Shipping News
Report: Seafarers’ Welfare Remains in Jeopardy
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Seafarers continue to face a bleak future in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published by The Mission to Seafarers.

Floating Terminal Boosts LNG Bunkering in Italy
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Italian authorities have given the green light for an LNG receiving vessel moored off Tuscany to begin ship-to-ship transfers to smaller LNG vessels, including purpose-built bunkering vessels and barges. The development will make it easier for LNG bunkering operations to expand in the Central Mediterranean, without requiring the construction of new shoreside LNG receiving terminals.

 

Norwegian Project to Develop Hydrogen Prototype Ro-Ro and Supply Chain
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Norway’s HySHIP project aims to lower the development and operational cost supporting a move to liquid green hydrogen (LH2) propulsion throughout Europe. The project will develop a series of unique prototype vessels starting with a ro-ro ferry along with seeking to establish a viable LH2 supply chain and bunkering platform.

Seafarers Stranded on Remote South Atlantic Island After Vessel Sinks
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A dramatic rescue effort is underway to save 62 seafarers from a remote South Atlantic island after their vessel stuck rocks and sunk on October 15. The South African Maritime Authority (SAMSA) is confirming the sinking of what they are calling a fishing research vessel, the Geo Searcher, which was lost off Gough Island.

UK Contracts Freight Ferries to Ensure Trade After Brexit Transition
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With the end of the Brexit transition period looming, the UK Government announced it has taken steps to ensure that critical freight will continue to flow in 2021 regardless of the outcome of the current negotiations with the European Union. Four of Europe’s leading ferry companies have been given contacts to maintain the flow of goods from the EU after the transition period ends on December 31.

 

NRF: Record Imports as Retailers Build Inventories but Forecasts Drop
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Ports around the United States, and many parts of the world, have been reporting a rebound in volumes as economies began to recover from the shock of the pandemic and governments took steps to support restroe activity.

WorkBoat 2020 Trade Show Canceled
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The annual International WorkBoat Show has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, joining the ranks of other leading maritime conventions to move online or suspend events.

 

Two Ships, MT Strovocos and MV Ocean Line 5001 Collided
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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 2  -- Two ships, MT Strovocos and MV Ocean Line 5001 collided at about 2.4 nautical miles towards the Tanjung Bruas Terminal in Tanjung Keling Waters, Melaka today.

 

Advancement for Autonomous Operations on Deep-Sea Ships
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The shipping industry continues to work towards new applications of autonomous operations with the latest advancements of the technology being demonstrated on a deep-sea vessel.

Xeneta: Ocean Freight Rates Expected to Increase in the Near Term
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Long-term ocean freight rates remain largely unchanged despite the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic, according to new data released by the market intelligence firm Xeneta.