According to the Chief of the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) every port can do something with regards to sustainability, but they have to choose exactly on what they’re going to focus so that they do it perfectly. In 2018 IAPH launched the ‘World Ports Sustainability Programme’ in line with UN’s 17 SDGs.
Port of Rotterdam awaits for the arrival of the Black Marlin, on Monday, August 12. The vessel has 18 inland hulls onboard and a crane ship for Damen. The 18 hulls were built in China. The construction of the hulls in China was to be sure of a cost efficient product.
A Japanese consortium is to provide new infrastructure services with a focus on electric vessels. Their newly established company, called e5 Lab., will work to develop and promote the greater use of these clean modes of marine transport by building the world’s first zero-emission tanker by mid 2021.
Japanese shipping company NYK welcomed 35 students and their professor from the Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) on July 30 to examine the group’s initiatives for “Digitalization and Green,” the theme of the company’s medium-term management plan.
Port of Long Beach accommodated Mediterranean Shipping Company’s MSC Jewel, the cleanest container ship to visit the United States, on July 12. The vessel arrived at Total Terminals International’s Pier T facility.
Starting from 1st August and until 30 November 2019, the Panama Canal will implement speed limits aimed at protecting cetaceans, including whales, dolphins and other large aquatic mammals, during their nearby seasonal migration. As such, ships should proceed at a speed of not more than 10 knots in specified areas.
A pigment package designed by the US Naval Research Laboratory to limit discoloration of the exterior coating on surface vessels, has began making its way into the fleet and is producing early, positive results. NRL researchers created the solution to meet the fleet needs for the Navy standard ‘haze gray’ paint that will remain color stable for longer than current coatings.
Costa Cruises, celebrated the first steel-cutting for Costa Toscana, the company’s second ship that can be powered in port and at sea by liquefied natural gas (LNG), at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. The Italy-flagged vessel is to be delivered in 2021.
Omani Sohar Port and Freezone recently entered into a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with Sohar University and Qualies (the Organization for Quality and Innovation Strategies) for a tree planting initiative in line with its principle of promoting sustainable initiatives.
The speed and extent of global warming is more than any similar event in the past 2,000 years, researchers say. As they explain, famous historic events like the ‘Little Ice Age’ do not compare with the scale of warming that is being experienced over the last century.
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