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UK greenlights Chevron’s plan for Captain EOR project

UK’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) approved, on December 11, Chevron’s field development plan to progress its Captain Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) project in the Central North Sea. The installation comprises of a wellhead protector platform (WPP) and bridge linked platform (BLP) connected to a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).

Two accused of smuggling cocaine in cruise ship

Reports have mentioned that authorities in Lisbon have arrested an elderly couple aboard the cruise ship Marco Polo on accusations of smuggling cocaine. The suspects are now being held in preventive custody pending trial. 

BPA: Comment on UK Withdrawal Agreement vote delay

Following the UK Prime Minister’s statement confirming that the Parliamentary vote on the Withdrawal Agreement has been delayed, the BPA’s Chief Executive noted that many of the UK’s ports with EU trade and the wider logistics industry is becoming anxious.

No-deal Brexit could disrupt UK ports, minister warns

A no-deal Brexit could lead to up to six months of disruption at certain ports, according to a British minister, who promised to focus on pharmaceuticals as the UK creates contingency plans as the date of Brexit is approaching.

ACCC: NSW Ports agreements with New South Wales are anti-competitive

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court over the agreements signed between NSW Ports Operations Hold Co Pty Ltd and the State of New South Wales, claiming that these have an anti-competitive purpose and effect.

Port of Cromarty Firth to build new energy and cruise hub

The Scottish Port of Cromarty Firth announced that Roadbridge UK Ltd has won the contract to construct the new £30 million Energy and Cruise Hub. The build will start in January 2019, with work expected to be completed by spring 2020.

SpaceX launches telecommunications maritime satellite

The first of its kind satellite was launched on December 3 into a sun-synchronous orbit as part of Spaceflight’s SSO- A SmallSat Express mission on-board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenburg Air Force Base, USA. The UK telecommunications satellite will enhance security and commercial shipping. 

London receives new high-tech vessel to monitor Thames

Heidi Alexander, the Deputy Mayor of London for Transport, has named the latest addition to the Port of London Authority f of vessels that survey the bed of the tidal River Thames. This ship aims to ensure that the is safe for freight and passenger vessels, as well as recreational river users.

UCL Energy Institute joins the UK’s Clean Maritime Council

UCL Energy Institute has joined the Clean Maritime Council, supporting UK’s ambitions for transition to zero emission shipping. The Clean Maritime Council is expected to construct a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the maritime sector to improve air quality on and around waterways, ports and shipping lanes.

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