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Watch: Japanese consortium to develop first fully electric tanker

A Japanese consortium is to provide new infrastructure services with a focus on electric vessels. Their newly established company, called e5 Lab., will work to develop and promote the greater use of these clean modes of marine transport by building the world’s first zero-emission tanker by mid 2021. 

Watch: Saildrone, the first unmanned system circumnavigates Antarctica

Saildrone, a seven-metre long, wind-powered unmanned surface vehicle (USV) is the first unmanned system to circumnavigate Antarctica. The vehicle, also called SD 1020, had climate-grade sensors installed, and had gathered data in previously unchartered waters, providing an additional insight into ocean and climate processes.

Watch: Ports of Auckland buys world’s first electric tug

New Zealand’s Ports of Auckland announced the signing of a contract with Dutch company Damen Shipyards to buy the world’s first full-size, fully electric port tug. This comes in line with the port’s commitment to be zero emission by 2040, as previously announced. 

Watch: APM Terminals Vado receives last cranes

As shown in the video, the Vado Gateway Terminal will receive its final three ship-to-shore cranes, hoping to become the next major logistics hub for the Mediterranean and Europe. APM Terminal’s aspire that the terminal will have an annual TEU capacity of about 1.1 million.

Watch: US Navy USS Billings Combat Ship commissioned

The US Navy put into service USS Billings, America’s eight Freedom-variant Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The ship is designed to conduct close-to-shore missions. The ship will be homeported in Mayport, Florida.

Watch: USCG medevacs child from cruise ship off Virginia

On July 7, a USCG MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew evacuated a seven-year-old girl, as she was suffering from abdominal pain, from the cruise ship Celebrity Summit. The helicopter hoisted the girl, which was then transported at the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk.

Watch: Exxon Mobil plant on fire

Sources report that about 66 people suffered minor injuries when the fire broke out on July 31, at a massive ExxonMobil plant in Texas. Allegedly, the fire broke out at a polypropylene recovery unit where plastic is purified for production.

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