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World’s first mega ro-ro vessels with LNG-fuelled engines

Knud E. Hansen, a ship design company, designed the first generation of LNG-powered ultra-large ro-ro vessels for the newly-established Swedish company Wallenius-SOL. The 1A Super ice-classed vessels will have a length of abt. 242 m and a deadweight capacity of abt. 27,000 t making them largest in the class.

IMarEST issues submissions on IMO ahead of MEPC 74

In the week following, IMarEST announced that it will meet with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to issue papers for consideration by the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) during its 74th session.

Marine sector highlights the urgency of speed limits

About 100 maritime companies and nine NGOs sent an open letter to IMO on the need of implementing speed restrictions for all commercial ships. The letter said ‘As the initial step we express our strong support for the IMO implementing mandatory regulation of global ship speeds differentiated across ship type and size categories’.

Speed reduction up to 30% leads to net cost savings, study says

Öko-Institut e.V. published a study on the impact of slow steaming for different types of ships carrying bulk cargo. Mainly, speed reduction of up to -30% could result to net cost savings for shipping industry and states in the majority of cases.

Non-lethal hard fouling able to prevent barnacles from attaching to the hull

During a 40-month trial of an antifouling coating containing an anti-barnacle active agent, barnacles failed to anchor themselves to the tanker’s hull. The technology activated the barnacle larvae’s octopamine receptor, keeping them in swimming mode and preventing them from attaching to the hull with non-fatal effect.

MSC joins NAMEPA

MSC announced that it joined the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), whose work is to preserve the marine environment by promoting sustainable maritime industry best practices and educating the public. Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of NAMEPA, welcomed MSC as a new member of NAMEPA, and mentioned that the two organisations share a common interest in maintaining best industry practices to ‘Save Our Seas’.

China focuses on green development along Belt and Road

China officially launched Thursday the International Coalition for Green Development on the Belt and Road, which could serve as an international platform for Chinese and foreign leading agencies to cooperate in research and make recommendations on key issues, as well as facilitate international dialogue.

UK to back creation of underwater engineering hub in Aberdeen

The UK government will support a multi-million pound Aberdeen underwater engineering hub, aiming to assist the oil industry switch into green energy. According to Prime Minister, Theresa May, the initiative aspires to create new jobs and help businesses thrive. The UK wants to help Scotland become a key destination for subsea engineering, an industry that in the UK supports 45,000 jobs and 1,000 companies.

MEPC 74 due in May: What is on the agenda

The Marine Environment Protection Committee’s (MEPC), 74th session is scheduled to take place in 13-17 May 2019. The key subjects to be discussed will be adoption of amendments to IMO mandatory instruments, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships, implementation of the sulphur 2020 limit, marine plastic litter action plan, ballast water management Convention implementation, approval of guidance and other matters, technical cooperation and capacity building and seminar on ship recycling.

Canada accedes to Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention

Canada has become the 44th State to accede to the IMO’s Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention, which covers the legal basis for States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks, drifting ships, objects from ships at sea, and floating offshore installations.

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