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Finland publishes updated Water Traffic Act

The Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland published its new, updated Water Traffic Act, which will unite the traffic rules and signs used in water transport. The aim is to enhance the maritime safety, boost responsible boating and also provide a favourable environment for water transport automation. 

Danish company reveals sail-assisted cruise vessel

Danish Company Knud E. Hansen announced its latest design for a sail-assisted cruise vessel that is able to accommodate up to 100 passengers and has a variety of 6,000 nautical miles. The vessel combines low-sulphur diesel and wind power, making it able to sail to emission control areas and makes it be in line with IMO’s regulations. 

Greek shipping boosts Greek banks’ performance

According to Petrofin Bank Research, Credit Suisse has remained stable in its top position in Greek ship finance of a fifth year in a row. Credit Suisse has a $7 billion book among Greek owners, larger than second place DVB on $3.1bn and BNP Paribas in third place with a $2.92bn outlay.

RSPCA Australia lodges complaint over brutal cattle treatment

RSPCA Australia has lodged a formal complaint with the federal Department of Agriculture, after receiving images and footage revealing brutal treatment of Australian cattle live exported to Israel onboard the Bahamas-flagged livestock carrier ‘Maysora’.

Anti-technicality notice viewed from charterers’ perspective

As Skuld Club informs, issues regarding the service of anti-technicality notices and the withdrawal of ships are almost exclusively approached from a shipowners’ perspective. However, these issues are also related to charterers both in terms of contractual rights and the protections afforded charterers when experiencing unreasonable attempts to withdraw.

ABS launches ‘Enhanced Shaft Alignment’ guide

ABS published a Guide for ‘Enhanced Shaft Alignment’ to provide direction to owners and operators who are to perform a more detailed shaft alignment analysis and installation assessment. Mainly, the vessels that are designed, built and operated in compliance with the requirements of this guide, may be assigned to Class Notation ESA or ESA+.

MSC vessel boosts Costa Rican exports, linked to EU ports

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company announced that it will enhance its trade links between Costa Rica and the Northern Europe, by adding a new direct call from the Port of Moin. Thus, its MSC Katya R. container ship, that called the Moin Terminal, has become the largest to ever call at Moín Terminal, Costa Rica.

Japan surpasses China as second user on Panama Canal

As AP reports, Japan surpassed China and is becoming the second-biggest user of the Panama Canal, in light of a trade war between Beijing and Washington. The US remains the leader in using the canal. China’s third place is due to the fact that there’s a decrease in shipments of natural and liquid petroleum gas as the Asian giant is buying less of them from the United States. 

Largest vessel ever built in San Diego launched

The largest container vessel ever built in San Diego, Lurline, was christened and launched by General Dynamics Nassco, on Saturday, June 15. The vessel is a 870-foot-long, 3,500 TEU, 44,200 deadweight metric ton, combination container ship/roll-on, roll-off (ConRo) vessel built for Honolulu-based Matson, Inc. 

Global shipping growth may conclude to rise of invasive species

A study focusing on global forecasts of shipping traffic and biological invasions to 2050, Anthony Sardain, an invasion ecologist at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, forecasts that the risk of marine invasions will rise three- to 20-fold in the next 30 years. The study explains 90% of the variation in global shipping traffic and a twofold increase in shipping using basic socioeconomic indicators and a temporal validation set. 

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