World Maritime News

WMNF 2018/05/31


Environmental pressure on Greek shipowners

Theodore Veniamis, president of the Union Greek Shpowners said ‘the shipping industry is called upon to face significant environmental and technological challenges at international level in the near future in order to respond to today’s political expectations, which often hold shipping disproportionately responsible for meeting environmental standards compared to other industries’.

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India to permit foreign container vessels for coastal operations

In a move to reduce supply chain bottlenecks in India, the government has relaxed its cabotage law to allow foreign containership operators to offer coastal services. The new cabotage rights will allow all foreign-flagged container vessels to carry export-import laden containers for transshipment and empty containers for re-positioning on local routes without a license or conditions.

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Shell builds LNG bunkering hub in Florida

Shell, which has been a vocal advocate of using LNG as marine fuel, has taken first step to offering LNG bunkering services in the US. Shell has commissioned a tug and barge unit that will supply Carnival Cruises and Siem Car Carriers in Southeast Florida.

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries sees growth in gas-power ships

Kawasaki Heavy Industries (Kawasaki HI) is looking to generate new business by building ships that are powered by either LNG or LPG. While stiff competition from Chinese and Korean shipyards has forced Kawasaki HI to downsize its shipbuilding business in Japan, it has recently built an LNG-fueled car carrier and said the technology can be applied to bulk carriers and container ships. Kawasaki HI is designing liquid hydrogen carriers to service the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain project.

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