The Netherlands has initiated the NesecShipping Debt Fund, under which institutional investors and the Province of Groningen will offer financing for Dutch shipowners who are planning to acquire (or re-build) short-sea vessels.
Chain parties in the port of Rotterdam launched a set of guidelines, providing recommendations to shippers and/or freight forwarders when it comes to influencing the development of a more transparent and efficient structure for the inland container shipping chain.
The Electric Boat & Ship Association Greece (EBA Greece) announced that the first electric ferry boat in Greece is expected to launch in the near future, serving the Aigio – Agios Nikolaos (Doridos) route in the Gulf of Corinth, which has stopped operating since 2011.
Hidrovias do Brasil, the logistics provider has partnered up with naval architect firm Robert Allan Ltd for the development of a two-stage inland navigation project in South America which “forecasts the development of LNG river convoys and the intention on deployment of the first fully electric pushboat in the world.”
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has prepared an Action Plan for Coastal Shipping in September 2019, India’s Minister of Shipping informed Thursday. This action plan includes recommendations for infrastructure creation required to increase the use of coastal shipping in India.
The Waste Cleaner 66, reported to be the world’s most powerful all-electric boat designed for cleaning up pollution in inland waterways and harbors, includes technology that enables it to collect up to 700 kg (1543 lb) of solid waste and 1,000L (263 gal) of liquid waste, including hydrocarbons.
A recent study conducted by the North Sea Port along with relevant companies throughout the port area, showed that about 54% of goods are transported to the hinterland via means of island waterway shipping.
The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) has commissioned hydrographic surveys in the Vuoksi river system in eastern Finland to make navigation safer in the region. The work will be partly carried out by airborne surveys.
The Indian Ministry of Shipping announced that a container cargo consignment voyaged on inland waterways from Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) to the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) terminal at Pandu in Guwahati on 4 November 2019, making it the first ever containerised cargo movement on this Inland Water Transport (IWT) route.
During a green inland shipping event that took place on 16 October, five innovative vessels called at the Port of Brussels to show technological solutions for cutting CO2 and air emissions to a minimum. These included zero-emission technologies, such as battery-electric, gas-electric, ultra clean biofuel power drive-trains and hydrogen.
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