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Port of Rotterdam to develop five permanent berths for barges

The Port of Rotterdam Authority announced that it is developing five permanent berths for barges on the Maas side of the Eiland van Brienenoord. The location has been an anchorage for barges for many years, but the new berths intend to boost safety in the river.

New ship traffic regulations for two main Turkish straits

In a bid to secure efficient response to maritime casualties, Turkey’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced new regulations on shipping traffic along its main waterways, the Bosporus and the Dardanelles (Çanakkale), which are among the busiest waterways in the world.

ETF addresses automation issues in European inland waterways

On Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 September 2018 more than 45 participants from Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Bulgaria met in Saint Petersbourg, Russia, to discuss “automation in European Inland Waterways”.

India issues first standardised ship design for Ganga

The Inland Waterways Authority of India issued 13 standardised ship designs suitable for large barge haulage on river Ganga. This aims to serve as an enabler for domestic shipbuilding industry working on inland vessels and open possibilities for cargo and passenger movement on National Waterway-1.

Georgia launches new inland terminal

Governor Nathan Deal, state officials and more than 350 business and civic leaders officially opened the Appalachian Regional Port in Northwest Georgia. Located in Murray County, the new facility will provide logistics solutions in a four-state region and remove an estimated 50,000 trucks and 15 million truck miles. 

Overview of cabotage rules in India

In a bid to improve domestic maritime competitiveness, India announced plans to relax its cabotage law, which has been a matter of discussion for many years. Under the present Merchant Shipping Act 1958, only Indian-flagged vessels or foreign-flagged vessels as licensed by DGS, can ply the coasting trade of India.

Drought in Germany may lead to partial standstill in inland shipping

If the drought that Germany experiences continues, the inland shipping in the country is possible to come to a partial standstill. Namely, on the river Rhine, ships are only able to carry half or even less cargo as usual. Currently, about 80% of all goods transported by inland navigation vessels are transported via the Rhine.

NYC Ferry adds new routes in Soundview and Lower East

The New York City Economic Development Corporation and NYC Ferry announced the launch dates for the new Soundview and Lower East Side routes. The Soundview route will begin on Wednesday, August 15th, and the Lower East Side route will launch on Wednesday, August 29th.

USCG: Do you know how to report waterway hazards?

To keep US waterways open and safe, the US Coast Guard encourages shippers, whether professional mariners or recreational boaters, to self-report hazards to navigation, such as discrepant buoys and beacons, or debris, when sailing in inland waterways.

Cargo is delivered despite low water on Rhine

As the longest drought in decades has hit Northwest European countries drying out river waterways, cargo traffic is significantly disrupted with vessels being forced to carry lighter loads. However, on German Rhine, freight is being delivered despite shallow water, German association BDB informed. 

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co2 release
UK MCA: How to limit risk of CO2 release incidents
manning
Solent University leads project to examine best manning strategies
Arctic Ballast Emissions Fuels Green Shipping Pollution Ship Recycling Technology
lng bunker barge
ABS to class Singapore’s first LNG bunker barge
low flashpoint diesel
IBIA: IMO to consider legal framework for low-flashpoint diesel
zero carbon trade
Norway at the forefront of zero-carbon trade
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gps problems
USCG NAVCEN to publish GPS problems reports
uk satellites
UK satellites to boost monitoring of shipping activity
wartsila lpg
Wärtsilä wins order for world’s first ships running on LPG
CIC Detentions Fines PSC Focus Vetting
flaminia
Stolt disagrees with Flaminia ruling
flaminia
Court found MSC not liable for Flaminia fire
ilo fishing convention
Crew was beaten on the first fishing vessel detained under ILO
CSR Shipping Sustainability Women in shipping
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Ports Australia joins World Ports Sustainability Program
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iumi
IUMI: Risk profile, trading conditions better despite reduced premiums
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Copenhagen Malmö Port denies reports about rejecting shore power facility
german insurers
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