site (in French)

  Les Chantiers de l’Atlantique de Saint-Nazaire espèrent commercialiser leur paquebot à voile d’ici la fin de l’année. C’est ce qu’a annoncé ce mardi, le directeur des chantiers navals Laurent Castaing lors d’une conférence de presse, annonçant en même temps qu’un démonstrateur “mât/voile” va être testé sur le site cet été. Le projet, baptisé « Solid …

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A.P. Moller – Maersk will operate the world’s first carbon-neutral liner vessel by 2023 – seven years ahead of schedule

  Copenhagen, Denmark – Fast-tracked by advances in technology and increasing customer demand for sustainable supply chains, A.P. Moller – Maersk accelerates the efforts to decarbonize marine operations with the launch of the world’s first carbon-neutral liner vessel in 2023 – seven years ahead of the 2030 initial ambition. All future Maersk owned new buildings …

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Growing uncertainty as Montreal docker/port employer truce soon expiring

  By Leo Ryan, Editor Recently resumed negotiations between waterfront employers at the Port of Montreal and the union representing 1,125 dockers have reportedly made little progress ahead of a seven-month truce expiring on March 21. And amidst the renewed uncertainty, there is evidence some importers have made contingency plans and have already begun to …

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