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Liberian Registry: Flags should invest more in technology

As shipping rapidly adopts digitalization with electronic record-keeping and data exchange, flag administrations must increase their ability to provide relevant information to shipowners and managers in a timely and convenient way, the Liberian Registry claims.

France, Portugal, Spain, Germany to receive Aquarius vessel migrants

France, Portugal, Spain and Germany agreed to take in migrants from the Mediterranean rescue ship Aquarius sailing off the coast of Malta, France said, after Italy refused to let the vessel dock. According to Malta, a patrol boat will transfer the migrants in international waters and then to the island, from where they will be sent to the four other European Union states.

Panama unflags last migrant rescue ship in central Mediterranean

Panama Maritime Authority revoked the registration of the ‘Aquarius 2’, the one remaining charity rescue vessel still operating in the Central Mediterranean, which means that there will be no charity rescue ships off the Libyan coast in the near future, unless the vessel can find a new flag to sail under.

Russia amends shipping code to allow open register

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a federal law on amendments to the merchant shipping code to pave the way for the formation of a Russian open register of ships. The register is anticipated for registration of marine vessels owned by foreign individuals and legal entities.

Cyprus Ministry of Shipping accepts electronic certificates

Cyprus Ministry of Shipping has issued a circular informing that it now accepts statutory certificates issued to Cyprus-flagged vessels by Recognized Organizations in electronic form, provided that they are in line with the IMO requirements as presented in ‘Guidelines for the use of electronic certificates’.

Eleven more ships to carry the Danish flag

The Danish Maritime Authority informed that another 11 ships from will fly the Danish flag soon. This development adds on a recent milestone for DMA, when Danish shipping registries surpassed 20 million GT for the first time ever. Denmark has so far sealed its position as the world’s 12th largest register.

Danish flag surpasses 20 million GT milestone

Gross tonnage in Danish ship registers recently went above 20 million GT for the first time ever, indicating that the Danish flag is becoming more and more attractive, according to DMA. As competition between the world’s shipping nations is becoming harder, Denmark has so far sealed its position as the world’s 12th largest register.

HFO use by flag state in IMO Polar Code Arctic

There are eight Arctic states; however, ships that operate in the Arctic fly many flags. Summarizing the use and carriage of HFO in the IMO’s Polar Code Arctic by flag state, an ICCT report finds that Russian-flagged ships consumed the most HFO by far in the area in 2015, distantly followed by Canada and Denmark.

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