France

Watch: France launches first Barracuda-class submarine

French shipbuilder Naval Group launched on Friday, July 12, the Suffren nuclear-powered attack submarine, in presence of President Emmanuel Macron. The Suffren is the first of the six Barracuda-class series for the French navy. Its ceremony took place in the northern port of Cherbourg. 

IMO supports more women in port management

As part of its efforts to encourage more women in the maritime sector, the IMO supported a training course aimed at female officials from maritime and port authorities. A total of 25 women from 17 developing countries took part in the two-week “Women in Port Management” course, hosted in Le Havre.

Sail-powered cargo ships to operate between France and US

France-based Neoline has concluded to the shipyard that will construct its first two sail-powered RoRo cargo ships to operate between France and US from 2021. Namely, chose France-based Neopolia to build the vessels. At first, the vessels will be operating on a pilot route, linking Saint-Nazaire, France with the US East Coast and Saint-Pierre & Miquelon off the coast of Newfoundland.

Japanese firm partners on floating offshore wind farm

Shizen Energy, Japanese solar power company signed an agreement with Ideol, a French wind developer, collaborating on a full size floating wind farm off the coast of Japan. This partnership coincides with recent senior recruitments to shore up its local sales and engineering subsidiary. 

France aims to 1GW annual offshore wind tendering

As French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, reported France is to increase its offshore wind tendering target from 600MW annually, to 1GW until 2028, as the Dunkirk tender has shown that the costs are decreasing.

France joins fishing vessel training treaty

As IMO announced, France is the 29th State to sign up to the IMO treaty on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F). According to the announcement, the Convention sets the certification and minimum training requirements for crews of seagoing fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and above.

Dunkerque Port provides rewards for clean port calls

Taking an initiative during the European Sustainable Development Week from 30 May to 5 June, Dunkerque-Port has initiated an environmental reward system for low-emission ships calling at Dunkerque. This aims to help improve air quality. The reward is calculated based on the number of clean port calls made by the company or the charterer, in proportion to the total number of clean port calls recorded in the port over one year.

Nord Port Shuttle now connects Dunkerque and Metz

Dunkerque-Port is developing a combined transport plan with the implementation of the Flandres Express rail service to the East of France from Wednesday 5 June onwards. Created in 2013, NPS has been established as a network of containerized river services between Dunkerque and the main inland ports of the Hauts-de-France Region.

Carnival emits 10 times more emissions than all of Europe’s cars, study reports

Carnival Corporation emitted about 10 times more sulphur oxide (SOx) around European coasts than did all 260 million European cars in 2017, a new analysis by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment reveals. As for Royal Caribbean Cruises, it is second, with yet four times worse than the European car fleet.

Italy in support of a Mediterranean Emission Control Area

At the G7 meeting of Environmental Ministers in Metz, France, on May 6, the Italian Minister Costa met with his French counterpart, De Rugy. Among the topics discussed, it was decided to conduct a joint initiative to get the declaration of a combined SECA and NECA for the entire Mediterranean Sea. Spain has also spoke out in favour for an ECA as well.

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