Panama Canal Cut 13 million tons of CO2 in 2020
The Panama Canal contributed to a reduction of more than 13 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions in 2020 by offering a shorter route to ships when compared to the most likely alternative routes. These savings are equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions of 2.8 million passenger... Read more
Biden Backs Jones Act in New Executive Order
Biden, US President     The U.S. President Joseph R. Biden, who took office just a week ago, is powering through very busy first days of presidency reversing multiple policies implemented by the previous administration. Biden has  signed an executive order on strengthening American manufacturing which is aimed at... Read more
Mearsk Set  to Beat IMO Target, to have Zero Emission Vessels by 2030
Maersk expects to resolve safety and all other issues faced by ammonia and fuel types based on alcohols in two to three years, clearing the way to order the first ships to run on these fuels in the next three years, the company’s CEO Søren Skou said in a... Read more
NGO Ship breaking: Beaching of Ships Claims More  Lives
At least five workers  lost their lives while dismantling out of service ships at shipbreaking facilities in Bangladesh in the final quarter of 2020, the latest quarterly report from the NGO Shipbreaking Platform shows. Two workers fell to their deaths while dismantling two different vessels. In one of the... Read more
Zero Emission  Hydrogen Ship Project Wins $25m Enova Funding
A project to construct the world’s first zero-emission hydrogen vessels has been awarded NOK 219 million ($25 million) by the Norwegian government-owned organization Enova. As explained, the funds will enable Wilhelmsen, a Norwegian maritime group that leads the project, to further develop the technology and additional infrastructure required to... Read more
How Container Vessel  Collided with Greek Naval Ship
Maersk Launceston, a 4,500 TEU boxship,  Madeira flagged containership, owned by Germany’s John T. Essberger Group, was on its way from Piraeus to the Turkish Port of Canakkale, on  October 27, 2020 when it rammed into  the Hellenic Navy minesweeper HS Kallisto (M63) in the Saronic Gulf, off the... Read more
Wind Proportion Technology Set to be Introduced to Shipping
A strategic project with naval architect, Deltamarin to bring wind propulsion technology to commercial shipping , has been embarked upon by Food corporation Cargill and design and engineering consultancy services provider BAR Technologies . As informed, the project will see BAR Technologies’ WindWings — large, solid wing sails that... Read more
NGOs, Maritime Bodies Kick against IMO’s New Proposal on Ship Emission
Non  Governmental organizations (NGOs)  and maritime bodies  have criticized fresh measures put in place by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)  Working Group at its recent meeting , to cut ship emissions ,describing them  as unambitious and vague. The remote meeting, which saw the participation of a number of governments... Read more
Global Alliance on Combating Bio-fouling Gets Two More Members
South Korean shipping and marine supplier Tas Global Co., Ltd and water software development firm DHI Water and Environment have joined the Global Industry Alliance (GIA) for Marine Biosafety, an initiative launched in June 2020 by the IMO GloFouling Partnerships project. The initiative works to promote collaboration with the... Read more
COVID-19 impact Bites into Panama Canal’s 2020 Projections
Panama Canal     The Panama Canal closed its 2020 fiscal year with an annual tonnage of 475.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), a 4% drop compared to projections, mainly due to the impact of COVID-19 on global trade. The canal authority ended its fiscal year with 13, 369... Read more