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Seychelles issues world’s first sovereign blue bond

The Republic of Seychelles has launched the world’s first sovereign blue bond, according The World Bank. The bond, which raised US$15 million from international investors, is a pioneering financial instrument designed to support sustainable marine and fisheries projects, demonstrating the potential for countries to harness capital markets for financing the sustainable use of marine resources.

Nor Shipping lays eyes on sustainability ISO certification

Nor Shipping is targeting to achieve ISO 20121 certification from DNV GL. This ISO regards the Sustainable Events Management System Standard for Events Organisations. It is also an attempt to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goal 17, to revitalize global partnerships for sustainable development.

Port of Long Beach awards $3 mil. to improve water quality around Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners granted over $3 million in order to support four projects that will help improve water quality in and around Long Beach as part of the Port Community Grants Program. The $46.4 million program aims at reducing the environmental impacts of goods movement.

EU signs new rules to achieve greater energy efficiency

The European Parliament signed new rules on renewables, energy efficiency and the governance of the Energy Union. This enables the European Union to move towards clean energy transition, and follow on the already adopted 2030 climate legislation, as well as meet the Paris Agreement goals.

Smart data drives energy transition: Opportunities & challenges

support by smart data is said to totally transform power systems in the near future.  Besides, by 2050, the world’s primary energy mix is expected to be split equally between fossil and non-fossil sources. However, which are the challenges and opportunities that data and IT systems are bringing to the energy era?

Edible bio-plastic packaging aspires to reduce plastic waste

Evoware developed a brand new plastic sachet and packaging that is eco-friendly, biodegradable or even edible and healthy for the body. The raw material of this new product is seaweed farmed in Indonesia and the whole endeavour also has an impact on the livelihood of the local seaweed farmers.

ABS: Guidance on smart function implementation

ABS issued guidance providing the marine and offshore industries an actionable framework for owners, operators and manufacturers to take smart steps today in preparation for an environmentally sustainable future. The ‘ABS Guidance Notes on Smart Function Implementation’ support data infrastructure development, enabling health and performance monitoring, and augmenting vessel operations.

We are the last generation that can save the environment, WWF says

WWF published the report ‘Living Planet’ in which it reports that wildlife populations have decreased by 60%, in a span of 40 years. It states that this generation is the first that knows people are destroying the environment and the last one that can do something to reverse it.

Norwegian center focuses on sustainable use of oceans and the Arctic

DNV GL has been assigned to put together a report  for the Center for the Ocean and the Arctic.  The aim is to coordinate efforts to begin a course for the proper use of the ocean and the Arctic. Experts work to understand how technology, innovation and digitalization could help the growth of the ocean’s economy. It is important to know actions that threat the ocean such as overuse, pollution, loss of biodiversity, climate change.

Entering an era of change and opportunity

While speaking at the last SAFETY4SEA Conference in Athens, Mrs. Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder/Executive Director of NAMEPA, emphasized sustainability as an opportunity of success and change for the shipping industry. Never before the recorded history has so much change and disruption occurring at such an accelerated pace, she argued, providing several examples of how many changes the industry has seen over the recent years, and how the industry can benefit.

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maritime events

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puerto rico
US to grant Puerto Rico $28.9 million to prevent risk from natural disasters
maritime casualties
EMSA: Overview of maritime casualties in 2017
collision in north sea
Two ships collide off Borkum, Germany
Arctic Ballast Emissions Fuels Green Shipping Pollution Ship Recycling Technology
bering sea
Northern Bering sea and Bering Strait threatened by increasing ship waste
sea level
Sea level rise threatens Mediterranean UNESCO heritage sites
climate change
How climate change threats Antarctic and the world
Connectivity Cyber Security E-navigation Energy Efficiency Maritime Software Smart
targetless laser sensor for offshore wind farms
First targetless laser sensor for offshore wind farms developed
cma cgm
Top container shipping companies consider new association to drive digitalization
5g
New project considers 5G technology for electricity grid and harbor automation
CIC Detentions Fines PSC Focus Vetting
ferry operation in south carolina
USCG ceased ferry operation in South Carolina
paris mou
Paris MoU appoints new Secretary-General
ferry grounding
Skipper fined over ferry grounding in Wellington
CSR Shipping Sustainability Women in shipping
whales
Whale populations are recovering according to IUCN
seychelles
Seychelles issues world’s first sovereign blue bond
nor shipping
Nor Shipping lays eyes on sustainability ISO certification
Finance Fishery Infographic Maritime Knowledge Offshore Ports Reports Shipbuilding Short Sea Yachting
seychelles
Seychelles issues world’s first sovereign blue bond
Savannah
Port of Savannah marks container moving record in October
ship repair contracts
BIMCO updates ship repair contracts
Career Paths: Capt. Fared Khan, Wallem Ship Management
Career Paths: Diane Gilpin, Smart Green Shipping Alliance
How small investment can power smarter options
environmental sustainability
Entering an era of change and opportunity