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Watch: First tugboat sailing autonomously the most optimal route

Maritime service provider KOTUG International, ship design company Rotortug, and tech start-up Captain AI demonstrated Monday the first boat in the world that sails the most optimal route without human intervention, marking a milestone on the way towards fully autonomous sailing.

UK launches £17m package to protect freight routes

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the United Kingdom launched a package so as to protect ferry freight routes. Specifically, the region introduced a £17 million scheme which includes services in and out of Cairnryan.

Trump: China, Japan should protect Middle East shipping on their own

Countries like China and Japan, that largely depend on shipping trade in the Strait of Hormuz, should be protecting their own ships on what ‘has always been a dangerous journey’, said US President Trump in an official statement in the light of an ongoing tension in the Middle East. 

Intermodal route planner application operational in two continents

Port of Rotterdam’s application ‘Navigate’ is now operational in the ports of Gdansk and SOHAR. Now, importers and exporters are able to select the ideal transport options for containers they want to ship. The application also contains an online information guide for the ports. 

Digitalization to pave new ways for ship routing

As emerging technologies are enhancing ship routing, navigation is getting faster and safer, while there are new possibilities for mega-container ships and fully autonomous ships to sail the high seas in the coming future. Ship routing has been steadily improving, as the shipping industry successfully mitigates several issues.

Watch: Key routes of the Panama Canal

The video, issued by Panama Canal, shows how the Canal connects more than 144 routes, reaching 1,700 ports in 160 countries. By providing a short passageway between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, the Canal has influenced world trade patterns.

India: The benefits of shipping route with Bangladesh

India’s Minister of State for Shipping Shri Pon Radhakrishnan shared the benefits of sending trucks through sea routes, as the country has been exploring new avenues for promotion of shipping, commerce and trade through coastal shipping. 

Port Hedland’s iron ore shipments to China increase by 14% in December

According to Reuters, iron ore shipments from Australia’s port of Hedland terminal to China, experienced an increase by 14% in December from the previous month as shown by the port’s data. Iron ore shipments to China from the world’s biggest iron ore port reached an overall of 37.4 million tonnes in December. On the contrary, iron ore shipments in November reached a total of 32.9 million tonnes, according to the Pilbara Ports Authority.

The opening of Arctic routes could offset ice melting

As the ice melting creates an uncertain future for the Arctic environment, a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters suggests that the growth of trans-Arctic shipping and the subsequent increase in emissions may offset some of the overall warming trend in the Arctic by the end of the century.

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