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On September 8, the long-awaited BWM Convention officially came into force. The new rule means ballast water has to be treated before it’s offloaded from vessels, in order to stop invasive species from being transferred into non-indigenous waters.... Full story

 

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Hapag-Lloyd’s recent merging with UASC will see newbuilding orders stop for the foreseeable future. The company reportedly has stated that it has enough vessels to meet economies of scale and realize market growth opportunities with its combined... Full story

 

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The IMO recently released a new video on search and rescue operations in polar waters. This follows on the heels of a video created on the IMO Polar Code, published in May 2017. Concerns have been raised that there isn’t enough marine...

 

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Liquified natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) are cited as bringing potential economic benefits and reduced emissions for owners and operators of vessels that ply Canada’s Great Lakes and eastern coastal waters. According to a... Full story

 

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The tide is changing for the maritime industry, as digitalization becomes more of an intrinsic part of the shipping world. To that end, the new president of BIMCO, Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, CEO of Common Progress, has committed to promoting... Full story

 

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Piracy incidents took a downturn in 2016, according to reports received by the International Maritime Organization. A reduction in incidents of approximately 29 percent occurred from 2015 to 2016 globally, while there was an 85 percent reduction of... Full story

 

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A new online global digital map of ocean litter is now available thanks to the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI). The AWI Litterbase reveals the scientific data, along with how it affects, for instance, fish and seabirds which may ingest litter, get... Full story

 

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New Zealand has become the latest country to adopt the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) in an effort to improve conditions for seafarers who work on New Zealand and foreign-flagged vessels. Reportedly New Zealand labor laws already provide... Full story

 

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By 2020, Rolls-Royce hopes to bring to the shipping world a cutting-edge fleet of human-less ships. Working with various partnerships that include Finnish government investing body DIMECC and Norway’s Maritime Administration’s Norwegian Forum...

 

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ExxonMobil reports in its 2017 The Outlook on Energy edition that by 2040, global demand is expected to jump about 25 percent higher than it did in 2015. The majority of demand is reportedly to come from non-OECD nations and economic-rapidly growing... Full story

 

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has a website for kids that gives out information about the shipping industry, ways the industry is working to protect the atmosphere and the world’s oceans, explains types of vessels, and more. The... Full story

 

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The Polaris is touted to be the world’s first LNG-powered icebreaker. Built at the Arctech Helsinki Shipyard for Arctia Ltd., the construction of the vessel which can switch between LNG and ultra-low-sulfur diesel, was supervised by the Finnish... Full story

 

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A long-unmanned 13,500-ton mobile offshore production unit (MODU) located approximately 62 miles off the coast of Norway in the North Sea has been removed by one of the largest ships ever built. The 382-meter long by 124-meter wide Pioneering... Full story

 

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As of Jan 18, 2017, seafarers working onboard ships will have a way of being financially compensated should they suffer a long-term illness or disability in the line of work. Amendments to the Maritime Labor Convention Code (MLC,2006) will require... Full story

 

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As of July 1, 2016, the IMO’s new SOLAS XI-1/7 regulation for enclosed spaces came into force. The new rule helps ensure safe practices for seafarers who may be required to enter enclosed spaces (determined on a ship-by-ship basis) that have... Full story

 

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The Port of Los Angeles is ratcheting up their 2016/2017 budget for daily operations and to ensure they’re keeping pace with growing demand and larger ships. The Port has seen an uptick in cargo volumes since the early 2015 slow-down due to the... Full story

 

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The call has been sounded to increase mariner training levels across the globe. According to the latest BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report, by 2025 the shipping industry will require nearly 148,000 more seafarers. The main shortage areas include some officer... Full story

 

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It’s probably no surprise that deepwater drilling expenditures are expected to be less than anticipated during the period 2016-2020, due to falling oil prices, according to Douglas-Westwood energy consultants. While current projects will likely...

 

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The ice-classed AHTS Magne Viking, owned by Viking Supply Ships, has become the first vessel to be found in compliance with the new IMO Polar Code by a recent DNV GL survey. The IMO Polar Code comes into effect on January 1, 2017, and is mandatory fo... Full story

 

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The Cruise Lines International Association predicts that 24 million people will embark on cruises this year with their member lines. Not only will the large ocean-going vessels be seeing more business, but many of the river and specialty adventure... Full story

 

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In early January, BIMCO released a 32-page document entitled The Guidelines On Cyber Security Onboard Ships , to be used as a complementary guide to existing International Safety Management (ISM) Code and the International Ship and Port Facility... Full story

 

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A new guide is available for tanker operators to inform and prepare them for piracy attacks in Asia, in particular, oil cargo theft activities. Avoiding and deterring would-be thieves and kidnappers is the ultimate goal, and preventative measures... Full story

 

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The University of Alaska Anchorage was the setting for the launch of the new Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC). Set up by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Science and Technology Directorate, the organization is expected to help... Full story

 

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New mega cruise ship building is riding a high wave. According to Clarksons Research analysts, the current order book is at 41 vessels. While North American and European passengers dominated the market last year, the Asian sector, which has only... Full story

 
 By K    Above Board    October 1, 2015

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Have questions about news, trends, basic industry terms, ‘how-it’s-done’ or something you’re observing in your own industry sector? Send them to maritimewriter@gmail.com and I’ll do my best to answer them, either by email or in one of my up... Full story

 

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