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New USV developed to survey inland waterways

A new Unmanned Surface Vessel or inland waterways surveying has presented its ability to follow programmed survey missions. Micro Rapid Environmental Assessment Vessel (mREAV) is also able to provide live survey data, in order to create precise bathymetries in shallow-water or dangerous environments.

London receives new high-tech vessel to monitor Thames

Heidi Alexander, the Deputy Mayor of London for Transport, has named the latest addition to the Port of London Authority f of vessels that survey the bed of the tidal River Thames. This ship aims to ensure that the is safe for freight and passenger vessels, as well as recreational river users.

Greek shortsea shipowners call for improvements in the industry

A workshop was organized by the Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association and MEP, M. Kyrkos, titled “Short Sea  Shipping: Defining trends-removing bottlenecks” on 6 November 2018. The workshop focused on key parameters affecting the competitiveness of the Greek and Mediterranean shortsea industry.

Low Rhine water levels force refineries to reduce production

Low water levels on Rhine are are causing a continuous problem for the European commodity markets since summer. This led many refineries and industrial plants to reduce production, and in some cases to declare force majeure, Gibson reports. In October, depths at the key measuring point of Kaub reached a record low of 25cm.

CMA CGM increases bunker surcharge for short sea lines, Mediterranean

Due to increasing oil prices, CMA CGM announced that it will adjust the amount of the Emergency Bunker Recovery measure to recover this increase. The new measure will be valid from December 1st, 2018, until further notice. Emergency bunker recovery surcharge has a direct connection to volatility of oil price.

India sees first container movement on inland waterways

Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, announced he is set to receive India’s first container cargo being transported on inland waterways. The newly constructed Multi-Modal Terminal is the first of the three Multi-Modal Terminals and two Inter-Modal Terminals being constructed on River Ganga at Varanasi, as part of the government’s aspiration to stretch the transportation of Ganga between Varanasi to Haldi.

River Rhine’s low water level affects fuel supply in Europe

The Rhine River sees its lowest water level in more than a decade for the time of year, raising obstacles to fuel supplies to Europe. Namely, Rhine’s water lever is at its lowest level for mid-October since at 2006. This fact is taking place at the same while some fuel markets are already tight.

USCG proposes surcharges on Great Lakes pilotage rates

Under the Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960, USCG has proposed new base pilotage rates and surcharges for the 2019 shipping season. This rule would adjust the pilotage rates to account for anticipated traffic, an increase in the number of pilots, anticipated inflation, and surcharges for applicant pilots.

Washington announces new ferry operation

Washington State Ferries announced that it began carrying passengers aboard the newest state ferry, Suquamish. The new ferry started sailing from Clinton on October 4. ‘Suquamish’ will operate on the Mukilteo/Clinton route during the busy summer season and will also serve as a maintenance relief vessel filling in when other vessels are unavailable on other routes.

Ship-to-ship LNG bunkering to take place in Baltic Sea

Estonian energy company, Eesti Gaas and Damen Shipyards signed a contract for the construction of the first of a series of short-sea LNG bunker vessels to operate in the Baltic Sea. The LGC 6000 LNG class vessel, is planned to be delivered in September 2020, and aims to boost the wider adoption of LNG.

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