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World’s first hybrid retrofit for short-sea vessel to take place

Wärtsilä signed an agreement with Hagland Shipping for a hybrid retrofit installation. The project will take place on board the ‘Hagland Captain’, a general cargo vessel. This will be the first project of its kind ever in short-sea shipping applications. The agreement was signed in December 2018. The installation of the battery hybrid propulsion solution will improve the ship’s environmental performance by reducing its emissions, fuel consumption, and noise.

EU approves Stena Rederi, Glovis Europe joint venture

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the joint venture of Stena Rederi of Sweden, part of the Stena Sphere, and Glovis Europe of Germany, controlled by Hyundai Glovis of South Korea. The joint venture will mainly operate short-sea transport services on Pure Car and Truck Carrier vessels in Europe.

First definition for automation in inland navigation

As with maritime or road transport, technological developments about automated navigation come under scrutiny by the inland navigation sector. During its meeting in December, the CCNR adopted a first international definition of levels of automation in inland navigation. This definition aims to lead to a clearer understanding of automated navigation as a whole.

World’s two biggest short-sea ro-ro vessels are LNG-ready

In the past, the Luxembourg-based company CLdN Ro-Ro, decided to build the world’s biggest short-sea ro-ro vessels. Celine, after one year of operating, has fully met her owner’s expectations. The former, along with sister-vessel Delphine, incorporate high technology from other vessel types and are LNG-ready. 

New York expands ferry system with new routes and stops

After his State of the City address last week, New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio released additional details about the expansion of the NYC Ferry system, which will begin serving all five boroughs in 2020. The expansion is expected to increase service for many waterfront communities. 

River Rhine back to normal as water levels rise

Freight shipping on the river Rhine in Germany has returned to its normal paste after raining heavily in the past week, which caused the water levels to rise, according to Reuters. 

EU to exploit inland transport’s full potential

The European Council adopted conclusions on inland waterway transport, on December 3. The conclusions acknowledge the significant contribution that this mode of transport can make towards mitigating the negative effects of the transport sector as a whole.

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.

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