Maritieme sector tekent voor duurzame toekomst


Alle partijen in de maritieme sector gaan nog meer samenwerken om innovatiever te worden en sneller over te schakelen naar schonere brandstoffen. Hiervoor tekenden minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Infrastructuur en Waterstaat) en vertegenwoordigers uit de sector vandaag het Werkprogramma Maritieme Strategie. Deze strategie vormt de blauwdruk waarmee rederijen, zee- en binnenvaartschippers, havens, en betrokken overheden de komende drie jaar de uitdagingen voor verduurzaming, innovatie en cybersecurity gaan oppakken.

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Rotterdam support of LNG bunkering begins to pay dividends


Rotterdam support of LNG bunkering begins to pay dividends
Cardissa is the first vessel in a steadily building Rotterdam-based LNG bunkering fleet

The volume of LNG bunkered in Rotterdam in 2017 rose to 1,500 tonnes, from 100 tonnes in 2016.

Rotterdam Port Authority reported that much of the increase is due to the 1,000 TEU Wes Amelie, the first container ship to be converted to LNG propulsion. The vessel regularly bunkers at the City Terminal in the port’s Prins Willem Alexanderhaven.

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A green future for cruise liners? (Video)

By Svetlana Modeva,  Tue 20, 2018 /  Cruise

Work is underway on a prototype environmentally-friendly cruise ship that combines the durability of traditional materials with renewable energy technology

Whether holidaymakers enjoy relaxing on poolside deck chairs or exploring tropical islands, luxury getaways on ocean cruises are growing in popularity. Over the last 10 years, demand for cruises has risen by 68%, and it was estimated that in 2016, over 220 cruise liners carried 24 million passengers on voyages crossing the world.

A green future for cruise liners? (Video)
Image courtesy of Peace Boat

Cruising may be popular, but it’s not good for the environment. To take those 24 million vacationers across the oceans these boats have to be enormous. Some are even larger than aircraft carriers and can burn through tonnes of diesel every hour. On average, a typical ocean liner uses 225 tonnes of fuel each day, which results in a huge amount of carbon emissions being released.

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Video Shows TS Taipei Containership Wreck Removal

A newly released video by SMIT Salvage (above) has shown how it removed the ‘TS Taipei’ containership which ran aground and became a shipwreck in the north of Taiwan.

The vessel, once owned by TS Lines, got into difficulty after severe weather conditions led to an engine failure on March 10, 2016, which caused the ship to break in two and sink.

For the project, SMIT Salvage deployed its 1,000-ton floating sheerleg Cyclone, a floating water vessel with a crane, and the semi-submersible pontoon Giant 6.

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Intercargo issues industry alert over rising piracy in Nigerian waters

February 22, 2018

Pirates hijack passenger boat in Nembe/Brass waterways •As Conoil field inferno injures 2 oil workers in Bayelsa

Intercargo, the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners, has issued a joint industry alert in response to the increasing threat of hijack and kidnap in and around Nigerian waters. The joint urged vessels operating in the area to report to the FR/UK operated Maritime Domain Awareness for Trade – Gulf of Guinea (MDAT-GoG) which is a secure and trusted agency. In addition, Intercargo recommends Masters of vessels operating in the area to plan according to the following:

“Arrive at the Pilot Station, Port, Anchorage or STS Area just in Time. Time transit with consideration to safe speed and maintaining distance offshore or use an offshore waiting area. Consider higher transit speeds where risk/threat assessment is high.

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Continued need for monitoring of ECDIS compliance

FEBRUARY 19, 2018 — Richard Schiferli, Secretary General of the Paris MOU, says that while the overall results of a recent concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on safety of navigation are encouraging, “continued monitoring of ECDIS compliance will be necessary.”

That may not come as much of a surprise in light of various incidents involving “ECDIS assisted groundings” that have led the U.K. and Danish maritime accident investigation authority to conducting a safety study, designed to more fully understand why operators are not using ECDIS as envisaged by regulators and the system manufacturers (see earlier story).

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