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Sediment problems within VLSFOs detected at six ports

As the 2020 sulphur cap entered into force, the shipping industry saw the introduction of Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oils (VLSFOs), which has been increasing since October 2019. However, VPS notes that a rise has been observed in fuel instability leading to sediment formation from these fuels. 

US announces $856 million in proposed INFRA Grants

The US Department of Transportation announced $855,950,000 in proposed grants through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. The list of grants includes $8.04 million for the PortMiami to rehabilitate and create new capacity on the Seaboard Marine Terminal.

Port Miami and Port Southampton sign sister-port agreement

The UK’s Port of Southampton and Florida’s PortMiami signed a sister port agreement to enable them to collaborate and share best practices to strengthen the cruise market in both cities. The partnership provides responsibilities for cruise industry best practice in their respective areas.

MSC Cruises gets approval for new cruise terminal at PortMiami

MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately-owned cruise company, announced it has received approval from the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners for an innovative cruise terminal at PortMiami, as part of its expanding presence in North America and in the Caribbean. 

Miami Terminal goes full-electric

Kalmar has agreed to supply six of its ‘Zero Emission’ rubber-tyred gantry (RTGs) cranes to the South Florida Container Terminal in Miami. This will make South Florida the first terminal in the US to have 100% zero emission RTGs, as these will be the first ones to be installed by any Miami terminal. The RTGs are scheduled to be delivered in early 2020 and are part of a project focused on redeveloping the South Florida Container Terminal.

Three stowaways found on merchant vessel off Port of Miami

The US Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection responded to a report of three stowaways on the merchant vessel, Diana J, on January 16, about three miles off the Port of Miami. The boarding teams found no additional stowaways, rescinded the Captain of the Port Order and the stowaways were taken into custody.

Watch: Symphony of the Seas coming back to Miami

The video depicts Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas cruise ship arriving at Terminal A in Miami. Symphony of the Seas is the 25th vessel belonging in Royal Caribbean’s fleet. The ship’s naming ceremony will be held on 15th of November 2018 during a celebration hosted by the vessel’s first ever Godfamily.

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