1. The Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry welcomes the passing of the Merchant Shipping Amending Law by the House of Representatives
The Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry welcomes the passing by the Plenary of the House of Representatives, of the amending Law regarding the Issuing and Recognition of Seafarers’ Certificates and Maritime Education, according to which a holistic approach is taken to issues concerning seafarers and especially their education. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/07/15/the-cyprus-shipping-deputy-ministry-welcomes-the-merchant-shipping-amending-law-voted-by-the-house-of-representatives/
2. Professor David Attard to receive International Maritime Prize
IMLI Professor David Joseph Attard is to receive the International Maritime Prize for his contributions to the objectives and work of IMO.Outgoing Director of the IMO International Maritime Law Institute Professor David Joseph Attard has been selected by the IMO Council to be the recipient of the International Maritime Prize for 2021. Professor Attard was nominated for the prestigious award by the Republic of Malta. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/07/15/professor-david-attard-to-receive-international-maritime-prize/
3. EMSA drone operating in the Strait of Gibraltar area for multipurpose maritime surveillance
EMSA’s remotely piloted aircraft is in operation in the vicinity of the Strait of Gibraltar providing the Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda with the capacity to monitor sulphur and nitrogen emissions of passing ships. The initiative builds on the experience gained during a similar operation which saw the aircraft’s special sniffer capabilities used for emissions monitoring. While the Merchant Marine can use the measurements taken to check the passing ships’ pollutant compliance, the flights can also be directed to support the Spanish Maritime Safety Agency for search and rescue.
4. Panama Canal’s simplified Tolls Structure approved by Panama’s Cabinet Council
The Cabinet Council of the Republic of Panama has approved the tolls structure recommended by the Panama Canal Board of Directors, following a formal consultation and public hearing process that considered industry feedback. With this approval, the Panama Canal will assume a simplified, value-based pricing structure, reducing the number of tariffs from 430 to fewer than 60. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/07/15/panama-canals-simplified-tolls-structure-approved-by-panamas-cabinet-council/
5. PGS joins Australian carbon capture and storage developer as major shareholder
Norwegian offshore seismic acquisition specialist PGS has entered into an agreement with deepC Store (dCs) which will see PGS become a major shareholder in the Australian carbon capture and storage (CCS) project developer. The two companies have struck a deal for dCS to issue shares to PGS in exchange for PGS providing geological and geophysical advisory services. https://splash247.com/pgs-joins-australian-carbon-capture-and-storage-developer-as-major-shareholder/
6. Former Wärtsilä employees in Russia set up their own business
The company called EMCT (Evolution of Marine Digital Technologies) was founded in St. Petersburg in June by Andrey Sitkov and Vladimir Ponomarev, the former COO and general director of marine navigation solutions provider Transas in Russia, which was taken over by Wärtsilä in 2018. The business is reportedly backed by Russian financial partners and investors, who are also the majority owners. https://splash247.com/former-wartsila-employees-in-russia-set-up-their-own-business/
7. Environmentalists Challenge North Sea Gas Drilling Plans In Dutch Court
Environmentalist groups in Germany and the Netherlands are challenging plans for a new gas field in the North Sea, a German non-profit organisation said on Friday, possibly complicating Europe’s hunt for alternatives to Russian fuel.
Environmental Action Germany (DUH) said it had filed the lawsuit with the Court of Justice in The Hague together with Dutch organisation Mobilisation for the Environment (MOB) and a citizens’ initiative from the coastal region of East Frisia. https://gcaptain.com/environmentalists-challenge-north-sea-gas-drilling-plans-in-dutch-court/
8. U.S. Navy Ship Again Sails Near Disputed S. China Sea Island
A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near the disputed Spratly Islands on Saturday, the U.S. Navy said, its second such “freedom of navigation” operation in a week in the South China Sea.
On Wednesday, China’s military said it had “driven away” the same ship, the USS Benfold, when it sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands. https://gcaptain.com/u-s-navy-ship-again-sails-near-disputed-s-china-sea-island/
9. Shelf Drilling continues fleet expansion with jack-up acquisition
Offshore drilling contractor Shelf Drilling has completed the purchase of jack-up rig Deep Driller 7 from India’s Aban Offshore Ltd
The rig has been renamed Shelf Drilling Victory and is a Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 design.
Shelf Drilling announced the deal in June when it said it would buy the 2008-built jack-up for US$30M from Aban Offshore Ltd. https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/shelf-drilling-continues-fleet-expansion-with-acquisition-of-new-jack-up-72020
10. Ukraine grain: Kyiv optimistic on Russia deal to reopen Black Sea
Millions of tonnes of wheat, barley, oil and other agricultural products are stuck in warehouses, unable to be exported. In normal times, much of it would have been sold to the developing world, where some of the poorest people on Earth are now finding it increasingly difficult to feed themselves. So what is the solution? In short, reopening the Black Sea. That would allow commercial shipping to resume from the port of Odesa. But that is easier said than done. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Ukraine+grain%3A+Kyiv+optimistic+on+Russia+deal+to+reopen+Black+Sea