1. Emissions monitoring campaign kicks off over the Baltic Sea using specially equipped drones
Together with the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) is conducting a large-scale emissions monitoring campaign using remotely piloted aircraft, scheduled to begin later this month. Over a three-month period, a specially equipped drone will measure the sulphur content in the exhaust plumes of ships transiting the Baltic Sea in order to be able to detect violations of the applicable limits. At the same time, image data will also be collected for hydrographic surveying purposes. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/04/13/emissions-monitoring-campaign-kicks-off-over-the-baltic-sea-using-specially-equipped-drones/?amp=1
2. New Training Resource from ICS aims to help Plug the Technology Gap on Board
The International Chamber of Shipping has launched a new resource designed to help ship operators recruit and develop on board personnel who are fully prepared to meet the demands of high-tech modern vessels. The ICS On Board Training Record Book for Electro-Technical Officers is an essential training companion for ETO cadets and their employers and gives seafarers operating under any flag a universally standard approach to track their training and career development. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/04/13/new-training-resource-from-ics-aims-to-help-plug-the-technology-gap-on-board/?amp=1
3. TotalEnergies and ENEOS join forces to Develop B2B Solar distributed generation across Asia
TotalEnergies and ENEOS signed a joint venture agreement to develop onsite B2B solar distributed generation across Asia.The 50/50 Joint Venture between two major players in the field plans to develop 2 GW of decentralized solar capacity over the next five years.
This partnership will capitalize on the strengths of both companies. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/04/13/totalenergies-and-eneos-join-forces-to-develop-b2b-solar-distributed-generation-across-asia/?amp=1
4. The Cyprus Minister of Energy participated in the Trilateral Meeting of the Ministers of Energy of Israel, Cyprus and Greece, in Jerusalem
The Cyprus Minister of Energy, Trade and Industry, Natasa Pilides, discussed the progress in the energy cooperation of Cyprus, Israel and Greece, among others regarding the electricity interconnection “EuroAsia Interconnector” and the work of the international organisation “East Mediterranean Gas Forum”, during the work of the Trilateral Meeting of the Ministers of Energy of Israel, Cyprus and Greece, which took place in Jerusalem on the morning of Monday, April 11, 2022. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/04/11/the-cyprus-minister-of-energy-participated-in-the-tripartite-meeting-of-the-ministers-of-energy-of-israel-cyprus-and-greece-in-jerusalem/?amp=1
5. World’s largest inland port becomes latest victim of China’s zero-Covid strategy
Trucking snarl-ups across China are wreaking havoc on supply chains despite initiatives from local and national government bodies to alleviate the situation while Nanjing, the largest inland port in the world, has become the latest port to report a Covid outbreak among its workforce leading to much of the port’s operations along the Yangtze being shuttered. Yangtze River traffic was already suffering from a shortage of pilots prior to the Nanjing port news, while many other cities in the river delta area have joined Shanghai in lockdown this week. https://splash247.com/worlds-largest-inland-port-becomes-latest-victim-of-chinas-zero-covid-strategy/
6. Russia’s targeting of merchant ships branded a war crime
Russia stands accused of committing war crimes against international seafarers and merchant vessels to add to a long list of offences due for investigation on day 50 of the war in eastern Europe. The NGO Human Rights At Sea (HRAS) has branded Russia’s decision to target merchant ships, killing innocent seafarers in the process, as war crimes that ought to be prosectuted. https://splash247.com/russias-targeting-of-merchant-ships-branded-a-war-crime/
7. Ammo Blast Cripples Russian Navy Flagship Says Defense Minister
The flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, the Moskva missile cruiser, was badly damaged when ammunition on board blew up, Interfax news agency quoted the defense ministry as saying on Thursday. Interfax said the crew had been evacuated. It blamed the blast on a fire and said the cause was being investigated.
A Ukrainian official earlier said the Moskva had been hit by two missiles but did not give any evidence. https://gcaptain.com/ammo-blast-russian-navy-flagship/
8. Singapore Probe Reveals Contaminated Bunker Fuel Was Sold to Some 200 Ships
Singapore’s port authority has revealed that contaminated bunker fuel supplied by Glencore was sold to some 200 ships last month.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has released preliminary findings from its investigation into alleged contaminated marine fuel supplied to several ships at the world’s largest bunkering hub. https://gcaptain.com/singapore-reveals-scope-bunker-fuel-contamination/
9. Simply Blue makes plans for floating offshore wind in the Baltic
Floating offshore wind developer Simply Blue Group has confirmed that it has applied to the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure to build a floating windfarm in offshore location licence 60.E.4, currently the deepest water site in Poland’s Maritime Spatial Plan
Simply Blue Group said it “recognises the enormous potential and demand for floating offshore wind in the Baltic region.” https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/breaking-simply-blue-makes-plans-for-floating-offshore-wind-in-the-baltic-70693
10. Case Law: London Arbitration 24/21
The London Arbitration decision 24/21 determined the costs that were recoverable by the owners following the London Arbitration 21/21 decision that had found in their favour awarding them approximately US$ 73,000.
The parties were unable to agree on the quantum of the costs recoverable by the owners and the matter was therefore referred to arbitration. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Case+law%3A+London+Arbitration+24%2F21