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IMO committee approves draft new regulations on decarbonising shipping

  LONDON – Draft new mandatory regulations  to cut the carbon intensity of existing ships have been approved by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), the UN agency announced today. Week-long meetings of the Committee end Friday.  The MEPC also agreed on the  terms of reference for assessing the possible impacts on States, paying particular attention

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Budget watchdog suggests Navy could buy converted Davie supply ships

Parliamentary budget watchdog Yves Giroux has suggested the federal government could buy two converted civilian vessels from Davie shipyard in Lévis, Quebec to serve as support ships for the Royal Canadian Navy for a fraction of the cost of building brand new ones, according to Canadian Press. In a new report, Mr. Giroux estimates the

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Seaway volume gaining traction

  As the 2020 shipping season heads into the final months of the year, cargo shipments on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway made some gains in October as grain continues to hold strong in an otherwise rocky year. Overall Seaway cargo shipments (from April 1 to October 31) reached nearly 27.7 million tonnes, down 7.9

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IMO holding crucial discussions on decarbonising maritime shipping

London – Vital measures to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships will be discussed by governments this week November 16-20 by the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee amidst calls by the global marine sector to adopt a proposal for an industry-financed US$5 billion research and development programme. The latter would catalyse the transformation of

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Transport Canada and marine stakeholders create a seafarers’ welfare board

  OTTAWA- The Government of Canada recognizes the important role seafarers play in moving people and the many goods Canadians rely on every day. Keeping them safe as they work to support Canada’s economy — even during challenging times — is an important priority. Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, in collaboration with the Canadian marine community, announced

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LNG becoming increasingly popular in the shipping sector

  Rotterdam – early Thursday, Total’s bunker vessel Gas Agility started bunkering the container ship CMA CGM Jacques Saade with 18,000 m³ of LNG (liquefied natural gas). The operation took around 16 hours to complete. Gas Agility, the world’s largest LNG bunker vessel, was built especially to supply ULCVs (Ultra Large Container Vessels) like Jacques Saade with LNG

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Covid-19 pandemic crises pushing up costs for crew changes

  Ship operators are being warned to expect higher crewing costs next year as pandemic measures and challenges in carrying out crew changes push prices higher. Henrik Jensen, managing director of Danica Crewing Specialists, has analyzed recent crew costs and reports that each crew change is costing an extra $2,000 USD – doubling the price

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