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Two electric autonomous ships take to Norwegian fjord

Norwegian company ASKO Maritime AS last week held a christening ceremony for two fully electric, self-driving vessels in the port of Moss, Norway. MS Marit and MS Therese are named after world champion cross-country skiers Marit Bjørgen and Therese Johaug, who acted as the ships’ godmothers. Maritime drones as the company calls them can navigate

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New tech unveiled to develop green methanol from solid waste

During the UN United Nations General Assembly and New York Climate Week on 19 September 2022, WasteFuel, a California-based developer of biorefineries focused on converting municipal solid waste into low-carbon fuels, has launched WasteFuel Methanol Module — a new technology that will significantly accelerate the use of organic waste to produce green methanol. Methanol has

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SIU Members Reach Agreement on New Contract with Ocean BC Towing

The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU) announced that SIU Members with Ocean BC Towing (OBCT) have reached an agreement on a new contract that was unanimously accepted by the members working with the Groupe Ocean company in British Columbia. The contract sees significant gains in all areas, raising the bar and setting the new

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Another toll increase coming at Suez Canal Authority  

Egypt announced on Saturday that it will raise transit fees in 2023 for all types of vessels passing through the Suez Canal. The canal already raised fees three times in quick succession this year. According to a statement released by the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), transit fees for tankers passing through the canal will rise

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Delivery of Evergreen’s second 24,000 TEU juggernaut

Another ultra-large container ship with a capacity of 24,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) was delivered on September 13 by its builder, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co, according to an article by the China Securities Journal. Ltd, 12 days before the expected delivery date. Ever Aria is a sister ship to Ever Alot, which was delivered to

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Dutch group plots automated recycling yards to compete with Asia

A majority of the world’s ships are dismantled through a process known as beaching, in which ships are taken apart by hand on beaches, typically in South-East Asia. The practice fails to abide by European environmental and social safety standards, and is incredibly dangerous and labour intensive. As it exists now, the practice threatens the

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Lockout of longshoremen at the Port of Quebec

QUEBEC CITY – Since noon, the Société des arimeurs de Québec has locked out the 81 longshoremen at the Port of Québec, slowing down an important player in the local economy. On August 30, the Port of Quebec longshoremen voted for pressure tactics that could go as far as a 98.5% strike and have since

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