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Watch: Launch of world’s first electric hydrofoil jet ski

The University of Western Australia teamed up with Perth-based start-up company Electro.Aero, and funding sponsor Galaxy Resources, to develop the world’s first electric hydrofoil personal watercraft, named WaveFlyer. The zero-emission vessel operates rising above the water.

Port of Cannes to impose a 0.1% sulphur cap for cruise ships calling

The French Mediterranean port of Cannes announced that it will implement a 0.1% sulphur cap on the fuel used by the cruise ships calling the port. Further the port issued four recommendations for ports calling in, to protect the environment from air and marine pollution. 

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. 

About 2,200 vessels to install scrubbers

In light of the approaching IMO 2020 sulphur cap, Bloomberg suggests that in the following years about 2,200 vessels are to install scrubbers, as if they don’t they will be banned. DNV GL states that putting all those vessels in a line, they’d stretch about 340 miles.

Italian Saras Group to begin bunkering operations in Cagliari

Saras Group, opetor of the refinery plant based in Sarroch, Sardinia, Italy, published its H1 2019 financial report, according to which it will proceed with its bunkering operations in Cagliari this month. The company will start on August the bunkering business in Cagliari area that is expected to contribute positively to the Group results.

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. 

MOL joins study group on zero emission alternative fuel

MOL announced that it joined the Carbon Capture & Reuse (CCR) Study Group, and launched the ‘Cross-industrial Working Group Related to Zero Emission Alternative Ship Fuels.’ The company’s decision on joining the Group comes because of the approaching IMO 2020 sulphur cap. 

Pacific Basin to install scrubbers in majority of fleet

Pacific Basin, Hong-Kong based dry bulk shipping company, published its 2019 interim results, and revealed its plans to fit scrubbers on a majority of its Supramaxes by the end of 2019. During H1 2019, the company managed to expand its fleet with four secondhand vessels, and also conducted a sale of an older, small Handysize. 

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