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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.

New study boosts confidence in using methanol as a marine fuel

There are no obstacles to the efficient use of methanol in a converted diesel engine was the key finding of a research concluded under SUMMETH project. The research also found that smaller vessel conversion projects are feasible and cost-effective, with levels of safety that easily meet existing requirements.

Netherlands to impose degassing ban on inland navigation vessels

The Netherlands will impose a nationwide degasification ban for inland navigation vessels. The Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Van Nieuwenhuizen wants the degasification ban to be introduced in the Netherlands by mid-2020. The degassing ban must provide about 95% less emissions by 2023.

ECSA welcomes proposed PRF revision but points out concerns

A new Directive on Port Reception Facilities is expected to ensure there are adequate port reception facilities available, require an advance waste notification from ships and ease monitoring and enforcement through existing systems for electronic reporting and the exchange of information, said ECSA.

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