A new collaboration between six organisations, called ‘Electromobility for Shipping’, intends to promote shipping electrification, with the aim of a more sustainable future in the maritime sector. The organisations will jointly contribute to climate-smart shipping, international competitiveness and increased export opportunities for green technologies.
The French Maritime Prefecture of the North Sea issued a short video providing an aerial view of the cargo vessel ‘Britannica Hav’, which is currently capsized in the English Canal, north of Le Havre. The fishing vessel ‘Deborah’ collided with the general cargo ship ‘Britannica Hav’ in the afternoon of 20th March, northeast of Cherbourg.
About 87-98% of ships comply with the tougher regulations for sulphur emissions that were introduced in northern Europe in 2015, according to researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, but the lowest levels of compliance were observed in the western part of the English Channel and in the middle of the Baltic Sea.
The International Salvage Union published its Pollution Survey results for 2017, noting that last year, it provided 252 services to vessels carrying more than 3.4 million tonnes of potential polluting cargoes, a significant increase from 2016. The most significant factor in the increase in 2017 is a larger number of bulk cargoes.
Global energy demand rose by 2.1% in 2017, more than twice the previous year’s rate, boosted by strong economic growth, with oil, gas and coal meeting most of the increase in demand for energy, and renewables seeing impressive gains, according to IEA. As a result, energy-related carbon emissions increased by 1.4% in 2017, after three years of remaining flat.
A strategic partnership of the IMO-GloMEEP and the International Association of Ports and Harbors is helping selected countries to develop port emission inventories and draw up a port emission reduction strategy. A new three-day workshop package on the “Prevention and control of shipping and port air emissions” is being developed as part of the partnership.
Heavy ice conditions along Canada’s east coast during spring 2017 presented hazardous conditions for the maritime industry at a time of year when vessels typically do not need to contend with sea ice. Greater ice concentrations and a thicker ice pack than are typical of this area created the anomalous ice cover, according to a study by the American Geophysical Union.
The 12th Governing Council Meeting of ReCAAP ISC was held on 20-22 March 2018 in Singapore, reviewing activities in 2017 and deliberating on activities for 2018. The Council commended ReCAAP ISC on activities in 2017 under the three pillars of its mission: information sharing, capacity building and cooperative arrangement.
UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the fatal fall of a fisherman, while boarding the fishing boat ‘Constant Friend’, at Kilkeel Harbour, in September 2017. The report says the risk was increased because it was dark, the surfaces were wet and the crewman’s consumption of alcohol had also probably adversely affected his perception of risk.
The 2016 Annual Report of the Irish MCIB highlighted alcohol and drug consumption continue to be factors in marine incidents. As such, Ireland’s Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a notice to remind of the law in relation to alcohol and drugs when operating or while onboard vessels within Irish waters.
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Cyber security in the EU GDPR framework22/03/2018
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- Green Shipping
New collaboration to promote electric shipping22/03/2018
UK shipping to face many changes in the future22/03/2018
Watch: Aerial view of capsized 'Britannica Hav'22/03/2018
A trade war can damage shipping industry22/03/2018
Most sulphur ECA violations noted in English Channel22/03/2018
Europe's biggest shipping nations among the worst in climate talks22/03/2018
Salvage on vessels carrying pollutants increased in 201722/03/2018
- Loss Prevention
Cargo misdeclaration is the cause for many container fires22/03/2018