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IMO’s steps to create a marine biodiversity protection treaty

The IMO Secretariat is attending the latest in a series of conferences to develop a legally binding international instrument, under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction – known as ‘BBNJ’.

Every port can do something regards to sustainability, IAPH chief says

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 expects Black Marlin, transmitting 18 hulls

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.

Watch: Japanese consortium to develop first fully electric tanker

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. 

The Panama Canal implements speed limits to protect whales

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.

US Navy coating solution show signs of slowing discoloration

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 cuts the steel of second LNG-fuelled cruise ship

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.


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