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Cruise pier construction to severely damage coral reef

Campaigners are fighting a battle against the world’s biggest cruise lines, Royal Caribbean and Carnival, with a combined market value of $55bn (£42bn), which want to redevelop the Cayman Islands’ port to accommodate bigger ships. Namely, BBC reports that the cruise lines are leading Verdant Isle, a consortium, with the aims to build a $250m new pier and berthing facility on Grand Cayman.

New hybrid cruise ship successes sea trials

Hurtigruten’s new hybrid battery powered expedition cruise ship called “MS Fridtjof Nansen” has completed sea trials and will be ready to voyage earlier than expected, ahead of the planned April 1st inaugural voyage.

Norsepower, SWS develop energy-efficient VLCC project

Norsepower Oy Ltd., announces a joint development project with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Ship Building Co., Ltd (SWS) both developing an energy efficient dual fuel very large crude carrier (VLCC) design, aiming to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Under the agreement, Rotor Sails were implemented in the VLCC design for improving the fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.

BIMCO issues biofouling survey results to IMO

To better understand how shipowners view the biofouling and in-water processes, BIMCO launched a survey in 2018, highlighting that manual collection of data is the most popular method among the companies that responded; The results of the survey were presented to the IMO.

NYK granted Japan’s first sustainability-linked loan

Japanese shipping company NYK announced it has secured a syndicated sustainability-linked loan, Japan’s first advanced loan that allows for conditions such as the loan’s interest rate to be adjusted according to the borrower’s CSR performance.

COP 25 urged to include ocean in commitment and action

Following on the heels of the first ever IPCC Special Report on the impact of climate breakdown on the ocean, State Parties at the COP 25 Conference currently underway in Madrid must finally recognize the ocean within both their commitments and action, said One Ocean representing ocean NGOs from around the world. 

Costa Esmeralda successes LNG propulsion trials

Costa Esmeralda successfully conducted its sea trials powered by LNG, being the first cruise ship to join the company that runs on LNG, representing an innovation in the cruise sector and highlighting the industry’s efforts in becoming greener and more sustainable.

GREEN Watch: What would you change for a greener shipping?

Our special column asked from the winners of the first GREEN4SEA – EUROPORT Awards, which were announced in early November on the sidelines of EUROPORT, to assess the environmental status of shipping and suggest ways to move forward and change the path toward a more sustainable future. 

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