1. BIMCO supports IMO development of global remote inspection guidelines
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the shipping industry has faced challenges when it comes to conducting surveys and inspections physically on board ships. As a result of social distancing requirements during the pandemic, remote surveys and inspections for the certification of materials and components have been successfully used and have proven to be a helpful alternative to on-site surveys. Now, global guidelines are needed. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/10/07/bimco-supports-imo-development-of-global-remote-inspection-guidelines/
2. IMO set to expand regional presence with new office in Pacific
IMO’s Technical Cooperation Committee at its 71st session (TC 71) (20-24 September) has approved the establishment of an IMO Regional Presence Office (RPO) for the Pacific Islands region. If approved at the thirty-fourth extraordinary session of the Council (08 – 12 November 2021), this will see the Pacific Region become the sixth to feature an IMO RPO.
3. Nordic American Tankers – Fleet expansion programme commenced, involving the selling and buying of ships
A few years ago, NAT winnowed its fleet from 33 vessels to 23 vessels. Last year the company ordered two newbuildings from South Korea. These two ships will be delivered to NAT in 2022. As described below the path forward is expansion. We have concrete projects to sell at least two ships built in 2000 and 2002. These sales are a part of a process to increase the fleet by purchasing at least two or more additional ships of a more recent vintage than the ones that will be sold. These strategic moves will strengthen NAT substantially. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/10/07/nordic-american-tankers-fleet-expansion-programme-commenced-involving-the-selling-and-buying-of-ships/
4. Trafigura and Circulor to provide carbon emissions tracking and traceability via blockchain to nickel and cobalt supply chains
Trafigura, one of the world’s largest physical commodity trading companies, and Circulor, the leading provider of supply chain provenance and emissions tracking services, have today signed a Master Services Agreement to provide traceability and CO2 tracking for Trafigura’s nickel and cobalt trading division. Under the agreement, Trafigura and Circulor will develop an innovative programme to track dynamically and attribute CO2 emissions throughout Trafigura’s nickel and cobalt supply chains for customers, in particular electric vehicle manufacturers. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/10/07/trafigura-and-circulor-to-provide-carbon-emissions-tracking-and-traceability-via-blockchain-to-nickel-and-cobalt-supply-chains/
5. Hapag-Lloyd ship cleared to go as investigators focus on pipeline operator in California spill inquiry
Investigations into last weekend’s pipeline spilloff Orange County in California continue with one suspect allowed to carry on its way. The US Coast Guard had boarded Hapag-Lloyd’s Rotterdam Express earlier this week in Oakland amid a media frenzy that a dragged anchor could have been blamed for the oil washing up on beaches south of Los Angeles. https://splash247.com/hapag-lloyd-ship-cleared-to-go-as-investigators-focus-on-pipeline-operator-in-california-spill-inquiry/
6. Nordic duo collaborates on first OSV ammonia retrofit
Norwegian shipowner Eidesvik Offshore and Finland’s technology group Wärtsilä have joined forces to convert an offshore supply vessel (OSV) to operate with an ammonia-fuelled combustion engine with the required fuel supply and safety system by the end of 2023. The first-of-its-kind project currently considers retrofitting an OSV equipped with Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines operating primarily with liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel. https://splash247.com/nordic-duo-collaborates-on-first-osv-ammonia-retrofit/
7. New York Wind Turbine Parts Will Be Floated Down The Hudson River
By Josh Saul (Bloomberg) Orsted A/S and Eversource Energy, the companies building a big wind farm off the Long Island coast, are teaming up with construction firm Riggs Distler to build turbine parts near Albany and then float them down the Hudson River.
The companies signed an $86 million supply contract for construction of turbine components at the port in Coeymans, New York, about 140 miles north of New York City, according to a statement from Governor Kathy Hochul’s office. https://gcaptain.com/new-york-wind-hudson-river/
8. RMS Titanic Getting the LEGO Treatment
One of the most famous ships of all-time, the RMS Titanic is getting the Lego treatment that just may live up to the original.
The authentic LEGO Titanic replica set will be one of the longest and largest LEGO models ever in the company’s history, made up of a whopping 9,090 pieces that should keep brick builders busy for a while. https://gcaptain.com/rms-titanic-getting-the-lego-treatment/
9. DP World Calls On Governments To Stamp Out Illegal Trade In Wildlife
DP World is calling on governments around the world to commit to zero tolerance of wildlife trafficking. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, was the first to sign a pledge calling for the mobilization of public and private resources to stamp out the illegal trade by 2030. He did so alongside United for Wildlife at the Conservation for Hope summit at the DP World Flow Pavilion at Expo 2020. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/DP+World+calls+on+governments+to+stamp+out+illegal+trade+in+wildlife
10. Wärtsilä And Eidesvik Offshore To Cooperate In World’s First Ammonia Conversion Project
The technology group Wärtsilä and Norwegian ship owner Eidesvik Offshore ASA have signed a landmark cooperation agreement aimed at converting an offshore supply vessel (OSV) to operate with an ammonia-fuelled combustion engine with required fuel supply and safety system. This project will be the first of its kind ever in the world and has a provisional completion target by the end of 2023. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Wärtsilä+and+Eidesvik+Offshore+to+cooperate+in+world’s+first+ammonia+conversion+project