UK

Platform evacuated off Shetland

On Monday, October 21st, the HM Coastguard assisted with the precautionary evacuation of 115 personnel from the Thistle Platform, operated by Enquest PLC, located almost 125 miles North East of Shetland, just over 100 nautical miles north east of Lerwick.

Report: How UK ports benefit communities

BPA issued a report compiling some examples of community and stakeholder initiatives across UK ports, in a bid to highlight the work ports are doing to benefit their communities. Ports are critical to the UK economy, handling 95% of UK trade and directly employing over 115,000 people.

UK will not include shipping emissions in climate targets

The UK did not accept the latest recommendation from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to fully include shipping emissions under the UK Climate Change Act. The government said that emissions from international journeys should be addressed based on UN agreements.

ABP: Smart companies should boost UK ports’ innovation

Associated British Ports (ABP) calls all British technology companies to overcome any operational challenges in the shipping industry and focus on bringing innovation and digitalization; It collaborates with  the Knowledge Transfer Network, to run the EnSiX Challenge Competition, which invites UK businesses to provide innovative solutions to help boost efficiency and sustainability.

2020 Seafarers Awareness Week focuses on seafarers’ safety

Seafarers UK has coordinated and promoted Seafarers Awareness Week annually since 2010, with the aim of raising awareness in challenging issues that the shipping industry has been facing and support seafarers. 2020’s theme for UK Seafarers Awareness will be “Seafarers Safety.”

UK leads the 30by30 initiative in protection of the ocean

The UK announced in late September a new global alliance, 30by30 initiative, which aims to alert on ocean’s safety and protection of its wildlife, while pushing for at least a 30% of the global ocean to be protected in Marine Protected Areas by 2030.

Partnership sparks 5G future to Belfast Harbour

On Friday, October 18, BT together with mixed reality partners Ubimax and VRtuoso demonstrated the apparent benefits that 5G can deliver to business and industry, with live demonstrations of augmented and virtual reality, for the first time throughout the UK, to the Belfast Harbour.

UK Chamber of Shipping welcomes EU-UK Brexit deal

The UK and EU struck a deal on Brexit, on Thursday morning, October 17, now waiting for the British parliament’s vote, with the UK Chamber of Shipping welcoming the agreement and ensuring that they will continue to trade freely with its European partners.

IMO focuses on UK’s counter-terrorism work

IMO’s rules and regulations for suppressing unlawful acts against the safety of navigation can be seen in the wider context of the global fight against terrorism. The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate carries out assessment visits to countries to assess their compliance with various international security instruments and UN Security Council resolutions.

University alliance presents drones for offshore operations

A university alliance, led by the ORCA Hub, presented its 16 autonomous and semi-autonomous robotic solutions at ORE Catapult in Blyth, near Newcastle, that will be used in offshore robotics research. The drones will be used on or around offshore assets for detailed monitoring and it can replace the need for multiple sensors to be used for integrity monitoring on wind turbines.

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