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River Rhine’s low water level affects fuel supply in Europe

The Rhine River sees its lowest water level in more than a decade for the time of year, raising obstacles to fuel supplies to Europe. Namely, Rhine’s water lever is at its lowest level for mid-October since at 2006. This fact is taking place at the same while some fuel markets are already tight.

USCG proposes surcharges on Great Lakes pilotage rates

Under the Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960, USCG has proposed new base pilotage rates and surcharges for the 2019 shipping season. This rule would adjust the pilotage rates to account for anticipated traffic, an increase in the number of pilots, anticipated inflation, and surcharges for applicant pilots.

Washington announces new ferry operation

Washington State Ferries announced that it began carrying passengers aboard the newest state ferry, Suquamish. The new ferry started sailing from Clinton on October 4. ‘Suquamish’ will operate on the Mukilteo/Clinton route during the busy summer season and will also serve as a maintenance relief vessel filling in when other vessels are unavailable on other routes.

Ship-to-ship LNG bunkering to take place in Baltic Sea

Estonian energy company, Eesti Gaas and Damen Shipyards signed a contract for the construction of the first of a series of short-sea LNG bunker vessels to operate in the Baltic Sea. The LGC 6000 LNG class vessel, is planned to be delivered in September 2020, and aims to boost the wider adoption of LNG.

Port of Rotterdam to develop five permanent berths for barges

The Port of Rotterdam Authority announced that it is developing five permanent berths for barges on the Maas side of the Eiland van Brienenoord. The location has been an anchorage for barges for many years, but the new berths intend to boost safety in the river.

New ship traffic regulations for two main Turkish straits

In a bid to secure efficient response to maritime casualties, Turkey’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced new regulations on shipping traffic along its main waterways, the Bosporus and the Dardanelles (Çanakkale), which are among the busiest waterways in the world.

ETF addresses automation issues in European inland waterways

On Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 September 2018 more than 45 participants from Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Bulgaria met in Saint Petersbourg, Russia, to discuss “automation in European Inland Waterways”.

India issues first standardised ship design for Ganga

The Inland Waterways Authority of India issued 13 standardised ship designs suitable for large barge haulage on river Ganga. This aims to serve as an enabler for domestic shipbuilding industry working on inland vessels and open possibilities for cargo and passenger movement on National Waterway-1.

Georgia launches new inland terminal

Governor Nathan Deal, state officials and more than 350 business and civic leaders officially opened the Appalachian Regional Port in Northwest Georgia. Located in Murray County, the new facility will provide logistics solutions in a four-state region and remove an estimated 50,000 trucks and 15 million truck miles. 

Overview of cabotage rules in India

In a bid to improve domestic maritime competitiveness, India announced plans to relax its cabotage law, which has been a matter of discussion for many years. Under the present Merchant Shipping Act 1958, only Indian-flagged vessels or foreign-flagged vessels as licensed by DGS, can ply the coasting trade of India.

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