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Germany and Greece: Worst Vessels Dumpers

Image: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 As in 2016, Germany and Greece top the list of country dumpers in 2017, according to new data released today by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.  German owners, including banks and ship funds, beached 50 vessels out of a total of 53 sold for demolition. Greek owners were responsible for the highest

Seas to Continue Rising Even if Climate Goals Are Met

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Sea levels will rise between 0.7 and 1.2 metres (27-47 inches) in the next two centuries even if governments end the fossil fuel era as promised under the Paris climate agreement, scientists said on Tuesday. Early action to cut greenhouse gas emissions would limit the long-term rise, driven by a

China, not Trump, Drives U.S. Coal Revival

A typical coal cargo underway on the inland rivers (CREDIT: Inland Marine)

If China does seek a way to retaliate against U.S. proposals to impose import curbs on steel and aluminium, then targeting President Donald Trump's favoured coal would be tempting.   One of Trump's key campaign promises in the 2016 election victory was to end the war on what he termed "beautiful, clean" coal.

Waste-to-Chemistry Project Comes up in Rotterdam Port

Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

 A consortium of companies comprising Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam Authority has signed a development agreement for the initial investments in an advanced waste-to-chemistry plant in Rotterdam.    The aim is that this will be the first plant of this

UK Port's Post-Brexit Health Concern

Photo: British Ports Association

 British Ports Association warned that without agreements on cross-border environmental health standards there could be major disruption at UK and EU ports.   Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British Ports Association, said: “Perhaps one of the biggest Brexit challenges ports could face

Cruise Ships & Eco-Trends in Energy Transition

Hurtigruten's hybrid vessels. (Images Courtesy: Hurtigruten)

Around 360 cruise vessels are operating on the ocean today, transporting thousands of passengers to both new and established locations across the world. The Cruise Boom relishing the industry in recent years has driven growth and advancement with 93 new vessels now under construction showcasing the latest technology available today.

Nor-Shipping Partners with ‘Lifesaver’ Mercy Ships

Photo: Nor-Shipping

 Leading maritime event week Nor-Shipping has announced that Mercy Ships has been selected as its new charity partner.   The global organisation, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, will receive financial support and promotion throughout Nor-Shipping’s maritime and ocean industry network,

Spliethoff Sending 6 Ships to BLRT for Refit Work

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Dutch shipping company Spliethoff's Bevrachtingskantoor B.V. has signed contracts with BLRT Grupp to have scrubbers (systems for cleaning exhaust gases) and ballast water treatment systems installed on board six of its ships.   The latest contract for the modernization of Spliethoff's F-type ships (deadweight up to 12,

MME Inks Deal to Protect Luxury Cruise Vessels

Endeavor (Photo: MME Group)

MME Group has secured multiple orders for solutions that protect the newest generation of luxury cruise vessels built by MV WERFTEN (Germany) against corrosion and marine growth. The yard's "Global Class" and "Endeavor Class" vessels will be outfitted with MME Group's systems. Recently, MME Group inked the deal for the design,

Dutch Plan to Build Giant Offshore Solar Power Farm

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An offshore seaweed farm in the North Sea will be turned into a large solar power farm that aims to pipe energy to the Dutch mainland in roughly three years.   The project comes at a critical time for the Netherlands, which is struggling to curb fossil fuel use and meet greenhouse gas emission targets

Roadmap for Renewable Energy

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Thanks to increasing levels of debt financing for climate-aligned projects, wind-generated power has become one of the fastest-growing green industries. Jessica Williams, an Infrastructure Analyst at S&P Global Ratings, considers the submarine technologies that are making this progress possible. Renewable

Shipbreaking Case Against Seatrade in Dutch Court

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 For the first time in Europe, Public Prosecutors are bringing criminal charges against a ship owner – Seatrade – for having sold vessels to scrap yards in countries “where current ship dismantling methods endanger the lives and health of workers and pollute the environment”.    The case is being heard in a Rotterdam Court this week,

Seatools to Supply Monitoring System for The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup system (Photo: Seatools)

Subsea technology company Seatools said it has won a contract to develop and deliver a remote offshore monitoring system that will be used to gain real-time insight into the performance of the first-ever ocean cleanup system.   The contract was awarded by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch nonprofit developing

Salvage Work Resumes off American Samoa

U.S. Coast Guard personnel discuss future operations for the removal of product aboard the commercial fishing vessel Chui Zai Fa No. 1 grounded about 300-yards off Leone Bay (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Tara Molle)

Work to remove a commercial fishing vessel aground off American Samoa has resumed in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Gita.   Hazardous weather conditions on Friday forced responders to delay efforts to salvage the grounded 88-foot Taiwanese-flagged vessel Chui Zai Fa No. 1, which is split in half with

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