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New MoU signed to boost World Ports Sustainability Program

The International Association of Ports and Harbors and ICHCA International, the global NGO for cargo handling operations, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the sidelines of the Terminal Operators Conference in Rotterdam, to pursue cooperative projects of mutual interest, with a focus on sustainability.

Dunkerque-Port receives PERS certification

Dunkerque-Port has received the EcoPorts network’s PERS certification, granted by the ESPO. PERS certifications imply that a port is effectively monitoring the environmental challenges and is implementing an improved environmental management. The certification is valid for two years.

Nigeria starts initiative to stop waste dumping at oceans

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency informed that it has deployed Marine Litter Marshals to help the Agency in cleaning the oceans of waste materials that cause problems to the environment, and also raise obstacles to the safety of navigation on Nigeria’s waters. 

Norway to welcome new centre for ocean innovation

Norway’s Minister of Trade and Industry announced the opening of the Ocean Innovation Norwegian Catapult Centre, a new centre to focus on development of new solutions for green growth within the ocean industries. The announcement was made on the sidelines of Siva conference in Trondheim on 5 June.

Industry steps up fight against maritime corruption

At IMO’s FAL Committee, on 5-8 June, The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network submitted a paper to the IMO, that discusses the impact of corruption on society, how it acts as a trade barrier and how it hinders social economic growth. BIMCO backed the request to IMO and member states to take a stand against this type of crime.

Transition to a sustainable energy system is too slow, says Equinor

The transition to a more sustainable energy system is too slow. A sustainable development path, consistent with the Paris Agreement target, does not allow for further delays in policy, industry and consumer action to reduce emissions, according to Equinor’s new Energy Perspectives report.

Innovation is vital for sustainable future

Mrs. Natasa Pilides, Shipping Deputy Minister to the President, Republic of Cyprus, talks about Cyprus initiatives in the years to come for a safer and more environmentally friendly shipping and provides recommendations to encourage innovation which is the key for the benefit of both the industry and the society.

Increasing gender diversity in shipping remains a top priority

Mrs. Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, Chief Executive Officer of TOTOTHEO MARITIME and President of WISTA International, says that diversity brings innovation and a better future for the industry; thus WISTA’s goal is to continue building opportunities for women in maritime industry. For more sustainable shipping, industry needs to change attitude; instead of considering that sustainability equals with profit, it should focus on understanding stakeholders’ concerns through constructive dialogues and enabling synergies.

Norwegian partnership focuses on ocean technology and sustainability

Last week, Oslo Business Region kicked off a collaborative initiative as part of the movement for sustainable ocean business, which seeks to mobilise the ocean and tech communities to join forces, building the world´s leading capital and ecosystem for sustainability-oriented ocean tech entrepreneurs.

Disruptive technologies drive sustainability in the shipping industry

The shipping industry’s operating context will alter significantly over the next 15 years. Cargos and markets are changing, and there are new challenges in global ocean governance. Fuel costs will become less predictable, although technological advances offer the potential for radical improvements in efficiency. The industry is coming under increased pressure to address sustainability concerns throughout their supply chains.


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