The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – which represents the world’s national shipowner associations – remains confident that shipping will improve its carbon efficiency by at least 40% by 2030 compared to 2008, in line with the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This follows important decisions made by the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) which met in London this week.
Paradoxically, the best of marine engineering in Germany is to be found in regions that are landlocked. Around three-quarters of the value-added on a German-built ship is generated by manufacturers based inland, far away from the sea coast.
Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), will be taking the stage at Nor-Shipping 2019’s Ocean Leadership Conference on 4 June to talk about the future of maritime regulations. Kim will join an elite group of global thought leaders at the Thon Hotel Arena Lillestrøm, adding to a programme designed to deliver insights on issues ranging from cyber security, to economic strategy, sustainable development, geopolitical forces, future energy demands, and much more.
Recently, Alfa Laval inaugurated the Alfa Laval PureSOx Training Centre in Shanghai, China. Focused on the training of commissioning engineers, the new facility will be instrumental in ramping up the skilled workforce prior to the global sulphur cap. But with its full-sized PureSOx scrubber, it will also provide crew training opportunities for customers.
Alfa Laval will make a strong showing at this year’s Nor-Shipping, Northern Europe’s leading international forum for maritime industry. While diverse equipment, knowledge and services will be on display, the stand will have a single focus: partnership with customers to secure lifetime vessel performance.
The newly built “Wind of Change” service operation vessel (SOV) is equipped with a broad range of SCHOTTEL propulsion systems. Ordered by French shipping company Louis Dreyfus Armateurs and built at the Turkish Cemre shipyard, it is propelled by two rudderpropellers, one retractable rudderpropeller and two transverse thrusters. The vessel, a recent recipient of the Offshore Renewables Award, entered operation shortly.
Major shipowners’ associations also give full support to the World Trade Organization. A delegation from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) has, at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, expressed concern over recent increases in protectionist measures. Presenting two position papers to the WTO, the shipping sector has “fully committed to the preservation and promotion of free trade policies and principles around the world.”
Damen has established a presence in Finland for the first time. The Helsinki office has been set up to take advantage of the depth of engineering expertise that exists in the country following the group’s entry last year into building large vessels for the RoPax, Cruise and Offshore markets via its new Romanian yard, Damen Shipyards Mangalia. The new office will augment and extend Damen’s engineering capability in this market segment.
Niagara Falls tour operator Maid of the Mist orders two new passenger vessels sailing on pure electric power, enabled by ABB’s technology
The technology group Wärtsilä’s Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has been granted US Coastguard (USCG) Type Approval. With the company’s other BWMS technology, the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC, already Type Approved by USCG, Wärtsilä becomes the first manufacturer able to offer two USCG Type Approved BWMS technologies.
Nor-Shipping 2019 will provide a unique insight into how the latest economic thinking can help drive development within the ocean space at its Ocean Leadership Conference on 4 June. 2018 Nobel Laureate in Economics Paul M. Romer will deliver a keynote focusing on his ground-breaking ‘endogenous growth theory’, discussing how people, businesses and society can ‘choose’ commercial growth in the ocean industries.
Intellian, the global leader of mobile satellite communication antenna systems, is introducing the new 1.5m Ku to Ka convertible VSAT terminal.
The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted by Sovcomflot, Russia’s largest shipping company, to roll out a Wärtsilä Fleet Operations solution for Sovcomflot’s fleet of Arctic shuttle tankers. The aim is to promote sustainable development, and to increase the safety and efficiency of operations in the sensitive Arctic waters.
The nominations for the new look Nor-Shipping Next Generation Ship Award have been revealed today, with Yara Birkeland, the world’s first fully autonomous ship, battling against an array of innovative tanker concepts from AET, Teekay and Sovcomflot.
The Wärtsilä WXJ series of modular waterjets, recently introduced by the technology group Wärtsilä, has quickly been selected for its first installation. A new 100 metres long, wave-piercing catamaran ferry being built for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago at the Incat shipyard in Tasmania, Australia will be powered by four Wärtsilä WXJ1200 waterjets. The order was booked in March 2019.