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World’s first gas-powered catamaran under construction

Baleària, Spanish shipping company, announced its deal with Armón shipyards, for the construction of the Eleanor Roosevelt fast ferry. According to the company, it will be the first catamaran high-speed passenger vessel to navigate powered by liquefied natural gas is progressing in its construction process in the workshops of the Gijón company. 

EGCSA launches scrubbers global database

The Exhaust Gas Cleaning System Association (EGCSA) has launched a free to access global database concerning operating rules for scrubbers for shipowners. The association says the database will assist shipowners with scrubber-equipped vessels in removing uncertainty and inaccurate information.

IMO extends GIA initiative on low carbon shipping

The Global Industry Alliance (GIA) -a key IMO initiative supporting ship decarbonization- is set to be extended to 2023, in line with the timeframe of IMO’s Initial GHG Strategy. The extension follows two years of good progress by the initiative, whose 6th Task Force meeting took place in Gothenberg, Sweden, on 25 June.

MOL the first company in Japan to issue sustainability bonds

MOL announced a plan to issue ‘Sustainability Bonds’ through a public offering in Japan’s domestic market in July this year. It also announced the acquisition of a preliminary evaluation from a third-party institute. Sustainability bonds are used to finance and refinance green projects, which protect and improve the environment, and social projects.

Watch: Smuggling ship sunk as an artificial reef off Florida

The 180-foot long cargo freighter ‘Voici Bernadette’ was sunk as an artificial reef about 11 miles southeast of the Fort Pierce Inlet, Florida. The US Customs and Border Patrol donated the freighter to St. Lucie County, after seizing it for smuggling cocaine into Miami from Haiti.

Gasnor to supply Hurtigruten’s vessels with LNG until 2030

According to Gasnor, part of Royal Dutch Shell, Hurtigruten agreed on a long-term supply-deal for its ships. Therefore, Gasnor is to supply the company’s vessels along the Norwegian coast with LNG until 2030. Hurtigruten is planned to begin upgrading six of its vessels from this winter to run on a combination of LNG, battery packs and liquid biogas, replacing the older engines which run on marine gas oil.

New study presents the potential of hybrid power generation

During the CIMAC conference in Vancouver, Dr Alexander Knafl, MAN Energy Solutions, presented the results of a new study which analyzes the potential of hybrid power solutions ahead of tightening regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.

UK receives more power from clean energy source than fossil fuels

For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, the UK is being supplied with more power from zero-carbon sources than fossil fuels. This milestone has been achieved during the first five months of 2019. As UK’s National Grid says, clean energy is responsible for 48% of generation, in comparison to 47% from coal and gas, while the rest is biomass.

First of its kind biofuel to be used by selected Maersk customers

A new carbon neutral product, the first of its kind in the industry, is to be used by selected Maersk customers for their supply chain. The pilot project has been successfully tested in a trial, under the collaboration of the Dutch Sustainability Growth Coalition (DSGC), and Shell this year.

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