Shortsea shipping

Hybrid electric pushboats will debut on Amazon River system

  The construction of a new fleet of diesel/battery electric push boats has begun at the Belov Engenharia Shipyard for Hidrovias do Brasil. They will be providing terminal assistance on the Amazon River system. Vancouver-based Robert Allan, which has designed the push boats, said that the construction work has recently begun and the first vessel …

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Paris debut for world’s first hydrogen cargo vessel

  The European innovation project Flagships will deploy the world’s first commercial cargo transport vessel operating on hydrogen, plying the river Seine in Paris. Commercial operations are set to commence in 2021. The hydrogen cargo transport vessel will be owned by French inland shipowner Compagnie Fluvial de Transport (CFT), a subsidiary of the Sogestran Group. The company is currently …

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CMA CGM a customer for Doornekamp Great Lakes container service starting in May

  Newly-established Doornekamp Lines  has announced that global shipping carrier CMA CGM Group has agreed to be one of the users for the launching in May of a bi-weekly Canadian-flag container service via the St. Lawrence Seaway between Halifax and Picton, a small growing port on Lake Ontario some 200 kms east of Toronto. First …

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Swedish government awards eco-bonus to shipping firms

  The Swedish government is rewarding innovative and sustainable shipping projects of shipping companies with an eco-bonus environmental incentive. Three of the four projects selected to receive an eco-bonus operate services to and from Ports of Stockholm. Shipping companies have been eligible to apply for an environmental compensation bonus to transition from land to sea …

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Launching announced of Picton-Halifax container service in 2021

  By Leo Ryan, Editor A Canadian-flag, weekly 300-TEU container service by Doornekamp Lines will this year connect the Port of Halifax with Picton, a small but strategically-located port on Lake Ontario via the St. Lawrence/Great Lakes corridor. This was formally announced today by Ben Doornekamp,  one of the principals of family-owned  enterprise Doornekamp Construction …

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NEAS ceases Arctic sealift calls at Valleyfield

By Leo Ryan, Editor  Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping (NEAS) has decided to cease its regular calls at the Port of Valleyfield on the St. Lawrence Waterway, ending a relationship of some 20 years, confirmed Jean-Philippe Paquin, General Manager of the port located 70 km southwest of Montreal. Valleyfield has been a key staging ground in …

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Battery powered autonomous feeder ship inches closer to operation

  Fincantieri’s Vard division has delivered the eagerly anticipated zero-emission container vessel Yara Birkeland to its owner, fertilizer manufacturer Yara International.  The 120 TEU Yara Birkeland is the world’s first battery-electric container feeder for commercial use, and the project partners’ ultimate goal is to operate it as an autonomous vessel.  Yara says the vessel will …

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Breaking the ice: delivering the goods to the Arctic in a pandemic

  By Edward Downing, Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping You may have seen these modern-day adventurers supplying Canada’s remote northern communities on the CBC TV show High Arctic Haulers, which chronicles the annual Eastern Arctic sealift. They battle ice-choked sea routes, a short summer sailing season – July to October – and a …

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Arkon and Wilson form Europe’s biggest shortsea carrier

As part of a necessary consolidation of the European short sea shipping market, Norway’s Wilson ASA and Germany’s Arkon Shipping GmbH & Co. KG have signed an agreement making the combined systems the largest short sea player in Europe, indicated a joint press release. Wilson will take about 20 dry bulk carriers on a long-term …

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