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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. 

Extreme drought impedes cargo traffic in Dutch waterways

The longest drought in decades is drying out river waterways in the Netherlands, hitting cargo traffic in the inland sector and threatening a shortage of bulk supplies. The summer of 2018 looks set to overtake 1976 as the driest one on record in the country, with almost no rain for two months.

Five fully-electric ferries to join Copenhagen’s inland sector

The multinational public transport company Arriva Danmark has recently contracted Damen Shipyards Group for five fully-electric ferries, to be operated for the Danish public transport agency MOVIA, in the country’s capital city Copenhagen, as the city strives to meet its target of zero emissions in public transport in the years to come.

First hydrogen fuel cell passenger vessel to be built in US

California-based Bay Ship and Yacht Co. has secured a contract to build the first hydrogen fuel cell passenger vessel in the US for Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine. The vessel is expected to be delivered and in service by September 2019 and will operate on the San Francisco Bay.

ITF: Fatal inland accidents in Russia and Indonesia were avoidable

Following two deadly incidents, involving inland navigation vessels in Russia and Indonesia and claiming lives of nearly 200 people earlier this month, the ITF expressed its deep concern regarding the industry’s procedural and safety compliance, noting that these accidents could have been prevented.

USCG: Changes to inland navigation rules

The US Coast Guard National Maritime Center issued a bulletin to inform mariners and training providers of changes to the Code of Federal Regulations, 33 CFR Subchapter E – Inland Navigation Rules. This change, advertised in the Federal Register, on 24 January 2018, removed the word “danger” from rule 34.

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orcas
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