1. Signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry and the Digital Security Authority
In the framework of the Long-Term National Strategy for the Cyprus Shipping “SEA Change 2030” (www.cyshippingstrategy.com) which includes specific actions to address cyber threats in the field of shipping, the Shipping Deputy Minister to the President Mr. Vassilis Dimitriadis and Communications Commissioner Mr. George Michailidis signed a Memorandum of Cooperation at the Shipping Deputy Ministry. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/04/12/signing-of-a-memorandum-of-cooperation-between-the-cyprus-shipping-deputy-ministry-and-the-digital-security-authority/?amp=1
2. Every single seafarer can contribute to greener shipping
As part of a research and development project, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement has for the first time investigated the influence of the behavioural change of individual seafarers on carbon emissions on selected ships managed by BSM Deutschland . Using clean-tech start-up Signol’s app, which is based on behavioural science best practice, remarkable reductions in bunker fuel consumption were detected on single ships. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/04/12/every-single-seafarer-can-contribute-to-greener-shipping/?amp=1
3. 100th ratification of Maritime Labour Convention welcomed
IMO has welcomed the 100th ratification of the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006, which is the global instrument mandating seafarers’ employment rights and decent working conditions. Oman deposited its instrument of ratification with the ILO on 11 April 2022. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/04/12/100th-ratification-of-maritime-labour-convention-welcomed/?amp=1
4. IMO launches e-learning platform
IMO is adding e-learning to its portfolio of services. The first free to access course was launched during an online event (7 April), in the margin of its Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) Sub-Committee meeting.
IMO has developed a number of e-Learning courses with the purpose of increasing the capacity of Member States to effectively implement IMO instruments. Some courses are also available to anyone interested in maritime issues wishing to enhance their maritime knowledge. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/04/12/imo-launches-e-learning-platform/?amp=1
5. QatarEnergy taps MOL for four LNG newbuilds in China
Top liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter QatarEnergy has penned deals with Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) for the long-term charter and operation of four LNG carriers, completing its first batch of charter contracts awarded under its massive shipbuilding program. https://splash247.com/qatarenergy-taps-mol-for-four-lng-newbuilds-in-china/
6. Fugro wins UK offshore wind site survey contract with BP and EnBW
Dutch surveyor Fugro has won a geotechnical site investigation contract from BP and Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW) for their new offshore wind farms, Morgan and Mona, located in the Irish Sea.
Fieldwork will run from May to September 2022, with the site located approximately 30 km off the coast of North Wales and North West England. Fugro will deploy its vessels, the Fugro Synergy and the Normand Mermaid, to complete the survey. https://splash247.com/fugro-wins-uk-offshore-wind-site-survey-contract-with-bp-and-enbw/
7. Photos: Containers Start Coming Off Ever Forward
Containers started coming off the Ever Forward over the weekend amid the ongoing effort to lighten and refloat the ship in Chesapeake Bay.
The operation commenced on Saturday, almost four weeks after the Ever Forward grounded and following two unsuccessful attempts to refloat the ship late last month. https://gcaptain.com/photos-containers-start-coming-off-ever-forward/
8. Crowley and Shell to Explore Shoreside Charging Station at Port of San Diego
Jacksonville, Frorida-based Crowley and Shell have entered into into a memorandum of understanding to explore alternative energy solutions for the future of shoreside and terminal operations. The agreement includes the potential development of a shoreside charging station at the Port of San Diego to provide the power to Crowley’s first all-electric tug. https://gcaptain.com/crowley-and-shell-to-explore-shoreside-charging-station-at-port-of-san-diego/
9. Congestion and delays ramp up after Shanghai lockdown
Data from VesselsValue shows an almost five-fold increase in the number of ships waiting to load or discharge at Shanghai in the last 2.5 weeks (as of end of March)
Maersk sent out a recent customer advisory saying due to the impact of the lockdown, it has seen an “increased yard density” for dangerous goods and reefer containers in Shanghai terminals. https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/congestion-and-delays-ramp-up-after-shanghai-lockdown-7065
10. Asia Unlikely To Rescue Russian Coal Amid Europe Ban
By other markets, Russia most likely means Asia and Moscow is most likely being hopelessly optimistic if it thinks Asia is going to swing dramatically towards Russian coal and replace what’s lost in exports to Europe.
The European Union agreed on April 8 a series of new sanctions on Russia, including banning imports of coal, which totalled 48.7 million tonnes in 2021. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Asia+unlikely+to+rescue+Russian+coal+amid+Europe+ban