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Ships emissions can be seen in the clouds

Some of the pollution particles generated by ships are soluble in water and serve as the seeds around which cloud droplets form. Clouds filled with ship exhaust have more and smaller droplets. This caused the light hitting the clouds scatter and NASA has released an image illustrating to appear brighter.


Arctic unlikely to be viable shipping alternative in the near future

The Arctic Institute issued a paper acknowledging that significant progress has been made on Arctic governance, but there is still much to be done. The transit of Christophe de Margerie is an optimistic development, but such journeys must have thoughtful analysis on travel throughout the Arctic region.

Green Shipping

NZ new vessel biofouling rules in effect this May

From May 2018, all vessels arriving in New Zealand will need to have a clean hull, meaning that vessels staying longer than 20 days or visiting places that aren't places of first arrival will only be allowed a slime layer and goose barnacles, according to the (CRMS) Craft Risk Management Standard.

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Green shipping updates & Regulatory overview
In his presentation at the 2018 GREEN4SEA Conference, Mr. Anthony Vourdahas,ABS, attempted to clarify the regulatory landscape facing ship operators and owners from 2020 and beyond.

Revision of EU Directive on Port Reception Facilities
Mr. Sotiris Raptis,ESPO, focused on the position of European ports on the revision of the PRF Directive, published by the European Commission.

Lessons Learned


Helicopter pilot crashes off Port Hedland, Australia

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) received a report that a helicopter had crashed into the water about 35 kilometres north of Port Hedland in Western Australia, and is currently conducting a search in that area.

Loss Prevention

New potential refuges for ships identified in Haida Gwaii

The Haida Nation and Transport Canada have revised a regional plan to ensure that ships in need of assistance have a designated location to stabilize their condition and reduce the hazards to navigation, human life and the environment.


Japan Coast Guard pushes negligent homicide charges over US warship collision

The Japan Coast Guard has recommended negligent homicide charges for the USS Fitzgerald’s officer of the deck and the ACX Crystal’s second officer, following the fatal collision on 17 Jun 2017, which caused death of seven sailors.

Top Stories




Global oil demand to increase in 2018, says IEA

In 2018, global oil demand is expected to increase by 1.5 mb/d, reaching 99.3 mb/d, from the estimated 97.8 mb/d in 2017, IEA said on its new Oil Market Report.


US to fund projects for fuel cell technologies

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $32.5 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) to advance solid oxide fuel cell technologies (SOFC).

Green Shipping

Latin America maritime technology cooperation centre launched

The centre, hosted by the Universidad Marítima Internacional de Panamá (UMIP), is one of five such centres set up under the GMN project, which is funded by the EU and run by IMO.




New space for operations to be created at Port of Rotterdam

Terminal operator OBA (Overslag Bedrijf Amsterdam) will clear part of its coal-handling site this year in order to maker room for other dry-bulk commodities. This decision is driven by the reduced demand for coal storage.


Four lanchas arrested for illegal fishing in US waters

US Coast Guard law enforcement crews detected and interdicted four lancha boat crews engaged in illegal fishing of US waters near southern Texas, on from Sunday, March 11, to Tuesday, March 13.


Port related projects in US gained $72.7 million

On March 9, the US Department of Transportation announced the recipients for $500 million in discretionary grant funding for road, transit, maritime and rail projects in Round 9 of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program