Yilport Oslo informed that it has experienced a significant increase of intra-European cargo being discharged in 2018. Specifically, in April container volume increased by 21% compared to 2017. Total growth for 2018 is 7% for the first 4 months. A total of 179 container vessels were operated in this period.
Norwegian shipbuilder Havyard delivered the first of thirteen battery-powered ferries with automatic fjord crossing functionality at Norwegian transport conglomerate Fjord 1. The ferry ‘Bnr 132 MF Husavik’ was christened on 14 May in a ceremony at the yard in Leirvik in Sogn.
In Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque the work started on the conversion of the trailing suction hopper dredger “Samuel de Champlain” from diesel-electric propulsion to dual-fuel capability combining MGO and LNG. The vessel is expected to be operational by December 2018, and is supported by the EU.
Spanish ferry operator Baleària has put into service the ‘Eco Lux’ to the Eivissa-Formentera route, the second eco-fast ferry in the series of four that are destined to cover this line. Compared with the ships of the Maverick series, operating this line until recently, the ‘Eco Aqua’ reduces CO2 emissions by around 35%.
IMO in collaboration with the Pacific Community and the National Maritime Safety Authority of Papua New Guinea, held a meeting, addressing concerns regarding the safety of domestic ferries in Pacific Island Countries. Namely, the parties adopted a community-based approach, involving end users of domestic ship services, to improve awareness as well as to improve safety measures.
The US EPA announced the availability of grant funding to modernize the country’s diesel fleet by retrofitting or replacing vehicles with cleaner, more efficient diesel engines. Through its Diesel Emission Reduction Program, EPA anticipates awarding approximately $40 million to eligible applicants.
Under its ‘Connecting Europe Facility’ program, the European Commission has funded a project aimed at paving the way for LNG as fuel to trucks and inland waterway vessels in Germany. Berlin-based Liquind announced it will start construction of ten LNG stations after an EU grant of 3.3 million euros.
The world’s largest short sea Ro-Ro vessel, owned by Luxembourg-based CLdN, was christened in a ceremony at Dublin Port, on 20 April. With a capacity of 8,000 lane-meters, and a length of 235 metres, ‘MV Celine’ represents the next generation of super ferries servicing the Irish Port.
The top-level consultations in the inland container shipping sector concluded to a number of results. These results show that shippers, forwarders, barge operators, inland terminals, deep sea terminals and shipping companies take the congestion issues in the port of Rotterdam seriously and want to make a joint effort to resolve them.
The European inland shipping sector has signed the Declaration of Nijmegen in the Netherlands, on 13 April, reflecting the commitment of the sector to expedite the greening process in the years ahead, to uphold its competitiveness vis-à-vis road and rail transport, as well as to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by 2030.
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