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ING to focus portfolio in green financing

ING informed that from its €500 billion lending portfolio, it will begin steering towards meeting the Paris Agreement’s well-below two-degree goal. ING will do this by creating the Terra approach, using science-based scenarios to steer its business strategy. Terra measures the needed shift in technology.

Ports Australia joins World Ports Sustainability Program

Ports Australia accepted the invitation to join the World Ports Sustainability Program, an initiative by IAPH aiming to enhance sustainability efforts of ports worldwide and  foster international cooperation with partners in the supply chain, under the concept of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

European Parliament suggests ways to boost plastics recycling

Members of the European Parliament proposed new incentives to collect marine litter at sea, new EU-wide standards and definitions for biodegradability and compostability, and a complete EU ban on oxo-degradable plastic by 2020. This non-binding draft resolution was adopted on September 13 with 597 votes to 15 and 25 abstentions.

RMI now recognizes Green Award-certified ships

Green Award-certified ships registered in the RMI Registry will now enjoy a 30% discount on their annual marine services fee. The Green Award is a voluntary certification scheme for ships that go beyond the industry’s regulations in terms of safety, quality, and environmental performance.

Financing the clean energy transition

As the global community becomes more interested in- and aware of- the devastating impacts of climate change, more and more industries have shown a shift towards environmentally-friendly solutions. This could not leave the financial sector unaffected. But how financial institutions form part of the green transition?

First ship agent in UK joins Green Award scheme

Green Award certification scheme welcomed GAC UK as new incentive provider. Green Award provides a platform to maritime organisations and companies for promotion of the best practices and elimination of sub-standard shipping on a voluntary basis.

UN takes steps to protect high seas

The UN will take steps to protect the high seas. In two years time, government representatives will attempt to conclude in a binding agreement to protect these areas from over-exploitation. Nevertheless, many nations, including the US, are reluctant to support the treaty.

‘CO2 challenge’ enters second stage at SMM

Following the inauguration of the global ‘CO2 Challenge’ in June 2018, the partners now announced the second stage of the project on the sidelines of the SMM trade fair in Hamburg, with the first in-person meetings with start-ups that will provide innovative technologies.

Wärtsilä presents initiative to transform the marine and energy industry

During SMM, Wärtsilä announced a global initiative to transform the world’s marine and energy industry into an efficient, ecologically sound and digitally connected ecosystem. The initiative is called ‘An Oceanic Awakening’. Wärtsilä aims to connect 20 of the most influential marine cities by 2020 into a network.

Watch: Aquadrone cleans ports and harbours from waste

In an attempt to reduce the vast amount of plastic in the oceans, the Dutch company RanMarine Technology built an aquadrone that sucks up garbage from the water. The drone is called the WasteShark, and it can remove up to 200 liters of trash in one trip, as well as alien/pest flora.

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jotun b
PSA Norway: Numerous safety breaches found on Jotun B
crew abduction
ReCAAP ISC reports crew abduction in Sulu-Celebes Seas
human trafficking in fishing
US introduces bill to tackle human trafficking in fishing
Arctic Ballast Emissions Fuels Green Shipping Pollution Ship Recycling Technology
hybrid patrol vessel
Estonia launches hybrid patrol vessel to tackle pollution threats
venta maersk
Venta Maersk successfully sails through Northern Sea Route
opec
OPEC net oil export revenues to continue increasing in 2018
Connectivity Cyber Security E-navigation Energy Efficiency Maritime Software Smart
rov market
Watch: World ROV market on the increase again
artificial intelligence in transport
UK explores benefits of artificial intelligence in transport
gps problems
USCG NAVCEN to publish GPS problems reports
CIC Detentions Fines PSC Focus Vetting
flaminia
Stolt disagrees with Flaminia ruling
flaminia
Court found MSC not liable for Flaminia fire
ilo fishing convention
Crew was beaten on the first fishing vessel detained under ILO
CSR Shipping Sustainability Women in shipping
WISTA Portugal
Portugal joins WISTA International
Frank Coles
Wallem appoints Frank Coles as the new CEO
green financing
ING to focus portfolio in green financing
Finance Fishery Infographic Maritime Knowledge Offshore Ports Reports Shipbuilding Short Sea Yachting
jotun b
PSA Norway: Numerous safety breaches found on Jotun B
drilling islands
Saudi Aramco awards contract for construction of drilling islands
us trade tariffs
US ports association concerned over US trade tariffs
Career Paths: John Jorgensen, ABS
Compliant recycling of a navy tanker
ISM Code Implementation: The bar is set too low
Career Paths: Carleen Lyden Walker, NAMEPA