1. Greece’s sole LNG terminal ramps up imports to replace Russian gas
Greece has relied on Russia for about 40% of its gas needs for years but it has ramped up LNG purchases from other countries in line with a European Union plan to cut dependence on Russian energy. It has been receiving Russian gas via the Turkstream pipeline which also delivers to Hungary via Serbia. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/09/26/greeces-sole-lng-terminal-ramps-up-imports-to-replace-russian-gas/
2. Danish Shipping sees IMO guidelines for the use of alternative fuels as an important step towards climate neutrality
How should the new fuels be managed, which procedures should be followed and what is important to be aware of when building new ships?
Many questions will expectedly arise when shipping companies from now on will have to sail on a number of alternative fuels. That is why a subcommittee in IMO is preparing guidelines to help the shipping companies.
3. The International Maritime Rescue Federation announces shortlist for 2022 Awards ceremony
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has announced the finalists for this year’s IMRF Awards, which recognise all those involved in maritime search and rescue (SAR) from around the world. The judging panel reviewed an incredible number of nominations from all corners of the globe that highlighted some of the amazing work undertaken by the maritime SAR community over the last 12 months. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/09/26/the-international-maritime-rescue-federation-announces-shortlist-for-2022-awards-ceremony/
4. LR issues summary report for the IMO Carriage of Cargoes and Containers Sub-Committee (CCC 8)
The IMO Carriage of Cargoes and Containers Sub-Committee is where all matters related to the carriage of packaged dangerous goods, solid bulk cargoes, bulk gas cargoes and containers are discussed. The Sub-Committee reviews or updates relevant codes including the IMSBC, IMDG, IGF and IGC Codes. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/09/26/lr-issues-summary-report-for-the-imo-carriage-of-cargoes-and-containers-sub-committee-ccc-8/
5. Safe Bulkers ships out older kamsarmax
New York-listed dry bulk owner Safe Bulkers continues its fleet renewal programme, having sealed a deal to sell its 2006-built kamsarmax Pedhoulas Trader to an undisclosed buyer for $15.84m. The sale of the Japanese-built 82,300 dwt vessel comes with a forward delivery date within December of this year and leaves Safe Bulkers currently with seven kamsarmaxes, with the oldest one being the 2006-built Pedhoulas Merchant. https://splash247.com/safe-bulkers-ships-out-older-kamsarmax/
6. Initiative launched for remote-controlled inland shipping in Germany
Belgian specialist in remote-controlled shipping Seafar has joined forces with shipowners HGK Shipping and Reederei Deymann to promote partially autonomous inland waterway shipping on German waterways. The three parties involved said they view remote-controlled travel or journeys with reduced crews as a ground-breaking solution to safeguard the future viability of German as well as European inland waterway shipping. https://splash247.com/initiative-launched-for-remote-controlled-inland-shipping-in-germany/
7. MAN and ABB team up on dual-fuel electric propulsion solutions for LNG carriers
German engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions and Swiss technology group ABB have teamed up to develop a dual-fuel electric plant concept based on MAN’s recently launched 49/60DF four-stroke engine and ABB’s Dynamic AC (DAC) fuel optimisation system.
8. Norwegian Regulator Warns of Drones Spotted Near Offshore Platforms
Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) on Monday urged oil companies to be more vigilant over unidentified drones seen flying near Norwegian offshore oil and gas platforms, warning they could pose a risk of accidents or deliberate attacks.
The warning came after the country’s largest oil and gas firm Equinor recently said it had notified authorities of sightings of drones of unknown origin flying near some of its platforms. https://gcaptain.com/norwegian-regulator-warns-of-drones-spotted-near-offshore-platforms/
9. Seven More Crop Laden Ships Leave Ukrainian Ports
Seven more ships laden with agricultural produce left Ukrainian ports on Sunday, the country’s infrastructure ministry said, bringing the total to 218 since a U.N.-brokered corridor through the Black Sea came into force at the start of August. Ukraine, a major agricultural producer, was left unable to export through the Black Sea after Russia’s invasion on Feb. 24 until the agreement of the grain deal, which promises safe passage for ships carrying crops. https://gcaptain.com/seven-more-crop-laden-ships-leave-ukrainian-ports/
10. Panama Participates In The Third Meeting Of The Joint Action Group To Review The Impact Of The Covid-19 Pandemic On Transport Workers In The World
The Republic of Panama, through the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), was congratulated by the “Joint Action Group to review the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world’s transport workers and the global supply chain ” (according to its acronym in English, JAG-TSC), led by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in which the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Organization of International Civil Aviation (ICAO), plus the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Organization for Road Transport (IRU) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), are also members of the group.