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IMB reports sharp decrease in piracy incidents

The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has reported the lowest number of reported piracy and armed robbery incidents for the first nine months of any year since 1994. IMB’s latest global piracy report recorded 97 incidents of piracy and armed robbery for the first nine months of 2021 – the lowest level of reported incidents …

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ABS and Kongsberg join forces to power maritime digitalization and decarbonisation

Houston – Two of the maritime industry’s most advanced digital service providers have joined forces through the product integration of Kongsberg Digital’s Vessel Insight and the ABS My Digital Fleet™ platform. The alliance brings together data acquisition capabilities from Kongsberg Digital and ABS’ business intelligence capabilities to offer shipowners, ship managers and charterers seamless access …

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Scandlines repeats Rotor Sail order following successful, proven results on M/V Copenhagen

 Following the successful installation of the Norsepower Rotor Sail on the hybrid ferry M/V Copenhagen in 2020, and a year of demonstrated results, Scandlines has prepared the sister ferry M/V Berlin for its own Rotor Sail installation.  When Scandlines decided to install a Rotor Sail on the hybrid ferry M/V Copenhagen in 2019, the decision …

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Maersk invests in Vertoro to develop green lignin marine fuels

Maersk Growth, the corporate venture arm of A.P. Moller – Maersk, invests in Vertoro – a Dutch start-up focused on developing liquid lignin technology which can be used as a marine fuel. Copenhagen, Denmark, and Geleen, Netherlands – Maersk’s investment will be used to further develop and commercialise Vertoro’s patented liquid lignin technology, and it …

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Proposed U.S. high-level Arctic diplomatic position

New legislation introduced to the U.S. Senate would create a new diplomatic position for the Arctic at the Department of State, the ArcticToday daily newsletter reported. The bill would establish the Assistant Secretary of State for Arctic Affairs, in order to centralize U.S. Arctic leadership from the agency. Unlike other Arctic nations, the United States …

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Hydrogen-based fuels poised to become the backbone for shipping’s decarbonisation

Abu Dhabi, UAE – A rapid replacement of fossil fuels with renewable fuels based on green hydrogen and advanced biofuels could enable to cut up to 80% of CO2 emissions attributed to international maritime shipping by mid-century, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds. Renewable fuels should contribute at least 70% of …

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Weak grain harvest impacts Thunder Bay shipments

   The Port of Thunder Bay continues to experience reduced grain shipments as the Prairie harvest yield hits a ten-year low. Monthly grain loads were down 30% in September. This mirrors estimates by crop analysts of a 30% reduction in crop yield this season. Year-to-date grain shipments of 4.6 million tonnes tonnes are now 5% …

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Prince Rupert part of new expedited COSCON services to North American West Coast

COSCO Shipping Lines (COSCON) is launching expedited services this week for shippers to get their goods more quickly from China to Chicago or to heavily-congested Los Angeles/Long Beach, the biggest port complex in the United States. Deploying five 4,250TEU ships, CEN-EXPRESS transports containers from Qingdao and Shanghai to Prince Rupert. The CEN-PLUS, deploying six 10,000TEU …

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On our Forum: Stranger than fiction in a world ‘not far short of chaos’

By Michael Grey* Will what we used to think of as “normal” ever return? Black swans used to be rare, but now they are coming by the squadrons, like migrating geese, as one daft occurrence succeeds the last in bewildering succession. There is a world shortage of lorry drivers, as they all opt to drive …

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Trudeau includes marine transportation in new vaccine requirements

Ottawa – Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, today announced details of the government’s plans to require COVID-19 vaccination across the federal public service and federally regulated transportation sectors. This includes marine operators with Canadian vessels that operate with 12 or more crew (such as Great Lakes cargo ships in photo). Under the …

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