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Largest capacity boxship transits Panama Canal's expanded locks

On August 22, the Panama Canal welcomed the largest capacity vessel to ever transit the expanded locks, the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt. The Neopanamax containership, which began its voyage from Asia, will be making stops along the U.S. East Coast.

Port of LA, GE expand digital solution for cargo handling

Less than a year since launching a first-of-its kind digital solution to keep cargo flowing efficiently through America’s largest container port, the Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation are expanding the program, to include all container terminals and shipping lines at the Port.

Scientists warn BP, Total to stay away from the Amazon Reef

Researchers, naturalists, explorers and broadcasters are joining the call for oil companies to leave the Amazon Reef alone. The latest call to protect the reef came as an open letter highlighting the importance of this unique environment, and warning of the threat from an oil spill nearby.

IAPH upgrades environmental initiative

The International Association of Ports and Harbors decided and announced that the World Ports Climate Initiative will be expanded to extend its scope from climate action to a full range of sustainability port development challenges the industry is facing. 

Damen's first dredger for Australia on way to Gippsland Ports

A Damen Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger 650 has successfully completed sea trials in Shanghai and is now underway to new owner, Gippsland Ports in Australia, on her own keel, Damen announced. The TSHD, named Tommy Norton, is the company’s first dredger built for Australia.

Ichthys LNG Project’s giant FPSO departs for Australia

On 17 July, the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project’s floating production, storage and offloading facility “Ichthys Venturer” sailed away from its construction site in Okpo, South Korea en route to Australia, after completion of commissioning and preparation work.

First floating mega island tested in Netherlands

The Maritime Research Institute of Netherlands announced that it tested an innovative concept for a floating mega island, to ensure working space at sea. The island comprises 87 large floating triangles that are flexibility connected to one another and, together, they form a flexible floating island.

Nine dead after tour boat sinks in Colombian reservoir

Nine people are confirmed dead and 28 are still missing, after a tour boat sank in Colombia’s Penol-Guatape reservoir, on Sunday, 25 June. The multi-decked vessel was carrying about 170 people, at the time of the incident.

Port of Los Angeles reaches 9 million TEU record

This week, Evergreen Line’s Ever Sigma container ship discharged the 9 millionth TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) to pass through the Port of Los Angeles in the span of 12 months, setting a new annual record for the most container throughput of any port in the western hemisphere.

Plastic pollution in Antarctic is worse than expected

Although the Antarctic is considered as a pristine wilderness compared to other regions, new findings by scientists from the University of Hull and the British Antarctic Survey have revealed that recorded levels of microplastics accumulated in the region are five times higher than expected.

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