1. UN World Food Programme-charted vessel leaves Ukraine with grain for humanitarian response in Yemen
A UN World Food Programme-charted vessel departed today from the Ukrainian Black Sea Port of Yuznhy (Pivdennyi) with wheat grain destined for the agency’s humanitarian response in Yemen.
This is the second maritime shipment of WFP food assistance to leave Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict in February. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/08/30/un-world-food-programme-charted-vessel-leaves-ukraine-with-grain-for-humanitarian-response-in-yemen/
2. Hyundai Heavy Industries Group seeking to lead Eco-friendly vessel market
Hyundai Heavy Industries Group is speeding up the development of eco-friendly technologies ranging from ship fuel supply systems to auxiliary propulsion systems. With the International Maritime Organization (IMO) toughening environmental regulations in line with the global trend of carbon reduction, HHI is seeking to lead the global eco-friendly ship market by securing of eco-friendly technologies. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/08/30/hyundai-heavy-industries-group-seeking-to-lead-eco-friendly-vessel-market/
3. DCT Gdansk prepares for future growth and expansion with purchase of Semi-Automated RTG Cranes
DCT Gdansk, the largest container terminal in the Baltic Sea and a member of the PSA Group, has placed an order for 10 new Semi-Automated Rubber Tire Gantry Cranes (ARTG) from the lifting solutions company Konecranes and has committed itself to retrofitting its current fleet of 15 Konecrane RTG cranes. These additions and upgrades will accommodate the terminal’s dynamic growth, that will be advanced by the opening of its new deep-water quay in 2024. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/08/30/dct-gdansk-prepares-for-future-growth-and-expansion-with-purchase-of-semi-automated-rtg-cranes/
4. Turkey increases Bosporus strait transit fees to $4 per tonnage
Turkey has increased the transit fee it charges commercial ships to use the Bosporus and Dardanelles, in accordance with the rights granted to it by the Montreux Convention. Accordingly, the fees were increased fivefold and the new toll was set at $4 per tonnage. The new regulation will enter into force on Oct. 7, 2022. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/08/30/turkey-increases-bosporus-strait-transit-fees-to-4-per-tonnage/
5. Nowcasting is the name of the game to improve CII
Global seaborne trade, for example, is constantly exposed to uncertain charter rates, competitive disruption and evolving regulations, whose separate motivations often put pressure on relationships between charterers, ship managers and those working at sea. https://splash247.com/nowcasting-is-the-name-of-the-game-to-improve-cii/
6. Norwegian floating green ammonia facility project presses ahead
Oslo-based H2Carrier has been granted approval in principle (AiP) from class society DNV for what it says is the first design of an industrial scale floating green hydrogen and ammonia production and storage facility. The concept, called P2XFloater, is based around making a life extension of an existing very large gas carrier (VLGC) and expanding upon its design by extending its hull to maximise production capacity. https://splash247.com/norwegian-floating-green-ammonia-facility-project-presses-ahead/
7. Royal Caribbean to Use Elon Musk’s Starlink Internet Across Full Fleet of Cruise Ships
Royal Caribbean announced a plan on Tuesday to use SpaceX’s Starlink internet across its global fleet of more than 60 cruise ships and all newbuilds on order.
Starlink is the high-speed, low-latency satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX.
8. Iran Busted Trying to Steal U.S. Navy Sea Drone
The U.S. Navy has taken back one its unmanned surface vessel drones that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) had captured and tried to confiscate in the Arabian Gulf. The U.S. 5th Fleet observed the IRGCN support ship Shahid Baziar towing a Saildrone Explorer USV around 11 p.m local time on August 29 in an attempt to seize it. https://gcaptain.com/iran-busted-trying-to-steal-u-s-navy-sea-drone/
9. Glass flake coating ‘could mean end to substructure surface maintenance’
DNV inspected a section of jacket from a North Sea oil platform installed in 1972 and decommissioned in 2020. Jotun’s Baltoflake coating was applied to the platform in the late 1980s and, despite over 30 years’ exposure to the North Sea’s harsh environment, analysis revealed that the coating at the splash zone was intact, still smooth and showing no signs of delamination. https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/glass-flake-coating-could-mean-end-to-substructure-surface-maintenance-72658
10. Rhine water levels stabilise above crisis levels, problems not over
Water levels on the river Rhine in Germany have risen after weekend rain, remaining well above crisis levels hit earlier in August, but could fall again this week, brokers and commodity traders said on Monday. Weeks of high temperatures and scant rainfall have drained water in the river, Germany’s commercial artery, causing delays to shipping and pushing freight costs up. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Rhine+water+levels+stabilise+above+crisis+levels%2C+problems+not+over