1. Cyprus Shipping Videocast – Chris Watson – Senior Director Marketing at KVH
We are pleased to announce a new promotional feature of Cyprus Shipping News by inviting key players of the Cyprus Shipping Industry to address our readers with a 1-2 minutes video on latest developments, new regulations, news from their own company affecting the Industry, even a quote of the day or anything of general interest. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/03/27/cyprus-shipping-videocast-chris-watson-senior-director-marketing-at-kvh/?amp=1
2. Ioannis Stefanou appointed as Managing Director of Wallem Ship Management
Wallem Group has appointed Ioannis Stefanou as Managing Director of Wallem Ship Management, with responsibility for the oversight and strategic planning of the company’s ship management activities worldwide. Ioannis joined Wallem Ship Management in April 2014 to lead its Technical Management, with a focus on delivering safe, reliable and cost-effective ship operations and technical services. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/03/27/ioannis-stefanou-appointed-as-managing-director-of-wallem-ship-management/?amp=1
3. EMSA contracts satellite communication services to support maritime surveillance operations conducted by remotely piloted aircraft systems
EMSA has recently awarded six contracts for satellite communication (satcom) services to support the maritime surveillance operations of the Agency’s remotely piloted aircraft systems. The contracts are intended to provide fast and effective communications both to the Agency’s RPAS service providers as well as indirectly to the maritime authorities using the RPAS services. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/03/27/emsa-contracts-satellite-communication-services-to-support-maritime-surveillance-operations-conducted-by-remotely-piloted-aircraft-systems/?amp=1
4. Paving the way for efficient use of PtX fuels
Loan financing from the Danish Green Investment Fund will contribute to Blue World Technologies’ transition from pre-series production to actual series production this year. With large-scale production, the company looks forward to contributing to the global green transition. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/03/27/paving-the-way-for-efficient-use-of-ptx-fuels/?amp=1
5. Shanghai goes into lockdown
On Sunday China announced Shanghai would enter a staggered lockdown, starting today, marking the biggest city-wide lockdown since the Covid outbreak began more than two years ago.For shipping, congestion at the port – already very high – is expected to increase in the coming days, while overseas, terminals in Europe and North America will have to brace for an even larger whiplash effect when the city regains normal productivity – and comes as global supply chains absorb the fallout from a seven-day lockdown in Shenzhen to the south earlier this month. https://splash247.com/shanghai-goes-into-lockdown/
6. Another Thai tanker explodes in Bangkok
Another tanker has exploded in the Thai capital with the loss of one life. The Ampar 8, a product tanker, exploded yesterday afternoon while mooring at the Bangchak depot the Chao Praya river. The ship was carrying 3,000 tons of oil when the accident happened. Equasis lists Bangkok-based Ayudhya Development as the owner of the 3,500 dwt ship.
7. Russian Tankers Going Dark Raises Flags on Sanctions Evasion
Russian tankers carrying oil chemicals and products are increasingly concealing their movements, a phenomenon that some maritime experts warn could signal attempts to evade unprecedented sanctions prompted by the invasion of Ukraine.
In the week ended March 25, there were at least 33 occurrences of so-called “dark activity” — operating while on-board systems to transmit their locations are turned off — by Russian tankers, said Windward Ltd., an Israeli consultancy that specializes in maritime risk. That’s more than double the weekly average. https://gcaptain.com/russian-tankers-going-dark-raises-flags-on-sanctions-evasion/
8. Wan Hai returns to Samsung Heavy for five more boxships
Taiwanese containerline Wan Hai has placed a new order at South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries for five containerships worth between $569m and $700m.
The five 13,100 teu units, certified with smart ship class notations, are scheduled to start delivering in 2024. Wan Hai said the newbuilds will be energy efficient and meet the requirements of the latest environmental regulations. https://splash247.com/wan-hai-returns-to-samsung-heavy-for-five-more-boxships/
9. New project seeks to map and measure methane emissions
Earlier this week, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) formally commenced the Fugitive Methane Emissions from Ships (FUMES) project, in collaboration with Danish-based Explicit ApS and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/new-project-seeks-to-map-and-measure-methane-emissions-70384
10. Suez Canal Increases Toll Surcharges On Most Vessels
THE Suez Canal Authority is increasing surcharges levied on ships using the waterway, reports Ventura’s California’s gCaptain. The amended surcharges can be found on the Suez Canal Authority’s website under Navigation Circulars.
The changes apply to most vessel types, including tankers carrying crude oil, petroleum products, chemicals, liquid bulk cargoes, dry bulk vessels, multi-purpose ships, containerships, and other vessels. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Suez+Canal+increases+toll+surcharges+on+most+vessels+