Criticizing the insufficient progress of IMO emission reporting requirements, the EU took more decisive action to decarbonize the maritime sector. On Tuesday, the Environment Committee voted to include CO2 emissions from the maritime sector in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) and set a new target of 40% reduction in shipping CO2 by 2030.
On the occasion of Seafarers Awareness Week, the Maritime Charities Group, comprising 10 major maritime charities, has joined forces with the Merchant Navy Training Board to publish a good practice guide to designing a training course for seafarers on mental health and wellbeing awareness.
In its weekly report for 30 June-6 July, ReCAAP ISC informed of two incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia. Both were CAT 4 incidents that occurred onboard ships while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait.
A total of 14 crew members were abducted from two vessels in two separate piracy attacks in the Gulf of Guinea on 2 July, according to reports by ReCAAP Focal Point (Singapore). The first occurred on a FPSO anchored at Okwori field offshore, Nigeria and the second on a general cargo ship while drifting in the Gulf of Guinea.
European and International maritime industry stakeholders urge political leaderships to do everything in their power to promote the facilitation of crew changes by EU Member States and third countries for crew changes to take place without further delays.
The new coronavirus (COVID-19) has cost the lives of more than 544.000, while confirmed cases exceed 11.830.000. Although coronavirus started in China in early 2020, now it has spread over Europe where Italy and the UK have the most deaths. Also, Brazil, Canada, France and Spain top the list with the countries affected significantly.
The Clean Arctic Alliance, the Iceland Nature Conservation Association and Green Transition Denmark welcomed a new report which highlights the importance if reducing risks and boosting environmental security in Arctic waters.
Shell and Deloitte published a report according to which 95% of senior shipping executives see decarbonization as important or a top three priority for the industry. The report represents the industry’s view concerning decarbonization and the solutions that would help the industry meet the IMO’s ambition of reducing GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2050.
Cruise industry leaders Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced a collaboration to develop enhanced cruise health and safety standards in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
A White Paper by National Cargo Bureau calls for urgent reform to stem the increasing number of container-related incidents caused by poorly stowed, undeclared or misdeclared dangerous cargoes.
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