Indian shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya informed that the country aspires to begin the navigation in inland waterways and passenger transportation in the rivers in the North Eastern states of India. The company Water and Power Consultancy Services Limited (WAPCOS) is now preparing a model Detailed Project Report, in order to operate low-cost ferry services in the inland waterways in these states.
Short Sea Shipping
Boosting data-sharing to improve Short Sea Shipping Performance: Evidence from Limassol port calls analysis
UNCTAD informed that it now acknowledges PortCDM as an enabler for improved performance in short sea shipping based on a study made on the role of enhanced collaboration and data sharing between ports for better performance in short sea shipping. This study chooses to focus on short sea shipping in the Eastern Mediterranean for port calls made in Port of Limassol, Cyprus, and was published in the Sustainability Journal.
Every year 15,000 containers are transported with a direct inland navigation service between Rotterdam, Vlissingen, Terneuzen and Ghent, the Port of Rotterdam reported. This increase is due to a new connection the port of Rotterdam and North Sea Port invested in, in 2016. This connection made it possible to transfer more cargo via inland shipping.
The logistics sector aims by 2040 to make transport over short distances on roads and inland waterways emission-free. These and other intentions are described in ‘Vision trade and logistics 2040’, a joint long-term vision of 19 organizations from the logistics sector to prepare the logistics system in the Netherlands for the future.
Wärtsilä signed an agreement with Hagland Shipping for a hybrid retrofit installation. The project will take place on board the ‘Hagland Captain’, a general cargo vessel. This will be the first project of its kind ever in short-sea shipping applications. The agreement was signed in December 2018. The installation of the battery hybrid propulsion solution will improve the ship’s environmental performance by reducing its emissions, fuel consumption, and noise.
The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the joint venture of Stena Rederi of Sweden, part of the Stena Sphere, and Glovis Europe of Germany, controlled by Hyundai Glovis of South Korea. The joint venture will mainly operate short-sea transport services on Pure Car and Truck Carrier vessels in Europe.
A workshop was organized by the Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association and MEP, M. Kyrkos, titled “Short Sea Shipping: Defining trends-removing bottlenecks” on 6 November 2018. The workshop focused on key parameters affecting the competitiveness of the Greek and Mediterranean shortsea industry.
Canadian Algoma Central Corporation announced that will enter into a 50/50 joint venture with Nova Marine Holdings Limited (Nova) of Switzerland, which will focus on short-sea dry-bulk shipping for global markets. This new joint venture is going to operate as NovaAlgoma Short-Sea Carriers.
The European Parliament has finalized a three years legislative process concerning the Port Services Regulation, also known now as Ports Regulation, by adopting a report on the Regulation which establishes a framework for the organisation of port services and financial transparency of ports presented by the rapporteur MEP Knut Fleckenstein.
European shipowners hope that the momentum created by the Dutch Presidency’s High Level Event on Short Sea Shipping held in Amsterdam last February will result in maritime directors putting Short Sea Shipping on the top priority list when they meet today in Brussels.
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