Germany

Germany sees largest cocaine shipment ever seized

German customs has confiscated a record 4.5 metric tons of cocaine in a shipping container in Port of Hamburg, northern Germany. This seizure has a street value of US$1.1 billion, marking largest cocaine shipment ever seized in Germany. 

Heligoland passenger vessel converts to electric

The municipality of Heligoland in North Germany announced the first conversion of a traditional boarding boat to electric propulsion in a bid to respond to the environmental requirements of the future. Today there are only 11 börteboote still in service.

Rhine at risk of shutting down once again

Boat traffic on Europe’s Rhine river came to a halt for the first time ever last year, because of the fact that shrinking alpine glaciers and drought made the key transport artery impossible to sail through. These conditions could take place once again in a few weeks.

Uniper, partners plan first green hydrogen cavern in Germany

Germany-based energy supplier Uniper announced a project along with its consortium partners to build an electrolysis plant starting from 2020 in the central German chemical triangle that will produce green hydrogen with a capacity of up to 35 megawatts. This would be the first hydrogen cavern in continental Europe.

BSU draws attention on watertight integrity after collision

Germany’s Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation (BSU) drew operators attention in a recent collision incident involving a container ship and a fishing vessel on the river Elbe off Stadersand earlier in 2019. The BSU highlighted issues associated with watertight integrity.

BSU: Slight increase in marine casualties, no major disasters in 2018

Germany’s Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation (BSU) issued its annual report recording a slight increase in marine casualties in 2018, but most incidents involved only material damage. There were no major disasters involving German flagged ships or in German waters last year.

Germany enters the Hong Kong Convention

Germany is the latest newly-added member in IMO’s treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling – the Hong Kong Convention. Mr. Reinhard Klingen, Director-General Waterways and Shipping in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters, London, 16 July, to deposit the instrument of accession.

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