1. The Seafarers’ Charity joins Diversity in Maritime Charter programme
Maritime UK, the umbrella body for the maritime sector, has welcomed The Seafarers’ Charity as the latest organisation to join the Diversity in Maritime Charter. The Seafarers’ Charity has the vision to create a world where seafarers and their families are valued and free of need and disadvantage. They’ve been working towards this goal since 1917 when they originally launched as the King George’s Fund for Sailors.
2. De Vlaamse Waterweg and Port of Antwerp-Bruges maintain the water level in the docks and the Albert Canal with a temporary pump installation
The Albert Canal is a lifeline for this country. Not only is it an important shipping route from the port of Antwerp to the hinterland along which many companies and industries are located, it is also the source for 40% of the drinking water in Flanders. Normally, the Meuse provides the supply of water in the Albert Canal. However, due to the ongoing drought in Flanders, the water level of the Meuse is currently at an all-time low. And this in turn means that the Albert Canal is also currently experiencing low water levels. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/08/12/de-vlaamse-waterweg-and-port-of-antwerp-bruges-maintain-the-water-level-in-the-docks-and-the-albert-canal-with-a-temporary-pump-installation/
3. Grimsby River Terminal welcomes the first sustainable car carrier
The Grimsby River Terminal (GRT) welcomed the first deep sea car carrier powered by a multi-fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG)/battery hybrid engine carrying a cargo of Kia vehicles. MV Auto Achieve, owned by United European Car Carriers (UECC), was built this year at the Jiangnan Shipyard, China, and is the second pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) vessel in its sustainable fleet. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/08/12/grimsby-river-terminal-welcomes-the-first-sustainable-car-carrier/
4. PortsToronto renews commitment to Green Electricity by renewing agreement with Bullfrog Power
PortsToronto today announced that it has renewed its agreement with Bullfrog Power® Canada to power all of its operations – including Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport – with green energy. The new agreement runs until July 31, 2026. Since 2010, PortsToronto has reduced its environmental footprint by choosing 100 per cent green energy to power all of its operations with clean, renewable electricity – the only port authority and airport in Canada to do so. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/08/12/portstoronto-renews-commitment-to-green-electricity-by-renewing-agreement-with-bullfrog-power/
5. First freshwater offshore wind farm in North America approved by court
The Supreme Court of Ohio last week approved a permit for the construction of North America’s first freshwater offshore wind farm, Icebreaker Wind. The six-turbine, 20.7 MW offshore project will be developed by the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) in Lake Erie, north of Cleveland.
6. Maersk signs long-term transport deal with Singaporean furniture retailer
Singaporean furniture retailer Castlery and Danish carrier Maersk today announced a multi-year global integrated logistics and fulfilment partnership. The partnership will enable Castlery to offer delivery for customers, reducing wait times for orders to one to two months, approximately three times faster than the industry average of three to six months. https://splash247.com/maersk-signs-long-term-transport-deal-with-singaporean-furniture-retailer/
7. Rhine River at Key Waypoint Set to Steady At Low Water Level
The water level at a key waypoint on the Rhine River is poised to steady at an extremely low level this week, as a climate crisis compounds Europe’s worst energy supply crunch in years.
The marker at Kaub, a narrow and shallow point west of Frankfurt, is set to drop to 30 centimeters (11.8 inches) by Monday and hold near that level until at least Aug. 18, the latest German government data show. A forecast on Saturday showed it dipping slightly below the 30-centimeter mark in the coming week. https://gcaptain.com/rhine-river-at-key-waypoint-set-to-steady-at-low-water-level/
8. First Humanitarian Ship In Ukraine Set To Depart For Africa
The United Nations-chartered ship Brave Commander will depart Ukraine for Africa in coming days after it finishes loading more than 23,000 metric tonnes of wheat in the Ukrainian port of Pivdennyi, a U.N. official said. The ship, which arrived in the port near Odesa, will sail to Ethiopia via a grain corridor through the Black Sea brokered by the United Nations and Turkey in late July. https://gcaptain.com/first-humanitarian-ship-in-ukraine-readying-for-journey-to-africa/
9. Sanmar invests in new shipyard
Growing demand for electric-powered tugs and longer waiting times for engines meant new capacity was required
Turkish tug builder and owner Sanmar is investing in new facilities at its shipyards and preparing a third yard to ramp up production levels to keep up with technology advances and shipbuilding demand. There is rising interest in tugs operating on alternative fuels and batteries, a need for more powerful vessels and longer lead times for propulsion systems. https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/sanmar-invests-in-new-shipyard-72413
10. Indonesia blocks exports from 48 coal miners as EU’s Russian coal ban begins
On 9 August, the Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Minister announced that 71 coal miners failed to meet their domestic market obligations, and that 48 of them are now banned from exporting coal. The ban comes into force just as the EU ban on Russian coal takes full effect and demand for non-Russian coal increases. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Indonesia+blocks+exports+from+48+coal+miners+as+EU%E2%80%99s+Russian+coal+ban+begins