World Maritime News

WMNF 2018/01/11


MOL secures approval in principle for LNG-powered bulker

Mitsui O.S.K.Lines, Tohoku Electric Power and Namura Shipbuilding have jointly received an approval in principle from Lloyd’s Register for a LNG-fuelled coal carrier.

In January 2017, MOL launched a joint study, called the Green Corridor, to explore the design of LNG-fuelled Capesize vessels, together with DNV GL, China’s Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute, and Australian BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.

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MPA injects another SGD 12 million to promote LNG bunkering in Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has injected another SPD 12 million (USD 8.9 million) for initiative aimed at boosting LNG bunkering in Singapore.

Half of this SGD 12 has been set aside to co-fund construction of new LNG bunker vessels to facilitate development of ship-to-ship (STS) LNG bunkering in the Port of Singapore.

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Antwerp port looks to intermodal transportation to cut road congestion

The Port of Antwerp wants to invest Euro 1.4 million (USD 1.6 million) in projects to optimise cargo transportation to and from the port over the next three years and to help reduce road congestion. The port authorities have chosen seven projects to fund, with the aim of lowering the volume of truck journeys as much as 250,000 trips per year.

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Rotterdam to pilot fixed window service for container barges with inland cargoes

Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam intends to carry out a trial service that provides so-called “fixed windows” for container barges hauling larger cargo volumes as it tries to cater to more market segments in inland shipping. The fixed window will see the group, which meet the call size requirement, make guaranteed fixed weekly calls at specific times of the schedule and share information regarding their cargo operations.

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New hinterland to be set up in eight South Korean ports by 2030

According to the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF), eight South Korean ports will get a total of more than 30 million m2 of seaport hinterland by 2030 as part of a broader development plan to enhance the country’s industrial and logistics infrastructure.

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Ningbo-Zhoushan now the largest bunkering port in China

Ningbo-Zhoushan port is now the largest bunkering port in China, according to the data released by China’s Ministry of Transport on 4 January. The port’s annual sales volume of bonded bunkers hit 2.4 million tonnes in 2017, up 30% from 2016.

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IMO boosts Women in Maritime Associations network

Developments to encourage women into shipping and new Maritime Technology Co-operation Centres (MTCCs) have been launched by the IMO. In a statement the IMO said that the WIMAs “give visibility and recognition” to the role of women in the maritime sector.

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